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Camila Cabello Donated $10,000 To Help Homeless Chess Champion And Family

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Camila Cabello is sone artist that tries to stay connected with fans and give back to her community when she can. Most recently, Cabello heard about the story of 8-year-old homeless refugee Tanitoluwa Adewumi. Adewumi and his family are refugees from Nigeria and were living in a homeless shelter in New York City trying to get on their feet. Now, things are looking up for the refugee family as people came together to crowdfund to help them out.

Camila Cabello stepped up to help Nigerian refugee Tanitoluwa Adewumi and his family.

Adewumi is only 8 years old and because the New York State Chess Champion. The competition was for children from kindergarten to third grade and, according to the New York Times, he made it through the competition undefeated.

The family is in the middle of their asylum process having fled Nigeria in 2017 for fear of their safety. Terrorist group Boko Haram has been targeting Christian families, like the Adewumi family.

Adewumi and his family have been in a homeless shelter in New York City since arriving from Nigeria.

According to the New York Times, the family arrived from Nigeria a little over a year ago and a pastor was the one who helped them seek out the shelter. Adewumi is currently a student at P.S. 116 and the principal has nothing but glowing words for the child.

“It’s an inspiring example of how life’s challenges do not define a person,” Jane Hsu, the principal of P.S. 116, told the New York Times.

A GoFundMe was started to help the Adewumi family after the child’s win and the outpour of support was incredible, including from Cabello.

“‘Talent is universal but opportunity is not.’ Tanitoluwa Adewumi, a homeless 8-year-old refugee, who won the New York State Chess Championship. Tani, you make all of us proud. Keep smiling and keep winning ps guys let’s spread the word and help him out,” Cabello wrote on Twitter. The singer included a link tot he GoFundMe page and directed her fans to help the young boy and his family out.

At the time of this writing, people have raised more than $200,000 to help the refugee family.

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“WORDS OF APPRECIATION!!!
We the Family of TANITOLUWA ADEWUMI (#TANI#) first of all we give God the Glory for being crowned as FIRST PLACE CHAMPION in his first New York State Tournament (k-3) Primary Championship held in Saratoga Spring New York on the 9th and 10th March, 2019,” reads an update on the GoFundMe page.

“We say a big thank you to the coaches- coach Russell Makosfy, coach Shawn Martinez, coach Angel Lopez, the officers in the team for their support and words of encouragement. God bless you all.
Our appreciation goes to his school (PS116, Manhattan), the Principal, Teachers, Students and every other staff. God bless you all.”

“Our big thanks to Mr. Nicholas Kristof ( The New York Times Paper and their staff), The CBS news, BBC World news, NBC news, social media, those that share the good news and others service stations for your support. God bless you all.”

“Our big shout out to the whole WORLD for all your support Financially, Morally, Spiritually and many more can’t mentioned. You are all Awesome. God bless you all.”

“We will like the WORLD to know that all the proceeds/donations go to TANITOLUWA ADEWUMI FOUNDATION.
We are working with counsel to make sure this is possible. In the meanwhile, all funds stay with GoFundMe.”

“TOGETHER WE CAN CHANGE THE WORLD!!!”

“GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!
GOD BLESS THE WORLD!!!”

“THANK YOU! THANK YOU!! THANK YOU!!!”

Fans are showering the singer with love and appreciation.

It is a sweet reminder that some stars are willing to use their fame, money, and name to help those in need. The family that is being helped has already had to flee their home and relocate on the other side of the world. It is refreshing to see people that are willing to step up and help their fellow man.

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A Judge In NY Has To Decide If Unvaccinated Children Should Be Allowed In School Risking The Lives Of Other Children

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A Judge In NY Has To Decide If Unvaccinated Children Should Be Allowed In School Risking The Lives Of Other Children

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Just two months ago, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation that mandates vaccination for children old enough to attend schools, and participate in education with other children, unless otherwise advised by a doctor. The legislation came after the spread of misinformation about vaccines caused a series of measles outbreaks in the spring. Scientific literature based on decades worth of data from tens of thousands of children has proven vaccination safe and effective for the public.

Attorney’s Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Michael Sussman filed a class action suit for about three dozen parents who claim that vaccinating their children goes against their faith. Wednesday, Albany courtrooms were packed with over 1,000 anti-vaxxers who wanted to hear how the judge would rule in a debate around religious freedom vs. public health.

The crowd of anti-vaxxers wore white in reference to the Argentine mothers who wore white as they protested their government’s brutal killings and disappearances of their liberal children.

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The anti-vaxxers feel that the implication of the government forcing them to vaccine their children from measles is tantamount to the Argentine government killing or “disappearing” 30,000 young, leftist political activists from existence in the 1970s. 

In April 1977, 14 mothers, wearing images of their missing children’s faces around their neck, marched around the Presidential Palace in the Plaza de Mayo in Buenos Aires. They took a stand against a violent government in a defiant act to demand justice for their children.

These New York parents also feel the law doesn’t allow enough time to find proper education for their children. 

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The demonstrators told Gothamist reporters, Gwynne Hogan and Claire Lampen, that “the new law effectively disappeared their children from the school system.” If the religious exemptions aren’t upheld, their alternative would be to homeschool their children or move to a different state.

“[We’re] hoping that our kids are granted the right to go back to school. Our children have been kicked out,” Long Island mother Amy McBride, 41, told Gothamist. “We’ve all been meeting, trying to look at curriculums, understand how to make it work, what the regulations are, understanding what it takes to actually do that…Our beliefs are steadfast and sincere and true and we’re not going to cave.”

The lawyers in the case argued that legislators demonstrated “active hostility toward religion.”

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“[These children] are going to have nowhere to go to school…They have no idea what they are going to do with these children,” Sussman said. New York State attorney Helena Lynch refuted that claim. “The actual legislative record is so clear that the motivation was public health,” Lynch said. “The right to religious expression does not encompass the right to place others in danger.”

Lynch also expressed that legislators aren’t targeting religious groups but are genuinely “skeptical” that those choosing not to vaccinate their kids were expressing personal beliefs rather than religious ones. The crux of the argument seems to rest on public health risk for allowing the religious exemption, especially when an approximate 26,000 children would be unvaccinated in New York schools.

The bill’s sponsor, Democratic Senator Brad Hoylman from Manhattan, specifically wanted to eliminate the religious exemption as the key reason for the recent spread of measles.

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You have a First Amendment right to practice your own religion, but you do not have the right to endanger your children or worse other people’s children,” he told a press conference. Already, 14 percent of pre-school aged children in Williamsburg are estimated to be unvaccinated for religious reasons or otherwise. Another 28 percent in Rockland County were unvaccinated.

The anti-vaxxers expressed that they wished New York followed in California’s suit by allowing a year for the law to take effect. But public health advocates cite a sense of urgency for public safety measures, “This needs to be done, not tomorrow, not in a week, not in a month, and not in a year,” said one activist. “It must be done immediately, the numbers are gaining strength.”

Crowds packed even this overflow room as they waited for the judge’s answer.

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They never heard it. Judge Hartman hasn’t made her decision yet about whether to allow 26,000 unvaccinated children go to New York schools in time for school start dates just three weeks from the hearing. The anti-vaxxers want her to put a stay on the state law which would allow those children to go to school while she continues to hear the case and make a final, permanent decision.

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More Than 360,000 People Have Signed A Petition Calling For Trump Tower’s Address To Be ‘President Barack H. Obama Avenue’

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More Than 360,000 People Have Signed A Petition Calling For Trump Tower’s Address To Be ‘President Barack H. Obama Avenue’

There is something so satisfying about being petty or watching a petty situation take place. That is exactly what we are seeing right now with a petition asking for New York City to rename a stretch of 5th Ave. in front of Trump Tower to President Barack H. Obama Avenue. Obama’s name has been used to rename some roads in the U.S. already and people are pushing for that trend to land right on Donald Trump’s doorstep.

A petition on MoveOn.org is calling for NYC to rename a portion of 5th Ave. after President Obama.

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The petition started as a joke but it quickly gained attention and speed and has continued to grow. So far, more than 360,000 people have signed the petition and are hoping the Mayor Bill DeBlasio listens to their request.

Some are not sure if it will happen but so many people are really pushing for the change.

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“The City of Los Angeles recently honored former President Barack Obama by renaming a stretch of the 134 Freeway near Downtown L.A. in his honor,” reads the petition. “We request the New York City Mayor and City Council do the same by renaming a block of Fifth Avenue after the former president whose many accomplishments include: saving our nation from the Great Recession; serving two completely scandal-free terms in office; and taking out Osama bin Laden, the mastermind behind September 11th, which killed over 3,000 New Yorkers.”

While the petition is being taken seriously by some people, others are just here for the show.

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We all love to see some next level pettiness and the people who created this petition, and support it, are giving people all kinds of life.

“I saw a comedian joke about how it would make Trump so mad if it was named after former President Obama and thought why not,” Elizabeth Rowin, the author of the petition, told Newsweek.

Some see this as a justifiable bout of karma.

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Yet, the request is already failing one key factor for a street renaming in NYC. According to ABC7NY, individuals honorees have to be deceased for two years prior to consideration for such a dedication. There is also a moratorium on street renamings in that part of New York City further complicated the issue.

Regardless of the viability of the street renaming, people are completely invested in this happening.

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It isn’t clear if the letter and petition will or will not be sent to Mayor Bill DeBlasio. He is running for the presidency right now and it might serve as a good way to grab some headlines if he pushes it through. Just imagine Donald Trump having to put “President Barack H. Obama” on his business cards, letterhead, and outgoing mail.

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