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This Week in History: Hurricane Katrina made landfall in Louisiana on Aug. 29, 2005.  The Category 3 storm, the worst natural disaster in US history, caused massive destruction across the Gulf Coast, in particular New Orleans, which largely sits below sea level and relies on levees to keep water levels at bay.  Hurricane Katrina claimed more than 1,800 lives, most of them from within New Orleans.  Pictured here, two men inspect a flooded home following the storm in New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward. ( Photo by Kadir van Lohuizen/NOOR/Redux)

This Week in History: Hurricane Katrina made landfall in Louisiana on Aug. 29, 2005.  The Category 3 storm, the worst natural disaster in US history, caused massive destruction across the Gulf Coast, in particular New Orleans, which largely sits below sea level and relies on levees to keep water levels at bay.  Hurricane Katrina claimed more than 1,800 lives, most of them from within New Orleans.  Pictured here, two men inspect a flooded home following the storm in New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward. ( Photo by Kadir van Lohuizen/NOOR/Redux)

Last semester, we saw a number of student-initiated actions against colleges and universities around the country. It was due to a pretty outrageous statistic: one in five female students is sexually assaulted while in college, and sexual assault on campus is chronically underreported. 

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Marshall is the current Nevada treasurer. She was endorsed by EMILY’s List, where President Stephanie Schriock said ”In this competitive election, Kate is the only candidate looking out for women and families in Nevada.” Marshall helped create the Nevada College Kick Start Program – the first ever state-run college savings account program – opening a $50 savings account for public school kindergarten students.

I’ve been the only woman in almost every room I have worked in… remember walking into a conference room and everyone standing up and I wondered why? Then I realized it was because a woman had walked in and they didn’t know what else to do.  - Kate Marshall

Read the full Kate Marshall #Women2014 profile here. 

Marshall is the current Nevada treasurer. She was endorsed by EMILY’s List, where President Stephanie Schriock said ”In this competitive election, Kate is the only candidate looking out for women and families in Nevada.” Marshall helped create the Nevada College Kick Start Program – the first ever state-run college savings account program – opening a $50 savings account for public school kindergarten students.

I’ve been the only woman in almost every room I have worked in… remember walking into a conference room and everyone standing up and I wondered why? Then I realized it was because a woman had walked in and they didn’t know what else to do.  - Kate Marshall

Read the full Kate Marshall #Women2014 profile here. 

Bustos is vying to keep her seat in Illinois’ 17th District, facing Republican Bobby Schilling – a former congressman who she beat in 2012. Bustos – the first woman elected in the District – has supported raising the minimum wage earlier this year and has campaigned to get health care and good-paying jobs for veterans. Bustos is an original cosponsor of the Paycheck Fairness Act.

Do what you say you’re going to do. Follow through. Exceed expectations. 
Reputations matter, in politics and in every field. You want to be known as someone who can be trusted to get things done and stick to your word.

          -  Cheri Bustos

Bustos is vying to keep her seat in Illinois’ 17th District, facing Republican Bobby Schilling – a former congressman who she beat in 2012. Bustos – the first woman elected in the District – has supported raising the minimum wage earlier this year and has campaigned to get health care and good-paying jobs for veterans. Bustos is an original cosponsor of the Paycheck Fairness Act.

Do what you say you’re going to do. Follow through. Exceed expectations. 

Reputations matter, in politics and in every field. You want to be known as someone who can be trusted to get things done and stick to your word.

          -  Cheri Bustos

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Several artists and festival-goers expressed solidarity with Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and other alleged victims of police brutality at the 10th annual Afropunk Fest at Berry Commodore Park on Aug. 23 and Aug. 24. 

Born out of Michael Spooner and Matthew Morgan’s 2003 documentary, Afropunk (which chronicled the black misfits who loved punk but felt like outsiders within a predominately white crowd), the festival has become a symbol of unconventional and multicultural identities in New York.

Now what we’re seeing is ‘hands up don’t shoot,’ the whole hoodies up marches, and social media campaigns after Trayvon Martin’s unfortunate death, is that young people are interested in creating change.

           - Professor Robin Hayes, Progressive Pupil 

Mary Burke made history when she became the first woman nominated by a major party for governor in Wisconsin. The latest poll out of Marquette Law School shows her in a dead heat against her Republican opponent, incumbent Scott Walker, at 47% to 46%. Burke previously served as Wisconsin secretary of commerce, and before that, worked for her family’s business, Trek Bicycle, now an international company. 

We need women in politics. I believe diversity and representation of many different points of view is critically important. Women’s voices need to be heard on every issue, but most especially on those that are directly related to our personal healthcare decisions and our equality.

Mary Burke 

Mary Burke made history when she became the first woman nominated by a major party for governor in Wisconsin. The latest poll out of Marquette Law School shows her in a dead heat against her Republican opponent, incumbent Scott Walker, at 47% to 46%. Burke previously served as Wisconsin secretary of commerce, and before that, worked for her family’s business, Trek Bicycle, now an international company. 

We need women in politics. I believe diversity and representation of many different points of view is critically important. Women’s voices need to be heard on every issue, but most especially on those that are directly related to our personal healthcare decisions and our equality.

Mary Burke 

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Family, friends at funeral remember Michael Brown

Ron Davis, the father of Jordan Davis, a black teen who was unarmed when he was fatally shot in Florida two years ago, arrived with Cephus Johnson, the uncle of Oscar Grant, who was killed by a police officer in Oakland, California, on New Year’s Day in 2009. Film director Spike Lee, Rev. Al Sharpton, and Missouri lawmakers Claire McCaskill and Maria Chappelle-Nadal were among those in attendance.