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When Disability Equates to Disposability

When Disability Equates to Disposability

Disabled people in the US have been forced to fend for themselves amidst an ineffective public health response that has continually disregarded their physical and mental well-being.
Adela Simka, Staff Editor February 22, 2022
COVID-19 places disabled people in a disproportionately dangerous situation due to heightened risk of serious illness or death, a lack of vital supplies and medicine, and vast inequities in access to health care. The American public health response has done little to dissuade their fears.
The Myth of a Rise in Crime

The Myth of a Rise in Crime

Sensationalized stories of crime are swaying the American public’s opinion of policing.
Roslyn Simka, Staff Writer February 21, 2022
You’ve probably seen the headlines. “Bay Area crime wave! Shoplifting at Walgreens!” “Theft at CVS!”—the list goes on and on. But not only are these headlines built off of manufactured narratives, they’re also weaponized by a lack of context.
Pushing Legislation, Not Just Celebration

Pushing Legislation, Not Just Celebration

Recent statements from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s children have sparked discussions on racial disenfranchisement in the United States.
Terena Nguyen and Arushi Goyal February 20, 2022
Voter restrictions have historically had a significant impact on Black and Brown communities, and these discriminatory laws continue to plague our democracy today. The John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act is proposed legislation that would restore sections of the historic Voting Rights Bill, prohibiting blatant discrimination in politics.
Divide by 435

Divide by 435

As reapportionment and redistricting again roll around, recent Supreme Court rulings and population shifts complicate the process.
Nicholas Corral, Staff Writer February 20, 2022
Drawing the boundary lines for congressional districts doesn’t happen in a vacuum, and legislators are powerfully motivated to manipulate these lines. By a practice called gerrymandering, these legislators are able to game the system so that their opponents' power is minimized, in turn maximizing their own.
Two Cents into Crypto Mining

Two Cents into Crypto Mining

Bitcoin: How could something so intangible have such a large environmental impact?
Anika Chatradhi and Alice Kang February 20, 2022
The growing trend of cryptocurrency mining could push global warming past its mark, but there may be ways to remediate this impact.
Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” Bill

Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” Bill

Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay Bill” is a threat to LGBTQ+ youth across the state.
Anjali Sudan, Staff Writer February 20, 2022
A recently passed Florida Senate bill will prevent classroom discussions about the LGBTQ+ community in public schools—undoing the progress made by the LGBTQ+ community to achieve equality and reducing their already limited representation.
Universal Healthcare in California

Universal Healthcare in California

Healthcare is a human right, but universal access remains elusive to American citizens.
Brianna Wiles, Staff Writer February 20, 2022
Assemblymember Kalra’s proposed CalCare bill was one of the most recent attempts to create free healthcare within the United States. Yet when the time came to vote on new California bills for 2022, CalCare wasn’t one of them.
Green Bins for Change

Green Bins for Change

California’s new bill targets methane emissions by reducing its greatest source, organic waste, before it reaches landfills.
Valerie Chen, Staff Writer February 20, 2022
With climate change on the rise, it is all the more necessary to help prevent it. However, many methods, such as reducing waste to fit in a single jar, are extremely difficult to achieve. That is why Senate Bill 1383 is perfect for the job, as it does not require huge commitments but can still make a significant impact.
American Airline Companies Still Refuse to Accommodate Disabled People

American Airline Companies Still Refuse to Accommodate Disabled People

Wheelchairs, the fifth limb—which airline companies repeatedly neglect and destroy.
Olivia Wahl, Staff Writer December 5, 2021
As we get ready for Christmas break, many of us look forward to traveling. We do not worry about being re-disabled because an airline company didn’t properly handle our mobility device. Now imagine if you were one of the 14,500 people who in 2019 had their mobility device ruined, and you struggled to get the airline company to repair it without losing your freedom for months. If passed, current legislation could change this reality.
How 996 and Hustle Culture are Plaguing the Workforce

How 996 and Hustle Culture are Plaguing the Workforce

We need to re-evaluate our toxic glamorization of overworking; exploited workers only suffer from practices like China’s 996 culture and Silicon Valley’s hustle culture.
Terena Nguyen and Alice Kang December 5, 2021
Spanning from 9 am to 9 pm, six days a week, the simple abbreviation "996" conceals the harsh and demanding labor of the Chinese work schedule. Yet 996 isn't as foreign a concept as it may seem, reflected in the "hustle culture" prominent throughout the Silicon Valley and America.
Voices Unheard: Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

Voices Unheard: Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

The case of Gabby Petito reveals America's "missing white woman syndrome."
Anjali Sudan, Staff Writer December 5, 2021
The case of Gabby Petito, a 22-year-old vlogger from Wyoming, recently sparked concern across the country. The outpouring of attention that met Petito’s case highlighted the disparities in the treatment of missing women of color—particularly Indigenous women—and missing white women.
A Mayoral Move Into the Future

A Mayoral Move Into the Future

The mayoral election of Michelle Wu is a major step forward in the representation of minorities in America's political system.
Kriti Vamshidhar and Arushi Goyal December 5, 2021
Historically, white men have dominated politics not only in Boston but across the United States, even though they are not the majority of the population. Michelle Wu's victory in the Boston mayoral election is the first deviation from a two-centuries-old legacy of white, male mayors.
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