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Jody Sokolower

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When the Gender Boxes Don't Fit

(30) Comments | Posted March 22, 2012 | 5:22 PM

When the Gender Boxes Don't Fit
by Ericka Sokolower-Shain

The first day of high school is hard enough. Walking down the halls, trying to find my next class, surrounded by a sea of people who looked hundreds of years older, I felt like I had a red blinking sign...

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Defend Silwan! Cultural Café in East Jerusalem Bulldozed

(132) Comments | Posted February 22, 2012 | 4:46 PM

A few weeks ago, my daughter Ericka, my partner Karen, and I returned from our first trip to Palestine. The most exciting experience for me was the day we visited Silwan and learned about the extraordinary community organizing that has been happening there.

Jawad Siyam is...

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'My Teacher Is a Lesbian': Coming Out at School

(1552) Comments | Posted January 11, 2012 | 6:45 PM

A month into my first year of teaching seventh graders in Oakland, Calif., we were in the school library, using the big tables there to spread out as we outlined Africa on poster paper and added geographical features. My students chatted as they worked.

"Are you married, Ms. Sokolower?" one...

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