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Wright State University students and members of the Ohio Student Association gathered Thursday afternoon to discuss recent racial tensions on the Wright State campus. 

Earlier this week, a group of WSU students sent a letter to President David Hopkins asking him to address concerns that included black students being threatened during a recent protest on campus and an Islamic student being harassed via the internet.

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A nationwide protest against mass incarceration came to Dayton Tuesday. It was one of about 30 rallies organized by the Stop Mass Incarceration Network.

More than 75 protesters showed up at Courthouse Square in downtown Dayton, and marched three city blocks holding signs and chanting. The group stopped traffic for a few minutes doing a die-in in front of the courthouse.
 

Anthony Roebuck, 23, helped organize the local rally.

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A state task force formed by Gov. John Kasich in December to help make the relationship between police and the communities they serve better, held its second meeting last night at Central State University.  The governor assembled the 24-person committee by Executive Order after several police-involved shootings around the country and in Ohio.

More than a dozen people testified before the committee on a range of issues, including racial profiling, police involved shootings and better training for law enforcement personnel.

Hundreds protested outside the Beavercreek Walmart Saturday, demanding the Attorney General's office release video of the police shooting of John Crawford.
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Two groups are planning separate demonstrations this weekend centered around the death of 22-year-old John Crawford III, an unarmed black man who was shot by a Beavercreek police officer in Walmart Aug. 5.

A special Greene County Grand Jury decided not to indict Sergeant David Darkow and Officer Sean Williams, the two police officers involved in the shooting. They responded to a 9-1-1 call claiming Crawford was wandering around the store pointing a gun at people; the gun was later found to be an air rifle bb gun sold in the store.

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A rally for the family of a man shot and killed by police inside a Beavercreek Walmart in August will take place Monday morning. A student led political activist group from Columbus is organizing the event.
 

The Ohio Student Association is calling the event the "Journey for John Crawford." Crawford was shot and killed inside of Walmart after police responded to a 9-1-1 call saying he was pointing a weapon at other customers.

Western College for Women in Oxford, Ohio, for Mississippi in June 1964.
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Miami Valley college students have joined forces with a statewide youth organization  to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Mississippi Freedom Summer. The group will make a trip to Jackson, Mississippi next week to honor the Freedom Fighters of 1964, students and activists who descended on the south from all over the country to fight for voting rights and other civil rights alongside black southern organizers.