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Open Invitation to Rand Paul to Join the Disability Club

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“You know, over half the people on disability are either anxious or their back hurts. Join the club!” - Senator Rand Paul Laughter ensued. “Who doesn’t get up, a little anxious for work every day, and their back hurts?!” Rand said. “Everybody over 40 has back pain.” My first thought upon hearing his words, was a familiar phrase about Rand and the horse he road in on; immediately f...


CALL FOR ART: “Vision: An Artist’s Perspective”

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Presented by UniteWomen.org and Gutfreund Cornett Art ELIGIBILITY: Open to all self-identified women artists. DEADLINE: APRIL 22, 2016 VENUE: Kaleid Gallery, 88 South Fourth Street, downtown San Jose, California. The show will also be promoted nationally by UniteWomen.org EXHIBITION DATES: July 5 - 29, 2016 CLICK TO ENTER and for more information PROSPECTUS: Envision, conceive of, imagi...


Why We Should All Be Learning African-American History Every Month

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In 2002, the NJ Legislature passed Assembly Bill 1301, also known as The Amistad Bill; a directive for NJ schools to incorporate African-American history into their social studies curriculum. To be clear, this law wasn’t just for “those” kids or “that” community, and it was certainly not meant to be exclusive to the month of February. “In presenting the sweeping narrative of American h...


“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

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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...


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