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Scared by Spiders? Get Over It! You should be grateful to have Halloween’s creepiest creature around

Catherine Bartlett, 2018-2019 Fellow. This piece was first published by Scientific America. “Halloween is for celebrating the scary: imaginary monsters—ghouls, goblins and ghosts—along with real but scary-seeming creatures such as bats, black cats and spiders. It’s also the one time of year people buy fake cobwebs en masse and purposefully decorate with oversized arachnids.

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From preschoolers to presidents, thinking critically is a critical skill

Kathleen Bethel, 2018-2019 Fellow. This piece was first published by Tucson.com. “Who said what? Critical thinkers know it is vital to check the source of information. After mommy already said “no” to more play time, what preschooler hasn’t checked their sources for consistency, asking daddy for five more minutes?”

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How the embassy move widens the partisan divide over Israel

Maha Nassar, 2017-2018 Fellow. This piece was first published by The Hill. “It was fitting that evangelical pastors John Hagee and Robert Jeffress participated in the ceremony marking the U.S. embassy move to Jerusalem.”

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For Palestinians, The Nakba Is Not Just A Tragedy But A Triumph

Maha Nassar, 2017-2018 Fellow.  “In 1948 my mother was three years old and living in the middle-class Ajami neighborhood on Jaffa’s coast. In April, Hagana and Irgun forces began mortaring the city, pushing Palestinians further and further towards the sea.”

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For some migrant mothers, there’s no rest on Mother’s Day

Melanie Gleason, 2017-2018 Fellow. This piece was first published by The Arizona Daily Star. “Thursday was Día de las Madres, or Mother’s Day, in Mexico. I spent the morning in Nogales, Mexico, running a pro bono immigration legal clinic — and met with asylum seekers who are fleeing persecution in their home countries.”

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How Student Activism Shaped My (Our) Life (Lives): On the 25th Anniversary of the ‘Chicana/Chicano Studies Now’ Movement at UCLA

Michelle Téllez, 2017-2018 Fellow.  This piece was first published in LatinoRebels. “Students and teachers have taken center stage in the first half of 2018—in their public fights for protection from gun violence, in their rallies against wage inequities, and for a continued fight for an education…”

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Trump’s TPS decision undercuts US goals in Honduras

Elizabeth Oglesby, 2017-2018 Fellow.  This piece was first published in the The Hill. “The Trump administration announced on May 4 it was ending Temporary Protected Status for more than 50,000 Hondurans who have been allowed to live and work in the United States for nearly 20 years, even though the State Department warned…”

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Bill Cosby verdict is a win for women like me who never confronted their abusers

Judy L. Huch, Aud, 2017-2018 Fellow. This piece was first published in USA Today. “It felt like a victory for me because more than 30 years ago, when I was 19, I was drugged and raped by a man I was casually dating.”

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3 Things to Keep Me From Rolling My Eyes at Your White Privilege

Gabriella Cazares-Kelly, 2017-2018 Fellow. This piece was first published in Colorlines. “My organization, Indivisible Tohono, encourages civic engagement and education within the Tohono O’odham Nation, because O’odham voices have been largely disregarded and dismissed by the mainstream society.”

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Neto’s Tucson: Randiesia Fletcher overcame barriers, now helps refugees do the same

Randiesia Fletcher-Riggs, 2017-2018 Fellow. This piece first appeared in the Arizona Daily Star. “For several years, Randiesia Fletcher has helped refugees create new lives for themselves in Tucson. She co-founded the nonprofit Refugee Resource Center… Many of the center’s clients have escaped war, poverty and deprivation.”

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