Anti-Slavery Campaign Brings Author to Santa Ana and Life-Like Dolls Outside the Super Bowl

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Shared Hope
The name of this anti-human slavery campaign is "Children Aren't Playthings."
January is "National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month," which continues Thursday with an author at Santa Ana Public Library sharing her memoir about being a modern day child slave. The commemoration also continues in and around the site of the 2015 Super Bowl in Phoenix, where stark, seven-foot-tall pink doll boxes are popping up.

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Help Send Off James Theodore Johnson Jr. in a Manner Befitting a World War II Warrior

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Photo by flickr user Don McCullough
World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.
James Theodore Johnson Jr. died peacefully at the age of 90 on Wednesday, Jan. 7, and while the Weekly does not routinely run obituaries of the lesser-known, we are making an exception in time for the World War II-er's memorial service Friday in Newport Beach.

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CAIR Condemns al Qaeda Attack in France as CAIR-LA to Warn Locals About "Crisis of ISIS"

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As France deals with Wednesday's terrorism blamed on al Qaeda sympathizers, Orange County Muslims will conduct a free community forum Friday night to address another deadly group: ISIS.

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Hasan Nouri to Unveil a New Plan to Clean Up Urban Runoff in Laguna Beach MONDAY

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Photo by John Gilhooley/OC Weekly
Hasan Nouri stands in front of the watershed he first proposed cleaning up in 1982.
I once wrote about how Hasan Nouri pitched plans to stabilize Aliso Creek in Laguna Beach decades ago but no one listened. Hopefully Laguna Canyon Conservancy members will open their ears Monday evening when the San Clemente hydraulic engineer presents a new proposal to clean up urban runoff in town.

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Saginaw Grant Honored with Humanitarian Award from OC Native American Nonprofit

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Saginaw Grant and Anthony Hopkins in a scene from The World's Fastest Indian.
Indian leader/counselor/activist Saginaw Grant will receive the 2015 Native American Humanitarian of the Year Award from an Orange County nonprofit dedicated to putting Native American children on a path to higher education.

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Coast to Coast Foundation Volunteers Set to Serve Christmas Day Meals to the Homeless

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Coast to Coast Foundation
Volunteers make sandwiches at a Coast to Coast Foundation event.
The Coast to Coast Foundation, a Yorba Linda-based nonprofit that provides help the homeless community, does not say anything about needing volunteers to help serve food from 1-3 p.m. Christmas Day in Anaheim's La Palma Park. But donations? Those are always gladly accepted.

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See South Orange County's Recent UFO, UVP (Unidentified Violinist Panhandler): VIDEOS

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Four different ways to view the UFO over South Orange County on Dec. 8.
A South County videographer not only captured a UFO heading toward Mission Viejo last week but what she believes "might be the very first glimpse at what the propulsion is up close of these objects."

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Show Us Your Guns, Anaheim ... and Cops Will Buy Them SATURDAY

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OC Weekly archives
Creative cropping turns an Anaheim police riot photo into an Anaheim police gun buy back photo.
The Anaheim Police Department wants residents to show them their guns Saturday--so cops can buy the weapons.

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Remember Crime Survivors and Families of The Murdered This Holiday Season

Categories: Crime-iny, Events

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Crime Survivors, Inc.
Think of survivors this Christmas.
The following photo and words are from a survivor of crime, courtesy of the Orange County nonprofit Crime Survivors, Inc.:

"I am BLESSED, thanks to God and a grateful person for simply waking up. ... Crime Survivors is an organization that has become like family. ... Christmas will be great for my kids this year. ... Last Christmas, I could barely balance my body and think straight. Thanks to God with such great little helpers that, thanks to Crime Survivors, will have a fabulous Christmas.

"I'm a survivor of attempted murder. ... The holidays are overwhelming but I'm alive--That's What Matters."

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Orange County Rescue Mission Needs Toys

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Ready for pick up.
The Orange County Rescue Mission, which often solicits food items and toiletries for the needy, is looking for something else heading into the holidays: more than 900 toys.

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