Cancel the Kennedys by James Taichi Collins

Last month, the unthinkable happened in Massachusetts. Incumbent Ed Markey – a 74-year-old that most people in the commonwealth likely never even heard of – defeated challenger Rep. Joe Kennedy III in the Democratic Primary for the Senate. This was the first time a “Kennedy” was defeated in Massachusetts, where the name is synonymous with…

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From Beirut to Damascus: “Nowhere Is Safe” by Ghalia Al Alwani

I’ve been struggling to collect the words, over the past few months, to describe the rapid deterioration I was witnessing in this country. Every night I’d write a sentence or two, allegories about pain and corroding livelihoods. Then, like a macabre sitcom, a nightmare ensued, as if to answer our feeble attempts at humor when…

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El Barrio: Not for Sale by Amber Skyy

Gentrification is a rising epidemic happening in disadvantaged neighborhoods in New York City for some time now. Neighborhoods in Manhattan such as Harlem are an ever changing landscape with visible social classes. Some people would argue that gentrification is a good thing because it brings public safety, housing, jobs, and opportunities. Jobs that were usually…

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Black Lives Matter is More Popular Than the Civil Rights Movement Ever Was – So Why Aren’t Our Political Leaders Taking Action? by James Taichi Collins

Black Lives Matter is arguably the most massive political movement since the civil rights era. A recent poll by Civics Analytics indicates that “15 million to 26 million people in the United States have participated in demonstrations over the death of George Floyd.” According to a Morning Consult national poll, the Black Lives Matter movement…

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Why Immigrants Lose by James Taichi Collins

Here is how I first learned about the nonprofit industrial complex, in a story proving that embarrassing moments can sometimes lead to satisfying memories.  ​In April 2018, I was a development fellow assisting in grant writing and fundraising at the New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC) in Manhattan – one of the leading immigrant rights nonprofits in New…

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