Forbes: From Gun Control To Migration, Harry Styles’ $1.2 Million Donation Makes Statement On U.S. Society

In a world where authenticity is a prized asset, celebrities often find a challenge to provide it as they are directed towards supporting uncontroversial global charities. Harry Styles has bucked the trend however by announcing his support of a series of local organizations and, in the midst of that cohort of charities, making some deep statements about his views on American society. By engaging with gun control, workplace harassment and migration issues, he is quietly setting a stall out on 2018’s major issues of U.S. society and politics.

At first glance you think that if you are looking to spend $1.2 million on making a difference in the world, the last thing you want to do is to spread it across tens of partners, geographies and causes. Everyone already worries that celebrities are over-managed in their philanthropy, that they give to ‘safe’ brand-name organizations that they know will manage their media well rather than anyone they actually care about. They tend to have one international charity, one kids’ charity and one cancer charity, see them each once a year and be done with it.

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CNN: Suspect in newsroom shooting had past court battle with paper, documents show

Court documents show the man suspected of killing five people at a Maryland newspaper Thursday had filed a defamation suit against the paper for an article detailing his guilty plea in a harassment case.

Law enforcement sources say Jarrod Warren Ramos is believed to be the man who took a gun into the Capital Gazette’s newsroom in Annapolis, Maryland, and opened fire. Three others were wounded in the shooting. He has been charged with five counts of first-degree murder, according to court records.

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Rolling Stone: See Marjory Stoneman Douglas Students Sing ‘Rent’ Classic at 2018 Tony Awards

Drama students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School performed the Rent standout “Seasons of Love” at the 2018 Tony Awards to honor their theatre teacher Melody Herzfeld, who helped saved dozens of lives during the shooting at the Parkland, Florida school.

Herzfeld barricaded 65 students inside a closet within her classroom during the February 14th shooting, which killed 17 people at the school. For her actions, the Tonys awarded Herzfeld the 2018 Excellence in Theatre Education Award, an annual honor given to a K-12 theater instructor that “demonstrated monumental impact on the lives of students and who embodies the highest standards of the profession.”

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Associated Press: School safety panel will not look at guns, DeVos says

The federal school safety commission set up after the deadly shooting at a Florida high school will not examine the role of guns in school violence, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said Tuesday.

DeVos’ testimony to a Senate subcommittee came amid criticism by Democrats and some educators that the panel, set up by President Donald Trump in March, was focused more on distracting public attention rather than truly addressing gun violence.

During a hearing on education spending, DeVos was asked whether the commission that she is chairing will look at guns in the context of school safety.

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Huff Post: Parkland Survivor David Hogg’s Home ‘Swatted’

Deputies from the Broward County Sheriff’s Office responded to the home of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student David Hogg on Tuesday morning after receiving a call about a hostage situation there. The caller ― in what was later deemed a malicious prank ― claimed someone with an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle had broken into the residence and was holding the family hostage.

SWAT units and a police helicopter responded to the home, which was empty, reports NBC Miami. So-called swatting calls are designed to send heavily armed law enforcement officers to the target’s residence, wasting police resources and in some cases killing innocent people.

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Bellevue Leader: Middle school students unite to make a difference

It all started with an idea and blossomed into so much more. Students at Lewis and Clark Middle School wanted to make a difference in stopping school shootings and bullying. Lydia Torres and Caili McMichael, seventh-graders at Lewis and Clark Middle School, had the idea.

They’d been listening to the song ‘We Are The World’ … and decided to turn it into a tribute for school shooting victims around the country.

‘At first it started for awareness and now we’re trying to raise money for victims of school shootings,’ Lydia said. ‘It brought together a lot of students because we all care about this and want to make a change.’

About 50 seventh-graders sang ‘We Are The World’ on May 21. They used the event to help raise money for the National Compassion Fund. The fund, which was created after the Parkland, Fla., school shooting, donates money to victims and families of school shootings.

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