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Takei recounts experiences, encourages activism

 George Takei, photographed in 2016 holding the Olympic torch he carried in the 1984 Olympics, spoke at Soldiers and Sailors Tuesday. (Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

By Anna Bongardino | Contributing Editor

October 18, 2017

Shortly after his fifth birthday, in 1942, George Takei and his family were forced out of their home in Los Angeles at gunpoint. Along with 120,000 other Japanese Americans, Takei’s family was sent to a Japanese internment camp. Takei and his family spent a few months in a camp on the West Coast before m...

Pitt Progressives aims to fill gap in the left

Kenyatta Bundy performs a poem he wrote during the Pitt Progressives' open mic night in Nordy's Place on March 29. Elaina Zachos | Senior Staff Photographer

By Amanda Reed / Contributing Editor

April 12, 2017

Becca Tasker, a junior majoring in anthropology, first started researching civil rights in middle school. She had learned about the murder of Emmett Till, a 14-year-old African American boy who was lynched in 1955 after being falsely accused of flirting with a white woman. “I was always into histor...

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