What is Missing Maps? An Amazing Collaboration for Responding to Crisis by Putting People on the Map!

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I always get excited about things like this. Especially when it’s the result of collaboration

American Red Cross Northwest Region

A collaboration among non-governmental agencies will put vulnerable people on the map to improve emergency and disaster response. A collaboration among non-governmental agencies will put vulnerable people on the map to improve emergency and disaster response.

Missing Maps is a joint effort between the American Red Cross, British Red Cross, the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team and Doctors Without Borders. The objective of Missing Maps is simple: to map the most vulnerable places in the world so that NGOs, communities and individuals can use the maps and the data to better respond to crises. The project seeks to literally and figuratively put people, and their communities, on the map.

 
Missing Maps is powered by the enthusiasm and hard work of digital/remote volunteers here at home and abroad. Through open-source technology, digital volunteers can trace satellite imagery that helps disaster responders measure damage, identify priority areas, navigate around damaged roadways and more efficiently deliver aid to people in need. You don’t need experience to participate.
 
Missing Maps is celebrating it’s one year…

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No, the Founders Would NOT Have Put Faith Before Civil Law

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12002247_1245761842108028_2763151150986830872_nWhen asked about the situation involving Kim Davis, David Barton claimed that “the Founding Fathers made it real clear that the laws of God are higher than the laws of man.” This perspective was then latched onto by at least three Republican presidential hopefuls. According to the Washington Post, two of the Republican presidential candidates who have supported Davis, Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee, put their names to a pledge indicating that they would not “respect an unjust law that directly conflicts with higher law.” Huckabee is also on record saying, “I will not acquiesce to an imperial court any more than our Founders acquiesced to an imperial British monarch.”

Ted Cruz summarized the situation as he saw it as “judicial lawlessness” and “tyranny.” He incorrectly noted, “Today, for the first time ever, the government arrested a Christian woman for living according to her faith…This is not America.” It…

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A Matter of Words – Losing a Customer and Opening a Conversation

All I can say is…THIS.

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Yesterday, we received an anonymous letter in response to this window display commemorating the one year anniversary of Michael Brown’s shooting:

blmThere was no return address, and it wasn’t signed.  It was a very short message on a note card telling us that we had lost a customer.  In it, the person said we stoked the flames of enmity between races and promoted division.  The person asked us why we insisted upon doing that.

It’s hard to know how to respond.  What I want to do is call up the customer and chat.  I want to take him or her out for coffee and talk about what those three words mean and why I and our store feel compelled to repeat them in a window along a busy street in what seems to some to be an act of ill will.

There is no way to do that in this case so…

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The complicated relationship between Asian Americans and affirmative action

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In most places, my hair and my skin color don’t stand out in a crowd. In the past, people have mistaken me for Mexican, Italian, Hawaiian, and Israeli. Although sometime this has felt like a privilege and a reason for pride, at other times it has become a source of confusion and guilt. This is the reality of my mixed race identity: half-Japanese and half-white, I still couldn’t tell you whether I technically qualify, or even identify, as a person of color.

Five years ago, I applied to college in the US and was forced to face this confusion head on during the university admissions process. 2010 was the first year that the Common Application offered the option for applicants to select two or more races. This has been both a blessing a curse for schools that have long wrestled with students who identified as multi-racial. A decade ago, such…

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New Kinloch mayor blocked by police from entering city hall

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What a sin.

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KINLOCH, MO (KTVI) – Our Fox 2 cameras were the only ones there as the newly-elected Kinloch mayor was greeted by police for her first day on the job.

Betty McCray was not only prevented from entering city hall, she was also told she’d been impeached before she got a chance to start.

McCray ran for mayor in the April 7 election and won.

“I won. The people spoke,” McCray said. “I was sworn in by the St. Louis County. Today I take office. I want them out, I want the keys.”

After the election results were certified earlier this week by the St. Louis County Board of Elections, Kinloch’s outgoing administration refused to allow the city clerk to give McCray the oath of office, claiming voter fraud.

“Today is the first day that that the city hall door has been unlocked. They keep it locked,” McCray…

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Transcript: Read Full Text of President Barack Obama’s Speech in Selma

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“When people tell me nothing has changed, I say come walk in my shoes and I will show you change.” — Rep John Lewis (GA) #Selma50

TIME

President Obama spoke before thousands on Saturday during a commemorative ceremony for the 50th anniversary of the events of “Bloody Sunday” when over 600 non-violent protesters were attacked by Alabama state troopers as they attempted to march from Selma to Montgomery for voting rights.

Here is the full text of Saturday’s speech, as prepared for delivery

It is a rare honor in this life to follow one of your heroes. And John Lewis is one of my heroes.

Now, I have to imagine that when a younger John Lewis woke up that morning fifty years ago and made his way to Brown Chapel, heroics were not on his mind. A day like this was not on his mind. Young folks with bedrolls and backpacks were milling about. Veterans of the movement trained newcomers in the tactics of non-violence; the right way to protect yourself when attacked. A doctor described what…

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Nurses’ Union Co-President: We need to spread readiness not fear

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The union National Nurses United has blasted Texas Presbyterian Hospital’s handling of Ebola patient Thomas Duncan. The union released a list of disturbing claims that include Mr. Duncan being left outside of isolation for hours where he was in the presence of other patients, a lack of access to proper supplies and not having anyone to pick up medical waste, which they say piled up near the ceiling. The hospital released a statement:

“Patient and employee safety is our greatest priority and we take compliance very seriously.  We have numerous measures in place to provide a safe working environment, including mandatory annual training and a 24-7 hotline and other mechanisms that allow for anonymous reporting. Our nursing staff is committed to providing quality, compassionate care, as we have always known, and as the world has seen firsthand in recent days. We will continue to review and respond to any concerns raised…

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