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Proud to be Union: What My Grandfather Taught Me About Economic Justice

I was born and raised in a working-class family in Chickasaw, Alabama, a small shipbuilding company town just outside of the port hub of Mobile. My father dropped out of school before the ninth grade and immediately went to work as a sandblaster at a naval shipyard. My mother worked several odd jobs throughout her…
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The blood of LGBTQ youth is on our hands, Alabama

Last week a 13-year-old boy in Trussville took his own life after battling with depression and anxiety. Jay Griffin, a seventh grader at Trussville Middle School, was transgender. Jay’s mother, Erin Georgia, said she began realizing her son was born in the wrong body half way through the sixth grade. “There was a transition from…
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Feature Story: Wave of Anti-Semitic Hate Crimes Shock Diverse Maryland Community

A 2,200 word final feature story for my journalism class. There’s a painting outside of the Montgomery County Executive’s office in Rockville, Maryland of a beloved local landmark. The average visitor to the county seat would pass it by without giving it a second glance. But a closer look reveals a glimpse into the heart…
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The Dark Stain of Bloody Sunday in Alabama

Fifty-two years ago today civil rights activists, led by John Lewis, marched across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama to demand the right to vote, only to be dragged to the ground and brutally beaten by white Alabama state troopers. The blood that flowed is how the day became known as Bloody Sunday. The…
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What it’s like when your state doesn’t love you back

“Get your heart in Alabama, or get out,” demands Amanda Walker in a recent op-ed. I gave my heart to Alabama, but she didn’t love me back, and so I left for the North. Last summer after graduating from Faulkner State Community College, I moved to Washington, D.C. to transfer to Georgetown University. I hope…
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Thanking a legal hero: Vanita Gupta

In November I had the opportunity to deliver the thank you remarks for Vanita Gupta at an event hosted by Georgetown University’s LGBTQ Resource Center. Ms. Gupta is the Assistant Attorney General of the United States and the head of the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, and she came to speak to…
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