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14-yr-old Publishes Article Schooling American Historian in…American History

Whatever the equivalent of a writer's mic drop is, this is that.

Rebecca Fried has guts. At age 14 she challenged the research of Richard Jensen, a historian and former University of Illinois Professor, who claimed that anti-Irish discrimination in America was a myth. He said ‘No Irish Need Apply’ signs and newspaper ads were almost non-existent in the 1840’s – 1920’s. Rebecca proved him wrong.

She poked around on the web and discovered job ads and signs in storefronts saying *Irish need not apply.* Digging deeper, she found they appeared in cities across America, and she had the data to prove it.

 

Wanted advertisement displaying the qualification “No Irish need apply.” The New York Herald, Vol. XXVIII Issue 186,

 

Turns out Protestants were holding some bias against Irish Catholic immigrants.

She published a scholarly article on her findings and it’s now being read and referenced by American historians.

We love when Americans of all types are given a platform to challenge authority when they smell a rat. Jensen might be a lil’ embarrassed, but it’s important to keep the record real.

Everyone deserves to know the truth. Big ups to Rebecca for dropping the knowledge.

Éirinn go Brách!

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First Sustainable ‘Agrihood’ Gives Free Produce to 2,000 Detroit Residents

An urban renewal option that fosters communities instead of tearing them down and replacing them with gentrification.

One of Earth’s greatest challenges today is finding ways to give everyone access to nutritious and sustainable food. We know – small countryside farms. But how can we work with what we have today to generate sustainable grub?

Let’s talk *agrihood*, a new concept that promotes a localized relationship between living, eating, and working. It’s not new age mumbo jumbo, it’s actually cutting edge innovation that even big corporations are curious about because it’s working.

Non-profit The Michigan Urban Farming Initiative (MUFI), along with funding from corporate friends with local interests (inc General Motors Technical Center and Sustainable Brands), formed the first sustainable agrihood in America. They’re based in Detroit, and they give free produce to 2,000 nearby residents. They’re also turning a nearby abandoned building into a community resource center that will soon be home to a cafe, non-profit incubator, and workshop space.

 

 

“More and more companies are realizing that if they embed purpose into the mission they can really help the communities that they’re in,” Jonathan Reese, Director of Business Development at Sustainable Brands.

Agrihoods aren’t a one size fits all type of deal but that’s what’s cool about them. They ask the community what they need and build accordingly.

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