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August 2013

THE TRUTH BEHIND A LIE

“Chase after truth like hell and you’ll free yourself, even though you never touch its coat-tails.”

– Clarence Darrow

Once upon a time…in a neighborhood or village not too far away, we were just a bunch of kids. And if our memory behaves itself, it’s fairly safe to say we can all remember a time when we believed…well…everything.

Girls believed that some day their prince would come. Boys believed that some day they would save the world. And you could find a fair amount of both boys and girls hunting their closets with a bat and sticking their heads under their beds to scan for monsters. Monsters they believed existed.

But most importantly, us kids, we believed people.

We believed that what our parents, preachers and teachers told us may as well have come from the mouth of God.

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The Syndrome That Won’t Stay Silent

Donte Winrow is our featured youth blogger this month. Donte is an 18-year-old advocate for youth with disabilities.

At a young age, I noticed myself making these sounds and I had no idea what it was.

I was a kid. I thought everything was normal. My mother didn’t think much of it either. As I got older and began grade school, those sounds came along with me and other students my age started noticing. Kids started to mimic me, and look at me like I wasn’t even human. I tried playing the sounds off, but nothing would work.

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The Power of the Apology

Nura Mowzoon is a relationship coach with a PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy. Dr. Mowzoon teaches at Arizona State University.

There are three simple words that can have the most profound effect on an individual. Words which, the minute they fall from one’s lips, can brighten someone’s day, lift their spirits, and make everything seem better. There are three tiny words that can change the entire course of a difficult conversation and instantly bring two people closer together.

“I am sorry.”

It’s happened to all of us. We’re confronted with a situation that we may or may not have expected, where we’ve hurt the feelings of someone we care about. And in that moment, there’s a small part of us that thinks, “Oops, I screwed up.” But quickly this voice is silenced by the louder voice that tells us, “You don’t want to look

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The Men of Tomorrow

Andre Segovia is a Tahirih Justice Center Fellowship alumnus and an advocate of Women’s Rights and Gender Equality.

Try to find a group of men on the forefront of women’s empowerment. The closest you’ll uncover are a few supporters of Stopping Violence Against Women.

A couple years ago I remember getting excited when I found the United Nation’s Network of Men Leaders. I thought, “Now there’s hope!” I wrote a letter about getting involved to find out where their events and rallies were. The response? Nil.

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