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A Simple Message That Anyone Who Really Cares About The Middle Class Can Appreciate

Two things: The economy's still dragging, and we still have all this awesome and helpful stuff we could be doing to boost the recovery. But tough times have historically been a good time to invest in our country. Here's an example of how we can use tax money we're already spending on something specific and important, but in a way that doesn't completely screw our own workers.

A Simple Message That Anyone Who Really Cares About The Middle Class Can Appreciate

In summary...


By not outsourcing to other countries, government could invest in more jobs here.

By building stuff here, we wouldn't have to to ship as much stuff across oceans.

By making public transit a more reliable option for people, we could reduce traffic and pollution.

By better connecting our cities and towns with bus and rail lines, we could open up all sorts of new economic opportunities.

And by generating new revenues, we could help people (and ourselves) in a bunch of other ways.

Sounds pretty great to me. Learn more here.

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If the past year has taught us nothing else, it's that sending love out into the world through selfless acts of kindness can have a positive ripple effect on people and communities. People all over the United States seemed to have gotten the message — 71% of those surveyed by the World Giving Index helped a stranger in need in 2020. A nonprofit survey found 90% helped others by running errands, calling, texting and sending care packages. Many people needed a boost last year in one way or another and obliging good neighbors heeded the call over and over again — and continue to make a positive impact through their actions in this new year.

Upworthy and P&G Good Everyday wanted to help keep kindness going strong, so they partnered up to create the Lead with Love Fund. The fund awards do-gooders in communities around the country with grants to help them continue on with their unique missions. Hundreds of nominations came pouring in and five winners were selected based on three criteria: the impact of action, uniqueness, and "Upworthy-ness" of their story.

Here's a look at the five winners:

Edith Ornelas, co-creator of Mariposas Collective in Memphis, Tenn.

Edith Ornelas has a deep-rooted connection to the asylum-seeking immigrant families she brings food and supplies to families in Memphis, Tenn. She was born in Jalisco, Mexico, and immigrated to the United States when she was 7 years old with her parents and sister. Edith grew up in Chicago, then moved to Memphis in 2016, where she quickly realized how few community programs existed for immigrants. Two years later, she helped create Mariposas Collective, which initially aimed to help families who had just been released from detention centers and were seeking asylum. The collective started out small but has since grown to approximately 400 volunteers.