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    Mon, 9 Jan 2017
    ArticleStateless Rohingya: The Power to Protect or Deny...

    What sets us humans apart from other living organisms is humanity, compassion and intelligence. Although one look at the news and we realize the world we live in today seems to lack the very aspects that make us unique. Earlier this week, I came across a video showing Burmese police officers lining up villagers in rows, beating and... more...

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    Mon, 9 Jan 2017
    ArticleTo Be Known: My Journey To Standing Rock

    My entire life has been an exercise in chasing after the fulfillment of being known. I was born in Caracas, Venezuela but have lived in the Latin diaspora since I was 3 years old. I have never returned home. I do not know my people, my language, or my birth family. I’m exhausted from chasing what I imagine is the... more...

  • Blog
    Mon, 2 Jan 2017
    ArticleSo You Want To Be A Caregiver Supportive City?

    Last summer I finally came up for air. Almost two years after my husband’s cancer diagnosis, and a year after his bone marrow transplant, I waded out of the most intensive and challenging period of caregiving I ever experienced. I began to focus my care inward. I went to the doctor and actually talked about my own health. I went to... more...

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    Fri, 23 Dec 2016
    ArticleComing Out As Trans In An Affirming Faith...

    Affirming pastors can have an immeasurably positive impact in the lives of their LGBTQIA congregants. Hannah Soldner, a Believe Out Loud blogger, is lucky to have three affirming pastors who accompany her on her faith journey. Rev. Mieke Vandersall, the second openly gay minister to be ordained in the Presbyterian Church, is one of... more...

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    Thu, 22 Dec 2016
    ArticleThe Good in Messy Theatre

    “It felt very one-sided,” one audience member said. “It’s one side of the story. Good theatre should at least create a sense of doubt about the message.” “So basically, he’s saying ‘All Lives Matter,’” a friend later said to me, summing up that audience member’s gripe. I... more...

  • Blog
    Thu, 22 Dec 2016
    ArticleA Magical Party and Hope for the Future

    When I got off the elevator to enter the holiday party at Intersections last Friday, I was immediately struck by the festive atmosphere that had been created by Lucretia Holden and her team. The twinkling lights, the colorful decor, the scrumptious goodies—it was an elegant environment, not opulent, and set just the right mood for... more...

  • Blog
    Mon, 19 Dec 2016
    ArticleThe Long March Ahead: A Veteran’s Place in...

    The day after the election felt all too familiar. It felt like 9/11. Then, as now, that day only promised a long road ahead. The years that followed, I dreaded a war I felt duty bound to fight. I was only twelve on 9/11, but I came from a family a Vietnamese refugees, for whom war and resistance is as much a part of the fabric of our... more...

  • Blog
    Mon, 19 Dec 2016
    ArticleLearning From Our Mistakes

    The 2016 election season was like no other in U.S. history. In its aftermath, some pundits say that the Clinton camp lost because it failed to reach out, listen to, and win the hearts of the white working class. Although one among many reasons, ignoring the so-called "rust belt" or "flyover zone" played a significant... more...

  • Blog
    Mon, 12 Dec 2016
    ArticleTrump Nation: How We Got Here and Why Service...

    I knew that the 2016 Presidential Election would be contentious; the change of power in the highest office of global influence always is, especially when there has been a controversial leader in power for two terms and reelecting an incumbent is no longer an option. I wrote my book, “Politiquette,” to help American voters... more...

  • Blog
    Fri, 9 Dec 2016
    ArticleThe Rise of Populism and a Platform of...

    Donald Trump’s victory in the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election sent a shockwave that was felt throughout the world. The result divided the American people: many saw Trump’s victory as hope for economic opportunity, a promise to strengthen national security, and a blow to the political elite who thrived in an establishment that... more...

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