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Twist Out Cancer

Twist Out Cancer will host its Brushes With Cancer program Sept. 25.

The program will be held in Warren, Michigan, at GM‘s Design Center and will kick off with a virtual art exhibition. Brushes With Cancer takes cancer survivors, battlers and caretakers and pairs them with artists who are able to depict the struggles, emotionally and physically, faced by those with cancer.

For the 2020 event, all 25 people affected by cancer and all 23 artists are employed by GM Design, and their story-inspired art will be on display virtually.

After the event, the art will remain on display until Oct. 30 and will then be auctioned off to the highest bidder with proceeds going right back to Twist Out Cancer to provide psychosocial support to those in a face-to-face fight with cancer.

Jenna Benn Shersher, the CEO of Twist Out Cancer, said 2019’s event was a smash success and that Twist Out Cancer was honored to be working with GM Design for the 2020 program.

“We have worked hand-in-hand with employees at GM Design during this unprecedented time to continue our program virtually, which is offering our Inspirations and Artists the same transformational experience our participants have come to expect over the past eight years,” Shersher said. “As Twist Out Cancer has grown, we continue to bring our impactful programming to new cities and new audiences around the world and are thrilled with the start of this new program.”

Virtual events will also be held in Austin Oct. 25 and in Chicago Nov. 14. Twist Out Cancer also encourages anyone to bring an event to their hometown by contacting Amelia Hanrahan at amelia@twistoutcancer.org.

To purchase tickets for the event on Sept. 25, you can click right here.

Gabrielle Marchan illustrates Marsha's House in the Bronx for 360 MAGAZINE.

Marsha’s House: Shelter for LGBTQ+

In Greenwich Village near where Stonewall Inn resides, a monument will be built to honor the legacy of Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, trailblazers and history-makers for the LGBTQ+ community. Marsha P. Johnson was a black transgender woman and drag queen, whose outspoken activism and radical vision during the Gay Liberation Movement continues to inspire people today.

A monument isn’t the only place bearing her memory. Marsha’s House- operated by the nonprofit Project Renewal- opened on February 15, 2017 to continue to serve the community as Marsha did, by taking in homeless LGBTQ+ young adults. With the added risks and discrimination that they face, Marsha’s House seeks to provide valuable resources and shelter to these LGBTQ+ youth.

According to a report done by the National Institutes of Health, around 62% of homeless LGBTQ+ youth have faced discrimination from their families. Jazmine Pérez, Program Director of Marsha’s House, stressed the importance of having a “safe space dedicated to [LGBTQ+ homeless youth]” as “New York City had never had housing tailored to their needs.”

These youth face particular adversities that are further complicated when alternative housing options do not have the facilities to aid them, or are outright discriminatory towards them. A study done by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln shows that 41% of homeless and runaway LGBTQ+ adolescents they interviewed have major depression, in comparison to 28% of homeless heterosexual adolescents interviewed.

 Marsha’s House boasts a variety of programs catered towards some of the issues that LGBTQ+ individuals face. Pérez outlines services which include “referrals to legal supportive services, education, healthcare, and employment programs.”

Additionally, clients that come to Marsha’s House are assured personalized living arrangements that assist each individual in finding employment and housing. “Our Case Managers and Peer Counselors meet with clients to ensure compliance with their individual living plan. They work closely with our Job Developer, Vocational Counselor, and Housing Coordinator to secure employment and housing.”

Concerns over Covid-19 pandemic are ever prevalent in the context of shared living facilities, like homeless shelters. However, Marsha’s House eases some of this concern by screening potential clients for the virus, enforcing social distancing, and cutting down accommodation from 81 beds to 60 in its 5-floor-walk-up facility. The facility maintains 20 rooms of various sizes, from single rooms to larger rooms that accommodate up to 6 people.

But Covid-19 hasn’t been the only adversity Marsha’s House has faced in recent years. The Trump administration has continued to be a source of disparaging policies and remarks against the LGBTQ+ community. On July 23, 2020, the Department of Housing and Urban Development formally announced a proposal that would reverse the 2012 Equal Access Rule, which warrants protection for homeless transgender people against discrimination by homeless shelters and other federally funded alternative housing. 

This comes as a setback and large blow to the transgender community. A 2015 survey done by The National Center for Transgender Equality shows that “70% of respondents who stayed in a shelter in the past year reported some form of mistreatment, including being harassed, sexually or physically assaulted, or kicked out because of being transgender.” The HUD’s rollback on the Equal Access Rule would only serve to undo the progress that has been made to make homeless shelters more safe to the marginalized people that need them.

    “The rhetoric and policies of the Trump administration have disregarded the very identities of our clients and staff, especially when it comes to the intersectionality of our existence,” said Pérez. “Speaking personally, as a woman of color with trans experience, I feel like I have three strikes against me in the eyes of this administration.”

Despite these incredible challenges they face, Marsha’s House continues to receive equally incredible help- from the support coming from their progressive state of New York, to the generous donors that help fund Project Renewal, to the operations staff that help run things every single day. “Our Marsha’s House Heroes are our operations staff. As essential workers, they have not skipped a beat with reporting to work and providing the support our clients needed. Being that we are a shelter, we operate 24/7/365, and our operations staff members are always here for their full 8-hour shifts.”

SSPBA endorses Donald Trump for President as announced by 360 MAGAZINE and illustrated by Rita Azar.

SSPBA endorses Donald Trump

Southern States Police Benevolent Association, Inc. (SSPBA) announced today that it is endorsing Donald Trump for President in the 2020 election. SSPBA board members and representatives met with Vice President Mike Pence in Raleigh today to announce the endorsement. SSPBA is composed of over 60,000 law enforcement officer members throughout the Southeast. This is the association’s first presidential endorsement in over twenty years.

“With the stakes as high as they are for the law enforcement profession today, we felt that we must speak up in support of the true law enforcement candidates,” said Chris Skinner, SSPBA president.

“President Trump has been unwavering in his support of law enforcement,” President Skinner continued.  “He has shown time and again that he stands behind the men and women who put on their uniform and badge and go to work each day,” President Skinner said.  “In these times when many are attacking the law enforcement profession, it is imperative that law enforcement officers know that they are not on their own as they face the dangers of their job.  We believe that President Trump and Vice President Pence have demonstrated that they understand and appreciate the honor and sacrifice of serving as a law enforcement officer.”

“The number one priority of government is to provide for safety and protection of the citizens. We are convinced that President Trump recognizes the fact that law enforcement and law enforcement officers are vital to the strength and stability of our communities,” President Skinner added. “We support President Trump and Vice President Pence because we know that they are the candidates who will continue to support us.”

Southern States Police Benevolent Association, Inc. is a non-profit professional organization dedicated to improving the law enforcement profession. PBA members are active or retired employees of federal, state, county and municipal law enforcement and correctional agencies. This professional association provides legal, legislative, disciplinary and other representation to member officers as well as a salary replacement death benefit to members’ beneficiaries. The PBA prohibits members from engaging in or condoning any strike by law enforcement officers, electing instead to represent members through aggressive political action. For more information, please visit our website at www.sspba.org.

Carl Reiner Honored and Remembered

People For the American Way extends heartfelt condolences to the family, friends, and fans of comic genius Carl Reiner, who died Monday night at the age of 98. Reiner was an award-winning producer, director, and actor who took the responsibilities of citizenship seriously.

“Reiner served in World War II to defeat fascism. He was grieved by the election of Donald Trump and encouraged Americans who felt the same way to vote in 2018 and in 2020.

“‘In my 96 and a half years, I have seen a lot of things,’ Reiner said in an October 2018 video encouraging people to vote. ‘But the one thing I cannot bear to see is America being destroyed by racism, fear-mongering and lies. Fortunately, there is something we can do about that.’

“‘On November 6, we can vote for elected officials who will hold this president accountable,’ he continued. ‘And after we’ve done that, my personal goal will be to stick around until 2020, and vote to make sure we have a decent, moral, law-abiding citizen in Washington who will make us all proud again to live in America.’

“Carl Reiner did not quite make that goal of sticking around long enough to cast his vote to replace President Donald Trump. But his determination to do so will add to our own determination to mobilize Americans who share his disgust at the ‘racism, fear-mongering and lies’ that he feared were destroying the country he loved.

“Reiner was a longtime friend of People For founder Norman Lear and supporter of the organization. He and his son Rob frequently attended People For the American Way events.”

About People For the American Way

People For the American Way is a progressive advocacy organization founded to fight right-wing extremism and build a democratic society that implements the ideals of freedom, equality, opportunity and justice for all. We encourage civic participation, defend fundamental rights, and fight to dismantle systemic barriers to equitable opportunity.

Antifa Exposed

In light of recent events, Project Veritas today released a video exposing the violent nature of the controversial group known as antifa.

“Depending on the setting, if I were to be caught or found out in a setting where I am present with them, it could escalate to violence against me,” said the Project Veritas Undercover Journalist.

“Project Veritas does not condone any violence whatsoever. It is a sad time in our nation’s history with Antifa activists hijacking #blacklivesmatter protests in cities across the country, attacking the police and engaging in violence,” said Project Veritas founder and CEO, James O’Keefe.

“In many places, it appears the violence is planned, organized & driven by anarchic left extremist groups — far-left extremist groups using Antifa-like tactics.”

Antifa is short for anti-fascist. The group has long claimed a leadership role in violent movements across America and the world.

“They do not hesitate to either push back or incite some kind of violence. In our classes and in our meetings, before we do any sort of demonstration or Black Block, we talk about weapons detail and what we carry and what we should have,” said the Project Veritas Undercover Journalist.

Earlier this week, President Donald Trump said the United States would designate “Antifa” as a terrorist organization. National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien echoed Trump’s comments Sunday morning, saying the violence “is being driven by ‘Antifa.’”

Attorney General William Barr announced in a statement that he will enforce action against the group, saying “violent radical elements” are hijacking legitimate protests to “pursue their own separate, violent, and extremist agenda”.

About Project Veritas:

James O’Keefe established Project Veritas in 2011 as a non-profit journalism enterprise to continue his undercover reporting work. Today, Project Veritas investigates and exposes corruption, dishonesty, self-dealing, waste, fraud, and other misconduct in both public and private institutions to achieve a more ethical and transparent society. O’Keefe serves as the CEO and Chairman of the Board so that he can continue to lead and teach his fellow journalists, as well as protect and nurture the Project Veritas culture.

Project Veritas is a registered 501(c)3 organization. Project Veritas does not advocate specific resolutions to the issues raised through its investigations, nor do we encourage others to do so. Our goal is to inform the public of wrongdoing and allow the public to make judgments on the issues.

Sara Sandman, 360 MAGAZINE, illustration

Genius Garage

The Genius Garage, a non-profit educational charity that provides engineering experience to college students, is the new home for a 1967 Morgan Plus Four Drop Head Coupe donated by a philanthropic family from Georgia whose wish was to help keep the legacy of their late grandfather’s English car alive for many years to come through teaching and inspiring young engineers and craftsmen.

“I am really excited that a historic car that otherwise would have been relegated to a collection or a museum is going to be something that will be able to teach, be hands on and inspire students for years to come,” said Casey Putsch, who established the Genius Garage, “A car like this that was built in the older ways of craftsmanship which can teach lessons and inspire students for years to come. The plan is for it to live with the Genius Garage and the students will maintain it, drive it and an appreciate the way it should be. It is the best way to cultivate the love of vintage automobiles and carry the passion forward for future generations.”

ABOUT THE GENIUS GARAGE

Founded in 2014 by automotive designer and race car driver Casey Putsch, established the Genius Garage as a college internship program to bridge the gap from academia to industry. The Genius Garage’s goal is to provides college engineering student with their “dream shot” to careers in the automotive and aerospace industries. The programs are set up to best cultivate and develop the student’s real-world hands on experience and problem solving by restoring and racing vintage race cars and building a BD5 microjet, restoring a Long EZ aircraft and a full-scale (38-foot) flying replica of a Pterosaur. The Genius Garage race cars currently include an IMSA GTO tube frame Corvette, a C3 widebody Greenwood Corvette IMSA racer and a ‘90’s carbon fiber monocoque Nissan prototype race car, all of which are the complete responsibility of students in their engineering and preparation.

View the Genius Garage’s site here and check out videos on the garage on students’ experiences with it here.

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Relief Funds for Nursing Facilities

The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL), representing more than 14,000 nursing homes and long term care facilities across the country that provide care to approximately five million people each year, released the following statement after HHS announced $4.9 billion in funding to help skilled nursing facilities respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The following statement is attributable to Mark Parkinson, president and CEO of AHCA/NCAL.

“We appreciate HHS sending this much-needed funding to skilled nursing facilities. Long term care providers are privileged to care for our country’s Greatest Generation. The Administration has given us the ability to care of them with the resources that they deserve.

We are working around the clock to protect the people who are most vulnerable to COVID-19. That work makes this funding more important than ever. These resources are an important step toward ensuring residents in long term care facilities receive the vital support needed during this unprecedented public health crisis.

Given the gravity of the situation we are facing with this deadly virus and its impact on our vulnerable residents, long term care facilities require additional support and funding from state and federal governments to reduce its spread. Notably, assisted living communities have yet to receive any direct aid, despite also serving vulnerable seniors. While building on support received from HHS, we are asking for additional consideration for all long term care facilities, whether it be in regard to additional testing, personal protective equipment, or funding.

Long term care facilities appreciate the Administration’s support in prioritizing long term care residents. We need everyone around the country to rally around nursing homes and assisted living communities the same way they have around hospitals. We will continue to work with local, state and federal health officials to take every possible step to keep our nation’s long term care residents and staff safe.”

The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) represents more than 14,000 non-profit and proprietary skilled nursing centers, assisted living communities, sub-acute centers and homes for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. By delivering solutions for quality care, AHCA/NCAL aims to improve the lives of the millions of frail, elderly and individuals with disabilities who receive long term or post-acute care in our member facilities each day.

360 Magazine, Cheesin'

Official Video for “Cheesin'” Dropped

Cautious Clay, Remi Wolf, Still Woozy, Sophie Meiers, Claud, Melanie Faye, and Hxns drop the official video for “Cheesin’.” 100% of the net profits are being donated to the MusiCares COVID-19 Relied Fund.

Watch the official video for “Cheesin'” HERE  and listen to “Cheesin'” HERE. Each stream or download is a donation to charity!

“An indie kids anthem” – Beats 1

“Singer-songwriter-producer Cautious Clay has some very cool friends, and he’s rounded them all up here for a delightful collab.” – Billboard

“A joyful new mini R&B posse” – MTV

“Cheesin’’’ is a testament to the resilience of creativity, possible even when all parties are hundreds of miles apart.” – NYLON

“Quarantine bop” – Ones To Watch

“With this much talent jammed into one track, it’s no surprise that
they’ve released a really smooth single.” – Indie Shuffle

Created by The Valdez, the video for “Cheesin’” brings Cautious Clay, Remi Wolf, Still Woozy, Sophie Meyers, Claud, and Melanie Faye all back together for their take on the “Zoom-lifestyle” we’ve all grown accustomed to during this quarantine. In the video, throwback filters and hand-drawn graphics add nostalgic warmth to the digital party as everyone dances along—apart, but together.

The “Cheesin’” video shows the artists once again collaborating remotely to benefit fellow artists and the entire music community affected during this time, as 100% of net profits from each stream and download are donated to benefit MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund. Check out a video from the artists talking about the collaboration HERE!

Not only has “Cheesin’” amassed nearly 3 million Spotify streams to date and entered the Viral Top 50 Chart, but it has received critical praise from Zane Lowe, Billboard, MTV, NYLON, Coup De Main, Notion, Dork, Ones To Watch, Indie Shuffle and more, as well as widespread support from Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube Music, and more and placement on various playlists.

Fans can learn more about “Cheesin’,” MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund and the #Cheesin4Charity initiative at cheesin4charity.com. The site also educates artists and the greater music community on how they can apply to the relief fund, as well as different ways they can support the initiative. The artists behind “Cheesin’” are excited for the opportunity to not only raise money for a good cause but to bring awareness to their peers in need on how to participate in MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund.

The MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund was established to provide monetary support to the thousands of music creators and industry professionals who have been most affected by the Coronavirus pandemic due to the unprecedented cancelation of music events and work opportunities. With this fund, music industry professionals including artists, production crews, technicians, and anyone affected by the loss of income due to live music cancelations, can apply for basic living assistance. Learn more about the COVID-19 Relief Fund HERE.

About Republic Records

A division of Universal Music Group, the world’s leading music company, Republic Records is home to an all-star roster of multi-platinum, award-winning legends and superstar artists such as Ariana Grande, Drake, Florence + the Machine, Greta Van Fleet, Hailee Steinfeld, Jack Johnson, James Blake, James Bay, Jessie J, John Mellencamp, Jonas Brothers, Julia Michaels, Kid Cudi, Liam Payne, Lil Wayne, Lorde, Metro Boomin, NAV, Nicki Minaj, Of Monsters and Men, Pearl Jam, Post Malone, Seth MacFarlane, Taylor Swift, The Weeknd, Tïesto, and more.

Founded by brothers and chief executives Monte and Avery Lipman, it is also comprised of innovative business ventures, including American Recordings, Boominati Worldwide, Brushfire, Casablanca Records, Cash Money, Lava Records, Monkeywrench, XO, Young Money, among others. Republic also maintains long-standing strategic alliances with Universal Music Latin Entertainment (Karol G) and Hollywood Records (Zendaya). In addition, Republic has expanded to release high-profile soundtracks for Universal Pictures (Fifty Shades of Grey), Sony Pictures (Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse), Lionsgate (Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist) and NBC TV (The Voice), as well as other notable film and television franchises.

Extending further into the worlds of film, television, and content, Republic launched Federal Films during 2017 in order to produce movies and series powered by the label’s catalog and artists. Its first production is the Jonas Brothers documentary Chasing Happiness for Amazon Prime Video.

360 Magazine, RZA & 36 Chambers, A Better Tomorrow

RZA & 36 Chambers x “Protect Ya Hands”

RZA & 36 Chambers say “protect ya hands” with a new Ottawa inspired line featuring hand sanitizer, OttaWu Shirt and The Saga Continues Bowl with profits collectively benefiting the Ottawa Food Bank, the Ottawa Mission Foundation and CHEO. A Better Tomorrow On April 2nd, 2020, a simple donation and tweet from Wu-Tang Clan, was sent out in support of a campaign for the Ottawa Food Bank. Within 48 hours, that action helped spur an additional $280,000 in contributions. In turn, the thousands of people who donated have inspired us to further lend a hand during this unprecedented crisis.

Whether it’s through music, or our actions, the purpose of 36 Chambers and Wu-Tang, is to always see a better tomorrow. In collaboration with Mayor Jim Watson and the City of Ottawa, 36 Chambers is releasing the A Better Tomorrow Collection. The Collection will include Protect Ya Hands: 36 Chambers x Jusu Hand Sanitizer, OttaWu: 36 Chambers x Ottawa Shirt and The Saga Continues Bowl: 36 Chambers x Pure Kitchen. A Better Tomorrow Collection, consisting of three products that will collectively benefit the Ottawa Food Bank, the Ottawa Mission Foundation and CHEO.

All Items are available at https://ottawa.36chambers.com. We would also like to thank the various individuals—Hamza Ayach, Adam Miron, Monica De Oliveira, Sarah Brown— and companies—Mieux Digital, Jusu, Clever Print, Shopify, Waterbridge Media, Pure Kitchen, Ottawa Moving and Delivery—who have spent countless hours over the last few weeks, helping to bring this collaboration to life. May their collective acts of generosity inspire others to do the same. We encourage spreading acts of generosity with your community using the tag #abettertomorrow.

2020 Global Change Award Winners

Five innovations that will transform the fashion industry awarded €1 million by H&M Foundation 

From lab-grown cotton and creating fabrics from protein DNA, to tracking sustainable fibers by using blockchain technology, wastewater separation and converting carbon dioxide into sustainable polyester. These are the five winning innovations of the 2020 Global Change Award, named the Nobel Prize of sustainable fashion, is the non-profit H&M Foundation‘s fifth annual innovation challenge. Now, more than ever, H&M Foundation wants to continue to support long-term development, innovation and entrepreneurship for a sustainable future. The goal is to identify early-stage, disruptive ideas that can make fashion more sustainable, and to scale them to transform the entire fashion industry.

“In these uncertain times, when large parts of the world have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, H&M Foundation thinks it’s even more important to find and encourage ideas that can contribute to a more sustainable future for us and generations to come. We are fully committed in supporting our Global Change Award winners of 2020 through our financial grant and Innovation Accelerator Program so that they can keep working and accelerate the development of their innovations and move the needle forward in sustainable fashion.”

“H&M Foundation continues to support entrepreneurs and innovators for long-term sustainability. Every year I am amazed by the ideas submitted to the Global Change Award. The innovations are in themselves challenging the way we think about fashion. We are moving away from the old, linear ways of thinking, and move faster towards a planet positive and sustainable model. The winning innovations will help our industry reinvent itself and hopefully also inspire even more great minds out there,” says Karl-Johan Persson, board member of H&M Foundation.

This year, the Global Change Award Expert Panel selected five winning innovations out of 5,893 entries from 175 countries, during the period August-October 2019.

The Global Change Award winners 2020:  

€300,000 – Incredible Cotton by GALY (US/Brazil).

Using biotechnology to create lab-grown cotton. See short film HERE.

€250,000 – Feature Fibres by Werewool (US).

Creating fabrics from protein DNA with natural colors, stretch, and other features. See short film HERE.

€150,000 – Zero Sludge by SeaChange Technologies (US).

Separating and cleaning wastewater to eliminate toxic sludge in landfills. See short film HERE.

€150,000 – Airwear by Fairbrics (France).

Converting greenhouse gas into sustainable polyester. See short film HERE.

In addition to the €1 million grant, H&M Foundation enrolls the winners in a one-year Innovation Accelerator Program. The program, run in cooperation with Accenture and KTH Royal Institute of Technology, is designed to connect the winners with the fashion industry and speed up the process of bringing their innovations to the market.

“Winning the Global Change Award validates the recognition and belief in our vision as a company and open new doors for partnerships, technology and call to action for the entire industry. We are going to work hard to make our vision come true and we believe this award is one of the most important steps for this accomplishment”, says Luciano Bueno, Founder and CEO of GALY.

Since the start in 2015, the innovation challenge has seen over 20,000 entries from more than 200 countries and territories. During these five years, the Foundation has granted €5 million in 25 sustainable innovations, many of which have become global commercial products and services, working with some of the largest brands in fashion.

Donation to COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund 

In addition to the work related to Global Change Award, the H&M Foundation have donated USD 500,000 to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for World Health Organization (WHO) launched by United Nations Foundation. Learn more HERE.

About the Global Change Award

Global Change Award was initiated in 2015 by the non-profit H&M Foundation. By catalyzing early-stage innovations that can accelerate the shift from a linear to circular fashion industry, the aim is to protect the planet and our living conditions. Each year five winning teams share a grant of €1 million and get access to a one-year Innovation Accelerator Program provided by the H&M Foundation, in collaboration with Accenture and KTH Royal Institute of Technology. Neither H&M Foundation nor H&M Group takes any equity or intellectual property rights in the innovations. The H&M Foundation is a non-profit global foundation, privately funded by the Stefan Persson family, founders and main owners of H&M Group. Its overall aim is to accelerate the progress needed to reach the UN Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. Learn more at globalchangeaward.com.