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Meryl Connelly-Chew

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I work as an advocate for survivors of domestic and sexual violence and facilitate a LGBTQ+ survivors support group. I have a B.L.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies, with concentrations in Psychology, Sociology, and English. I grew up in rural Southeast Alaska, and live now in Bellingham, Washington with my dog Fathom. I write for Kindling because I believe in the innate value of each of us and I am inspired by the existence of goodness in our collective humanity.

Germany bans gay conversion therapy for minors

Steffen Seibert, a government spokesperson, stated about the bill, “The government's goal is to protect people's right to sexual self-determination.

Glasgow commits to being free of ‘unnecessary’ plastics by 2030

Glasgow has announced a new goal of completely eliminating all unnecessary plastics by the year 2030 and eliminate all single use plastics by 2022.

Survey of 167 countries shows tolerance toward the LGBT community is rising globally

Data from the 2019 Legatum Prosperity Index shows that the LGBTQ+ community is experiencing increasing levels of tolerance in nearly all regions of the world over the last decade.

Humpback whales in the South Atlantic have recovered from near-extinction

In the 1950s there was only around 450 humpback whales left off the region surrounding the coast of Brazil. A new study shows 25,000 in the same region today.

New ‘Sesame Street’ show aims to help refugee children

Global Sesame Street has announced this week that a new show Ahlan Simsim (“Welcome Sesame” in Arabic) will debut in February of 2020.

Fukushima to be reborn as $2.7 billion wind and solar power hub

Fukushima, Japan has been making plans to rebuild and transform into a hub of renewable energy.

First-ever Ebola vaccine approved by European regulators

On November 11 European regulators approved the first Ebola vaccine.

Apple commits $2.5 billion to address California housing crisis

The plan includes $1 billion to go towards affordable housing investment funds and programs to support first time home owners.

Microsoft Japan reports 4-day workweek dramatically increased productivity

Over the summer Microsoft in Japan tested out a 4-day work week. They reported that their employees were 40% more productive during the trail run of the 4-day work week program.

NCAA players will now be allowed to profit from their name, image, and likeness

Michael Drake, NCAA board chair, said on the new policies, "We must embrace change to provide the best possible experience for college athletes…"

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