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Leila Roumani Syria-USA 34, PROJECT MANAGER, MASTERS IN PUBLIC HEALTH AT HARVARD T.H. CHAN SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS

My father came in the late 1960s from Syria to do his urological residency in Ohio and Pennsylvania. He soon engaged and brought my mother along to join him in the U.S. After having my two sisters in Pennsylvania and finishing medical residency, they moved to Los Angeles, California where my father opened his first medical office and my parents delivered their third baby girl: me. We had several aunts and uncles who had settled in Los Angeles before us, so although my parents were far away from family, we still had a loving, progressive, intersectionality oriented, and social-justice minded Muslim and Arab community in Los Angeles to lean on. Today, six years into the Syrian civil war, I realize that my family would most likely be refugees if my parents had not moved to the US in the late 1960s when professional immigrants were encouraged and welcome to come. My parents proudly moved to a country that believed in opportunities for all and a ‘melting pot’ of diversity and inclusion. My parents have never missed an opportunity to vote since they were naturalized-something my father reminds us could not have happened in Syria. The US afforded my family opportunities and stability to build a better life.Why did your family come to the United States?They wanted to leave Syria because they wanted to raise their children in a country that upheld democratic ideals, free speech, and better opportunities.What would the U.S. be missing out on if you or your people were banned?My father’s sense of humor and Syrian-Lebanese food

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New York Artist Molly Crabapple Sketches Her Way From Guantanamo Bay to Bangalore – The Ladies FingerThe Ladies Finger

Gaza was bombed and wrecked during the 2014 war, Molly remembers seeing construction workers taking the rebar from a building that has been bombed. “If you’ve ever seen rebar from a building that has been bombed, it is an evil-looking material. It’s like coiled snakes; like nettles.” She saw two men taking the rebar and straightening it with rocks and tools. And in it she saw an image of resilience, taking the rebar and turning it into construction material, but “goddammit, you’re going to rebuild anyway!”

Source: New York Artist Molly Crabapple Sketches Her Way From Guantanamo Bay to Bangalore – The Ladies FingerThe Ladies Finger

Native Seeds Sustain Brazil’s Semi-Arid Northeast | Inter Press Service

In bottles and small plastic barrels, he stores the seeds of corn, bean, sorghum, watermelon and other locally planted species, in a shack next to his house, in the middle of land that is now sandy and covered with dried-up vegetation.More than a thousand homes that serve as “seed banks”, and 20,000 participating families, make up the network organised by ASA to preserve the genetic heritage and diversity of crops adapted to the climate and semi-arid soil in Brazil’s Northeast.Saving seeds is an age-old peasant tradition, which was neglected during the “green revolution”, a period of agricultural modernization which started in the mid-20th century and involved “an offensive by companies that produced the so-called ‘improved’ seeds,” which farmers became dependent on, said Antonio Gomes Barbosa, a sociologist who is coordinator of ASA’s Seed Programme.

Source: Native Seeds Sustain Brazil’s Semi-Arid Northeast | Inter Press Service

vintage everyday: The Corman’s Missing Polaroids: The Story Behind 66 Lost Polaroids of Madonna Before She Was Famous

The Corman’s Missing Polaroids: The Story Behind 66 Lost Polaroids of Madonna Before She Was FamousThe missing Polaroids had kept Richard Corman awake at night for years. He had misplaced or, worse, thrown away dozens of shots he took of Madonna in April 1983, when she was a fiercely ambitious 24 years old unknown with blood-red-lips, a painted-on-mole and an armful of black rubber bangles.

Source: vintage everyday: The Corman’s Missing Polaroids: The Story Behind 66 Lost Polaroids of Madonna Before She Was Famous

Arachnologist Rajashree Khalap on Discovering the Sorting Hat Spider that Excited even JK Rowling – The Ladies FingerThe Ladies Finger

Perhaps this is also why the spider has been named after the Sorting Hat. The name Eriovixia gryffindori is both a nod to the Harry Potter series that Khalap says everyone on the team loved, and is also an attempt to involve more people in conversations about the eight-legged creatures. “Popular culture has the potential to do this,” she says — even remarking that Pokémon inspired many researchers she knows to enter the field. JK Rowling even tweeted about spider.

Source: Arachnologist Rajashree Khalap on Discovering the Sorting Hat Spider that Excited even JK Rowling – The Ladies FingerThe Ladies Finger

Currently In Limbo, ‘Ghost Bike’ Memorials For Fallen Cyclists May Get Formalized: SFist

Today, the Examiner writes that Warner and Mitchell are closer to getting their wish. Supervisor Norman Yee introduced a resolution last week to permit bike memorials as well as to implement “an immediate moratorium on the removal of any ‘Ghost Bike’ for one year so long as they are not obstructing local ordinances, such as blocking pedestrian egress.”According to a statement from Yee, “ghost bikes are powerful reminders to our community that we still have a long way to get to Vision Zero,” or the city’s goal of zero traffic related deaths by 2024. The resolution calls on the Bicycle Advisory Committee to form a partnership with Public Works and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency “for an ordinance for the permitted placement of ‘Ghost Bikes’ or other memorials by citizens who wishes to do so.”

Source: Currently In Limbo, ‘Ghost Bike’ Memorials For Fallen Cyclists May Get Formalized: SFist

Engine update – Vivaldi Browser snapshot 1.5.638.3 – Vivaldi Web browser Community

I was liking what Vivaldi was doing with a new browser but today learned since I am a Mac user, I am not all that important. Used to love Opera until they decided to sell theirselves to a Chinese group.

“No Mac Builds this time: they will return before 1.5 is released as a stable version.”

Back to Firefox?

Source: Engine update – Vivaldi Browser snapshot 1.5.638.3 – Vivaldi Web browser Community

Announcing South by South Lawn: A White House Festival of Ideas, Art, and Action | whitehouse.gov

Nominate yourself or someone you know to attend the White House’s South by South Lawn. On October 3, the White House will convene creators, innovators, and organizers from across the country for an evening of music, film, and great ideas. It is a call to arms for every American to roll up their sleeves and make a positive mark on our country — and a celebration of the great work so many of us have already accomplished.Know somebody creating change — big or small — in your community? We’re inviting you to nominate yourself or somebody you know to attend. Submit details below by September 10th at 5pm. WHO IS YOUR NOMINEE? *TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT WHY YOU OR YOUR NOMINEE SHOULD ATTEND: *SHARE A LINK FOR MORE INFORMATION:CITYSTATEZIPINSTAGRAM ACCOUNTTHE NOMINEE’S EMAIL *YOUR EMAIL (IF NOMINATING SOMEBODY OTHER THAN YOURSELF):*Your information may be shared among the White House, South by Southwest, AFI, PCAH, with other agencies and nongovernmental organizations working on South by South Lawn. You must 18 or over to submit a nomination.

Source: Announcing South by South Lawn: A White House Festival of Ideas, Art, and Action | whitehouse.gov