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    Mon, 11 Sep 2017
    ArticleDocumenting Angels: Why I Fight for DACA

    When I was young, I would often ask my mother stories about why we came to America. I wondered why we didn’t stay in the Philippines with many of our other family members. I was curious about why my mom would want to leave a place that she grew up in and established her life within. After all, these were the beautiful lands that held many of her fondest memories.

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    Mon, 11 Sep 2017
    ArticleBecoming a Racist: The Unfortunate Side Effect of...

    In the aftermath of Charlottesville, David Fagin published an opinion piece titled Becoming a Racist: The Unfortunate Side Effect of Serving Your Country? about a group of veterans that served as armed guards for Nazi protesters. Noting that this group of veterans claim their deployment experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan radicalized... more...

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    Mon, 11 Sep 2017
    ArticleAcid attacks in rise

    Since Trump’s 2016 election victory we have witnessed a drastic increase in the number of hate crimes committed on American soil. According to one study undertaken in nine areas across the US, there is an overall increase of 23.3% in hate crimes from the previous year. This same phenomenon can also be observed in the UK post-Brexit... more...

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    Mon, 28 Aug 2017
    ArticleBuilding a Racially Responsible LGBTQIA Christian...

    Last week Wade Davis offered this invitation to white Americans in response to what happened in Charlottesville: This grand display of domestic terrorism offers America yet another opportunity to confront white supremacy, not just white supremacists. And only self-identified white liberals and progressives are the individuals who should... more...

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    Mon, 28 Aug 2017
    ArticleFinally, I get to experience the world

    One of the worst things about being deployed was being trapped on the base all the time.  On the occasions that I did get to venture out, I was restricted to when and where I could go.  I understood the necessity of the restrictions, but would have really liked more freedom to explore my surroundings. However, I found that... more...

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    Mon, 28 Aug 2017
    Article How to handle politics in Jewish-Muslim...

    Jewish-Muslim dialogues are needed now more than ever. Many conversations do take place, at scholarly level as well as at community level.  These are all high level political steps that can be distinguished from college based interfaith groups or civil society meetups. Those are Muslims and Jewish “masses” standing in... more...

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    Fri, 11 Aug 2017
    ArticleThe Role of Churches in Ending Anti-Sodomy Laws

    We once again celebrated Pride month and many LGBTQI people and their allies in the global north revelled in the hard-won advances for the recognition of human rights for our communities. But 73 countries across the world still criminalize private same-gender intimacy between consenting adults, with 11 imposing the death penalty.... more...

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    Fri, 11 Aug 2017
    ArticleService Together

    My favorite movie is Good Will Hunting. I saw it for the first time shortly after the movie was released in January of 1998. I was 16 years old and found myself enjoying everything about the movie; pretty soon I was able to quote whole scenes much to the delight (and shortly annoyance) of my friends and family. One scene that stands out... more...

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    Tue, 8 Aug 2017
    ArticleThe UN’s Worst Kept Secret

    Women and children’s vulnerability increases dramatically in a conflict environment. This might be due to the breadwinner (most commonly the husband or father) deceased during the conflict or joined the battle itself. However, this vulnerability is frequently associated with women and children’s subjection to sexual and... more...

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    Mon, 31 Jul 2017
    ArticleThe 9/11 Memorial and Museum

    In April, I visited the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. It was not my first visit, and I’m sure it will not be the last one. I visited with a group of fellow writers, and we took the subway down. Even though I live in the Bronx, I had not taken the subway in quite some time, a year or more. I simply had no need. Where I was living at the... more...

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