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Libraries in many big cities often serve as de facto homeless shelters — a place for people living on the streets to find quiet and warmth — and it can make others, there to just check out books or videos, uncomfortable.

KQED’s Scott Shafer reports that’s why the San Francisco Public Library has hired a full-time social worker. She spends her days roaming the library floors, keeping an eye out for regulars who look like they could use her help. And sometimes she hires the formerly homeless patrons she’s helped, like Joe Bank, to do outreach under her supervision.

(via npr)




I love how many people on tumblr have the same obsession with string lights that I do.


Beyonce on the cover of OUT Magazine May 2014 issue

“There is a double standard when it comes to sexuality that still persists. Men are free and women are not. That is crazy. You can be a businesswoman, a mother, an artist, and a feminist — whatever you want to be‚ and still be a sexual being. It’s not mutually exclusive.”

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Toni Morrison to her college students… 


Toni Morrison to her college students… 


Children in Iraq could be legally married before the age of nine under newly proposed legislation. Known as the Jaafari law, the legislation introduces new religious restrictions on women and girls. Currently, the legal age for marriage without parental consent is 18, though girls as young as 15 can marry with a guardian’s approval. The draft law also legalizes marital rape."The passage of the Jaafari law sets the ground for legalised inequality," says women’s rights activist, Basma al-Khateeb.

Read more via The Telegraph.


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"Human rights are not only violated by terrorism, repression or assassination, but also by unfair economic structures that create huge inequalities." ~ Pope Francis