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  • Blog
    Mon, 23 Jan 2017
    ArticleIgnorance of My Peers

    As I sit in a guard tower in a Balkan country, I wonder what my life would be like if I had attended college instead of joining the military. I think of the man I am today, back to the boy I was around seven years ago; who my friends were compared to who they are now; what’s important to me today compared to years past. I often... more...

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    Fri, 20 Jan 2017
    ArticleAm I Willing to Die For Justice?

    I’ve probably heard it a thousand times now, Martin Luther King’s “Mountaintop” speech. He gave the speech in Memphis, TN the night before his assassination. It’s haunting.  Especially the end where he specifically talks about having “been to the mountaintop.”  And then it’s... more...

  • Blog
    Thu, 19 Jan 2017
    Article1000 Days and Still Missing: When Will our...

    January 8th, 2017 marked 1,000 days since 276 schoolgirls were kidnapped from school by Boko Haram in Nigeria. Some of them have since been released while others managed to escape—but 195 girls still remain in captivity. The ill-fate of the Chibok schoolgirls has come to symbolize the horror of Boko Haram’s rise and bloody... more...

  • Blog
    Mon, 16 Jan 2017
    ArticleOn Women and the Draft

    Growing up in the third wave of feminism during the 1980s, girls of my generation were taught that not only were we able to do it all, we were able to do it all without men, and that in fact, doing it without men should be our #1 goal as strong, modern young women. Men, it turned out, were mere hindrances to careers and lifestyles that... more...

  • Blog
    Thu, 12 Jan 2017
    Article“It Is Better to Light a Candle”

    During the holidays, my family was challenged by the dramatic changes brought on by end-of-life dilemmas. Such moments remind us how precious life is. The micro-reality that my family is experiencing mirrors in some ways the “macro” uncertainty that threatens so many Americans at the start of a new administration: those who... more...

  • Blog
    Wed, 11 Jan 2017
    ArticleBelieve Out Loud To Debut New Training At...

    Next week, the staff of Believe Out Loud will join more than 4,000 attendees in Philadelphia at the 29th annual Creating Change conference, which is hosted each year by the National LGBTQ Task Force.  This year, the Believe Out Loud team will debut a new training: Digital Strategies for Faithful Action.  This year's... more...

  • Blog
    Mon, 9 Jan 2017
    ArticleSurvivor’s Spirit

    For the purposes of this story we’ll call him Zach. Zach and I shared the same Battalion but the similarities ended there. I am black and Zach was white. I am from New York City while Zach grew up in the backwoods of the Midwest region of the United States. Our body shapes, the way we talked, what we ate, everything that could... more...

  • Blog
    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...

  • Blog
    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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