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Protect the Equality House!

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BENEFITING: Planting Peace

Debbie Ojeda-Leitner

THE STORY:

"The Equality House is a symbol of compassion, peace, and positive change. The house, which is painted the colors of the Pride flag, serves as the resource center for all Planting Peace human rights and bully prevention initiatives and stands as a visual reminder of our commitment, as global citizens, to equality for all. The house is located in Topeka, Kansas directly across from the Westboro Baptist Church hate group. The group is known for protesting soldiers funerals, being anti-semitic, and promoting the death penalty for gay Americans." Since the end of the federal elections, the house has been under attack for the past few weeks. This what they had to say: "Before painting the Equality House, Davis and I thought it would only be three weeks before the house was burnt down. We even set forth escape plans. But something beautiful happened over the course of the last three years.... Nothing. With roughly 150 visitors a day, the Equality House had never been attacked. Then, in late 2016: - Our Little Free Library was covered in feces. - The KKK knocked on our door and told Davis and me that we would be killed if Trump were elected. - Then, a few weeks ago, I was awakened by the sounds of 5 white guys spray painting "fuk fags" along the exterior of my house. They also left 7 bullet holes in my window. I spoke with the Southern Poverty Law Center after the Equality House was shot, and they confirmed hate crimes are on the rise. I've seen more swastikas in the last couple of days than I have seen in my lifetime outside of historical references. But what scares me more than the bullets nailing my window and swastikas popping up on street corners around America is the absolute silence from far too many. This is no time to be complacent my friends. We must act. "In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” - Aaron Jackson President www.plantingpeace.org" I check how much it would be to get secure a security guard for a year ( around 30k- http://www1.salary.com/Security-Guard-Salaries.html ) and added a bit more to fix the damages to the house. Let's show this nation, that we do not tolerate hate and violence. We have to make sure the house and the co-founders are safe. Also please consider being members so you can donate monthly to their many wonderful causes: https://www.plantingpeace.org/donate/monthly/

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