4 reasons why Alcoy’s black pages are violence

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JMc0jhIxnVQ By Elvira Swartch Lorenzo •  No importa lo que tú creas que estás tratando de representar. No importa que creas que así haces felices a los niños. No importa si es una tradición. Si te pintas de un color que no es el tuyo es racista. La controversia del blackface llega cada navidad como el turrón. … Continue reading 4 reasons why Alcoy’s black pages are violence

Queer Windows in Dembow Music

By Princess Jiménez •  In the Dominican Republic, where supposedly moral society and the Church often espouse virulent homophobia and transphobia, an unusual alliance has appeared among the very poorest: singers and producers of popular music genre Dembow are working with queer people and trans women, who have become huge stars in their own right. Princess … Continue reading Queer Windows in Dembow Music

Op-Ed: The Role of Black Women in the Fight to Ratify the Equal Rights Amendment

By Belan Yeshigeta •  Women have often been given the short end of the stick when it comes to equal rights, and it is no secret that African Americans are still prejudiced against to this day. The unique experience of being apart of both of these marginalized communities is one that is too often overlooked. … Continue reading Op-Ed: The Role of Black Women in the Fight to Ratify the Equal Rights Amendment

Botham Jean: When Your Politics Present a Challenge

By Joshua Redd •  Amber Guyger was sentenced to 10 years in prison on October 1st, 2019 for the murder of Botham Jean on September 6th, 2018. The murder of Black folks by the hands of officers is nothing new. What made this case extremely peculiar was that he was murdered in his own home. … Continue reading Botham Jean: When Your Politics Present a Challenge

Uterus Support: A Letter to Some of My Dudes

By Mia Birdsong •  I sent this to many of the cis-het men I know. One of them (thanks, Mordecai!) asked me to make it a Medium post so he could share it. Thank you, Sharon Dolan for the inspiration. Hi, my cis-het dude friends and family! How are you doing? Great, I hope! So, … Continue reading Uterus Support: A Letter to Some of My Dudes

Trigger Warning

By Quincy Evans •  At 13, she is already held responsible if her shoulders are showing in school, she is sent home on behalf of the boys who are distracted. She grew up like this. By 16, it’s supposedly her fault if she wore the wrong skirt, drank too much, made a mistake. What did … Continue reading Trigger Warning

Reflecting on Intersectionality One Year After The March For Our Lives

By Mei-Ling Ho-Shing •  According to the Oxford Dictionaries, Intersectionality means, “the interconnected nature of social categorizations such as race, class, and gender as they apply to a given individual or group, regarded as creating overlapping and interdependent systems of discrimination or disadvantage." This term is very well-known in the fight for gun violence prevention. … Continue reading Reflecting on Intersectionality One Year After The March For Our Lives

What Armed Teachers and Increased Police Presence Means for Black Youth

By Mei-Ling Ho-Shing •  On February 14 my school, Marjory Stoneman Douglas, came face-to-face with gun violence. On that day I was on the 2nd floor of the Freshman building, the same building we lost 17 of our MSD Eagles. I hid behind my teacher’s desk holding my classmate's hand, in prayer and in fright. … Continue reading What Armed Teachers and Increased Police Presence Means for Black Youth

Havana Chapman-Edwards on Activism and Girl Power

By Stephanie Younger •  7-year-old student activist Havana Chapman-Edwards (@TheTinyDiplomat) was the only student at her school to participate in the national school walkout to honor the victims of the 1999 Columbine school shooting. Her story went viral and captured the attention of CNN, Refinery29, The Washington Post, USA Today and more. With her honorees … Continue reading Havana Chapman-Edwards on Activism and Girl Power

‘Justice Parade For Youth’ Organized by Youth

By Stephanie Younger •  On Saturday Nov. 3rd, the Richmond community joined RISE For Youth, Art 180, and Performing Statistics to honor and celebrate the voices, dreams and demands of youth affected by the school-to-prison pipeline. The community, composed of speakers, dancers, singers, poets and other performers gathered outside of Hotchkiss Community Center to raise … Continue reading ‘Justice Parade For Youth’ Organized by Youth