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The Power of Art in Activism

The Power of Art in Activism

Encompassing both of the words "affect" and "effect," a new term has been coined capturing the emotional and political essence of artistic activism: æffect.
March 16, 2021

In the summer of 2020, activism took shape in diverse forms, most notably within the Black Lives Matter movement. While many powered the streets in solidarity for basic human rights, some put pen to paper...

Intersectionality in Women's Rights

Intersectionality in Women’s Rights

Gwendolyn Patwardhan March 15, 2021

#bidenerasedwomen: a hashtag condemning yet another misogynistic politician for enacting a law encroaching on women’s rights? Or a hashtag revealing the continuing lack of intersectionality in feminism...

Opinion and Analysis: Anti-Asian Hate Crimes—Behind the Rise in Violence

Opinion and Analysis: Anti-Asian Hate Crimes—Behind the Rise in Violence

Meraf Sergoalem March 15, 2021

“Fight The Virus, Not The People!” is the chant that has grown in popularity among people protesting the overwhelming number of attacks on Asian Americans in response to the COVID pandemic. Asian communities...

Opinion and Analysis: Jumping the COVID Vaccine Line

Opinion and Analysis: Jumping the COVID Vaccine Line

Adela Simka March 14, 2021

Two months after the first U.S. COVID-19 vaccination, Americans have watched—with growing ire—as wealthy and well-connected individuals exploit the vaccine distribution system, jumping the queue to...

A Common Foe?

A Common Foe?

How pots and pans became tools of protests: details on the impact of the recent military coup in Myanmar
Nicholas Corral March 14, 2021

Nightly across Myanmar, protesters bang pots and pans, in protest of the February 1 military coup. The banging of pots and pans is already associated with warding off evil spirits but has become one of...

Vaccine Rollout Slower than Expected

Vaccine Rollout Slower than Expected

This relief brought by the COVID-19 vaccine is unfortunately undercut by recent developments in the vaccine rollout scheme, where vaccine distribution is woefully behind schedule, largely due to the fact that the supply for the vaccine has not yet met the demand. 
Rahul Ramarao January 26, 2021
This relief brought by the COVID-19 vaccine is unfortunately undercut by recent developments in the vaccine rollout scheme, where vaccine distribution is woefully behind schedule, largely due to the fact that the supply for the vaccine has not yet met the demand. 
Making Amends: Efforts to Fix the Racial Injustices of America by MacKenzie Scott

Making Amends: Efforts to Fix the Racial Injustices of America by MacKenzie Scott

Mackenzie Scott has tapped into her vast assets for a more philanthropic mission, inspired by the Black Lives Matter Movement that started to build momentum this summer. 
Emilia Rodriguez January 17, 2021
Mackenzie Scott has tapped into her vast assets for a more philanthropic mission, inspired by the Black Lives Matter Movement that started to build momentum this summer. 
Opinion and Analysis: How January 6, 2021 Unraveled

Opinion and Analysis: How January 6, 2021 Unraveled

They were a rather odd collection of Americans—husbands and wives, CEOs and locksmiths, millionaires and the unemployed. Yet together, driven by divisive rhetoric pushed by an insidious media apparatus and encouraged by an obsessively self-centered president, they achieved a first in 207 years: a full-scale breach of the Capitol.
Akhilesh Balasingam, Katherine Anstett, and Irene Park January 12, 2021
They were a rather odd collection of Americans—husbands and wives, CEOs and locksmiths, millionaires and the unemployed. Yet together, driven by divisive rhetoric pushed by an insidious media apparatus and encouraged by an obsessively self-centered president, they achieved a first in 207 years: a full-scale breach of the Capitol.
Opinion and Analysis: The Inherent Anti-Democracy of the US Senate

Opinion and Analysis: The Inherent Anti-Democracy of the US Senate

Put plainly, the Senate is an anti-democratic, inegalitarian, antiquated, and racist institution established with the very purpose of maintaining the power and authority of the ruling class. Such a system that consistently benefits whites and conservatives at the expense of immigrants, people of color, and other minority groups does not fit in the widely touted American ideal of democracy and liberty.
Adela Simka January 10, 2021
Put plainly, the Senate is an anti-democratic, inegalitarian, antiquated, and racist institution established with the very purpose of maintaining the power and authority of the ruling class.
Biden Taps Rep. Marcia Fudge for HUD Secretary

Biden Taps Rep. Marcia Fudge for HUD Secretary

On Dec. 8, 2020, President-Elect Joe Biden nominated Rep. Marcia Fudge of Ohio’s 11th district to lead the Housing & Urban Development Department. If confirmed by the Senate, Ms. Fudge would be the second Black female to run the department.
Theresa Hoang and Elizabeth Joseph January 10, 2021
On Dec. 8, 2020, President-Elect Joe Biden nominated Rep. Marcia Fudge of Ohio’s 11th district to lead the Housing & Urban Development Department. If confirmed by the Senate, Ms. Fudge would be the second Black female to run the department.
Farmers Around the World Push for Change Amidst Pandemic

Farmers Around the World Push for Change Amidst Pandemic

Farmers—both local and global—have been acutely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, with supply chains being under heavy stress and farm workers becoming infected. In India, the situation for farmers has grown increasingly dire under new national legislation.
Emilie Lespinasse, Anya Danes, and Oscar Ortega January 9, 2021
Farmers—both local and global—have been acutely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, with supply chains being under heavy stress and farm workers becoming infected. In India, the situation for farmers has grown increasingly dire under new national legislation.
The COVID Vaccines: A Light at the End of the Tunnel

The COVID Vaccines: A Light at the End of the Tunnel

Kriti Vamshidhar and Stella Park January 8, 2021

With the number of Covid cases climbing, the rate of transmission increasing uncontrollably, and months with no improvements, a vaccine has been the only ray of hope to cling to in these dark times. While...

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