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Welcome to our seventh edition of the Hot Button.

“Love and kindness are never wasted. They always make a difference. They bless the one who receives them, and they bless you, the giver.” – Barbara De Angelis

World Kindness Day was on Saturday, November 13th. During this holiday season and beyond, let’s all remember to spread kindness

Be Well & Enjoy!

-The POM Team

Red Zone Awareness on College Campuses 

About: Approximately 50% of sexual violence incidents on college campuses occur between the months of August and November. This time is referred to as the ‘red zone’ and is the most dangerous time of year for sexual assaults on college campuses. Additionally, freshman and sophomore students are at increased risk during these months.

What happened: Students returned to campus this fall semester and many sexual violence incidents occurred during the ‘red zone’. These incidents led students to organize and express the need for college administrators to invest in improving campus safety. 

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Kaiser Permanente Proposes Wage Cut 

About: Kaiser Permanente proposed wage cuts for new employees by as much as 36% and would avoid giving its current workers more than a 1% raise in an effort to lower patient costs. The proposal led to multiple unions notifying Kaiser of their intention to strike.   

What happened: The strike includes unions that represent over 30,000 Kaiser Permanente workers and affects at least 366 facilities in Southern California. The strike could cost Kaiser more than $250 million per week. 

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Thanksgiving Travel 

About: Thanksgiving is one of the busiest traveling weeks in America. In 2020, 6.3 billion trips were taken with 224.8 million trips between 50 and 500 miles during the holiday week. 

What happened: Traveling during Thanksgiving is always stressful. With 53 million Americans expected to travel, a 13% increase from last year, it’s important to prioritize your safety with a little additional traveling prep. 

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Holiday Safety Tip

The POM Team interviewed POM Safe ambassador Kendra (@ken_inthecity), a storyteller, mother and mental health advocate. She shared her best personal safety tip for the holidays along with what she’s grateful for and how she’s spending her Thanksgiving. 

What are you grateful for?

I am grateful for my family and our good health, we have been very fortunate to be able to maintain good health during the pandemic. Not only have we been able to maintain good health, we have also been able to educate ourselves about holistic health practices and implement them into a new lifestyle routine that supports our busy schedules. 

How are you spending your Thanksgiving?

We are so excited to be spending Thanksgiving with my father and his wife at their home. We really enjoy getting our family together for thanksgiving here in Virginia for thanksgiving and enjoying football all day. 

What’s your best personal safety tip during the holidays?

My personal safety tip would be to be aware of your surroundings at all times. I try my best to limit my time on social media while I am out shopping or enjoying holiday activities with my family in public. Being a mom of a small child, I need my full focus on what is happening near and around my child and my family. 

The Bowery Mission

The Bowery Mission has served homeless and hungry New Yorkers since the 1870s when its neighborhood came to define the term “skid row.”  Its children’s programs called Mont Lawn City Camp & Mont Lawn Summer Camp, serve youth and began in 1894 by giving the children of recent immigrants the chance to escape the tenements in the summer. Today, The Bowery Mission is a results-oriented organization that is recognized as one of New York City’s most effective.