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Racists Beat Down Oregon Man, Police Are Not Investigating as Hate Crime

Meanwhile, Parsham Rabiee, a Lyft driver, now can't work to save the life he took years to build.

Parsham Rabiee was attacked by two white Lyft passengers outside of Portland, Ore., who verbally and physically assaulted him, including repeated use of racial slurs and making fun of his music. But the Gresham police are claiming it wasn't a racially-biased attack.

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Muslim-Led Groups Raise Funds for Pittsburgh Synagogue Victims

Over the target of $150,000 raised, they said: we wanted to give more than "thoughts and prayers."

In four days' time, 4,500 donors raised over $186,000 to pay for Jewish funerals for the 11 killed in the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. The organizers, Celebrate Mercy and MPower Change, two Muslim-led groups who welcomed donations no matter the faith.

LaunchGood, the host of the fundraising efforts is a Muslim-centered organization. Tarek El-Messidi, a Chicago-based activist and his friend came up with the idea as soon as they heard about the shooting.

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Michelle Obama Continues Work to Empower Women and Girls

"Sorry that you feel uncomfortable, but [women are] now paving the way for the next generation," Obama says to the men who are disturbed by the Me Too movement.

Former first lady Michelle Obama continues to keep girls at the forefront of her mission as she resumes, using her powerful platform.

Obama, in a recent interview, talked about the Me Too movement and its impact, as well as the importance of girls now having to deal with the same issues.

"Change is not a direct smooth path. There's going to be bumps and resistance," she said on NBC's "Today Show," citing that many will be uneasy about the movement.

"There has been a status quo with the way women have been treated."

Obama said that women have to say to men who are disturbed by the movement, "Sorry that you feel uncomfortable but I'm now paving the way for the next generation."

"We have to think about the way we're paving for our girls," she added.

Referring to the 98 million adolescent girls not in school, she said "The stats show that when you educate a girl, you educate a family, a community, a country."

Obama has been working on international girls' education, since 2015, in a project called Let Girls Learn, which remained with the White House when the Obamas departed.

Her new project, The Global Girls Alliance, grew from a 2013 conversation in the White House with Pakistani human rights advocate Malala Yousafzai, then a teenager. Yousafzai's work focuses on girls who are denied education for war, economic pressure, cultural norms and prejudice.

Announced on the International Day of the Girl via the Obama Foundation, the organization is partnering with nonprofits like She's the First (which created the Girls First Network, a knowledge sharing community for girl-focused NGOs), Girl Up (which will ensure girls are connected to safe-spaces and girl-focused leadership), Girl's Inc. (encourages girls to understand and represent global voices through Leadership and Community Action program), and Girl Scouts of the USA (that created a toolkit to learn about girls' education from global and national perspectives).

GoFundMe will filter funds to six vetted organizations, seeking amounts from $5,000 to $50,000, at a time. When one project's goal is reached, a new organization will take its place on GoFundMe.

The last time Obama became vocal about gender equality, she was responding to Trump's "grab 'em by the pussy" and similar comments after the Billy Bush tape was revealed. Obama said it had "shaken me to my core."

"This is not something that we can ignore," Obama said in 2016. "This was a powerful individual speaking freely and openly about sexually predatory behavior, and actually bragging about kissing and groping women."

Of the current times, Obama said, "I chose to engage because there's no choice. The world is a, sadly, dangerous place for women and girls, and we see that again and again. Young women are tired of it. They're tired of being undervalued, they're tired of being disregarded, they're tired of their voices not being invested in and heard."

First Lady Michelle Obama Launches Global Girls Alliance


Reader Question: What do you think of Michelle Obama's stance toward the men who find women speaking up in and around MeToo uncomfortable?

​Black Valedictorian Had her College Scholarship Taken Away after Critical Graduation Speech

Texas school was criticized for subpar teachers; school says they made a mistake with her ranking.

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Destiny Brannon used her platform as a high school valedictorian to state her beliefs on the lack of commitment of teachers and the school's emphasis on athletics instead of academics. The DeSoto ISD principal had approved her speech. But now the school claims that thanks to miscalculating rankings from only one semester, instead of two, she's no longer the valedictorian.

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​Jogger Joe, aka Sintay, Arrested, Charged with Felony Robbery of Black Homeless Man's Defender

Outpouring of support for "Drew" also includes over $12,000 raised by BBQ Becky victim.

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Police arrested Henry William Sintay, 30, of Oakland, Calif., after social media's overwhelming proof of his actions against not only a Black homeless man, but also his tussle and subsequent robbery of Matt Nelson, a social justice leader who went back to Lake Merritt a day later to ensure the safety of the homeless man, Drew.

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Nurse Who Said ‘Stupid’ Stephon Clark ‘Deserved’ to Die Raises Over $24k

"I am not a hateful or discriminatory person," Faith Linthicum said.

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The woman who said unarmed Stephon Clark "deserved" to die because he was "being stupid" has raised close to $25,000 in a GoFundMe account.

Faith Linthicum was fired from Kaiser Permanente after writing on Facebook that Clark, a young father of two, had it coming when he was shot in the back repeatedly by two Sacramento police officers.

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