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Wonderful experience volunteering at New York Harm Reduction Educators @nyhre yesterday. I can’t say enough about how amazing this organization is. They literally save lives every day. Learned a lot and was even finally able to get  training to use Narcan and CPR to help prevent opioid overdosing. Helped pack fentanyl test kits with a great team. Love learning about the amazing ways NY’ers show up for each other every day! #harmreduction #harmreductionsaveslives #publichealth #nyc #nonprofit #volunteer
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Wonderful experience volunteering at New York Harm Reduction Educators @nyhre yesterday. I can’t say enough about how amazing this organization is. They literally save lives every day. Learned a lot and was even finally able to get training to use N

An incredible evening of policy narratives at The Century Foundation this evening. When I first started learning about policy design in undergrad, humanizing a broad issue - putting a face to a nebulous feeling policy - was emphasized as a powerful way to communicate and rally people that may otherwise be uninterested or disillusioned. The power of policy - and its reach to every aspect of life - was felt tonight. Issues of environmental conservation, foreign policy and regime changes, immigration and refugee policies, drug policies, parental leave and childcare, school segregation, and criminal justice were all made very personal today. There was laughter. The humanity of it all. And I was moved to tears. There is so much work to be done. 
#publicpolicy #policyforeverybody #politics #politicsispersonal #healthpolicy #immigrationpolicy #segregation #schooltoprisonpipeline #criminalizationofblacks #criminaljustice #carbonfootprint #climatechange #thecenturyfoundation #thinktank #letsmakesomepolicychange #fairchances #socialequity #socialpolicy
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An incredible evening of policy narratives at The Century Foundation this evening. When I first started learning about policy design in undergrad, humanizing a broad issue - putting a face to a nebulous feeling policy - was emphasized as a powerful w

Attended two interesting workshops at the #artofhealing conference earlier this week! Preventing and Managing Burnout Using Mindfulness: an Evidence-based Approach with Dr. Nitin Ron and Greg Rills and Comics and Talking About the End of Life with Lois Perelson-Gross and MK Czerwiec. Fascinating and insightful.

#mindfulness #meditation #burnout #burnoutprevention #endoflifeplanning #narrativemedicine
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Attended two interesting workshops at the #artofhealing conference earlier this week! Preventing and Managing Burnout Using Mindfulness: an Evidence-based Approach with Dr. Nitin Ron and Greg Rills and Comics and Talking About the End of Life with Lo

Doctors, a nun, artist, students, Feldenkrais practitioner, and theological students went for tea. 
Discussion was dripping in syncretism and the beautiful complexity that happens when people from Buddhist, Christian, Agnostic, Jewish, and Hindu traditions and influences literally come to the table. Wonderful way to conclude the day after the Art of Healing conference (with representation from most of the major local hospitals as well as remote attendees from two states) at the Jewish Theological Seminary! 
#artofhealing #mindbodymedicine #chaplaincy #patientcare #interfaith #interfaithdialogue #jewishtheologicalseminary #ecumenical #ecumenico
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Doctors, a nun, artist, students, Feldenkrais practitioner, and theological students went for tea. Discussion was dripping in syncretism and the beautiful complexity that happens when people from Buddhist, Christian, Agnostic, Jewish, and Hindu trad

Voted yesterday because local elections matter! Dreaming of the day New York passes the New York Health Act, thus the t shirt. In the photo I was distracted by someone saying not to take pictures  which has me wondering ever since what NY State law actually is regarding photos outside of polling sites. Not my style to unintentionally break a law. 
#localelections #nyc #newyork #brooklyn #nyhealthact #patientsoverprofits #civicduty #vote #votelikeyourlifedependsonit
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Voted yesterday because local elections matter! Dreaming of the day New York passes the New York Health Act, thus the t shirt. In the photo I was distracted by someone saying not to take pictures which has me wondering ever since what NY State law a

Bronx bicycle bling. Would love to see this all lit up flying down the street. #bicycle #festive #bronx #nyc
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Bronx bicycle bling. Would love to see this all lit up flying down the street. #bicycle #festive #bronx #nyc

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Did you know that the unpaid, forced labor of Blacks continued years after the emancipation proclamation? No one was in a rush to inform Blacks who were unaware. Today commemorates the day 250,000 enslaved Africans in Texas were made aware of their freedom. Today is also a good day to reflect on how the U.S. was literally built on the backs of Blacks, and reparations of any kind have yet to be made. Also a good day to sit and get uncomfortable thinking on the ways and situations in which one may be the oppressor today. Challenge cute versions of history (everything I learned before college) that romanticize the U.S. as being founded on some high moral ground with Christian virtue! 
#juneteenth #enslavedafricans #ushistory #texas #blacklivesmatter #africanastudies #africanhistory 
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#Onthisday in 1865, enslaved African Americans were notified of their freedom by Union troops in Galveston, TX—two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued.

Known as #Juneteenth, this day is widely celebrated as the end of chattel slavery in the U.S. Juneteenth marks our country’s second independence day. Though it has long been celebrated among the African American community, it is a history that has been marginalized and still remains largely unknown to the wider public. The legacy of Juneteenth shows the value of deep hope and urgent organizing in uncertain times. This Museum is a community space where that spirit can continue to live on – where histories like this one can surface, and new stories with equal urgency can be told. #APeoplesJourney #ANationsStory
: Grace Murray Stephenson and family, Juneteenth Emancipation Day Celebration, June 19, 1900, Texas, Courtesy Austin History Center.
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Did you know that the unpaid, forced labor of Blacks continued years after the emancipation proclamation? No one was in a rush to inform Blacks who were unaware. Today commemorates the day 250,000 enslaved Africans in Texas were made aware of their f

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Was serenaded by this vocal genius tonight. I am rarely impressed by vocals - this was on another level. Performed Whitney Houston cover and hit. Every. Note. Loved listening and am sure you will, too! Follow @bhbmusic__ and subscribe on YouTube! 
#musicians #vocals #nyc #brooklyn #precision #vocalcontrol #yes #youngmusicians 
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The Tony’s was amazing 🤗
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Was serenaded by this vocal genius tonight. I am rarely impressed by vocals - this was on another level. Performed Whitney Houston cover and hit. Every. Note. Loved listening and am sure you will, too! Follow @bhbmusic__ and subscribe on YouTube! #m

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An evening full of insight and fierce minds at Data & Society. #dataandsociety #data #ai #racialequity #technology #databite
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An evening full of insight and fierce minds at Data & Society. #dataandsociety #data #ai #racialequity #technology #databite

Happy Feast of Pentecost! ....
”Holy Spirit was not a disembodied ghost, not an immaterial being. On the contrary. The Spirit embodied the life force of the universe, the power of God, the animating energy present in all things and captured by none.” -Jane Chittister, In Search of Belief ....  “To me, mindfulness is very much like the Holy Spirit. Both are agents of healing. When you have mindfulness, you have love and understanding, you see more deeply, and you can heal the wounds in you own mind. The Buddha was called the King of Healers. In the Bible, when someone touches Christ, they are healed... when you touch deep understanding and love, you are healed. The Holy Spirit descended on Jesus like a dove... and revealed the manifestation of the Holy Spirit. Jesus healed whatever he touched. With the Holy Spirit in him, his power as healer transformed many people. All schools of Christianity agree on this. ...All of us have the seed of the Holy Spirit in us, the capacity of healing, transforming, and loving. “ Thich Naht Hahn, Living Buddha, Living Christ ....
”We are, in other words, in the most refreshingly trite, most obviously astounding way, all in this together—equally adult, equally full members, equally responsible for the church. Nor does any one dimension of the church, then, have a monopoly on insight, on grace, on the promptings of God in this place at this time. The Spirit of God is a wild thing, breathing where it will, moving as it pleases, settling on women and men alike.” -Jane Chittister, In Search of Belief .... #pentecost #holyspirit #spirit #energy #mindfulness #thichnhathanh #feastofpentecost #giftsoftheholyspirit #healing #love #understanding
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Happy Feast of Pentecost! .... ”Holy Spirit was not a disembodied ghost, not an immaterial being. On the contrary. The Spirit embodied the life force of the universe, the power of God, the animating energy present in all things and captured by none.”

It was a magical Brooklyn evening. Gorgeous, cool weather with a matching sunset. Parade was the most quiet and relaxed I have ever been to, while also likely the most genuinely festive with the participants and parade-goer being nearly indistinguishable. Children were playing all over or enjoying the view from a parent’s shoulders. Enjoyed every moment. But also did a lot of reflecting on the darkness, suffering, and loss it took us as a society to get to here, and how much further we have to go. #happypride #happypridemonth #brooklynpride2019 #twilightparade #translivesmatter #protectlgbtyouth
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It was a magical Brooklyn evening. Gorgeous, cool weather with a matching sunset. Parade was the most quiet and relaxed I have ever been to, while also likely the most genuinely festive with the participants and parade-goer being nearly indistinguish

An amazing #twilightparade for #brooklynpride yesterday. The energy, joy, optimism, community, and solidarity were palpable. 
#brooklyn #pride #pridemonth 
Un desfile increíble ayer para #orgullo #brooklyn. La energía, alegría, comunidad, y solidaridad estaban palpables. 
#pridemonth #mesdeorgullo #pride #nyc 
@salganyc @caribbeanequalityproject @cambainc @gothamcheer @pridecentersi @batalanewyork @queermarch
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An amazing #twilightparade for #brooklynpride yesterday. The energy, joy, optimism, community, and solidarity were palpable. #brooklyn #pride #pridemonth Un desfile increíble ayer para #orgullo #brooklyn . La energía, alegría, comunidad, y solidarid

Watch live at 5pm ET today (6/5), the World Environment Day! Recording will be available on YouTube channel afterwards as well! Link in bio: https://bit.ly/2InbA4z
#publichealth #airquality #airpollution #worldenvironmentday #worldenvironmentday2019
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Watch live at 5pm ET today (6/5), the World Environment Day! Recording will be available on YouTube channel afterwards as well! Link in bio: https://bit.ly/2InbA4z #publichealth #airquality #airpollution #worldenvironmentday #worldenvironmentday2019

Happy Feast of the Visitation! Feliz Fiesta de la Visitación!  #feastofthevisitation #mary #elizabeth #jesus #john #fiestadelavisitacion #maria #elisabet #jesús #juan
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Happy Feast of the Visitation! Feliz Fiesta de la Visitación! #feastofthevisitation #mary #elizabeth #jesus #john #fiestadelavisitacion #maria #elisabet #jesús #juan

Congratulations to @juanca_067 and all of this season’s graduates, especially first generation graduates and those overcoming all sorts of odds. We’ve seen each other through a number of graduations over the years, and hopefully more to come.
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Felicidades a @juanca_067 y todos los demás de este temporada, especialmente los de primera generación y los que sobrepasaron todos los obstáculos de cualquier tipo. Nos hemos visto a través de una serie de diplomas a lo largo de los años, y esperamos que haya más por venir. 
#bcgrad2019 #cuny #graduation #graduacion #education #educacion #publiceducation #educacionpublica
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Congratulations to @juanca_067 and all of this season’s graduates, especially first generation graduates and those overcoming all sorts of odds. We’ve seen each other through a number of graduations over the years, and hopefully more to come. — Feli

11:20pm. The hearing on the #nyhealthact has concluded. Was sorry to not be there in person the whole day (and night) but happy to have been in Albany today. Thank you, Senator Rivera and Assemblymember Gottfried, for your tireless work. So much gratitude! @gottfriednysa @nysenatorrivera #passnyhealth #newyork #health
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11:20pm. The hearing on the #nyhealthact has concluded. Was sorry to not be there in person the whole day (and night) but happy to have been in Albany today. Thank you, Senator Rivera and Assemblymember Gottfried, for your tireless work. So much grat