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Month: August 2005

Americans Come Together to Aid Hurricane Katrina Victims

Americans Come Together to Aid Hurricane Katrina Victims

Hurricane Katrina has left a trail destruction throughout Louisiana and nearby states. Levees broke in New Orleans wiping out the city. Looters acting without conscience robbed the stores and homes of their neighbors. Meanwhile, the dead must be left behind in order to save the living. In the midst of all this chaos, many Americans are lending a hand to the relief efforts. Chris Duhon of the Chicago Bulls is a native of Slidell, LA. He knows most of the…

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YNIA Volunteers Assist in Tijuana

YNIA Volunteers Assist in Tijuana

Young Neighbors in Action, a Catholic organization, sent 60 teenagers and 20 adults to Tijuana, Mexico for a chance to help the poor. The volunteers were from California, Nebraska, Illinois, and Connecticut. The people they helped were very poor. They lived in cardboard shacks that had dirt floors and no roofs. Sheets made up walls. There was no in door plumbing or electricity. Their clothes were hand me downs that were handed down many times. Their meals were comprised of…

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Japanese Americans Waited Sixty Years for High School Diplomas

Japanese Americans Waited Sixty Years for High School Diplomas

Many Japanese Americans lost out on the opportunity to finish high school, and thus, never got their diplomas. While many of us can’t even find out diplomas, many Japanese Americans have waited patiently for decades for the honor of receiving one. In 1988, an official apology came from the United States Government and monetary compensation was given to some. However, it wasn’t until Sally Lieber sponsored legislation that set up the “California Nisei High School Diploma Project” that those Japanese…

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Anti-Gay Protesters Run Out of Town

Anti-Gay Protesters Run Out of Town

Grieving friends and family were not pleased to find anti-gay protesters at the funerals of two Tennessee soldiers killed in Iraq. The soldiers were Sgt. Ashbury Fred Hawn II of Smyrna and Spc. Gary Reese Jr. of Ashland City. Members of the Westboro Baptist Church of Kansas showed up at the funerals. They converged on the Smyrna United Methodist Church and the Ashland City National Guard Armory to spread their hateful message. They carried signs with slogans like “God Hates…

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Bringing Jobs Back to Rural Communities

Bringing Jobs Back to Rural Communities

Offshoring and outsourcing are bad words in most parts of America these days. People see their jobs being sent to India, China, and elsewhere and wonder who is watching out for them? Who is preserving their ability to bring home a paycheck and provide for their family? A native of Arkansas and alumni of Corporate America wants to help rural communities. She is trying to bring tech jobs back to rural America. Kathy Brittain White was Chief Information Officer of…

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