Human Rights:

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Robert Michael Dulaney

As Interviewed by Aidan Dulaney
"The violence of those years and the 50s had to do more with the younger people being very very much opposed to the war effort in Korea and Vietnam, and the Haight-Ashbury rise more had to do with people in poverty rather than race."
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C. Kennedy

As Interviewed by Cameron Murdock
"People look at a segment and focus on one piece of the puzzle and say this is gay lifestyle."
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John Encandela

As Interviewed by Alex Siegenthaler
"[For my dream project] I would form a sort of coalition of private donors and nonprofits to deal with the issue [of poverty]."
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As Interviewed by Jackson Blankenship
"I think when you have one particular moral structure that certain people are agreeing upon that says some people don't deserve rights you really need to think about that."
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Gideon Tsang

As Interviewed By: Joshua Tsang
"...there's a stark contrast between the Dominican with all the trees, it kind of looked like there were some resorts, and then Haiti, which was kind of dry, and desolate."
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James C. Harrington

As interviewed by Leroy Torres
"It's very important in our lives that we understand that our personal day-to-day relationships- about how we live our lives, and how we help people, encourage people, and sometimes correct people, is very important."
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Lora Yvette Alaniz

As Interviewed by Abi Peterson
"Not only was I in the minority category of being a woman, according to our binary, gender-coded society. I was also Latina, so I was navigating that unique pressure. "
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Diana Reyes

As Interviewed by Noah Hanser-Young
"The legal document in this society tells you who you are – and what you are is someone who is able to become visible in society, work, get paid, and have rights."
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Amanda Van Hoozer and Kate Nyquist

Abigail R
"If we can’t talk about it, if we can’t make it public, if we can’t kind of show how damaging it is, then we are not going to be able to stop it."
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Maria Wood

As Interviewed by Linus Wood
"I had only read about it in papers, but it was a totally different way when you actually are faced with it. It becomes much more serious – I just didn’t really imagine it was going to be this bad."
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Mike Harrison, PhD

As Interviewed by Jasmine Skloss-Harrison
"I think in 20 years people will look back on all of the controversy and laugh. Your children and your children’s children will go, “What the hell were they thinking?” It’ll be a non-issue – it’ll be such and accepted part of life that it’ll be like the expectation that the sun comes up in the morning."
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Bahaa Ghobrial

As Interviewed by Kari Siegenthaler
"During the revolution we were Muslims and Christians protesting together. The religion thing is a card that leaders play with in order to divide people to different groups so they can control them. "
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Socorro Rosiles

As Interviewed by Anisah A.
"I worked hard to make sure everyone behaved. And finally everyone was together. Everyone was equal."
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Kathi West

As Interviewed by Rachel F.
"In the old days, they used to say this perpetrator doesn’t have any money at the time of the sentencing, so the judge won’t order any restitution. But what if they inherit it or win the lottery? Couldn’t touch it."
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Rehema Apio

As interviewed by Lila Madden
"Both the government and the rebels were fighting and when the two elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers. All the people in Northern Uganda suffered."
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Ada Seidemann

As Interviewed by Viktoria H.
"You don’t recover from your losses. You just leave because you are alive."
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Vonnye Rice Gardner

As Interviewed by AJ Marks
"To know that things can change and the heart of man can change – that’s what’s important."
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Luci Baines Johnson

As Interviewed by Marcella Cannatti
"Whether you were liberal or conservative, whether you were black or white, whether you were old or young – the assessment in our country would ultimately be that this piece of legislation had changed it for the better."
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Ramona Kar

As Interviewed by Deepa Telang
"I learned in the field of social work not to measure my accomplishments by outcome but by process."
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Amit S.

As Interviewed by Jongwook Mah
"There wasn’t really much for the people who wanted to earn honestly."
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Daniel McAtee

As Interviewed by Nicholas Hammel
"I don’t think, unless you’re a very closed-minded and uneducated person, that you can really be against gays."
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Ami Vaidya

As Interviewed by Sahil V.
"The biggest hardships were probably racism. I would always have to be conscious if I saw someone with a crew cut or looked like a skinhead, to walk on the other side of the road. My heart would pump a little bit faster, and I would be prepared to run, or fight. I would always have to be more vigilant about my surroundings. A hardship in the UK was just living, making sure you’re not at the wrong place at the wrong time. "
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Christa Hillhouse

As Interviewed by Zoe Czarnecki
"I had to infiltrate the music industry, I think, being a gay person and being a woman – I mean, I had to fight for that right in a way."
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As Interviewed by Gustavo Jaramillo
"There really is no reason for so much violence and discrimination."
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Aly Winningham

As Interviewed by Ori Green
"I had to fight a lot of that growing up, and I had my share of confrontations and assaults. I’ve seen it all, and now I’m in my mid 40s. I’m a little bit more laid-back and choose to take a more passive approach, like voting or being the person that I want to be."
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Meg Barnhouse

As Interviewed by Bridget Lewis
"People don’t feel like they’re hating when they say you shouldn’t be gay. I know they feel like they’re trying to be concerned for the person’s soul. And they use the Bible [to prove this], which has a lot of anti-gay stuff, but there are words that they translate as homosexual that shouldn’t be translated that way... That is the problem with a lot of the passages in the Bible about homosexuality, that they use words and concepts that don’t fit homosexuality today."
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Neel Mehta

As Interviewed by Pranathi B.
"You could see you were treated a little different... [Indians] were always looked as inferior to the whites. We had to work quite hard to prove ourselves."
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Morgan Caruthers

As Interviewed by Ella Carlander
"I genuinely believe that they will forever be impacted and hopefully impact the world through this experience. "
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Jeff Andrews

As Interviewed by B.K.
"I think that there are plenty of people who would look down on or more often feel threatened because they don't understand homosexuality because they have never been exposed to it."
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Gherghina Buican

As interviewed by Gloria M.
"The communist regime was one of the most cruel periods that a human being could endure. There was no right to express your feelings, to talk freely, or to be able to make your own decisions. There was no freedom, everything was abolished"
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Joe Ploeger, Tim Rarus, and Dr. Patti Singleton

As Interviewed by Jacob P.
"DPN was our chant."
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Khurshid Anwar Arfi

As Interviewed by Ezan Arfi
"Now we know those who used to discriminate [against] us – they realized it is not good and every human is equal. They realized that social segregation is not the way to go, so the segregation has almost gone."
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Mary Gatlin Hearon

As interviewed by Cade Foster
"If you can’t read, you can’t succeed."
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As Interviewed by Jack K.
"In the years leading up to the revolution, I knew that we had some relatives that had worked against the Shah. And several of them had been imprisoned. One of them was actually executed by the Shah’s government."
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Bobby Lo

As interviewed by Jonathon L.
"When they [the communists] came they promised all the people one bowl of rice, I mean instead of only getting one bowl of rice they will get three bowls of rice. So naturally the poor people that are hungry, they don’t even know what communism is. All they know is that they get three bowls of rice instead of one bowl, so they became communists."
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Father David Eckley

As Interviewed by Leni Milliken
" have an opportunity for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. I held that very, very – and still do even to this day as a priest; I reinterpret it theologically, but I think even then, I would interpret with a sense that that was a right that all of us, regardless of color, or regardless of economic status, regardless of whether we were immigrants or not, we had this right."
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Joseph Moore

As Interviewed by Jane Walters
"I think the most important lesson I learned in life is you just never know what’s going to happen and that can be terrifying and it can be really exciting. I think the challenge in life is to just remain open to the possibilities that the universe puts in front of you. But you just don’t know. We think we know, and we plan, and we should plan, but we need to plan with a loose hold on our plan."
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Margaret Prewitt Redden

As Interview by Jack Switzer
"I don't remember race being discussed around our ears, but I'm sure my parents talked about it. Adults never really talk about the really interesting stuff with kids around."
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Raymond H.

As Interviewed by Michael T.
"I lost everything. I didn't have anything when I came to Austin, and I'm talking about – I had a backpack when I got to Austin."
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Diana Lerner

As Interviewed by Maris Alford
"I am not a native speaker, my Spanish is never perfect, but people are so appreciative of your effort to speak their language, it has never been a problem for me, working in Austin or in Rochester."
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Elaine S. Holton

As Interviewed by Sara B.
"I think from a business point of view, there are a lot of African-Americans moving to Austin who are wanting to start businesses. There are just a lot more professionals, young professionals specifically, coming into Austin. I feel that’s where we’re starting to grow as a city, and as a culture, and as a race."
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Bing Han

As Interviewed by Joshua Han
"My parents and my parent’s parents believe that someone who is highly educated can go on and make a good living, go to best college, and get a good job, and be respected in the society."
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Amnon Orent, Ph.D.

As Interviewed by Gabriela Fagelman
"At the same moment my parents came in, rushing in to grab me away from the window. But the thing that I was watching was the synagogue next door burning down."
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Gabriela Vasquez

As Interviewed by Diego Landry
"The police stopped him, and they... noticed his student ID. And as soon as they saw it, they began beating him."
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Elaine W.

As Interviewed by Jack Roberts
"we can't understand other people who have grown up differently. Even though, eventually, we will have to grow up to be one country – one world actually."
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L.R. Mahmood

Shazil A.
"Racism is a social evil, which is based on discrimination, coming out from color, race, and this type of other distinctive features."
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As interviewed by Roxy Smith
"I think sexuality and sexual orientation… it can be fluid, you know? It's a process of one's own self-discovery."
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William Tien

As Interviewed by Dessie Tien
"So we had to stay up the whole night just to make sure they didn't come and burn down our house."
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Patricia Bell

Interviewed By Joseph B.
"I do not believe it is a religious issue... There are extremists out there who will do things in the name of a religion, but it is not the religion itself."
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Chester Watson

Destin Watson
"One of the things the Japs would throw up in our face is that you’re over here fighting, and trying to kill me, when back there you can’t ride on the same bus; but you didn’t worry about that. To you, that was the way of life, because that’s what was."
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Yanyu Liu

As Interviewed by Ricky Zhou
"People that didn’t live in rural areas thought those who did were very poor."
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Ismael Hernandez

As Interviewed by Erick Medina
"The man threatened us with a gun – we would have to work for him, or he will kill us."
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Ben Guo

As Interviewed by Allison Lee
"That time, high school graduates had to go work in the countryside and weren’t allowed to attend college."
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Cynthia Sanders

As Interviewed by Ayden Gonzalez
"There was so much discrimination. Back then you were discriminated against if you were a girl. You were discriminated against if you wore a beard. You were discriminated against if you werr Hispanic; if you were, okay, if you were black – there was discrimination everywhere. That's why there was so much unrest back then."
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John Gonzales

As Interviewed by Brayan D.
"I thought it was a real American tragedy. He was a man – not a perfect man, but he was a man that was trying to do what was best for him and his people."
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Pastor Lynnae Sorenson

As Interviewed by Dylan Cox
"Well, I think everywhere you go you’re going to run into these problems at different degrees, different understanding of those degrees, but I think it all does come down to, on one hand, ignorance and desire for power over other people and on the other hand, education and shared power... "
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Rita Lin

As Interviewed by Angela L.
"I remember that when I was growing up in school or even at home, politics had been a taboo. People tried not to talk about politics or policy because that means anybody who expressed their unhappiness towards the government we would be in trouble."
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As Interviewed by Margaret Praderas
"In Iran, we were on ourway to becoming a stable country, but after the Iranian Revolution, things started to go backwards."
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Thomas H.

As interviewed by Zachary H.
"The day that I was captured, we seen the Germans crossing the river, the Rhine river. I was in a big French pill box, and we asked for artillery help, but we never got any. We stayed there for a couple days, firing back and forth. Finally, the Germans used flame throwers, and they burned us out. We had no choice, either surrender or burn up, so we decided to surrender."
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Lindsey Gaddis Kucsera

As Interviewed by Sierra Moran
"I think there are pretty much only advantages to integration with public schools so children can gain real world experience. It’s really great, and I can’t think of any disabilities to integration. "
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Sara Hickman

As Interviewed by Sora Sunby
"The warden pushes his glasses up, and that’s the signal for the three men to push their buttons."
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Rebecca Flores

As Interviewed by Lily M.
"Give them a chance and they can become great leaders."
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William Cooper

As Interviewed by Mia Cooper
"The whole bullying thing, it’s like everything else. There are some very clear black and white examples but then there’s a lot of grey, and that's what makes it such an interesting issue."
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Alan Graham

As Interviewed by Louis Handy
"We've all been alone. We've all felt ostracized to some degree, no matter who we are. The only answer to that deal is love, and it's love inside community, which is family."
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Yvonne Weber

As Interviewed by Caroline V.
"The FBI came to our house and questioned my mother, and so there was a period when it was very uncertain what was going to happen."
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Rusmir Music

As Interviewed by Vincent Hao
"It was just that I had a desire to help people understand, especially my personal background and help them see and accept difference, and to see that difference isn’t bad, its just different. "
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Kalidas Vasamsetti

As Interviewed by A. K.
"I like to remember the war as being fought under a blanket because we weren’t really informed about what was going on."
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Cari Collins

As Interviewed by Amanda P.
"Instead of being Americans who come with money and time to come fix something, we just build relationships and really try to connect."
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As Interviewed by Gabriel M.
"I remember the week of the revolution, right before it happened, they shut down all schools. "
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Paloma Diaz

As Interviewed by Bela Madrid
"You don’t know what democracy is until you lose it. We lost it, we know why it’s important. We want people to not be afraid to talk about politics. We want people to be interested in the destiny of their country."
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Jing L. Black

As Interviewed by Kevin B.
"We were educated how Chairman Mao was good, how he was our god, and we worshipped him every day."
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Gillian Davis

As Interviewed by Anna Davis
"We used to wear blinders. we didn't know what was going on, and we didn't stop to ask."
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Renee Lafair

As Interviewed by Sawyer Timco
"There is a saying that when sometimes the biggest problem in bullying is not the bully, but all of the people standing by and doing nothing about it; the silence around it."
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Rita Rowan

As Interviewed by Aubrey R.
"There’s supposed be 631 good deeds you do every day. But if you can do a few of those that help repair the world – that’s a good thing, and so the focus was always to heal the world, to repair the world."
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Jonathan Maffay Ph.D

As Interviewed by Alex Mancevski
"Since I live in this country, it’s my responsibility to make this country and this government the most peaceful, the most sustainable country in the world, and that we help the world to become a better place, to not become a more dangerous place, where there are more wars, more devastation and more human rights violations."
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Lilia Rodríguez-Sullivan

As Interviewed by Alice S.
"I've always felt like a minority. We [immigrants] are all minorities in the United States because we all come from different places and countries."
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Li-Chu Fu

As Interviewed by Edward L
"There are no differences, all are equal."
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As Interviewed by Sreenidhi T.
"It went like any other thing that is established for a good reason; it goes wacko, to the other side."
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Sue Masters

As Interviewed by Ellie Owen
"When I grew up, everybody was mixed with everybody."
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Bryan McCarthy

As Interviewed by E. L.
"My partner committed suicide May 5th, 2010, and that certainly moved me to work on behalf of the veterans..."
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Stanley Miyahara

As Interviewed by Stephanie K
"Can see the ocean clearly from the mountain and saw the ships in the ocean shooting their cannons into the sky."
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Dan Brinks

As Interviewed by Andrew Lewis
"As a university teacher, many people think that all I do is lecture but actually I don't do that very often. I mostly do research for different projects."
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Ryan Clinton

As Interviewed by Vada Andrews
"We were just that group over there, yelling about the animals, but a group of people who want to dedicate themselves to something can really make a big difference."
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Montserrat Garibay

As Interviewed by Daniel S.
"About eight years ago, my sister and I started an organization for undocumented students and for people who wanted to support the Dream Act here in the University of Texas."
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Guadalupe Romero

Aileen B.
"There was no opportunity for me to continue with my education."
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Ganeshan Vridhagiri

As Interviewed by Akshara Anand
"People who have got the chance through the Quota System will not do anything for their own people and try to seek their identity with the upper castes."
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Ramu Natrajan

As Interviewed By A. G.
"In India, the philosophy as such tells you that… why the Brahmins are in the heads, the Kshatriyas in the arms and legs, and then the vaishyas in your heart and in your tummy, and the shudras in your feet and legs."
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Fernando Saralegui

As Interviewed by Mateo Saralegui
"Batista was a pretty corrupt politician. Batista was the dictator of Cuba before the revolution, and my father and many of his colleagues knew that he wasn’t the future of Cuba."
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Eva F.

As Interviewed by Maria S.
"They closed the congress, eliminated the elections, took over the power, put people in jail, tortured, and killed..."
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As Interviewed by Alex Kachkine
"There was a joke – society was compared to a dog; the dog’s leash was let out far, and it could bark all it wanted. That’s all."
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Joan Baldauf

As interviewed as Aaron B.
"Suddenly after Hitler came to power, they stopped playing with him, they wouldn't play with him."
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Joe S.

As interviewed by Aly C.
"But that’s what kept me there, because they treated me as I would treat anyone. You know, it wasn't just because I was a Mexican and they were all Anglo."
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Brandon Kaung

As Interviewed by Tyler Kaung
"One thing that is very obvious to me is that if we applied to get a phone line, it would take so many years and needed bribery. If we were relatives of the military dictatorship, it would take only two days. "
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