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This Is How San Francisco Protests the Far Right

This Is How San Francisco Protests the Far Right

Authorities in San Francisco and Alameda counties prepared for the influx of fringe-right supporters over the weekend, hoping to squelch the assemblies from turning violent — like they have in the past — through a series of legal maneuvers and bureaucratic red tape.

And it seems to be working.

Thousands of people gathered at Civic Center to protest far-right activities in S.F. on Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017. (Sheraz Sadiq/KQED)

“We are just here to spread love and peace,” says S.F. based Jenny Elephantae Fou at Civic Center. (Farida Jhabvala/KQED)

Patriot Prayer organizer Joey Gibson canceled his initial rally for Saturday afternoon at San Francisco’s Crissy Field and announced a press conference at Alamo Square. Then, on Saturday morning, he scrapped the Alamo Square event. It was unclear if he intended to organize other events.

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150 Refugees Finally Given Dental Work – For Free

150 Refugees Finally Given Dental Work – For Free

150 Refugees Finally Given Dental Work – For FreeOver 150 Syrian refugees who have settled in Canada have just been given their first dental consultation since emigrating from overseas – and it was 100% free of charge.

Roughly 30 different Montreal dentists and hygienists in Ville Saint-Laurent offered up their services this weekend to all of the Syrians who have been unable to afford a dental check-up since their arrival to the country.

In addition to the weekend’s dental work, any refugees who require a follow-up visit will not be charged when they return.

The session was spearheaded by Syrian orthodontist Dr. Ayan Chamma in collaboration with the Red Cross and volunteers from John Abbott College. Dr. Ayan instigated the event as a means of helping his native people who have struggled in adjusting to Canadian citizenship since their emigration.

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Man Keeps Restaurant Open to Feed 500 Cops During London Attacks

Man Keeps Restaurant Open to Feed 500 Cops During London Attacks

Man Keeps Restaurant Open to Feed 500 Cops During London AttacksDespite restaurants and businesses being ordered to evacuate the exclusion zone during Wednesday’s terror attack in London, this man insisted on staying open and feeding 500 police officers and emergency personnel while they worked.

Ibrahim Dogus, a Muslim-born man who owns three Kurdish restaurants in the Westminster area, was ordered to shut down his locations as a part of the evacuation. After closing two of his businesses, he informed law enforcement that he wanted to keep the third restaurant open as a place where emergency workers could eat and keep warm.

Though many police officers tried to pay Ibrahim for their meals, he insisted that they eat for free.

Ibrahim guesses they they fed anywhere from 300 to 500 members of the London Ambulance Service and the London Fire Brigade until the restaurant closed at 11:30PM.

Since Wednesday’s attacks involved a 52-year-old man driving into pedestrians on the Westminster bridge with his car, Ibrahim was shaken by their proximity to the event.

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Warren Buffett’s Best Investment by Bill and Melinda Gates
February 18, 2017

Warren Buffett’s Best Investment

By Bill and Melinda Gates | February 14, 2017

Our 2017 annual letter is addressed to our dear friend Warren Buffett, who in 2006 donated the bulk of his fortune to our foundation to fight disease and reduce inequity. A few months ago, Warren asked us to reflect on what impact his gift has had on the world.

Warren Buffett's letter to Bill and Melinda Gates

What follows is our answer to him.

It’s a story about the stunning gains the poorest people in the world have made over the last 25 years. This incredible progress has been made possible not only by the generosity of Warren and other philanthropists, the charitable giving of individuals across the world, and the efforts of the poor on their own behalf—but also by the huge contributions made by donor nations, which account for the vast majority of global health and development funding.

Our letter is being released amid dramatic political transitions in these countries, including new leadership in the United States and the United Kingdom. We hope this story will remind everyone why foreign aid should remain a priority—because by lifting up the poorest, we express the highest values of our nations.
One of the greatest of those values is the belief that the best investment any of us can ever make is in the lives of others. As we explain to Warren in our letter, the returns are tremendous.

Dear Warren,

Ten years ago, when we first got word of your gift to the foundation, we were speechless. It was the biggest single gift anyone ever gave anybody for anything.

We knew we owed you a fantastic return on your investment.

Of course, philanthropy isn’t like business. We don’t have sales and profits to show you. There’s no share price to report. But there are numbers we watch closely to guide our work and measure our progress.

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In Canada, Justin Trudeau Says Refugees Are Welcome

Justin TrudeauOTTAWA — As President Trump’s executive order on immigration stranded people around the world and provoked condemnation, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada took to social media to restate the country’s open-door policy.

“To those fleeing persecution, terror & war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith,” Mr. Trudeau wrote on Twitter on Saturday afternoon. “Diversity is our strength.”

Another post showed him in photograph with a child, apparently a Syrian refugee who had just arrived, with the caption “#WelcomeToCanada.” The post was shared at least 224,000 times on Twitter.

Mr. Trudeau’s immediate priority after he took office in late 2015 was to drastically accelerate the entry of refugees from Syria. From that point to early January, the latest available figures, his administration has admitted 39,671 refugees into a country with a population of about 36 million.

Cameron Ahmad, Mr. Trudeau’s press secretary, declined to comment on whether the Twitter posts were an indication that Canada may welcome some refugees who now found themselves shut out of the United States.

“The prime minister is looking forward to discussing the success of Canada’s immigration and refugee policies with the president when they next speak,” Mr. Ahmad said.

Any move by Canada to quickly offer asylum to refugees frozen out of the United States would certainly pose logistical problems. And it seems unlikely that the government would put such refugees ahead of a long line of claimants who have already been told they will be allowed into Canada.

Mr. Trump’s executive order is not only at odds with Mr. Trudeau’s policies, but it also does not reflect the general sentiment in Canada, where the Syrian refugee program enjoys widespread support. About 16,000 Syrian refugees who have arrived since November have been wholly or partly sponsored by individual Canadians or groups that have come together to raise sponsorship funds. During Mr. Trudeau’s current cross-country tour, the chief complaint about immigration has been that refugees are not arriving as quickly as would-be sponsors would like.

As a result, Mr. Trudeau’s social media posts may have been primarily aimed at a Canadian audience. He has been taken to task by some Canadians on social media and during his road show for not strongly attacking Mr. Trump’s past remarks on women and his policies, both proposed or already implemented, that conflict with Mr. Trudeau’s political agenda.

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Protesters rally worldwide in solidarity with Washington march

Protesters in the United States and around the world are joining marches Saturday to raise awareness of women’s rights and other civil rights they fear could be under threat under Donald Trump’s presidency.

The key focus of the day is the Women’s March on Washington, which organizers say could attract a quarter of a million participants.

But there are also hundreds of “sister marches” planned around the United States, with some of the biggest expected in Boston, New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.

And women and men in cities around the world — including Sydney, Berlin, London, Amsterdam, Paris and Cape Town, South Africa — are also marching in solidarity and in opposition to the values they think Trump represents.

Australia was the scene of the first major international march, with thousands joining an anti-Trump protest in
Organizers said up to 5,000 people attended the protest at Martin Place; police estimated the number was closer to 3,000.

Chants from the crowd included “women united will never be defeated” and “when women’s rights are under attack, what do we do, stand up, fight back.” Some carried banners with messages such as “Girl Power vs. Trump Tower” and “Dump the Trump.”

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Pictures From Women’s Marches on Every Continent

Crowds in hundreds of cities around the world gathered Saturday in conjunction with the Womens March on Washington. Here is a selection of images that portrays it the best.

Lee,Chang W. – from camera serial number NYTCREDIT: Chang W. Lee/The New York Times

Protestors walk down 42nd Street near Grand Central Terminal during the Women’s March in New York City at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza. NYTMARCH NYTCREDIT: Nicole Craine for The New York Times

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YouTuber Markiplier Raises Over $100,000 (And Counting) For LGBTQ Group

Markiplier Raises Over $100,000 (And Counting) For LGBTQ GroupIn just under 24 hours, a YouTube star and gamer by the username of Markiplier has raised just shy of $130,000 for the Human Rights Campaign via a GoFundMe campaign, well exceeding his goal of $100,000 and raising nearly $30,000 in just under an hour.

The formula for striking it rich on YouTube is perplexing, to say the least. Fortunately, at least some of those who have figured it out are willing to use their power for good.

Markiplier, whose real name is Mark Fischbach, began the fundraiser Sunday with a livestream addressing his roughly 16.2 million YouTube subscribers.

“Today we stand by our LGBTQ+ friends to ensure equality for EVERYONE!” He wrote on the GoFundMe page. “Please help us raise $100,000 for the Human Rights Campaign to ensure the future stays bright and open for all!”

Markiplier spent Saturday at the Women’s March, which presumably inspired the fundraising campaign.

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‘Our country needs racial healing and a sustained effort to avert the racism’
January 15, 2017

Our country needs racial healing and a sustained effort to avert the racism that influences public and private systems, practices and policies.


Just four days before inauguration of Donald Trump as the country’s 45th president, millions of Americans on Monday, January 16 will celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. For many, memories of the civil rights icon revolve around his momentous “I Have a Dream” speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, calling for an end to racism and to the expansion of economic opportunities.

Dr. King’s brilliance – strategic leadership of the Civil Rights Movement to unparalleled courage and integrity – is often overshadowed by the speech that scholars hailed as the 20th century’s top public address in the U.S. Unfortunately, Dr. King’s dream of equality articulated in 1963 remains unfulfilled in many communities today – a reality affirming the continued structural inequities and bias spurring widespread disparities in social conditions and opportunities for people of color.

Think about Dr. King’s powerful vision. “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” That’s the America many of us strive to create, but clearly, despite progress in some areas, we are still seeking to realize.

Furthermore, the vitriolic, divisive rhetoric and raw emotions raging throughout the past year pulled the scab off a persistent wound in the American psyche, bringing the issue of race front and center and exposing the divides in our society. What does the nation do about it? How do we move forward on a path toward racial equity that facilitates racial healing, dismantles structural racism and lifts vulnerable children on a path to success?

America has made progress over the decades. Government and the courts enacted statutes and rulings ranging from Brown v. Board of Education to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to the Fair Housing Act of 1968 that outlawed public discrimination, while purportedly providing equal opportunities. Yet, these actions only addressed the effects of racism, not its core foundation. Time has demonstrated that government and courts can enact and uphold laws, but they don’t change hearts, minds and souls or address the root cause of racism.

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Terminally Ill 6-yo Raises $1Mil For Medical Research

Tijn might not have much longer to live due to his terminal brain cancer. His only mission with the time he has, however, is to raise money for medical research so that other children can get a better shot at living than him.

The Dutch radio station 3FM hosts an annual charity event called Serious Request. 3FM works alongside the Red Cross to raise money for a different ‘unknown illness’ – this year’s affliction is pneumonia.

Though pneumonia is still a preventable disease, it is one of the most dangerous illnesses to children under 5 years old.

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