With everyone's Instagram feeds flooding with endless places to donate, there have been a slew of chances to help BLM non-profits that desperately need it.
However, choosing a place of donation at random is never a good call. There are plenty of scams floating around online, so make sure the charity of your choosing is still accepting donations and that you've found their official account. Places like the Brooklyn Community Bail Fund and the Minnesota Freedom Fund, for example, have received an overwhelming number of donations, and they are providing a list of alternative places to donate. As we all look for ways to help, here's a selection of charities where your donations will actually make a difference.
The Bail Project
Labeled as an "unprecedented effort" to combat mass incarceration, The Bail Project pays bails for those who need it and aims to reunite families and restore the "presumption of innocence" for incarcerated people. All donations go directly towards paying bails and helping to fight for this cause.
Communities United Against Police Brutality
Offering a fantastic crisis hotline to help victims report abuse, the Communities United Against Police Brutality offers legal, psychological, and medical resources to victims, and helps callers fight back against police violence.
Showing Up For Racial Justice
SURJ's main initiative is education. It seeks to dismantle and re-educate white people who want to tackle their inner racism. The multi-racial movement is always looking for donations and applications.
Black Visions Collective
BVC is an organization focused on self-love and empowering people of color. "We need to integrate healing justice into all that we do," a statement reads on their website. "We are insisting on conditions that can carry us towards the next generation of work, and towards a deeper place of freedom for all of us."
No New Jails NYC
The NYC-based collective aims to keep New York from allowing the construction of new jails. The aim is to divert funds to helping with housing, mental health, and other means of support for dismantled communities.
The Know Your Rights Camp
Founded by Colin Kaepernick, the Know Your Rights Camp educates and trains communities of color to help them learn their legal rights. The organization even set up a legal fund for Minneapolis protestors.
MOODI stands for Mobile Outreach and Outdoor Drop-In. Developed as an initiative in Minneapolis, the organization provides immediate relief for those without shelter.
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We are currently living through one of the worst financial crises ever, but when it comes to handling money, the world is no stranger to messing things up. While the current economic situation is no laughing matter, there have been a slew of hilarious mishaps that have cost countries a bundle. From Superman's obscenely expensive CGI-ed mouth in 2018's Justice League, to Spain building a luxury submarine that was unable to resurface, here are some of the biggest money mistakes in history.
The 'Walkie Talkie' Building Melted Cars
20 Fenchurch Street's eyesore of a building was already hard to look at considering how reflective it was in the sunlight. But when Martin Lindsay returned to his new Jaguar on a hot day, the London skyscraper was actually so reflective that it had melted parts of the cars body and rearview mirror. In addition to the 946-pound payout to Mr. Lindsay for damage to his car, the building had come up with a way to give the already 200-million-pound building more sunscreen. Needless to say, the whole ordeal was quite expensive and embarrassing.
Henry Cavil's mustache
Tepid action actor Henry Cavil had just wrapped up filming for Justice League when he had started filming for Mission Impossible – Fallout, but Warner Brothers decided a few scenes needed to be redone for the former. Unfortunately, Cavil had worked very hard to grow out a pencil thin mustache, and the filming schedules were too set in stone for him to shave. Coordinating the reshoots, and CGI-ing out Cavil's facial hair all cost around $25 million, and they didn't even succeed, as fans were quick to point out how weird the actors face looked on the big screen.
French Train Company Made Trains Too Big For Track
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French train company SNCF purchased 2,000 trains in 2014 for around 15 billion euros, but they soon realized their platforms were too narrow for the new orders, a mistake which cost them an additional 50 million euros. It was all at the fault of the operator, who didn't factor in measurements of train platforms that had been built more than 50 years ago.
Spain's Submarine that Couldn't Resurface
Spain coughed up around $2.2 billion to build a luxury submarine named The Isaac Peral. But before the vessel was completed in 2013, engineers discovered that the unfinished submarine was so heavy that it probably would not resurface if placed underwater. The design flaw was fixed, but it was embarrassing when news broke.
Mizuho Securities loses $225 million dollars Due to a Typo
In 2005 Japanese security company Mizuho lost an enormous sum when a single stockbroker mistyped some financial data. Instead of offering a single share in J-Com's stock for about 610,000 yen (or $5,000 dollars,) he offered 610,000 shares for 1 yen. The disaster meant investors were buying out Mizuho's stock for an insanely low amount of money, costing the company around $225 million in damages.
At this point many of us have been wearing the same rotation of clothes for 8 weeks.
With summer coming up, most of us would be heading out to our neighborhood thrift shops to stock up on new gear for the warmer months. But with the economy at a stand still, chances are vintage thrift stores are going to be some of the last places to open up shop. Luckily, there remain hundreds of online thrift stores that can scratch this itch. Sure, shipping may be slightly delayed, and there is nothing like the instant satisfaction of buying new digs in house, but beggars can't be choosers right now. Here are some of the best online thrift stores.
PIG magazine creator Simon Beckerman bred this buying and selling app for Gen Z-ers to help them discover unique clothes. The homepage is easy to navigate, and it's super easy to meet sellers or become a seller yourself. With a highly detailed search system, Depop offers a slew of new and used clothing and a variety of affordable prices. Not to mention, every purchase is covered with buyers insurance.
Treasures of NYC
This NYC-based retailer is for those with a distinctive vintage flair. Specializing in curated luxury vintage, Treasures of NYC is made for the obscenely fashionable. With a heavy focus on high-end accessories, like sunglasses, jewelry and vintage caps, the app is constantly updated with new incoming pieces. Follow their Instagram page to help keep up on Treasure's abundance, because it can get a bit overwhelming.
Curated mostly for girls, ThredUp is a little more for sellers then buyers, but in turn can still be insanely rewarding. The website lists specific items it's looking for, and users send in items that match ThredUp's description. If the qualifications are met, the items are accepted for re-sale and ThredUp pays the sender in cash or store credit. The store credit is really excellent at offering great discounts of ThredUp's stuff. Also, to promote sustainable shopping, ThredUp launched ReMade to help incentivize shoppers to resell. If you purchase an item, and choose to resell your item, then you're guaranteed 40 percent of what you paid for it.
ASOS is already a highly-esteemed brand. Known for its great prices and fast shipping, the brand has actually also had a steady selection second-hand clothes. ASOS has a hand-picked team of fashion pros that recommend season trends for vintage connoisseurs, with all brand names at affordable prices.
Etsy has been and remains one of the best sites out there for vintage shopping. The Cali-based site offers a wide range of eclectic goods that include statement handbags, earrings and plenty of clothing. Etsy products sell out fast though, so be sure to grab something when you see it!
Five Affordable Valentine's Day Events in New York City This Friday
Valentine's Day can often be the bane of people's existence.
The societal pressure to go above and beyond for your significant other is extremely high every year, and can often leave couples feeling inadequate—or worse, unloved—if they don't go to extremes for each other. But we need to remember that Valentine's Day is about celebrating your partner, and taking time to acknowledge and appreciate the love you receive. Who says that has to come with a big price tag? Luckily, in New York City, there are plenty of fun and affordable events happening all around, and plenty of ways for you and your partner to have a special evening without dipping into your rainy day fund. Here are just a few of the romantic events happening around the city this Friday.
Whiskey and Chocolate Tasting Class
If you and your loved ones are sophisticated drinkers, King's County Distillery is offering a free intro lesson on how to properly evaluate whiskey. The lesson will also include pairings of gourmet cheese and will certainly be a fun, boozy, and affordable way to spend an afternoon.
Sahadi's Mozzarella Making
Who doesn't love cheese? This Valentines Day, people can come to Sahadi's in Greenwood and learn how to stretch and shape curd into their own Mozzarella ball! The shop will additionally pair the fresh cheese with wine, and a spread of Middle Eastern appetizers. Once the workshop is over, patrons will be gifted a goodie bag filled with olives, olive oil, and a fresh loaf of bread.
Love Thy Self: Pleasure Workshop
Acclaimed sex educator and love guru Lola Jean will host a special class for women and trans/non-binary-identified individuals this Valentine's Day in Soho. The class offers two hours of vaginal meditation, self-love affirmation, and guided lessons on pleasure. Toys, chocolates, wine, and essential oils will all be made available.
Valentines Day Foodie Festival
Rather than going to an expensive dinner, the Valentine's Day Foodie Festival is perfect for those looking to try an eclectic mix of tasty food on a budget. Located in Jersey City at the Midnight Market, the Foodie Festival is an all night food fiesta; with dancing, drinking, and over 20 different food trucks from all around the world. From 6:30 to midnight, head over and spend your Valentine's Day 'nomin away.
Friends of Single People Comedy Event
Laugh your way through Valentine's Day with Gowanus's "Friends of Single People" dating show event at the Littlefield performance and art space. Famous comedians from SNL, Late Night, and Comedy Central will be making an appearance to discuss their complicated love-life experiences, and it's sure to be an absolute hoot!
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