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America is indeed becoming “Great Again”…though not necessarily because of who we think.

The President’s infamous campaign slogan is to, “Make America Great Again”. This promise is being fulfilled a lot sooner than perhaps himself and Americans would have expected.
Let me explain.
It has been decades since we have seen deeply rooted prejudices rear their heads from beneath this great country’s soil for all to so obviously and collectively see and feel. Like a dormant disease displaying symptoms mild enough to be brushed off as harmless, many Americans thought just that; that there was nothing really wrong with our great nation; that we were relatively healthy, not sick, rich, not poor, educated, not ignorant. America is built on dreams and so many were living in one, until today.
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The Teenager Who Is Preventing Cholera

Adama Fofanah is a Sierra Leonean teenager taking cholera prevention into her own hands.

Some people say, “Only the strongest survive”. I can’t help but wonder if I will be strong enough to endure the challenges that will come my way or if I will need support from elsewhere to make my dreams of having an education come true.

Where I live it is dry and dusty and life is slow. Many people have to fetch their water from a borehole and instead of electricity they use kerosene lamps and cook over firewood. Every day I sweep the rooms and fetch wood and my sister and I like washing the dishes so they are clean for visitors. Every morning we wake up early so that we can do our work before school because for some of us it’s a long walk.

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The Time For Change Is Now

Maria Escude-Reifler is a Marriage and Family Therapist and has been a teacher and educational consultant through out the United States for over 35 years.   


This video “Shelter from the Storm” is owned by John X Carey

 

“I don’t know what I want to do with my life.”

When John and his friend got together they told me, “We‘ve tried once, we could try again to commit suicide.” They were only fifth graders.

“I feel ugly. Everyone makes fun of me. I don’t want to come to school,” those are the words of crying second grader, Marisol.

When I offered a free program to help with the bullying problem in her elementary school, the principal told me, “We have no time to deal with all the emotions that our children bring to school. We only have time for academics. Teachers need to comply with district directions. We need every minute to prepare students for the tests.”

“Help!” our children are shouting with their actions.

In 2011 there were 38,000 suicides in the United States, mostly children under the age of 16.

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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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