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Month: November 2009

Young Woman is a True Hero to Us All

Young Woman is a True Hero to Us All

On the night of the gang rape in Richmond, California, many people crowded around. The laughed, they jeered, they took videos. Not one of them called for help. Not one of them tried to stop it. Elizabeth Vargas was at home when heard about the gang rape going on at her school from her brother-in-law. She did not remain silent. She called 911 and reported attack. This young woman stood up against community ambivalence. She knew the rape was wrong…

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Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall

Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall

It’s hard to believe that 20 years have already passed since the Berlin Wall fell. I was a child of the ’60s who grew up with the cold war and the nuclear threat. It seemed the Berlin Wall would always stand as a physical and psychological barrier. I remember this time very well. I had pen pals living in East Germany and West Germany at the time. I had one pen pal who lived in the East Germany side of…

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Community Pulling Together for Gang Rape Victim

Community Pulling Together for Gang Rape Victim

A couple of weeks ago, the community of Richmond, CA, and much of the country was rocked by the horrifying details of a gang rape that took place on school property during a homecoming dance. Seven individuals have been arrested. As the poor 15 year old girl was being raped, several people stood around treating it as entertainment. They laughed and joked. They even took pictures and video. The community is trying to repair itself as it tries to deal…

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