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9/11 Families Call on Trump to Cancel Saudi-Backed Golf Event

9/11 Families Call on Trump to Cancel Saudi-Backed Golf Event

Relatives of people killed on Sept. 11 are urging former President Donald J. Trump to cancel a Saudi-backed golf tournament set to be held this month at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster in New Jersey.

In a letter dated Sunday, members of the group 9/11 Justice asked to meet with Mr. Trump and urged him not to host the event, set for July 29 to 31, noting that Mr. Trump has blamed Saudi Arabia for the attack.

“We simply cannot understand how you could agree to accept money from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s golf league to host their tournament at your golf course, and to do so in the shadows of ground zero in New Jersey, which lost over 700 residents during the attacks,” they wrote in the letter.

“It is incomprehensible to us that a former president of the United States would cast our loved ones aside for personal financial gain,” they wrote to Mr. Trump, who is expected to run for president again in 2024. “We hope you will reconsider your business relationship with the Saudi golf league and will agree to meet with us.”

In the letter, the group noted that Mr. Trump told Fox News in February 2016: “Who blew up the World Trade Center? It wasn’t the Iraqis. It was Saudi. Take a look at Saudi Arabia.” He went on to say: “The people came, most of the people came from Saudi Arabia. They didn’t come from Iraq.”

An email sent to 9/11 Justice was not immediately returned on Sunday. Messages left at Mr. Trump’s club in Bedminster, and with a spokesman for Mr. Trump, were also not immediately answered.

The Saudi-sponsored golf league is part of a campaign by the Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, to refresh the kingdom’s image in the eyes of the world.

The man who defeated Mr. Trump in 2020, President Biden, has recently faced criticism for his own connection to Saudi Arabia. Last week during a Middle East trip, Mr. Biden fist-bumped Prince Mohammed, who was judged responsible by the C.I.A. for the 2018 killing of the Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Mr. Biden said he confronted Prince Mohammed about the killing during a closed-door meeting with him; Saudi officials contradicted his account.

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Virtual events connect Global Campus families – WSU Insider

Global Connections, Washington State University Global Campus’ student involvement program, is launching a new series of virtual events designed to provide a fun and engaging way for Global Campus students with children to connect with their families as well as other Coug parents.

Titled “Cougs and Their Cubs,” the event series consists of child-centered activities students can participate in with their kids, as well as virtual social events for Coug parents on their own. 

“Cougs and Their Cubs is all about giving Global Campus students a fun opportunity to connect, network and engage with their families and fellow Cougs,” said Amanda Terry, a Global Campus student ambassador who is coordinating the event series. “It’s all about building community, both within our own families and within our worldwide family of Global Campus Cougs.”

The first official Cougs and Their Cubs event is scheduled for June 28. “Cougs, Cubs, and Cupcakes” will be a cupcake decorating event for Global Campus students and their kids ahead of the July 4th holiday. The online event is open to all Global Campus students.

“As a current Global Campus student and parent of three, I know firsthand how challenging it can be to juggle college and family life,” said Terry. “We want to provide an inclusive space for parents to take a breath, have some fun with their kids, and interact with their peers who are going through the same types of life experiences that they are.”

After the kickoff event in June, monthly Cougs and Their Cubs events are planned for fall semester. Planned events include a “back-to-school tips” discussion and Coug coffee hour for parents only, a pumpkin patch story hour and holiday ornament making party for parents and their kids.  

“All these events will revolve around students who are parents. Some events, we want to make fun and engaging for the whole family, said Andria Donnenwerth, director of the Global Connections program, but we also want to include some events where our student-parents can have a little break and just socialize among their peers,” 

Though the cupcake decorating event is the first official event of the series, Global Campus has recently completed a few “test case” events as a proof of concept for the Cougs and Their Cubs series, with very positive results.

Precursors to Cougs and Their Cubs included a virtual, family bingo night, a Dr. Suess reading day, and a virtual coffee hour for parents to discuss life balance. 

“The events went very well. We received great feedback from those in attendance, and we knew that this was an idea we wanted to pursue on a more regular basis,” said Andrea Jimenez, Global Connections program coordinator, who helped run the precursor events. 

“Both parents and kids involved had a lot of fun at these events, and that was great to see. We’re looking forward to the future Cougs and Cubs events that we have planned and know that it will be a great new addition to our programming here at Global Campus.”

The Global Connections program serves WSU Global Campus students by offering engaging co- and extra-curricular events and activities—free and fully online. Through Global Connections, students can connect with peers and expert presenters via webinars, livestreamed events, activities, academic contests, and more.

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Colorado Groups Absorb Hate At LGBTQ+ Events To Protect Families

Colorado Groups Absorb Hate At LGBTQ+ Events To Protect Families

DENVER, (CBS4)- Usually at LGBTQ events like Denver’s Pride celebration Eli Bazan is working. Especially if it is a family friendly event like a Drag queen story hour. He’s one of the co-founders of the Parasol Patrol. They are a group of volunteers that tries to separate event attendees from protestors.

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“What we do is we use our rainbow umbrella as a shield to block the signs and the faces of protesters,” explained Eli. “We use our ear protection for our little ones.”

They absorb the heckling and name-calling so that kids don’t have to. He says he feels like they are protecting kids from bigotry and hate.

“Quite honestly, some of the stuff they yell at these kids is pretty dramatic,” said Eli.

Despite what they might hear from protestors, the Parasol Patrol doesn’t start trouble. No matter how tense the situation may get.

“We don’t engage with them at all. I’m not here to yell back,” said Eli.  “I’m not going to change their mind. They’re not going to change my mind.”

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Eli says taking the high road is getting tougher to do. He follows extremists online to see where they are planning to show up. Recently he has seen an increase in hate.

“The rhetoric in the last 2 months has been the highest I’ve seen in the last 3 years,” he said.

He says take for example the extremist group that was recently caught readying themselves to disrupt a Pride event in Idaho. He saw extremists planning their event online before they were caught.

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The Parasol Patrol says they have seen threats made toward Denver’s Pride weekend events as well which is why Eli says he stays ready.

“There will be protesters. Tomorrow at the parade, there will be protesters,” said Eli.

Eli says they report threats of violence to law enforcement because, while they are good at protecting people, there are some things out of their scope of expertise.

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“These aren’t ballistic shields. They don’t stop bullets. They’re just umbrellas,” Eli said.

While it can be dangerous to confront extremists, Eli says it’s worth it so that everyone can feel welcome at public events. Especially children and families.

“It helps them understand that they’re not alone. That there are people just like them that that they are loved because of who they are not in spite of who they are,” said Eli.



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NGOs to organize integration events for Ukrainian families in Latvia

NGOs to organize integration events for Ukrainian families in Latvia

The tender program “Events and activities for Latvian and Ukrainian families with children” has maximum funding of €12 500 per project, SIF said.

The target group of the project is both Ukrainian and Latvian families with children, ensuring that families from Ukraine are involved in activities.

The aim of the competition is to select projects in which the measures are aimed at achieving the objective of the program, promoting the cohesion of society, strengthening the belonging of Ukrainian families in Latvian society, and promoting the acquisition of Latvian languages and culture. The project backs events and activities like camps, hiking and tours, creative workshops, discussions, Latvian or cultural learning clubs, as well as other activities that are relevant to the objective of the program.

“Opening up training in a strange environment and in Latvian this year will be a major challenge for many Ukrainian children who have fled as a result of the war. In order to allow families with children to adapt to the new environment and to obtain new social links, we will present the Latvian language, history, culture and traditions with various events and activities,” said Zaiga Pūce, director of the SIF administration.

For more information, as well as the competition rules, see the SIF homepage.

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New spot prawn event connects people to Richmond fisher families

New spot prawn event connects people to Richmond fisher families

The Steveston Spot Prawn and Seafood Celebration runs until June 5.

There is no better way than to connect people through food, according to Tourism Richmond and the Steveston Harbour Authority.

Richmond is hosting its first Steveston Spot Prawn and Seafood Celebration that highlights the spot prawn season and local fisher families at the same time.

Nancy Small, CEO of Tourism Richmond, said the event invites people from across Metro Vancouver to have a taste of the city’s “rich culinary history.”

“This is one of the first major events to happen in Richmond since the start of the pandemic and we know how essential these types of events are for our local businesses, especially after all the hardships they have endured the past couple of years,” said Small.

Spot prawn season lasts about a month each year between May and June and this year, the season is highlighting several events until June 5.

People visiting the Fisherman’s Wharf are encouraged to talk to local fisher families, connect with them and learn about the Steveston’s fishing history as they purchase spot prawns this year.

The Gulf of Georgia Cannery is also hosting a cooking demo where Chef Sushila Narain from Steveston Seafood House and Chef Viray from Globe@YVR will show how to properly eat and cook spot prawns and seafood on May 21 and 22.

Meanwhile, a “dine about” program is taking place between May 18 to June 5 where several Richmond and Steveston restaurants are working with Steveston fishermen to create dishes using spot prawns.

Jamie Gusto, general manager at the Steveston Harbour Authority, said it’s no secret that Metro Vancouver loves their spot prawns and Steveston Wharf is one of the places people line up for fresh, daily catches.

“The Steveston Spot Prawn and Seafood Celebration was created to make it easy for people to not only get their hands on delicious fresh BC spot prawns, but also to meet and connect with local fisher families bring seafood to our plate to experience coastal culture in a charming, intimate setting, that celebrates the many ways our local fisher families are preserving traditions and uplifting sustainable practices,” said Gusto.

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Health and Justice Alliance – ‘working together for families’ online events

Health and Justice Alliance – ‘working together for families’ online events


To practising physicians and lawyers who serve BC families experiencing high conflict separation and divorce:

Re: Health and Justice Alliance – ‘working together for families’ online events

Dr Ramneek Dosanjh, President of Doctors of BC, and Lisa Hamilton, QC, President of the Law Society of BC, are pleased to invite you to participate in two online events, May 18 and June 14, from 5–7:30 pm on ‘working together for families’ – a collaborative approach to serving families experiencing toxic stress as a result of separation and divorce. These events are co-hosted by the Law Society of BC, Access to Justice BC, and Doctors of BC.

For the sake of the families we serve, we must break down the silos we work in. Come and explore with us – physicians and lawyers together – the experiences of our patient/clients going through high conflict separation and divorce. Let’s get to know each other and learn from the differences and similarities of our own experiences and observations. Physicians and lawyers learning and working together can make a difference!

Have a look at this short video, ‘ACEs and the Family Justice system,’ to get a sense of the connection between the health and justice sectors.

In the first session on May 18, we will share observations, hear each other’s perspectives and explore the patient/client experience. In the second session on June 14, we will explore the theme “Start with Ourselves,” an opportunity to become more aware of the impact on professionals dealing with toxic situations, and to explore how best to serve our patient/clients.

If you are interested, please register now. If you have any questions, contact Jane Morley, QC at

Dr Ramneek Dosanjh                                                         Lisa Hamilton
President                                                                            President 
Doctors of BC                                                                     The Law Society of BC 



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Eggs, bunny, families everywhere at Easter events

Staff photo by Clay Schult
Joey Haas, Asher Ohoto, Addison Leske, Axton Leske and Alek Leske meet with the Easter Bunny during the Spring Fling on Saturday at the Best Western Plus.

NEW ULM– It was a busy Easter weekend with families hopping from one holiday event to the next.

Multiple Easter egg hunts were held throughout New Ulm on Saturday, and the Easter Bunny was at every one to greet the children.

The holiday festivities began at 10 a.m. in German Park with the Park and Recreations Easter Egg Hop. Families walked through German Park, collecting Easter eggs and candy and meeting some of their favorite literary characters; including Cat in the Hat, Winnie the Pooh and Tigger. The Easter Bunny was available for photos. Well over a hundred people attended the Hop.

Each kid attending the left with a goodie bag holding a snack, activities book, gnome craft and sidewalk chalk.

Park and Recreation staff were delighted to hold the event outside. In the event of rain or snow, the Easter Egg Hop is relocated indoors at the Civic Center.

Staff photo by Clay Schult
Decked out in her rabbit ears, 1-year-old Reygan Roppe was one of many people who attended Saturday’s German Park Easter Egg Hop.

Recreation Program Supervisor Liz Malloy said she was determined to keep the event outside in the park. A few snowflakes fell in the early morning, but no storm materialized, and the temperature rose throughout the day, reaching into the low 40s by afternoon.

At the Best Western, the annual Spring Fling Craft & Vendor Show started in the early morning and ran through the afternoon. The New Ulm Craft and Vendor Events group holds several craft shows throughout the year, but the Spring Fling is an annual tradition, which also features an appearance from the Easter Bunny. Every kid in attendance was given their own set of rabbit ears.

Organizer James Haviland said of all the craft shows held by the group, the Easter show is among his favorite.

“It is fun seeing the kids interact with Easter Bunny,” he said.

Turnout for the craft show started strong, with a lot of customers in the morning.

Staff photo by Clay Schult
A young man scrambles to collect eggs at the Schell’s Brewery Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday. A total of 250 eggs were scattered around the garden space.

The next craft show event is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 14, in the 2nd N. and Broadway streets parking lot.

At 1 p.m. Schell’s Brewery kicked off an Easter Egg Hunt. It was the first Easter Egg Hunt ever held on the Brewery grounds. Based on the turnout, it could turn out to be an annual tradition.

A total of 250 Easter eggs were scattered around Schell’s gardens. Those attending the event could redeem up to three eggs for various prizes. The prizes included candy, free tours of the brewery, Schell’s shirts, discounts in the gift stores and drink tokens. Since it was a family event, the kids received free root beer when turning in drink tokens.

There were also 10 golden eggs scattered around Schell’s grounds. These eggs were a little harder to find. Anyone redeeming the golden egg received two free tours of the brewery and two free drink tokens.

All 250 eggs were recovered within the first 15 minutes of the hunt, but only six golden eggs were found in the first half-hour.

Franz Marti of Schell’s was excited with attendance. He said Saturday had some of the best weather all week. By afternoon the brewery garden area had dried up enough for a great Easter hunt.

Schell’s Visitor Center manager Curt Van Asten came up with the idea for an Easter Egg Hunt. He said they expected a good turnout but were surprised how many families attended the hunt.

Van Asten said next year they would at the very least double the number of eggs based on turnout.

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