Category Archives: Social Justice

This section covers a plethora of social justice and equality issues. It deals with power, privilege, societal “isms”, and the challenges of co-existing in a diversity world.

We Must Resist the Terrorism

Denmark Vesey is one of my heroes. He was about resistance. He resisted the title of slave, freeing himself after winning a lottery. He educated and gave hope to other Africans to remember who they were, despite the harsh, enslaved … Continue reading

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Turn Up! Turn Down for What? A Message to Chicago Teens

By Tina Fakhrid-Deen The catchphrase for 2013 seems to be TUTDFW or “Turn up! Turn Down for What?” The phrase “turn up” was initially used as a party term, meaning to get really wild and party hard. However, now it … Continue reading

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Obama and Gay Marriage – Is equality really debatable?

This morning, the doorman in my office building quietly shoved today’s RedEye newspaper in my hand and whispered, “Do you support Obama in his latest decision to support gay marriage?” I loudly responded, “My mother is gay.” He looked around … Continue reading

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Force for Good

I’ve linked arms with a wonderful new organization, Moms Clean Air Force. The mission of MCAF is to bring parents together to fight against pollution and for our children’s future. If we don’t protect the environment, who will? If we don’t protect our children, who will? I’m stepping up to the call to be more present in this fight. Will you join me? 

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Differences Between Gay and Hetero Parenting

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Jailing Juveniles Costs More Than Harvard?

A Chicago Sun-Times article reported that Cook County Board President, Toni Preckwinkle, reports that it costs roughly $224,000 per year, per child to keep a young person imprisoned at the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center on Chicago’s west side. In contrast, it costs $52,000 … Continue reading

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Tina Fakhrid-Deen 08/10 by Sippin on Ink | Blog Talk Radio

Check out yesterday’s interview with Anondra “Kat” Williams of Sippin on Ink. SOI explores all things LGBT oriented and I was honored to be included in the discussion. We had a great chat about the LGBT family, so tune in! … Continue reading

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Check Out Today’s Interview with Michelle McCrary of!

Happy Friday! Join us for today’s chat! I will be interviewed again to continue the conversation about the latest news in marriage equality and return to our discussion about how class/race operate in the community of LGBTQ families.   Where: When: Friday, … Continue reading

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We Are All Gang-Related

I picked up the Chicago Tribune and learned that one of my students was murdered. My heart dropped and exploded multiple times, so much so that it took me two weeks to finish writing this. So many thoughts have swept … Continue reading

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At Least I’ll Know Where We Stand

I have always appreciated blunt people. I used to be one until I realized that I hurt a lot of feelings, downright intimidated folks and pissed others off. So since then, I’ve backed off and become more “PC” and polite. … Continue reading

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