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OPINION: Non-English Languages Become Mainstream Very ‘Despacito’

Gabriela Cervantes, 2016-2017 Fellow. This piece was first published in Latino USA. ““Despacito,” a Spanish-language song by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, spent 13 weeks in Billboard’s top 100 list before skyrocketing to the #1 spot, where it remains for four weeks (as of this writing). With its authentic Latin feel …”

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Schools Should Be Safe For All

Michelle Pitot. 2016-2017 Fellow. This piece was first published in The Huffington Post. “We’re at the end of Pride Month, and across the country Pride parades have been taking place in cities large and small. Yet although it’s been almost 50 years since the Stonewall Riots started the mainstream LGBT rights movement, the parades …”

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Random Violence vs. The Risks Of Intimate Partner Violence

Gail E. Emrick. 2016-2017 Fellow. This piece was first published by Garnet News. “Given the proliferation of mass shootings and terrorist bombings, it is no wonder that untimely death may be on our minds. These heartbreaking and infuriating tragedies can trigger fear about going to public gatherings. Yet, the truth …”

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White fragility will not protect you from accountability

Michele Pitot. 2016-2017 Fellow. This piece was first published in The Hill. “Why is anyone surprised that Bill Maher would use the phrase “house n—-” without a second thought? An opinionated, empowered white man who has freely made racist and sexist comments should hardly surprise anyone …”

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Rural America left out of Trump’s water infrastructure plan

Andrea K. Gerlak. 2016-2017 Fellow. This piece was first published in The Hill. “President Trump recently unveiled his infrastructure plan but it did little to address the water crisis in rural America. While the poor condition of pipes for drinking water in Flint, Michigan attracted national to the issue …”

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Healthcare Everyone In Insurance Companies Out

Patricia Jackson. 2016-2017 Fellow. This piece first appeared in Medium. “I have some of the best healthcare currently available because a union’s collective bargaining agreement guaranteed a defined benefit pension plan including health insurance. Defined benefit plans provide retirement …”

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We Need Fraternity Men to Do a Lot More Than ‘Walk a Mile in Her Shoes’

Krista Millay. 2015-2016 Fellow. This piece was first published by Everyday Feminism. “For many, Greek life is a central part of the college experience. And each year, it seems there are more efforts by fraternity men to acknowledge and even address sexual assault on college …”

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Children’s Language Learning in Five Words

Cecile McKee, 2014-2015 Fellow. This piece was first published in Planet Word. “Language is a complex system that children learn early. Within hours of birth, bilingual babies prefer rhythms in their parents’ languages. Babies start babbling around 6 months. They can detect words in fluent speech around 7 months …”

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Letter: Bring back bilingual education in Arizona

Leah Duran. 2016-2017 Fellow. This piece was first published in The Arizona Daily Star. “The school year has wound down, bringing another yearly cycle to a close. This means graduations, field trips, field days and celebrations of all kinds. For many teachers, the upcoming break is …”

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Letter: Healthcare for All of Us

Patricia Jackson, 2016-2017 Fellow. This letter was first published in The Arizona Daily Star. ““Let’s end agony, adopt single-payer system” agrees with 60% who say our government should be responsible for health care coverage for all. Single payer is not managed by private insurance corporations: it is a publicly-financed, publicly …”

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