Why The Words Of MLK Should Still Spur Us Into Action Today

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By Catherine Miele

One of the biggest struggles I’ve grappled with since Donald Trump’s election and inauguration has been this: respecting the office of the presidency.

When President Obama was in office, it always angered me to hear people question his citizenship and speak of him in a derogatory, racist manner, especially since I believe President Obama truly cared for the country and was a superb leader.

Having different social and political views from many of my family and neighbors, I endured a plethora of hate-filled rhetoric about one of the men I most admire. Continue reading

It’s Our Moral Obligation To Be Decent

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By Kate Kole

I was glued to the news this weekend. To the point of shock, then confusion, then rage. Against my better judgment, I scrolled through the trending stories on Twitter, righteously nodding and vehemently shaking my head – depending on what the stranger on the internet in front of me had to say. I can’t even count the amount of times I said to my husband, “Okay, I know we’re already done talking about this. But, I just have one more thing to add.” Because that’s what I do when I’m upset. I talk. I process. I attempt to sort out the mess. And right now, I just can’t.

It feels like we’re standing in the middle of a screaming match. The lines are drawn. Our stances have been decided. There’s little, if any, wiggle room left for any of us to truly claim that we can see both sides. In my mind, I’m definitively right. In yours, you are too. Our belief systems are powerful things, equal parts passion and stubborn. Continue reading

We’re Going To Be Okay

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By Jillian Stacia

It’s been a rough couple of days. If you live in America then you know what I mean.

When things like this happen, I find myself falling silent. Not in my personal life, or on social media, or in my own private journals, but here, in this space. More than ever, I’m realizing just how important our words are. I want to make sure I get them right. I don’t want to be another voice in the void. I don’t want to add more fuel to the fire. I don’t want to say something just because. Continue reading

Leaving A Legacy: What We Do Now Matters

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By Jillian Stacia

In school, I loved learning about history. I always found it interesting to hear how people lived through big, life-altering events. I wasn’t as interested in the actions of the presidents and leaders as I was in the lives of the ordinary people. Did they know that they were witnessing a historic event? Could they comprehend the magnitude of what was happening? Were they desperate to get involved, to help, to spur change? Or were they so burdened down by the minutia of daily life that they couldn’t see the bigger picture? Continue reading