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JCRC — “Jewish community speaks out about anti-Semitism amid push for hate crime legislation”
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JCRC — “Jewish community speaks out about anti-Semitism amid push for hate crime legislation”

In the final days of 2018, the Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council penned a letter to the editor in the IndyStar talking about anti-Semitism confronting the community.

Professor Animalia’s Struggling Species
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Professor Animalia’s Struggling Species

The VIP preview of the exhibition will be a benefit for Earth Charter Indiana, run by Executive Director Jim Poyser [who was also NUVO editor from 2000-2013]. Sales from the exhibit will also benefit Earth Charter.

Overdose Lifeline — “Drug users can now test if fentanyl is in the drugs they are using, before injection”
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Overdose Lifeline — “Drug users can now test if fentanyl is in the drugs they are using, before injection”

You can obtain Fentanyl strips through the Overdose Lifeline. A program that Justin Phillips founded in 2014, after her 20-year-old son Aaron, died from an opioid overdose.

A recommendation from Mel
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A recommendation from Mel

My church, St. Peter’s United Church of Christ was also featured, but aside from that, all of the environmental activity that goes on in our state amazed me.

JCRC — “Legislative preview: State lawmakers about to convene, tackle issues”
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JCRC — “Legislative preview: State lawmakers about to convene, tackle issues”

State Rep. Tony Cook, R-Cicero, released draft legislation in November that, if passed, would remove Indiana from the list of five states without a hate crime law. The bill was created with input from prosecutors, judges and a variety of interest groups, ranging from religious and minority coalitions to business and university organizations, including working closely with the Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council.

Overdose Lifeline — “Addiction Prevention Program Expands In Indiana”
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Overdose Lifeline — “Addiction Prevention Program Expands In Indiana”

Overdose Lifeline founder Justin Philips says the program uses a targeted approach to prevention.

“This program Preventure is selective,” says Phillips. “We know personality traits do indicate high risk.”

JCRC — “Join the fight against anti-Semitism”
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JCRC — “Join the fight against anti-Semitism”

It is our hope that all Hoosiers will join us in promoting and preserving an American society that celebrates pluralism and honors difference, and in fighting anti-Semitism by confronting it wherever it surfaces, and from whomever it emanates, to ensure that the world’s oldest hate is given no sanctuary. 

CHIP — “Church bell tolls for Marion County’s 71 known homeless individuals who died this year”
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CHIP — “Church bell tolls for Marion County’s 71 known homeless individuals who died this year”

On the morning of the year’s shortest day — and its longest night — an Indianapolis church’s bell tolled 72 times, once for each of the known Marion County homeless who have died this year, and once more for all whose deaths went unrecognized.

The Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention held the annual Homeless Persons’ Memorial Service at Roberts Park United Methodist Church on Friday, commemorating lives lost in 2018 and keeping attention on people who still lack a place to call home.

“It’s a time for us to, I think, really remember those that don’t have somewhere to call home that night, that are going to be spending a very long night here in Indianapolis without somewhere to go,” Chelsea Haring-Cozzi, the coalition’s executive director, told IndyStar.

MAI — “Indiana Forward wants to make 2019 the year a hate crime law passes”
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MAI — “Indiana Forward wants to make 2019 the year a hate crime law passes”

Mike Leppert, who serves as Indiana Forward’s campaign manager, and Mindi Goodpaster, United Way of Central Indiana’s vice president of public policy, are championing the effort, which includes support from the likes of Indiana giants Eli Lilly and Company, Salesforce Inc. and Cummins Inc. Its executive committee is dotted with names from the Indiana Youth Group, the Muslim Alliance of Indiana and the state’s American Civil Liberties Union.

JCRC — “Governor: Hate crime law ‘long overdue'”
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JCRC — “Governor: Hate crime law ‘long overdue'”

Brian Slodysko and Tom Davies, The Goshen News, December 17 2018 INDIANAPOLIS — The spray-painting of a swastika outside a suburban Indianapolis synagogue this summer was the final straw for Republican Gov.…