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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 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 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.
Eurocentrism in Beauty Standards

Eurocentrism in Beauty Standards

Young people of color continue to feel the effects of the deeply racist legacy of beauty standards.
Sanjana Bhupathi December 5, 2021
Whether you’re watching your favorite TV show or flicking through beauty commercials, chances are you’ve definitely noticed the lack of variety of representation in the people being depicted. One overlooked yet unfortunately common example of racism lies within our modern society’s concept of beauty standards. Beauty standards have a complicated legacy—one that singularly revolves around and celebrates Eurocentric features.
Pesticides: The Unaddressed Epidemic

Pesticides: The Unaddressed Epidemic

The usage of pesticides across California’s agricultural industry has left many farmworkers and their young children with chronic health issues.
Nicholas Corral and Anya Danes December 5, 2021
Cancer. ADHD. Autism. All of these life-changing diagnoses are health-related consequences of exposure to pesticides in the fields that farmworkers and their families face, with these being especially prevalent in their children.
Opinions & Analysis: Military vs. Healthcare—Notes on the U.S. Government’s Priorities in Pandemic Times

Opinions & Analysis: Military vs. Healthcare—Notes on the U.S. Government’s Priorities in Pandemic Times

Covid-19 has highlighted how the American government prioritizes military expenditures over the lives of Americans.
Roslyn Simka October 23, 2021
It’s now October of 2021. Covid-19 has stolen the lives of an estimated 708,000 Americans. But amidst arguably the worst public health crisis of this generation, it is clear that the U.S. government has no real sense of urgency in pushing for universal healthcare; a response that no doubt would promote the safety of all. Instead, during this pandemic reality, our country’s leaders would rather pour a staggering $778 billion into the grossly inflated military-industrial complex.
Individual Action Is A Drop in the Bucket of California Drought Reform

Individual Action Is A Drop in the Bucket of California Drought Reform

We have been approaching the issue of droughts in California incorrectly—it's time for collective action
Anika Chatradhi October 23, 2021
You know you’re in California when you look out the window and see a Martian landscape complete with hazy orange skies. Nearly every single year we dread our fifth season: fire season—and 2021 is no exception.
The Impact & Colonial Legacy of Mass Tourism on Native Hawaiian Residents

The Impact & Colonial Legacy of Mass Tourism on Native Hawaiian Residents

Native Hawaiians struggle to manage the effects of the immense number of tourists in an effort to preserve their economy and cultural heritage.
Brianna Wiles October 23, 2021
With picturesque islands and rich cultural heritage, the beautiful state of Hawaii has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world today. The islands have been famous since their ‘discovery’ by Europeans in the 18th century, popularized for their year-round warm weather and gorgeous beaches.
Accountability in a Post #MeToo World: The Andrew Cuomo Case

Accountability in a Post #MeToo World: The Andrew Cuomo Case

The implications and legacy of Cuomo's resignation after the investigation into his history of sexual harassment
Nicholas Corral and Rahul Ramarao October 23, 2021
“The independent investigation has concluded that Governor Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women and in doing so violated federal and state law." With these words, New York Attorney General Letitia James sealed the political fate of the governor. At the height of the pandemic, Cuomo’s approval ratings had soared. However, following investigations of sexual harassment claims by Cuomo's employees, he was pressured to resign.
Care First, Jail Last. What If We Invested in Mental Health Centers Instead of Jails?

Care First, Jail Last. What If We Invested in Mental Health Centers Instead of Jails?

A look into how the California criminal justice system overlooks the necessity of mental health support
Alice Kang October 19, 2021
On September 24th of this year, three dozen citizens protested outside the Santa Clara Main Jail with various signs and posters featuring messages such as “Care First, Jail Last.” This protest was in response to the city’s proposal for the establishment of a new jail. Given the injustice of the current criminal justice system, many are advocating for the funding to instead support a center for mental health.
Less Lethal Is Still Lethal: A Look at Rubber Bullets

“Less Lethal” Is Still Lethal: A Look at Rubber Bullets

"Rubber" is not an excuse for the misuse of rubber bullets
Olivia Wahl October 19, 2021
You and a friend are attending a local protest. You are holding up a handmade cardboard sign to show your solidarity fighting for the cause. The next thing you know a bullet is suddenly lodged in your skull, blood is flowing down your face, and you are being rushed to the hospital. Throughout the last 50 years of protests in the US, this has become the reality for an increasingly large number of people as police continue to use rubber bullets as a form of maintaining “law and order" and "crowd control." 
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