Cynthias story

She is serving a life sentence for murder. Our interview was rather lengthy by prison visit standards and we discussed a great deal. Still, it was clear that there was more on Cynthia’s mind, as she struggled to communicate the depths of her feelings about her life prior to …

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African american women and sexual abuse

Charlotte Pierce-Baker’s discussion of African American women’s experiences of rape and their need to connect with one another and see themselves in the others’ reflections mirrors the experiences of many incarcerated African American women. In 1997, for example, the GAO reported that approximately 40 percent of female inmates …

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Alaska's state revenue

In Alaska, where 92 percent of the state’s revenue is still dependent on the oil and gas industry, summertime now means unusual thunderstorms, relentless wildfires, and unprecedented heat waves. In 2018, Alaska set an ominous milestone: for the first time, the state’s annual average temperature crossed 32°F …

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The Importance of Vision

I have often thought about Martin Luther King, Jr’s words (“I have a dream …”) in the context of game-changing leadership. Reverend King painted a vivid picture of what his new world looked like. A world where people would be equal. A nation where everyone would be free to speak …

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