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Anti-Semitic Crime in America: Latest on the hate crimes targeting Jews across the country

  • On Monday, authorities in St. Louis confirmed a local Jewish cemetery’s desecration by vandals.
  •  That same day, the Jewish Community Centers Association of North America reported yet another rash of bomb threats at centers nationwide.
  • And those incidents came only days after President Donald Trump brushed off a question about rising anti-Semitism in the U.S. from an Orthodox Jewish reporter at a White House press conference
  • He told him first to “sit down,” then saying “I am the least anti-Semitic person that you’ve ever seen in your entire life.”
  • A total of 69 incidents have been reported at 54 JCCs in 27 different states, CNN reported on Tuesday, citing information from the JCCA, a national organization of JCCs. 
  • The bomb threats aren’t just limited to JCCs: On Wednesday, Jonathan Greenblatt, the CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, tweeted that the group’s national headquarters was the target of an anonymous bomb threat.
  • And in January, an Orthodox Jewish Chabad center in Florida was evacuated twice, on two consecutive days, after receiving multiple threatening phone calls. 
  • It’s not yet clear whether all of the threatening calls are connected, CNN reported, but the FBI is reportedly investigating the threats. Read more (2/22/17 4:02 PM)

Black Lives Matter advocate Tishaura Jones is running for mayor of St. Louis

  • For the second time in as many years, an aspiring black politician is drawing on lessons highlighted by the Black Lives Matter movement to try to become mayor of their big city hometown.
  • Tishaura Jones, a 44-year-old St. Louis native, is squaring off with six other democratic candidates in that city’s primary election on Tuesday. 
  • And she’s doing so on a platform that promises to root out the racial inequity that boiled to the surface after the death of Mike Brown.
  • “I feel that it’s elected officials’ responsibility that we use the tools of government to even the playing field,” Jones said in an interview with Mic. "We [have to] promote policies that make everyone rise, not just those in wealthy zip codes.“
  • Jones is yet another example of America’s young black politicians using the prominence of Black Lives Matter — a movement known for public protest — to chart a new political future through elected office.
  • Throughout her campaign, Jones has pointed to deeply entrenched local and federal policies in housing, schooling and employment that have made St. Louis the sixth most segregated city in the country. 
  • But for her, confronting those racial inequities is the only way to fix them. Read more (3/6/17 2:41 PM)

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A male Asian narrow-headed softshell turtle at the @stlzoo. This species can be found in large, clear rivers with sandy bottoms in Thailand. Their numbers throughout southeast Asia have dropped terribly because these turtles are so big and meaty, people hunt and eat them. This species is now listed as critically endangered on the IUCN red list.

St. Louis police officer said he was asked to “tone down his gayness” on the job

  • After 22 years on the force, Sgt. Keith Wildhaber is suing the St. Louis County police department, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. 
  • In a lawsuit filed in January, Wildhaber claims that, despite stellar performance reviews, he was not promoted to the rank of lieutenant and he believes it’s because of his sexual orientation. 
  • The lawsuit details a February 2014 interaction between Wildhaber and a member of St. Louis’ county board of police commissioners, the police department’s governing body.
  • According to the lawsuit, board member John Saracino told Wildhaber that command “had a problem with [his] sexuality.” Read more. (2/16/2017 11:30 AM)

St. Louis-area school board member sues police for using stun gun against her at 2015 protest

  • Kristine Hendrix, 36, is suing the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department for assault, battery and false arrest after officers used stun guns against her repeatedly as she participated in a peaceful protest.
  • “There’s no excuse for this kind of excessive force,” Hendrix said in a phone interview on Thursday. “This wasn’t an attempt to incapacitate or subdue me. It was to punish me.”
  • The protest occurred in downtown St. Louis on May 29, 2015. Video of the attack — which Hendrix shared on YouTube the same day — depicts a police officer approaching Hendrix and another man on the street, then using his stun gun against both. Read more (6/1/17)

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St. Louis workers remove portion of 103-year-old Confederate statue

  • Workers removed a portion of a 38-foot-tall granite monument honoring Confederate soldiers and sailors in St. Louis’ Forest Park on Thursday, according to the Associated Press, but it may take weeks for the rest of the statue to come down.
  • Koran Addo, a spokesman for Mayor Lyda Krewson, told the AP that while work crews had hauled away the tip of the monument, it was unclear when the rest would be removed.
  • The 103-year-old monument shows a Confederate soldier leaving his family to go fight in the Civil War, flanked by an angel. 
  • An inscription in the stone reads, “in memory of the soldiers and sailors of the Confederate States By the United Daughters of the Confederacy of Saint Louis.” Read more (6/9/17)

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