COVID-19 Has Proven To Be Deadly, Especially for the Latino Community by Brittany Zendejas

(Illustration by @iggdeh) While Miguel Hastorga speaks, he constantly has to clear his throat, trying to suppress the fits of coughing that still linger from the virus. His sentences are slow and thoughtful. Before the positive test results, every member of the family had tried their best to be cautious and clean. Then his wife…

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Ode to Sham, The Yard Sale, Boxes by Dahlia Dandashi

Ode To Sham I cried for three months straight. I was wet and boredWith summer’s ubiquitous ghostHaunting me at every dikeniAnd every butcher shop. Talkalakh — Homs — Damascus — Latakia.I zigzagged from East to West, North to South,But the heat of summer hitchhiked to each city! I remember a young me,Ironed out on streets…

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How Should We Respond to Riots? By James Washington and Emma Johnson

Have you wondered:  Why are people calling to “Defund the police? Isn’t that going too far? Why do protests have to be disruptive? How should we respond to riots? This is the third installment, discussing “how do we respond to riots?” James: The Black Lives Matter movement is and always has been a decentralized movement…

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Reparations in Reverse: What the West Did to Haiti (Part 1) by James Taichi Collins

Truth and Time: The Paintings of Ulrick Jean-Pierre Introduction  There is an historical argument to be made that modern politics began with the French Revolution. There is little debate amongst historians that the French Revolution is the most historically consequential revolution in human history. The struggle to abolish the Ancien Régime was the first time…

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Housing Inequality in D.C: When Redevelopment Means Displacement by Carolina Meurkens

[Illustration by Daniel IG- @iggdeh] As a native New Yorker, I didn’t know much about D.C and its rich cultural history when I arrived here in 2013 to attend the George Washington University. I joined other GWU freshmen as we explored the monuments, the Smithsonian museums, Embassy Row on Halloween night. We walked on Saturday…

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LGBTQI IN AN ERA OF HOMOPHOBIC LEADERSHIP by Kelvin Mutugi Wangari

[Image source: https://www.them.us/story/themstory-ancient-egypt%5D During his visit to Africa in the summer of 2016, the U.S president, Barack Obama, addressed legal discrimination against LGBT individuals. Meeting the Kenyan president, Uhuru Kenyatta, Obama said: “When you start treating people differently not because of any harm they are doing to anybody, but because they are different, that’s the…

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(Issue 4) Politics Feature: Toyah Barigye

Interviewed by Citrine Ghraowi, Photographed by Mariah Miranda Toyah Barigye is the Senior Project Manager for The Solar Foundation’s SolSmart program. She works with communities to reduce solar soft costs, lower barriers to solar energy and streamline planning, zoning, permitting and inspection processes aligned with industry best practices. Prior to joining The Solar Foundation, she…

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Defund the Police: What it is and what it isn’t by James Washington and Emma Johnson

Editors Note: This article was co-written by a white person, and while this platform is dedicated to amplifying the voices of BIPOC & multicultural identifying individuals, we believe having productive conversations with white people will aid in the goal of dismantling and defunding the police. James: The safest communities are often those with the most…

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Why Protests Have to be Disruptive by James Washington

I’ve found that one of the most difficult elements of teaching about the struggle for civil rights is effectively challenging the whitewashed and rosy paradigm with which students are familiar. Part of my job is to challenge the hegemonic belief that Dr. King gave a speech, and then racism was illegal and everything was groovy.…

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