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Articles About social justice

  • One song with one purpose

    World House Choir director Cathy Roma directs members of the choir in a recent rehearsal. The choir was rehearsing for their upcoming program “Come Sit at the Welcome Table,” which features songs in a variety of languages and highlights themes of inclusion and unity. The group is composed of approximately 100 singers from all over Miami Valley. The program will be performed in Yellow Springs on Sept. 7 and 9, at the First Presbyterian Church. (Photo by Dylan Taylor-Lehman)

    The upcoming concert series by the World House Choir, “Come Sit at the Welcome Table,” references the numerous ways the theme of inclusion is part of its performances.

  • Living, learning in the real world

    Alexandra Scott, known in Yellow Springs as Alex, posed outside the Spirited Goat on a recent afternoon. The Dayton Street coffeehouse is one of her favorite village haunts. A poet, activist and events coordinator extraordinaire, Scott moved here in 2012 and has gradually made the village her home. (Photo by audrey Hackett)

    Meet Alexandra Scott: event planner, poet, activist, coffeehouse lover, future entrepreneur, villager.

  • Activist presses for justice for John Crawford

    Villager Bomani Moyenda is leading a group of people, including several from Yellow Springs, seeking justice for the family of John Crawford III, who was shot by police in the Beavercreek Walmart in 2014. (Photo by Audrey Hackett)

    About 40 people gathered to hear local activist Bomani Moyenda and the Reverend Jerome McCorry, of Dayton, respond to the latest developments in the 2014 Beavercreek Walmart shooting case.

  • StoryCorps creator at Schuster for WYSO fundraiser

    On Friday, June 21, WYSO will host David Isay, the founder of StoryCorps, at the Mathile Theater in the Schuster Center. His presentation, “The History of StoryCorps and the Power of Listening,” will serve as a fundraiser for WYSO.

  • Anthropologist studies island AIDS

    Township resident Lawrence Hammer, an anthropologist, recently published Sin, Sex and Stigma: A Pacific Response to HIV and AIDS, a book that recounts his research on Papua New Guinea. He’s shown signing his books at a recent reading in Xenia.

    Of the 26 countries in the insular Pacific, Papua New Guinea has the highest rate of HIV infection: 98 to 99 percent of new cases occur there, according to anthropologist and Wittenberg professor Lawrence Hammar. Yet, he said, the state can’t effectively address the problem because it fears offending outside aid organizations…

  • Standing up Saturdays for peace since 2002

    Terry Snider stands at the corner of Xenia Avenue and Limestone Street every Saturday with his Earth flag and peace sign to oppose U.S. military action abroad. He is part of an informal group of protestors that has gathered at that corner from noon to 1 p.m. since late 2002. (photo by Megan Bachman)

    For an hour every Saturday, a small group of Yellow Springs residents takes to a street corner near downtown with a message of peace. Waving flags and holding signs with such sayings as “War is terrorism” and “Schools not bombs,” the peace activists get honks and hollers from passing motorists, along with the satisfaction that they are standing up for what’s right.

  • College honors Freedom Summer

    Antioch College Morgan Fellows Anne Bohlen, left, and Jean Gregorek designed a series of events at the college this summer in honor of the historic civil rights events of Freedom Summer, 1964. The next event on Wednesday, July 28, features the Academy-Award nominated documentary Freedom On My Mind. The events take place at 7:30 p.m. at Herndon Gallery on the Antioch campus.

    Reflecting the historic Antioch College emphasis on social justice, the revived Antioch College is sponsoring a series of events this summer focusing on the civil rights movement, especially Freedom Summer in 1964.

  • Harvard honors Jacobs

    Ellis Jacobs was honored by the Harvard Civil Rights—Civil Liberties Law Review for “outstanding work in the public interest.”

    If you ask local attorney Ellis Jacobs if he usually wins his cases, you might find him, uncharacteristically, at a loss for words. After a pensive few moments in a recent interview, he came up with a response he deemed acceptable.

  • A corner beacon for peace

    Anti-war protesters stood on the corner of Limsetone Street and Xenia Avenue as the snowstorm hit Saturday, March 8. Protesters have occupied the corner on Saturdays since 2002. Shown, from left, are an unidentified protester, Daniel Taylor, Mary Morgan, Terry Snider, Hazel Tulecke, Bill Houston, Bill Firestone and Janeal Ravindal.

    On Wednesday, May 19, the war in Iraq marked its fifth year, and in the past week this country hit the milestone of having the 4,000th service member lose his life. The war has surpassed the American involvement in World War II by two years.