YOU'RE INVITED: MEET HEATHER BOOTH AND SEE THE FILM ABOUT HER ACTIVISM
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While we say Idaho is "Too Great for Hate," hate crime is a serious and growing law enforcement challenge. The July Idaho State Police report on Hate Crime in Idaho illustrates the harsh reality of a 27.3 percent increase in Gem State hate crimes in 2016, compared with 2015.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said hate crimes in the United States have spiked since 2016, which was the worst year on record for anti-Muslim incidents since the group began its documenting system in 2013. The number of bias incidents in the first half of 2017 since Donald Trump took office as president also rose by 24 percent compared with the first six months of 2016, CAIR said.
This underscores a separate report in February this year from The Montgomery, Alabama, based Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) that the number of organizations opposing Muslims "leaped" from 34 in 2015 to 101 last year, as the total number of various hate groups remained at "near-historic highs, rising from 892 in 2015 to 917 last year."
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Heather Booth is one of the leading strategists for progressive issues and political campaign issues in the United States. She has been personally involved in activism and rights campaigns for more than half a century.
Heather Booth: Changing the World, the latest film by critically acclaimed filmmaker Lilly Rivlin, is an inspiring look the process of social change. The film traces Heather Booth's remarkable career from the height of the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s. Looking at Booth’s life, work and personal relationships with respected leaders such as Julian Bond and Senator Elizabeth Warren, the film explores the most pivotal moments in progressive movements that have altered our history over the past half-century.
The program will be presented Thursday, Oct. 19, from 5 p.m., beginning with a reception honoring Heather Booth, featuring remarks by Adrienne Evans, executive director of United Vision for Idaho, Aaron White, president of the Idaho AFL-CIO, and Senator Cherie-Buckner Webb (D-19, Boise). The reception will be held at Beside Bardenay, 612 W Grove St, , in the Basque Block.
Reservations for the 5 p.m. reception and 7 p.m. film screening, which are separate events, may be made by emailing Adrienne Evans. Tickets for the screening only are available here. The film screening will be at The Flicks Theatre, 646 W Fulton St, Boise,
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