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  • Blog
    Mon, 8 Feb 2016
    ArticleWhy I Can’t Forget My Blackness

    The discomfort of being THE black guy in the room is something that I have to negotiate over and over again. Often/especially in progressive and/or queer political spaces, I am one of very few people of color—it seems that there are places where the demographic “count” to cover all bases means that there’s one of... more...

  • Blog
    Fri, 5 Feb 2016
    ArticleOn Perception

    What does a veteran look like? The last class I took for my MSW was called “Social Work With Military Members and Their Families.” It was a summer class. There were slim pickings for electives, and some students landed in the class because it was the only option that fit into their schedule. One gentleman in particular... more...

  • Blog
    Thu, 4 Feb 2016
    ArticleTransformational Change Takes Time

    This month, a team of US delegates will be in Pakistan on behalf of our Global Peacemaking program’s UPIC (US-Pakistan Interreligious Consortium) initiative. This will be our sixth UPIC trip (five to Pakistan; one to Oman), interspersed with several opportunities for Pakistanis to travel to the US. Our goals remain three-fold: to... more...

  • Blog
    Thu, 4 Feb 2016
    ArticleArts & Humanities at the Intersection

    Intersections is happy to announce the evolution of our Arts programming from “Arts at the Intersection” to the Arts & Humanities program. Broadening the vision of our arts program to include a humanities element affords us the opportunity to expand both our reach to the community, and our funding resource... more...

  • Blog
    Tue, 26 Jan 2016
    ArticleDignity Members Take Action On Employment...

    Employment non-discrimination protections for LGBT people are among the final obstacles to full legal equality in the United States. Such legislation is hotly disputed locally, while federal action has stalemated until at least after the 2016 elections. Below are three recent news stories about Catholic involvement in LGBT... more...

  • Blog
    Mon, 25 Jan 2016
    ArticleHow I Came Out To My Church As HIV-Positive

    Wrap yourself in the comforter and you will sweat that fever out. I can hear these exact words echoing in my ears as an adult whenever I get sick. As a child, my mother and grandmother would offer me these words of advice to combat what ever sickness had crept up on me. They would give me medicine, have chicken noodle soup and... more...

  • Blog
    Thu, 21 Jan 2016
    ArticleA Sense of Identity

    As humans, one of our most important needs is a sense of identity. Who we are matters to us. For me, I identify as a Pakistani-American Muslim woman, though I struggle to keep a balance between my roots and keeping pace with the American way of life. But fifteen years ago, at the age of eight, the actions of extremists on 9/11 divided me... more...

  • Blog
    Thu, 21 Jan 2016
    ArticleThe Intersections Dance Collective is Making a...

    The Intersections Dance Collective (IDC) was formed in 2014 with four dancers of diverse performing backgrounds, two multi-skilled musicians, and an artistic director from France, with the goal of inspiring social change through movement and expression. Our performances would be unique in that audiences wouldn’t just sit and watch,... more...

  • Blog
    Thu, 21 Jan 2016
    ArticleOn Adversity

    When you picture a veteran, what do they look like? The media often presents two distinct images of veterans. To begin, they are strong, patriotic warriors, standing tall in their crisp uniforms, marching in perfect unison. Then, outside of uniform, they are broken. They wait in line at the VA. They are missing limbs, fighting a war in... more...

  • Blog
    Tue, 19 Jan 2016
    ArticleCommunity Policing in Montclair

    Last week, I attended an enthusiastic community gathering in Montclair, NJ where Farid Johnson and Vieve Price announced the launch of “Phase 2” of our Community/Police Enrichment Training. Religious, cultural and community leaders were present and expressed their enthusiasm for this project, and their earnest desire that we... more...

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