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  • Blog
    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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    Thu, 27 Jul 2017
    ArticleWill Supreme Court Allow Businesses To Refuse...

    This week, the United States Supreme Court announced it will hear a case about whether a business can refuse to sell commercial goods to a gay couple because of the business owner’s religious beliefs. This ruling could impact all Americans who experience discrimination, not just those who are LGBTQIA.   In 2012,... more...

  • Blog
    Tue, 25 Jul 2017
    ArticleHumans First: Germany’s Refugee Intake is a...

    An article by Human Rights Watch reported that Germany has been receiving a staggering 890,000 asylum seekers and migrants in 2015 alone, drawing attention from critics, scholars and media persons alike. Some argue that this is an attempt in part for Germany to cleanse or make up for its dark past by performing humanitarian acts.... more...

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    Mon, 17 Jul 2017
    ArticleAnti-Muslim Assaults Reflect Ongoing Fear Since...

    In 2015, Anti-Muslim assaults reached 9/11-era levels, increasing by 67 percent. Although this reflects the overall surge of  6% in hate crimes across the US, 257 attacks were directed toward Muslims alone. Jews were most targeted based on their religion, and blacks were the biggest target of racial violence. Should the... more...

  • Blog
    Mon, 17 Jul 2017
    ArticleMeet The Mississippi Baker Who Refuses To...

    As a baker and small business owner, I meet all kinds of people. I am truly blessed to have a job where I get to wake up each day and make people happy. People come into my bakery looking for sweets to celebrate life’s most special moments. Since 1962, we have been baking up delicious memories from scratch in Jackson,... more...

  • Blog
    Mon, 17 Jul 2017
    ArticleTango Mike, Sergeant Bierbrodt

    In January 2006, ABC reporter Bob Woodruff found himself in the wrong place and time in the Middle East. He was reporting from the hatch of an armored vehicle when a 125mm shell, also known as an IED, exploded. Mr. Woodruff and his cameraman were filming when it happened, which is quite possibly why they were attacked. Their bodies were... more...

  • Blog
    Mon, 26 Jun 2017
    ArticleQuestions & Possibilities: One Year After Pulse

    A year ago, our communities were shaken. The news of the massacre of 49 individuals at a gay club in Orlando, Florida, took most of us by surprise. This horrendous act desecrated one of the most important sanctuaries of the LGBTQ+ community. It is at the club where many of us come to feel safe, secured, loved, cared for. Read more.... more...

  • Blog
    Mon, 26 Jun 2017
    ArticleThe Power of One; The Power of Many

    Moments have a way of touching our hearts and leaving memories that turn into images. These images resurface in the most unexpected moments and take us back to the memories of the days gone by. We look at them and feel them as we do when standing in front of a beautiful painting; their features alive and filled with color. To say that... more...

  • Blog
    Mon, 26 Jun 2017
    ArticleAn Artist on Top of the World – Remembering...

    One night during Memorial Day weekend of 2014, my friend Bobby and I stood on the roof of a skyscraper residential building on 72nd street. As our friends and family partied around us and fireworks went off in the distance, we looked down upon New York City. I said to him, “Everything that we want is within reach, bro.” He... more...

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    Mon, 26 Jun 2017
    ArticleThe Long Hand of the Pigeon

    As a child I used to believe in just wars, trusting my elders and being able to isolate evil people in the world. All part of my miseducation, I suppose. I’ve come a long way and now look back at this time as an odd dream. I think back in anger at all that was fed to me through school and elsewhere. This is not to say that I am... more...

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