San Francisco doesn’t prosecute public defecation, public drug use, serial shoplifting, car break-ins, or hate crimes against Asians. But here’s something they do prosecute.

San Francisco is forcing couple to remove sidewalk ‘obstruction’ — or pay $1,400. It’s a little free library.

By Aidan Pollard

March 26, 2023

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A popular little free library in San Francisco was ordered to be removed, the Wall Street Journal reported.

The order was prompted by a call to a city hotline used for complaints about regulatory violations.

The library volunteered by residents is just one of many items caught up in a crackdown.

A couple in San Francisco was told to remove an obstruction from the sidewalk in front of their house, or pay a $1,402 fine. The city’s target: a little free library.

The library is part of a crackdown in San Francisco on unpermitted objects that interfere with public ways, the Wall Street Journal reported. The city has a hotline for anonymous tips about the obstructions, which include decades-old awnings on businesses in the city’s Chinatown district, and benches constructed by residents for the convenience of passersby.

The library, a sturdy wooden box that sits on a statue and resembles a dollhouse, is owned by Susan and Joe Meyers.

According to the Journal, local officials have little choice but to act when a complaint is filed through the hotline.

“The fact that we live in a city where they would rather fight someone that is doing something positive is what I find so disheartening,” Geoff Claus, a neighbor living near the little library, told the Journal.

The library is popular in the Meyers’ neighborhood, the Journal reported. Many on social media even staged a campaign to save it, resulting in letters to the city from residents; one from a young girl begged, “Plees do not dustroy Joe & Susan’s Libary,” per the Journal.

A city official responded, per the Journal: “Our office could not agree more. This is a favorite spot of many of your neighbors and we will do everything we can to make sure it stays in place for you and others to enjoy for years to come.”

Others targeted recently in the unpermitted objects crackdown include a 79-year-old laundromat owner, whose awning apparently drew a call to the city’s hotline that prompted an official call to Lee.

“They asked if I had a permit for the sign,” Bill Lee told the Journal. “I said, ‘How do I know, it’s been over 40 years?”

The Meyers could get a permit to keep their library for $1,402, but ultimately decided instead to work to change the system. As a result, city officials are considering cheaper permits — around $5, according to the Journal — for similar free libraries, and benches.

The Meyers’ library is still standing, the Journal reported, as the city sorts out new rules for the small box and many like it.

In the end, Susan Meyers told the Journal the original hotline complaint may have been a catalyst for the city to rethink its regulations.

“Maybe we should thank that person,” she told the Journal. 

March 26, 2023. Tags: , , , . Books, Kindness, Police state. Leave a comment.

Palestinian workers prefer to work for Israeli employers

Palestinian workers prefer to work for Israeli employers

Higher salaries, legal protections and lack of discrimination are among the reasons most Palestinians would prefer to work for Israeli firms.

February 16, 2020

The United Nations “blacklist” of businesses operating in Israeli settlements was lauded by the Palestinian leadership following its publication last week, but a recent report indicates that Palestinians actually prefer to work for Israelis rather than Palestinians.

Titled “Why Palestinians prefer to work for Israeli employers,” the report, by Israel-based media watchdog group Palestinian Media Watch, affirms that whenever Palestinian workers have the opportunity to work for Israeli employers, they are quick to leave their jobs with Palestinian employers. The report cites an article in the official Palestinian Authority daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida that praises the Israeli-employment sector.

According to senior PMW analyst Nan Jacques Zilberdik, who co-authored the report with PMW director Itamar Marcus, there are a number of reasons Palestinians prefer Israeli employers.

“First, the salary from Israeli employers is more than double that of the Palestinian sector, but that is not all. Palestinians working for Israelis are protected by the same laws as Israeli workers, including health benefits, sick leave, vacation time and other workers’ rights, whereas these protections are not granted by Palestinian employers. Also there is no gender or religious discrimination in the Israeli sector.”

Speaking on the official P.A. TV show “Workers Affairs,” Israeli-Arab labor lawyer Khaled Dukhi of the Israeli NGO Workers’ Hotline said Israeli labor law is “very good” because it does not differentiate between men and women, Israelis and Palestinians, Muslims and Jews. However, he explained, “Palestinian workers who work for Israelis still suffer because Palestinian middlemen ‘steal’ 50 percent, 60 percent and even 70 percent of their salaries, especially those of women.”

The higher Israeli salaries have been consistent for years, according to surveys published by the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics.

The Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, Labor Force Survey for the second quarter of 2018 showed that the average daily wage for wage employees in the West Bank was NIS 107.9 ($31.5) compared with NIS 62.6 (18.3) in Gaza Strip. The average daily wage for the wage employees in Israel and the Israeli settlements reached NIS 247.9 ($72.3) in the second quarter of 2018, compared with NIS 242.5 ($70.8) in the first quarter of 2018.

February 5, 2023. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Economics, Kindness, LGBT, Racism, Religion, Sexism. Leave a comment.

This 34-year-old just learned how to read. Now lots of people are sending him books, and he’s reading them on TikTok. Very inspiring!

This is his TokTok channel:

‘What’s up! I can’t read.’ O.C. resident goes viral after schooling left him functionally illiterate

By Sonja Sharp

December 28, 2022

It was just after dawn, and TikTok’s unlikeliest literary hero was running late.

Oliver James, 34, backed his white Ford cargo van into his favorite spot at Upper Newport Bay Nature Reserve in Orange County, his face aglow in the autumn sunlight as he rushed to set up his first livestream of the day. He tugged a makeshift curtain behind the driver’s seat, snapped his cellphone into a mount by the side mirror, and pulled a gently loved paperback from his knapsack.

“It’s a new day, a new start,” James told the camera, flipping to page 190 in “Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl” as hundreds of strangers logged on. “We’re going right up to the top — can’t waste no time!”

With that, he began reading aloud from the 75-year-old memoir — a book that everyone in the audience had read.

James is not a mellifluous reader, though he shares the blinding smile and infectious energy of other viral creators on the popular video app. A personal trainer by trade, he has never penned a bestseller, taught English, studied library science or appraised a first edition.

Yet his six-figure following puts him in a rarefied tier of “BookTok” influencers, ahead of the New York Public Library, The Last Bookstore and all the “Big Five” publishers combined.

“I snuck in through the back door,” he said of his sudden success. “I snuck in from the back and have more followers than most #BookTok people.”

Indeed, his meteoric rise among the app’s literary luminaries has proved the year’s biggest plot twist.

It began with five words.

“What’s up! I can’t read.”

If you’ve made it this far, you likely have little memory of how you learned to read.

Partly, that’s a function of mechanics: Formal phonics instruction, which builds literacy from letters and sounds, is only newly in vogue among today’s grade-schoolers, after decades of disfavor in American education. In California, it was not taught at all from the Reagan era through the impeachment of President Clinton.

Yet even children who study this “science of reading” rarely recall the painstaking synthesis of sign and sound that first alchemized tree pulp and petroleum ink into Desmond Cole of “Ghost Patrol” and Matilda Wormwood, Roald Dahl’s 5-year-old protagonist from the book of the same name.

At some point, for most of us, it just happened.

“People really can’t imagine what it is to exist without being able to read,” said James’ partner, Anne Halkias, 38. “I don’t think people understand how much extra work you have to do.”

Because we can’t remember it, illiteracy can seem total, akin to the formless darkness many sighted people imagine blind people see.

But for adults like James, the reality is both brighter and blurrier than that.

“There was some foundational stuff there,” Halkias said. “He knew his alphabet. He knew certain words.”

But he lacked the skill to tap out a text message or untangle the instructions in a video game. He couldn’t parse a job application, browse a takeout menu, recognize a comma or pronounce a contraction if he saw it on a page or screen.

In terms of fluency and comprehension, James was years behind Halkias’ 10-year-old son.

“I remember them telling me [I] was at a first-grade reading level when I was in high school,” the TikTok star said.

Anyone who’s read with a first-grader will recognize the flat affect, halting pronunciation and bursts of fluid prose that characterize James’ live TikTok broadcasts, even after months of practice.

His dash-cam confessionals look nothing like the polished “shelfies” and breathless reviews that first surfaced #BookTok from the app’s vast warren of subcultures, transforming its bespectacled
influencers into kingmakers of the publishing world.

The typical viral BookToker is a white woman with statement glasses, annotations on brightly colored page markers and stacks of immaculate hardcovers in her to-be-read pile.

James, by contrast, is a dark-skinned Black man with a trim beard and clipped salt-and-pepper locs who mostly films from his van. In October, close to a million people watched him check out his first library book. In November, tens of thousands saw him build his first bookcase.

For the weeks he was reading “Anne Frank” this fall, close to 100,000 TikTokers tuned in every night to watch.

“I didn’t do a Live [one night], and they’re messaging me in the middle of the night,” James said, bemused. “Like, ‘Are you OK? Why aren’t you live?’”

To the denizens of BookTok, James’ inability to decipher the symbols that give meaning to the world seems like a witch’s fairy tale curse.

But experts say it’s all too real.

“This isn’t a rare story,” said professor Subini Annamma of the Stanford Graduate School of Education. “His story is a story of how the education system fails Black disabled kids.”

Before he went viral, James rarely spoke about his disability, or the schooling that left him functionally illiterate.

In fact, he’d tried for decades to forget the segregated classroom in Bethlehem, Penn., where he languished from second through fifth grades.

But the flood of attention since his TikTok debut washed up memories he’d buried back home in the former steel town.

“When I was in elementary school, I was in special education,” James explained in an early viral clip. “They used to be able to put their hands on us.”

In his telling, violence was the norm in the class where he landed after being diagnosed with ADHD and other learning disabilities. (He also has obsessive compulsive disorder, though he says he was not diagnosed as a child.)

While his peers progressed from Shel Silverstein (“The Giving Tree”) to Roald Dahl (“James and the Giant Peach”) to J.K. Rowling (“Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”), James “just sat there” filling in worksheets, he said. Defiance was met with armlocks, chokeholds and body slams.

School is supposed to be a safe space, his new fans responded. Several asked if his former teacher was in jail.

But Annamma and other experts said what happened to James is not only legal, but textbook.

“He talks about being held with his arms across his chest — that’s restraint and seclusion,” a controversial practice that is disproportionately used on Black kids with disabilities, Annamma said. “That’s about compliance. It’s not about learning.”

Black students such as James are far more likely to learn in segregated special ed classrooms, where such physical discipline is the rule, federal civil rights data show.

“I ended up getting restrained two, three, four, five times a day,” he said. “It was torture.”

The memories bubble up from his body as he talks during an interview. He becomes his classmates, neck craned and eyes bulging in terror. His teacher, racing toward him in a lather. His muscular arms encircle his chest, hauling him up on his tiptoes. Then boom — 9-year-old Oliver hits the wall.

“I was just crying and crying and crying and crying,” he recalled recently, his shoulders slumped as he replayed the moment in the small Costa Mesa apartment he shares with Halkias and her son. “But I also remember that feeling of, like, [the teacher] won.”

The feeling haunted him through his teens, playing running back for a high school he never attended. He told his teammates he was enrolled at the vocational school down the block. In reality, he took the short bus from a segregated special ed program 20 minutes away.

It stalked him on the streets, where he briefly trafficked guns to help support his mother, court records show. It followed him to federal prison, where he spent his early 20s.

Rather than insulate him from mistreatment, as it often does for white children, a disability diagnosis pushed James to the margins, as it does for many students of color, said professor Jyoti Nanda of Golden Gate University.

According to the Department of Justice, at least a quarter of incarcerated adults spent their school years in special education.

After prison, James fell into fitness, first in Bethlehem and then in Orange County, where he woos wealthy clients with roadside acrobatics and breezy fits of strength. He dreams of becoming a motivational speaker, but makes his living as a personal trainer, advertising his business doing chin-ups on street lights, push-ups on sidewalks, one-armed handstands in the median.

“If you knew how to read, you probably wouldn’t have to do this,” he remembers telling himself.

But every time he tried, the feeling overwhelmed him.

“It’s like someone’s holding you upside down, and your blood’s rushing to your head — you know that feeling?” James explained as he and Halkias sorted the new books fans had sent him. “And then at the exact same time there’s also water dripping down your face, and [it’s] like someone’s holding your arms from wiping the water off?

“That’s how it feels every single time I read a word. I feel that feeling the whole page.”

According to BookTok, that sentence should be in past tense.

James is a reader now, his fans insist. Finishing “Anne Frank” and “The Outsiders” by S.E. Hinton proves he’s overcome the poverty he grew up with and the racialized trauma he suffered in special ed.

Not everyone is thrilled with the reaction.

“There’s a lot of ‘I’m the nice savior white lady who can help you with this,’” said Annamma, the Stanford professor.

Her observation echoed broader criticism of BookTok, which has overwhelmingly elevated white authors and influencers above writers and readers of color.

“I really hope [James] gets connected with the Black disabled community,” the scholar said. “He doesn’t have to be someone’s pet project.”

In the viral version of James’ story, he whispered the five magic words to the algorithm — “What’s up! I can’t read” — and BookTok appeared to grant him his wish. Literacy. And an audience of thousands to cheer him along.

In reality, BookTok discovered him in medias res — in the middle of his journey.

“I did it for a whole year with no one on there — I just talked to the camera,” James said. “I used to be on there for two hours with zero people.”

Then one day while he was sitting in his van, the magic words just came out.

Ten minutes later, he was internet famous.

There’s nothing mysterious about James’ inability to read. The real question is why he decided, at age 33, to learn. Or at least to try.

The reason? Last December, he found out he was going to be a father.

“That was a big surprise,” James said. “A very, very, very, very, very big surprise.”

In Halkias’ telling, James’ first response was panic. Then she suffered a miscarriage. When they decided to try to have a child, James committed himself to reading every day. He did it live on TikTok to keep himself accountable.

“I just wanted to read for a little bit, maybe a couple of people like it, and just go from there,” he said. “I just wanted to get these things off my chest.”

He read doing push-ups, practicing handstands and skating at the beach. He confessed his secret at least half a dozen times before it landed him on anyone’s “For You” page.

To be sure, landing on BookTok helped. Librarians showered his efforts with praise. Teachers noticed when he improved. Fellow readers sent stacks of their favorite books to his door: “Black Buck” and “Watchmen” and the Percy Jackson series, compliments of complete strangers.

For a time, at least, the community embraced him.

But it didn’t teach him to read.

He did that himself, a word at a time.

One day, he hopes, he’ll teach his son.

January 1, 2023. Tags: , , , , . Books, Education, Kindness. Leave a comment.

A 16-year-old hero from Mississippi named Corion Evans has just saved four people’s lives!

Mississippi teen hailed as hero after helping rescue 3 girls, officer from river

“I was just like, ‘I can’t let none of these folks die.'”

By Meredith Deliso

July 6, 2022

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Corion Evans, 16, jumped in to the Pascagoula River to save four people after a car drove off a boat launch on July 3, 2022, in Moss Point, Miss.

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A teenager helped rescue three people whose car drove off a boat launch into the Pascagoula River, as well as a police officer who responded to the scene, on July 3, 2022, in Moss Point, Miss.

A 16-year-old boy is being hailed as a hero after he helped rescue four people when a car drove off a boat launch and into a Mississippi river.

The incident happened Sunday at around 2:30 a.m., when the car, which had three teenage girls inside, drove into the Pascagoula River in Moss Point, floated about 20 feet away from shore and started sinking, the Moss Point Police Department said in a statement.

“The driver of that vehicle stated she was following her GPS and did not realize she was going into the water,” police said.

Corion Evans, 16, said he immediately ran over, took off his shoes and shirt and went into the water when he saw the car sinking and heard the three occupants shouting for help.

“I was just like, ‘I can’t let none of these folks die. They need to get out the water,'” Evans, a Pascagoula High School student, told Biloxi, Mississippi, ABC affiliate WLOX. “So, I just started getting them. I wasn’t even thinking about nothing else.”

One of Evans’ friends also jumped in and helped get the girls to the top of their vehicle, according to WLOX.

“I was behind them trying to keep them above water and swim with them at the same time,” Evans told the station.

Along with Moss Point Police Officer Gary Mercer, who responded to the scene, Evans helped bring the three teens to shore.

At one point Mercer was bringing one person to shore “who began panicking and caused him to go under swallowing some water,” police said.

When Mercer started struggling in the water, Evans helped rescue him, too.

“I turned around. I see the police officer. He’s drowning. He’s going underwater, drowning, saying, ‘Help!'” Evans told WLOX. “So, I went over there. I went and I grabbed the police officer and I’m like swimming him back until I feel myself I can walk.”

The officer and three teens were taken to the hospital following the incident and were recovering, WLOX reported.

“The police department and I commend Mr. Evans’s bravery and selflessness he displayed by risking his own safety to help people in danger,” Moss Point Chief Brandon Ashley said in a statement. “If Mr. Evans had not assisted, it could have possibly turned out tragically instead of all occupants rescued safely.”

On Tuesday, Moss Point city officials presented Evans with a certificate of commendation for his heroism in rescuing the four people. They also recognized Mercer for his “bravery in the rescue.”

Evans’ mother expressed relief and spoke proudly of her son in the wake of the rescue.

“I’m glad nothing happened to him while he was trying to save other people’s lives,” Marquita Evans told WLOX. “I was really proud of Corion because he wasn’t just thinking about himself. He was trying to really get all those people out the water.”

Evans told WLOX he has been swimming since he was 3 years old and didn’t hesitate to jump in the river.

“Twenty-five yards out, so it was a lot of swimming. My legs were so tired after,” he told the station. “Anything could’ve been in that water, though. But I wasn’t thinking about it.”

July 6, 2022. Tags: , , , , , . Kindness. 1 comment.

Man In Confederate Flag Shirt Pulls Over On Freeway To Help Black Man Change His Tire

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Man In Confederate Flag Shirt Pulls Over On Freeway To Help Black Man Change His Tire

May 6, 2018

One thing we’ve learned during this past election cycle, is that most of the stereotypes we have about people have been planted in our minds by the mass media.

On May 2, a Twitter user named “Channnn” posted photos of a stranger helping her father change his tire after it blew out on the freeway.

“So my dad’s tire blew up on the freeway and this dude, with a confederate flag tattoo, wearing a confederate flag t-shirt, with confederate flag car stickers, stopped and changed our tire. My mind is blown, don’t judge a book by its cover y’all.”

The truth is, most people are good.


May 9, 2021. Tags: , , . Kindness, Racism. Leave a comment.

Here’s my recommendation for those of you who are planning to celebrate Buy Nothing Day

By Daniel Alman (aka Dan from Squirrel Hill)

November 14, 2020

For those of you who are planning to celebrate Buy Nothing Day and can’t figure our what to do with your useless money, please send it to my PayPal account at the link below. Thank you. This is not tax deductible.

November 14, 2020. Tags: , . Kindness. 2 comments.

Toddler gives her mother advice after hearing parents fight


June 6, 2020. Tags: , . Kindness, Parenting. Leave a comment.

Before anyone had ever heard of COVID-19, these YouTubers bought a huge amount of toilet paper, and used it to build a fort. Now they are giving it away for free.

From the YouTube channel MoreJStu:

These guys give away lots of free toilet paper to total strangers:

They had originally bought it before anyone had ever heard of COVID-19…

… and they used it to build a fort:

March 25, 2020. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , . COVID-19, Kindness. Leave a comment.

19-year-old saves child from dog attack

July 26, 2019. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Animals, Kindness. Leave a comment.

Pittsburgh synagogue shooter tended to by Jewish doctors and nurses, officials say

Pittsburgh synagogue shooter tended to by Jewish doctors and nurses, officials say

October 29, 2018

PITTSBURGH — Jewish doctors and nurses at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh put their personal feelings aside to help save the life of the man who allegedly claimed he wanted to “kill all the Jews” as he opened fire at a synagogue and murdered 11 worshipers.

Robert Bowers, 46, was shot multiple times himself and taken to AGH. In addition to killing eight men and three women, he wounded six other people, including four police officers, before surrendering Saturday.

“He was taken to my hospital and he’s shouting, ‘I want to kill all the Jews’,” Dr. Jeffrey Cohen, president of Allegheny General Hospital and a member of the Tree of Life Synagogue, told ABC. “The first three people who took care of him were Jewish.”

Another nurse, whose father is a rabbi, “came in from a mass casualty drill and took care of this gentleman.”

Cohen was one of the first people on the scene. He lives in the neighborhood and heard gunfire from his house.

“I was standing there…and you could start hearing very quickly what was going on,” he said.

Just like the first responders who rushed into danger, Cohen credits his doctors, nurses and staff for stepping up.

“We are here to take care of sick people. We’re not here to judge you. We’re not here to ask ‘Do you have insurance or do you not have insurance?’ We’re here to take care of people who need our help,” he said.

Cohen says he and Bowers had a brief conversation at the hospital.

“When I stopped in, I asked him how he was doing. Was he in pain? And he said, ‘No. He was fine,’” Cohen said.

Cohen says Bowers then asked him who he was.

“I said I’m Dr. Cohen, president of the hospital. Then I turned around and left,” he said. “The FBI agent who was guarding him said, ‘I don’t know if I could have done that.’ And I said, ‘If you were in my shoes, I’m sure you could.’”

Bowers was discharged from the hospital Monday morning and arrived at the federal courthouse in downtown Pittsburgh around noon.

He faces 11 counts of criminal homicide, six counts of aggravated assault and 13 counts of ethnic intimidation in addition to federal counts that include weapons offenses and hate crime charges. Federal prosecutors are expected to seek the death penalty against him.

October 30, 2018. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Guns, Health care, Kindness, Pittsburgh, Religion, Squirrel Hill, Violent crime. Leave a comment.

Black protester shows Nazi who the bigger man is

Black protester shows Nazi who the bigger man is

October 19, 2017

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A man in a swastika T-shirt wandered into an angry crowd of anti-white-supremacist protesters in Gainesville on Thursday, where he got jostled, punched, and — of all things — hugged.

The skinhead, whose white T-shirt featured multiple gray swastikas, found himself in the midst of an angry crowd at the University of Florida in Gainesville.

Some 300 protesters had gathered there to demonstrate against white supremacist Richard Spencer, who was giving a speech at the student center.

The mob surrounded the skinhead; video of the encounter recorded shouts of “F— you!” and “Leave him alone!”

“Speak your mind,” one protester demanded of the silent man. “Everybody hates you.”

Someone swung at the skinhead, bloodying his nose.

Then, something wonderful: An African-American man approached the skinhead, chest to chest, and demanded, “Give me a f’in hug.”

“Why you don’t like me, bro? Huh? What is it? What is it?”

The skinhead first grimaced, as if bracing for more violence, then relaxed, smiled slightly, and hugged back.

And shrieking cheers rose up from the mob.

Speaking inside the student center, Spencer was getting a worse welcome: Protesters inside the auditorium drowned him out with continual shouts of “F— you!” and “Go home!” and even, “Let’s go, Gators!”

October 20, 2017. Tags: , , , , , . Kindness, Racism. Leave a comment.

Video shows Justine Damond rescuing eight baby ducks from storm drain three weeks before she was killed

Justine Damond: video shows Australian rescuing ducklings near Minneapolis home

Weeks before she was shot dead by Minneapolis police the Australian, also known as Justine Ruszczyk, was filmed reuniting a family of stranded ducks

July 19, 2017

When reporters asked friends and family for stories about Justine Damond, many of them asked: “Have you heard about the ducks?”

Three weeks before she was shot dead by police Damond, a 40-year-old Australian who had changed her surname from Ruszczyk in anticipation of her wedding, climbed into a storm drain and rescued a group of ducklings near her home in Minneapolis by gathering them in the folds of her skirt. The way her friends tell it, this incident was special but not atypical.

By chance, the rescue happened at a corner in the Linden Hills neighbourhood, outside the home of photojournalist Angela Jimenez, who filmed it. After Damond died Jimenez sought and received permission from Damond’s family to release the footage and this has been shared by the Guardian.

Damond, originally from Sydney, was on her way to teach a meditation class at the Lake Harriet Spiritual Centre when she saw the trapped ducklings. Jimenez remembers that two teenage boys had spotted the ducks first, but that Damond was the first to jump in the sewer, less than two minutes after she arrived.

On the video she is shown gathering the ducklings and persuading the mother of the ducklings to walk over the road for a family reunion. She can be heard telling neighbours: “She might just need to chill a bit … I’m going to let you guys be the duck rescuers, are you guys OK with them?”

And then she heads off to work, with the family of ducks reunited.

“That was beautiful,” says a neighbour.

“Guess what, I just rescued eight ducklings,” Damond later texted the centre’s administrator, Nancy Coune. “The mother duke was distraught and I climbed and pulled them all in my skirt … There was this moment when I think they realised I was there to help and they just started jumping to my lap, I was in bliss!”

On 15 July Damond called police, fearing that a sexual assault was taking place in an alley near her home. Police said the partner of the officer who reportedly killed Damond, Mohamed Noor, was startled by a “loud sound”. Damond died in her pyjamas. A mobile phone was found nearby.

After her death Coune said: “We’ve come together. We’re teetering back and forth between tragic heartsick to outrage, to trying to understand it, to really knowing that there is a greater purpose and that at some point we will come to terms with this … people are struggling here.”

Damond’s partner Don Damond said: “Our hearts are broken and we are utterly devastated by the loss of Justine. It is difficult to fathom how to go forward without her in my life.”

July 23, 2017. Tags: , , . Animals, Kindness. Leave a comment.

6-year-old gave up birthday party to feed the homeless instead–abc-news-lifestyle.html

6-year-old gave up birthday party to feed the homeless instead

March 12, 2016

One Chicago kindergartner wanted to feed the homeless instead of throw a birthday party.

Armani Crews, who turned 6 earlier this month, had been begging her parents for “a few months” to feed homeless people in her community, but her parents thought “she was joking,” her mother, Artesha Crews, told ABC News.

“I said, ‘OK, we’ll make some sandwiches,’ to which Armani said, ‘No. I want the same thing we’d have at my birthday party,'” her mother recalled.

Even when her father, Antoine, informed her that if she wanted to go through with this, she wouldn’t get a birthday gift, the girl, whose birthday was March 5, persisted.

So the Chicago family spent about $300 buying food to deliver to homeless people in the city’s East Garfield Park neighborhood. They purchased chicken, fish, spaghetti, corn, green beans, mashed potatoes, rolls, cake, cookies, fruit and water.

After Armani mentioned her plan at the family’s local church, congregation members donated other items to create care packages for the homeless.

Each care package included a toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, hand sanitizer and a snack, such as a granola bar.

Armani’s birthday party was a success, with the family feeding more than 125 people who gathered.

In a statement, the kindergarten student told ABC News, “It was nice to be nice.”

Her mother added, “She was excited. She was happy. Everybody was being fed. …One of the gentleman said he hadn’t had a hot meal in a long time.”

Now the 6-year-old wants to host another community meal for the homeless. Her mother said the family plans to return to the park “within the next couple of weeks.”

March 13, 2017. Tags: , . Kindness. Leave a comment.