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As America Responds to Turmoil, These Moments Give Us Hope

The recent tragedies have made it difficult to cope, but we believe good will prevail.

by Blake Taylor

In the wake of so much horrific violence, these moments give us hope.


A beautiful moment was captured on camera Sunday when a Black Lives Matter protest collided with a counter-protest across the street.  The leaders of the two groups shared a moment of solidarity before both sides decided to join forces amongst a slew of hugs and handshakes.

“It’s time for us to stop this today,” one protestor was heard demanding. “No more walls.” Source: Fox 8 Cleveland


Aztec Dancers Join Peaceful Protest

On Saturday, Black Lives Matter St. Paul and the Minneapolis NAACP held a Rally & Solidarity March for Philando Castile & Others on Saturday.  The march began in Loring Park and continued through the city down Hennepin Avenue where 200 to 300 marchers wore red and staged two “die-ins” before heading to Gov. Mark Dayton’s St. Paul home.  

The march shut down I-94 before the march was met by dancers from the Aztec group Kalpulli Yaocenoxtli who hopped the fence and proceeded to join the protestors in honor of those fallen during these despondent times.  

Healing Through Prayer

A California minister invited local law enforcement to join the congregation during Sunday's service. 

Pastor Joseph S. Sissac of the Center of Praise Ministries in Sacramento said he's looking to take the energy and frustration and direct it to something productive. 

"I think the solution for us here locally is to deal with local law enforcement," said Sissac. "I think it is detrimental for the community in Sacramento to take on the frustration around the nation and allow that to spill over to our local officers."

All three services on Sunday focused on coming together. The energy was welcoming, open, and often humorous as churchgoers and law enforcement officials all laughed together.


Brands Take A Stand

Pushing "political correctness" aside, tech companies including Twitter and Facebook commented on the recent violence. 


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Blake Taylor worked for a leading medical/recreational marijuana grower in the Seattle area and has been a freelance writer for four years.



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