All articles by Renee K. Gadoua

A voice that won’t be stilled

Rejected by Supreme Court, Onondaga Nation pursues land claim in an international forum

Tadodaho Sid Hill isn’t hopeful that filing a petition against the United States in an international forum will return land to the Onondaga people. But he hopes it will remind the world that indigenous peoples have rights and deserve to be heard.

Face Time: George Kilpatrick

“The culture of dominance, the culture of violence is pervasive across cultures.”

George Kilpatrick, a longtime Central New York media personality, co-chaired Vera House’s White Ribbon Campaign in 2009. In 2012, he was named the agency’s men’s outreach coordinator. After a 20-year-run, George Kilpatrick broadcast his final show on WSYR-AM (570) on March 30. His syndicated show, “New Inspiration for the Nation," continues on WHEN-AM (620) and in nine other markets. Stay tuned: Kilpatrick expects to announce a new role with Clear Channel, which owns WSYR.

1 in 4 Women Will Be Raped Before Graduating College

Memoir of SU rape written in hopes recovery will be easier for other victims

The stories of survivors of rape are often told only through news reports on court proceedings. Their names aren't usually included, and neither are their stories of recovery. In her memoir, Laura Gray Rosendale writes her own story of her rape while she was a student at Syracuse University.

Face Time: Yusuf Soule

We are Muslim. We don’t use crosses. We are going to paint inside the church because we don’t honor icons.

Syracuse’s Landmark Preservation Board gave the North Side Learning Center permission Thursday, April 3, to remove six crosses from the outside of the former Holy Trinity Church at 501 Park St. The crosses “are not in line with the worshipping practices," said the petition to the preservation board.

Will Syracuse be Home to a Vertical Greenhouse?

Plantagon has greenhouse projects underway in Singapore and Shangai.

Yusuf Abdul-Qadir has been a believer in Plantagon for about two years. After hearing a presentation, then visiting the company in Sweden, the Syracuse green consultant became an ambassador and joined Plantagon’s non-profit association.

FACE TIME: Keeping the Faith

FACE TIME: Oren Lyons on global warming, football mascots and greenhouses on Onondaga land

The Onondaga Nation is gearing up to pitch plans to build a vertical greenhouse in Syracuse and a smaller one on their sovereign territory. Oren Lyons is chairman of the board and the Nation is part owner of Plantagon, Inc., which is building a high-tech, sustainable greenhouse in Linköping, Sweden.

Women’s Commission Seeks Nominees

And the Woman of the Year Award goes to….

The Syracuse Commission for Women is soliciting nominations for the Woman of the Year Award through Thursday, March 27, noon. Nominees must have a demonstrated commitment to the community, serve as a role model for other women and enhance the lives of those living in Syracuse. Nominees must live in the city of Syracuse.

Majority Rules?

Not when it comes to measuring gender differences

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Internet opens up cowardly new world of harassment

Trolls and Women

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Pro-choice Challenges Continue

Planned Parenthood gears up for more political battles

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on the constitutionality of a 2007 Massachusetts law requiring a 35-foot buffer zone around reproductive health clinic entrances. The court last week also declined to hear an appeal from Arizona officials seeking to revive a 2012 state law that barred most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. And in North Carolina, a federal judge declared unconstitutional the state’s ultrasound requirement for women seeking abortions. As the United States marks the 41st anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade ruling legalizing abortion, challenges to the law continue. Last year, 39 states enacted 141 provisions concerning reproductive rights, according to the Guttmacher Institute. Seventy provisions in 22 states sought to limit access to abortion services. From 2011 to 2013, 205 abortion restrictions were enacted, compared to 189 from 2001 to 2010, according to Guttmacher. “It appears that women continually are targets at the state and federal level. That does not seem to be going away,” said Betty DeFazio, executive director of the Action Fund of Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York. DeFazio and her colleagues will have their hands full this year as they track federal- and state-level challenges to laws concerning abortion and contraception. “More than half of American women of reproductive age now live in states where access to abortion is restricted in some way,” DeFazio said. “In the last few months, we’ve seen where politicians in other states have tried to ram through abortion restrictions the public overwhelmingly opposes.” Planned Parenthood supporters will be in Albany Monday, Jan. 27, for Family Planning Advocates Day of Action. They will focus on pushing, for the second year, the Women’s Equality Act. The 10-point law aims to strengthen New York’s laws against sexual harassment, human trafficking, domestic violence, equal pay and abortion rights. The bill failed last year as abortion opponents argued the law would expand access to abortion, while supporters point out the language only codifies into state law the guarantees of Roe v. Wade. DeFazio said the act encompasses many issues important to both women and men: care of family, pay equity, abortion, domestic violence, human trafficking, domestic violence. “It’s about all those things that women face at work, home and in the doctor’s office,” she said. Planned Parenthood will also be watching congressional races. Rep. Dan Maffei (D-Syracuse), a strong supporter of abortion rights, already faces several potential Republican opponents. In addition, as of Jan. 1, Planned Parenthood of the Rochester/Syracuse Region merged with Planned Parenthood of Western New York. The merger doubled the agency’s size, increasing its geographic reach from 11 to 18 counties. “We’re a stronger organization for it,” DeFazio said. “This is a rapidly changing health care environment. We made this move so we could do it in a planned way.”