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Category Archive for 'Higher Ground'

Link: When I was 11 years old, my dad told me a little girl could grow up to be president. Forty-eight years later, I believe him.

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PISCATAWAY — As President Obama left the stage following his convocation address at Rutgers University, he stopped to embrace Rutgers student government President Matt Panconi, standing with other honorees as a representative of the graduating class. But many graduates leaving High Point Solutions Stadium–as they paused to hug, pose for pictures and rejoice, said the […]

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It’s the start of graduation season, and President Obama spoke at the Historically Black Howard University graduation ceremony earlier today. The Washington Post reports that Obama emphasized that “racism persists, inequality persists. But I wanted the class of 2016 to open your eyes to the moment you are in.” …And in front a predominantly black […]

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And his name is George Foster. He’s the kind of Catholic I’ve always admired; he saw something wrong and he didn’t stop until he fixed it: Foster’s brother was a priest; the two heard rumors of abuses and began looking into them. In 2002, Foster wrote an op-ed for the local paper, calling on the […]

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Pope Francis visited a refugee centre on Thursday to wash and kiss the feet of Muslim, Orthodox, Hindu and Catholic refugees in a gesture of welcome at a time when anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant sentiment has spiked following the Brussels and Paris attacks. Francis celebrated the traditional Easter Week foot-washing ceremony at a refugee shelter in […]

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Getting better doesn’t hurt

Kick mothers me. When I was sick, the last time I was really sick with some kind of flu, she put a blanket over me and patted my shoulder. When I am getting snappish about something she will tell me, “Mama’s tired,” and she often offers me food from her plate, though her diet of […]

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I have new neighbors. All I knew about them until a few weeks ago was that they had tiny children, wore hijabs and said hello as we passed one another in the alley. That’s my relationship with most of my neighbors, to be honest, especially in the winter months when we all just want to […]

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This letter to President Obama about the Affordable Care Act made me cry. It’s also why I get so angry whenever those Republicans talk about repealing the ACA. President Obama is visiting Milwaukee today, because the city successfully managed to get health care to poor families in spite of Governor Scott Walker failing to expand […]

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Kleenex moment

Awww.

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Aww

A 106-year-old lady gets to meet Barack and Michelle Obama at the White House. And if anyone doubts the power of having an underrepresented group finally represented in the White House, well, there you go.

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