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Thursday, June 18, 2020 | Volume I

Welcome to Newspark's weekly newsletter.

Each week, we'll be writing to you about the news stories that have captured our attention, with links to corresponding social impact charities from our wide network of vetted organizations. Since we're still in the process of signing charities onto our platform, two of the three charities we're featuring this week are from outside our network.

We're also getting excited about our upcoming launch (June 22!) so scroll to the bottom for more information about that.

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Here are the stories we're following this week.

Minnesota rebuilds

The story:
Students from the University of Minnesota were among the many who helped Minneapolis residents and business owners get back on their feet after protests earlier this month, according to The Minnesota Daily, UMN-Twin Cities’ student newspaper.
The relevant organization:
One of our partner charities is the Minnesota Indigenous Business Alliance, an organization that supports native-owned businesses in Minnesota. They hold workshops and trade events, among other programming, and are 95% native led. Support them here.

Voting difficulties in Georgia

The story:

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported disastrous elections in Georgia last week, mostly due to undertrained poll staff, dysfunctional voting equipment, and significant delays that caused some voters to wait hours before casting their ballots.

The relevant organization:

The National Election Defense Coalition is an organization that lobbies for bipartisan support for state-based election security measures. Currently, they’re working to ensure fair voting during the Covid-19 crisis. Donate here.

Making BLM more inclusive

The story:
The hosts of NPR’s Nancy podcast interviewed Imara Jones, a journalist and transgender woman of color, about how the Black Lives Matter movement falls short in advocating for Black trans lives. The conversation took place within the context of Pride Month and the BLM protests that are sweeping the nation.
The relevant organization:
There are a multitude of impactful organizations working to support Black trans people, some of which are listed in the podcast’s show notes. We’re fans of The Okra Project, which provides food to insecure Black trans folk with meals. Donate to them here
Newspark news
  • We're launching on Monday, June 22 with the Indiana Daily Student, Indiana University's student-run newspaper. Check out their statement about our partnership, and keep your eyes peeled for our widget on their site.
  • We will also be launching with the Emory Wheel later this summer.
  • We've connected with over 40 charities so far, and are fine tuning our charity interface so that our partners can easily add fundraisers to our platform.
And one last thing:
  • This week, a retired couple read a Dallas Morning News story about a struggling costume shop ... and then donated their stimulus checks to the business. The reporter who wrote the story tweeted about it, saying the action showed "Why journalism is the best." It's that kind of potential for news to spark change that inspires us to do what we do. 🙌
Note: The Minnesota Indigenous Business Alliance is the only Newspark partner mentioned in this article. All other news outlets, charities, and businesses are unaffiliated with Newspark.

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