On Race and Immigration in America: An evening With Congresswoman Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez

The United States of America has struggled, since the beginning of the republic, to find deep peace and reconciliation with its history of immigration and race. New voices and leadership, particularly from the recent majority change in Congress, offer optimism. Seemingly, Congresswoman Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez is the face of the movement. This Congress is the most race and gender diverse in the history of the country.

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Henry Cross grew up in sunny Miami, Florida. Upon graduating high school, he moved to the politicized Washington, D.C. and double majored in History and Politics at the Catholic University. He served as a social studies teacher in Prince George’s County Public School in 2008-2009. In the fall of 2009, he moved to New York City to continue and grow his work in education and service.

He joined Hosh Yoga in 2011 as a teacher and Program Director. And since 2013, he founded and expanded programming for the organization with Hosh Kids and Hosh Seniors. Henry's entrepreneurial spirit helped developed the organizational, program, and financial capacity of the nonprofit to deliver self-sustaining and self-supporting health and wellness services to over 3,000 children, adults, and seniors every month in a cost-effective and fairly-priced way. And from 2014 to 2016, he participated in a philanthropic role by expanding the programming, policy, and public advocacy efforts of the Sonima Foundation as Community Relations Director.

His work has been featured by the Huffington PostElephant JournalBlog Talk RadioThe NYC Social Innovation FestivalSocial Venture Institute, and multiple Brooklyn and Queens newspapers. He is an appointed New York City official of Community Board 5 in Queens, serves on a Department of Youth and Community Development Neighborhood Advisory Board, and on the board of directors of the Ridgewood Property Owners and Civic Association. And in 2015, Henry was selected as an etsy.org business fellow and awarded Top 40 Under 40 Nonprofit Rising Star. He finds joy in his community work service everyday and loves ballroom dancing!

How Good People Can Fight Bias

In her new book, Dolly Chugh provides us with tips for recognizing bias and reducing its effects in ourselves and our workplaces.

Are you against racism? At the same time do you find that your dinner parties consist pretty much of people who look like you? Do you believe workplaces should provide equal opportunities for women—and yet your own office is run exclusively by men?

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This article originally appeared on Greater Good, the online magazine of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley.

The Greater Good Science Center studies the psychology, sociology, and neuroscience of well-being, and teaches skills that foster a thriving, resilient, and compassionate society.

Based at the University of California, Berkeley, the GGSC is unique in its commitment to both science and practice: Not only do we sponsor groundbreaking scientific research into social and emotional well-being, we help people apply this research to their personal and professional lives. Since 2001, we have been at the fore of a new scientific movement to explore the roots of happy and compassionate individuals, strong social bonds, and altruistic behavior—the science of a meaningful life. And we have been without peer in our award-winning efforts to translate and disseminate this science to the public.

Deeply Looking at the Man in the Mirror

This morning I awoke to the contrast, complexity, and hypocrisy that is me!

You see, I have seen a lot in my 45 times around the sun.

I have seen the best in people, and I have seen the worst in people. I have seen the best in myself, and I have seen the worst in myself.

With all that I have seen from so many different perspectives, today, I awaken to the knowing that living all of this, was still living from a place of privilege. 

It is a very humbling and awakening moment to say the least.

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When Communities Make Racial Justice a Priority

From conversations that heal to land trusts that fight gentrification.

This article is part of Yes! Magazine's state-by-state exploration of local solutions.

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In the weeks following the 2014 shooting of Michael Brown, Wellspring Church in Ferguson became a space for protestors to meet, talk about issues, and strategize for change. Two years have passed, but Wellspring’s pastor, The Rev. F. Willis Johnson Jr., wants to keep those conversations going.

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Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez with group of young people.
03/11/2019
The United States of America has struggled, since the beginning of the republic, to find deep peace and reconciliation with its history of immigration and race. New voices and leadership,... read more
Group of res chess pawns and one black piece.
01/08/2019
In her new book, Dolly Chugh provides us with tips for recognizing bias and reducing its effects in ourselves and our workplaces. Are you against racism? At the same time do you find that your... read more
Man with chrome mirrored cover over his face
06/06/2018
This morning I awoke to the contrast, complexity, and hypocrisy that is me! You see, I have seen a lot in my 45 times around the sun. I have seen the best in people, and I have seen the worst... read more
Justice statue holding scales and sword.
01/25/2017
From conversations that heal to land trusts that fight gentrification. This article is part of Yes! Magazine's state-by-state exploration of local solutions. Missouri In the weeks... read more
Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez with group of young people.
03/11/2019
The United States of America has struggled, since the beginning of the republic, to find deep peace and reconciliation with its history of immigration and race. New voices and leadership,... read more
Group of res chess pawns and one black piece.
01/08/2019
In her new book, Dolly Chugh provides us with tips for recognizing bias and reducing its effects in ourselves and our workplaces. Are you against racism? At the same time do you find that your... read more
Man with chrome mirrored cover over his face
06/06/2018
This morning I awoke to the contrast, complexity, and hypocrisy that is me! You see, I have seen a lot in my 45 times around the sun. I have seen the best in people, and I have seen the worst... read more
Justice statue holding scales and sword.
01/25/2017
From conversations that heal to land trusts that fight gentrification. This article is part of Yes! Magazine's state-by-state exploration of local solutions. Missouri In the weeks... read more