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Nuclear Fusion reactions power the Sun and other stars. Many believe the “holy grail” of clean energy lies in fusion technology because it produces electricity without creating any pollution or waste. A recent breakthrough in fusion energy research has, for the first time, produced more energy than that which was needed to start the reaction.

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This war has taken tens of thousands of lives on both sides, decimated the Russian Armed forces, and caused Europe’s largest humanitarian and refugee crisis in 80 years, displacing 8 million Ukrainians. The war has also sparked a global food crisis, a spike in energy prices, and the fear of Russia resorting to the use nuclear weapons. Ukraine will face a massive rebuilding effort once this conflict is resolved.

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In 2013, our Supreme Court invalidated the preclearance provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act which protected eligible voters from discriminatory voting laws, saying there is no longer a need for the protections of this provision. Proving the Court wrong, states immediately began passing restrictive voter laws that had been judged illegal before the Court’s ruling. At least 20 states have passed new voting laws that restrict the registration of voters, the time available to cast a ballot, and the type of identification needed to do so.

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At least 10,000 civil rights complaints are filed for police misconduct each year, yet the total prevalence of this crime remains uncertain. Complaints of police brutality and abuse often arise from traffic stops and street encounters. Critics claim people of color experience the abuse of police power much more often than their peers.

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The 2022 Supreme Court Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization decision overturned the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that recognized women's constitutional right to abortion - a decision that will dramatically change life for millions of American women and exacerbate growing tensions in a deeply polarized country. This ruling restored the ability of states to ban abortion. Twenty-six states are either certain or considered likely to now ban abortion. Thirteen states have already enacted so-called trigger laws that ban abortion with Roe overturned. Since Dobbs, many states have enacted total abortion bans with no exceptions for rape, incest, the term of pregnancy, or the health of the mother.

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Most people think it’s a good idea to keep firearms out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill. The National Instant Criminal Background Check System has blocked more than 2 million gun purchases attempted by felons, dishonorably discharged veterans, domestic violence and stalking offenders, substance abusers, undocumented immigrants, the mentally ill and those who have renounced their citizenship. However, an estimated 40% of all gun transfers take place between private parties who are not required to perform background checks.

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On Oct.7, 2023 the Palestinian terrorist organization Hamas breached the barriers between Israel and Gaza. Hamas militants then brutally murdered about 1,400 Israelis – the vast majority of them civilians. Their victims included the elderly and very young children. It is estimated that at least 240 Israelis were also kidnapped and taken into Gaza as hostages. Israel’s defense forces responded with massive air strikes targeting Hamas by dropping 6,000 bombs in the first six days, destroying several densely populated neighborhoods in northern Gaza, and killing more than 10,000 Palestinians – more than 4,500 of them children.

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On February 6, a 7.8 earthquake struck southern and central Turkey and northern and western Syria, the deadliest earthquake in Turkey since the 526 Antioch earthquake. It was followed by a 7.7 earthquake several hours later. Widespread damage occurred in an area about the size of Germany. It was felt as far as Egypt, Israel, Palestine, Lebanon, Cyprus, and the Black Sea. There were more than 11,000 aftershocks in the weeks that followed. More than 55,100 deaths were confirmed, 47,900 of which were in Turkey. And an estimated 14 million people, or 16% of Turkey's population, were affected. The United Nations estimated that about 1.5 million people were left homeless. Damages were estimated at over $100 billion in Turkey and $5.1 billion in Syria.

Plan International Inc.

Plan International’s response to the Turkey and Syria earthquake includes working together with local partners, helping children and their families access safe shelter and lifesaving aid, including food, water, health care, menstrual health kits, blankets and beds. Any donations received that exceed what is needed for this emergency will be directed to other areas of greatest humanitarian need, helping more girls and their families. Plan International has a solid track record and is currently working in this region.

Syrian American Medical Society Foundation

All proceeds will benefit the Syrian American Medical Association (SAMS), a global medical relief organization that is currently working on the front lines of crisis relief in Syria and in Turkey. So far, SAMS has provided emergency care for more than 3,000 earthquake victims, including those with severe fractures, head trauma, and damage to internal organs. SAMS-supported hospitals and medical facilities in Turkey and Syria are currently overwhelmed with patients filling the hallways, creating an immediate need for trauma supplies. By joining us, you will be supporting SAMS ability to treat all those who have been injured and save as many lives as possible. Syrian American Medical Society Foundation has a solid track record and is currently working in this region.

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