Refugees Contribute to Vermont Small Town Community

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Tackling Homelessness

Homelessness is a major battle that many citizens fight against everyday. People result to homelessness for different reasons, usually it is not a choice. According to the Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress in 2015, there are approximately 600,000 homeless people living in the United States. On a global scale, there are over 100 million people living without homes (and these are only those who are “documented”).

To hear more from people struggling with homelessness today, click this link.

The Effects of Gentrification

Gentrification is a term used to describe the displacement of middle class or lower-income families due to arrival of wealthier people in an urban neighborhood. This is often a result of increasing property values. This is controversial because although the goal is to reduce crime and increase economic activity, established residents find themselves being economically and socially marginalized. Cities across the country such as San Francisco, Chicago and Washington D.C. are heavily impacted by gentrification.

Watch this video to learn more about the effects of gentrification in the Bay Area.

A Change in Leadership for Rome

History was recently made in the capital city of Italy. Rome has elected their first female mayor, Mrs. Virginia Raggi. A few months ago, she was a lawyer who was unrecognizable to many but now she is the face of one of the world’s most famous tourist destinations. Although this is a major global milestone, Raggi has a lot of ground to cover. Considering the city has been without a mayor for almost 8 months and is over $15 billion in debt, one can assume this will not be an easy job.

To learn more about the newly elected Mayor of Rome, click here.

The United State of Women Summit 2016

On June 14th 2016, the First lady of the United States, Michelle Obama held the first annual United State of Women Summit. This event brought together thousands of women from around the world to support the #StateofWomen movement. Inspirational speakers such as Oprah Winfrey and the first lady herself came together to discuss issues such as self love, gender equality and what the future looks like for women internationally.

To learn more, watch this video.

Gun Violence: How Far is Too Far?

Just a few days ago, America experienced what is claimed to be the largest mass shooting in U.S. history. Gunfire broke out early Sunday morning at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, FL. Gunman, Omar Mateen raided the club, killing 49 people and injuring more than 50. This tragedy has Americans showing major concern about the future of gun control policies. However, many are questioning if changes on gun control policies will reduce gun violence initially. According to AJ+’s recent global news broadcast, if the United States begins treating gun violence as a public health issue, gun violence in the United States is predicted to be reduced. To learn more about approaching gun violence as a public health issue, click the link below: