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Young Womans Campaigns to Become France’s First Elected Official With Down Syndrome



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(TMU) — For people living with Down syndrome life can often pose unique challenges. Whether it is simple bullying or outright discrimination, people with Down syndrome or other developmental and intellectual disabilities are still struggling in the 21st century for their basic human and civil rights.

34-year-old Eleonore Laloux of Arras, France, has fought for most of her life to be treated as an equal by society. And now, Eleonore is hoping to achieve what many felt was impossible: to be the first woman in France with Down syndrome to be elected to office.

Eleonore is running for a council seat in the local municipal elections with hopes to improve access for disabled people and generally improve living conditions for the people of her northern France hometown. For her, a society’s overall health can be gauged by how well it treats its most vulnerable members.

Speaking from her apartment, the activist told AFP:

“I would like Arras to change, for there to be improvements… mainly with regard to cleanliness and respect, but also accessibility [for disabled people].

I am ready to make this change happen.”

For Eleonorea fan of film, fashion, and music who lives aloneliving with Down syndrome isn’t a major obstacle in her life, and she has made peace with. Instead, Eleonore has devoted her time to her passion: fighting to ensure that disabled people can be included in all aspects of society without facing discrimination and systemic exclusion.

To challenge the social stigmas confronting people with Down syndrome, she founded the collective Friends of Eleonore and has written the book Down syndrome, so what?

Eléonore Laloux, who has Down syndrome is now a candidate in the upcoming municipal elections in France.The 34-year old who has had a 14-year experience as an administrative agent in a private hospital has been integrated into the mayor of Arras’s list for the municipal elections. Among the things she aims to propose at the Arras Town hall if elected are: civility, cleanliness, changing the outlook of the disabled and improving their accessibility to various opportunities.Eléonore is currently the Spokesperson for the group Les Amis d'Eléonore which combats the stigmatization of people living with Down Syndrome.In addition to that, she is a member of the board of the organization Down Up which campaigns for the rights of people living with various physical and mental disabilities and integrating them into society. #s63

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She explained:

“If I were to see [French President] Emmanuel Macron, I would tell him: ‘I have something to say to you — I would like us to talk a bit more about people with disabilities and above all about their inclusion.’”

Eleonore decided to run for office through the centrist “Arras pour Vous” (Arras for You) party after Sophie Cluzel, deputy minister in charge of disabilities, appealed to local parties to “make place for handicapped people” on their candidates’ lists for the March 15 local elections.

She explained:

“I am neither on the right nor the left, I am in the center … This is a project close to my heart.”

She has received support from Mayor Frederic Leturque, a fellow Arras for You party member who has hailed “her courage and her perspective” in fighting for broader appreciation and recognition of disabled people.

She added:

“The mayor trusts me because he knows I am a determined young woman who loves life. I know what I want, I have a crazy temperament but I am happy that Frederic accepts me as I am.”

Her 66-year-old father, Emmanuel Laloux, has likewise been supportive. He said:

“We have always wanted for Eleonore, who was born different, to be able to live like anyone else.

When you view a person through the prism of their inabilities… they will behave like a disabled person. But if you view them for their abilities, they can grow.”

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Keanu Reeves Praised As Video of Him Offering Seat to Lady in Subway Resurfaces



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Keanu Reeves is an actor who has long been loved by audiences —and not necessarily due to his acting skills, but due to how nice the John Wick star is.

And now, Reeves is once again earning praise as a “true gentleman” after resurfaced video footage shows Reeves giving up his seat on the subway.

The clip was shared by Instagram film fan account Cinemonkeys where it has since earned nearly 45,000 likes.

The video footage dates back to 2011, when it was shared on YouTube by a user of the video-sharing platform.

At the time, Reeves was already a superstar riding on the fame he earned from the Matrix, Speed, and a number of other blockbuster hits.

When Reeves notices a woman carrying a heavy bag, he quickly points to his seat and asks if she would like to sit. The woman accepts and Reeves gets up without hesitating to let her take his seat.

Reeves, ever the model citizen, then stands and holds onto a subway pole while carrying his bag.

The video has since been watched over 27 million times and was even cited in a 2019 Time magazine profile of the actor describing Reeves as the “soul mate” of the internet.

The resurfacing of the clip on Instagram once again impressed users of the platform.

“This human being’s soul honestly shines so bright,” wrote one user.

“OMG I love him in every single way,” another person commented.

His kindness knows no bounds,” commented someone else.

Keanu is set to reprise his role as Neo in the upcoming fourth Matrix film directed and written by Lana Wachowski, who co-directed the earlier trilogy with her sister Lilly. He will also return to the silver screen in John Wick: Chapter 4, which will be released in 2022.

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Drunk Man Rescues Injured Baby Bird By Sending It To Animal Shelter… In An Uber



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An injured baby bird received a new lease on life after a young man who was inebriated had the good sense to send the little creature to an animal shelter because he and his friends were too drunk to drive.

In the Summer of 2019, a small lesser goldfinch suddenly appeared by itself at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah. The center’s chairman, Buz Marthaler, was notified by a volunteer who sent him a photo.

“It was a picture of this bird, and it had come by Uber,” Marthaler told FOX13. “It was just crazy.”

As it turns out, the tiny bird – which was only two weeks old – indeed rolled up to the site by its lonesome, the sole passenger in an Uber vehicle called by concerned citizens who found the injured creature.

Among those good Samaritans was Tim Crowley, who had been “day drinking” on that Saturday before he and his buddies witnessed the little bird fall from the sky.

“Impromptu, sitting in some camp chairs, hanging out, having a few drinks when we had a visitor fall out of the sky,” he explained.

Crowley then snapped a photo of the bird and sent it to the WRCNU, which instructed him to immediately bring the bird in. However, the group obviously couldn’t drive since they had been guzzling booze all day.

So Crowley decided he’d hail a cab for the creature.

“At first it was a joke, like, ‘Hey, maybe we should just call Uber!’” he said. “Then we were like, ‘No, really. Why not? We’re paying them.’”

As it turns out, the bird – since named “Petey Uber” by staff at the rescue center – likely would have perished if not for Crowley’s quick thinking.

Marthaler remains impressed by Crowley’s move and shared the news on its Facebook page.

“While we feel we’ve seen it all and can’t be amazed by anything, there is always someone out there to prove us wrong,” the shelter’s post read. “Thank you to the rescuer who helped this little one get the care it needed in a timely manner and thank you for keeping yourself safe and others on the road safe as well.”

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Binx the Cat, Who Survived Florida Condo Collapse, Found and Reunited With Family



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Amid the tragedy of last month’s collapse of a South Florida condo building, there was a tiny bit of good news when a cat named Binx, who lived on the ninth floor of the Surfside building, was found safe and returned to his family.

“I’m glad that this small miracle could bring some light into the lives of a hurting family today and provide a bright spot for our whole community in the midst of this terrible tragedy,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava in a Friday press conference, reports NPR.

Levine Cava explained that a volunteer who feeds street cats in the area recognized the cat near the building before bringing him to an animal shelter, where it was then identified.

Gina Nicole Vlasek, the co-founder of the The Kitty Campus rescue group, posted on Facebook that a black cat had been found near the rubble of the group before it was brought to the shelter on Thursday night.

“We are so grateful to be able to help in any small way,” Vlasek said.

“All we needed was a ray of hope in this tragedy,” she continued. “Today was one of the most amazing days.. one of the survivors came to see the cat and to determine if it was her families cat and IT WAS!”

The mayor said that animal control workers are continuing to work to recover any pets that may have survived the horrible collapse.

The 12-story Surfside condo collapsed on June 24. At least 79 people have been confirmed dead, with 61 additional residents remaining unaccounted for.

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