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Problem Solving Must-Reads: Veterans Stand for Standing Rock

Plus: A NJ bill to make pet stores sell only rescue pets, and Facebook messaging your police experiences

Problem Solving Must-Reads: Veterans Stand for Standing Rock

Plus: A NJ bill to make pet stores sell only rescue pets, and Facebook messaging your police experiences

Government officials will soon begin blocking supplies from entering protest camps on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota. An evacuation order has been issued. Protests by “water protectors” have been happening for months, and there have been many reports of police brutality against protesters. Just last week, video was released of Morton County police officers firing water cannons on a below-freezing night at protesters, as well as using rubber bullets.

To stand up for their fellow citizens and in support of their right to protest, as many as 2,000 veteran will act as “human shields” for the protesters starting next week. The effort is called Veterans Stand for Standing Rock. Organizers and attendees have said they’re participating to make the statement that police must stop treating the protesters, many of whom are Native American, as “non-humans.”

An online fundraiser for the veterans traveling on Dec. 4 to Cannon Ball, North Dakota where the Reservation is, has raised over $570,000 for food, transportation and supplies for the veterans. Organizers have encouraged the veterans to wear their old military service uniforms.

Read the full story here (via The New York Times)

Here’s what else we’re reading:

New Jersey Senate Passes a Bill That Requires New Pet Stores to Sell Only Rescue Animals

Better days are coming for dogs and cats in New Jersey: In an effort to stop inhumane puppy mills and lessen the amount of animals euthanized each year, New Jersey’s Senate has passed a bill requiring all pet stores to sell only dogs and cats obtained from animal shelters and animal rescue organizations.  This way, pets can have a greater chance at living in happy families, and beat the odds of the 1.2 million dogs alone euthanized each year at animal shelters. (via Country Living)

Meet Raheem, a Facebook Messenger chat bot who needs your help to keep tabs on police

A Facebook chat bot is a new way to rate and track experiences with police officers. Facebook message Raheem, a chat bot on Facebook Messenger, to begin mapping out your encounter with police to rate it. Raheem will then rate and add the information the user inputs to a database of police behavior. The creator’s original idea was to create a new app for Raheem, but instead chose Facebook Messenger, because so many people already use it. (via Mic.)

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