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Why I stand for my convictions in spite of challenges
Prof. Nekima Levy-Pounds stated how Latasha Harlin's tragic and unwarranted death impacted her in a deeply profound way. [SheSaid, MWP, June, 2015] I'm certain Latasha would be proud and honored in the knowledge she inspired Levy-Pound's most commendable work on behalf of those rarely afforded the 'benefit of the doubt' and routinely assumed to be 'lesser' people.

I would like to congratulate Levy-Pounds on her recent appointment to the Minneapolis NAACP presidency. I, along with fellow Australian friends and associates, have long taken a keen interest in social and political developments in the U.S.A. Several months ago I became aware of her efforts to redress racial prejudices and social inequities that daily impact the lives of Minneapolis' colored residents. Recently, she forcefully campaigned for the repeal of provocative lurking and spitting laws. The Minneapolis City Council has now repealed these laws. Expect this is only the start of Prof. Levy-Pounds' quest to rein in unaccountable and arbitrary police powers, as witnessed every day on Minneapolis' streets.
William Burg, Kings Langley, Australia

What do women want?
I am glad to read your editorial on the Rhino Gentlemen's Club. [ThisIssue column, MWP, May, 2015] It seems that in the last couple of decades, strip clubs have been seen as a fun place to go, even for women. Women with friends, with their boyfriend or husbands. It is supposed to be liberating. I can't understand how they don't realize that what they are supporting is women's submission and objectification. Hey! Why do people think seeing women getting naked should be fun for men AND women? Would those guys be OK going to a male strip show with their girlfriends or wives? Not that I support this idea either, but it would be the other side of the coin.

Somehow they've convinced some women that strip clubs are hip. Pretty smart guys, uh?
Leticia, Minneapolis

Happy anniversary MWP
Thirty years!!! [April, 2015, MWP 30th anniversary] What a huge accomplishment. I remember those start-up days and all the courage and vision of Mollie [Hoben] and Glenda [Martin]. I feel so blessed to have been a witness to and participant in such a powerful publication. Well done!
Carol Pine, St. Paul

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