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'NOW should be jumping for joy at the instigation of a law that protects women's foremost right: to bear children.'

Isabella Bruno

now is hypocritical

To the Editor:

As a 17-year-old who considers herself a feminist, I see much hypocrisy in modern feminist leadership. Julia Kamysz Lane reaffirms this in the recent article "Given a Choice" (May 29). Most specifically, the reaction NOW and similar organizations have to the Unborn Victims of Violence Act shows they have no fear in shoving aside their main interests, i.e. women's rights. NOW should be jumping for joy at the instigation of a law that protects women's foremost right: to bear children. The Unborn Victims of Violence Act is a guidelight to achieve criminal justice, helping the pregnant woman who has been harmed by rape or any form of violent attack. It allows the victim to prosecute her attacker to the full extent of the law for the pain of her child, her own pain, and the pain of knowing that her child was killed or wounded. And yet, knowing all this, NOW pounces on the supposed undermining of Roe vs. Wade instead of rejoicing in the actual results of the law? Perpetual squabbling over abortion rights, even when the feminist majority is turning its back on women, makes me proud to be pro-life.

Isabella Bruno

society is morally culpable

To the Editor:

In the May 22 issue of Gambit, Randy Boudreaux presented a plausible argument against reparations for slavery (Letters, "Who Pays for the Past?"). Apparently, Boudreaux has failed to understand the gravity of the situation at hand. The history of this country is unlike other cultures or countries; America is the only world power founded on truly democratic principles. Yet, from the colonial era until the present, African Americans have sought equal treatment under the laws of this land. Still, we are engaged in a struggle for equal access to educational, economic and employment opportunities.

The quest for reparations that Lynn Pitts, Randall Robinson or Kweisi Mfume reference is not based on allegations of some hideous crime. The Tuskegee experiment and Rosewood were sanctioned by institutions that received federal funding. These deliberate acts represent a sampling of the injustice committed over a period of 400 years. As I write this letter, racial profiling is prevalent among law enforcement agencies. Also, black males have been disproportionately given longer sentences and executed for the same offenses that other Americans have been convicted of.

Though Boudreaux nor any other American can be held liable for the actions of previous generations, as a society we are morally culpable for funding unjust institutions. Not only should we spend more time eliminating this destructive and oppressive behavior, we must recognize that the history of this country was not by accident, but by design. Not only is the American justice system flawed, it is evident there's a pattern of injustice. So, of course, the U.S. government should make reparations.

Larry Thomas

palestinians' plight

To the Editor:

This is to commend Gambit Weekly for the inclusion in the April 10 issue of Alexander Cockburn's "Stone and Glass Houses." It is very unusual to see an objective article in the media even remotely showing empathy for the plight of the Palestinian people.

Regardless of one's conclusions of blame in this volatile part of the world, it is undeniable that the Palestinian citizenry has for 50 years continued to suffer repression in their homeland with no end of in sight. When they see a new Israeli settlement across the road -- while their own makeshift homes are being randomly bulldozed, when roads are blocked and they are cut off from their menial jobs, when their children can't go to school, when rubber bullets are shot at their kids or, even worse, real bullets that kill them -- are they supposed to take this treatment calmly? It is like the employer who shouts at employees: "The beatings will continue until morale improves."

Now, with this deliberate and dangerous stepped-up aggression of the new Israeli leadership -- sending tanks and bulldozers into Palestinian refugee camps, abandoning past agreements by attacking well into Palestinian-ruled territory, now going into central Lebanon and engaging the Syrians -- this turmoil will know no end. Expanded aggression will not bring Israel security. At this point, the Palestinians have nothing left to lose. Unless they are given some control over their lives, little boys will continue to go to the road and throw stones.

Again, Gambit Weekly is to be commended for printing Cockburn's article, as is the writer for doing the politically incorrect thing by expressing this humane viewpoint.

Liz Tahir

censored stories

To the Editor:

Ijust wish to congratulate you on your May 8 cover story, "Holey Headlines," the Project Censored 10 big stories the major media refused to cover in 2000. As executive attorney for Save Our Wetlands Inc., I can't tell you how much is not reported on the destruction of the environmental and the natural resources of Louisiana by the major press.

It is so good to see Gambit Weekly involved in exposing so much censored news by the major media. I urge all readers to stay tuned to Gambit Weekly, the alternative newspaper for the city of New Orleans.

Luke Fontana

Executive Attorney, Save Our Wetlands Inc.


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