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Juan Gonzalez: Defend Those Most in Need

June 23, 2008 | CUNY Lecture Series, CUNY School of Law

Addressing the 2008 CUNY Law School graduates at Queens College, veteran Daily News columnist Juan Gonzalez joked that he and they had one thing in common: “My profession — journalism — is even more unpopular these days than yours.” Gonzalez said his platform had enabled him to right wrongs, and encouraged the class to do the same in their careers. Gonzalez, who also co-hosts the WBAI radio show “Democracy Now!” asked the law graduates “to defend the rights of those most in need” and to consider working for the city’s betterment, particularly on urban land use policy and to eliminate the practice of eminent domain. “What a city does with its most limited and valuable resource — streets, parks, the land under its commercial spaces and homes — is central to the creation of a just and equitable society.”
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