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Human Rights Day

"Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home -- so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world….Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world." – Eleanor Roosevelt

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National Roof Over Your Head Day: Staying Safe, Secure & Comfortable at Home

Today, December 3 is National Roof Over Your Head Day. The fact that this day follows Thanksgiving is not a coincidence. This awareness day intends to serve as a simple reminder “to appreciate what you have."

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National Adoption Month

November is National Adoption Month.  This designation is an essential reminder of how you can change someone’s life for the better by offering permanent or foster care to a child. It reminds all of us to help in creating awareness for adoption. All children deserve love, affection and support.

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Veterans Day: Thank You for Defending Our Freedom

A sign carried by an attendee at the  2019 Veteran's Day Parade in New York City captures the essence of this blog: "Thank You for Defending Our Freedom." 

It is a hard act to follow.  And in the wake of our recent election, many have heard about promises to our military personnel. I would like to think that beyond promises and words is direct, concrete action, which has characterized my involvement and views exemplified by the aforementioned sign.

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If You Observe, You Get the Government You Deserve

Next Tuesday, Nov. 3, is Election Day. After months of ads, campaign speeches, and pledges and positions postulated by candidates, the time has arrived. You will have the right to cast your vote, if you haven’t already, including one for the most important political office in the United States.

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World Food Day

In the early stages of the pandemic, most Americans learned for the first time, what it was like to be out of consumer goods, including perishable items like food. It was an eye opener, This time gave us a sobering glimpse into what it is like for someone to suffer from food insecurity: wondering if you had enough food in the house or whether you had enough for today’s dinner. This feeling, while fleeting, for many is the reality for so many of us. 

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