“It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.”
― J.K. Rowling
18-year-old Keshia Thomas shielded a man wearing a confederate t-shirt from an angry crowd during a Ku Klux Klan rally outside of Ann Arbor’s city hall.
An unknown woman used herself as a shield to defend a group of cornered riot officers from angry protesters in Bogotá, Colombia.
In Pakistan (2013), Muslim women formed a human chain to protect Christians during the Lahore mass.
Alberto Casillas stood tall protecting a group of youths who were protesting against government austerity measures. The police were beating and attacking protesters who then ran into Casilla’s cafe. When the police demanded he let them enter, he stood against them, with absolutely no weapons or way to defend himself and said, “On my life, you will not enter! It will be a massacre”.
A Brazilian protester carried an injured officer to safety during a riot in São Paulo.
Leisha Evans watched a riot police office raise his gun in the direction of the crowd so she walked out into the street. She stood there in her dress as two officers dressed in black helmets and body armor ran toward her. They grasped her under her armpits and turned her around, walking her toward the line of police.
In 1983, in Austin, Texas this policeman protected KKK members during a rally as protestors were closing in on them.
The highest courage is to dare to be yourself in the face of adversity. Choosing right over wrong, ethics over convenience, and truth over popularity.
These are the choices that measure your life. Travel the path of integrity without looking back, for there will never be a wrong time to do the right thing.
In Bangkok 2014, an anti-government protester extended his arm through the wire to give a rose to a Thai solder at the defense ministry during a rally.
A father stood with his child as he offered a heart shaped balloon to riot police during protests against austerity measures in Bucharest.
An unidentified man sat playing piano to riot police at the Kiev protest in 2014.
Alexandra Thomas and Scott Jones paused to kiss as riot police walked the street.
Known only as “Tank Man” this person stood in front of a column of Chinese tanks in an act of resistance after the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989.
A group of Israeli women illegally brought their Palestinian friends from the southern part of Palestine’s West Bank into Israel for just one day in the sun. The Palestinian women had to bravely remove their covering to escape unnoticed.
One day in the future people will ask, like they did of the Germans: ‘Did you know?’ And I will be able to say, “I knew. And I acted.'” -Hanna Rubinstein.
A woman who braved jail to escape Palestine’s landlocked West Bank for one day of sea and sun. (July 2011)
Egyptian Christians joined hands to protect Muslims as they prayed during Cairo protests.
When heavily armed Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) poured into an encampment of sleeping protesters leading dogs and carrying assault rifles, 28-year-old Amanda Polchies dropped to her knees holding aloft an eagle feather and she began to pray.