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Hope Headlines - What's Inspiring Us (Summer Edition 2019)

Detroit Statue Finds a Barefoot, Undaunted Viola Liuzzo Walking Again for Civil Rights

On Tuesday, a statue of Viola Liuzzo was dedicated at the neighborhood park on Detroit's west side that bears her name. A few hundred people gathered for the ceremony to commemorate her ultimate sacrifice 54 years ago when the Detroiter became the only white woman to die for the civil rights movement. (Detroit Free Press)


Black People Are Charged at a Higher Rate Than Whites. What if Prosecutors Didn’t Know Their Race?

The San Francisco DA's office has begun experimenting with an approach it describes as “blind charging,” which prevents prosecutors in one of the nation’s busiest district attorney’s offices from seeing demographic information before making an initial decision on whether to charge someone. Criminal justice experts said San Francisco appeared to be the first such office in the nation to test that approach. (NYTimes)


It Was Never About Busing

Court-ordered desegregation worked. But white racism made it hard to accept. (NYTimes)


A black principal, four white teens and the ‘senior prank’ that became a hate crime

Four white teens committed a hate crime at school, then swore they weren't racist. In the year since, their black principal has set out to heal & educate those who still walk the halls. (Washington Post)


Small Town Pride As Picnic

The small town of Hendersonville, N.C., observed LGBTQ Pride for the first time. There wasn't a parade. It was a picnic — an event that allowed some people to talk to each other for the first time. (NPR)


'An example for the entire world': Butte locals gather for anti-hate, pro-love rally

Local anti-discrimination groups hosted a rally in response to the racial slurs that were recently spray painted onto the side of a Butte woman’s home. (Montana Standard)


Trans Women Don’t Want Your Sympathy. They Want to Be Treated as Human Beings.

This year, at Pride, let's work to end the epidemic of murdered Black trans women, writes Black Lives Matter founder Alicia Garza. (Marie Claire)


‘I can’t be naive anymore’: Targeted by arson fires, Mass. rabbis face anti-Semitism at home

The Saturday night following the arson fire, hundreds of neighbors gathered on the Krinskys’ front lawn to observe Havdalah with them — singing, praying, and carrying candles. “The outpouring of love and support, that’s the real Needham. Not whoever did this, this attack on us,” Mendy Krinsky said. “As bad as the hate was, the love was many, many times more.” (Boston Globe)


Poway rabbi urges global fight against anti-Semitism during United Nations address

“If hate can leap across continents, so can love and light that will defeat it,” the rabbi said. “If darkness can be spread throughout the world, so can light that can outshine it.” (San Diego Union-Tribune)


Effort in DeKalb County seeks to honor black victims of lynchings

Georgia's DeKalb County and some of its cities have joined a national movement to confront America’s history of racism in a more honest and complete manner. That effort began after 2015’s deadly church shooting in Charleston, S.C., prompted new attention to monuments that promote ideals of white supremacy. (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)


How To Speak Up When You Witness Discrimination

The two women who spoke up and tweeted the video from the Philadelphia Starbucks last April of two men being arrested for sitting in a Starbucks talk about what happened that day from their perspectives as upstanders. (Forbes)


WATCH: The Look — A Film About Bias in America

In this short, powerful film, "The Look," we see how unconscious bias plays a role in society today. (Saturday Morning Collective)


Opinion: How to Talk to a Racist

Being called a racist almost never causes a racist to wake up. Being called a racist almost never causes a racist to say, “Oh, wow, you’re right.” (NYTimes)


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