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Professional Loudmouth

BY DR. LAILA ABDALLA
@ VOL 9 ON MAR 31, 2017

Find out what a professional loudmouth is from a World Languages professor. Was it nature or nurture that created this inspiring woman? Dr. Laila Abdallawarns, “loudmouthery” is not always good but when used to protect the principles of humanities, absolutely.  

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Mixed Girl Problems

BY DIANA CHELSIE HEATH
@ VOL 9 ON MAR 31, 2017

Chelsie Heath shares her story of being “half”. Half black, half white, half family, half not. Despite her real, whole, challenges of her upbringing, Chelsie embraces her “Mixed Girl” problems through a mixture of laughter and tears.

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Relentless Cheerleader

BY JEN STUART
@ VOL 9 ON MAR 31, 2017

This relentless cheerleader uses more than pom-poms to get you pumped up. Growing up in south Florida has prepared Jen Stuart for her life’s calling. Today she cheers regardless of background or reason, through her church and fellowship, where all are welcome. 

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Hillbilly Radical Feminist

BY GINNY NORRIS BLACKSON
@ VOL 9 ON MAR 31, 2017

Learn about the eight pillars of radical hillbilly feminism including Naomi Wyatt, Ashley Judd, Dolly Parton and the speaker herself. Hailed from the true Appalachia, Ginny Blackson is card carrying feminist.

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The Call of the Wild

BY DR. SOFI BLUE
@ VOL 9 ON MAR 31, 2017

From Ellensburg to China, Sofi Blue has followed the call of the wild, literally studying and following adorable monkeys in their natural habitats and the sounds they make to communicate.

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Adorn Her

BY NANCY WORDEN
@ VOL 9 ON MAR 31, 2017

For the past 20 years, Nancy Worden has been making jewelry about the lives of women. From the experience of getting a perm to political protesting, Nancy turns jewelry into empowering talismans.

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How did I get here?

BY CATHY BARKER
@ VOL 9 ON MAR 31, 2017

Planned Parenthood practitioner Cathy Baker shares her path, both genealogical and physical from the Midwest to the Northwest struggling as a single mom.

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Life Undocumented

BY YAZMIN AGUILAR
@ VOL 8 ON JAN 20, 2017

Yazmin Aguilar’s collegiate research at Central Washington University is based on the academic stress level of undocumented college students. This timely talk on the “American Dream” brings the Constitution to life through Yazmin’s story. Currently students have the option to “DREAM”, but for how much longer?

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The Fight for Democracy

BY BRETT WACHSMITH
@ VOL 8 ON JAN 20, 2017

Deployed to Iraq to defend “Liberty and Freedom” in 2004, Brett Wachsmith feels privileged to have been a part of the efforts, perfect or not. Brett puts democracy into prospective by comparing the current struggle in America to those worldwide. Today he serves as the Kittitas County Treasurer, embracing diversity and with a call for unity form both sides of the aisle to preserve our liberties for years to come.

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One Snowflake's Path

BY DAN WITKOWSKI
@ VOL 8 ON JAN 20, 2017

Dan Witkowski survived frostbite after being stuck on a mountain for five days alone, but not without a cost. The love of the outdoors instilled upon him at an early age with his father, never left him, despite losing his feet. Today, he is constantly inventing and redefining the tools available to get him back on the slopes on to the next adventure.

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African 1, American 2

BY BRUCE CONWAY DICKINSON
@ VOL 8 ON JAN 20, 2017

 

A true story, in the style of Dr. Seuss, Bruce Conway Dickinson shares his journey from war in Zimbabwe to true love in America.  His ballad covers his hopes and dreams and fears of liberty, coming out as Gay, and the multiple forms of love he has experienced in his life. Now, a resident of Kittitas County, Bruce and his husband Chris have built a home together with Liberty’s flame lighting the way.

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Doing Good Work

BY JOHN LITTEL
@ VOL 8 ON JAN 20, 2017

John Littel shares the joy of lending his carpentry skills in Haiti. Over the many years of volunteering, John has helped construct churches, a women’s clinic, and an orphanage. Why God made him a carpenter was to support the efforts of many to help those in need.  Through “Building Goodness” John is helping to rebuild lives.

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