Week in Review

Notable O.E.P. Stories for the Week Ending in October 21, 2012

On the day of their last convening, The OpEd Project’s Fordham University Public Voices Fellows were asked to write why it is that they do what they do. Out of all of the snapshots, the one posted above is my favorite. It reads: “Because I realized what mattered most to me, didn’t matter to most people. I wanted to change that.” Find out what matters to this week’s featured writers, and why it should matter to you.

Atima_Omara Alwala With her bold statement – “The GOP candidate’s wife seems to think that contraception isn’t an economic issue. That’s because she doesn’t have to worry about how another child could make it harder to pay her bills” – Atima Omara-Alwala takes back the discussion on contraception in her article Ann Romney: Contraception IS about the Economy for Women’s eNews.
 Idit-Klein Summer Loving: BYFI’s LGBT Journey is a moving story that orbits around the experiences of coming out, feeling affirmed and supported as LGBT or queer in the Jewish community. Idik Klein writes for eJewish Philanthropy
 Tressie McMillan Cottom Tressie McMillan Cottom,  Emory Public Voices Fellow,  persuades that “Criminalizing individuals for a criminal inequality in the structure of public education is inefficient, unproductive, and immoral.” Them’s That Got Shall Have: Criminalizing Parents who Steal Free Education is her Huffington Post article, and it’s getting a lot of e-traffick.

One of the OpEd Project leaders, Sharon Lerner, writes on the timely subject of Romney, single moms and gun violence for Parent. We highly recommend you read her article Investigating the Single Mom-Gun Violence Connection before voting!

 veronica-arreola “From Ricky Martin to characters such as Santana Lopez on Glee, gay and lesbian Latinos are no longer invisible,” argues Chicago OpEd alum Veronica Arreola. How Latinos Have Changed Their Attitude To Homosexuality is available to read on The Guardian.

– Claudia Garcia-Rojas, Social Media Fellow


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