Dear --FNAME--,
The new commendations are in the mail, honoring each of the brave, caring people whose stories are here.

Capital-G Giraffes can show us all the way to lead meaningful, engaged lives—even when said Giraffes are kids. This time you'll meet two youngsters who are already impacting their world. They and their fellow Giraffes can light up your day, even in these dark times.

As long as there are Giraffes, there's hope—Ann Medlock, Founder
These are "teasers," quick looks at the new Giraffes.
For each full story, click on the name (in blue)
and you'll be transported instantly to our free online database. 
There, you'll also find a link to the Giraffe's website, if there is one.
It's a way you can keep track of them in the future,
and support their work if you choose to.

Nine-year-old Dane Best discovered that an old law made it illegal to throw snowballs in his snowy hometown, Severance, Colorado. He did some research, collected petition signatures, got classmates to write letters to the town council, and gave a slide presentation to council members, who then unanimously overturned the old law. He then found a town law that says only dogs and cats can be household pets. Dane has a pet hamster. He's preparing his next case.

When he was nine years old, Milo Cress watched people in a restaurant ignore the plastic straws they were served. He asked the restaurant owner to serve straws only by request, and the owner agreed. 

Milo then set out to stop this form of plastic waste far and wide, resulting in a city-wide ban in Seattle, a world-wide policy change by Starbucks, and thousands of other students joining him in working against pollution by plastics.

Mercedes Delgado, a teacher in Cusco, Peru, teamed up with Celeste Marion, a psychologist visiting Peru from Seattle, to educate Peruvian children with disabilities. On next to no money, they started an after-school program that soon developed into the nonprofit organization, Manos Unidas, and then a private school, Camino Nuevo. Despite cultural disapproval, daunting financial challenges, and grueling work schedules, the two women now serve dozens of children who wouldn’t otherwise have been in school. Their motto: "These children can be educated."

The daughter of Sandy and Lonnie Phillips was gunned down, along with many others, in the 2012 Aurora, Colorado mass shooting. The Phillips sued the E-tailers who provided the killer with guns and ammunition without a background check. The case was dismissed, and they were ordered to pay the E-tailers $203,000. They refused to pay, declared bankruptcy, and now travel the country, providing support, services, and oral histories for survivors of violence, and advocating for better gun controls.

Their newest effort is a national campaign that exposes members of Congress who have accepted money from the NRA and have failed to enact legislation to stop the slaughter. "30 Billboards Outside Cowardly Incumbents” puts up billboards in the home districts of legislators who take NRA money and refuse to increase gun controls.

Marty Rosenbluth works pro bono as an attorney for Mexican immigrants who are detained at a detention facility in rural Georgia. The facility, which has been called the worst in the US, typically deports those detainees, with the help of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials as well as judges sympathetic to ICE’s policies. Rosenbluth is usually the only attorney at the facility and the only hope for many of the detainees.

Wang Enlin is a Chinese farmer who sued a large chemical corporation for polluting farmland and lakes around his village. With no formal education beyond the third grade, he spent years reading dictionaries and books about the law and the environment in order to muster the evidence he would need in court. Fourteen years after the initial offense, Wang’s case was heard in court; two years after that, the court found in favor of the villagers and ordered the company to compensate them. The company appealed, the case was overruled, and Wang appealed that ruling. Now burdened with lung problems, Wang continues to challenge the authorities and teach his fellow villagers about their rights.
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