Trump protests in the U.K. began with a massive women's march.

Once again, women are leading the way against Trump.

The protests over President Trump's visit to the U.K. generated a lot of attention; Trump himself said they made him feel "unwelcome." But it's about more than just giant "Trump baby" balloons.


The protests organized around his visit kicked off with a large-scale march organized by and focused on women. And it was a major success.

The Women's March on London started two hours before the "official" #DumpTrump protests began. Though they were primarily focused on women's issues, the organizers made a point of being inclusive across all identities. Afterward, they shared their "fantastic day of protest" and the support in creating change.

Nearly everywhere Trump goes, he’s facing major opposition — especially from women.

The protesters weren't just inclusive to those in their own country: Several people who marched held up signs emphasizing that while they are "anti-Trump," they are also "pro-America."

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And the Women's March organizers have been mindful to give thanks to those women in America who helped lead the way, writing on their site: "The U.S. election proved a catalyst for a grassroots movement of women to assert the positive values that the politics of fear denies."

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The marches aren't just about Trump as an individual: U.S. policy decisions can have a major impact on people across the globe. And Trump and his administration are continuously putting forth policies and making decisions that threaten the lives of people far and wide.

When women take to the streets in London to protest Trump, they are making their voices heard on a multitude of issues, at home and abroad.

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Trump likes to brag about big crowds — and the London protest certainly was one.

In fact, it was massive, with some involved even delightfully saying it was bigger than Trump's own inauguration crowd.

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The world is watching and peacefully speaking out against Trump's policies both at home and across the world, with women once again leading the way.

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If someone were to say "video games" to you, what are the first words that come to mind? Whatever words you thought of (fun, exciting, etc.), we're willing to guess "healthy" or "mental health tool" didn't pop into your mind.

And yet… it turns out they are. Especially for Veterans.

How? Well, for one thing, video games — and virtual reality more generally — are also more accessible and less stigmatized to veterans than mental health treatment. In fact, some psychiatrists are using virtual reality systems for this reason to treat PTSD.

Secondly, video games allow people to socialize in new ways with people who share common interests and goals. And for Veterans, many of whom leave the military feeling isolated or lonely after they lose the daily camaraderie of their regiment, that socialization is critical to their mental health. It gives them a virtual group of friends to talk with, connect to, and relate to through shared goals and interests.

In addition, according to a 2018 study, since many video games simulate real-life situations they encountered during their service, it makes socialization easier since they can relate to and find common ground with other gamers while playing.

This can help ease symptoms of depression, anxiety, and even PTSD in Veterans, which affects 20% of the Veterans who have served since 9/11.

Watch here as Verizon dives into the stories of three Veteran gamers to learn how video games helped them build community, deal with trauma and have some fun.

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Video games have been especially beneficial to Veterans since the beginning of the pandemic when all of us — Veterans included — have been even more isolated than ever before.

And that's why Verizon launched a challenge last year, which saw $30,000 donated to four military charities.

And this year, they're going even bigger by launching a new World of Warships charity tournament in partnership with Wargaming and Wounded Warrior Project called "Verizon Warrior Series." During the tournament, gamers will be able to interact with the game's iconic ships in new and exciting ways, all while giving back.

Together with these nonprofits, the tournament will welcome teams all across the nation in order to raise money for military charities helping Veterans in need. There will be a $100,000 prize pool donated to these charities, as well as donation drives for injured Veterans at every match during the tournament to raise extra funds.

Verizon is also providing special discounts to Those Who Serve communities, including military and first responders, and they're offering a $75 in-game content military promo for World of Warships.

Tournament finals are scheduled for August 8, so be sure to tune in to the tournament and donate if you can in order to give back to Veterans in need.

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When the COVID-19 pandemic socially distanced the world and pushed off the 2020 Olympics, we knew the games weren't going to be the same. The fact that they're even happening this year is a miracle, but without spectators and the usual hustle and bustle surrounding the events, it definitely feels different.

But it's not just the games themselves that have changed. The coverage of the Olympics has changed as well, including the unexpected addition of un-expert, uncensored commentary from comedian Kevin Hart and rapper Snoop Dogg on NBC's Peacock.

In the topsy-turvy world we're currently living in, it's both a refreshing and hilarious addition to the Olympic lineup.

Just watch this clip of them narrating an equestrian event. (Language warning if you've got kiddos nearby. The first video is bleeped, but the others aren't.)

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