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If You Think Jobs Matter More Than Environmental Concerns, Your Argument Is Legit. Now Read This.

OK, so here's the deal. I grew up in West Virginia, where all the mineral wealth gets extracted by out-of-state companies. They bring in professionals for a few years to get stuff set up, then they jet. Locals don't get much money out of it — just acid streams, dangerous jobs, and black lung. But you know, they need those jobs. A bad job is better than no job. You gotta eat. A report from the State Department shows that the Keystone XL Pipeline will be pretty much the same deal but in Montana. All is not yet lost — your friends in the U.S. Senate haven't quite decided if they're giving this the green light. Write to your senators! It's not too late.

If You Think Jobs Matter More Than Environmental Concerns, Your Argument Is Legit. Now Read This.


FACT CHECK TIME! This phase of the pipeline will only run through three states, not five (Montana, South Dakota, and Nebraska). Kansas and North Dakota get a shout out in the report for other reasons but won't have pipeline from this phase crossing through them.

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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.