#I believe you

  I recently had the pleasure of meeting two students -- Jessica Bell from Clarkstown South High and Hanson Drysdale from Spring Valley High -- at a 4 day training workshop called Students Advocating to End Dating Abuse (SAEDA). Hanson identifies as an immigrant, having come from Jamaica in 2014.  He said when he came... Continue Reading →


Seeking a Better Life

Haroon came to this country in late 2014 from Afghanistan with his wife and children.   They first settled in Baltimore, where they felt unprepared and in shock, but hopeful for a better future. Haroon worked as a translator/fixer for war correspondents at NBC News in Kabul during 2001-2003.  He had accompanied news correspondents to... Continue Reading →

Refugees Supported, Refugees Cherished and Refugees Welcome!

Refugees supported, refugees cherished and refugees welcome is the sign on 1951 Coffee Company, a coffee shop staffed exclusively by refugees in the San Francisco Bay area. The coffee shop takes its name from the 1951 Refugee Convention, the year the United Nations established its guidelines for the legal obligations of the protection of refugees.... Continue Reading →


Together they solve human problems with technology

Karina Garbesi, Ph.D., is the Director of the Environmental Studies Program at California State University East Bay, a founding member of the Board of Directors and Vice President of We Care Solar.   Hal Aronson, the Founder of We Share Solar, works with Karina to connect the fields of energy and society to create socially just... Continue Reading →


“the future they can create”

  Hal Aronson, who co-founded We Care Solar with his wife, Laura Stachel, calls himself a solar evangelist. He loves the technology that turns light directly into electricity with no pollution.   He says it's an elegant, optimistic technology.  It sparks the imagination. After We Care Solar, Hal had another idea on how to use the... Continue Reading →


The 11th Commandment: “You should never be a bystander”

On the 70th Anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, survivors and world leaders gathered to mark the milestone and reflected on the lessons to be learned by the generations that follow. Roman Kent, Holocaust survivor and President of the International Auschwitz Committee declared an 11th Commandment in his moving speech before the survivors and dignitaries... Continue Reading →


Educate Girls and Change the World

Girl Rising is a film, a curriculum, a leadership tool and nothing short of a revolution.  There are 66 million girls around the world who dream about going to school.  This movement is about changing the way the world values girls. This film paired each girl with a writer from her native country to tell... Continue Reading →


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