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Annual memorial second line for Hurricane Katrina held in New Orleans

Annual memorial second line for Hurricane Katrina held in New Orleans

As hurricane season rages on, disrupting transportation and outdoor events throughout the Southeastern United States, severe storms have evoked the memories of tragic natural disasters from recent years. In New Orleans, the Katrina Commemoration Foundation held the fifth annual march and second line event, the Times-Picayune reports. Hundreds gathered for the event, including many poets, political activists and musicians, while local organizations set up information booths to educate attendees on various matters, the source adds. "Some people say, 'I don't want to come out, I don't want to relive it,'" local poet Lady Nell told the news provider. "But this is how we grieve – how we bury the dead and give affirmation to life. We're not reliving a tragedy – we're remembering out resilience. We're bringing everyone together to remember what we can be." Others performed as well, including rapper Young Sino, who is signed to a local community organization's record label. Security professionals are often required for social and political ceremonies and rallies. Reliable communications devices, such...

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Questionable suspension of Tulsa police captain leads to public rally

Questionable suspension of Tulsa police captain leads to public rally

Tensions have been running high in certain areas throughout the closing months of summer, as multiple major public events have resulted in violence this August. In Tulsa, Oklahoma, however, public unrest came as a result of the suspension of a respected police captain over questionable matters, KRMG News Talk Radio reports. According to the source, hundreds of local Tulsa citizens gathered for a rally in the downtown area this week to protest the suspension of Paul Fields, a captain of the local law enforcement. Fields had recently disobeyed orders involving sending law enforcement officers to an appreciation event, which was hosted at the Al Salam Mosque, the news provider adds. "This is all about respect for the Constitution, respect for the rule of law, and it's about respect for the rights of a law enforcement officer who was given an unlawful order," Guy Rogers, director of Act for America, the group that organized the rally, told the news source. Fields feels his First Amendment rights were violated, the source...

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Immigration law reform vigil draws big crowd in Fort Payne, Alabama

Immigration law reform vigil draws big crowd in Fort Payne, Alabama

The upcoming 2012 elections have fueled a plethora of political rallies and events across the nation already. Many have begun to gather in support of weighty social, economic and political reforms. A rally for immigration law reform recently took place at Fort Payne's City Park in Fort Payne, Alabama, the Times-Journal reports. The services, which drew about 400 attendees, consisted of prayers from a local religious leader, the Reverend Mark Spruill, as well as socializing activities, the source adds. Many, the news provider affirms, were in attendance to support leaders of Alabama Episcopal, Methodists and Catholic churches who are currently challenging existing immigration laws at a federal court in Birmingham, Alabama. "We need immigration laws, but we need immigration laws that are fair and just and that can recognize the dignity of all human persons," Spruill told the Journal. "The new immigration law fails to recognize the basic rights of some people, including the right to assembly. There is a danger that some in our midst may become criminals...

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Dayglow concert tour readies for next stop in Danville, Illinois

Dayglow concert tour readies for next stop in Danville, Illinois

Summer concert events are in full swing, as the waning warm months fade into the fall season. Organizers have been especially keen on security practices, as some major events have resulted in unfortunate and tragic accidents. The Dayglow concert tour recently needed to make a last-minute venue change after permits were not allotted to promoters, the Daily Illini reports. According to the source, the event was scheduled to take place in Champaign, Illinois, but was relocated to the David S. Palmer Arena in Danville, Illinois, a short drive down route 74 from the originally intended city. The concert, which consists of attendees dancing to the sounds of DJs while covered in neon paint, sold more than 4,000 tickets. The tour mostly appeals to local college students around the country, and often holds its concerts at campuses. Organizers announced the change after the rejected permit applications were publicized in local papers, while the new event yielded 700 new seats, all of which organizers expect to be filled, the news provider...

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League officials concerned after fan violence outbreak

League officials concerned after fan violence outbreak

While baseball season approaches its fall finale and football season kicks into gear, league officials and stadium personnel have been reeling with security concerns as a result of recent unfortunate and serious events. Some experts fear that the violent acts will steer fans from attending major league events, USA Today reports. According to the news provider, 70 fans were ejected from a recent Oakland Raiders – San Francisco 49ers preseason NFL game, while two were shot in the parking lot and police arrested another 12 for violent acts. The economy, some experts assert, hasn't done much to help the problem. "Fans have been priced out of going to the games," sports policy director for Ralph Nader's League of Fans Ken Reed told USA Today. "So in order to get some of the fan experience they tailgate and party the whole game, and some of the incident in the parking lot can be attributed to just fans that haven't even gone into the games." Accountability of security measures and stadium...

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