Monday, May 25, 2020

Notations From the Grid (Weekly Edition): On This #MemorialDayWeekEnd2020

It is Memorial Day and we remember as It is the advent of a new week here in the Daily Outsider.   We decided to headline this with this mural courtesy of the great @Kaltoons on remembering all the leading lights of our World and how we must be looking forward as we continue remembering and honoring all these visionaries and leaders.

It is also a time of hope as our Class of 2020 as we wanted to report on what the Obama Foundation put together --stories of Hope at the heart of creating a Vision of the Possible:

On Saturday, President Obama had three pieces of advice for the graduating class of 2020:
  1. Don’t be afraid.
  2. Do what you think is right.
  3. Build a community.
In case you missed it, you can see his full message to high school seniors—alongside the voicemails and messages you’ve shared to celebrate them.

Below you will find some hopeful stories from this past week—and be sure to take a look at the resources we gathered with ways for you to get involved in your own community.

Help us share more stories of social connection in this time of social distancing at

Stay healthy, stay hopeful.

—The Obama Foundation


The Hacey Health Initiative was created by Obama Foundation Scholar Isaiah Owolabi over a decade ago to close the inequality gap that limits women and girls’ access to health and economic empowerment. Today, to adapt to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, Isaiah’s organization has helped over 500 pregnant women, health workers, and birth attendants in Nigeria by providing counseling, hygiene kits, protective gear, food, and essential medicines.

In our hometown of Chicago, neighbors across the city have stepped up to care for one another during this pandemic. They’ve shared meals, called to check in on each other, found ways to connect virtually, and even set up a socially-distant scavenger hunt. No matter how they’ve gotten involved, these Chicagoans define the spirit of the city we are so proud to call home.

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