As a member of the Brookhaven Landfill Action and Remediation Group (BLARG), I have heard from a broad range of speakers at our Friday night meetings. The group has engaged in dialogue about the landfill and environmental justice with a multinational incinerator corporation; a local, family-run garbage trucking company; the head of the state environmental regulatory body; and a town ad hoc committee for solid waste disposal.

Sometimes the discussion gets heated. As a lawyer, I’ve been trained to remain objective, to see both sides — corporations have shareholders to answer to, family businesses want to stay afloat, the state…


I wrote a romance novel about asylum. This may seem like a paradox, but it isn’t. Love happens at the border. Love of family, love of freedom, love of life and yes, romantic love. But unlike romance novels, these love stories often do not have a happily ever after. Still, love survives and sustains asylum seekers as it does for all of us.

There are ten things I learned while researching and writing my novel that I would like to share with anyone who has heard the recent rhetoric directed as asylum seekers. Language like surge, overflow, crisis and invasion…


This was a Black History Month like no other for Long Islanders. Interest was high, connection was easy and content was unmatched in quality, historic relevance and potential to bring lasting change.

We learned a lot as our screens lit up with panel discussions, book talks and performances. We learned of enslavement at Sylvester Manor (Shelter Island) and Lloyd Manor (Lloyd Harbor), both provisioning plantations for sugar plantations in Barbados. We learned about America’s first published Black poet, the Long Island enslaved man Jupiter Hammon. We learned that Blacks were essential to the Long Island whaling industry because non-Blacks refused…


Since I’ve had children, I’ve been disheartened to see what they bring home from school every Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. First it was crafts — rainbows, kids with complexions as varied as crayons and construction paper allows. Then came the dated, black and white worksheets about King’s “I Have A Dream Speech,” or reading comprehension passages about Selma, Birmingham and Montgomery.

It was all too neatly packaged, unwrapped once a year for the federally mandated holiday and then filed away. The message to students was: “Move along. Nothing more to see here. That stuff is over, and by the…


I thought it would end today. Heaven knows we’re all ready for it to end. I’m not talking about the Trump presidency, I’m talking about the media’s obsession with it.

Instead of the media refocusing our attention on the work ahead, what did I wake up to? More Trump. News programs and headlines discussing the pardons, or who is and who isn’t attending the Trump sendoff vs. the inauguration. There are even articles in major newspapers about our exhaustion from four years of Trump news. How was this irony lost on those publications?

Finally, I found a show with a…


I don’t want to hear pundits second guessing Democratic strategy, questioning themselves or asking what they missed leading up to this election. The only thing they missed is what all decent human beings should miss — hate works, lies work and fear works. Why do so many in the U.S. electorate still lack a basic understanding of facts, science, democracy and the plight of their fellow humans? That is the only question that matters.

How has our education system produced such ignorance? My children are in elementary school. Since last year I have been asking what they are learning about…


I am white, but my husband and children are not. White people gave President Trump his first term. In the 2016 election, 70% of voters were white. Trump got 58% of these white votes, Clinton got 37%. This was a larger percentage than Blacks (8% Trump, 88% Clinton), Hispanics (29% Trump, 65% Clinton) and Asian-Americans (27% Trump, 65% Clinton). So I’m writing this to white people, because this one’s on us.

White Trump supporters brush off the President’s tweets, retweets (yes, they count!), hate speech and conspiracy theories. The poisonous rhetoric is even justified by Lara and Ivanka Trump as…

Allison Singh

Allison Singh is a writer and lawyer. Follow her work at allisonsingh.com, ithappenedonli.com and americansinlove.com.

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