Author Archives: Marya Burke


In the article I wrote, “To Serve and Protect,” published in the October 2016 issue of the Public i, I stated that rape charges against Urbana Officer Kurt Hjort were given to a special prosecutor because the victim’s husband was … Continue reading

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To Serve and Protect

 Marya Burke works in partner abuse intervention and cognitive behavioral therapy with survivors and other groups in our community. Many are distressed by police violence and are personally affected by the ways in which it has been acted out in … Continue reading

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New Promise Mission at Frances Nelson

Promise Healthcare (Promise) may sound like just another name in the sea of health-care providers we live in, but what it offers is much more than a name, it is a healthcare home, and that is a promise. Promise grew … Continue reading

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Real Citizens Against “Citizens United”

By: Colan Holmes & Marya Burke Voters have amplified the chants and signs of street protesters with the power of their pens. Seventy-two percent of the electorate in both Champaign and Urbana townships filled in the bubble to approve the … Continue reading

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Dismantling Democracy

By Marya Burke The very first amendment of our constitution states: “Congress shall make no law… abridging the freedom of speech… or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” … Continue reading

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NATO & G8 Imperialism

NATO & G8 Imperialism   NATO (or the North Atlantic Treaty Organization) is, according to its website, a political and military alliance founded in 1949 to protect its member states from attacks by non-member states.  It “promotes democratic values and encourages … Continue reading

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