Policy & Advocacy
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9/20/2017

The Interior Department, which oversees federal lands, has temporarily added the arcade game "Big Buck Hunter Pro" to its cafeteria to encourage employees to get involved in hunting season. Employees can take part in a Secretary's Shotgun Showdown competition, the winner of which will get "bragging rights" and a meeting with the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.

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CNN
9/20/2017

Air Force Reserve pilots from the 910th Airlift Wing Aerial Spray Mission Team are spraying areas in Texas affected by Hurricane Harvey to control potentially disease-carrying mosquitoes. "To date, in nine days, we've treated over 2 million acres, which is absolutely phenomenal," Lt. Col. Bart Elsea said.

9/20/2017

Fragmented societies and polarizing political discourse are hampering efforts to address humanitarian, environmental and peacekeeping crises, warned United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in a speech to the UN General Assembly. "We are a world in pieces. We need to be a world at peace. And I strongly believe that, together, we can build peace," he said.

9/20/2017

Countries have begun signing the United Nations' nuclear ban treaty, the first agreement to completely ban the development, testing, production or possession of nuclear weapons. However, leaders of nuclear-armed countries have resisted the deal, saying it will weaken the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

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9/20/2017

The World Health Organization is launching a campaign to vaccinate close to 1 million people in northeastern Nigeria as a deadly cholera epidemic continues to spread. The outbreak currently has a 1.8% fatality rate -- above the 1% threshold for an emergency -- and UNICEF officials say failure to report suspected cases is hindering efforts to contain the disease.

9/20/2017

About 40.3 million people were victims of modern slavery in 2016, according to a report from the International Labor Organization and the Walk Free Foundation. Women and girls account for 71% of modern slaves, and an estimated 10 million of those living in slavery are children, the report says.

9/20/2017

Rescuers are working frantically to dig survivors out of the rubble of destroyed buildings after a magnitude 7.1 earthquake shook Mexico City, just weeks after a quake in the south of the country left close to 100 dead. Officials say about 40 buildings and structures have collapsed and at least 225 people are dead.

9/20/2017

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has warned global leaders against escalating the conflict with North Korea to a war, saying political solutions are necessary. US President Donald Trump threatened to "totally destroy North Korea" during his address to the UN General Assembly, a move that some analysts say could undermine diplomatic efforts to resolve the situation.

9/20/2017

The push to diversify the nonprofit sector, though often well-intended, can lead to the tokenization of people of color for several reasons, including the fact that most organizations are influenced by funding from wealthy white men, writes Helen Kim Ho. She identifies eight ways that nonprofits commonly tokenize, including recruiting people of color but failing to give them any actual power.

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Medium
9/20/2017

The Whiting Foundation has introduced a new grant series to "acknowledge, reward and encourage" medium-sized, small and online nonprofit magazines that publish in the US. The foundation, which will award a total of $120,000 to three winners, said it hopes to "ignite growth" and encourage publications to "strive for new, visionary goals."