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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Knowing Our Neighbors: Barbara Beeman

“I used to be a newspaper reporter for the Hudson Dispatch. I covered women’s news stories. I did one called Milk Miss Misses Bayonne. It was about a woman who left Bayonne to be a milkmaid on a farm. I also did a cover story about them putting cameras in at Jersey City State College. […]

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Knowing Our Neighbors: Jessica

“I like to empower women. That’s my whole point. Do what you feel like doing. You’re put on this earth to make a difference, so why not take advantage of it? “The simple fact is that women are still 77 cents to 100 on the dollar. And that’s if you’re white. If you’re a woman […]

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Knowing Our Neighbors: Kelly St. Patrick

The Knowing Our Neighbor 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. *Kelly is a singer/songwriter leaving […]

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Knowing Our Neighbors: Angel Webster

Our new series, Knowing Our Neighbors, 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. “Dash was born when […]

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