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  • Blog
    Thu, 21 Sep 2017
    ArticleSlavery in the 21st Century and the 13th...

    When my fiancé and I arrived in Aruba, my only knowledge of the island was a missing white girl from a few years back. Well, that and the resorts for which I had come. The first few days we spent there we did the typical bourgeois things such as sit on the beach and swim and cool off in the cafes. And, if only to highlight from... more...

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    Thu, 21 Sep 2017
    ArticleBringing Bi-Perspective to a Trump World

    I confess Donald Trump's ascension to the presidency threw me for a loop. His regime required me to review all my priorities, choosing again what I devote my time, talent and treasure to.  After years of primary attention to LGBTQ well-being, my focus shifted. Our community was not the first to land in Trump's crosshairs.... more...

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    Wed, 20 Sep 2017
    ArticleA Path of an Immigrant

    I was born In Uzbekistan, a beautiful country with endless opportunities for the few and poverty for many. I was among the few. My father, a successful upholsterer, has ensured a comfortable life for our family in a two story house with two swimming pools and a beautiful garden. I would only spectate the economically struggling... more...

  • Blog
    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...

  • Blog
    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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