Monthly Archives: March 2009

The Objectification of Women in War Zones

“Children here find refuge in their hopes to die. The fact that death is equated to life is horrifying me. How are we going to deal with this generation in the future, how can we talk about life?” —Message from … Continue reading

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Tuition Waiver Proposals Scrapped In Face of Grad Student Protests

OVER THE PAST MONTH, graduate students at the University of Illinois have engaged in a concerted struggle to halt proposed changes to the campus tuition waiver policy. Under the current system, graduate employees working between 10 and 26 hours per … Continue reading

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‘Unofficial’ Is Back, Like a ‘Hungry Ghost’

FOR THE PAST SEVERAL YEARS, I’ve run what I’ve termed, tongue-in-cheek, a one-man campaign against the ‘Unofficial St. Patrick’s Day’ event. In reality, no campaign can be a one-person affair; if it is, you’re already losing. I’ve received financial support … Continue reading

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A Mother’s Trust

“I TRUST YOU, KIM, and there’s a lot that goes with that.” That was the response I received from Karen*, the mother of the kids I take with me on adventures. These are the same kids who sleep over at … Continue reading

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Champaign County Board Approves Committee to Study Jury Selection

THERE WAS AN IMPORTANT VICTORY Thursday night, February 19, 2008, for those fighting for reform of the criminal justice system in Champaign County. By a unanimous vote, the Champaign County Board appointed the Citizens Advisory Committee on Jury Selection. The … Continue reading

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Lilly Ledbetter, Hilda Solis, and The Employee Free Choice Act

THAT THE EARNING POWER OF A WOMAN on the job is less than a man’s is pretty general knowledge. Right now, women earn about 78 cents for every dollar a man earns. The Institute for Women’s Policy Research calculates that … Continue reading

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