Monday Good News: Pop Culture, Punks & Paletas

After a tumultuous last week, let’s start this one on the right note! In this week’s instalment of Monday Good News, Loud and Alive is bringing you your dose of good news: a camel was named Alexander Camelton in Lincoln Park Zoo, $110,000 has been raised for a 90-year-old popsicle salesman in Chicago and Myanmar’s rebels help the homeless in Yangon!


Alexander Camelton


This little guy is not throwing away his shot!

Recently, a baby Bactrian camel was born in Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago. When it came to naming it, abc7chicago reports that the possibilities were Angela the Camel, Humpty Dumpty, Caramel and John, but one of the zoo’s keepers got the idea to name the baby camel Alexander Camelton, after a Broadway musical everyone and their mothers know about.

It was only a matter of time before we progress to Hamilton puns in our daily lives and I, for one, couldn’t be happier!


More than $110,00 raised for a 90 year old popsicle salesman



When Joel Cervantes Macias, a Chicagoan, came across Fidencio Sanchez, an elderly paletero (a street seller of popsicles), his first thought was that he can do something about it.

We wrote about Colin Ross, who helped save a small fish and chip shop in Canada, just because he thought the owner could use some help, and the story of Macias and Sanchez isn’t any different.

After retiring and losing his daughter, Fidencio Sanchez had to go back to selling paletas in the streets of Chicago. He has been selling paletas for decades, typically earning somewhere between $50 – $60 a day, reports Since that is not nearly enough for him to live well and be able to retire, Macias decided to start a GoFundMe campaign.

His original intent was to raise $3,000 dollars but 5,607 people have raised over $116,000 in just one day!

“He knows, and he’s taking it with a lot of love,” Gutierrez said.

However, Mr. Sanchez doesn’t want to stop working, despite his age, but the community of Little Village is trying to do as much as possible to help him out.

The campaign is ongoing and you can pitch in on


Rebels caring for Yangon’s homeless



In an uncaring world, maybe the real punk is caring.

At least, that seems to be the premise under which the members of punk subculture in Myanmar help the homeless every day. The leader of the movement and the punk group Rebel Riot, Kyaw Kyaw, asked himself and his friends what could they do to help the homeless.

And now, every Monday, a bunch of punks (who are definitely welcome on our lawn) give out food to Yangon’s homeless.  “We explained our ideas — we are anti-war, anti-capitalism — but they didn’t really understand. They know only one thing: they are hungry. That’s all,” Kyaw Kyaw told ABC News.

Not only does Kyaw Kyaw give out food with his friends, but they formed the Myanmar chapter of Food Not Bombs, a global network dedicated to peaceful social change. From a group of five, they now have 20 regular volunteers, feeding between 50 and 100 people every week.

They have also decided to start a program called Books Not Bombs, providing government schools with reading material. Seeing as Myanmar is undergoing major political shifts, a lot of people cannot afford housing anymore. This is where Kyaw Kyaw and his band of do-gooders come into play. They are doing everything they can do raise awareness and help, but the one thing he points out is:

“Emotional stuff, kindness and compassion is more important than physical stuff. Lots of people don’t understand this. They give food, and they post it on Facebook. They’re not really feeding the people, they’re feeding their ego.”

Punk subculture has bad reputation but why? These young adults are trying to bring about actual change in the world, unlike many who would criticize them upon sight. Yes, they have mohawks. Yes, their jeans are ripped. Yes, they have piercings and studs on every item of clothing.

But are they helping make this world a better place? Yes.

And perhaps that is what we should all aspire to.


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