Milwaukee Coalition Advocates For Triple Homicide To Be Labeled a Hate Crime

A coalition comprised of 22 different Milwaukee community organizations is working to advocate for Dan Popp’s alleged triple homicide to be considered a hate crime, according to Colorlines. Earlier this month (March 6), Popp was arrested for allegedly killing a Puerto Rican man and a Hmong couple in their apartment building.

Fourth Black Trans Woman Killed This Year

Penny Proud

From The Advocate:

New Orleans trans advocates say they have been left stunned by the death of Penny Proud, one of their city’s young, black trans residents, the latest casualty in the ongoing national trend of antitrans violence that has seen five trans women of color killed within the first five weeks of 2015.

Proud, 21, was fatally shot multiple times at 1:30 a.m. on February 10, according to local news report from NOLA that theNational Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs has linked to Proud. Few other details are currently available, but the first press release to address the situation, from New Orleans LGBT youth of color activist group BreakOUT!, condemned NOLA’s report for misgendering Proud.

In announcing her death, BreakOUT! has urged media to cover Proud’s story, as well as those of all trans victims, with respect for her preferred identity, name, and pronoun, which also accords with journalistic standards endorsed by the Associated Press and GLAAD. The youth group had already been writing a press release concerning the recent deaths of Yazmin Vash Payne, 33, in Los Angeles; Ty Underwood, 24, in North Tyler, Texas; Lamia Beard, 30, in Norfolk, Va.; and Lamar Edwards, 20, in Lousville, Ky., when news of Proud’s murder emerged from local sources. San Francisco resident Taja DeJesus was also discovered fatally stabbed this week.

Read more at the Advocate.


Three Muslim Students Gunned Down Near UNC Chapel Hill


Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23, his wife, Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, 21, and her sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19 were gunned down last night near the campus of UNC Chapel Hill. Sources told local news that the family had been shot execution style.

The alleged shooter is Craig Stephen Hicks, 46, a white, self-identified atheist.

Deah Barakat and Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha married less than two months ago in December. Barakat came to UNC to begin graduate dental studies and worked with an organization that gave dental care to Palestinian children and refugees. Yusor Abu-Salha had planned to enroll in dental school in the fall. Razan Abu-Salha had recently began her studies in Architecture and Environmental Design at North Carolina State University.

A Facebook group named ‘Our Three Winners‘ has been set up in memoriam of the victims. The hashtag #MuslimLivesMatter has gone viral on Twitter since last night.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations released a statement requesting an investigation into the motive of the murders. “Based on the brutal nature of this crime, the past anti-religion statements of the alleged perpetrator, the religious attire of two of the victims, and the rising anti-Muslim rhetoric in American society, we urge state and federal law enforcement authorities to quickly address speculation of a possible bias motive in this case. Our heartfelt condolences go to the families and loved ones of the victims and to the local community,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad.


Photo: Deah Barakat, Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, Razan Abu-Salha/Facebook



Father dies while defending daughter during hate crime


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A Chicago man died while defending his 15-year-old daughter from an alleged hate crime Wednesday.


Each day, 59-year-old Michael Tingling would walk his daughter Masharah to school and be waiting for her to finish up when classes were over. When a man hurled racial epithets at them, Tingling pulled his daughter behind him to protect her.