For many of you, New Year's Day meant pondering self-improvement – the promise to lose 20 pounds, visit the gym, or lose the credit card.

But on Friday evening, the resolutions for 2016 made by dozens of my neighbors in west Cobb County were far more basic.

The first: To keep their children from becoming the tools of ISIS. The second: To persuade neighbors, co-workers, and strangers on the street that scarves and beards don't equate to a terroristic threat.

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