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Mother Jones September/October 2018

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RYANN LIEBENTHAL spent nine months working the swing shift at a 24-hour Kinko’s after graduating from college with tens of thousands of dollars in student debt (“Unforgivable,” page 16). She’s now a Brooklyn-based freelance journalist, and her essays about Laura Ingalls Wilder, French Jews migrating to Israel, and her hometown of Boise, Idaho, have appeared in The New Republic, n+1, and Tablet magazine.Mother Jones assistant editor MADISON PAULY has been writing about the college sexual assault crisis since back when she was a reporter for her alma mater’s The Dartmouth. For “Old Cops, New Tricks” (page 9), she returned to her home state of New York to shadow members of an innovative police unit dedicated to finding a better way to address rape culture on campus.SAUL ELBEIN describes himself as…

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lift the lamp

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF CLARA JEFFERYAFTER THE CAMBODIAN genocide began in 1975, my mom started taping pictures and headlines to our dining room wall. Mrs. Paul’s fish sticks and photos of the killing fields are what I remember about those meals. “We have to do something,” she said.She started sponsoring refugees when I was maybe nine. We were clueless white people. There was no real preexisting Cambodian community in the Washington, DC, area. Our first refugee’s husband and baby had been killed. Something about a helicopter. She lived with us for two years, with no one to talk to in her native language. She was maybe 30 but needed a full set of dentures. She did not seem to be able to read or write much, but then how could we really tell?…

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back to life

BEFORE MARCHING INTO the women’s health clinic in West Bloomfield Township, Michigan, on a freezing day last December, Monica Migliorino Miller and her compatriots paused to ask God to soften the hearts of the women inside to be open to their message. When Miller came through the entrance, the abortion clinic’s staff asked her to leave. Miller pushed past the receptionist, entered the waiting room, and began handing the clinic’s clients red roses with tags promising to help each woman “rediscover her own and her baby’s unique dignity.”Some of the clients were shuffled into a back room; one left. When the police arrived, Miller and the small group of Christian pro-life activists she was leading went limp on the floor. Miller was carried outside, where, along with four others, she…

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old cops, new tricks

Technical Lieutenant Gary Kelly (BEN SKLAR)ONE DAY NEAR the end of spring semester, a 22-year-old I’ll call Abbie stood in front of a roomful of cops and recounted what happened after she was raped by another student at her college. Standing very still behind a large podium, she described how she’d driven to campus to file a report in the early morning hours following the assault, hitting 90 miles an hour, half-wishing she would crash. Within days, rumors started circulating about her; a faculty member blamed her rape on her “overcaring personality.” Then she met with Dennis Dougherty, a senior investigator with the Campus Sexual Assault Victims Unit of the New York State Police. Their meeting lasted five hours. She’s memorized the words Dougherty said after she finished telling him…

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the angel of matamoros

ON A MUGGY June night, Luis Miguel Montimo turns away from the Gateway International Bridge over the Rio Grande and walks toward Matamoros, Mexico, carrying his almost two-year-old son, José Luis. The 32-year-old with a pockmarked yet boyish face has traveled from Honduras, where a gang burned down his home and killed two of his children. He hoped to cross into the United States to seek asylum. Yet when he reached the midpoint of the bridge earlier that day, an American border official turned him away. Montimo says the official told him that his son would be an adult by the time they were allowed in.Now, after a three-month journey, he’s ready to call it quits when a tiny woman wearing a red T-shirt and a concerned expression intercepts him.…

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Why is the nation’s flagship debt forgiveness program failing the students it’s supposed to help?WHEN LEIGH MCILVAINE first learned that her student loan debt could be forgiven, she was thrilled. In 2008, at age 27, she’d earned a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from the University of Minnesota. She’d accrued just under $70,000 in debt, though she wasn’t too worried—that’s what it took to invest in her future. But graduating at the height of the recession, she found that the kind of decent-paying public-sector job she’d anticipated pursuing was suddenly closed off by budget and hiring freezes. She landed a gig at a nonprofit in Washington, DC, earning a $46,000 salary. Still, she was happy to live on that amount if it was the cost of doing the…