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Hope Headlines: Stories Inspiring Us This Month

A crowd of 150 or more gather across the street from Thousand Oaks High School at 6:30 a.m. Monday to show their support for the LGBTQ community. RICHARD GILLARD/Acorn Newspapers

A crowd of 150 or more gather across the street from Thousand Oaks High School at 6:30 a.m. Monday to show their support for the LGBTQ community in Kansas. (Credit: RICHARD GILLARD/Acorn Newspapers)

 

Chicago Woman Got 30 Hotel Rooms for Homeless People During Cold Snap

“I am a regular person,” Ms. Payne said. “It all sounded like a rich person did this, but I’m just a little black girl from the South Side. I thought it was unattainable, but after seeing this and seeing people from all around the world, that just tells me that it’s not that unattainable. We can all do this together.” (New York Times)

 

One Local Bishop Leads A National Fight Against Racism

Bishop Shelton Joseph Fabre, the first black Catholic bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux, Louisiana, is the national chairman for an anti-racism ad hoc committee of Catholics that is conducting listening sessions around the country to promote dialogue about how people have been hurt by racism inside the church. (WGNO, ABC)

 

Community Meets Hate with Love

Word that an out-of-town fringe group spouting hateful words about LGBTQ people would be demonstrating outside Thousand Oaks High School in Kansas drew a swift and full-force response. While the fringe group numbered four, around 150 showed up to a counter-protest, which was held at the same time. (Thousand Oaks Acorn)

 

Ohio Home Spray-Painted with N-word After Purchase Offer and Neighbors Respond

Neighbors planned a rally outside a house in Perrysburg, OH, to show support and to welcome the victims of the graffiti attack to the neighborhood. (The Toledo Blade)

 

After Two White Colorado Women Unearthed the History of Their Slave-Owning Ancestors, They Turned to Reparations

Late last year, the Denver-based nonprofit Soul2Soul Sisters received a whopping $200,000 anonymous donation. The organization aims for people of all racial/ethnic groups to work together to dismantle personal and systemic racism toward developing healthy, just and liberative communities. (Colorado Matters, NPR)

 

Ohio City to Stop Observing Columbus Day, Make Election Day Holiday Instead

Officials in the city of Sandusky, Ohio, have decided that the city will no longer observe Columbus Day as a holiday, switching it for Election Day. (The Hill)

 

Officials: 'Cowardly' vandalism at Louisville temple was a hate crime

The vandals "have only given our community more fuel and more determination to embrace compassion and understanding and embrace each other," Mayor Greg Fischer said. "Any time we see hatred or bigotry in our city, we will stand up and speak against it." (Louisville Courier Journal)

 

When Free Speech Crosses the Line into Criminal Activity

A disturbing trend in Pittsburgh prompted the FBI to hold a private meeting with residents of Lawrenceville, PA, a neighborhood not far from Squirrel Hill, where the Tree of Life Synagogue shooting took place in October. A local community group says that over the past 6 months, there have been at least 12 separate hate incidents and troubling propaganda posted there. (KDKA, CBS)

 

WATCH: Hundreds Rally Against Hate in Princeton, NJ

In late January, a white supremacist group threatened to march in Princeton, NJ, and community members quickly organized a rally against hate. In the end, the white supremacists called off their march, but hundreds of people rallied against hate. (My Central Jersey)

 

White Supremacists Who Trolled Black Student Government President Face Punishment

Taylor Dumpson will finally get some level of justice after white supremacist trolls harassed her relentlessly for being the first black female student government president at American University. (Vice News)





 

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