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    A student, a sex worker and a revolutionary

    Meli, preferring to use her first name, is a junior who transferred from John Jay College. She was born in the Bronx and finds not only Queens College, but also Queens, as a comfortable area. “Queens is just dope for me,” she said. But, Meli does two things on the side—activism and stripping. She started as a go-go dancer, an entertainer usually performing on a stage, because she needed money. Eventually, she became a stripper. She said it was not an ideal job since abuses do happen, but feels people dramatize the industry. “Not like every night is a terrible night. Certain places will be better than other places. I don’t have terrible…

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    QC student organizations lead forum about oppression and protests in Ferguson

    The events in Ferguson, Mo. – in which Darren Wilson, a white police officer shot Michael Brown, a young African American teen, to death – became a central theme in a discussion Oct. 15 in Powdermaker Hall. The forum, presented by Students Without Borders, the Ethnic Media Collective and the Queens College Dream Team, began with the introduction on what happened in Ferguson and quickly changed to the subject of institutional racism of police departments around the United States. With 40 students attending and 36 people of color, many expressed different feelings about the oppression that affects them as ethnic minorities. One subject was mass incarceration, specifically how the U.S…