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He called 911 when he needed help. He will always regret it.

When we have an emergency or need help, most of us call 911. Well, some people can't do that.

He called 911 when he needed help. He will always regret it.
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You need help, you call 911, right?

Nope. For some people, calling 911 — even though they need the police to help them and even though they are the victims — isn't an option.


Imagine calling for help ... and then being punished.

Miguel called the police and found himself in trouble because he's an undocumented immigrant, even though he was the one who called and asked for help.

A federal immigration policy called Secure Communities has local law enforcement fingerprint individuals and then share the fingerprints with a federal immigration agency. That means that any contact an undocumented immigrant has with police can lead to that person's detainment and deportation.

So the thing they're doing wrong is calling the police? Yep.

When people learn what happens, they stop asking for help.

Miguel says he wouldn't do it again and wouldn't recommend other undocumented immgrants call, either.

And that means offenders aren't facing consequences for their crimes.

It's pretty easy to see how this hurts all of us, isn't it?

States and cities are fighting back.

Because implementing Secure Communities is making it difficult for local law enforcement agents, like police officers, to do their jobs, many cities and states are passing laws and rules that limit their cooperation with Secure Communities.

But that's just more wasted taxpayer money.

So now states and cities are spending local taxpayer money to pass laws to avoid enforcing federal programs. Excellent use of time and money, amirite?! Uhhhh, no. And more importantly, there's the issue of people not being able to ask for help. You can watch the video and share this post if you see the problem here.

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Increasingly customers are looking for more conscious shopping options. According to a Nielsen survey in 2018, nearly half (48%) of U.S. consumers say they would definitely or probably change their consumption habits to reduce their impact on the environment.

But while many consumers are interested in spending their money on products that are more sustainable, few actually follow through. An article in the 2019 issue of Harvard Business Review revealed that 65% of consumers said they want to buy purpose-driven brands that advocate sustainability, but only about 26% actually do so. It's unclear where this intention gap comes from, but thankfully it's getting more convenient to shop sustainably from many of the retailers you already support.

Amazon recently introduced Climate Pledge Friendly, "a new program to help make it easy for customers to discover and shop for more sustainable products." When you're browsing Amazon, a Climate Pledge Friendly label will appear on more than 45,000 products to signify they have one or more different sustainability certifications which "help preserve the natural world, reducing the carbon footprint of shipments to customers," according to the online retailer.

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In order to distinguish more sustainable products, the program partnered with a wide range of external certifications, including governmental agencies, non-profits, and independent laboratories, all of which have a focus on preserving the natural world.

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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.