I think Israel should stop occupying a powerless people for over 50 years, upholding an apartheid state, ethnically cleansing Palestinians from their homeland, give Palestinians full and equal rights, and fix the *root* cause of the violence in the first place.

The vast majority of Gazans being killed by Israel with no army, navy, or air force to fight back are children - that's some "self-defense" Israel's got.


End 73 years of this violence

End the military siege

End the occupation

End the blockade of Gaza

End the open air prison

End the checkpoints

End the bombings of…


Critical lessons from MLK’s 1964 book that remain relevant in the fight for civil and human rights today.

1st edition cover of Why We Can’t Wait, published in July 1964 by Harper & Row. Source: Wikipedia


A non-definitive playlist of songs speaking truth to power

“Fight the Power” by Public Enemy was released as a single track for Spike Lee’s 1989 film Do the Right Thing, and has since become an iconic protest anthem in American culture. Radio Raheem (pictured), a character in the film who was killed by police would carry around a radio that played the song. Source: LA Times

Although Donald Trump has left office, it is imperative that we the people unite to fight the legacy of Trumpism that lives on — an amalgam of Nazi-like fascism, white supremacy, violent extremism, and all of the worst ‘isms’ imaginable. History has warned us that our minimization and mockery of far-right movements foment the worst impulses of humanity that can inevitably lead to pogroms, concentration camps, and yes, even genocide. But we are not merely in a battle against Trumpism. In reality, we are in a lifelong war against the age-old systems that enable Trumpism in the first place.

I…


In a single day alone, laborers across India sent a powerful message to the workers of the world: Unite. Will Americans follow their lead?

November 2020: Farmers march to New Delhi in protest of a series of farm reform bills passed by the Modi administration in September. Source: Altaf Qadri/Associated Press

As the world remains deep in the throes of the COVID-19 pandemic, the working class has suffered tremendous blows from a global economic system that has been increasingly exposed for its exploitation and neglect of the poor and marginalized. With the United States and India holding first and second place in total coronavirus cases as of January 16th respectively, workers in both nations have reeled in bearing the ongoing costs of a largely halted world economy…


Entering into the grotto within Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, West Bank — the place where Jesus is said to have been born. 01/11/20.

A while ago, I heard a voice in a church I stumbled upon as I was walking about — calling out in song, as if it was longing for me to come inside.

I’d forgotten the immediate transformation I experience when I’m in church, the internal peace that resurfaces throughout my body. Perhaps a jaded part of me likes it because I’m amongst people who are longing for their real home — a better realm. They, too, realize this must not be the place.

I look around me, and all I see is longing.

Longing for heaven.

Longing for happiness.


A commentary on the evolution of discovering and rediscovering great music.

Prince performing at the Super Bowl halftime show in 2007. Source: BBC

In 2016, upon hearing news of the untimely death of The Artist Formerly Known as Prince, I began to read about the music legend’s life and legacy. Prince was not only gifted in his craft as a trailblazing multi-instrumentalist whose work spanned a large range of genres, he was also a humble humanitarian who transcended archaic norms around gender and sexuality. He was, in every sense, a beloved American icon.

So why is it that I only know two of his songs?

This is a bit of an embarrassing…


A poem about child rape

Source: 123RF

When I was 10, I would come home and watch “Hey Arnold!” after school

When you were 10, you were asked by a grown man if you loved him

When I was 10, my mom and dad would drop me off to my friends’ birthday parties

When you were 10, he rubbed your thigh as he drove you to yours

When I was 10, I was riding my bike around the neighborhood

When you were 10, he was kissing you on your lips

When I was 10, I would go to my rival school to swim

When you were 10…


On learning to reject conformity from a special book from my childhood

Stargirl is a young adult novel written by Jerry Spinelli in 2000

British novelist C.S. Lewis once said “A children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story in the slightest.” In elementary school, I would often read Stargirl, a book written by Jerry Spinelli. It was a children’s story, but not the kind Lewis describes — it’s one I’ve held close to my heart and enjoy to this day.

Who is Stargirl?

She’s not an intergalactic superhero, nor is she the girlfriend of The Weekend’s “Starboy”. She’s a fictional high school student who…


Reflecting on the drive to succeed through lessons learned from the greatest basketball player of all time.

A 1992 Nike “Sky Jordan” poster. The year before, Gatorade launched an iconic “Be Like Mike” commercial targeted towards young aspiring kids. Source: Pinterest

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