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“Woman must not accept; she must challenge. She must not be awed by that which has been built up around her; she must reverence that woman in her which struggles for expression.” - Margaret Sanger On October 28, 2013, the Philippines made headlines as reports of their seventeenth peace-keeping mission to
Posted on 12 December 2013
It is a running joke in my family that my siblings and I did not take up the “M.E.A.L.” career plan championed by every parent. M.E.A.L.–that is, Medicine, Engineering, Accounting, and Law professions–is the golden standard, the life paths parents cross their fingers for as soon as their toddlers start
Posted on 9 December 2013
October 5, 2013 marked the first decade of existence for a non-profit that I grew to become involved in over the years. Just a month later, that same non-profit is on the move again in providing relief efforts in Typhoon Haiyan, showing much it has evolved beyond the perception in
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Posted on 6 December 2013
The Journey of a Brown Girl’s launch party on November 15 brought attendees to The Living Gallery in Brooklyn, a cozy space just waiting to be christened with community. The walls were decorated by original creations by Journey’s own team members and performers, including Vanessa Ramalho’s handmade scarves, apparel
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Posted on 5 December 2013
THWACK A thin bar of plastic had descend on my shoulder. A hanger and my older sister wielding it. SMACK My sister was crying. My clenched fist had just collided with her stomach. I was not quite ten and she not quite fourteen. If you have siblings then you probably
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Posted on 4 December 2013
Meet Kent Truog, a photojournalist currently on the ground in the Philippines. Kent believes in the power of visual storytelling, and has been working on his craft since 2008. His work focuses on telling the stories of individuals in Honduras, Indonesia, Cambodia, and Kenya, many of which are rarely seen
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Posted on 2 December 2013
On Monday, October 28, 2013, Pilipinos poured into polling stations throughout southern regions of the country. This election would place over 42,000 village heads and more than 300,000 national councilors into power. Unlike the U.S., Pilipino citizens did not need to be encouraged to participate in their village elections. While
Posted on 2 December 2013