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Example 1: Crowd marches downtown in Lawrence, Kansas, to support detained scientist Syed Jamal

Photo of Naheen Jamal, 12-year-old daughter of Syed Jamal, center, flanked by her friends Elizabeth Anderson, left, and Anna Anderson as they lead a Free Syed Jamal march on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018 at Lawrence Creates.

Earnest chants filled Massachusetts Street on Thursday as dozens of people marched in support of Syed Ahmed Jamal, a Bangladeshi-born Lawrence scientist who was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement on a deportation order after 30 years of residency in the U.S.

Shouts of “Free Syed Jamal” and “Say it loud, say it clear, immigrants are welcome here” rang out as marchers carried signs through downtown Lawrence to raise awareness for a local family that associate pastor Eleanor McCormick of Plymouth Congregational Church said has been “shaken to its core.”
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Example 2: Lawrence Indigenous, queer communities and allies mourn death of nonbinary Oklahoma teen Nex Benedict

Members of Native American and queer Lawrence communities joined in solidarity for a vigil in honor of Nex Benedict, a 16-year-old nonbinary student from Oklahoma who died February 8th, 2024, after suffering injuries from a fight in the girls’ bathroom at school — the bathroom state law required them to use.

Nex, of Choctaw descent, lived within the Cherokee Nation reservation and “deserved love, support and to be kept safe,” Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. said in a statement.

You can read the full article at this link to the Lawrence Times.