HATEBRAKER HERO UPDATE
Olive Mukabalisa (2013 HateBraker Hero)
HateBraker Extraordinaire, Olive Mukabalisa has not wasted time in fulfilling her hatebraking dreams.
In her original HateBrakers interview, Olive told us that her dreams were to help children in Rwanda learn to have hope and to lend her efforts to better enforcement of international human rights.
Our 2013 HateBraker Hero, Rwandan genocide survivor and Webster University honors graduate, returned in 2014 to her country ”to help children understand how a person can pass through many, many problems but can still live a happy life.” Last year, Olive went to work for Webster in Leiden, The Netherlands, near the seat of the International Criminal Court.
HATEBRAKING ROSES FOR FERGUSON POETS
(Photo: Payton Bass, age 15)
We co-sponsored a student poetry contest with Communities in Unity at the Ferguson Library where 2015 HateBraker Hero, Scott Bonner, is librarian. Judges included Susan Balk, Arlen Chaleff, and 2015 Hero Pat McKissack. Arlen–on behalf of HateBrakers–gave prizes to the two winners and presented each poet with a long-stemmed, red rose and a Barnes & Noble gift card for books.
“Young people have so much to say about their world, and we have to give them safe, comfortable spaces to express themselves,” said Theresa Bradley, Communities in Unity founding director and 2015 HateBraker Hero.
HATEBRAKER HERO OF THE MONTH
Broadway Showstopper stops show to put the brakes on hate. Meet Broadway HateBraker Hero, Kelvin Moon Loh. He interrupted his own performance of The King and I to interrupt serious bullying in the audience.
Central Conversations, St. Louis Public Radio, and The St. Louis Public Library invited Susan to join the minister and former police officer, Terrell Carter and Sylvester Brown, the man behind the Sweet Potato Project, to imagine the future of racial justice. Tim Lloyd of St. Louis Public Radio moderated.
Everyone felt the panelists and audience spoke so candidly and so actively that they are talking about part two of the same panel on the same subject.
THE COMMITTEE THAT TAKES THE HEROES PUBLIC
Arlen is gathering her troops to bring the Monday evening, May 9, 2016 HateBraker Hero Awards to life. If you’d like to join this distinguished group, please call her at (314) 994-7784.
HELP US FIND NEW HATEBRAKER HEROES
We’re already interviewing new heroes for our Meet A Hero, Be A Hero, our school program, and for next May’s awards extravaganza.
So DON’T BE A BYSTANDER! WE’RE ALREADY RECEIVING NOMINATIONS. If you have a suggestion for a 2016 HateBraker Hero, please call Arlen at (314) 994-7784.
LATE HATEBRAKING NEWS
Right after the Hero Awards, Susan left for Vienna, where her aunt and uncle were hidden by a Catholic family with two small children during the Nazi time. Our European representative, Eva Hembach, located the 8-year-old son (now eighty-six and a retired neuro-surgeon). HateBrakers is partnering with the Austrian Government to put a plaque on the building where the hatebraking heroics took place over seventy years ago.
Perhaps you’ll join us in Vienna for the HateBraker Hero ceremony that will redefine Vienna’s Conscience (Susan’s book which led to the founding of HateBrakers). Watch this space for the date.
- New Board Officers
- Page Ashley, President
- Debra Kline, Vice President and Secretary