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I Had No Idea What They Were Pouring Over Their Heads. Turns Out, It's Just As Awful As I Feared.

These young people are making a case against the United States of America. It's a serious one. And the facts speak for themselves.

I Had No Idea What They Were Pouring Over Their Heads. Turns Out, It's Just As Awful As I Feared.

Super heavy, right? But this video is actually based on an official document presented to the United Nations in 1951 with the same name: "We Charge Genocide." Created then by an organization called the Civil Rights Congress, it made the case that based on the U.N.'s own definition and horrifying data about lynching, police brutality, and overall systemic inequality, the U.S. was guilty of genocide. Plain and simple.


Well, many young people of color feel like the threats to their lives are just as serious and just as great today as they were 60 years ago. They are trying to start a conversation about it and are certainly off to a great start with this dramatic video. Their only ask of you? That you share it and tweet #WeChargeGenocide.

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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.