Nick and Emerson: A Puppy Adoption Story
When Nick Abbott saw a Facebook post about a deaf puppy needing a home, he had to go see him. Nick and Emerson are both deaf. Now, they are family. Nick adopted Emerson and is teaching him sign language.
I found this story first on Good Morning America:
Making Sure Everyone Gets to Vote
Indian officials traveled nearly 70km (45 miles) to make sure one man got to vote in the Indian general election. Four election officials accompanied by a police officer set up a special polling station for Bharatdas Darshandas, a 69 year old priest who lives at a temple in the Gir wildlife sanctuary in Gujarat. You can read more in this short article from The Guardian.
From Graffiti to Books: Opening Minds of Teen Offenders
Five teenagers were arrested for painting racially charged graffiti on a historic Virginia schoolhouse that had been used by black children during segregation.
The offenders were ordered to read 12 books chosen from a list of 35 and to write an assignment on each of the books they chose. Here’s an excerpt written by one of teens:
I thought a swastika was just a symbol and it didn’t really mean much – not any more. I was wrong and it meant a lot to people who are affected by them. It reminds me of the worst things – losing family members and friends, of the pain of torture, psychological and physical, among that it reminds them how hateful people can be and how the world can be cruel and unfair. Swastikas are also a reminder of oppression, not being heard and being kept down on the ground. Swastikas are also a sign of white power, that their race is above all else, which is not the case.
People should not feel less than what they are and nobody should make them feel that way. I feel especially awful after writing this paper about how I made anybody feel bad. Everybody should be treated with equality, no matter their race or religion or sexual orientation. I will do my best to see to it that I am never this ignorant again.
For more information, please read this article from BBC: