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  • 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...

  • Blog
    Tue, 12 Jan 2016
    ArticleRemembering David Bowie

    And these children that you spit on As they try to change their worlds Are immune to your consultations They're quite aware of what they're going through             — David Bowie, “Changes” David Bowie died this week. He was always a hero of mine. I... more...

  • Blog
    Mon, 11 Jan 2016
    ArticleVoices Like Dr. King’s

    There is probably not a person on this earth who has not heard Martin Luther King Jr.’s iconic “I Have a Dream” speech. Having learned about him in school from a young age, his words are familiar to me, and I have always held him in high regard for his role as a leader in the Civil Rights Movement, advocating for... more...

  • Blog
    Mon, 11 Jan 2016
    ArticleA Christian Father’s Plea To Dads Of LGBTQ Kids

    Five years ago, my daughter came out. I love her. Nothing will ever change that. Nothing. I stand with her. I defend her. I believe in her. I protect her. And my life’s work is now to advocate for her and for all those in the LGBTQ community. Maybe you have a gay son, or a lesbian daughter, or a bisexual, transgender or... more...

  • Blog
    Fri, 8 Jan 2016
    ArticleOn Diversity

    When you picture a veteran, what do they look like? Do they look like this gentleman, who happens to pop up first when you type “veteran” into a google image search?     What about this image, depicting a Vietnam veteran embracing a young marine?     Or does he look more like this... more...

  • Blog
    Sun, 20 Dec 2015
    ArticleYou Are Islamaphobe

    Most thoughtful people recognize that the world is a complicated place. And most also understand that serious and stubborn problems are complex and not easy to solve. One of the most frightening and stubborn problems we face today is the terrible violence and suffering that we observe in the Middle East and North Africa, and which is... more...

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