James Mejía, Author at Pa'Arriba Foundation

James Mejía

From Caterpillar to Butterfly

Over a decade ago, our founder and President Lisa Markovits set out to help reduce violence against women at a large scale around the world. She started with a song and then created Pa’Arriba Foundation....

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What does it mean to build a community of peace?

I believe that peace is a conscious decision, encompassing accumulated daily words and actions that lead to finding ways to coexist that do not harm others. What we say and do matters. By carefully listening to and respecting others’ points of view, by fostering understanding and finding common ground, we…...

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Justice vs. Injustice

María commented that, in society, those who seek justice always forget about their own well-being, turning a blind eye to their own needs. They don’t take fair action in the face of visible and obvious offenses, putting aside the care of the greater population to focus on the needs of…...

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In Adversity

Adversities are part of life, we are not exempt from them, we are not strangers to suffering, and many times, this becomes a learning channel, sometimes much more direct than happiness itself; Therefore, speaking, accepting, embracing and overcoming what happens to us in misfortune is vital so that the experience…...

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Believe!

Our whole life is an accumulation of constant decisions from the alarm clock ringing in the morning to the moment in which we decide to go to sleep at night, in a nutshell we are always making small or big decisions in our lives, always....

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TODAY WAS A GOOD DAY

I get up at 6:00 am, it's still dark, I go to the bathroom to wash my face, then I go to the kitchen, we turn on the burner and put on the pot for milk, we start the task of making something to eat for lunch, in pots and…...

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A Small Light Shines in me

I was only 6 years old when I remember hearing those words only from my father, not from any one else around me, not at school, not on the street, not even on television. I was just a 6-year-old girl and in my mind there were already screams that felt…...

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Work is Not Done Only Behind a Desk

It was a normal day; the family went about their daily activities including school, work, housework, shopping and more. That day, Enrique*, 41, returned home earlier than expected. His face conveyed immense concern because hours earlier at his office, he was fired....

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Happy PRIDE month!!

This month, we celebrate the LGBTIQ+ community. The Stonewall Uprising, that began in 1969, is known as a “tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement” and thus is commerated every year in June. Worldwide, you’ll see masses of people decked out in rainbow colors honoring their own identities and those…...

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THE IMPORTANCE OF KNOWING HOW TO EXPRESS YOURSELF

To start the new year on a good note and try to make it the best of our lives, we write our resolutions and goals. In addition, we seek or make changes in our lives in order to be excellent and continue to grow as people. ...

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