Aaron Flicker. Flicker, 16, was one individual in a series of attacks in 1995 as a part of a gang initiation. He was randomly selected and attacked due to the fact that he is Jewish. This incident led to the “Unity Walk for Roselawn,” sending a unified statement from Cincinnati and Roselawn against bigotry.
Thang Nguyen. Nguyen’s son Luyen was chased from a party and beaten to death for being Vietnamese in front of the other party guests.
Tom Donegan. Donegan and a friend were attacked by two teenage boys for being Gay. After his friend was badly injured, a group of bystanders came to their aid. Despite the time commitment and inconvenience the thirteen witnesses subpoenaed to testify against the attackers all showed up for the trial resulting in the conviction of the two teenagers under the city’s hate crime law.
Reverand Terrance G. Mackey, Sr. Mackey’s church was burned in 1995 by members of the KKK who were attempting to initiate a race war. Less than a year after the original church was burned, the newly built replacement was dedicated.
Gary Svee, editor of the Billings Gazette. In response to the vandalism of a local child’s Menorah displayed in his window, Svee printed an article and paper Menorah requesting that the citizens of Billings, Montana display the Menorah as a symbol of solidarity and religious freedom. As a result, over 10,000 menorahs were displayed in Billings and a recent wave of hate crimes was ended.
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