Being the Change

Being the Change

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This 23 year-old student, entrepreneur, and community organizer didn’t just overcome homelessness — he is on a mission to end it. Byron Brooks was without family support when he chose higher education over factory work and became homeless for his first 1 ½ years of college. The difficulty of attending school and just surviving without food, shelter, or support weighed heavily on him, especially because he carried this burden hidden from plain view. He recalled some painful memories: “I had several instances where I had to defend myself and I have scars from a few of those instances that will forever be with me.” It wasn’t just the lack of security and resources for basic needs, but “dealing with the mental, physical, and emotional stress” that was the most difficult…
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The Spirit Level: Exposing deeply rooted societal inequity and inequality

The Spirit Level: Exposing deeply rooted societal inequity and inequality

Books, Homelessness, Inequity, Poverty
‘The Spirit Level’ author and epidemiologist Richard Wilkinson: “We have to be very vigilant against all the ways that hate is built up” Richard Wilkinson’s work is dedicated to exposing deeply rooted societal inequality and to showing how much better off people are when living in a more equal society. With ‘The Spirit Level’, the book he co-authored with his colleague Kate Pickett, he brought the results of that work to a mass audience. Wilkinson told INSP about the growing problem of inequality and what street papers are doing to combat it. By Tony Inglis “I find this to be quite a daunting audience. I normally speak to academics and people who are more detached from the real world. But I think many people here know the practicalities of what…
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Melissa Love: Candle Maker by Day, Writer by Night

Melissa Love: Candle Maker by Day, Writer by Night

Books, Business, Enterprise, Life & Community, SLIDES, Uncategorized
Melissa Love is a multi-talented Detroit entrepreneur with three novels to her credit as well as her own candle business. A product of the Detroit public school system, she graduated from Northwestern High School. Soon after, she went on to further educate herself in the medical field. She is a surgical technician and has been in the field for a number of years. She has also worked for the prison system and has been in her current place of employment for 11 years. This proud mother of three grew up around Lee Place near Clairmount and Rosa Parks. Melissa has always loved reading, and after experiencing some urban fiction writing, she began writing her own novels. She describes her writing as “a way for me to be creative in telling…
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Human Rights Advocates React to the President’s Proposed Budget

Human Rights Advocates React to the President’s Proposed Budget

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Human rights advocates are expressing outrage at President Donald Trump’s proposed FY 2018 budget, which they say would have damaging impact on people all over the world. Trump unveiled his proposed $4 trillion federal budget May 24. The proposal would cut to the International Affairs budget by 32 percent, and reduce funding for Child Care and Development Block Grants, and Head Start programs according to multiple statements by Save the Children Action Network. Amnesty International USA also released a statement calling the President's proposal a "rejection of human rights." “President Trump’s budget is a rejection of American leadership on human rights and will hurt people inside U.S. and all over the world,” Amnesty International USA’s executive director, Margaret Huang said in a statement. “Instead of strengthening human rights, Trump wants to invest in a border wall, a Muslim ban and the…
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The Chaperone

The Chaperone

Arts & Culture, Books, Uncategorized
A Book Review by Laurie Fundukian Laura Moriarty, who teaches creative writing at the University of Kansas, has written three other novels, but The Chaperone garnered the most critical and fan attention. It was published in 2012 and became a best-seller, but it wasn’t on my radar until my book club selected it this summer. Better late than never! The Chaperone follows the trend of books such as The Paris Wife, Loving Frank, and Z, which give a fictionalized narrative about real people (Hemingway’s first wife, Frank Lloyd-Wright’s mistress, and Zelda Fitzgerald, respectively). The Chaperone looks at the real-life characters of Louise Brooks, who was a silent film star in the 20s, and Cora Carlisle, and focuses mostly on Cora (a “matron” at age 36!), who has the privilege of…
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