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The event comes at a time of what Rast sees as increasing hostility to Latinos in America, from the White House down.

“It’s not that the stories aren’t being told — Latinos are telling these stories to ourselves,” said Gonzaga University history professor Raymond Rast.

Rhode Island will host a national conference on Latino heritage and historical preservation starting April 26, highlighting underrepresented areas of the state’s history.
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"Cretella disagrees with supporters of Rhode Island’s new law when it comes to what is causing rising numbers of people to identify as transgender.
She argues that all teenagers go through a phase known as “gender formation.” During this time, she says, a certain number are susceptible to “marketing” that they are “trapped in the wrong body.”

“So the differences between what the sexes can and can’t do are not that great but the differences in how we get there can be very great,” said Dr. Michelle Cretella.

A pediatrician who argues against findings and research that led Rhode Island lawmakers last year to outlaw “conversion therapy,” or therapy
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Racism at our college campuses is a poor reflection on our society. Earlier we posted hate related vandalism at the University of Rhode Island. Today we also learned of extreme racist hate generated at Syracuse University.

Syracuse University has suspended one of its professional fraternity chapters.
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A total of 14 vehicles have had swastikas or pornographic images scratched into them. Some of the vehicles sustained additional damage including broken mirrors and slashed tires.

Police at the University of Rhode Island say more than a dozen cars have been vandalized over the last two weeks on the school’s campus in Kingston. A
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Each year, across America, an average of 250,000 people are victimized by hate crimes – criminal expressions of bigotry that terrorize entire communities and fr...ay the social fabric of our country.

What motivates hate offenders and what more can we do to track and report hate crimes?

Our new guide answers those questions, and more.

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Each year, across America, an average of 250,000 people are victimized by hate crimes – criminal expressions of bigotry that terrorize entire communities and fray the social fabric of our country.
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Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson tell "GMA" what happened to lead to their arrest at a Philadelphia Starbucks, sparking backlash for the coffee chain.
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A Democratic state lawmaker called the last-minute amendment — which slashed $250,000 in funding for Memphis' bicentennial celebrations — "hateful" and "unkind."

A Democratic state lawmaker called the amendment "hateful" and "unkind." Republicans defended the move, calling Memphis's removal of the statues "sneaky."
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“Anyone who lives inside the US can never be considered an outsider anywhere in the country.

“Let us all hope that the dark clouds of racial prejudice will soon... pass away and the deep fog of misunderstanding will be lifted from our fear-drenched communities."

— Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Letter from the Birmingham Jail.

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"In July 1960, four months before winning the election that would make him the 35th President of the United States, John F. Kennedy sent a letter to Jackie Robinson. ...he was an important figure in black community and a well-known Civil Rights advocate.

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There is no reason to include a citizenship question on the Census other than to fan the flames of fear, and knowingly depress immigrant representation in this ...country to impact corresponding federal resources.

We cannot ensure an accurate Census when the process is designed to turn away respondents and discourage participation.

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The SPLC and a broad coalition of Florida civil rights organizations sent a letter this week to the state’s congressional delegation, expressing alarm at the inclusion of a citizenship question on the 2020 U.S. Census.
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No charges were filed against the men, who were held for eight hours and threatened with trespassing charges.
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Angie Thomas, author of "The Hate U Give," performs a short rap for the audience at the end of her talk Rhode Island College on Friday as part of the Read Across RI project. Providence Journal video by Sandor Bodo #TheHateUGive @ACThomasAuthor

The Census Bureau plans to ask people if they're U.S. citizens, igniting fears the information could be used to target people in the country without papers.

There is precedent for that.

The 1940 census was used to intern Japanese Americans during WWII.

The abuse of data from the 1940 census has fueled fears about a citizenship question on the 2020 census form.
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Jewish life around the world is under attack once again by “classic traditional antisemitism,” according to a new report.

"There has been an increase in open, unashamed and explicit hatred directed against Jews,” said the president of the European Jewish Congress.
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More than 4,000 black men, women, and children died at the hands of white mobs between 1877 and 1950. Can you name any of them? This memorial in Montgomery, Alabama, is trying to change that.

RI Kids Count provided valuable information in its Factbook on a number of issues facing Rhode Islanders today.

One fact from this sheet: 998 lived in homeless shelters on Dec. 31, 2017