Top Nonprofit Reddit IAmA's http://www.topiama.com/cat/nonprofit The latest Nonprofit IAmA's collected from Reddit NonprofitI am Lina Sergie Attar – I'm a writer from Aleppo, living in Chicago, and doing work to support Syrians in need. AMA. http://www.topiama.com/r/6791/i-am-lina-sergie-attar-im-a-writer-from-aleppo I was not born Amish. I was held in captivity by mother and stepfather until I was almost 19 years old. My stepfather forced my family to dress and live like the Amish. My sister and I escaped our abusive home by agreeing to join the Amish. Three years after joining the Amish I became the maid for the bishop's family and for the next 6 months, I was sexually abused by the bishop. I went against Amish church customs and reported him to the police but he escaped into Canada. In 2017 ( 12 years later) the bishop was finally sentenced to 10 years in prison for molesting almost all of his 11 children.

The bishop had brought his family back to the USA and in 2016 the three oldest daughters went to a neighbor lady for help. The neighbor called CPS and they called in law enforcement. The detective assigned to the case was reading my memoir at the time and when one of the children mentioned they had lived in Canada for awhile he figured out that the man he was investigating was the bishop from the book he was reading. I was put in contact with the children and their social worker. Eventually raising awareness did make a difference. The Social worker told me that my memoir helped her understand how to communicate with the children and gave her insight into Amish beliefs. The children told me that they were wavering on prosecuting their dad until they discovered my memoir. Sadly, our entire church had known what kind of man the bishop was but did not report him to the police. Going to the police is severely frowned upon among the Amish.

I wrote my memoir Tears of the Silenced (self published) to raise awareness about the need to report suspected child abuse and the difficulties I faced when reporting the Amish bishop. In the three years since I published Tears of the Silenced I have received emails from all over the world ( England, Ireland, Scotland, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Germany, Denmark and Holland). Most are from child abuse and sexual assault survivors and many grew up in very strict Christian churches. They are from both men and women and each story is heartbreaking. I try to answer each email and offer what comfort or help that I can. Most of them tell me I am the first person they have ever told their stories to.

I hope to encourage all abuse survivors to speak out and tell their stories. It is very painful to do so but it can raise awareness and possibly save others from being abused by the abuser(s). There is much awareness needed about sexual abuse in very conservative churches. Many victims are too scared to come forward because they fear being ostracised from the church. Also, child abuse is an issue that never gets enough attention. Somehow we need to encourage the general public to report suspected cases of child abuse. After I left the Amish many people from the town where I lived as a child apologized for not helping my sister and me. They told me that they knew we were being abused and wanted to call CPS many times but our religious garb threw them off and they did not know what to do.

I had a 2nd or 3rd-grade education when I left the Amish. Today, 13 years later, I am in the last year of nursing school and an author. (My memoir is self published but has sold approx 100,000 ebooks, has 2089 reviews and has been on the Amazon Kindle Store Top 100 list three times. ) I want to encourage all abuse victims to follow their dreams, do not let allow your abuser win. What they did to you was not your fault! I recently started a new subreddit r/BreakTheSilence for abuse survivors to tell their stories and support each other.

Proof https://twitter.com/ExAmish101/status/973288472357191680

My Amazon Author Page has pictures of me when I was 16 years old and still at home with my mother and stepfather. These pictures were taken so that social services would not come out and check up on us. My mother told them it was against our religion to have government officials in our house. They did not question her and took the pictures instead. Note how my stepfather is holding onto our arms in the third picture.

EDIT 1- Hello everyone, thank you so much for all of the great questions. I am going to have to stop for today. Feel free to keep commenting though and I will answer them tomorrow. I will be here tomorrow (3-13-2018) from 7am-3pm EST to answer more questions!

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Sun, 11 Mar 2018 0:00:00 EDT
NonprofitI started a program that rewards people for picking broken glass and cigarette butts off the beach AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/6781/i-started-a-program-that-rewards-people-for Hi everyone! I am Niall Ferguson. I am the Milbank Family Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and a senior fellow of the Center for European Studies, Harvard, where I served for twelve years as the Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History. I am also a visiting professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing, and the Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation Distinguished Scholar at the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC. I have written fifteen books, including The Pity of War, The House of Rothschild, Empire, Civilization and Kissinger, 1923-1968: The Idealist, which won the Council on Foreign Relations Arthur Ross Prize. I am an award-making filmmaker, too, having won an international Emmy for my PBS series The Ascent of Money. In addition to writing a weekly column for the Sunday Times (London) and the Boston Globe, I am the founder and managing director of Greenmantle LLC, an advisory firm. I also serve on the board of Affiliated Managers Group. My new book, The Square and the Tower, was published in the U.S. in January.

Proof: https://i.redd.it/3chnemwo7ni01.jpg

You can find me online here:

EDIT: And that's it folks. It's 11:02am in Stanford and I have to get back to my day job. Thanks to all of you for really great questions. My RSI is now killing me, but it was fun!

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Mon, 05 Mar 2018 0:00:00 EDT
Crime / JusticeI’m Det. Greg Kading, expert on the multiple investigations into the murders of Tupac and Biggie. AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/6744/im-det-greg-kading-expert-on-the-multiple Self-driving cars may arrive at some point in the future, but that's not why we need a guaranteed income. The future is already here: the gig economy of Lyft drivers, part-time workers, and contract employees is exploding and income inequality hasn't been this bad since 1929. My story illustrates the unfairness in today's economy -- nearly half a billion dollars for three years worth of work. Today I work on how a guaranteed income for working people can rebalance the economy and reinvigorate the American Dream.

Looks like my site got the Reddit hug of death! We're working on getting it back up and running, but in the meantime you can check it out on Amazon

Proof: https://i.redd.it/2g2uj3v348g01.jpg

Edit: I'm headed out for now to do a livecast with Scott Santens at 2pm Eastern! https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_EWHdCUqhQi-Xv48GBqsGyA

I'll drop back by later this afternoon as more questions come in. Thanks!

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Wed, 21 Feb 2018 0:00:00 EDT
NonprofitWe are three lifesaving unrelated Bone Marrow Donors AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/6682/we-are-three-lifesaving-unrelated-bone-marrow We are: Simon - In September 2013, I was working for a medical device company which actually sold the products used for the bone marrow procedure, and this inspired me to join the register. In early 2016, I was contacted as a potential match, I was the best match for my patient and went on to donate via the bone marrow method in May 2016.

Nick - I went to university in September 2014 to study biomedical sciences, and my brother told me to get involved with everything! So I discovered my University’s Marrow group – they signed me up to the register and really quickly I was identified as a potential match for a patient, by September 2015 I donated through the bloodstream method (also known as PBSC).

Katherine - I worked with someone who’s life was saved by a stem cell transplant, and she did loads of work to spread the word about joining the register in our office. So I signed up! That was in March 2013, and just six months later I was identified as a potential match for a patient and by March 2014 I was donating my bone marrow to a stranger.

Our proof: https://twitter.com/AnthonyNolan/status/957569026355597312

More proof: https://imgur.com/a/Hek6c

If you're interested in joining the register you can find out more at www.anthonynolan.org/join

EDIT:

Simon: Thanks for all the questions. I hope that people found it useful. One final plug from me - SIGN UP TODAY!

Katherine: Lovely to chat to you all... and thank you so much for all the questions. Please sign up... and get your friends to sign up. I promise you won't regret it :)

Nick: Thanks all! Great to hear all your questions. I'm off for a salad sandwich. Sign up please!!!

Anthony Nolan: Hope you enjoyed asking our amazing donors about their experience! If you'd like to find out more about joining the register, check out this link: www.anthonynolan.org/join

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Mon, 29 Jan 2018 0:00:00 EDT
NonprofitWe are staff and students from a program at a village high school in Ghana in West Africa. Ask us anything. AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/6540/we-are-staff-and-students-from-a-program-at-a Hi everyone!

My name is Hannah McCollom. I am a volunteer with a US based NGO called Exponential Education in Ghana. I am here with some our students from Antoa Senior High School in Ghana.

The students I have with me are members of our newest program, Boys for Positive Change! Boys for Positive Change (BPC) is our newest pilot program at Expo. With the success of our Girls LEAP, we saw a need for similar mobilization with Senior High School (SHS) aged boys. The mission of BPC is to sensitize boys to recognize social norms underlying gender inequality and empower them to become agents of positive change by challenging these norms.

BPC is an afterschool club for SHS Form 2 boys. They meet once a week and discuss a number of topics which include: • expressing emotions • gender norms underlying inequality • family and relationships • masculinity • violence and gender based violence • community issues

Belief: Domestic violence is an internal, family affair, not a social problem. Fact: It is a social problem: Data from the 2008 Ghana Demographic and Health Survey (GDHS) was analysed. Here are the results: • Of the 1524 ever married women in this study, 33.6 % had ever experienced domestic violence. • Risk of domestic violence was 41 % higher for women whose husbands ever experienced their father beating their mother. • Women whose husbands drink alcohol were 2.5 times more likely to experience domestic violence as compared to women whose husbands do not drink alcohol. • Statistics from the Domestic Violence & Victim Support Unit (DOVVSU) of the Ghana Police Service indicates that at least 17,655 cases of violence against women were reported to them in 2014. • Violence against women and children has many bad consequences that affect society. - It seriously damages women and children mentally and physically. It creates fear and loss of self-esteem. - It leads to the breakdown of families, society and trust between people. - It incurs costs for medical care and loss of ability to work and earn by women. Children take time off from school.

Belief: A man punishes his wife because she gives him cause to do so. He has rights to punish her because he is her superior & the “head of the household”. Fact: If we accept this belief then we accept that: - Men are superior to women, - “Superior” people are allowed to enforce their superiority by using violence. The idea that men are superior to women is not a fact. It is a value judgement. Women and men have different sex roles and their cultures may give them different gender roles. However these roles should be given equal value and women should be equal to men. This idea illustrates that according to tradition, the man is the head of the family so he can “educate” his wife or children even if this education is in fact just violence and not education. If we accept this belief, then we accept the fact that a man has right to use violence to impose his authority.

These are just a couple of the many beliefs in society about gender based violence.

If you'd like to help our organization out, please donate to our fundraising campaign. Any amount helps. All money goes towards our programs: BPC, Girls LEAP, P2P, and LUV. You can donate at https://secure.anedot.com/expoedu/expoedugivingtuesday Link to website: http://www.exponentialeducationprogram.org/

We are the students and staff of Exponential Education in Antoa, Ghana! Ask us Anything!

My Proof: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1cZj-mGyZp4INrWmlOSVorNNby6vKjNzY/view?usp=sharing

Update: We have sent the students home and back to the school to eat dinner and get ready for their week! Staff members are still here to answer questions!

Update #2: It is getting late here in Ghana, so I am going to log off now! I will check back in tomorrow to answer any more questions you may have! Keep commenting!

Final update: Thank you all for the response and questions! Again, if you would like to donate to our program, visit https://secure.anedot.com/expoedu/expoedugivingtuesday or Link to website: http://www.exponentialeducationprogram.org/ Have a great day!

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Sun, 26 Nov 2017 0:00:00 EDT
NonprofitWe are EmmaSofia, the organization that helped get Norwegian Supreme Court to reduce sentencing for LSD to community service after presenting research on the low health risks. AMA. http://www.topiama.com/r/6536/we-are-emmasofia-the-organization-that-helped-get We are Henrik Akselsen (the defendant), Pål-Ørjan Johannesen and Teri Krebs who has done research on psychedelics and their harm effects.

We were thrilled to see the story trending on /r/worldnews a few days ago. link

The short story is this: Henrik got his apartment raided by police do to a confiscation of LSD in a mail order that they were able to link to him.

The police originally wanted a 5 month prison sentence, but through three court instances we managed to present enough evidence to convince the court to reduce precedence for LSD-related cases quite substantially. The Supreme Court decided on 45 days of community service.

If you have any questions regarding the case, we’re happy to answer.

EmmaSofia is a non-profit organization, working to get Norway into a drug policy based on evidence and respect for human rights. EmmaSofia is part of a growing movement within all the major political parties to turn Norway into a model country for a 21st century drug policy based on evidence and human rights. Check out nordicreform.com, a Nordic Drug Reform conference in Oslo on November 23rd - 24th

Article in NYT in may 2015: https://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/05/world/europe/an-uphill-campaign-in-norway-to-promote-lsd-as-a-human-right.html?_r=0

Former IAmA

Proof: Confirmation on our frontpage: http://www.emmasofia.org/

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Mon, 13 Nov 2017 0:00:00 EDT
NonprofitMy Afghan Combat Translator Saved My Life In The War. Together We've Saved Over 5,000 Additional Lives. Ask Us Anything. http://www.topiama.com/r/6505/my-afghan-combat-translator-saved-my-life-in-the EDIT: Thanks for your questions, I really appreciate your interest. Its always good to know that there are many people out there who care deeply about the natural world. I think before we think about Mars, we need to look after Earth. Take care

Brent

Hey my name is Brent Stirton and I’m a South African photographer with a lot of experience in the documentary world. I currently spend most of my time working on long-term investigative projects for National Geographic Magazine, but my work has been published in Vanity Fair, Newsweek, The New York Times Magazine, and other outlets. I have a big passion for issues related to wildlife, conservation, global health, diminishing cultures, sustainability and the environment.

Last week, I was named the 2017 Wildlife Photographer of the Year by the Natural History Museum for this piece I did on rhino poaching: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2016/10/dark-world-of-the-rhino-horn-trade/

Other projects: https://www.brentstirton.com/state-of-blindness/ https://proof.nationalgeographic.com/2013/12/13/brent-stirton-an-ode-to-nelson-mandela/ https://www.nationalgeographic.com/photography/proof/2016/07/questions-and-answers-brent-stirton/ https://www.brentstirton.com

Proof: https://twitter.com/NatGeo/status/923912301144571904

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Tue, 31 Oct 2017 0:00:00 EDT
Nonprofit-LiveWe are professional game masters who have been using Dungeons and Dragons in therapy groups for the past six years. We just launched a nonprofit called Game to Grow. Ask us anything! http://www.topiama.com/r/6485/we-are-professional-game-masters-who-have-been Hi Reddit! We are Adam Johns and Adam Davis. Since 2011 we’ve been running therapeutic groups using Dungeons and Dragons and other games to help teens and adolescents build confidence, relieve anxiety, and develop social skills. Many of our participants struggle with autism-related challenges, and we’ve found that games of all kinds, but especially Dungeons and Dragons, can help them build much-needed skills. We’ve used our training in psychology, education, family therapy, and drama therapy to design in-game encounters to specifically help build real-world skills.

We’ve spoken about our work at conventions around the country, and we’ve been featured in Kotaku, Geek and Sundry, the BBC, and we’ve appeared on the official Dungeons and Dragons podcast. Most recently we appeared on the Penny Arcade C-Team Table Talk.

We just launched the non-profit Game to Grow along with a crowdfunder in order to expand our work and spread it around the world. Donations to our Generosity campaign go directly to helping us launch more groups to serve even more kids and teens with lagging social skill development!

A game in every home! Ask us anything! (And proof)

1st Edit: Thank you for all of the great questions! We're going to take a quick coffee break but keep the questions coming in and we'll get to them as soon as we can.

2nd Edit: We're back and answering questions. We'll probably have to stop around 3:00 PST so that we can plan our groups for this evening, but we'll get to as many questions as we can before we stop.

Final Edit: We've got to head out to plan our groups, but thank you everyone for all the great questions! Especially thank you for all of your generous donations to the crowdfunder! You help make this work possible and are helping us to get services out to the many people who need them. I'm sorry if we weren't able to answer your question, but please feel free to email us at contact at gametogrow.org if you have any questions that we didn't get to! May all your hits be crits!

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Tue, 24 Oct 2017 0:00:00 EDT
NonprofitI am Victor Montori, Mayo Clinic Doctor and founder of Patient Revolution, AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/6469/i-am-victor-montori-mayo-clinic-doctor-and I'm Doctor Victor Montori. In 2016, I helped to found the Patient Revolution, a non-profit that seeks to move our healthcare system away from its current industrialized, pro-revenue model to one that is careful, kind, and patient-focused.

I've recently released the "manifesto" of the Revolution, my book "Why We Revolt: A Patient Revolution for Careful and Kind Care," which details my experiences in a series of personal essays.

Ask me about anything from healthcare to growing up in Peru!

Proof

Edit: Sorry but this is all the time I have today to answer all your questions. This was my first time doing AmA and it was a pleasure and fun to engage with you all. Feel free to connect through our website (http://patientrevolution.org) and let me know the stories that come to mind after you read Why We Revolt (http://patientrevolution.org/revolt). Together I believe we can achieve careful and kind care for all. Thank you again.

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Wed, 18 Oct 2017 0:00:00 EDT
Director / CrewIamA stop motion animator that has spent the last 4 years of my life creating a scifi/horror webseries called Operator. I wrote 15 episodes(Between working other jobs)and just released Ep 2! AMA http://www.topiama.com/r/6277/iama-stop-motion-animator-that-has-spent-the-last Hi reddit! Sam Barnett/headorface here. I released Operator as a standalone short in 2013 and got much more recognition than I ever anticipated. I got inspired to make more and spent the next two years(between working other jobs) writing 14 new episodes. I got interest from a major studio to make it as a feature but it didn’t pan out. I considered working with a smaller horror production company that wanted to make it as a webseries but it wasn’t a good fit. After two years developing the series I decided to stop waiting for permission from studios and launched a successful kickstarter campaign to make episode 2 which we just released!

Episode 1 Episode 2

If you are interested in seeing more behind the scenes stuff or want to support the series here is a Kickstarter to fund episode 3

Proof: http://i.imgur.com/0qcP2HO.jpg

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Thu, 03 Aug 2017 0:00:00 EDT
I've got a rare genetic condition (Ehlers Danlos Syndrome) that causes crazy flexible joints, frequent dislocations, and a bunch of other not fun and crazy stuff, AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/6190/ive-got-a-rare-genetic-condition-ehlers-danlos Hi, I'm Steve Brown, the real estate editor of The Dallas Morning News. I've covered the beat in North Texas since 1980, following the fall and meteoric rise of one of the most vibrant housing markets in the country.

I'm also the 2017 chair of the National Association of Real Estate Editors, who met a few weeks ago for our annual conference in Las Vegas. Ask me anything!

Replies will be tagged "-SB"

Proof: https://i.redd.it/5hl527hphg6z.jpg

And that's it, all! Thanks for joining us for another great AMA. For more Reddit happenings from The Dallas Morning News, be sure to follow us at u/dallasmorningnews

And if you want to keep up with Steve, follow him on Twitter and subscribe to his Real Estate Newsletter.

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Sun, 02 Jul 2017 0:00:00 EDT
NonprofitLIVE! I'm Scott Schoettes, 1 of 6 members of PACHA who resigned because this admin doesn't care about HIV/AIDS. http://www.topiama.com/r/6185/live-im-scott-schoettes-1-of-6-members-of-pacha Hi, I'm Steve Brown, the real estate editor of The Dallas Morning News. I've covered the beat in North Texas since 1980, following the fall and meteoric rise of one of the most vibrant housing markets in the country.

I'm also the 2017 chair of the National Association of Real Estate Editors, who met a few weeks ago for our annual conference in Las Vegas. Ask me anything!

Replies will be tagged "-SB"

Proof: https://i.redd.it/5hl527hphg6z.jpg

And that's it, all! Thanks for joining us for another great AMA. For more Reddit happenings from The Dallas Morning News, be sure to follow us at u/dallasmorningnews

And if you want to keep up with Steve, follow him on Twitter and subscribe to his Real Estate Newsletter.

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Fri, 30 Jun 2017 0:00:00 EDT
I go under /u/nicgentile I build underground ISPs, CDNs and Data Centres in Africa that are censorship free. AMA. http://www.topiama.com/r/6183/i-go-under-unicgentile-i-build-underground-isps I obviously can't share my real name, cause of the fuzz, but I build underground ISPs, CDNs, and Data Centres in Africa. We connect the unconnected, those who are not deemed financially viable by governments or operators, guys looking for a peaceful place to watch HD content cause they don't have access or can't afford video services like Netflix etc, that is censorship free. I recently posted my project on /r/homelab, and added bits more today and many people asked me to come do an AMA, so lets do this thing. Ask me anything.

P.S. Be mindful of what you say (not ask, you can ask anything), in my world, bad things happen to people like me who are basically rebellious. The monster is real here and I've already been nicked twice for this thing. Thanks.

Proof - http://imgur.com/v1Q1cFi

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Wed, 28 Jun 2017 0:00:00 EDT
Request[AMA Request] James Murphy and all of LCD Soundsystem http://www.topiama.com/r/6186/ama-request-james-murphy-and-all-of-lcd Greetings reddit universe!

This is my second time doing an AMA, very glad to be back! I've been deep in the labs working on a zillion tunes and gearing up for the madness of summer festival season… I’ve been preparing both ends of the spectrum: left-field freestyle events, as well as massive anthems for full power broadcast, and now i'm hitting the road full steam and launching into GO MODE :) figured i'd catch up here first: what's on your mind?

**Proof! https://twitter.com/bassnectar/status/880131777649549313

UPDATE: Thanks so much for joining this experience! I'm signing off now, I'll see you guys soon :)

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Tue, 27 Jun 2017 0:00:00 EDT
NonprofitWe're The Carter Center, and we're competing in 100&Change, the MacArthur Foundation's $100 million competition to fund a single proposal aimed at solving a critical problem. Our proposal is to end "river blindness". AUA! http://www.topiama.com/r/6143/were-the-carter-center-and-were-competing-in Hey reddit! We're The Carter Center, one of eight organizations competing in the MacArthur Foundation's 100&Change competition for a $100 million grant. Learn more about their competition:

https://www.macfound.org/programs/100change/

We're here to answer your questions.*

About our proposal: we are trying to eliminate transmission of river blindness disease in Nigeria, creating a model for the rest of Africa and the world. We will work through community-directed distribution systems to administer the drug ivermectin (Mectizan®, donated by Merck & Co.) once or twice per year. This medicine is proven to stop transmission of the condition. About river blindness: River blindness causes devastating socio-economic repercussions in Africa, resulting in food insecurity, lack of education for children who must care for blinded parents, intergenerational poverty, and social stigma.

We will be on at 11 AM ET to answer your questions. AUA! Our proposal and how community volunteers will be key to our success:

https://www.macfound.org/press/semifinalist-profile/carter-center/

https://www.macfound.org/press/semifinalist-perspectives/community-volunteers-key-river-blindness-strategy/

*Important caveat: This AMA is a public engagement opportunity for you, reddit, to learn more about our proposal. We won’t win the $100 million competition based on this AMA, and there's nobody paying us to do this AMA. We're just taking questions and are thrilled to engage and discuss this very important issue.

Proof: http://imgur.com/a/mq8Or

EDIT: We're on! Ask us anything!

FINAL EDIT: Thanks everyone! We greatly appreciate your participation. We hope we answered everyone's questions. We are now closing this AMA.

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Tue, 13 Jun 2017 0:00:00 EDT