Explaining Obama’s Immigration Policy @ Thanksgiving Dinner
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Explaining Obama’s Immigration Policy @ Thanksgiving Dinner

The Thanksgiving holiday has become, more than any other religious or secular celebration, America’s annual “homecoming”. This year in particular, AAA predicts about 41 million of us will hit the road, and nearly 4 million will take to the skies, in order to get home to our families, and spend time eating, catching up, and eating again. What … Continue reading »

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Big News: Alicia Keys Endorses Everyday Ambassador!
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Big News: Alicia Keys Endorses Everyday Ambassador!

Dear Friends, In place of my normal Monday #FieldNotes blog, I’m writing to share with you three big news items on the Everyday Ambassador front: Please join me in welcoming a new supporter to our family: the phenomenally talented and deeply compassionate artist and activist, Alicia Keys! I was incredibly honored to receive Alicia’s endorsement of … Continue reading »

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THIS is the Way to End Ebola
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THIS is the Way to End Ebola

Setting up a quarantine system for Americans traveling back from these areas would make it difficult if not impossible to reach out and do our part. And this is the blessing (or as some stubbornly see it, a curse) of our modern, globalized era: a health crisis in West Africa will become a health crisis in America. We do not solve our crisis by leaving others to die. We solve our crisis by ending their suffering first. Continue reading »

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The 200-Year-Old Feminist Shaping the Future of Gender Equality
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The 200-Year-Old Feminist Shaping the Future of Gender Equality

Ada’s legacy has implications far beyond gender. Whether it’s race, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic class, there are always reasons why people who have equal talents and passions are robbed of opportunities to excel and receive credit for their brilliance. Part of being an everyday ambassador is having the perception to notice situations of inequality and injustice, whether it’s in your office, classroom, or home, and having the courage to act and change them. Continue reading »

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Making Sure Malala is Not Misunderstood
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Making Sure Malala is Not Misunderstood

There’s a lot we can take from her example, and for the most part, we can agree that she represents all that we should strive to be as global citizens: compassionate for the oppressed, unafraid to speak truth to power, and motivated to take individual daily actions to advance human rights and peace. And yet, there are levels of nuance to Malala’s Nobel Prize that are crucial to point out if we want to make the most out of the example she is setting. Her award hasn’t been all sunshine and roses, and though she’s been branded as a superhero for girls’ education, her legacy and this award goes far deeper than this single issue. Continue reading »

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