One step further than buying American? Supporting a homemade industrial infrastructure.

The country music capital of the world could become the capital of something much different:

Jobs. Local ones. Good ones.

At a time when even the reconstruction of bridges in America is being outsourced to China...



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...the folks at the Nashville Fashion Alliance, a group of real American job makers, are singing a very different song.

Instead of outsourcing to overseas workers, they're establishing new infrastructure to create local jobs. In America.

And in a state that ranks 39th in unemployment in America.

From the NFA's Kickstarter:

"Over the last few years, Nashville's Fashion scene has absolutely exploded with talent. We are now home to over 150 growing fashion brands.

[The Nashville Fashion Alliance's] mission is to provide these creative companies with infrastructure, resources and support while at the same time creating needed jobs in our community."

Great mission. Good. But here's what all that mission-statement-wording means in real life.

The Nashville Fashion Alliance means a real-life, growing local industry.And that industry needs skilled workers.

They're ready to train 'em, too.

In addition to providing the infrastructure for growth, the Nashville Fashion Alliance is setting out to create a job training and placement program to sustain the job growth!

via NFA Kickstarter

I don't know about you, but that's a song I wanna hear. Over and over again.

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If you're with me, you've got two days to give to their Kickstarter!


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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.