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My U.S. Social Forum Impression

By Asha 6:31 pm June 29, 2010 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 […]

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

By Asha 12:00 pm June 22, 2010 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 […]

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World Cup in South Africa, Past Stadium Walls

By Asha 12:15 pm June 15, 2010 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 […]

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Emily Henochowicz: A Witness who became a Victim.

By Asha 11:04 pm June 7, 2010 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 […]

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Israeli Assault on Freedom Flotillas

By Asha 2:59 pm June 1, 2010 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 […]

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

By Asha 12:00 pm May 25, 2010 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 […]

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“Until I Am Free:” Prisoners of their Youth

By Asha 1:08 pm May 18, 2010 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, […]

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

By Asha 12:00 pm May 11, 2010 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 […]

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Spoken Word Lets High Schoolers Speak Up

By Asha 12:00 pm May 4, 2010 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 […]

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Greenwashed Out.

By Asha 12:00 pm April 27, 2010 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 […]

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