Henna White and Jean Griffiths, founders of “Mothers to Mothers.”As a result of the racial violence in Crown Heights Brooklyn, in which Griffiths lost her son, these two women created “Mothers to Mothers,” a local group dedicated to promoting tolerance and understanding between the black and Jewish population. “Mothers to Mothers” provides an open forum for discussion among the members and allows for a greater understanding between the groups.
Karen Mathews. Mathews Stanislaw County Clerk-Recorder refused to submit to the demands of a local “Patriot” group to illegally release tax liens on properties despite threats made to her life. As a result of her integrity, she was attacked in her home and beaten in her home. Though scared for her life, Matthews, with help from the San Francisco ADL, was able to confront her attacker and remain true to her principles.
Bill and Lindy Seltzer. In response to a KKK rally planned for their town, the Seltzer’s organized the “Project Lemonade” fundraiser. This program collected coin pledges for every minute that the rally continued that would be given to the anti-bigotry organization of the donor’s choice. At the end of the collection, the local KKK receives a report of the amount of money raised to fight their activities. Despite death threats, “Project Lemonade” has continued, and has raised over $40,000.
Joseph Hartzler, Assistant U.S. Attorney and the Oklahoma City Prosecution Team. Following the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Hartzler agreed to undertake the prosecution of the individuals responsible for the murder of 168 people. Along with the prosecution team, Hartler was able to successfully prosecute the individuals responsible for the bombing who were motivated by the desire to destroy the United States government and cleanse the nation of minorities.
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