let them lead the way...

Over the past year, it wouldn’t be inaccurate to say that I’ve been collecting caring high school teens from different parts of the country interested in serving as Citizen Discourse ambassadors.  They. Are. Awesome. One of the teens I’ve gotten to know virtually is a senior from Atlanta, Georgia...

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Chutzpah

As we now see, you created a social networking platform with a limited vision.

As a consequence, Facebook has contributed to a damaged democracy.  Your manifesto is an admission of that.  

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Calls for Clemency
“The President has granted your client clemency.” 

I could hear the joy in the attorney’s voice as she shared the good news with me.  After all the work reviewing cases, this was the moment they savor.  The chance to tell the attorney the good news.

A second chance at life.

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Karen Gross
WHAT KIND OF PEOPLE WORSHIP HERE?

Ever since I was a kid, I paid close attention to my rabbi’s sermon at Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services.  Not to diminish their religious significance, but these holidays are like the Super Bowl for rabbis. All the congregants show up and this is the big moment.  

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The Missing Bench

What happens when you coexist next to people is you see them. You exchange pleasantries.  And over time, you get to know them.  That’s the magic of integration. Humanizing the other. 

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The Intersection

The past 9 months that I’ve been in DC I’ve lived on a block that has not gentrified within a neighborhood that has.  Steps from my front door rests a bench.  The bench serves as a gathering place; a refuge for locals who have lived in this neighborhood far longer than I.  

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