Us: Building inclusive communities in 2018 amid a time of division


Because we see deep division and language that has fueled a rise in hateful harassment — even violence — The Independent News posed a question to community leaders, writers and artists. 

What can we do in the coming New Year to help build inclusive communities amid a time of polarization? 

A number of people graciously responded, each in their own way. The editor is grateful for each thought, essay or artistic work first published in the Friday, Dec. 15 print edition. 

These reflections have been shared online this past week, and links to each appear below. If you would like to share your own thoughts, respond to this project or even complain, please email

Toward a better 2018 for all of us. Thank you for reading and supporting our community newspaper.

Here are the updated links to the essays and creative work:

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