The pieces in this section are generally written by members of the Lawrence community and those who have close ties. In addition, the Times is offering some space for area organizations and organizers to provide updates and attempt to reach other folks who might share their mission.
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“I shouldn’t have to worry about the safety of my adult children. I should be able to drive, to go shopping — in Buffalo, in Lawrence, anywhere — without fear,” Edith Guffey writes in this column.
“In 70 days, the state of Kansas was able to endanger and alienate immigrants, their families, friends and allies by embracing white supremacist ideologies like xenophobia and racism,” Huascar Medina writes in this column for Kansas Reflector.
“Each time journalists point out how bad things are (with transparency in the Legislature), we hear a few shocked exclamations. Then everything falls back into familiar patterns, only worse,” Clay Wirestone writes in this column for Kansas Reflector.
“Those who believe passionately in abortion rights will … need to build a movement sturdy, motivated and well-funded enough to battle for decades to come,” Clay Wirestone writes in this column for Kansas Reflector.
“I am incredibly tired, and I don’t know if I can survive the work of humanizing Black trans people in this climate, in this town and in this state,” Codi Keith Charles writes in this column.
Students of Dan Rockhill’s Studio 804 class have worked together to create a sculptural, energy-efficient home in the Pinkney neighborhood. You can see it for yourself on Saturday.
LETTERS TO THE TIMES
“The passionate arguments made in the press and at school board meetings for retaining Latin at LHS and FSHS were legitimate and persuasive,” Gerald E. Mikkelson writes in this letter to the Times.
“The recent considerations by the school district to eliminate Latin classes from USD 497 are just the tip of the iceberg,” Rob Chestnut writes in this letter to the Times.
If a proposed amendment to the Kansas constitution passes, “With almost certainty there will be no legal abortions in Kansas — no matter how she got pregnant or even if she might die from the pregnancy,” Amii Castle writes in this letter to the Times.
“When we are united around addressing systemic issues of injustice, the impact is long-lasting and profound,” the co-presidents of Justice Matters write in this column.
Members of the Tonganoxie Community Historical Society hosted an opening reception April 5 to celebrate a new exhibit, “Living Sovereignty,” and a standing-room-only crowd came to hear Judith Manthe, Principal Chief of the Wyandot Nation of Kansas, speak.
The board of directors of the Lawrence Preservation Alliance wishes to express concern about the school district’s proposed plans to close community schools, each of which has a rich history and resides in a historic building.
FROM THE STACKS
Note: Staff members at the Lawrence Public Library write blog posts about books, bookish things and other media. The Times is reposting some of those blogs in this feature, From the Stacks. Find many other blog posts, titles referenced in these posts and much more on the library’s website, lplks.org.No posts found.