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My U.S. Social Forum Impression

The second United States Social Forum (USSF) this past week brought around 20,000 activists into Detroit, each with his, her, or hir own unfiltered voice. Each one was amplified in the nature of convergence. The forum’s advocates are priding the event on finding the peoples’ solution to the peoples’ problems in a unique, grassroots, movement-building […]

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What has the Internet become? And what are people making it?

Since we live in an age where technology is everything and everywhere, most of us have some type of outlet on the internet and while for most of us, it doesn’t serve to satisfy any emotional problems or insecurities, there are many young, vulnerable, and insecure people who feel that there is nowhere else to turn. […]

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World Cup in South Africa, Past Stadium Walls

As we cheer this summer for the impressive athletes competing in the World Cup in South Africa, let’s all try to keep in mind the country’s history and also the (unseen) realities of its present. Apartheid was a legalized, oppressive system of segregation in South Africa that lasted until just before Nelson Mandela became the […]

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Emily Henochowicz: A Witness who became a Victim.

In last week’s post, I wrote about the Israeli raid on the Free Gaza flotilla fleet. I mentioned the many protests that took place here in the United States and all over the world. However, I did not mention the protests  inside Palestine. Demonstrations took place in the West bank, where the lawenforcement is the […]

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Israeli Assault on Freedom Flotillas

Medical and construction supplies, food, water filtration equipment, in addition to supporters from abroad sailed toward Gaza (a tiny strip of land controlled and blockaded by Israel but inhabited by Palestinians) in attempts to provide relief, or rather…sustenance. (…because even these flotillas would not have been able to relieve the suffering in the occupied Palestinian […]

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La Huelga, The Strike: Month-long Struggle in Puerto Rica

Eleven out of eleven campuses of University of Puerto Rico (UPR) are closed. The strike began on UPR’s Rio Piedras campus and has now spread to all the others. Students are in the fifth week of their strike in resistance of the budget cuts and reduction and elimination of financial aid in the UPR system. […]

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“Until I Am Free:” Prisoners of their Youth

Last night I had the privilege of experiencing an event where the voices of people who are removed from our society in every way, physically and intellectually, were heard, listened to, and represented. “Until I Am Free: Voices of Youth Sentenced to Life without Parole” is a project, facilitated by Chicagoan poet, artist and youth […]

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What happens when Role Models turn into Alleged Rapists?: The Lawrence Taylor Scandal

In high schools and colleges popular portrayals make male athletes out to be strong, powerful… and invincible?  The worst part is that lots and lots of misogynistic males buy into this hero-worship and view becoming an athlete as a lifestyle. This dynamic is demonstrated in high schools where the teenage jocks are at the “coolest” […]

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Spoken Word Lets High Schoolers Speak Up

At Oak Park High School, Tuesday and Thursday afternoons brings together an unorthodox assortment of high school students of all colors, shapes, ethnic backgrounds, economic statuses, neighborhoods, families and yes even cliques making up a thriving community of artists in our Spoken Word club. High school is usually an environment where weakness isn’t understood as making people stronger, […]

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Greenwashed Out.

The other day I was waiting in line at Border’s and noticed the various items being sold at the checkout counter. There was an “eco-friendly” lipstick  for sale that was advertised as being made from 100% organic oils. Well, if customers were to turn the package over, they’d notice a slew of synthetic chemicals listed […]

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