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xoGift Guide 2019: Gifts For The Tech Guru In Your Life

Need some gift inspo for your favorite gadget obsessed loved one? We got you!

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For this rendention of our xoNecole Gift Guide, this list is comprised of some of the hottest technology out right now. It doesn't matter if you're the tech lover or you're in love with one, there's a contraption to catch your attention. Please don't be intimidated by all of the options out there. We tried to narrow down the catalog with some feasible, entertaining alternatives.

From self-rolling yoga mats to digital pens, you don't want to miss out on these shockingly fabulous products.

MotoChic Rose Keychain With Charging Cords

www.motochicgear.com

This is for the friend who loves technology but always needs a charger. We love when an item is fashionable and functional. Whether you decide to hang it on your work tote or simply use it as a keychain, you'll be styling and profiling.

$18

Eone Bradley Mesh Black 36mm

Eone

Time is of the essence and so is this watch. There are still some souls who prefer not to have a digital watch. The most impressive feature on this watch is the raised markers that allow you to feel the time by touch. It includes a triangular marker for twelve, elongated line segments for three, six, and nine, and shorter line segments for the other markers.

$310

Tile Mate (2020) - 1 Pack

Amazon

We all have that one friend that loses everything. They would lose their head if it weren't attached to their body. Tiles were specifically made for them. They can use their smartphone to make the Tile ring when they misplace something within 200 feet.

$20

NAPATEK Digital Photo Frame 1920x1080

Amazon

Make it last forever with this digital photo frame. Your favorite person or photographer will enjoy this gift with its customizable, easy plug and play features. When you give this gift, you could even load the frame with some photos of you and them for a sentimental touch.

$80

NeoLab Smartpen M1 With Pink Hardcover Notebook

Amazon

When I found out that this pen has a built-in camera that captures your handwriting and converts it to digitized text, I was sold. It would be a match made in heaven for the artists or writers in your life because they will have a collection of their doodles, stories and so much more.

$114

Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera - Ice Blue

Amazon

Nostalgia is a great holiday gift and we think gifting your tech master with an instant camera will fulfill that sentimentality. It snaps a perfect picture every time and we know that's no small feat. It also has a selfie mirror so you can get yourself together and capture the perfect selfie photo every time.

$46

Backslash Fit Smart Yoga Mat

Amazon

The techie who also does trap yoga will live for this smart yoga mat. This mat just may be smarter than all of us. Powered by Women's Health, you can access bonus yoga routines using a smart speaker; it's self-rolling and it has a soft but silky and grippy texture.

$90

Bandai Americia Pac-Man Connect and Play 12 Classic Games

www.walmart.com

Bandai Americia Pac-Man Connect and Play 12 Classic Games - Walmart.com

Game lovers can fight til the death with this old-school joystick. Help them bring back their childhood with this gift. It can be paired with almost any TV.

$15

Campark X20 4K Action Camera 20MP

Amazon

We live in a world where seizing the moment via forms of media is a must. That's why copping the Campark Action Camera is a great choice. With crystal clear resolution and an anti-shaking feature, you can take the perfect shot and create beautiful content.

$75

Anova Culinary Sous Vide Precision Cooker

Amazon

Cooking has been made easier over this last decade and boy are we thankful. Treat your loved one with this nano precision cooker to cook like a pro. Word on the street is that it delivers perfect results every time. It makes it easy to cook, control, and keep track of your recipe from your mobile device with a super-fast Bluetooth connection.

$80

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Over the past four years, we grew accustomed to a regular barrage of blatant, segregationist-style racism from the White House. Donald Trump tweeted that “the Squad," four Democratic Congresswomen who are Black, Latinx, and South Asian, should “go back" to the “corrupt" countries they came from; that same year, he called Elizabeth Warren “Pocahontas," mocking her belief that she might be descended from Native American ancestors.

But as outrageous as the racist comments Trump regularly spewed were, the racially unjust governmental actions his administration took and, in the case of COVID-19, didn't take, impacted millions more — especially Black and Brown people.

To begin to heal and move toward real racial justice, we must address not only the harms of the past four years, but also the harms tracing back to this country's origins. Racism has played an active role in the creation of our systems of education, health care, ownership, and employment, and virtually every other facet of life since this nation's founding.

Our history has shown us that it's not enough to take racist policies off the books if we are going to achieve true justice. Those past policies have structured our society and created deeply-rooted patterns and practices that can only be disrupted and reformed with new policies of similar strength and efficacy. In short, a systemic problem requires a systemic solution. To combat systemic racism, we must pursue systemic equality.

What is Systemic Racism?

A system is a collection of elements that are organized for a common purpose. Racism in America is a system that combines economic, political, and social components. That system specifically disempowers and disenfranchises Black people, while maintaining and expanding implicit and explicit advantages for white people, leading to better opportunities in jobs, education, and housing, and discrimination in the criminal legal system. For example, the country's voting systems empower white voters at the expense of voters of color, resulting in an unequal system of governance in which those communities have little voice and representation, even in policies that directly impact them.

Systemic Equality is a Systemic Solution

In the years ahead, the ACLU will pursue administrative and legislative campaigns targeting the Biden-Harris administration and Congress. We will leverage legal advocacy to dismantle systemic barriers, and will work with our affiliates to change policies nearer to the communities most harmed by these legacies. The goal is to build a nation where every person can achieve their highest potential, unhampered by structural and institutional racism.

To begin, in 2021, we believe the Biden administration and Congress should take the following crucial steps to advance systemic equality:

Voting Rights

The administration must issue an executive order creating a Justice Department lead staff position on voting rights violations in every U.S. Attorney office. We are seeing a flood of unlawful restrictions on voting across the country, and at every level of state and local government. This nationwide problem requires nationwide investigatory and enforcement resources. Even if it requires new training and approval protocols, a new voting rights enforcement program with the participation of all 93 U.S. Attorney offices is the best way to help ensure nationwide enforcement of voting rights laws.

These assistant U.S. attorneys should begin by ensuring that every American in the custody of the Bureau of Prisons who is eligible to vote can vote, and monitor the Census and redistricting process to fight the dilution of voting power in communities of color.

We are also calling on Congress to pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act to finally create a fair and equal national voting system, the cause for which John Lewis devoted his life.

Student Debt

Black borrowers pay more than other students for the same degrees, and graduate with an average of $7,400 more in debt than their white peers. In the years following graduation, the debt gap more than triples. Nearly half of Black borrowers will default within 12 years. In other words, for Black Americans, the American dream costs more. Last week, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, along with House Reps. Ayanna Pressley, Maxine Waters, and others, called on President Biden to cancel up to $50,000 in federal student loan debt per borrower.

We couldn't agree more. By forgiving $50,000 of student debt, President Biden can unleash pent up economic potential in Black communities, while relieving them of a burden that forestalls so many hopes and dreams. Black women in particular will benefit from this executive action, as they are proportionately the most indebted group of all Americans.

Postal Banking

In both low and high income majority-Black communities, traditional bank branches are 50 percent more likely to close than in white communities. The result is that nearly 50 percent of Black Americans are unbanked or underbanked, and many pay more than $2,000 in fees associated with subprime financial institutions. Over their lifetime, those fees can add up to as much as two years of annual income for the average Black family.

The U.S. Postal Service can and should meet this crisis by providing competitive, low-cost financial services to help advance economic equality. We call on President Biden to appoint new members to the Postal Board of Governors so that the Post Office can do the work of providing essential services to every American.

Fair Housing

Across the country, millions of people are living in communities of concentrated poverty, including 26 percent of all Black children. The Biden administration should again implement the 2015 Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule, which required localities that receive federal funds for housing to investigate and address barriers to fair housing and patterns or practices that promote bias. In 1980, the average Black person lived in a neighborhood that was 62 percent Black and 31 percent white. By 2010, the average Black person's neighborhood was 48 percent Black and 34 percent white. Reinstating the Obama-era Fair Housing Rule will combat this ongoing segregation and set us on a path to true integration.

Congress should also pass the American Housing and Economic Mobility Act, or a similar measure, to finally redress the legacy of redlining and break down the walls of segregation once and for all.

Broadband Access

To realize broadband's potential to benefit our democracy and connect us to one another, all people in the United States must have equal access and broadband must be made affordable for the most vulnerable. Yet today, 15 percent of American households with school-age children do not have subscriptions to any form of broadband, including one-quarter of Black households (an additional 23 percent of African Americans are “smartphone-only" internet users, meaning they lack traditional home broadband service but do own a smartphone, which is insufficient to attend class, do homework, or apply for a job). The Biden administration, Federal Communications Commission, and Congress must develop and implement plans to increase funding for broadband to expand universal access.

Enhanced, Refundable Child Tax Credits

The United States faces a crisis of child poverty. Seventeen percent of all American children are impoverished — a rate higher than not just peer nations like Canada and the U.K., but Mexico and Russia as well. Currently, more than 50 percent of Black and Latinx children in the U.S. do not qualify for the full benefit, compared to 23 percent of white children, and nearly one in five Black children do not receive any credit at all.

To combat this crisis, President Biden and Congress should enhance the child tax credit and make it fully refundable. If we enhance the child tax credit, we can cut child poverty by 40 percent and instantly lift over 50 percent of Black children out of poverty.

Reparations

We cannot repair harms that we have not fully diagnosed. We must commit to a thorough examination of the impact of the legacy of chattel slavery on racial inequality today. In 2021, Congress must pass H.R. 40, which would establish a commission to study reparations and make recommendations for Black Americans.

The Long View

For the past century, the ACLU has fought for racial justice in legislatures and in courts, including through several landmark Supreme Court cases. While the court has not always ruled in favor of racial justice, incremental wins throughout history have helped to chip away at different forms of racism such as school segregation ( Brown v. Board), racial bias in the criminal legal system (Powell v. Alabama, i.e. the Scottsboro Boys), and marriage inequality (Loving v. Virginia). While these landmark victories initiated necessary reforms, they were only a starting point.

Systemic racism continues to pervade the lives of Black people through voter suppression, lack of financial services, housing discrimination, and other areas. More than anything, doing this work has taught the ACLU that we must fight on every front in order to overcome our country's legacies of racism. That is what our Systemic Equality agenda is all about.

In the weeks ahead, we will both expand on our views of why these campaigns are crucial to systemic equality and signal the path this country must take. We will also dive into our work to build organizing, advocacy, and legal power in the South — a region with a unique history of racial oppression and violence alongside a rich history of antiracist organizing and advocacy. We are committed to four principles throughout this campaign: reconciliation, access, prosperity, and empowerment. We hope that our actions can meet our ambition to, as Dr. King said, lead this nation to live out the true meaning of its creed.

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