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ONE YEAR after European Union leaders signed a deal with the Turkish government to cut off the wave of desperate refugees seeking to reach Europe's shores, the policy has caused even more death and suffering.

This week at the Voices for Creative Nonviolence office in Chicago, my colleague Sabia Rigby prepared a presentation for a local high school. She’ll team up with a young friend of ours, himself a refugee from Iraq, to talk about refugee crises driven by war. Sabia recently returned from Kabul where she helped document the young Afghan Peace Volunteers’ efforts to help bring warmth, food and education to internally displaced families living in makeshift camps, having fled the Afghan War when it raged near their former homes.

Millions of New York City commuters saw the price of their weekly and monthly subway cards increase again on Monday. The cost of a one-week card increased from $31 to $32 while a monthly pass went up from $116.50 to $121. The base fare of $2.75 for a single ride remained the same. While the increase may not register with some, for low-income New Yorkers struggling to make ends meet in a rapidly gentrifying city, the fare hikes are another blow.

The recent Women’s marches throughout the United States and the world were energizing and empowering.  My impression of the march in Washington, D.C. was that women involved in this huge display of solidarity wanted to send the message to the Trump administration that we will not be silenced and we do not want to go back to a time when overt discrimination against women was acceptable.

In 2015, the #feesmustfall movement galvanized students across South Africa’s universities. Begun in simple protest against the rising costs of education in the country, the movement came to encompass a broad coalition aiming to address lingering injustices from the apartheid era and to shift university education focus from a primarily Western, post-colonial ethos to one that meets the needs of working class and black South Africans.

Celebrate the power of women to change the world! 

The centerfold from our Women’s March special edition was a huge hit. Now we’ve made it into a beautiful 18” x 24” poster. Printed on high quality paper stock, it will look great on any wall. To see the full version, click here.

I identify with the movement of mothers whose children have been brutalized or murdered by police. I am very fortunate: I will see my son again, while most of these mothers remain to mourn their children. However, when I see my son, it is behind bars.

I am a mother who was forced to be a warrior for prisoners. I advocate not only for the rights of my son, but for the human and civil rights of all prisoners.

Thousands gathered in Washington Square Park Wednesday to take part in the International Women´s Strike. The majority of the protesters, women wearing red and black clothing, held aloft signs protesting Trump´s executive orders concerning education, culture, reproductive rights and immigration.

Rutgers law school in Newark was known as The People's Electric Law School, the home of legendary Constitutional lawyer Arthur Kinoy and the "notorious RBG", Ruth Bader Ginsburg. No wonder Lynne Stewart chose it in the decade before me. 

Courage and integrity were placed above serving corporate clients and getting rich.  Serving as a criminal defense attorney, she, along with William Kunstler, gained notoriety for winning the acquittal of Larry Davis who shot at 6 officers breaking down his door, persuading a Bronx jury that corrupt cops coerced him into selling drugs for them.

Editor’s Note: The Indypendent has a new resident gadfly. Dan LoPreto — an activist, bookseller, former-Nation Books editor and consummate reader — started mailing us his rantings back when Bernie Sanders was in the presidential running. They’re chock full of information, Dan’s meanderings through the latest intellectual debates and useful links. After much poking and prodding and many a beer, Dan finally broke down and agreed to let us share his digest with The Indy’s readers.