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[3 May 2013 | 2 Comments | ]
Dorene Macias, Former LA Gang Member: 'I Have a Choice'

Kathleen Miles interviews Dorene Marcias, former LA gang member, about her personal experience joining, and then with the help of Homeboy Industries, leaving it.
LOS ANGELES — When Dorene Marcias was 16, a traumatizing experience made her want her own gun.
She saw her boyfriend’s father shoot himself, underneath his chin. “We were standing right there, and his head blew off and his brains splattered everywhere,” Marcias, now 45, told The Huffington Post. “I kneeled down to look at his brain, and it was still pulsating.”
Instead of making her afraid of guns, …

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[2 May 2013 | No Comment | ]
Fresh Ashes

The Reverend Evon Marie Lloyd
First Presbyterian Church
Coudersport, Pennsylvania
Last December the organist/choir director of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)congregation I serve as pastor was shot to death during the first hymn of our Sunday morning worship service. We have been through quite a process of healing ever since and it will continue for some time yet to come.
This poem was written upon the occasion of burning my pastor’s robe, which I had used to cover my friend and organist immediately after she had been shot and while she died.
In the wake of continued pain and suffering around the globe I …

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[1 May 2013 | 3 Comments | ]
Sexual violence as a peacetime-wartime continuum

Kirthi Jayakumar
India
“Wartime gender discrimination and violence is proof of a prevalent undercurrent of socio-cultural dynamics that speak of gender discrimination in peacetime.”
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That gender-based and sexual violence is a weapon of war, and a painfully common occurrence in nearly every warfront, is a fact. What is obscure, and perhaps little considered in the strategies developed to tackle sexual violence, is that it is as rooted in peacetime as it is in wartime. Gender violence is ubiquitous and exists as a phenomenon in a continuum of sorts between peacetime and wartime.
In both peacetime …

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