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Debate Reform Now – The reFRESH

Image via Adrian Lam / NBC News Written by Jackson Bird This week we’re asking why we still have televised debates, shaking our heads at a certain list of innovators, and checking in on gun control developments. What we’re checking out… One of the most aggravating events of the last week for us, as a speaking […]

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This Newsletter Is Not About The Debates– The reFRESH

Art via Becca Rea-Holloway Written by Jackson Bird This week we scoured the web for anything not about the Democratic Primary Debates. Yes, we all watched to stay informed and many of our speakers had excellent commentary (check out their tweets), but at this point we all need to refresh our minds with other news. What we’re […]

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A Steadying Breath and a Step Forward – The reFRESH

Photo by Victor Garcia Written by Jackson Bird This week we’re taking a breather from the usual horrorshow of world news to focus (mostly) on the positive––including celebrating trailblazers and marveling at the beauty of the universe. What we’re checking out… There were some excellent firsts in the arts and entertainment world this week. Joy Harjo has […]

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Justice and Equality For All – The reFRESH

Photo by Jon Tyson Written by Jackson Bird This week we’re sharing the most powerful moments from Davos, some Sundance highlights, and saluting those fighting for justice and equality for all. What we’re checking out… The racist, homophobic attack on Empire actor Jussie Smollett has rightfully dominated headlines this week as people discuss the numerous interconnected causes and […]

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New Congress, who dis? – The reFRESH

Photo by Vanity Fair / Martin Schoeller Written by Jackson Bird This week we’re celebrating the dawn of a new era as the most diverse U.S. Congress in history is sworn in and gets to work. What we’re checking out… As Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi pointed out, 2019 marks the hundredth anniversary of (white) women earning […]

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