Ethnicity and Gender

Lehigh Valley Ponders Welcoming More Syrian Refugees

Nov 20, 2015
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Farouk leans forward at the interview table, hands clasped. The question, what do you miss in Syria, gets a one word answer. "Everything," he said. Farouk -- not his real name -- doesn't want to be identified for fear of retribution back in Syria. He's one of 138 Syrian refugees to arrive in Allentown since civil war began splintering his country.

EXPLAINER: How Do Syrian Refugees Come To Pennsylvania?

Nov 18, 2015
Lindsey Lazarski / WHYY

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said he would bar all of them, even orphans younger than 5. Gov. Tom Wolf's administration said in a statement that Pennsylvania would remain open to people fleeing "unimaginable terror."  With terrorism in the headlines, Syrian refugees escaping a multi-sided civil war have become the political football du jour in the Delaware Valley and beyond.

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Colleges across the country are grappling with protest rallies and marches. They've been sparked by concerns about race relations and accusations of systemic bias against black and Hispanic students.

Syrian Refugees Find Suspicion, Hope In Allentown

Nov 14, 2015
Lindsey Lazarski / WHYY

The Lehigh Valley has one of the oldest and largest Syrian communities in the United States, making it an attractive place for refugees fleeing that country's civil war to resettle. The first few families began trickling in this summer. Not only do they have to adjust to a whole new culture, but distrust among Syrians — stoked by violence back home — has followed them to Allentown. 

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Students, faculty and staff at Syracuse University are standing by students at other colleges and universities that have been plagued by racial tensions.  Many of the protesting students wore black, the color of the University of Missouri, and they held fists high in the shadow of the Hall of Languages Thursday. They chanted “we do it for Mizzou” and “black lives matter.”

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There's yet another casualty of the stalemate: rape crisis centers. Some have had to stop group counseling sessions. Others can't take on new clients for individual counseling after a rape or sexual assault. That's because most rely on state and federal funding, and the commonwealth hasn't had a budget for more than 130 days.

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She has overcome poverty, abuse, the illness of a child and years of alcohol addiction, yet remains the epitome of strength. That’s the personal story told by author Lucille O’Neal Wednesday at the YWCA’s Empowering Women Luncheon.

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Advocates for an Equal Rights Amendment gathered Sunday afternoon in Rochester. It happened across the street from the house where suffragist Susan B. Anthony lived. Congresswoman Louise Slaughter was joined by the president of  the National Organization for Women, Terry O’Neill and Eleanor Smeal, former NOW President and co-founder of the Feminist Majority.

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Ten women whose influence continues to be felt in the fields of science, the arts and civil rights are the newest inductees into the National Women's Hall of Fame. They include dance pioneer Martha Graham and Feminist Majority founder Eleanor Smeal.