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June 26, 2016

Black Lives Matter protesters interrupt Pride mural unveiling by Toronto police

Black Lives Matter protesters chanting “No pride in police” crashed a Toronto Police news conference Friday, where Chief Mark Saunders unveiled a mural honouring the local LGBTQ community.

The mural, in the gay village near the corner of Church and Wood Sts., is meant to celebrate the history, diversity and strength of Toronto’s LGBTQ community, according to a police news release.

But the protesters claim the media event, like the Toronto police chief’s public apology this week for the 1981 bathhouse raids, was a publicity stunt.

They are “PR tools used to mask the reality of police relations amongst the queer and trans community: black people, indigenous people, sex workers et cetera,” said Black Lives Matter co-founder Rodney Diverlus, 26, after disrupting the unveiling.

The reverend and gay rights activist, Brent Hawkes, tried to mediate between Black Lives Matter and the police, to no avail, according to the queer activist and journalist, Andrea Houston, who live tweeted the encounter.

Black Lives Matter is still waiting for the police to meet the demands it made after its tent city protest outside police headquarters on College St. this spring, Diverlus added.


It seems like BLM is trying to wedge itself into the aftermath of the Orlando shooting. I get that this unveiling by the police could be a PR stunt, but the same could be said for this latest shut-down by BLM.
June 16, 2016

Vigil for Orlando at Boone County Courthouse shows solidarity and racial discord.

Interesting article in the link concerning the tragedy and some inputing "intersectional" discussions into it.

More than 1,000 people crowded the amphitheater on the courthouse grounds for a quickly arranged candlelight vigil organized by 10 campus and community organizations. Although there were moments of discord during the nearly hourlong event, the central message was opposition to anti-homosexual bigotry and gun violence.

“We proclaim that even in the midst of this heartbreak, even though the sorrow is unimaginable, your presence here, our presence together is a sign that there is more love than hate,” said Sarah Nichole Klaassen, pastor of Rock Bridge Christian Church.

The large crowd came together because the campus and community groups decided unity was the most important message they could send, said Dustin Hampton, president of MidMo PrideFest.

“Seeing the atrocity happen, our community has been shaken,” Hampton said.

Mateen was a Muslim born in New York to Afghan immigrants. He died in a shootout with police responding to the nightclub, and investigators are trying to piece together his motive for the attack.

Esam Diab, a Moberly resident and Palestinian who came to the United States 35 years ago, brought his wife, Lori, and grown sons Mohammed and Omar to the rally. Diab said he felt compelled to join the mourners on hand at the rally with his family.

“It is important that we are here,” he said. “I have a duty to humanity.”

The discordant note came when Melecio spoke of her feelings in the aftermath of the killings. Looking out over the crowd, she said she was disappointed that the Latino heritage of many of the victims was being lost in media coverage and commemorative events.

“A lot of those names had something in common — what they had in common were a lot of them were Latino,” Melecio said. “I was really nervous to get up here because there’s a lot of white people in the crowd. And that wasn’t a joke.”

The contributions of blacks and Hispanics to the movement for equal rights in the homosexual and transgender community are being overshadowed and co-opted by whites, Melecio said.

“It is like, who are you really here for?” she said.

Several responses came from the crowd.

“We’re here for everybody,” one person shouted.

Daniel Brizendine and his husband, Carl Brizendine, left the vigil as Melecio was speaking. Daniel Brizendine said he has lived in Orlando, been a customer at Pulse and knows people who go there regularly. Melecio was wrong to bring up race in the way she did, he said.

He has been marching for rights since 1982, he said. “Now all of a sudden I am going to be white-shamed, and I am not going to be white-shamed just because I was born with white skin.”


What do you all think about what that student did at the vigil? Me personally, I felt the "white people in the crowd" statement was extremely divisive and inappropriate during a time of grief. That's not the kind of venue for such a discussion.
June 1, 2016

Dalai Lama Thinks Europe Has Let In 'Too Many' Refugees

The Dalai Lama said that "from a moral standpoint" he thinks refugees should "only be accommodated temporarily" — with the goal of them returning home to rebuild their countries.

Germany took in over 1 million refugees last year from war-torn countries such as Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan over the past year.

The influx of migrants and refugees has led to a spike in anti-foreigner sentiment in Germany.


I agree with his point. Europe just cannot bear the burden alone in taking in so many people. I don't know about his point regarding their return home; I agree with the sentiment behind it, I'm just not sure how that would be financially possible and also how many refugees would be willing to go back to their homelands. What do you all think?

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