Creating a Block Association: Knowing Your Neighbors

“The benefit of forming a block association is that you build stronger relationships with your neighbors,” Natalia Ioffe told me over coffee and panettone. “You’re no longer just one family, one person. You can achieve much greater success together. When you have an association, you have a stronger voice if you have to deal with quality […]

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JC Shovels Volunteer: Brian Perez

I don’t wanna shovel. Ever. Today’s snow was heavy, my feet were cold, and unless I smear vaseline all over my face (I don’t do that. Gross.) my cheeks freeze, making it difficult to talk. And I’m from Rochester – I have scars from shoveling. Know who else doesn’t want to shovel? Seniors. And so, […]

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Jersey City Refugee Supper Club

Bharathi Sethumadhavan reached out to me after reading From Baghdad to Jordan to Jersey City to invite me to the first gathering of the JC Refugee Supper Club. Today, we’re inviting you. If you can’t go, but still want to contribute, there’s room for that too. Tell me about the group.  The JC Refugee Supper […]

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Protecting Trans Kids

Trans kids go to school during the day, five days a week, six hours a day. Just like non-trans kids. When kids are in school, they’re still human beings, with basic human functions, including as eating and going to the bathroom. When a child uses a bathroom they feel comfortable in, hygene can be upkept in a fairly […]

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Jersey City Councilwoman Joyce Watterman: Thriving in a Man’s World

Sitting down with Jersey City At-Large Councilwoman Joyce Watterman was more than a breath of fresh air – it was a master class in women kicking ass. I reached out to her yesterday when I recognized her as the only woman in a sea of male councilmen and community & faith leaders. My question to […]

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Knowing Our Neighbors: Tara

“I’m from Iran, and Iran and US don’t have diplomatic relations. My government never gives me support to come here. “I had to travel to Armenia for an interview to get a visa. They ran a background check on me, and they approved my visa. I had to go back to pick up my passport. […]

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From Baghdad to Jordan to Jersey City

With the recent increase in conversations about borders, refugees, and statuses, I was feeling like the most important part of the discussion was missing: The People. I met Bariq Mirjan at the VIP Diner on Monday night, and he agreed to share his story with us, which is both more ordinary and more exceptional than […]

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Knowing Our Neighbors: Salma Malik

The Knowing Our Neighbors series is an attempt to acknowledge and affirm the humanity that’s right around the corner. By talking frankly about our choices, dreams, and realities, we hope to uplift our community through shared experiences and the relief that, in the end, we really are doing it right. “My mom was diagnosed with […]

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Demetrius Terry: The Future of the Democratic Party

“I got involved when I was 15, when Barack Obama ran. I was living in the inner city and I thought it was phenomenal to see a person of my race running for the highest office. That’s why I got involved. “I made phone calls, knocked on doors… But to be 15 and knocking on […]

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We are the Affordable Care Act

Josie: “The ACA allows me as a self-employed person with no personnel to actually have affordable healthcare. If I did not receive a health subsidy I probably would have to go without healthcare. I have no options if ACA is repealed.  We all require health care – if nothing else an annual check up.  However, […]

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