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Study Destroys Myth Of Uneducated Immigrants

Counter to the stereotype that immigrants flocking to the US have minimal education, a new Pew Research Center study found that immigrants who have arrived in the past five years are highly educated, with advanced degrees, job skills, fluency in English, and an eagerness to find professional work.

Via: WhoWhatWhy

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We Should All Speak To People We Don’t Agree With. Here’s How

The Better Arguments Project is a new national civic initiative created to help bridge ideological divides – not by papering over those divides but by teaching Americans how to have better arguments. The more we can equip communities to have arguments rooted both in history and in best practices of constructive communication, the healthier our country will be.

Via: The Aspen Institute

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Power Is Everywhere, But Love Is Supreme

“We live in an age in which military power is always viewed as the ultimate form or the highest form of power that can allow people to exert their will, as collectives, as nations, as peoples. But intellectual power, moral power, spiritual power, those are the “weak” and “feeble” kinds of power, which in the end could be the most powerful.” – Cornel West

Via: New York Times

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Nevada Gov. Signs Bill To Restore Voting Rights To People Released From Prison

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak on Wednesday signed a sweeping criminal justice reform bill that will restore the voting rights of convicted felons, a measure he says will enfranchise 77,000 people. The bill will go into effect July 1 and will automatically restore a person’s voting rights once they are released from prison and complete their parole.

Via: HuffPost

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A New Partnership Aims To Engage Youth In Realizing Our Civic Purpose

Chicago Public Schools and the Aspen Institute are working together to highlight Chicago students’ perspectives of what every American should know to be powerful civic actors in our democracy, and to demonstrate how students are translating their knowledge into action in their communities.

Via: The Aspen Institute

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All In The Same Boat

On the Outlaw Country Cruise, music taps into a deeper sense of shared humanity rendered all the more precious in this time of particularly intense division. Yes, the idea of “outlaw” means drinking and partying and carrying on and playing tunes without fear of reprisal, but for a few days, it can also mean a deeper well of forgiveness, a release of vindictiveness, and a realization that maybe music actually can be our Great Equalizer.

Via: Bitter Southerner

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Slow Thought: A Manifesto

Slow Thought appeals to reflection before conviction, clarity before a call to action. In a wonderful philosophical lesson that is structured like a joke, Ludwig Wittgenstein admonished philosophers about rushing their thinking: Question: ‘How does one philosopher address another?’ Answer: ‘Take your time.’

Via: Aeon