On Thursday, Google celebrated the 95th birthday of Yuri Kochiyama, an Asian American who was known around the world for her dedication to fight for human rights, injustice, and racism.
While Kochiyama passed away in 2014 due to natural causes according to her family, her legacy lives on and many activist groups across the globe continue to honor the work she has done in fighting against inequality. Below are some interesting things that some may not have known of the woman who befriended Malcolm X.
1. An advocate for prisoners Triggered by the memory of her father who was taken into custody shortly after the Pearl Harbor attacks, Mary Yuriko Nakahara decided to become an advocate not only for racism and inequality but for prisoners as well. According to the Los Angeles Times, Kochiyama helped organize calls for the reconsideration of charges on prisoners which were considered to be motivated by political causes. more >>
Actor Kirk Cameron revealed the backlash he first received when he overzealously tried to convert his Hollywood peers by using apologetics, in a recent YouTube video posted by Living Waters.
In the video titled, "Balancing Apologetics and Evangelism," the outspoken Christian shared his testimony of going from an atheist, whose intellect fought against the idea of God, to an unashamed Christian evangelist.
During the 48-minute teaching, he opened up about the early days after he was first saved when he tried to be an apologist to Hollywood. more >>
An advertising authority in the U.K. has banned a gambling ad that mocks the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and the Christian faith by promoting a "nailed on bonus."
The ad in question, made by Boylesports, features an image of a hand nailed to a piece of wood, with the text reading: "In memory of the dearly departed JC, we are offering you a sacrilecious [sic] bonus this Easter weekend. ... So don't just sit there gorging your own body weight in chocolate, that's disrespectful. Get on Boylesports Gaming and get your nailed on bonus."
Gone were the days when people are praised for championing the constitution and the very essence of democracy America is known for. But with the launch of a First Amendment institution that reportedly has a budget of $60 million, this seems to be the most expensive fight for the freedom of expression, ever.
The joint efforts of Columbia University and John S. and James L. Knight Foundation was announced on Tuesday and first reported by The Associated Press. The center, to be named "Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University," is intended to be used as a research and education body as well as a litigation center for the digital age.
The kind of society today, including the technology used in information gathering and distribution, has dramatically changed and the way the freedom of expression is practiced is changing as well. For Knight Foundation president Alberto Ibarguen, establishing an institution promoting and championing the First Amendment rights can make a positive impact to society. "So much is changing so fast that more voices, a bigger family of voices speaking in favor of free speech and free expression … is more likely to lead to a more open societal attitude toward free speech," Ibarguen said. more >>
A Tennessee sheriff who's being sued by an atheist organization for posting an Easter Sunday message on the department's Facebook page says he might file a counter lawsuit against the group.
The New Jersey-based American Atheists filed a complaint against Bradley County Sheriff Eric Watson earlier this month on behalf of an unnamed local woman.
Sheriff Watson told the Cleveland Daily Banner in an interview last Friday that he "will 'seriously consider' moving ahead with a counter lawsuit against the plaintiffs who have filed a lawsuit against him." more >>
Film/music producer and best-selling author Bishop T.D. Jakes will host a new syndicated self-titled daily talk show, TEGNA announced. "T.D. JAKES" is set to premiere in more than 50 U.S. markets on Sep. 12.
The one-hour show will feature original social media content and real personal stories with candid conversations. Jakes will be talking to celebrity and non-celebrity guests along with sharing words of wisdom.
"T.D. Jakes" will be filmed in front of a live studio audience in Los Angeles and will air weekdays in the afternoon across the country. The talk show will also employ social media platforms so audience members can engage with the show 24/7 through @tdjakesshow. more >>