Are there any American “heroes” we can agree on in 2019? This might sound like an abstract question, but for the Fourth of July weekend, Politico Magazine has decided to make it more concrete, asking experts: Who would you put on a new Mount Rushmore? Every year, more than 2 million people drive to Keystone, South Dakota, to stare at the 60-foot-tall granite heads of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Teddy Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. The sheer size of those heads evokes our sense of the heroic—people who didn’t just achieve something but embodied larger American values. “What makes the hero a hero is the romantic notion that he stands above the tawdry give and take of everyday politics,” H.W. Brands wrote in his biography of Roosevelt.Story Continued Below For all their contributions to American history, it is hard, in 2019, not to think about the fact that two of the four figures on Mount Rushmore—all white men—owned slaves, and … [Read more...] about Who Should Be on the Next Mount Rushmore?
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She was walking alone, a block from her house in San Pedro, Honduras, in a fuchsia-colored dress, when three strangers leaped on her in the dark. “They ripped open my dress, they insulted me, they threw me to the ground. They punched me, they threw combustibles over me, and they lit me on fire,” said Estrellita Escobar, clasping her scarred forearms at the memory. As a transgender woman in Honduras, she was constantly at risk. She narrowly escaped being abducted, and then would endure another brutal beating on the streets. Escobar said she reported all three incidents to the police. When nothing was done, she fled to the United States. Escobar, a transgender woman from Honduras, was burned and beaten in the street in her Honduran hometown. (Courtesy Of Estrellita Escobar | Express-News)In December, Escobar, 25, was placed in a special immigrant detention unit where people like her — born male, but identifying as women — wait for their asylum hearings. At the … [Read more...] about ‘Slam dunk’ asylums
FIRST PLACE: What do you do with leftover Peeps? Make s'mores! Created by Betsy CotoneSECOND PLACE: "Bohemian Peepsody," created by Grace JasinskiTHIRD PLACE: "Infamous Graffiti Artist, Peepsy," created by Jessica KrueckebergWINNER OF THE 12-AND-UNDER YOUTH DIVISION: "April 11 Snow Day in St. Peep MN" created by Joe Wicke, age 11. Materials used: 7 batches of Rice Krispies Treats, frosting, graham crackers, red chocolate, and PeepsPEOPLE'S CHOICE WINNER: "Space Aliens invade Easter Island," created by Renee RitzerHONORABLE MENTION: "Peeph.D. (Ph.D.) Thesis Project" by Stephanie Anguiar. A science-themed diorama about my research thesis on Vaccines Against Emerging Peepogens (pathogens) showcasing a day in the life of a graduate student. Actual laboratory materials were incorporated in the display.HONORABLE MENTION: "Dancers of all sizes are celebrating my 70th year of teaching dance!" created by Nancy RaddatzHONORABLE MENTION: "Peep of the Hill," created by Heidi Hansen, also has a … [Read more...] about 2019 Pioneer Press Peeps Contest winners
Over the last two years, as Americans’ attention has turned to the country’s southern border, one tiny road along the northern border has become a hotspot for asylum-seekers looking for safety and a better life in Canada. Migrants from around the world have been coming to the village of Champlain in upstate New York for a chance to cross the US-Canada border and request asylum. Champlain’s deputy mayor, Janet McFetridge, has personally greeted hundreds of them, staking out the border-crossing almost every single day and bidding migrants farewell with hats and winter wear. “It’s just so many separate stories and separate wishes and hopes and dreams, and people just like all of us just wanting a better life for their families,” she told INSIDER. CHAMPLAIN, NY – Janet McFetridge dumps a handful of trash on the driver’s seat of her car, pointing to the used credit cards, bus tickets, and scrunched-up bits of paper. She can’t … [Read more...] about One woman spends hours at the US border in rural New York every day, outfitting immigrants with knitted hats and gloves before they flee to Canada
Maureen Feighan The Detroit News Published 11:55 PM EST Jan 9, 2019 Somewhere between the Mass and reception to celebrate her daughter’s 15th birthday last summer, Cindy Garcia shut down. It was too much. The Lincoln Park mom of three organized the big party in July for Soleil’s birthday, her quinceañera, a major milestone for Latina girls everywhere. It was a party her daughter had dreamed about since she was a baby. But Cindy faltered. She lost her cellphone, the same phone she’d held up during the entire ceremony to video chat this milestone with her husband, Jorge, 40, living a separate life thousands of miles away in Mexico after he’d been deported in January. Around her, the music blared, the crowd partied. Life goes on, even when it feels like your own has stopped. “I had to think that it was someone else’s party,” Cindy said. “It was too much to think about it.” More: Long waits, small odds: Changing … [Read more...] about A year without Jorge: Family endures without deported father