Why We are Better Together

Today I’m partnering with Interfaith Youth Core in light of Better Together Day, where students can share their stories about how, in America, we are truly better together. You can learn more about Better Together Day here. Names in the story below have been changed. Four months ago, on Election Night, 2016, I walked down

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Plus Size Ethical Clothing: The Updated Ultimate Guide

For years, plus size ethical clothing felt impossible to find. Fair trade clothes are already a niche market; asking ethical fashion companies that barely break even to add new patterns and models to their collections just didn’t seem realistic. I know this from personal experience; when I became interested in ethical fashion a few years ago, it

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How to Call Your Representatives: A Guide for First-Time Callers

Since November, I’ve been setting the intention to regularly call my representatives. I’m not alone; in the last few months, thousands more people than usual have been calling Congress, leaving lines jammed. If you’re a US citizen or resident concerned about political issues, you have a right to call and make your voice heard. Calling can

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18 Ways to Be an Engaged Citizen

With the presidential election behind us and the inauguration today, I’ve spent a big chunk of the last few months thinking about citizenship. I became an American citizen last summer, after spending twenty years in the U.S. as a permanent resident. I love this country despite its many problems, and I’m passionate about living up

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Why Interfaith Engagement Matters

I grew up in an interfaith world. My two closest friends in elementary school were Jewish and Catholic; because I was raised Unitarian Universalist, I grew up learning about different traditions and beliefs in not just our city, but within our own congregation. Today, I am rooted in my Christian faith, and my closest friends

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15 Ways to Give Back

Community service was a huge part of my high school years. Every week in my sophomore year of high school, I would visit senior citizens in my hometown. In my junior year, I volunteered at my public library. And in my senior year, I worked with a local group to teach English as a second

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There is No War on Christmas

I don’t really do Halloween. And, as a permanent resident of the United States whose whole family hails from across the ocean, I don’t really celebrate Thanksgiving, either. Which means that, for me, Christmas starts in October. Yes, I’m one of those people. For me, Christmas isn’t just a holiday, but a season. I start

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