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Quint & Quint is a visual storytelling and impact marketing agency based in New York City. We use an artful blend of documentary photography and video production to help select institutions and nonprofits wildly surpass their fundraising and brand awareness campaign goals.

The US Education Department is chipping away at affirmative action.
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Texas Tech Medical School will stop using race in admissions, halting any efforts to increase racial diversity in its student body.

From 2004 to 2018, the school increased enrollment of Hispanic students from 9% to 16% after a concerted effort was made to recruit them. The school said that it wanted to recruit students who showed the cultural sensitivity that would allow them to serve racially diverse patients - i.e. : wouldn’t it be great to have some Hispanic doctors working in Hispanic communities? (New York Times)

Because the medical community in the United States has a dark history when it comes to treating minority groups, it’s especially important to ensure a diverse student pool for medical schools.

For example, in the 19th-century, American medical schools trained students how to “detect” whether an enslaved person was faking an illness. The ramifications of these practices still linger today. In a 2016 study of medical students at the University of Virginia, many students said they believed that African Americans feel less pain than other patients, which could explain why black patients’ pain often goes under-treated (Washington Post).

This recent roll-back of affirmative-action practices is alarming not only because it’s important to ensure that higher education is accessible to people of all backgrounds, but also to ensure that our doctors reflect the diversity of our country.

This music video is so creative - gives us chills.

We just love this music video for David Byrne’s “Everybody’s Coming To My House”. The students of the Detroit School of Arts really transform the song and make it their own… and sound so good doing it!

“When I saw what the DSA students did with my song, it completely changed the way I thought of it. In fact, it changed the meaning of the song—I realized it was about inclusion, welcoming, and not being alone. It’s a more generous interpretation of the song than what I do with my voice.” - David Bryne (Rolling Stone)

Also, did you know that David Bryne runs a blog Reasons to Be Cheerful? Turns out he’s a pretty cheery guy!

New York City’s Bail Success Story.
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16-year-old Kaleif Browder was held at Rikers for three years on Rikers without a trial for allegedly stealing a backpack because his family couldn’t afford to pay $3,000 in bail. He later died by suicide after his release.

Bail unfairly targets the poor, and sometimes keeps those accused of crimes in jail for years. In 2017, 33,000 criminal defendants spent time in jail in New York State because they didn’t have the money to post bail.

While prosecutors generally think of setting bail as a minor decision, research has shown that even a small stint in jail can cost defendants their jobs, and strongly impact their case’s outcome. Also, mental-health and housing issues often play a role in landing “frequent fliers” in criminal court. By setting bail and sending them to jail, these issues are only made worse.

However, New York State has recently made moves to reduce the practice of setting bail in criminal cases, and lawmakers in Albany are working on a bill that would abolish money bail.

New York City prosecutors have already reduced the frequency that bail is set, and defendants are still showing up in court. In fact, the return-to-court rate is higher than the national average at 86%. New York City has become the least incarcerated major city in the United states, with a decrease in jail population from 22,000 in 1991 to about 7,800 this year.

Eliminating bail would be a great step forward in criminal justice reform, and would prevent the unjust suffering of defendants in jail without a trial without compromising the safety of the public. Read more about bail and how it plays a role in larger efforts for criminal justice reform at www.themarshallproject.org.

How can YOU treat people differently?
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Did you know that 60% of people still believe that individuals with intellectual disabilities should be segregated in schools and in the workplace? The problem is that not everyone knows or has met someone with an intellectual disability. The Schriver Report Snapshot conducted by  Harris Poll for The Special Olympic International World Games and Shriver Media found that:

  • the 56% of Americans who know someone with ID are twice as likely to understand the facts behind it

  • and Americans who’ve never met someone with ID are three times less likely to find the R-word offensive in any context

It seems that the best way to promote empathy and understanding is making sure that people of all abilities are welcome and supported in our public spaces, schools, and places of work. We were moved by this testimony from Best Buddies Global Ambassador Paul Brooks, calling on us all to make everyone feel included, regardless of ability:

“Together we can make a difference and to influence our culture for people with disabilities, if we spread the word for inclusion! We have the power to use language that invites people in and encourages them to be themselves”

Read Brooks’ full story at www.medium.com, and make your pledge for inclusion today.

Looking back with Robert Frank, the most influential photographer alive.
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Photographer Robert Frank prefers to stay out of the limelight and let his work be his greatest legacy - and for good reason. His photographic survey, “The Americans”, portrays the vast array of experiences of American life… “how it felt to be wealthy, to be poor, to be in love, to be alone, to be young or old, to be black or white, to live along a country road or to walk a crowded sidewalk, to be overworked or sleeping in parks, to be a swaggering Southern couple or to be young and gay in New York, to be politicking or at prayer.” Needless to say, we’re big fans. Learn more about his work at nytimes.com.

 
Top 5 Reasons Why the House Should Pass the Paycheck Fairness Act.
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Did you know that around 60% of workers in the private sector are contractually forbidden from discussing their salary? Tackling the issue of the gender pay gap is a complicated problem, but there are concrete steps that can be taken to make advances for equal pay for everyone- people of all genders, races, and backgrounds. Learn more about how the Paycheck Fairness Act aims to do just that at www.aclu.org.

International support comes together to rebuild wrestling gym.
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Inspiring story of international support coming together to rebuild this wrestling club’s gym after it was devasted in a bombing by the Islamic State in September. In the attack, 26 of their wrestlers were killed and 91 were wounded. The head coach said of the wrestlers: “They all believe we need to show the terrorists that they can kill us, but they can’t stop us.” Read the full story at nytimes.com.

Could an Ex-Convict Become an Attorney? Reginald Dwayne Betts recalls his journey.
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Betts’ story of how he went from a convict to an attorney is deeply personal, captivating, and moving. He recalls apologizing to the man he robbed and his family in court, but struggling to fully give words to his experience: “so afraid of what might happen, I could barely articulate my regret. I couldn’t explain how a confluence of bad decisions and opportunity led me to become the caricature of a black boy in America.” Read the full story at nytimes.com.

A first for women in mathematics.
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This month, the Abel Prize was awarded to Karen Uhlenbeck, who is the first woman to receive the award. Uhlenbeck pioneered the field of geometric analysis, and developed techniques now commonly used by many mathematicians. “She did things nobody thought about doing,” said Sun-Yung Alice Chang, a mathematician at Princeton University who served on the five-member prize committee, “and after she did, she laid the foundations of a branch of mathematics.” Learn more about Uhlenbeck and her work at nytimes.com.

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