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In today’s edition of Squirrel News, we’re looking at a non-profit organisation which operates book clubs and writing workshops in prisons across the US, a historic victory for the LGBT+ community in German politics, and a new bill in Illinois that will allow students to take up to five mental health days off school.
NGO offers constructive reentry to society for prisoners through book clubs
Founded in 2002, Free Minds engages incarcerated people in writing workshops at jails and juvenile detention centres, helping individuals through their reentry programme once they are released.
Source: The Christian Science Monitor
Two transgender women elected to German parliament
The results of last week’s election are being celebrated by the LGBT+ community, with many viewing the win as a symbol of an increasingly accepting society.
Schoolchildren in Illinois will be able to take 5 mental health days off school
Under a new bill, students who require a break from school for mental health reasons will not need to provide a doctor’s note, nor will they be asked to make up any work that was missed.
New app takes aim at sexual harassment in the film industry
The co-founder of a soon-to-be-launched app, Call It!, Wilson is determined to ensure that workplace bullying, discrimination and harassment have no place in the UK film and TV industry.
Source: The Guardian
A new tool lets you report anti-Asian hate crimes anonymously
The goal of NAPCA’s online report form is to better gauge incidences of anti-Asian violence and harassment, with these data set to be key in influencing public policy and legislation.
Source: LA Times
Low-carbon trains are helping Europe’s railways compete against discount airlines
A growing number of short-haul rail routes and the reintroduction of sleeper cars might be a more sustainable option for post-pandemic travel.
Source: Reasons To Be Cheerful
PPE masks find new purpose as litter pickers made from hospital waste
All 332 schools in Cornwall are being given rubbish pickers created from repurposed hospital masks.
Source: BBC News
From Corrie to car ads, carbon literacy training pushes climate to the fore
The project has trained more than 21,000 staff and pupils across the UK, aiming for changes on whole-organisation level.
Source: The Guardian
Wales will make Black, Asian and ethnic minority history mandatory in schools
The changes will come into effect next year, and mean Wales will become the first UK nation to add this to the curriculum.
Source: Wales Online
An adoption agency for preloved toys is redirecting playthings from landfill
Loved Before is a social enterprise adoption agency for unwanted soft toys of any kind, with donations washed, restored and photographed before finding a new home.
Source: Positive News
Noninvasive lasers are helping the US wildlife service monitor bears’ health
Highlighted as part of the annual Fat Bear Week, the lidar technology aims to assess the weight and nutritional status of bears in a safer and less intrusive manner than existing methods.