In 2 Minutes, She'll Take You From 'I Have No Clue' To 'OMG, I Can't Believe We Do This'

Poet Natalie Patterson wants us to vote for hope, and not just in some gimmicky way. She wants us to literally put our tax dollars where our values are and stop wasting money and lives on an unforgiving criminal justice system.

Take, for example, that almost half of federal prisoners have been locked up for drug offenses (see chart below). With so many cops distracted by petty drug busts, some really effed-up crimes — I'm talking rape and murder, people! — are going unsolved.


Wouldn't police attention be better spent tracking violent criminals? And wouldn't we get a lot more for our tax money by investing in ways to stop crime before it happens?

U.S. Federal Prison Population by Offense Category

Note: Data is limited by the availability of offense-specific information.

(Data as of Aug. 30, 2014)

Proposition 47 would be a great first step toward fixing our ironically termed "correctional" system, starting with California. And while it's only up for a vote in California, its passage could be the start of a nationwide shift in a better direction.

Natalie isn't the only one who supports the proposition. The plan has support from millions of California residents, including judges, cops, teachers, parents, students, faith leaders, business owners, and folks from all other walks of life.

Even California's most-read newspapers want 47 to succeed.

So if you're a California voter and you agree with Natalie, please go to the polls on Nov. 4 and vote YES on Proposition 47.

If you're not a California voter, please help to spread the word, because...

"Justice is indivisible! Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."
— Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
True

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.