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9-Year-Old Girl Outclasses Confederate Flag Wavers At Weekend Rally (Video)

At a Black Lives Matter rally in Johnson City, Tennessee, over the weekend, a little girl showed everyone what love and tolerance are all about.

The rally was part of a national movement to mark the one year anniversary of Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, Missouri. About 300 people showed up in Johnson City.

Among the 300, two white men counter protested by waving Confederate flags. One of the men, as he walked through the crowd, announced:

“This flag is not hate, it’s heritage.”

Overall, activists who organized the rally said they were pleased with the turnout and what it represented. One woman, Monique Hall, remarked:

“I never, in my day, thought I would see this. It’s just been really hard to live here. To see this it makes me really hopeful that this place can change.”

But the day was best summed up by a precious little 9-year-old girl named Patiance Gardner who said:

“I really hope racism just stops, and people don’t judge people by their skin color. They’re making sure everybody fights racism and we’re sticking together. Everybody is God’s creatures.”

Leave it to a child, with her pure heart and clear mind, to speak words that cut to the very core of the issue. What Patiance Gardner said is exactly what needs to be said over and over again in this country: We are all the same, no matter the color of our skin, our religion, our background, our social status or income. This is the very essence of what Jesus taught:

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:30-31)

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This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org.

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This Colorful Sink Could Save Thousands Of Children’s Lives Across Asia (Video)

Did you know that in the nation of Cambodia 10,000 children die each and every year from diarrheal diseases? Cambodia has the lowest access to sanitation of all the nations in Southeast Asia.

But that is starting to change, thanks in large part to the nonprofit agency WaterSHED, which has just released the LaBobo, a portable, inexpensive sink which is colorful and has a frog theme on it to catch the attention of children and encourage better hygiene.

Researchers from the University of California, Davis and University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill surveyed 79 homes in a few provinces in Cambodia. What they found was frightening: only 5 percent of households have dedicated hand-washing equipment.

The study also found that more than half the households were eager to access to better hand washing methods, but couldn’t get enough water to sustain an adequate sanitation system.

The LaBobo is meant to solve that problem across Cambodia. The portable sink debuted across the country on Sunday, and it combines both functionality and aesthetics.

LaBobo has a custom low-flow spout to conserve water, a space for soap and a cute design that appeals to kids, according to a WaterSHED. It costs about $15 per unit and holds 15 liters of clean water.

Geoff Revell, regional program manager for WaterSHED, remarked:

“If you give people a bucket and a piece of soap, more often than not you will find the bucket ends up being used for something else. But if they spend some money on a product they like and actually want to own, it’s much more likely that they will keep using it and form a healthy habit of washing their hands regularly.”

If you would like to donate to this important project and encourage the United States to do more in this area, you can go to one of the Global Citizen links below. Children’s lives are too precious for us to merely look the other way.

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This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org.