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David Alvarez speaks peace.

At the second reading of the Barrio Logan Community Plan Update last October, David Alvarez wowed me. Shipyards executives had just spoken in opposition and were threatening a costly referendum, and one spiteful community member opposing the Shipyards had personally disparaged Alvarez … Continue reading

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Not mincing words.

I haven’t always had a deep-seated disrespect for Republican platforms or political strategies. I first registered as a Republican in college, because many in my family are conservative Christians. In my naivete I distrusted Democrats. I now know there are … Continue reading

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Race and Listening.

Listen. I don’t expect this to be profound, or very interesting, or much use for anyone except, hopefully, me, as it’s my personal narrative. It is, perhaps, an exercise in vanity, but I don’t know how else to verbalize, move … Continue reading

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Compassion is stronger.

We all want to feel self-reliant, because the thought of being weak or victimized can be terrifying. To maintain the charade of an “I built this” life, it’s often necessary to block out information reminding us that we all need … Continue reading

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Barrio Logan and personal history

Good morning, Honorable City Councilmembers – I commend the City for its thorough and long overdue consideration of community input in the pending update to the Barrio Logan Community Plan. This community is an often neglected treasure, and I am … Continue reading

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A line in the sand.

(Note: I wrote this on July 11, 2013, but opted not to post at that tumultuous time). The dramatic responses are warranted. We worked so hard. I’m a single parent, and I felt compelled to donate more than I had … Continue reading

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The individual in community

How do we define ourselves? Last year I watched an Ani DiFranco documentary in which she passionately opposes the death penalty. It has echoed frequently in my thoughts since then: How is it we can define a human’s entire worth … Continue reading

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Walk the talk.

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is more than a legend who invokes annual reverential and somber feelings. He was not only a historical figure whose choices and leadership shaped a critical phase of history, but his teachings are relevant … Continue reading

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Why I’ll support Obama with my vote.

Although I’m not completely pleased with President Obama, I will support him for another four years. Ideologically and as a Christian, I have become more aligned with progressive policies than conservative ones, primarily because a wealthy nation should care for … Continue reading

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Why I'll support Obama with my vote.

Although I’m not completely pleased with President Obama, I will support him for another four years. Ideologically and as a Christian, I have become more aligned with progressive policies than conservative ones, primarily because a wealthy nation should care for … Continue reading

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