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No fate but that we make…questions about the way forward

(Note: although I “published” this post on my blog in September 2017, I actually began drafting the first part of it a few months ago…sharing that detail in case any parts of the post seem “dated.”) When I was a little girl I liked the “Terminator” movies. (And I liked the Rocky movies, and I …

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#SorryNotSorry: You Can Keep Your Nonpology

I script a lot, mostly in my head. It calms me. And it helps me process. It seems that there has always been a phrase, a quote, a song lyric that helps to capture what’s on my mind. People often fail me, but words seldom do. This one is easy. Comes from middle school lit …

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Disability Justice is Social Justice; Lean In

Cue the lights, cue the music. The video starts. A young lady with Down Syndrome stands on a grassy football field, her eyes glistening with tears that threaten to roll down her carefully made-up face as she is crowned Homecoming Queen to a chorus of thunderous applause. The next few minutes of the video are …

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You #StandWithCharleston, you say? Prove it.

Nine innocent lives were recently lost in #Charleston, South Carolina when a white supremacist entered a historically black church, was welcomed into an evening Bible study, and announced after an hour that he hated Black people and had came to kill the people who were there. He then opened fire, murdering clergy persons, college graduates, …

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Will you fight with me?

(As an FYI, identical version is cross-posted on my advocacy blog [Advocacy Without Borders]; thanks!) In a LOT of ways I am a “minority.” A LOT. But in other ways, I also have a lot of privilege. I live in a resource-rich Western nation. I speak English. I have US citizenship. I am educated. I …

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#OurThreeWinners Died Because of Hate

This is going to be a very short post. Not because there isn’t a great deal to say about the three young individuals in Chapel Hill who were senselessly profiled and murdered for their Muslim faith – there is plenty than can be said. It is going to be short because it thoroughly disgusts me …

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Heckling Muslim schoolchildren? Faith is NOT supposed to be synonymous with hate!

I was saddened (and angered) to read this disturbing news: that recently a group of approximately 20 “Christian” Texans called the “Patriot Defense Foundation, Inc” decided to harass another group of Texans who are Muslim.  The Muslim group traveled to the Texas capitol (Austin) for a Texas Muslim Capitol Day legislative advocacy event coordinated by …

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Gratitude/Update (#NoGroupHome)

Not too long ago, I sent out a desperate plea for help. My family was (is) faced with one of the most difficult situations we’d ever encountered, and we did not have the means to handle it alone. (Many of you might be familiar with the situation; but for those who are not, this link will …

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Pass Mina’s Law to Fight Stigma: People with HIV are #NotYourInfection!

(This post was originally published on the Advocacy Without Borders blog here.) “The inspiration behind thi’s post is an amazing 12 year old girl we call Mina.  Mina is a sweet, kind, and awesome kid who brings joy to her family, friends, and all who know her. She is thoughtful, deeply compassionate, and full of …

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Standing Tall

In March of this year, a US federal budget was released proposing the October 1st elimination of a program called Ryan White Part D. This program provides family-centered healthcare for ~90,000 US women, infants, children, and teens affected by HIV. As part of a family that would be directly harmed by these changes, I engaged …

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