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Found in the Express-News, 18 June, 2020
‘Act with deep intention and grace’ — SA med student finds meaning in COVID volunteer work
“Hopefully, we students will look back on this time and know we gave our city everything we could.”

Found in the Express-News, June 18, 2020
San Antonio councilman wants Columbus Park renamed, statue of explorer removed
“San Antonio is a city of diverse cultures and backgrounds and we will continue our work to ensure that we are a city that is inclusive and respectful in representing their stories.”

Seen on KSAT 12, 18 June, 2020
Bexar County to distribute 1 million face masks to local businesses
“No business should have to turn away a customer for not having a facial covering.”

Seen on WOAI 4, 18 June, 2020
As judges see teens trade graffiti for guns, essay contest spreads anti-violence message
The program’s anti-violence message is integrated into the curriculum so each student learns ways they can stop violence among their family and friends.

Found in the Rivard Report, 19 June, 2020
How Churches Talk About Racism, Police Brutality, and Black Lives Matter
“The church has a voice in equality, we have a voice in justice, and we have been a part of this ongoing work.”

Found in the Express-News, 19 June, 2020
Spurs non-profit opening a tab at East Side San Antonio restaurant for free Juneteenth lunch
They opened a tab at Ma Harper’s Creole Kitchen to mark the day in 1865 about 250,000 slaves in Texas belatedly found out they were were free.

Found in the Rivard Report, 20 June, 2020
Health Experts: Mask Requirement Not ‘Fear Mongering,’ It’s Science
“Behavior change is tough.”

Found in the Rivard Report, 20 June, 2020
High School Senior Joins Health Care Workforce to Care for COVID-19 Patients
“I want to help people, and I am learning how just being there with a patient and listening to them can improve their health. It’s a skill I will use forever.”

Found in the Rivard Report, 20 June, 2020
Making the Most of My Time in Quarantine by Giving Back
“Young people have incredible potential to make a real impact on their communities.”

Seen on WOAI 4, 19 June, 2020
Our Lady of the Lake University holds Juneteenth prayer of solidarity
“This is the most important way that we can bring us all together as one community and restate our values.”

Found in the Current, 19 June, 2020
Rebel Mariposa Serves Up Activism and Vegan Cuisine
“As long as we’re creating safe, effective spaces for difficult conversations to happen, the food service industry will always have a place. That’s the power of food, the power of community, of gathering.”

Found in the Express-News, 20 June, 2020
Cornerstone Church sponsors a major food distribution event for San Antonio families and small churches
The feeder program allows the pastors in different neighborhoods to spread the word door to door and invite people to receive food at their home churches.

Found in the Express-News, 20 June, 2020
Children’s Bereavement Center honors San Antonio Girl Scout for Butterfly Garden
Ariel Diperi, 17, from Girl Scout Troop 77, planned, constructed and installed the garden as part of her Girl Scout Gold Award.

Found in the Rivard Report, 21 June, 2020
Becoming a Better Father at The Children’s Shelter
The Compadre program served 429 fathers and 928 children last year. Not one family had a substantiated case of abuse or neglect while receiving services.

Found in the Rivard Report, 21 June, 2020
One Father’s Heart
Abel Valdez has room in his heart for every boy who wants to play ball. He’s been transporting kids to workouts and games for more than a quarter century.

Found in the Express-News, 21 June, 2020
San Antonio Spurs doing their part to advance conversation about race
“It’s with that empathy, that real understanding, putting yourselves in someone else’s shoes to truly know what it feels like. The more we have that, we’ll continue to drive the conversation, continue to drive action, and ultimately will continue to drive change.”

Found in the Express-News, 21 June, 2020
UTSA basketball student-athletes lend voices to Black Lives Matter movement

“Somebody that I speak to at UTSA on a regular basis might be racist, and they might not like what I have to say, but it’s not about them anymore. It’s about how I feel in my heart and sticking up for what’s right.”

Found in the Express-News, 21 June, 2020
Car parade in San Antonio for Black Lives Matter collects food for needy on East Side
They decorated vehicles & listened to speeches before starting their caravan.Once at Wheatley Stadium, they piled cans of food to be distributed to those in need.

Seen on KENS 5, 22 June, 2020
San Antonio elementary school wins national competition, recycles 1.3 million pounds
“Our intent is to do this next year. It’s going to be a big part of our school culture. You can make a difference.”

Found in the Express-News, 22 June, 2020
San Antonio Museum of Art offers free summer memberships to educators
The deal is open to educators from Pre-K to college, through Sept. 30. It is also offering an online Summer Teacher Institute to help educators incorporate art into every subject.

Found in the Express-News, 24 June, 2020
Carver Community Cultural Center’s new virtual story time spotlights Black children’s books
“I’m one to make sure that, as a community, Black, white, Hispanic or whatever, everyone has a space to have a positive dialogue about what’s happening.”


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