Event Organizer – Whistle Stop Depot http://whistlestopdepot.com/ Wed, 29 Jun 2022 02:27:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://whistlestopdepot.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-2.png Event Organizer – Whistle Stop Depot http://whistlestopdepot.com/ 32 32 Community meal welcomes Ukrainian refugee families fleeing war https://whistlestopdepot.com/community-meal-welcomes-ukrainian-refugee-families-fleeing-war/ Wed, 29 Jun 2022 02:27:01 +0000 https://whistlestopdepot.com/community-meal-welcomes-ukrainian-refugee-families-fleeing-war/

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After traveling thousands of miles after escaping the war in Ukraine, Nataliia Aykul and her family adjust to life at Fort McMurray.

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The family has been in the region for almost two weeks. Aykul said her family was fortunate to have accommodation and friends in the region who prepared everything for her arrival.

Aykul, her husband and their two children, aged 13 and 5, were living in Kyiv when the Russian military invaded Ukraine at the end of February. The family spent the first days of the war in a Kiev subway station that doubled as an air raid shelter.

“We slept on the floor and it was really, really scary,” she said. “We heard the sound of bombs… I still remember those sounds and sometimes I wake up from horror dreams.”

Aykul and her family are four of 35 Ukrainian refugees who have come to Fort McMurray. A potluck dinner was held for the newcomers last Friday. At least 42 more Ukrainians are expected in the region from Friday.

Liubov Kuzmyk and her husband and four children arrived at Fort McMurray in early May. Kuzmyk has learned English and is in a pre-employment program. She hopes to raise funds to help relatives in Ukraine once she starts working, although speaking English is her top priority.

“Ukrainians themselves got used to a lot of things that are not normal and not right,” she said through a translator. “Feels like a situation where there’s almost no way out for people to learn to live with the new reality, but it’s a very harsh reality.”

Aykul said her family is adjusting to the different customs, foods and habits in Canada. But they were overwhelmed by the kindness as people they had never met volunteered to help them.

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“Everything is very different from Ukraine… But it’s very comfortable,” said Aykul. “We are very surprised by the friendliness of Canadians.”

Lee-Anne Kumka, president of the Fort McMurray Cultural Society of Ukraine (FMUCS), said there was a lot of bureaucracy to deal with. Eligibility for some programs and services changes frequently. People also need to get Canadian bank accounts, addresses and health cards.

For the Ukrainian community there is concern for friends, family and people who are still in Ukraine.

“Now a family from Mariupol is here. They don’t have anything, so they only deal with what they knew wasn’t there anymore,” Kumka said.

FMUCS has been conducting refugee fundraisers and humanitarian efforts since the beginning of the war. With the Wood Buffalo Community Foundation (WBCF), they created a fund to help Ukrainians get to Fort McMurray. Donations can be made via WBCF website.

“The community immediately responded with generosity and compassion, so we never had to buy anything. Everything we needed was miraculously provided,” said event organizer Alexandra Tarasenco.

“I really hope that you feel welcome, that you feel at home and that you feel like you belong here,” she said. “This is a great community and we will do our best to support you in any way we can.”


Lee-Anne Kumka, President of the Fort McMurray Cultural Society of Ukraine, (left) and Liubov Kuzmyk at a potluck dinner at the Unifor Building in downtown Fort McMurray on Friday, June 24, 2022. Laura Beamish/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia network
A Canadian flag and a Ukrainian flag at a potluck and community recognition dinner welcoming newly arrived Ukrainian families on Friday, June 24, 2022 at the Unifor Building in downtown Fort McMurray.  Laura Beamish/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network
A Canadian flag and a Ukrainian flag at a potluck and community recognition dinner welcoming newly arrived Ukrainian families on Friday, June 24, 2022 at the Unifor Building in downtown Fort McMurray. Laura Beamish/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network
On Friday, June 24, 2022, people fill their plates with food at a potluck and community recognition dinner welcoming newly arrived Ukrainian families at the Unifor Building in downtown Fort McMurray.  Laura Beamish/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network
On Friday, June 24, 2022, people fill their plates with food at a potluck and community recognition dinner welcoming newly arrived Ukrainian families at the Unifor Building in downtown Fort McMurray. Laura Beamish/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network
On Friday, June 24, 2022, newly arrived Ukrainian families will be welcomed to the Unifor Building in downtown Fort McMurray with a Potluck and Community Recognition Dinner.  Laura Beamish/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network
On Friday, June 24, 2022, newly arrived Ukrainian families will be welcomed to the Unifor Building in downtown Fort McMurray with a Potluck and Community Recognition Dinner. Laura Beamish/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network

The Bristol Press – Pinewood Derby helps with medical costs for Boy Scouts with brain cancer https://whistlestopdepot.com/the-bristol-press-pinewood-derby-helps-with-medical-costs-for-boy-scouts-with-brain-cancer/ Sat, 25 Jun 2022 15:43:42 +0000 https://whistlestopdepot.com/the-bristol-press-pinewood-derby-helps-with-medical-costs-for-boy-scouts-with-brain-cancer/ BRISTOL – At the ‘Nick’s Epic Race’ Pinewood Derby, dozens of community volunteers turned out to help with medical expenses for Nick Parenti, a local Boy Scout who was diagnosed with a brain tumor.

The Derby was sponsored by the Sons of the American Legion Squadron 209 on behalf of Cub Scout Pack 425 and the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church. Nick Parenti, 7, was out of state for a medical consultation on Saturday. Parenti’s older brother Alex, 11, was present at the event along with his father Rob Parenti.

Visitors who stopped by to donate could race around racetracks in pinewood cars or flat out down a 100-foot ski slope. They could use simple, pre-cut cars themselves, cut their own cars, or race their own cars.

Rob Parenti said Nick Parenti was happy to hear how many people came out to support him.

“I spoke to him via video chat this morning and he’s very happy,” said Rob Parenti. “He built his own green pine derby car, which he called The Hulk. He told me to let him know how it works.”

Alex Parenti said that two years ago, before the pandemic, he finished second in a Pinewood derby and his brother Nick finished first.

“I’m so happy we’re here to help my brother,” he said.

Brian Brady, Nick Parentis cave leader, said he was “a good boy”.

“He has a very polite attitude and is very competitive,” Brady said. “He loves the Pinewood Derby, is very close to nature and is a big sports fan. He is very good with the other scouts.”

Jen Capitao, organizer of the event, said she has known the family since Nick Parenti joined and wanted to help.

“The Boy Scouts are a big family on their own,” she said. “We are happy to make our contribution.”

Zoey Rupert, 13, another Troop 425 scout, distributed cars to participants in the Pinewood Derby. She said the Pinewood Derby was “a really good project to help a local family in a bad situation”.

“It’s about raising awareness and raising funds,” she said. “I heard Nick is a sweet kid and very nice.”

Rob Parenti said the family created a Gofundme page to help with medical expenses. Thanks to community support, they’ve raised $55,000 so far. Her goal is to raise as much money as possible – at least $100,000.

“We are very grateful to everyone who has supported us,” he said.

Anyone wishing to support the Parenti family can do so at gofund.me/c989f5a0.

Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or bjohnson@bristolpress.com.

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol on Saturday 25 June 2022 11:27 am. Updated: Saturday 25 June 2022 11:30 am.
FEATURE-LGBTQ+ Nigerians celebrate Pride Month in defiance of anti-gay law https://whistlestopdepot.com/feature-lgbtq-nigerians-celebrate-pride-month-in-defiance-of-anti-gay-law/ Thu, 23 Jun 2022 09:31:58 +0000 https://whistlestopdepot.com/feature-lgbtq-nigerians-celebrate-pride-month-in-defiance-of-anti-gay-law/

* Homosexual relationships and clubs are prohibited under Nigerian law. * Pride parties are held behind closed doors

* LGBTQ+ online visibility that helps change attitudes By Pelumi Salako

YouTuber Victor Emmanuel knows firsthand how tough life is for openly gay people in Nigeria, where LGBTQ+ relationships and even same-sex displays of affection are illegal. Last year, he was kidnapped by seven men who blackmailed, blackmailed and tortured him for two days in an attack that has left him constantly looking over his shoulder.

“It’s living with the fear of possible death or imprisonment for who I am. You have to constantly declare your existence,” said Emmanuel, who dropped out of university after the attack. This month, however, he will attend LGBTQ+ Pride events in Lagos, where activists band together to celebrate and share stories that defy laws and conservative societal norms that limit their rights and self-expression.

“Pride Month means a month to celebrate my queerness because most of the month I fight, struggle and push back on society,” said Emmanuel, a 24-year-old who runs the For Fags Sake YouTube channel about Nigerians operates LGBTQ+ issues. “I can sit there and celebrate.”

Nigeria is a deeply religious country, with many rejecting homosexuality as a corrupting Western import. In 2014, the Same-Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act was signed, banning not only gay relationships but also all public displays of same-sex affection or membership in LGBTQ+ groups with penalties of up to 14 years in prison.

Gay sex is illegal in more than half of African countries, according to global LGBTQ+ rights tracker Equaldex, although Gabon, Kenya and Botswana have all decriminalized same-sex relationships in recent years. But despite the risks, activists are urging to speak out and call for change this June, a month marked by LGBTQ+ pride rallies and parties around the world.

Nigerian LGBTQ+ events have increased in number and size in recent years, although they remain behind closed doors for security and legal reasons. This year’s celebrations center around the week-long event, Pride in Lagos, which will include art exhibitions, a drag contest and a ball.

“(It) was born out of the need for Pride to exist,” said event organizer Olaide Kayode Timileyin. “It’s meant to express the fact that there are LGBT+ people in Lagos.”

INCREASING VISIBILITY Although there have been no convictions under the same-sex marriage law, human rights groups and activists say it has effectively sanctioned abuse of LGBTQ+ people and encouraged both police officers and members of the public to carry out attacks.

The legislation amounts to “carefully engineered state violence” that “exacerbates queerphobia and prevents us from having a community,” said Kayode Ani Somtochukwu, founder of the Queer Union for Economic and Social Transformation (QUEST). The Justice Department and police did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

In 2018, a group of 47 men were arrested and later charged with allegedly joining a gay club, in a case that drew international attention and was widely seen as a test of the law. The men said they were at a birthday party and the case was dropped by a judge for “a lack of diligent prosecution”.

But LGBTQ+ people are becoming more vocal and visible, and the internet is making room for gay-friendly films, talk shows and websites. Because rights groups are barred from formal registration as an organization under the Same-Sex Marriage Act, most organizing and support groups take place online.

Activists held the first in-person protest for LGBTQ+ rights this year, held in the capital Abuja in May. GROWING ACCEPTANCE

There is little prospect of the same-sex marriage law being repealed anytime soon due to a lack of support from lawmakers, said Obinna Okoronkwo, an attorney with Templar law firm. “The only measure that can overrule this law is an act of the National Assembly,” he said.

Polls suggest that attitudes are slowly changing, although hostility remains the order of the day. Activists say increasing online visibility is helping to build acceptance, especially among younger generations. About 60% of Nigerians said they would not accept an LGBTQ+ family member, compared to 83% in 2017, according to a 2019 survey commissioned by Nigerian rights group Initiative for Equal Rights (TIERs). Three-quarters of respondents said they support the same-sex marriage (ban) law, but that figure has fallen 12% in four years, she found.

“Technology has helped increase the visibility of LGBTQI+ people,” said Remi Makinde, Managing Director of TIERs. “Being able to express yourself freely in a very repressive world helps educate (people) about accepting queer people in the country.”

Activists continue to hope for change, and YouTuber Emmanuel said he’s hoping for “queer liberation” within the next few years. “Before we organized the protest in Abuja, many people believed that this could not happen,” Somtochukwu added.

“We’re just getting started… If we don’t fight for (rights), it’s not going to happen.”

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

Cosplay Mania Dates Revealed | The Manila Times https://whistlestopdepot.com/cosplay-mania-dates-revealed-the-manila-times/ Tue, 21 Jun 2022 14:29:52 +0000 https://whistlestopdepot.com/cosplay-mania-dates-revealed-the-manila-times/

The mascot of Cosplay Mania 2022. PHOTO COURTESY OF COSPLAY.PH FACEBOOK

Cosplay Mania, promoter Cosplay.ph (CPH)’s flagship project, has announced the dates of its return.

The event returns to its October schedule for the first time since 2019, scheduled for October 1st and 2nd at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City.

The event went on a two-year hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, which forced the organizer to hold online events instead.

CPH returned to physical events with Cosplay Mini Matsuri 2021 in the last week of December and held its first major event of the year, Cosplay Carnival, on April 30th and May 1st.

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Their second event, Anime and Cosplay Expo, will be held at SMX on July 16th and 17th to warm up cosplayers for the big gathering.

Cosplay Mania is considered to be the largest cosplay-centric event in the Philippines, featuring international cosplay guests and Japanese pop music artists since the first event in 2008.

Cosplayers who have guested at the event include Japanese cosplayers Kaname and Reika, American cosplayer Linda Le or Vampy Bit Me, and Hakken from Singapore.

Musical guests entering the country through the event include May’n, Megumi Nakajima, Shiena Nishizawa, Elisa and bands such as Fhaná and Back-On.

Lowcountry celebrates June 16th with a family festival in N. Charleston https://whistlestopdepot.com/lowcountry-celebrates-june-16th-with-a-family-festival-in-n-charleston/ Sun, 19 Jun 2022 21:57:00 +0000 https://whistlestopdepot.com/lowcountry-celebrates-june-16th-with-a-family-festival-in-n-charleston/

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) — The Lowcountry is celebrating June 16 with a family festival in North Charleston featuring multiple musical performances and speakers to honor what organizers are calling the Day of Freedom for African Americans.

Sunday’s festival features live music, food, clothing and games at the Jenkins Institute on Azalea Drive.

“It’s a celebration, an African American celebration, and what we’re doing is honoring our freedom day,” said Cedric Smalls, organizer of Lowcountry Juneteenth Week. “Of course everyone knows about emancipation, and for us June 19 is when we actually acknowledge the fact that the cavalry came down to Galveston, Texas and made it official.”

Juneteenth is short for June 19th. On this day in 1865, federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas to take control of the state and free all remaining slaves more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed.

Event organizers said the federal holiday allows people to express themselves, whether through food, clothing or music, and said it takes all Americans to make it a holiday.

They also said Juneteenth allows other cultures to experience the African American community.

The festival lasts until late Sunday, with the last musical act taking the stage around 9:30pm

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Pride events marred by wave of anti-LGBTQ threats and violence https://whistlestopdepot.com/pride-events-marred-by-wave-of-anti-lgbtq-threats-and-violence/ Fri, 17 Jun 2022 14:00:00 +0000 https://whistlestopdepot.com/pride-events-marred-by-wave-of-anti-lgbtq-threats-and-violence/
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The wave of right-wing smear campaigns against LGBTQ people is spiraling into violence, with high-profile attacks terrorizing Pride celebrations across the country this month.

Extremism researchers have long warned of an escalating risk as far-right Republicans and militant groups portray LGBTQ individuals as “groomers” who target children, along with other baseless slanders. Now provocateurs are acting on those messages in what President Biden is doing Called last month “increasing hatred and violence” against LGBTQ communities.

Attacks have intensified this month during the first major Pride events since pandemic restrictions were lifted, particularly with the white nationalist Patriot Front’s thwarted attempt to disrupt a celebration in northern Idaho.

In recent days, right-wing politicians and preachers have openly called for the killing of LGBTQ people. On a conservative talk show, Mark Burns, a South Carolina congressional candidate allied with Donald Trump, called “LGBT, transgender grooming” a national security threat and suggested using anti-treason laws as a basis for “executing” parents and teachers, who stand up for LGBTQ rights. In Texas last Sunday, a pastor railed against Pride Month, saying LGBTQ people should be “put against the wall and shot in the back of the head.”

A Study published on Thursday indicates that these are not isolated cases. Anti-LGBTQ activity, including demonstrations and attacks, has more than quadrupled from 2020 to 2021, from 15 incidents to 61, according to the global nonprofit conflict monitoring group known as ACLED. As of June, ACLED counted 33 anti-LGBTQ incidents so far this year, portending for an even grimmer 2022.

The resulting fear is a common theme in social media posts by LGBTQ people describing noticeable changes in their collective sense of security. Hateful looks. Ugly insults. Vandalized rainbow flags.

Baltimore authorities are investigating two separate fires on the same block this week — one in a house where a Pride flag was set on fire and another across the street in a house decorated for Pride local news reports. Three people were injured in one of the fires.

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Analysts draw a direct link from hateful political speech to attacks on the ground. The ACLED report notes that the rise in violence comes as “right-wing politicians and the media have established the use of increasingly inflammatory rhetoric against the LGBT+ community.”

Trans people have been particularly targeted. The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBTQ advocacy group, says the past year has passed take up violence against transgender and gender non-conforming people. Women of color, especially black trans women, were the most common targets.

During the same period, state legislatures introduced more than 250 Anti-LGBTQ laws, many of which aim to bar transgender youth from participating in sports. At least 24 of the bills passed, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, giving anti-LGBTQ activism “one of its finest years” in terms of legislation.

LGBTQ media outlet GLAAD said political hate speech led to violence in an opinion issued after the arrests in Idaho. The group said that “anti-LGBTQ rhetoric and the nearly 250 anti-LGBTQ laws introduced this year are responsible for this dangerous climate,” along with technology platforms that are “fueling the hate and misinformation that… inspire white supremacist groups like the Patriot Front”.

Victims have said the attacks are troubling even if they don’t involve physical violence.

In San Lorenzo, Calif., a group of suspected Proud Boys, a far-right group with a history of violence, interrupted a drag queen storytelling lesson on Saturday by shouting anti-LGBTQ slurs in an incident authorities described as a hate crime investigate . In an interview with Teen Vogue, event director Kyle Chu, whose drag name is Panda Dulce, described up to 10 Proud Boys marching in, including one in a T-shirt emblazoned with a gun and the words “Kill your local pedophile.” .

“We stopped the song and the Proud Boys … started hurling insults and calling me a pedophile and a dog groomer,” Chu said the interview, adding that she was taken to a safe room when organizers called the authorities. Chu summed up the incident as “terrifying.”

In Arlington, Texas, Proud Boys were among the protesters who turned up for a drag brunch for over-21s. amateur video of the incident, shared online by LGBTQ activists, showed protesters shouting anti-gay slurs at their victims. A man was filmed admitting to barring entry to brunch-goers and saying he was conducting a “citizen arrest.”

Anti-Defamation League extremism monitors have been tracking seven personal extremist activities targeting LGBTQ people, according to a report released this past weekend ADL Summary of recent threats. The synopsis included a June 12 Pride event in Georgia that was canceled due to anonymous threats “aimed at the location, time and date of the rally.” In another incident the next day, white supremacists in New Jersey protested a drag event during a Pride celebration, according to the ADL, “where one person held a sign that said ‘hands off children.'”

Intimidation has also prompted moments of defiance, as in North Carolina, where threats of violence prompted organizers to cancel a drag queen storytelling event at Pride in Apex, a suburb of the capital Raleigh. Local News Reports said city officials had received complaints and that the festival’s chairman had been warned that he and his family “will be harmed” if the event goes ahead.

An interest group called indignantly Equality North Carolina stepped in to sponsor Apex Pride and reintroduce storytelling. The group said in a statement that LGBTQ people would fight attempts “to invade our spaces, silence us, disperse us and limit our freedom to be ourselves in our community.”

Several of the incidents illustrate what the ACLED report calls “opportunities for cross-fertilization,” the convergence of disparate right-wing factions around common goals such as critical race theory, lockdowns during the pandemic and access to abortion. Today, anti-LGBTQ activism has jumped to the top of that list.

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The report found that a Demonstration on June 4th against a Dallas drag show brought together “self-proclaimed ‘Christian fascists,’ supporters of the QAnon conspiracy movement” and several other extremist factions.

“You actually build solidarity and the left doesn’t,” he said EricStanleyAssociate Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

For Stanley, also a community organizer, the issue is personal. Threatening emails arrive every week. Stanley is always on the lookout for unfamiliar faces among the students and wonders “who is going to film you, who is going to storm the classroom, who is going to attack you?”.

“For the past few years, I’ve definitely been thinking, ‘Where are the exits? Is it too high to jump out of that window?’ ‘ said Stanley, who teaches trans studies courses.

Still, Stanley doesn’t want the current threat “to be used as justification for hiring more police, putting more police into Pride, putting more police into schools.”

Whether – or to what extent – to cooperate with law enforcement is a contentious issue as LGBTQ advocates figure out how to respond. Stanley is in the camp opposed to a partnership with the police force because of law enforcement’s long-standing patterns of discrimination and violence.

Other organizations have close ties to law enforcement officials but acknowledge the friction.

“With everything that’s happened in the Black Lives Matter movement and the mistrust of the police, it’s really a difficult line to navigate,” said Jeff Mack, executive vice president of the Matthew Shepard Foundationa non-profit LGBTQ group that supports victims of hate crimes.

Those who prefer to cooperate with police were encouraged that Idaho authorities arrested dozens of masked members of the white nationalist group Patriot Front before disrupting a Pride event in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, on Saturday. The city’s police chief said the group, which was stacked in the back of a U-Haul, had a “plan of action” for Pride and gear including shin guards, shields, helmets, at least one smoke grenade and long metal poles.

The 31 men charged with misdemeanor and conspiracy to riot came from at least 11 states, including Colorado, a point made on a Denver Pride planning call Monday, two days after the Idaho incident.

Mack said he and others Hate free Colorado Organizers were “in disbelief” and couldn’t help but wonder what might be in store for them in Denver later this month. However, there was no talk of a reduction.

“We’re not going to let them win and we’re going to take every precaution to make sure that doesn’t happen,” Mack said. “We all acknowledge that we just need to be hyper vigilant and hyper aware, but we won’t let them rob us of our celebration of who we are.”

]]> Celebration of June 16 to be a two-day event – Herald Democrat https://whistlestopdepot.com/celebration-of-june-16-to-be-a-two-day-event-herald-democrat/ Wed, 15 Jun 2022 21:47:44 +0000 https://whistlestopdepot.com/celebration-of-june-16-to-be-a-two-day-event-herald-democrat/

By Future Brown, Herald Democrat

In 2021, Congress voted to make June 16 a national federal holiday. In 2022, Grayson County’s June 16th commemoration organizers are taking advantage of holiday information about the region’s history and a once-thriving black business district.

The annual Juneteenth celebration in Sherman will be a two-day event beginning on Friday with a tour of what was formerly the Black Business District area and on Saturday with a festival and community gathering.

“The only reason we had two days was because we didn’t want people running in direct heat,” Grayson United member and organizer Erik Jackson said on Wednesday. “The original plan was to include it in the Saturday event and start the hike around 1pm. This will be almost the hottest part of the day. Some on the committee suggested doing it the night before.”

The tour operates on Friday from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM and departs from the 200 block of E. Mulberry. There are seven locations along the route where individuals can learn about the former black business district, razed in the 1930s after a riot that led to the lynching of local farm hand George Hughes and the burning of the Grayson County Courthouse.

“History is important in and of itself,” Jackson said. “When you look back in history and see the greatness of what people once did and the great opportunities they had… the great things they once built, it can inspire you to do it again.” Sometimes people think they came from nothing. We want to teach people that there were dynasties in Africa thousands of years before other societies came along. We come from these people. Without knowing this, you will only be left wondering back and forth. When you discover in your family that you have a great-uncle who was president of a large corporation, it can inspire the youth in the family to know they can do the same. We want to learn from the past. It is not forbidden to look back to look ahead. We want to sow seeds.”

Grayson United would like to make a small contribution to fathers attending Friday’s event. For fathers taking their children on the tour, Grayson United will be entering a prize draw for gift cards donated to the organization by local businesses.

There will be seven locations along the tour route.

“William Durham, the civil rights attorney who worked with Thurgood Marshall, his house is still standing,” Jackson said. “He was here in 1930. He studied with Thurgood Marshall on the Brown V. Board of Education decision here in Sherman, Texas.

“We will go over there and stop in front of this house. I used to play in this area as a kid. Recently I walked over and touched the bricks on this house. It was an inspiration to me.”

Also as a nod to the past, this year’s celebration will return to a place to remember. Saturday’s festival takes place on East Street in MLK Park from 1:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

There will be food and vendors, a car show, snow cones and entertainment.

“Saturday is going to be good old fun,” Jackson said. “We have horse trainers who raise horses. Horses play a big part in Juneteenth. We will have a narrator come and tell the story of the black cowboys. A lot of people don’t know about it. Our role in the Buffalo Soldiers and the different things we’ve done. We will have a bouncy castle, a gaming truck that kids can get in and play all day. We will have water events. We will have 3v3 basketball tournaments.”

Also, Saturday’s event will include a presentation on gun violence presented by a gun violence survivor and a special award will be given to a mother from the local community.

Future Brown/Herald Democrat

South Euclid’s second annual Juneteenth celebration is scheduled for June 19 at Garfield Memorial Church https://whistlestopdepot.com/south-euclids-second-annual-juneteenth-celebration-is-scheduled-for-june-19-at-garfield-memorial-church/ Tue, 14 Jun 2022 04:42:00 +0000 https://whistlestopdepot.com/south-euclids-second-annual-juneteenth-celebration-is-scheduled-for-june-19-at-garfield-memorial-church/

SOUTH EUCLID, Ohio – How many local communities are preparing to celebrate June 16 for the first time this year after it has already been June 2021 made a national holidaythis will be the second year of celebrations for South Euclid.

South Euclid early celebrated the day reminiscent of 1865 liberation of enslaved blacks, after the end of the Civil War through an event at the Garfield Memorial Church, 1534 S. Green Road. The city will again hold its June 16 celebration at the church on June 19 this year from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

An afternoon of fun activities is promised. “It’s a family-friendly event,” said one of the organizers of the event, Councilwoman Chanell Elston. “We have a DJ playing music, yoga (with Rashida VanLeer), basketball (teen’s game) and two poets – Raja Belle Freeman and (South Euclid Poet Laureate) Doc Janning. And we will have vendors and food trucks, some of them different than last year.”

Proposed vendors include Stephanie Stewart of P31 Art & Design, who sells t-shirts, candles and personalized products; Gina Gilleylen of Beauty By Gi Nicole LLC, a hair care provider; Chase’s Lemonade Stand; Denise Smith of From Scratch Cookies ‘n More!; Humble Mornings Coffee Co.; Jowan Smith with children’s books; Annessa Slater of Tropical Sno Snow Cones; The 4 bistro wine bar; Heavenly Treats; and squash the beef.

Elston encouraged families to attend and celebrate Father’s Day, which is also observed on June 19.

The event is sponsored by the city MYCOMand the Garfield Memorial Church and its pastor Scott Blevins.

Speaking of the significance of the day, Elston said: “Unfortunately, there are many parts of black history that are not taught. Look at Tulsa, Oklahoma and Black Wall Street (1921) for example. The celebration and recognition of June 16 is part of this history.

“This is an opportunity for the city to get involved in changing that narrative. History is a reflection of fact, and as a city we want to do our part to ensure that our reflection is inclusive. We are very happy to be able to use our platforms to bring people together. Not only to learn about the meaning of June 16th, but also to celebrate it.”

Another organizer of the event is South Euclid Community Development Director Keith Benjamin.

“June 16 is important as a national holiday because it commemorates what our country has been through, with an emphasis on slavery and abolition,” Benjamin said. “June 16th should be a call for all of us to reflect on the meaning of freedom, especially as it relates to African Americans and minorities in this country and around the world.

“It’s important because it’s about how we define citizenship in this country and enforce equal rights for all.”

Regarding the venue, Benjamin said, “Garfield Memorial Church stepped up their game last year and presented the event alongside the City of South Euclid, which they are doing again this year. The city enjoys working with our community partners and religious institutions, and Juneteenth is just another example of how we partner and work with religious institutions to host events and discuss important issues.”

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The Budweiser CanAm Walleye Challenge returns to Port Colborne on June 24-25 https://whistlestopdepot.com/the-budweiser-canam-walleye-challenge-returns-to-port-colborne-on-june-24-25/ Sun, 12 Jun 2022 06:29:50 +0000 https://whistlestopdepot.com/the-budweiser-canam-walleye-challenge-returns-to-port-colborne-on-june-24-25/

The Budweiser CanAm Walleye Challenge returns to Port Colborne for the first time in two years, offering substantial cash prizes to those who bring in the biggest.

The two-day challenge will take place on June 24th and 25th, with boats departing from Sugarloaf Marina in Port Colborne. Participants will then fish for walleye in the waters of Lake Erie, the upper Niagara River and the lower Grand River.

Dave Malloy, The event organizer and owner of Erie Tracker Outfitters says registration for this year’s event has been slow after two years without the event, but he hopes all 100 available spots will be filled before event day.

“It took a long time because the guys were waiting,” Malloy said. “It’s coming back a bit slow now because we’ve been mad at COVID. It was a different layout.”

On June 24, teams can attend “Penn” Big Fish Friday to warm up for the competition.

“It starts on Friday June 24th, Big Fish Friday. So everyone will pre-fish for the tournament. it’s a good day They bring their biggest fish and you can win up to $5,000 for first place.”

The main event will then take place on Saturday 25th June. The team will compete to have the highest combined weight of four walleye, along with a separate prize for the group bringing in the biggest fish of the day.

“Two to five anglers with a maximum of eight rods fish for zander. We weigh four walleye and it’s the heaviest weight of the day,” said Malloy, who will win the competition.

The winning prize for the first place team in Saturday’s tournament is $15,000, but only if all 100 registration spots are filled. All top 15 teams are also eligible to win prize money.

Malloy is optimistic he can fill all the spots, even though registration has been sluggish so far due to multiple challenges.

“The price of gas isn’t helping,” Malloy said as one explanation for why registration has been so slow this year. “Definitely it’s filling up and I hope we can have 100 teams at the end.”

Each team registered for the tournament will be entitled to several perks during the week of the event, including ramp fees waived on the day of the event.

The City of Port Colborne and Sugarloaf Marina will also be making docks available at 50 percent of their regular rates to teams interested in fishing ahead of the tournament.

“It’s half the price on Sugar Loaf, and you can park your boat for a week or a few days whenever you want,” Malloy said.

Those interested in participating in the Budweiser CanAm Challenge can visit the Erie Tracker Outfitters Facebook page or contact Dave Malloy directly at erietrackeroutfitters@cogeco.net.

The last day to register to participate in the Budweiser CanAm Walleye Challenge is June 15, the entry fee is US$500 per team.

]]> The Local Moms Demand Action Chapter organizes after mass shootings https://whistlestopdepot.com/the-local-moms-demand-action-chapter-organizes-after-mass-shootings/ Fri, 10 Jun 2022 02:15:51 +0000 https://whistlestopdepot.com/the-local-moms-demand-action-chapter-organizes-after-mass-shootings/

The Moms Demand Action Chapter for the western metro area hosted a one-hour meeting at the Edina Library on June 1 to engage communities and take concerted action to help prevent gun violence.

As attendees entered a library meeting room, every chair was soon filled, and those who continued to stream into the room had to stand at the edge of the room to make room for many more.

Eventually, the organizers decided to move the meeting outside to the library lawn to accommodate the number of attendees. Obviously, the events in Buffalo, NY, and Uvalde, Texas had struck a chord with many in the western metropolis.

The meeting started with a short introduction Mothers demand action. The organization was founded by Shannon Watts, a mother of five, who initially started the organization as a Facebook group after the Sandy Hook shootings in 2012.


The organization eventually expanded nationally, with local chapters now in each state. Eden Prairie is currently part of the West Metro Group, along with cities like Edina, Bloomington, Minnetonka, and St. Louis Park.

Moms Demand Action exists today as part of an umbrella organization called Everytown for Gun Safety, the largest gun violence prevention organization in the country with over 8 million supporters. The organization’s goal is to raise awareness of gun violence and advocate for gun safety laws.

Recently, the scale and number of shootings have captured the attention of much of the nation after a large-scale uptick in violent crime and mass shootings in Uvalde and Buffalo.

Event attendees acknowledged this reality by paying tribute to the victims in Uvalde and Buffalo by participating in a minute’s silence. During this moment of silence, the participants read out the names and ages of each victim in a strong gesture of solidarity.

After this moment of solidarity, Erin Zamoff, the main organizer of the meeting, drew attention to the fact that about “110 Americans are shot and killed a day”.

In fact, just as the meeting was beginning, another shooting broke out in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Zamoff and other gun control advocates have argued that these deaths are the natural result of “putting the profits of gun manufacturers ahead of the lives of children.”

The issue of shootings and gun violence is likely to remain a major concern throughout the summer, with possible political ramifications as November’s midterm elections draw closer.

As one participant put it, “School shootings are a uniquely American phenomenon.” Because of this understanding, Moms Demand Action believes that the problem can be addressed through political activism and work to spread gun safety awareness.

One form of political activism that the organizers of the event addressed was the election campaign. Zamoff described how Moms Demand Action supports candidates who meet the so-called “gun sense distinction.” This is essentially a poll sent out to all candidates running for elected office who support the demands of Moms Demand Action, regardless of political affiliation. These calls include backing red flag legislation, raising the age for buying a gun to 21, and introducing universal background checks.

Also present were several candidates running for elected office, such as Laurie Pryor (DFL), running for re-election in District 49A.

The organizers also outlined non-electoral courses of action that can be taken. This included observing Wear Orange Weekend, a national gun violence awareness campaign, June 3-5. They also discussed the Be Smart initiative.

This initiative aims to help parents and adults normalize gun safety conversations to take responsible action to prevent child death and injury from firearms. In addition, organizers stressed the importance of gun security and working with responsible gun owners to ensure ammunition and guns are safely secured and stored separately.

While it remains to be seen whether the large West Metro gathering will indicate a major shift in public opinion about West Metro gun control, Moms Demand Action plans vigorously to continue taking action and getting its message out.

The organization is planning several events for June and July. These include a nationwide gathering for new members on June 9 via Zoom, a Mothers Against Community Gun Violence Walkathon on June 11 at Lake Nokomis, and a march at the annual Edina Parade on July 4.

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