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Head Counts and Calls to Action: Major Takeaways from the Domestic Violence Census

New findings released by the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) shed light on the profound need for an increase in funding for critical resources and services for survivors and families—and the lifesaving work that advocates perform every day.

In a report published in June, NNEDV revealed the conclusions of their 12th annual one-day count of adults and children utilizing the services of domestic violence agencies in the U.S. last September. In total, exactly 1,694 local domestic violence programs out of 1,873 programs nationwide participated in the National Census of Domestic Violence Services, as did 72,245 adults and children.

On that single day alone, 40,470 adults and children found refuge in emergency or transitional housing; 24,030 people received training on domestic violence prevention; and over 20,000 hotline callers were assisted with legal information, trauma informed counseling and safety planning.

“It is impossible to list all the ways in which domestic violence programs support survivors who arrive at their doors,” NNEDV Executive Vice President Cindy Southworth said in a statement. “Many victims leave everything behind. Shelters give them a safe place to stay and the things they need to start rebuilding their lives, from backpacks for school to clothes for job interviews.”

The study also highlights the ways that funding cuts and consistent under-resourcing of DV agencies prevents them from fulfilling their critical missions. 11,441 individual service requests were unmet the day of the census due to lack of financial resources, as were 7,416 requests for housing ,

In response, the NNEDV called for action. With the release of the census results, they are demanding that Congress pass the Help End Abusive Living Situations Act to expand access to housing and homelessness-related resources for survivors, reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act and Family Violence Prevention and Services Act and fund federal programs to address gender-based and relationship violence.

Cori Bratby-Rudd is an eclectic writer from the Bay Area. She graduated Cum Laude from UCLA’s Gender Studies department, and is a current MFA in Creative Writing at Cal Arts. Cori enjoys incorporating themes of emotional healing and social justice into her works. She is currently living in the Los Angeles area and has been published in UCLA’s FEM Newsmagazine, UCLA’s Westwind Journal of the Arts, Cornell’s Rainy Day Magazine, and she recently won the Editorial Choice Award for her research paper in Audeamus Academic Journal.

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Controversy, Joy and Politics: 5 Takeaways From the World Cup Final

Six goals, pitch invaders, controversial decisions and excitable world leaders: the final of one of the most open and exciting World Cup tournaments in years didn’t disappoint.

France beat Croatia 4-2 to take their second trophy 20 years after they won their first, when the team’s current manager, Didier Deschamps, captained the side.

It wasn’t just the soccer that caught the eye, though. Here are some of the highlights from the final of what some (including the U.S. President) are calling the best World Cup ever.

Politics finally had an impact

With the allegations of corruption over FIFA’s decision to give Russia hosting duties, the violence of some Russia fans at the Euro 2016 tournament in France and, not least, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s aggressive behavior toward the West, the World Cup was expected to be far more marked by political controversy than it ultimately was.

Indeed, it took till the final for any action of note—a pitch invasion early in the second half, responsibility for which was claimed by Pussy Riot, the anti-Putin activist group. Four people dressed as police ran onto the pitch—one woman high-fived French striker Kylian Mbappé, while two men were tackled off the pitch by security with assistance from annoyed Croatia defender Dejan Lovren.

The protest group put out a video and a tweet saying the World Cup showed “how well Russian policemen can behave. But what will happen when it ends?” They also shared their five demands on social media, including a call for political prisoners to be freed and for “political competition” to be allowed in Russia.

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The Associated Press reported Monday that the group had been charged with “violating spectators’ rights” and “illegally wearing police symbols,” citing Russia’s Interfax news agency. The group posted on Facebook that they were worried about further criminal charges and said they had been unable to see their lawyer.

France celebrated hard—including the President

For 90 minutes, at least, any geopolitical concerns appeared to be on pause for the world leaders watching from the VIP box—Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović wore her country’s football jersey, while Russian President Vladimir Putin and French President Emmanuel Macron wore their more usual suits. The formal wear didn’t stop Macron from leaping about in joy as France took the lead and ultimately the match. The photo of him on his feet, arms in the air as the rest of the box sits straight-faced, went viral—and he was later spotted on player Benjamin Mendy’s Instagram Story with Paul Pogba, doing the “dab” dance move, often used in soccer celebrations.

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Macron’s was not the only celebration that made headlines—the entire French team crashed the Deschamps press conference, spraying the manager and the press with champagne and water, and climbing onto the tables. Deschamps praised his “crazy” team: “They are young and they are happy.”

Putin looked after number one

The Russian President may have given the media no reaction of note in response to the pitch invasion, but he managed to make headlines at the medal-giving ceremony. After a dry game, the heavens opened as the players queued for their medals, and only one of the assembled leaders and dignitaries had an umbrella: Vladimir Putin.

As Macron and Grabar-Kitarović enthusiastically hugged players from both teams, getting soaked in the process, Putin stood under a giant black umbrella being held by an assistant. Eventually more umbrellas appeared to cover the rest of the leaders, including FIFA President Gianni Infantino. The players, however, remained in the rain.

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Video refereeing made a World Cup final first

Video Assistant Referee (VAR) made its World Cup debut this tournament, and proved decisive throughout. The final was no different, with a penalty awarded to France in the 38th minute coming after a controversial VAR moment: after first dismissing France’s claims of a handball, referee Néstor Pitana reviewed the video footage and decided that Croatian player Ivan Perišić had deliberately handled the ball, and awarded a penalty.

Deflated thereafter, Croatia trailed for the rest of the match. But France’s following goals—one by Manchester United’s Paul Pogba, and the other by 19-year-old Kylian Mbappé—showed Les Bleus were determined winners.

New World Cup records made

As well as being a first for VAR, the final was also Croatia’s first—the country of four million had previously sent a team as far as third place in 1998 (the year France last won), but this time made it to the final two. The reinvigorated young French side ultimately won out—with Mbappé becoming only the second-ever teenager to score in a World Cup final, joining Pelé, who scored in 1958 against the host, Sweden.

The Brazilian superstar welcomed Mbappé to the club, and the French player was named young player of the tournament. Now the rest of the world is eagerly watching his next move. The super-speedy youngster is being linked with top clubs around Europe, including Real Madrid, but insisted that he’ll stay at Paris Saint Germain when asked by reporters after the match.

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The most inspirational takeaways from Marie Claire Future Shapers Live

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Future Shapers Live 2018

This weekend we hosted our annual Marie Claire Future Shapers Live event, in partnership with Neutrogena, taking place this year at Sofitel St James, London.

The Saturday saw 300 career-focused women, of all ages and industries, gathering in the London hotel for inspiration, advice and skills to advance their careers, change direction or set out on their own.

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This year’s theme was ‘playing to your strengths’,  with a powerhouse line-up of CEOS, entrepreneurs, influencers and career coaches giving killer advice in a series of game-changing talks and workshops, closing with a keynote discussion between MC Editor-in-Chief Trish Halpin and singer and TV personality Alesha Dixon.

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From talks on starting a business from scratch and Facebook Lives on creating a social media following, to a workshop in coping with stress and a lecture on determining what’s not your job, every session served up practical advice and some very inspirational quotes.

Here are some of the best takeaways from the event…

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Be fearless:

‘If we eliminated fear, we would fly. The universe only wants good things for us – you just have to be fearless.’ Alesha Dixon 

‘Someone once described me as courageous and it was the biggest compliment I’ve ever been given. You don’t have to be born with courage. If you want it, you can have it.’ Victoria Pendleton

‘The biggest prison we live in is the fear of what other people think – if we change that mindset, we can be whatever we want to be.’ Aimee Bateman

‘Women are socialised to be perfect. We should be socialised to be brave.’ Stephanie Phair

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Be open to mistakes:

‘We need to redefine the word “mistake” – mistakes are important and necessary, and that’s true in all walks of life – it’s just that you’ll only find that out in hindsight.’ Pavan Ahluwalia

‘I nearly went bankrupt. I remember crying one night because I couldn’t afford to pay £16k in wages to my staff the next day. I had to go and tell them that I couldn’t pay them, and it was humiliating. But it was a huge learning curve and it changed my entire business, because I had to make sure it would never happen again.’ Rachel Flanagan

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Be authentic:

‘You can’t just copy someone else as you’ll only ever go as far as that person. You have to be you to reach your own potential.’ Sebina Hussain

‘I’ve been told my whole life I need to act more like a boy, which is a bit boring, isn’t it? I’m going to be that feminine person, I’m going to do it my way and it’s going to work.’ Victoria Pendleton

‘Be emotional. Be exactly who you are, and if people don’t like it, they’re not your tribe. What three words do you want people to use to describe you? That’s your brand.’ Aimee Bateman

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Be open to help:

‘Don’t be a busy fool. I know what I’m worth in my business and every time I put something in my diary, I think “Is that a job a director should be doing?”‘ Rachel Flanagan

‘Be inquisitive. If you’re stuck on a hurdle, ask and people will show you the way. And don’t spend your time doing something someone else can do. You need to be the person who’s improving the top line and bottom line therefore – stick to what you’re good at.’ Anna Gibson

‘Don’t dim your light, shine. It’s ok to be different, we can work together to make collective change. Even superheroes can’t do it on their own.’ Aimee Bateman

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Be persistent:

‘When you’re a young girl and you have dreams of your future, the path seems clear, but then reality kicks in. I wanted to be a doctor, and I was told that people like me couldn’t do it. I didn’t listen. When one door closes, you find a window with a tiny crack open and you find every bit of strength inside you to shatter that crack and jump through.’ Dr Rosena Allin-Khan MP

‘Let’s not think change happens to us. Let’s take the reigns and be the change makers. That will ensure we are not negatively affected by change – we will be driving the change.’ Brita Fernandez Schmidt

‘You have to communicate why you do what you do. There’s always going to be someone who dresses better than you or uses longer words, but the way you can win is giving people something to connect to.’ Aimee Bateman

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Be generous:

‘It’s not about pulling the ladder up behind you, it’s about trying to let down lots of ladders to give other women a leg up too.’ Dr Rosena Allin-Khan MP

‘It is such a privilege to be able to help others – we must use that privilege.’ Brita Fernandez Schmidt

‘People will fall in love with you if you give them something to fall in love with.’ Aimee Bateman

 

Feeling inspired? Come along next year and experience the first hand empowerment yourself.

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Three Unexpected Takeaways From Black Panther

I’m just a software engineer, not a movie reviewer. If you’re looking for an expert critique of Ryan Coogler’s hugely successful big-budget blockbuster, Black Panther, you have come to the wrong place.

That isn’t to say I didn’t appreciate the film. I enjoyed strong performances from Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, and the rest of the legendary supporting cast. I loved the attention to detail in everything from the costumes to the fight scenes to the distinctively black hairstyles. The production quality was as top notch as we’ve come to expect from a Marvel film.

The thing is, I thought the movie was great—just not for the reasons you might think. Let me tell you my three takeaways from the movie.

Disclaimer: If you’re already familiar with the comic, there isn’t much in the way of spoilers ahead. Everybody else, consider yourself warned.

Takeaway #1: The world could use more black innovation

In the film, the fictional African people of Wakanda guard a miracle metal known as Vibranium. Its magical properties fuel their unparalleled technological advancements. Hidden from the view of the outside world, the Wakandans ensure that outsiders remain unaware of their precious metal. They know that no one would guess a seemingly impoverished, third-world country like Wakanda would ever be capable of pioneering the most sophisticated innovations known to mankind.

Like the Wakandans, the innovations of black people throughout American history are also largely invisible. No, black people weren’t trying to hide them from the world. Racism robbed many black innovators from receiving the credit they earned. Unfortunately, history may forget them altogether.

Did you think that Katherine P. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson were the only hidden figures?

As one of the rare black software engineers in Silicon Valley, I remind others of the innovations of black people like Garrett A. Morgan, Lewis Latimer, Frederick McKinley Jones, and Madam C.J. Walker, who invented everything from the precursor to the modern traffic light to the portable refrigeration that makes ice cream trucks possible today.

I’m excited for the growing interest in making the world aware of these and other black inventors. Many amazing, untold stories of black innovation are waiting to be told in film. Hopefully, Hollywood will take notice.

Takeaway #2: Black people are still struggling over the souls of black folk

The central conflict of the movie lies between King T’Challa and Erik Killmonger. T’Challa seeks to guard Wakanda’s technological secrets from the world. And Killmonger? He wants to arm the worldwide African diaspora with the means to rise up against oppression.

This conflict reminded me of the famous nemeses in black American history. For instance, I considered the disagreement between Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X. King advocated peaceful civil disobedience. Malcolm believed in black liberation by any means, including violence.

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(As an aside, don’t forget that the Black Panther Party—no relation to the comics—also advocated for using violence to defend blacks against the terrorism of the Jim Crow era.)

King and Malcolm weren’t the only ones to take opposing sides. W.E.B. Du Bois and Booker T. Washington debated whether the future of black progress lay in the classroom or the shop floor. Du Bois believed in political action and growing black intellectualism to compete with racism in the battlefield of the mind. Washington, on the other hand, argued that hard work and wealth-building would win the respect of white people.

The schisms between these viewpoints still exist in the black community today. Seeing this debate play out on the big screen made me appreciate the richness of the Black Panther storyline.

Takeaway #3: STEM is a tool for uplifting black communities

At the end of the movie, T’Challa realizes Wakanda must share its technology for the good of humanity. He decides to open up an international outreach post in Oakland, California, a city where black people still make up the largest racial demographic. The audience is led to believe this development would uplift a community long victimized by inequality and injustice.

As soon as I saw that scene, I was instantly reminded of the computer lab that Google opened for Oakland youth near Fruitvale Station in 2016. That transit station is where a police officer killed a handcuffed black man, Oscar Grant III, in 2009. Fruitvale Station is also the name of the biopic about the incident directed by Ryan Coogler and starring Michael B. Jordan.

Silicon Valley is investing in Oakland as they look to raise the representation of blacks and Latinos in tech. I believe that there is real opportunity for companies like Google and others to make a difference in the long-neglected hoods and ghettos that exist all across America. By getting proximate with these communities, as activist Bryan Stevenson puts it, tech can provide the tools that underrepresented groups can use to climb out of poverty.

As Black Panther continues to make film history, I’m hopeful that future films will probe the depths of the important themes that matter to underrepresented communities. I would certainly pay to see more films as entertaining and as thought-provoking as this one.

The author wishes to thank fellow Googlers Cynthia, David, Kalon, Jennie, Mitul, and Olivier for their feedback.

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Culture Shift Labs has been working very diligently to make sure there is a common meeting ground for changemakers of color. Recently they held their 8th Annual event in New York City that consisted of a weekend of conversations on technology, innovation, social impact, and most notably venture capital investment.

 

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There was a plethora of power players in the house including Troy Carter, CEO and founder of Atom Factory; Mark Ein, founder of Venturehouse Group; Kwame Anku, founding principal of the Black Angel Tech Fund; and NBA all-star Alonzo Mourning.

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1. Most investors say no. You have to work to get to a yes. Nine times out of 10 an investor is going to turn you down. Make sure that you are persistent in a way that’s progressive. If you are returning to an investor who you’ve already asked for money, make sure there is a measureable improvement or else you are wasting their time.

2. Avoid spending time with people who aren’t giving you money. Look for investors who are in your space and excited about your product. That way they come on as strategic partners and are not just giving you money.

3. The difference between a Studs versus a Duds product/company is leadership, determination, and resilience.

It takes tenacity to become an entrepreneur. A product isn’t birthed overnight. You have to stay focused but, additionally, you need to know when to pivot. Working on something too long that’s not working in the market, even if determined, is a waste of your time.

4. You learn when things aren’t going well. So, don’t stop. Fail and fail fast. It’s not a loss. It’s a learning process.

5. When speaking to investors ask, “What’s your timeline?” You need this information to manage your expectations. This way, you don’t become the person with the interesting product, to the person who’s now bothering them. Remember, you aren’t the only one looking for investment.

 

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