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[15 Apr 2013 | One Comment | ]
Life, Conception, and Choice: what I believe

Patricia Smith Melton
Peace X Peace Founder 
“The end of legal abortion does not end abortions, it brings a return of prejudice, physical danger, hardship, and psychological scarring from being treated as unworthy and being denied legal safe medical care.”
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Of course there’s life at conception. There’s life before conception. The body is alive, a woman’s body is alive. Plants are alive. Toes are alive. Microbes are alive. We live in a world that is alive. I could even, and often have over the past decades, made the case that rocks are alive. …

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[12 Apr 2013 | 2 Comments | ]
Every Friday in Jerusalem

Every Friday in Jerusalem
By Nora Lester Murad
 
On Fridays,
I feel rested
you feel anxious
I make pancakes
you cut onions
I fold laundry
You tie kafiyehs
I read email
You read danger
I buy fish
You buy time
I contemplate you
you contemplate them
Then,
tear gas stings
shots ring
I cringe
you bleed
I write
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Nora Lester Murad, PhD, writes fiction and commentary from Jerusalem, Palestine. Her blog, “The View from My Window in Palestine” addresses issues of international development and life under military occupation She is a life-long social justice activist and a founder of Dalia Association, Palestine’s first community foundation. She tweets from @NoraInPalestine.
More by Nora …

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[11 Apr 2013 | No Comment | ]
Connecting, Inspiring, and Educating Women and Girls

Uraidah Hassani
New York, New York
“We envision a global community of women and girls who believe in their self-worth, are informed and smart decision-makers, and are motivated to be leaders and change-makers in their own communities.” – Uraidah Hassani, Founder and Executive Director, The Women Worldwide Initiative
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The persistence of gender inequities and poverty in all regions and countries across the globe is the most pressing and enduring issue of our time. The Women Worldwide Initiative believes that education and leadership training are crucial for women and girls to secure equal rights …

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[11 Apr 2013 | 5 Comments | ]
Muslim Angel: A Poem

Muslim Angel: A Poem
By 2Deep the Poetess
 
Rush Hour
Dim light
The sound of the hustle and bustle of destined feet rush by
Head bobbing to the rhythm of modern complacency
Conformed to public transportation etiquette
Confined
Blending
Silenced
Until
Muslim angel,
Because such a thing exists,
Dressed in full, all white garb
Hijab edges outlined in sea-foam blue,
Magnifying her faith 10 times over,
Wonders towards me in a 5th attempt to gain assistance
Previous attempts brushed off by head turns
Flaps of Express newspapers in response to her
Popping like bullets of insults
As headlines of Osama’s demise dangle in her face
As if to say, “Look at what we can do …

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