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“Voting doesn’t matter” and Other Myths that Enable Political Corruption

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Now I can only speak as an American, but one that has been immersed in the seedy underbelly of New Jersey politics. Add to that a stint as a political coordinator for a major NYC labor union (during the last mayoral primaries), and you can start to imagine the things I’ve seen and heard. My approach to any work environment always comes with an anthropological lens. I not only seek to understand ...


My Muslim Uncle & Childhood Lessons on Tolerance

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On a day I remember to be like any other, perhaps while watching Nickelodeon and sitting too close to the TV, my uncle arrived home from college. He had just graduated and had converted to Islam. He had a new name. “Call me Uncle Amin”, he told my cousin and me. When we’d forget and say “Uncle Andre” over and over again, he would ignore us until we got it right. My uncle would go on to g...


Open Letter to 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidates

2016 Democratic Presidential Candidates

This open letter is being sent to each Democratic candidate for President of the United States. We will publish and make public the answer or non-answer from each candidate by September 25, 2015.   In a speech given to the International Association of Fire Fighters, Senator Bernie Sanders said: “I know that there are differences in this room on abortion, on gay marriage, on guns, whate...


President Trump? Not If We Unite!

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In March of 2014, Helene Swanson left San Francisco on her pilgrimage to walk across the country, covering the 15 states that have yet to ratify the ERA. Her pilgrimage ended on Women's Equality Day (August 26, 2015) with a March and Rally in Washington DC. I was honored and humbled to share this day with Helene and so many activists celebrating her journey. What follows is my speech at the rally....


Diary of a Truly Mad Housewife

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Recently, I was in an extremely dark place, which had me contemplating…OK, which had me actually planning suicide. It would have been my second suicide attempt. But, I suppose I should provide a bit of background, to my story. Sixteen years ago, I was involved in an automobile accident, which resulted in my having permanent nerve damage in my lower back. L4/L5/S1 to anyone familiar with spina...


Voting Rights: Turning Back the Clock

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"The Progressive South" For years North Carolina has styled itself as the face of the New South aka the Progressive South. In fact, until 2013 North Carolina had some of the best voting laws on the books that provided the greatest number of opportunities for citizens to vote- putting visions of water hoses and reading tests from the woebegone days of the not so distant past. The Progressive Sou...


Remembering Medgar Evers and the Twenty-Four Hours that Changed the Civil Rights Movement

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  In a little over a twenty-four hour period from June 11, 1963 to June 12, 1963 a significant shift in the Civil Rights Movement in the United States happened. During this time period of a little more than twenty-four hours three separate incidents occurred that propelled the Civil Rights Movement forward and garnered more support for the movement and became a turning point in the fight f...


Equal Pay – Laws of Two Nations

Laws of Two Nations - Equal Pay Bills

Republican Senators have introduced a watered down, toothless bill designed to address the problem of pay equity. S. 875, a six page bill, is deceptively entitled the "Workplace Advancement Act." This bill is but yet another Republican sponsored amendment to the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938; an act which stood for 60 years and offered workplace protections for all Americans until it was gutted...


Girls Don’t Cry Wolf

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Click here to view Girls Don't Cry Wolf Video I was raised in a small, conservative town where sexism was present, but was not critiqued by peers or adults within the community. Slut shaming and biased dress code regulations were habitual and unquestioned by all during my years in junior high and first half of high school. I not only experienced these pressures in a classroom setting, but als...


The Ripple Effect – Iris’ Story

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It took years before I could share my story with others but when I did I discovered I was not alone. My main goal in sharing my story was to let other women who had been raped to know they were not alone either. Every 107 seconds, another American is sexually assaulted in our country 44% of those assaulted are under the age of 18 About 2/3 of assaults are committed by someone known to the ...


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