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    Mon, 17 Jul 2017
    ArticleAnti-Muslim Assaults Reflect Ongoing Fear Since...

    In 2015, Anti-Muslim assaults reached 9/11-era levels, increasing by 67 percent. Although this reflects the overall surge of  6% in hate crimes across the US, 257 attacks were directed toward Muslims alone. Jews were most targeted based on their religion, and blacks were the biggest target of racial violence. Should the... more...

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    Mon, 17 Jul 2017
    ArticleMeet The Mississippi Baker Who Refuses To...

    As a baker and small business owner, I meet all kinds of people. I am truly blessed to have a job where I get to wake up each day and make people happy. People come into my bakery looking for sweets to celebrate life’s most special moments. Since 1962, we have been baking up delicious memories from scratch in Jackson,... more...

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    Mon, 17 Jul 2017
    ArticleTango Mike, Sergeant Bierbrodt

    In January 2006, ABC reporter Bob Woodruff found himself in the wrong place and time in the Middle East. He was reporting from the hatch of an armored vehicle when a 125mm shell, also known as an IED, exploded. Mr. Woodruff and his cameraman were filming when it happened, which is quite possibly why they were attacked. Their bodies were... more...

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    Mon, 26 Jun 2017
    ArticleQuestions & Possibilities: One Year After Pulse

    A year ago, our communities were shaken. The news of the massacre of 49 individuals at a gay club in Orlando, Florida, took most of us by surprise. This horrendous act desecrated one of the most important sanctuaries of the LGBTQ+ community. It is at the club where many of us come to feel safe, secured, loved, cared for. Read more.... more...

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    Mon, 26 Jun 2017
    ArticleThe Power of One; The Power of Many

    Moments have a way of touching our hearts and leaving memories that turn into images. These images resurface in the most unexpected moments and take us back to the memories of the days gone by. We look at them and feel them as we do when standing in front of a beautiful painting; their features alive and filled with color. To say that... more...

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    Mon, 26 Jun 2017
    ArticleAn Artist on Top of the World – Remembering...

    One night during Memorial Day weekend of 2014, my friend Bobby and I stood on the roof of a skyscraper residential building on 72nd street. As our friends and family partied around us and fireworks went off in the distance, we looked down upon New York City. I said to him, “Everything that we want is within reach, bro.” He... more...

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    Mon, 26 Jun 2017
    ArticleThe Long Hand of the Pigeon

    As a child I used to believe in just wars, trusting my elders and being able to isolate evil people in the world. All part of my miseducation, I suppose. I’ve come a long way and now look back at this time as an odd dream. I think back in anger at all that was fed to me through school and elsewhere. This is not to say that I am... more...

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    Mon, 26 Jun 2017
    ArticleThe Way Forward (On the Graduation of the U.S....

    Body bags laid out like black piano keys The somber discordant score of war. Brought up on the dream The impervious fighting machine The American soldier, G.I. Joe, now Jane Gladiator, warrior, hero of the world. This is equality. One finally equals one Right down to shaved heads No gender bias for killing... more...

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    Mon, 19 Jun 2017
    ArticleThe Veteran and Pit-bull-itus

    We were picking up a friend when I saw a man pushing down a woman. I walked over and managed to pull him off of her. Of course, he wouldn’t leave her alone, a little too much alcohol on board.  I told another bystander to call the cops, after asking if she wanted them. I asked because it was Seattle, they were minorities, and... more...

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    Mon, 19 Jun 2017
    ArticleI Went to Pakistan Looking for Answers, I Found a...

    This spring, I attended an interreligious peace conference in Pakistan. When I landed, I thought that Spring would bring fighting season soon, just a few hundred kilometers north.  The late March heat in Lahore and Islamabad thrust me back into the sights and sounds of Central Asia, the smell of korma, the wail of the Azan at prayer... more...

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