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[9 Jan 2013 | 2 Comments | ]
Choosing Community Over Caution

Michele Mician
Palm Springs, CA USA 
“This year my mission is to actively respond to chaos with calm. To take negative experiences and see the good.”
I live a wonderful life. I have two homes… one in beautiful sunny southwest Florida and one in warm, sunny, and equally beautiful southern California. My work took me to California a few years ago. It is very rewarding and I venture to say I have my dream job. I work as a sustainability manager for a small local government. My job entails working on many projects …

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[7 Jan 2013 | 2 Comments | ]
Lady Essence Speaks on Women, Hip Hop, Misogyny

Connection Point Director Yasmina Mrabet interviewed rapper Lady Essence about her work and experience as a woman breaking into the male-dominated world of hip hop. Her answers are below.
Can you tell us a little about your personal background? How did you become interested in hip hop, and what inspired you to begin rapping?
I began rapping when I was 13 years old. It was really on a whim. I didn’t think rap music required talent and felt that it was too easy just to write some silly rhymes and have it be considered artistic. …

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[20 Dec 2012 | No Comment | ]
Woman to Woman: Building Peace through Dialogue

Yasmina Mrabet 
Director, Connection Point Initiative
“In both Western and predominantly Arab and Muslim societies the international political arena is dominated by men, and our social structures characterized by insidious patriarchy. Our problems do not lie in our differences, which are not as stark as we believe them to be. Rather, our problems are rooted in a lack of direct communication and interaction.” 
Arab, Muslim, and Western women need to sit down and talk to one another – now. Persistent misunderstanding about the ‘other’ – cultural, religious, political, and otherwise – is only …

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[18 Dec 2012 | 5 Comments | ]
Hope from Bethlehem

Mazin Qumsiyeh
Bethlehem, Palestine 
“We are hopeful because history is not static.”
Thumbing its nose at the international community in this holiday season, the Israeli government is going ahead with building thousands of housing units in existing and new Jewish colonization settlements in the Bethlehem and Jerusalem areas. After living 29 years in the US, it is not easy to be living in Bethlehem area.  Life can be at times hard, exhilarating, depressing, fun, and hopeful. Israel occupied this area in 1967, but the landscape had begun to change well before that. In 1948, …