What Every Non-Muslim Should Know About Islam

Most people would probably be embarrassed to admit that they don't know much about faiths other than their own, which is OK because most people didn't major in Theology and most people aren't religious scholars. However, with the current political climate and with hate crimes on the rise, ignorance about faiths, beliefs, and cultures different … Continue reading What Every Non-Muslim Should Know About Islam

Are Spaniards Hispanic?

I've come to realize that there are a few misconceptions surrounding the geography and lexicon used to describe the people who descend from/live in Spanish-speaking countries. These are a few misconceptions I've heard people have over the years. Being from a Spanish-speaking country does not make a person "Spanish." Spanish is a language and a nationality, so if you … Continue reading Are Spaniards Hispanic?

6 Reasons You Should Go To The March For Science This Saturday

If you care about the truth. If you think facts shouldn't be a partisan issue.  If you are a Republican, Democrat, or Independent who understands the facts of climate change and consider it an obligation to protect the current and future generations from a flooded, polluted, unbreathable planet. If you are concerned with the regressive policies of the … Continue reading 6 Reasons You Should Go To The March For Science This Saturday

The Caprice of the GOP

In the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch as the next Supreme Court Justice, Senate Republicans changed a 200-year-old rule that required a 60 vote majority to end any filibustering in order to confirm the Supreme Court nominee. So, Conservatives changed a 200-year-old rule...when it was in their favor. When people were talking about changing the electoral college, these were the people whose … Continue reading The Caprice of the GOP

Books, Trump, and the “inner city”

About three years ago, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenéz was looking to make room in the annual budget by closing down 22 public libraries; next thing you knew, town halls were packed with angry Miamians, the Miami New Times was writing about it, and WLRN (our local NPR station) was reporting on it. The public outrage was so strong that … Continue reading Books, Trump, and the “inner city”

Trump’s Playground: Jan 20-Feb 20

If you follow the news you know it's been a hectic month in the United States. Trump's presidency has been riddled with protests, controversies, and a cascade of executive orders. I'll be writing one of these posts every month with links to the "news highlights" of that month that relate to the President, his cabinet, and his … Continue reading Trump’s Playground: Jan 20-Feb 20

Illegal Immigration into the U.S.

People don't come here illegally because they want to break the law, they come here illegally because it's the only way they can in their desperate situation (meaning waiting X amount of years isn't an option). Illegal immigrants pay thousands of dollars to get here (that they would contribute to the U.S. if there was an avenue for … Continue reading Illegal Immigration into the U.S.