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Thursday, July 9, 2020 | Volume 4

Welcome to the fourth Newspark newsletter.

This is a very special newsletter because (drum roll please) we are now LIVE on the Indiana Daily Student website!

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As always, we're writing to you this week with the news stories that have captured our attention, with links to corresponding social impact charities from our wide network of vetted organizations. If you are a charity and would like to be featured in our next edition of the Newspark newsletter, shoot us an email at

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Here are the stories we're following this week.

For seniors, coronavirus carries a unique
social burden

The story:

“The brunt of Covid-19 will be borne by the poor, elderly, and sick,” said Vivek Murthy, a former U.S. Surgeon General, in a March Vox story that predicted one of the consequences of the coronavirus would be a "loneliness epidemic." We're thinking about this story now, four months after it was published, as the number of cases in the U.S. continues to climb.

The relevant organization:

The Concordium is a Harvard-born initiative to alleviate loneliness through video conferencing. They're a Newspark partner, so you can check them out on certain Newspark media partner stories. You can also donate here when their donation page goes live tomorrow.

SCOTUS decision a win for tribal sovereignty

The story:
The Supreme Court ruled today that much of eastern Oklahoma remains an Indian reservation, according to Indian Country Today. The decision — which has been a long time coming — has profound implications for how criminal law is handled in the state. For more background on the case, check out This Land, a podcast from Crooked Media and Rebecca Nagle.
Graphics: Indian Country Today, This Land
The relevant organization:
For half a century, the Native American Rights Fund has been providing legal assistance in cases to defend Native Americans, including in matters relating to tribal sovereignty and human rights. Check out their National Indian Law Library and donate here.

I.C.E. lays down restrictive rules for int'l students

The story:
International students at colleges and universities in the U.S. are facing a litany of new restrictions from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (I.C.E.), including a rule that prohibits students from staying in the country if their universities are online-only.  Student newspapers like the Indiana Daily Student are reporting that these regulations leave students with a difficult choice: "degrees or deportation."
Photo: Eva Hambach/AFP via Getty Images
The relevant organization:
The Institute of International Education has a fund uniquely dedicated to helping international students who have been affected by COVID-19. Now, as international scholars face I.C.E.'s new rules, the institute's work and the emergency fund are more important than ever. Donate using the link above.
Note: The Concordium and the Indiana Daily Student are the only Newspark partners mentioned in this article. All other news outlets, charities, and businesses are unaffiliated with Newspark.

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