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Category Archive for 'Higher Ground'

New Orleans actor and activist Wendell Pierce looks at how insurance companies discouraged poor and black families from returning to New Orleans after Katrina by refusing to honor homeowner policies. Pierce, whose great-grandfather came to New Orleans as a slave in the 1850s, talks about how Allstate gave his parents just $400 after they paid […]

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Dear President Carter

A moving tribute. Really, you’ll like it. Bookmark It

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Heroes

This is one of those stories where a group of men happened to be in exactly the right place at the right time. Kudos to these brave guys! Three Americans, including two servicemen, who tackled a gunman aboard a train from Amsterdam to Paris on Friday are being praised as heroes for thwarting what might […]

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R.I.P. Julian Bond

Julian Bond, 75. Bookmark It

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The marriage feast

What a lovely story: A couple in Turkey swapped out lavish nuptials with their friends and family for the bread line with thousands of Syrian refugees. Last Thursday, Fethullah Üzümcüoğlu and Esra Polat doled out food to 4,000 Syrian refugees for their wedding reception on the border town of Kilis. The bride wore an elaborate […]

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The power of vulnerability

I used to be good at this vulnerability thing. But a couple of bad relationships and many financial struggles later, I know I’ve shut down emotionally. So this is what I struggle with now, and I thought some of you might relate as well. Bookmark It

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Awww. I can’t even imagine my childhood without my local library. When kids can’t even afford to go to the library, how are they going to learn to read? Twelve-year-old Mathew Flores is a bit different from the rest of us. He loves junk mail. Until recently, advertisements were the only reading materials available to […]

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Amen

I’m really glad he said it. I get tired of rape jokes — I wouldn’t wish rape on anybody: In a wide-ranging speech before the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People on criminal justice reform, President Barack Obama implored popular entertainment outlets to stop making jokes about prison rape. “We should not tolerate […]

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It’s turning into “where were you when you heard?” Already. It’s turning into “what was life like, before the war?” Already. It’s turning into the biggest change, the biggest alteration, and it only took a decade. Except it didn’t. It took a hundred lifetimes. http://www.thegailygrind.com/2013/03/21/lgbt-history-photos-of-gay-couples-from-the-1880s-1920s-tbt/ I think we have this idea, in America. We have […]

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