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Us: Raj Islam, chair of the Virginia Beach Human Rights Commission

What can we do in the coming New Year to help build inclusive communities amid a time of polarization? “Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” —… Continue Reading

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

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS 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… Continue Reading

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Column: A Virginia Beach mom speaks out against prejudice in life and online

BY CHONA SANTANDER O’GALVIN VIRGINIA BEACH — There are a few things that are obvious to people when they meet me: I’m short. I’m not white. I am unabashedly Filipino-American – and I wear that hyphenation with pride. My skin is… Continue Reading

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Angry note from customer at Virginia Beach business a sign of divided U.S.

[Ed. — This story originally ran in print on Dec. 9.] BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — A couple of weeks before Election Day, Marlon Machado worked in his restaurant, Sol de Mexico, with his brother on a Friday night. An employee was… Continue Reading