When two officers arrived at Avel Amarel’s door recently to question him about a crime that happened outside his building, they tried to get him to stop filming and then they tried to come in his house. He shut them down on both counts.
Given the news of late and the tension that is sadly common between many communities and the police employed to protect them, this footage is especially stressful to watch. Fortunately, in this case, the encounter ended harmlessly…but not without showing how hard it can be for some people to stand up for their rights…
After Vikings star Adrian Peterson was benched this past weekend as he faces charges of child abuse, reactions were varied. Most of the publicized voices decried his behavior, of course. But plenty of fans still stood by their favorite player, too. And one of the simplest ways to do this was to simply wear an Adrian Peterson jersey.
This fan did just that.
But by making a simple change to the back of the shirt, he made sure everyone knew who he was actually supporting when he donned the number 28…
The Kansas-based hate group often protests military funerals and LGBT*Q communities with signs reading “God Hates Fags,” famously blaming gay people for 9/11 and the deaths of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq, among other tragedies.
But God disagrees…
This hate group goes around saying that God hates gay people. Nonsense! I love gay people.
Several months ago, Phil Laboon asked the woman he thought was the love of his life to marry him. But, unfortunately, things didn’t work out for them and they called off the wedding. So Phil was left with a scheduled reception that had already been paid for — almost $20,000 of food, drink, and entertainment.
Instead of feeling sorry for himself, he decided to make the best of a bad situation, and used his prepaid wedding resources to host a charity ball.
Selling out all the $75 tickets and taking additional donations online and at the party, Laboon and friends raised tens of thousands of dollars for the Surgicorps International, which performs free surgeries for children in developing countries.
The nonprofit has performed over 4,000 surgeries in over 18 countries and looks forward to being able to continue their mission thanks in part to the generosity of Laboon and all his guests.
It was obviously pretty heartbreaking for everybody involved. But this ended up becoming a really good scenario…. Bad things happen, but nothing I experience will ever be equal to the obstacles these kids face each day of their lives.
Almost three years ago, Emma Sulkowicz was assaulted in her dorm room. Since then, she has tried to deal with the attack through the “proper” channels, speaking at different times with both her school’s administration and later to the police. The experience was, of course, horrendous, and the authorities’ reactions were both offensive and ineffective.
This year, she is going about her continued response to her rape very differently. As a visual arts major, she has decided, for her senior project, to perform a bizarre and fascinating protest. For the entire school year, or as long as her rapist is still at her school, she is going to carry her mattress everywhere she goes.
We always hear about the bad guys in the Middle East. Take a moment and read about some of the good guys. Genuinely incredible heroes…
As the Syrian Civil War continues the death count rises in terrible numbers every day. Since the conflict began in 2011, over 200,000 people have died.
But amid the terror, there is a small army of unarmed and politically impartial volunteers bringing hope to as many as they can. They are the Syrian Civil Defence, called the White Helmets, and they do what one journalist who spent time with them called the most dangerous job in the most dangerous city.
They immediately rush into any scene of bombing or battle against civilians to find and rescue anyone they can.
On a trip to his native Philippines, New York hairdresser Mark Bustos offered haircuts to street kids and discovered a very fulfilling way to give back using his skills. “The feeling was so rewarding,” he says, “I decided to bring the positive energy back to New York City.”
And that’s exactly what he’s done. On most Sundays, he puts together a minimal, portable salon and takes it out onto the streets where he offers free stylings to anyone who needs them and can’t afford to get trimmed on their own.
Beyond simply providing a basic grooming necessity, Bustos’s haircuts improve life on a deeper level. He explains…
I do believe people with a proper, professional haircut receive more respect than those who do not have a proper haircut. Having a proper haircut also gives the recipient much more confidence.
The transformation in appearance he provides is often wonderfully substantial…