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By Amy Fontinelle "Can you get life insurance if you're transgender? Yes. Will applying for life insurance as a transgender person be as simple as applying as a cisgender person? No. Life insurance companies don't have a lot of experience interacting with—and underwriting policies for—trans applicants, but they do have a little. Here's what we've learned about how applying for an individual life insurance policy works when you're transgender." "KEY TAKEAWAYS "Transgender people can get life insurance, but it might take more shopping around to find a suitable company and policy." "Some life insurance companies underwrite transgender applicants based on assigned gender, while others use the applicant's stated gender." "Health conditions that affect transgender individuals at higher rates than they affect the general population, such as HIV, depression, and attempted suicide, can make it harder or more expensive to get life insurance." " Read Full Article
By ACLU Washington "It is cruel, inhumane, and unconstitutional to separate children from their parents. In an enormous victory for families, on June 26 th  a federal judge agreed with the ACLU and ordered the administration to reunite all children who have been taken from their parents at the border within 30 days. However, this crisis is not over until every last family is back together." "And still, Trump’s recent Executive Order calls for detention of immigrant families with children, regardless of whether they are asylum seekers, or pose a flight risk or a danger to the community. The new policy will likely to lead to more families in more detention facilities, creating internment camps for children  and  their parents." Read Full Article
By MPN Staff   Why Is Voting Important? As November approaches, citizens of the United States prepare for what may be the most crucial election of our generation. It is a frequent part of American culture to encourage voting, but understanding its vitality is just as necessary. Voting is the expression of the oppressed. Historically, minorities and diverse peoples have been denied voting rights. 2020 celebrates 100 years since the Suffrage Movement forced the government to grant white women the option to participate in elections. 2020 also celebrates 77 years for Chinese immigrants, and 72 for Native Americans. It has been a mere 55 years since the Voting Rights Act protected black and minority men and women to have this same option. Each year that passes is another opportunity for minorities to be involved in a government that initially rejected their human rights; therefore, the votes of everyone, especially minorities, aids in our progression as a nation. Minorities currently still face voting oppression. Studies show that predominantly black neighborhoods have extensive waiting periods and polling location confusion. Low-Income individuals have difficulty lining up their work schedules with polling times. Only 22.2% of the U.S. House of Representatives are women, and only 22.4% of Congress are nonwhite.  Whether or not these disadvantages are on purpose or pure accident, there is no confusion of its impact. If less minorities vote, less opinions will be shared. And these opinions are pivotal to an election like the one approaching.  Due to the historical and present disadvantages minorities face, it is essential for these people to vote. Voting is the civic duty of those who have past generations of disenfranchised family members.  One ballot echoes the strength of the voices who fought relentlessly for freedom in their own country. How can I be an informed voter? Exhibit 1 : The 4 W’s to Being an Educated Voter   Although voting is essential, being an informed voter is undeniably more influential.   There are 4 main steps in becoming an informed voter: The 4 W’s to Voting.     The first of these is What are we voting for?   What does a mayor do for your city? What can a governor control? How do these individuals make decisions? These are a few questions to ask yourself as you research positions. Learning about the positions open for office and their duties will assist you in the next step: Who is running?   Now that you know the responsibilities of each position you will be voting for, you can educate yourself on the people running. Before judging looks or party, educate yourself on policies they support. Are they for the Green New Deal? Do they prioritize education? Know the policies they advocate for prior to voting. This will determine what you are voting for, rather than who.    The third step is When do I Vote?   After doing your research in steps one and two, determine the registration deadline. As discussed previously, minorities still face voting adversity. To combat this, research when the registration deadline is, and then verify your registration status. If you are not registered, follow the registration process. After confirming you are registered, educate yourself on the voting date. Knowing when you vote is essential to the next step: requesting a mail-in ballot or finding your polling location.   (Log in to My Voter Page, then look under “Polling Place for State, County, and Municipal Elections”. Use MPN’s Voter's Resource Guide chart “U.S. States and Territories to complete the 3rd “W”).    Because of COVID-19, there is an abundance of mixed information when it comes to voting options. Use local and state government websites to clear up any confusion on your options.    What Now?   Naturally, after casting your vote, there will be some release in pressure. You have completed your civic duty as a citizen! But knowing where to go from there can be difficult. The best thing to do is to stay updated with election results and potential new policies. You can watch or read about this information using the internet. If you do not have access to the internet, try to locate the closest public library or public resource centers.   These 4 W’s will help you bring some order to the chaos of voting. Do I have a Constitutional duty to Vote? Becoming an educated voter takes time, so why vote at all? Is there any expectation to vote? A constitutional duty? Yes. Absolutely.  People who are unable to vote, like undocumented immigrants, felons, children, people working towards gaining citizenship, are all relying on you to vote on their behalf. This doesn’t mean voting for them, but rather setting an example. Not everyone residing in the United States can vote, so the only way these people can be involved, is by relying on your participation.  60% of the eligible population voted in the most recent presidential election. Imagine an 80% turnout. That 20% could completely change election results. Many anti-voters argue that the electoral college determines the president; however, the electoral college is based on the majority of votes. Therefore, the electoral college is in the hands of the active and eligible voting population.  Of course there are uncountable faults in our government, but being politically active can catalyze changing them. “Every vote counts” is a sensationalized phrase, but its core values reign true.    Voting is meant to help you, your family, and the millions of other families in the U.S.   Not voting is explicitly rejecting a freedom we must take advantage of.   Voting is your constitutional duty as a citizen.  How Can MPN Help? MPN is dedicated to providing resources for minorities and businesses. Reading the MPN Voter’s Resource Guide for 2020  is just one way we aspire to help others. We frequently post blogs related to minorities and voting as well as post on several social media outlets (See Exhibit 2 for our social media information).   Exhibit 2 : MPN Social Media Handles   Even if you are employed, millions of Americans are not. MPN connects employers to diverse, potential employees; so, share MPN’s resources and job board with others who may need the help. Also, stay tuned for another resource guide titled: Companies Hiring in the U.S. During COVID-19.     Encouraging others to stay educated and politically active will undoubtedly increase the voting population percentage. The future of America is determined by the government officials we choose to elect.    America is depending on your vote, and MPN is here to help.
By MPN Staff (Last Updated on 9/12/2020) COVID-19 has undoubtedly impacted the vast majority of the global population to some degree in one or more areas, including social interactions, employment, housing, finances, health, education, travel and leisure, recreation, dining and entertainment, and much more. Unfortunately, some of our fellow citizens have been more harshly and severely impacted than others.  Our thoughts and prayers are with individuals and families who have lost beloved family members, friends and colleagues due to COVID-19.  We also empathize with those who've lost jobs or businesses due to the pandemic, and are now facing uncertain current or potential financial concerns.  In an effort to provide potential employment resources, our team will continuously update this page with information and links on companies our research indicates are hiring in the U.S. during the pandemic.    Companies Hiring During COVID-19 1) MPN Job Board Resources Recent Jobs   MPN Employer Partners    Job Seeker Registration   Post Your Resume Create Job Alerts: (Signup on MPN Homepage or Job Search page) 2) Indeed List of Hiring Employers https://www.indeed.com/career-advice/finding-a-job/urgently-hiring-employers   Glassdoor List https://www.glassdoor.com/blog/54-companies-actively-hiring-during-covid-19/   The Muse List https://www.themuse.com/advice/companies-hiring-during-coronavirus-covid-19   WSBTV List https://www.wsbtv.com/news/local/these-are-companies-hiring-during-covid-19-outbreak/5GYRDGADH5HXFKGP4FCDODNM6Q/   CRN List https://www.crn.com/slide-shows/running-your-business/the-top-50-tech-companies-hiring-during-covid-19   BUILT IN List https://builtin.com/articles/companies-hiring-during-coronavirus-covid-19
By Sophie Partridge-Hicks "On Aug. 18, 1920, the United States government ratified the 19th Amendment, giving American women the right to vote." "'The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex,' it read." "While this marked a pivotal moment in American history, not every American woman was actually able to vote when the time came to do so. Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and Asian American women continued to fight for their own enfranchisement and voting rights long after the 19th Amendment was passed." Read Full Article
By Neil Schoenherr-WUSTL "The location and the physical aspects of the electoral process itself—the buildings, equipment, and election workers—can make voting access more difficult in some communities, according to a new study." " 'We find that where one lives and votes can influence the ability to cast a ballot on election day,' says Gena McClendon, director of voter access and engagement, adjunct professor at the Center for Social Development at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis, and coauthor of the new study." Read Full Article
By Lizzie Goodman "There isn’t a mom among us who doesn’t want her children to grow into open-minded, tender-hearted adults. As many of us take to the streets to join the fight for racial justice, it is critically important to turn our kids on to the beauty in our diversity." "For our youngest family members, a first step can be as simple as examining their go-to toys, books, movies, and podcasts—ensuring that the world as our children see it is reflective of the one we’re actually living in. This means bringing in opportunities to celebrate children and families from all walks of life—whether that means showcasing people who have differing abilities, LGBTQ+ families, or different racial backgrounds." "To help in this endeavor, we’ve rounded up nine kid-focused podcasts that promise to engage and illuminate your little ones, all while opening their eyes to the wonderfully diverse world we live in." Read Full Article
By Michelle MA-U. Washington "Social inequalities, specifically racism and classism, are affecting the biodiversity, evolutionary shifts, and ecological health of plants and animals in our cities, according to new research." "The researchers examined more than 170 published studies and analyzed the influence of systemic inequalities on ecology and evolution." "The paper in Science calls on the scientific community to focus on environmental justice and antiracism practices to transform biological research and conservation." Read Full Article
By Jose-Luis Jimenez "Many months into the COVID-19 pandemic, the coronavirus is still spreading uncontrolled through the U.S. Public health authorities including the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) tell us to remain six feet apart, wash our hands, disinfect frequently touched surfaces, and wear masks." "But compliance with these measures—especially masks—is mixed, and daily we hear of cases where people do not know how they were infected. We hear about superspreading events, where one person infects many, happening in crowded bars and family gatherings, but not at outdoor demonstrations. Beaches in cities like Chicago are closed, but gyms and indoor dining at restaurants have reopened. It is no wonder the public is confused." Read Full Article
By Andre M. Perry "One-hundred years ago, women finally gained the right to vote through the 19th Amendment. But it’s taken much longer for women—specifically, Black women—to be granted a seat at the cultural and political table of America." "Shirley Chisholm, the first Black woman elected to Congress (in 1968) and the first woman and African American to seek the nomination for president of the United States from one of the two major political parties (in 1972), famously said, “If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.” A vanguard for women’s political leadership, Chisholm tactfully pushed for inclusion throughout the political process. But as her quote suggests, if conventional democratic processes fail, then you have to take matters into your own hands." Read Full Article