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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.
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"I love being a nurse because I have the honor of connecting with my patients during some of their best and some of their worst days and making a difference in their lives is among the most rewarding things that I can do in my own life" - Tenesia Richards, RN

From ushering new life into the world to holding the hand of a patient as they take their last breath, nurses are everyday heroes that deserve our respect and appreciation.

To give back to this community that is always giving so selflessly to others, CeraVe® put out a call to nurses to share their stories for a chance to be featured in Heroes Behind the Masks, a digital content series shining a light on nurses who go above and beyond to provide safe and quality care to patients and their communities.

First up: Tenesia Richards, a labor and delivery nurse working in New York City who, in addition to her regular job, started a community outreach program in a homeless shelter that houses expectant mothers for up to one year postpartum.

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Upon learning at a conference that black mothers in the U.S. die at three to four times the rate of white mothers, one of the widest of all racial disparities in women's health, Richards decided to take further action to help her community. She, along with a handful of fellow nurses, volunteered to provide antepartum, childbirth and postpartum education to the women living at the shelter. Additionally, they looked for other ways to boost the spirits of the residents, like throwing baby showers and bringing in guest speakers. When COVID-19 hit and in-person gatherings were no longer possible, Richards and her team found creative workarounds and created holiday care packages for the mothers instead.

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Of course, there's a healthy way to approach such a potentially dangerous topic.

Telling your partner you find someone else attractive shouldn't be about making them feel jealous. It's probably also best that if you're attracted to a coworker, friend, or their sibling, that you keep it to yourself.

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"I love being a nurse because I have the honor of connecting with my patients during some of their best and some of their worst days and making a difference in their lives is among the most rewarding things that I can do in my own life" - Tenesia Richards, RN

From ushering new life into the world to holding the hand of a patient as they take their last breath, nurses are everyday heroes that deserve our respect and appreciation.

To give back to this community that is always giving so selflessly to others, CeraVe® put out a call to nurses to share their stories for a chance to be featured in Heroes Behind the Masks, a digital content series shining a light on nurses who go above and beyond to provide safe and quality care to patients and their communities.

First up: Tenesia Richards, a labor and delivery nurse working in New York City who, in addition to her regular job, started a community outreach program in a homeless shelter that houses expectant mothers for up to one year postpartum.

Tenesia | Heroes Behind the Masks presented by CeraVe www.youtube.com

Upon learning at a conference that black mothers in the U.S. die at three to four times the rate of white mothers, one of the widest of all racial disparities in women's health, Richards decided to take further action to help her community. She, along with a handful of fellow nurses, volunteered to provide antepartum, childbirth and postpartum education to the women living at the shelter. Additionally, they looked for other ways to boost the spirits of the residents, like throwing baby showers and bringing in guest speakers. When COVID-19 hit and in-person gatherings were no longer possible, Richards and her team found creative workarounds and created holiday care packages for the mothers instead.

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