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TOPEKA, Kan. - As anybody who has followed my writing here on Kansas Free Press or at Everyday Citizen knows, I am a passionate advocate for ending domestic violence. My advocacy stems from my friendship with one of the most amazing women I've ever met, Jana Mackey, whose life was taken much too early by the epidemic of domestic violence that engulfs the world.

In a world where 1 in 4 women will be subjected to some form of domestic abuse, it is hard to find hope. However, it doesn't have to be that way. Here in Kansas, Curt and Christie Brungardt, Jana's parents, have started an organization whose goal is to eliminate domestic violence. While that may seem like a lofty goal, I think we can all agree that it is a worth one.

So, I implore you to join Curt and Christie this Thursday in Topeka for the kickoff press conference for Jana's Campaign to Stop Domestic Violence. Here is the information:

Thursday, December 10, 2009, 10:00 a.m.
YWCA (North Door Entrance)
225 SW 12th Street
Topeka, Kansas

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LAWRENCE, Kan. - As a member of the activist community in our fair state, I've been privileged to meet many activists of varied ages throughout the last few years. Many of the activists I've met write for blogs, such as this one, attend rallies, attend conferences, and gather at social events meant to network activists with each other. However, at a good number of these events, and in some of my political science classes at KU, I hear something disturbing quite often.

The older, often more experienced, members of the community seem to think that they can't rely on the younger generation to make a difference. They don't think they can be relied on to show up or to really care. Now, I may be straddling the line between seasoned old warhorse and youth activist at the age of 30 but I can assure you that if there is one thing I know about the activist community in Kansas it is that you can count on the younger activists to be there.

Shakespeare in the Heartland

LAWRENCE, Kan. - As a student at the University of Kansas, I am proud of the fact that our theatre department is known for stellar productions. Seriously, we're talking about an academic department that has seen Scott Bakula, Don Johnson, Paul Rudd, and Mandy Patinkin grace its stages at one point or another. Although all of those actors' time at KU is in the distant past, the tradition of quality performances continues to this day.

That is why I'm quite excited to tell you about the KU production of Shakespeare's Macbeth, which begins a very limited run this weekend.

The Founder of MY Humanism

LAWRENCE, Kan. - I have been amazingly lucky in my life to have been surrounded by extremely strong role models since a young age. While many of them have been flawed, occasionally astoundingly so, each and every one of the people that I have considered a role model in my life has changed my life in ways that I don't even have the ability to express intelligently. However, since when has not being able to express something intelligently ever stopped me from trying?

One of the more remarkable things about my role models throughout my life, considering that I am a product of small-town Western Kansas, is that, even as a very young man, the majority of my role models have been women. While this doesn't shock me from the position I find myself in now, at 30 years of age, it is something that is unusual, due to the societal roles that men and women are expected to fulfill in conservative atmospheres, like Western Kansas. While I do have many males that have served as important role models in my life, I will leave discussion of them for another day. Today, let me tell you about one amazing women I've known.

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