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Rona Fischman
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If you have a common name, people say your name correctly. If you have an uncommon name, you have a decision to make. Do you correct someone who butchers your name, or let it go? Common first names reflect the ethnicity of the majority culture or become…

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In a recently published incident, a Black professional man was subject to false accusations and the N word on a crowded commuter train. Here’s the full story. The Black man found himself standing very close to a White woman on a commuter train. She began…

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While you are reading this blog entry, I am in the midst of celebrating the New Year. I’ve been planning and cooking for this all week. I fit that into my work week. Many people fit it in with work, plus the extra work of the beginning of a school-year…

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In the past two years, the battle for ownership of public spaces has heated up between those who think public space is for everyone and those who think it is for “the right kind of people.” When the two sides battle it out in court, the legal language…

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Some people are being taken off the voting rolls because they didn’t vote in a primary, or they didn’t answer a mailing asking to confirm their address. Don’t let this happen to you. Check your status.  If you are not registered, here is how to register,…

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You have a right to be angry at people who are hateful to you. You do not have to engage with haters. You have a right to make fun of hypocrisy and people who you think are doing the wrong thing. You need some comic relief. But it defeats your purpose to…

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Propaganda When overstatements and exaggerations run rampant in social settings, in social media, and in the press, it begins to sound like true propaganda. Here’s a quick definition: information, ideas, or rumors deliberately spread widely to help or…

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Ballot Initiatives are the questions you see on the ballot. The reasoning behind ballot initiatives is that a ballot initiative can make law that the legislature won’t, or politically can’t. Legislation that would have a slight majority — or no majority —…

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Invisibility, it feels awful. Some staff feel like a thing — not a person — by people who order them around. People who have positions where they talk to strangers are especially prone to getting drained by this. People who canvas, or are tour guides, or…

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When you open the doors of a customer service business, anyone can come in. Whether that business is a coffee shop with physical doors or a whether the business is serving customers on the phone or internet chat function. The staff are there to create a…
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