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Individualism vs. Collectivism in a Global Pandemic

There are currently over 13 million cases of coronavirus globally. The unprecedented pandemic has forced cities into lockdown, and caused an economic recession that is unparalleled in history. After months of lockdown and restrictions on movement, several cities are starting to reopen as cases begin to decline. But it seems that people are forgetting that the coronavirus is still a reality, and that many countries are already starting to experience second waves. Examples of such countries include Singapore, Iran, Germany and South Korea. People are demanding that governments should lift lockdown restrictions and are advocating for their freedom and human rights. Should governments listen? Is it right for people to be protesting for their freedom at this time? In my opinion, we should be worrying more about public safety instead of individual preferences […]

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Reelection and its Potential Effect on Young Voters.

In 2018, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez became the youngest woman elected to Congress. With 28 years-old AOC defeated longtime Democratic incumbent Joseph Crowley, 56, with more than 57 percent of the vote, with almost all precincts reporting. Ocasio-Cortez was running for the first time with a strong presence in social media. The champion of the working class was not the usual political candidate. After an unexpected win in the Democratic primary, Ms. Ocasio-Cortez won her race in the November election for New York’s 14th Congressional District with 78 percent of the vote. […]

The Impact of A Social Movement

Over the past decades, there have been many important social movements that brought us a progressing society, fighting against injustices and demanding change from people with power. The Civil Rights movement, to begin with, was led by Black Americans, demanding social justice and equal rights under federal law, and culminated with the Civil Rights Act 1964. Behind every social movement, stands an individual persevering for change. Brenda Howard, known as the “mother of Pride,” led the first-ever Pride Parade in 1970, establishing a huge milestone in fighting for LGBTQ rights. Lastly, The Women’s March (1913-), aimed to advocate for women’s rights in voting and voicing out, gender equality, abortion rights, etc, that carries great significance to female leaders of the world. […]

How America Is(n’t) Handling COVID-19 in Prison

Last month, June of 2020, late-night comedian John Oliver delivered a story discussing the treatment of prisoners during the coronavirus outbreak on his adult-oriented HBO talk show Last Week Tonight. Oliver is famous for his segments on various topics, ranging from serious to comedic, examples being net neutrality, multilevel marketing, sex education, the opioid epidemic, family separation, and multiple foreign elections. Coining the term the “John Oliver effect”, he has had a hand in pushing for multiple changes in legislation, regulation, and culture in America. Most notably, he pushed for the FCC to adopt net neutrality regulations. Last Week Tonight has an immense audience, with it bringing in over one million viewers on its first episode covering the coronavirus. Now, Oliver has done 9 separate episodes on the coronavirus (as of July 11, 2020) and the effects the virus has had on various facets of the world, including evictions, testing, sports, and the focus of this article, how America is handling the virus in its jails and prisons. […]

Body Positivity and the Role Brands Have in this Movement

Generation Z has been a relentless force in the rise of conversations about issues such as eating disorders and how we can reform those issues into body positivity. As years have passed, we have become more and more conscious about traditional standards that tend to perpetuate the idea of a “perfect” body shape. Even though […]

Why Teens Should Care About Politics

Teenagers are at most five years from being able to vote, and many of them already can. As soon as you turn eighteen, you have a duty as an American citizen to register to vote, and then actively participate in elections. This is why it’s extremely important to educate yourself early on, so that by the time you are able to vote, you have a good grasp of issues that are important and relevant. Teenagers today are a part of Generation Z, which has been labelled as the most accepting and progressive generation in history. We hold the future of the country in our hands.

The Benefits of Social Media Come into Sharper Focus During 2020

Our generation has been the first to grow up using the internet regularly from a young age. Along with the internet comes the inevitable use of social media. It’s crazy but true to say that Generation Z has expert knowledge and experience using a variety of instant communication website formats and smartphone applications. There are plenty of options to choose from. You can read mom’s family post on Facebook, scroll through a news update on Twitter, like a post from a friend on Instagram, watch short videos on TikTok… the list of engaging sites and apps goes on and on.

Online Mourning and Grief for a Celebrity’s Passing

When I first heard about the disappearance of Naya Rivera, I couldn’t react. I just parked the thought at the back of my mind and checked the news from time to time hoping to hear something from her. It didn’t feel real, not when just two days before I had been re-watching her visit to Kevin McHale and Jenna Ushkowitz’s podcast alongside Heather Morris. Not when I had been working out to my “GLEE FAVOURITES” playlist that same morning. But it was very real. Yesterday, I was out with some friends when I got a Twitter notification that a body had been found and that it had been concluded it was Naya’s. I didn’t know how to react. Was I in my right to cry or to feel the need for mourning a person I never met? Was it okay for me not only to feel saddened but devastated by the death of a person I didn’t really know personally?

HAMILTON: How the Broadway Musical Parallels Today’s Movements

If you stand for nothing, Burr, what will you fall for? On Friday, July 3, the recorded version of the hit Broadway musical Hamilton was made available to stream on Disney+, released early, “in light of the world turning upside down”, stated by Lin-Manuel Miranda, who penned the show. When I first listened to the […]

THE NEW NORMAL: Everyday Steps we can Take to Combat Racism

There is no room to write off the movement as short-lived when police departments have yet to be fully defunded or abolished, murderers are still walking free masked as cops, and Black people continue to be murdered because of the color of their skin. Black Lives Matter as a whole is our “new normal.”

Dissecting The Model Minority Myth

The model minority myth perpetuates this by making Asian Americans seem like we are the perfect minority. It generalizes us as law-abiding geniuses that achieve higher levels of success than all other minority groups, which ultimately makes us pitted against each other.
Article by Evie Fitzpatrick

Voter Textbanking Resources

Sign up for textbanking to increase voter registration and voter turnout. This year of elections will decide the fate of many social issues we encounter daily. Although much of Gen Z is too young to vote, we can still push to make a change and spread these much needed resources out into the general population.

The Impact of the Black Lives Matter Protest in the U.S.

On July 13, 2013, nearly 7 years ago, the Black Lives Matter movement began. The movement protests the racial disparities and police brutality African-Americans face in America. Since the protest started 7 years ago there hasn’t been a lot done to help or solve the issues of the Black community. After the murder of George […]

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