(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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The Return of Fascism: Three Triggers of the Next Reactionary Wave by James Taichi Collins

When Joe Biden finally clinched his electoral victory against Donald Trump on Saturday, November 7th, it reminded me of the day President Obama announced the assassination of Osama Bin Laden. It was a day I remember feeling puzzled. Liberals celebrated in the streets and on social media, but I felt nothing. My initial thought was…

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The 2020 Election in D.C. by Mariah Miranda

By Mariah Miranda

There are many perceptions of what Washington D.C. is and looks like as the Nation’s Capital. While it is a secondary home to many influential politicians, it is also home to a rich history of resilient people. A city that was once considered Chocolate City now struggles in the face of late Capitalism gentrification, rising costs continuing to burden individuals during the Covid 19 Pandemic. Amidst a time full of turmoil, individuals across the city have come together to provide mutual aid, virtual resources, and a sense of community through activism, all while navigating the limitations due to the virus.

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Cancel the Kennedys by James Taichi Collins

Last month, the unthinkable happened in Massachusetts. Incumbent Ed Markey – a 74-year-old that most people in the commonwealth likely never even heard of – defeated challenger Rep. Joe Kennedy III in the Democratic Primary for the Senate. This was the first time a “Kennedy” was defeated in Massachusetts, where the name is synonymous with…

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From Beirut to Damascus: “Nowhere Is Safe” by Ghalia Al Alwani

I’ve been struggling to collect the words, over the past few months, to describe the rapid deterioration I was witnessing in this country. Every night I’d write a sentence or two, allegories about pain and corroding livelihoods. Then, like a macabre sitcom, a nightmare ensued, as if to answer our feeble attempts at humor when…

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