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RNS Morning Report: Mutual Aid Efforts; Muslim Protester’s Booking Photo; Junipero Serra Statues

Laura Porras, right, prepares bags of fresh vegetables as Justin Ruiz, 17, left, and Porras’ niece Ana Karen Porras, 14, center, help in the vestibule at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in the Bay Ridge neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York on May 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Need to know: Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Solidarity, not charity: Why mutual aid reemerged in the pandemic, and is flourishing amid protests

Through mutual aid, activists and faith leaders argue, communities can bring to life a better world — one that is free of hierarchies.

After arrest, teenage Muslim protester and volunteer medic made to remove hijab for booking photo

Civil rights advocates are accusing Miami correctional officers of violating the teen’s religious rights.

California bishops say protesters ‘failed the test’ of history in toppling Junipero Serra statues

The California Catholic Conference said Serra was ‘a man ahead of his times who made great sacrifices to defend and serve the indigenous population.’

Survey: Most Americans aren’t comfortable going back to religious services

The only religious group comfortable with church reopenings was white evangelicals — strong partisan supporters of the Republican Party and President Donald Trump.

We reversed Trump’s immigration policy once. We’re back to fight ‘Remain in Mexico.’

We are relaunching our campaign for those suffering from the United States’ ‘remain in Mexico’ policy, which effectively allows the Trump administration to wash its hands of asylum-seekers while claiming to be pro-life, writes Marlena Graves.

The coming “Religion Recession”

As a stir-crazy nation slowly emerges from the Covid-19 pandemic, debates about what our “new normal” will be like are intensifying.



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Funeral for Rayshard Brooks to be held at MLK’s church

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‘Racialized policing’ program takes faith leaders from grief to action

As the White House and Congress debate nationwide actions, participants say they have come away from their studies with determination to push for change in their communities.

Saudi Arabia to hold ‘very limited’ hajj due to virus

The kingdom said that only people of various nationalities already residing in the country would be allowed to perform the hajj.

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The Islamic history behind the George Floyd protests

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