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  • A Deeper Look Into India’s COVID-19 Crisis
    Debate is emerging over the role of wealthy nations in creating an inequitable vaccine rollout, including restrictions on exports of vaccines, raw materials used to make them, and intellectual property held by vaccine companies, and the stockpiling of vaccines, all leading to a shortage of vaccines in developing countries. Globally, around 75% of the vaccines have gone to only 10 countries. In addition to pointing out how unjust this hoarding of vaccines is, people have highlighted how it may prevent the end of the pandemic. Rapid community spread in developing countries without sufficient vaccines can lead to new mutations of the virus that may become resistant to existing vaccines. To see an end to this pandemic there must be global cooperation and accountability for wealthy nations who choose to act selfishly. 
  • The Rise of Youth Led Media Organizations
    POV: It’s a regular day. You’re scrolling through Instagram casually, as most of us do, when a post comes up on your explore page. An infographic from an Instagram account you’ve never seen before, explaining an issue you’ve heard about briefly during lunch with your friends, or from somebody else’s device in a passing fleet. It’s interesting! It really is. You tap the ‘heart’ icon to like it, even going to the extent of saving the post. As a reminder, you tell yourself. 
  • greenwashing: are companies really being eco-friendly?
    Have you ever purchased an item from your favorite store’sContinue reading “greenwashing: are companies really being eco-friendly?”
  • Earth Day 2021: Origin, Gen Z’s Take, and Future Conservation Efforts
    Earth Day Origin and Aims Earth Day takes place onContinue reading “Earth Day 2021: Origin, Gen Z’s Take, and Future Conservation Efforts”
  • Why Do Cities Hate The Homeless?
    Hostile architecture, known as anti-homeless architecture is a form of architectural design to prevent or impede crime and help maintain order. It is a trend in urban design that discourages the use of spaces in any way other than the intention of the owner or designer. This has existed all over the world in various ways, but the most harmful examples have come in the way of targeting the homeless community, an already marginalized group, many who look for a place to sleep or rest throughout the day. 
  • Why Gen Z Loves Labels
    Labels. We find them on cans of food, clothing tags, and our electronics. A label should theoretically be confined to a piece of material on a product that tells about said product, yet Gen Z still finds ways to label themselves. Gen Z likes to define themselves through style, such as finding an aesthetic like light/dark academia, cottagecore, kidcore, etc. Gen Z also likes to find things (seemingly) rooted in science, like astrology, and make decisions based on those things. While the idea of labels may seem confining, all of these labels and defining characteristics allow Gen Z to connect with others similar to them. 
  • Voluntourism and Its Roots in Neocolonialism
    Voluntourism is a rising industry among the wealthy working classes in well-developed countries. According to a Thrive Global article in 2017, it garnered an annual income of $173 billion dollars. What makes this industry profitable and how is it detrimental to society? Voluntourism is a form of tourism in which travelers participate in voluntary work, typically for charity, under the guise of evangelization under God. People typically participate in voluntourism through short-term missionary trips which are typically a few weeks long.  Volunteer program organizations promote the idea of giving back to a community through improved local conditions. The target demographic for voluntourism are high school and university students, as most seek to acquire resume fluff, self-enhancement, and adventure. Of course, these students have a sense of altruism, but it isn’t their main motivation behind volunteering in poorly developed countries. Instead, they assist  these volunteer organizations in capitalizing on their demographic’s desire to “help” countries to exist in the capitalist market; everything is to make a profit.
  • Turkey’s Withdrawal From the Istanbul Convention — Women and LGBTQ+ People Need Our Help
    Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan withdrew Turkey from the Istanbul Convention without any parliamentary debate.The Istanbul Convention is a human rights treaty designed to prevent gender-based violence against women and LGBTQ+ members, protect victims and prosecute perpetrators. It aims to uphold their fundamental human right through creating a life free from violence and terror.Leaving the Convention would effectively deprive them of equal legal protections against abuse and violence they face everyday in our societies.
  • Two Meanings
    My history teacher swivels her neck towards the audience, thenContinue reading “Two Meanings”
  • From One Woman to Another, I Know You May be Feeling Scared Right Now
    here is a list of apps, toolkits, tips, and self-defense tactics to hopefully ease your mind when leaving the house – even though we shouldn’t have to. first, it shouldn’t be our responsibility to stay safe – the priority should be on men educating themselves to respect us. However, – we know that now, in this particular time, women may still be hesitant to leave their homes, especially with the tragic passing of Sarah Everard, the staggering statistic of 97%, and the countless attacks on women that we hear about on the news.
  • Going Past the Hashtag #StopAsianHate
    Honoring the victims and supporting your AAPI friends by MarinelContinue reading “Going Past the Hashtag #StopAsianHate”
  • Discussing Anti-Asian History and its Societal Effects Today
    Educating yourself on anti-Asian imperialism by Sanjna Mizar, Keya Raval,Continue reading “Discussing Anti-Asian History and its Societal Effects Today”
  • A Quick Guide to Unlearning & How You Can Unlearn Racist Ideologies.
    A wave of online activism sparked by the Black Lives Matter movement in response to police brutality and white supremacy flooded the internet and social media platforms in 2020. Emerging from this wave came educational infographics, blogs, and multimedia on anti-racism, which covered some terminology that became popularized during the movement. The word “unlearning” is one of them, and you may have already frequently heard it from many people online who sought to be better and “educate themselves” on anti-racism. So what exactly does unlearning mean, anyway? WRITTEN BY: Cil
  • Financial Literacy in Gen Z: a look into the research and reality of this generation’s financial knowledge and goals
    In 2021 the oldest members of Generation Z will be 24 years old, making the bulk of this generation teenagers and young adults who are already starting to enter the workforce. While financial literacy may seem like another buzz word it actually might be one of the most valuable life skills a person can learn in their formative years. Mac Gardener, a certified financial planner and financial literacy advocate, even told CNBC he believes “the number-one behavior children learn from their parents is spending habits,”. This is something that can actually widen the wealth gap when we consider that wealthy families most likely have the luxury of resources to teach financial competencies to their children. WRITTEN BY: Fiona Bernardin
  • Do the Grammys Have A Diversity Problem?
    The Grammys is an award show which was created byContinue reading “Do the Grammys Have A Diversity Problem?”
  • Stigma on Youth
    To the people who dislike our generation: as young people, the cycle of life eventually will give us the future responsibility to govern and steward the world. We are told by our parents, our teachers and even by the general society to “act mature”, yet, when we state our own opinions, “you don’t know what you’re talking about” WRITTEN BY: Vienna Kwan
  • Teenage Dream – Nixi Waleska Fuentes
    What is the teenage dream? Is it roaming street lit cities, with nothing but cell service and beat up doc martens endless adventures with old friends as nostalgic as the smell of crayola paint Or is it racing hearts when he finally reaches her skin tight jeans If anything it sounds like a fever dream Forbidden drinks stinging the backs of virgin throats Girls with butterfly printed crop tops And bodies closer to you than your own sober thoughts Where a game of spin the bottle could be the night’s make or break And even though 1 in 4 teenagers have stds Whose lips one’s will land on seems to be the most out spoken risk Relief coursing through your body the moment you see your friends As quickly and powerfully as the smoke that fills up baby soft lungs THC so strong it turns you into a character, with no repercussions besides the morning after Each red solo cup sparks curiosity wondering what concoction could be in each one No wonder why they call it liquid courage Substances you could chug down in case you didn’t have any courage of your own And in these situations, there was somehow always more to go around Especially in the hands of someone drinking away their problems about a life that is
  • Breonna Taylor: A Name to Remember, A Fight that Persists
    Nearly a year ago, police took the life of Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old woman who worked as an emergency room technician and posted her aspirations on notes around her apartment. Since then, her name has rung through the streets, worldwide and in the U.S., carried by impassioned chants and voices demanding accountability for the officers that killed her. Yet after an arduous year, officers Brett Hankison, Myles Cosgrove, Joshua Jaynes, and Jon Mattingly have yet to be charged for Breonna Taylor’s death. Accountability is far from accomplished and we are once again reminded of the cruel racism that plagues the U.S. “justice” system.
  • The Stigma of Quarantine Weight Gain
    TW: dieting, eating disorders Society and weight gain has always had a long and unhealthy history. With the pandemic, and the so-called “Quarantine 15,” a spin-off of the “Freshman 15,” the perpetuation of diet culture has only increased. This is very dangerous, as dieting has a direct link to developing eating disorders. A higher use of the internet and social media has also expanded the reach of this issue. There is a detestably large amount of advice articles on the internet that provide tips for how to ‘Lose That Quarantine 15.’ With more activity on social media, there’s been an increase of weight loss pressure, especially with TikTok and other popular social media apps.
  • Promise
    Against the mirror, I see broken corners and folds, pinches of warmth and bottled ice. I stare, squirming. A glass of sparkling cider clinks across the room.
  • What They Don’t Tell You About The College Application Process | Op-ed
    People say that your senior year of high school is supposed to be your easiest, most stress-free, and enjoyable year of all the four years that you spend in high school. And for the most part, that is true. However, they forget to inform you of the fact that the first few months are actually some of the most challenging and stressful months that you will ever experience before entering adulthood. This is largely because those months are filled to the brim with filling out applications, writing essays, recalling all you did your previous years in high school to fit them into a resume and so much more.
  • Wandavision: The Mind-Twisting TV show that doesn’t follow the cookie-cutter superhero story formula
    In today’s unexpected era of self-isolation, where time doesn’t feel real, where our lives have been flip-turned upside down, it’s almost natural to want a complete escape from reality. Wandavision, the first installment of the fourth phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, helps viewers achieve being immersed into another world – not just literally, but within the actual story itself. The show portrays the title characters, Wanda Maximoff and Vision, doing exactly that – living in a false reality where everything is swimmingly perfect – or so it seems.
  • It’s Okay to Not Be Okay | Drama Review
    It’s Okay to Not Be Okay takes viewers on an emotional healing journey along with a group of three friends— Moon Gang-Tae, Moon Sang-Tae and Ko Moon Young— opening up about past traumas and mental illnesses, as well as becoming a stepping stone in destigmatizing mental health, especially among Asians.
  • Knock
    Deep within the black amnesias, I nestle in perfect harmony with the worldlessness of my selfhood. WRITTEN BY: Prathami
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