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Detroit’s Water War

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by Martin Lukacs

It was six in the morning when city contractors showed up unannounced at Charity Hicks’ house.

Since spring, up to 3,000 Detroit households per week have been getting their water shut-off—for owing as little as $150 or two months in bills. Now it was the turn of Charity’s block—and the contractor wouldn’t stand to wait an hour for her pregnant neighbour to fill up some jugs.

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When We Are Too Politically Sophisticated to Act: Reflections on #BringBackOurGirls

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by Yanira Rodriguez

On Sunday May 4, approximately 40 members of the Syracuse community rallied in support of the mothers of more than 200 girls who were abducted on April 14 from their school in Chibok, Nigeria. Before, during and after the event I wrestled with the larger political implications of the #BringBackOurGirls campaign, but still felt it imperative that this issue had to get louder. I kept thinking of my 12-year-old daughter. I kept thinking of the few girls who managed to escape, running blind in the night, and of the horrors visited upon those who were not able to run.

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A Better Government is Possible: Women Leading the Way in Left Electoral Success

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by Ursula Rozum

As the planet burns, inequality accelerates and political elites slash public budgets, it should be no surprise that new political forces are emerging to challenge the status quo and provide solutions to today’s largest crises. Activists often disagree on whether participating in elections is a worthy use of our limited resources and energy.  Regardless of your attitude towards elections, the recent, high profile electoral success of women who clearly identify with the political left can give us  hope that a different kind of politics is possible.

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Feminism is Humanism (and Humanism is Anti-Capitalist)

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by Amelia Ramsey-Lefevre

At age 16, I discovered in myself a need for specifically female camaraderie and I set out to start a women’s group at my high school. The first students I approached about this possibility were women in my class who I estimated to have similar views or values as me. I was shocked when the first few people I asked—the women who I thought were sure yeses—reported that they did not, with any regularity, experience sexist discrimination, and they were not interested in my women’s space.

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American Women and the Right to Kill

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by John Amidon

To the Editor:

Love and pain has compelled this letter. Several weeks ago it was announced women are now fully vetted for front line combat. As a former Marine, trained at Paris Island, SC and taught how to kill, there is little doubt in my mind, women will be highly effective in combat. I am sure they will effectively participate with the same Esprit de Corps as men. The psychological techniques of classical and operant conditioning, now fully developed and highly refined, will turn all but the best of us into programmed killers.

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Why You Shouldn’t Miss Holly Near

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by Allison Clark

Songs have the power to capture our hearts and minds in a way that spoken words often cannot. Holly Near’s music exemplifies this truth. As an activist and entertainer, Near transforms her passion for human dignity into music with a message. Over the past 40 years, she has been an essential player in the movements for social justice. An accomplished performer with an honest voice, Near’s lyrics are clear, strong and inspiring, calling us all to work together for change.

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SPC Activist Profile: Magda Bayoumi

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by Amelia Ramsey-Lefevre

A desire to be close to family brought Magda Bayoumi first to Albany and then to Syracuse from her birthplace in Cairo, Egypt. Though she shies away from the label “activist,” Magda has a long history of advocating for children with special needs and, in recent years, teaching about her religion, Islam. These days she works with several local organizations including the Rahma Clinic, the Islamic Society of CNY, ACTS, and of course SPC.

 

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