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Valentine’s Day in America – The reFRESH

Valentine's candies by anti-gun violence arts activist group Change the Ref

Photo from Change the Ref Written by Jackson Bird This week we’re reflecting on the new meaning of February 14th in present-day America. What we’re checking out… Valentine’s Day was yesterday. In addition to being a day to reflect on the revolutionary power of love and to show your support for survivors of sexual abuse, February 14th […]

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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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A reFRESHing 2018 Year In Review

Photo by Steven VanDesande Jr Written by Jackson Bird This week we’re looking back on a year of growth, triumphs, and new initiatives at FRESH. In June, we hosted our first-ever conference. FRESH: Live was a gathering of our speakers and special guests for a day of cutting-edge conversation about “the new” that we are seeing emerge […]

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This Season, Show You Really Do Care – The reFRESH

Photo via Ben Smith/The Daily Iowan Written by Jackson Bird This week we’re appreciating often overlooked workers, rolling our eyes at misogyny, and doing our best to find stories of holiday cheer in this challenging time. What we’re checking out… Politico interviewed fifty women from across various roles and ideologies about their experiences with structural bias and […]

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