Nur Lalji

Love in the Time of Mania: Six Ways Americans Are Defying Islamophobia

On Dec. 8, a man identified as Piro Kolvani reportedly walked into the Fatima Food Mart, in Queens, New York, yelled that he was going to kill Muslims, and began punching the store’s owner, 53-year-old Sarker Haque. A customer restrained Kolvani until police arrived.

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School Behind Bars: How College Kids and Incarcerated Youth Benefit From Learning Together

On July 8, several young men from the MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility were tear-gassed by police after locking themselves in a room and refusing to come out. But it isn’t all violence at this juvenile detention center about 30 miles south of Portland, Oregon. One professor at Portland State University has given some of the young men who are incarcerated here an opportunity to take a college class with students who aren’t in trouble with the law.

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6 Signs that Solitary Confinement Reform Is Coming

The following was originally published on Yes! Magazine. 

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5 Feminist Parodies That Blur the Lines Between Laughter and Politics

Feminism is often thought about as a dangerously misguided movement—one that takes itself too seriously. As Pat Robertson famously said at the 1992 Republican Convention, "Feminism encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism, and become lesbians."

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