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In The Last 33 Years, 70 Of The 71 Mass Murderers In The U.S. All Had 1 Thing In Common

They were all men. Beyond that, most of them felt they were somehow being denied something that they should have been given. That attitude didn't appear out of thin air. It was honed by our culture, generation after generation, perpetuating bad ideas and stereotypes over time. Elliot Rodger is just the latest permutation of the guy who thinks that he is owed something and demands retribution. Rather than figure out that maybe he might not be communicating with women properly, he blamed their lack of interest on them.The vast majority of men aren't evil, though. It does us no good to vilify an entire gender. But our culture that perpetuates this attitude among a small minority of men needs to be scrutinized — so all men and women can feel safe to speak the truth.

In The Last 33 Years, 70 Of The 71 Mass Murderers In The U.S. All Had 1 Thing In Common

You could Like Laci Green on Facebook if you want to encourage people to call out stuff like this. And if you've watched this and the only thing you took from it is that we're blaming all men for this issue, then you need to hit play again. This isn't about blaming men. It's about calling out our CULTURE, which tends to encourage this line of thinking that a small percentage of men take to heart. If we don't teach kids when they're young, attitudes like this will continue to poison our society.

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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.