Juleyka Lantigua-Williams

On Jan. 16, the White House held a summit on college access. As a community college professor working with low-income students every day, I have a few ground-level suggestions for President Obama and his team.

I grew up in the Bronx, and I welcome the recent court decision striking down New York's stop-and-frisk policy.

This policy discriminated against men of color and, in a blatantly un-American way, trampled on the presumption of innocence.

U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin said the policy amounted to racial profiling and violated the Fourth Amendment right to privacy and the 14th Amendment right to due process under law.

May 25 is National Missing Children Day.

About 800,000 children younger than 18 are reported missing each year, according to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.

That's an average of more than 2,000 sons, daughters, nieces, nephews, brothers, sisters and cousins each day.

About 80 percent are runaways who return home within hours or days, the center says, but the other 20 percent may be gone for weeks, months, years or forever.


This week marks the 50th anniversary of the inauguration of Juan Bosch, the Dominican Republic's first democratically elected president. Though his presidency lasted only seven months, it was the first time my native country glanced at political freedom, and we have not been the same since.

As a teacher at a community college, I welcome the transformation in higher education that online technology brings.

Sept. 8 is International Literacy Day, and we should focus our attention on what we need to do, here at home, to educate our friends and neighbors.

Ever since the latest census confirmed that Latinos are the largest ethnic group in the country, I’ve been thinking about Spiderman’s motto: “With great power comes great responsibility.”

Because of redistricting and population trends, some African-American politicians may lose their seats to Latino challengers this year. This could lead to increased friction between the groups, so positive leadership will be necessary to limit this risk.

By Juleyka Lantigua-Williams

Tuesday, April 17, is Equal Pay Day. This date represents how far into 2012 women must work to earn what men earned in 2011.

Because, on average, women get paid 77 cents for every dollar men earn, they have to work more for the same pay.

This disparity goes beyond the issue of gender equality. This is an economic injustice that affects nearly half the workers in this country.


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Forty years ago the UN General Assembly passed a resolution against "hostile environmental modification techniques...

The beauty and the tragedy of everyday life in a war zone.

By Wendell Berry

Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front

Love the quick profit, the annual raise,
vacation with pay. Want more 
of everything ready made. Be afraid 
to know your neighbors and to die.
And you will have a window in your head.
Not even your future will be a mystery 
any more. Your mind will be punched in a card 
and shut away in a little drawer.
When they want you to buy something 
they will call you. When they want you
to die for profit they will let you know. 
So, friends, every day do something
that won’t compute. Love the Lord. 
Love the world. Work for nothing. 
Take all that you have and be poor.
Love someone who does not deserve it. 
Denounce the government and embrace 
the flag. Hope to live in that free 
republic for which it stands. 
Give your approval to all you cannot
understand. Praise ignorance, for what man 
has not encountered he has not destroyed.
Ask the questions that have no answers. 
Invest in the millennium. Plant sequoias.
Say that your main crop is the forest
that you did not plant,
that you will not live to harvest.

Say that the leaves are harvested 
when they have rotted into the mold.
Call that profit. Prophesy such returns.
Put your faith in the two inches of humus 
that will build under the trees
every thousand years.
Listen to carrion—put your ear
close, and hear the faint chattering
of the songs that are to come. 
Expect the end of the world. Laugh. 
Laughter is immeasurable. Be joyful
though you have considered all the facts. 
So long as women do not go cheap 
for power, please women more than men.
Ask yourself: Will this satisfy 
a woman satisfied to bear a child?
Will this disturb the sleep 
of a woman near to giving birth? 
Go with your love to the fields.
Lie easy in the shade. Rest your head 
in her lap. Swear allegiance 
to what is nighest your thoughts.
As soon as the generals and the politicos 
can predict the motions of your mind, 
lose it. Leave it as a sign 
to mark the false trail, the way 
you didn’t go. Be like the fox 
who makes more tracks than necessary, 
some in the wrong direction.
Practice resurrection.

Wendell Berry is a poet, farmer, and environmentalist in Kentucky. This poem, first published in 1973, is reprinted by permission of the author and appears in his “New Collected Poems” (Counterpoint).

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