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The Identity that Immigration Built

by Jhanvi Ramaiya

We are pleased to announce that the So to Speak Blog’s Immigration Limited Series is now open for submissions. Please read our submission guidelines and submit your pieces on Submittable.

To introduce the series, here is a letter about coming to a new country and finding a place to call home, written by So to Speak‘s very own Nonfiction Editor, Jhanvi Ramaiya.

 

My first view of …

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100 Lies

a collaboration by Debra Dean, Denise Duhamel, Angie Griffin, and Julie Marie Wade

(“Just remember: what you’re seeing and what you’re reading is not what’s happening.” Donald J. Trump)

 

1. The sun continues to rise in the west, just as it always has. Trust me, I’ve studied these things.

2. Medical experts say I have such good genetics, I will never sprout a gray hair.

3. Obama went gray in office because the job was way over his head. Total disaster …

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The #MeToo Movement and the Future

the So to Speak Team

When the #MeToo movement achieved mainstream visibility and global reach last year, the entire team of So to Speak wanted to be a supportive and active part of the campaign. Our goal was to provide a platform for the victims of sexual assault and harassment, something with a little more room than Twitter’s initial 140 characters to continue their stories.

We can honestly say this series …

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#MeToo. Now What? | Jenny Fan Raj

by Jenny Fan Raj

How might we turn a hashtag into lasting social change?

 

The revelations keep coming, descriptions of sexual harassment and assault both disgusting and horrifyingly familiar. Amid the ongoing maelstrom of political gaffes and natural disasters, we are witnessing a wave of women coming forward to share stories of sexual assault and harassment. An endless row of survivors, lining up like lemmings to reveal private ordeals.

And yet …

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FAULT(S) | Sam Deges

by Sam Deges

I still remember my lessons.
I don’t have enough earthquake
to break apart these
fault lies,
shake off the charm school quiet.

 

The first time I told my parents I wanted to kill myself
I was five.
I got slapped,
sent back to bed,
told never to say that again—
I never
said it
again.

I asked my mom why it was okay for dad to hit me,
she said
he was right
because what
I said
upset him.

In third grade, when a …

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