It can be easy to think of New York as a Utopia, with agricultural, industrial, and artistic opportunities liveing side by side. But it’s not. Issues of racially motivated police brutality have deeply impacted New York. However, like most politicians, Governor Andrew Cuomo seemed to only realize this last year when he issued Executive Order […]Read More Next steps? Kingston, NY’s journey to police reform.
February marked the beginning of this year’s Black History Month, a more important one for this country than ever before. The month’s short time span, and the Hudson Valley’s close calls with increasing COVID-19 cases, have not stopped Kingston, New York. And so, the third annual Black History Month Kingston (BHMK) festivities safely kicked off […]Read More Kingston’s Fourth Annual Black History Month
CALL TO ACTION: THE RED HOOK POLICE DEPARTMENT (RHPD) HAS RELEASED A REFORM PLAN. BARD COLLEGE STUDENTS LIVE UNDER THE JURISDICTION OF THE RHPD AND THEREFORE WILL BE IMPACTED BY THE DECISIONS MADE IN THIS PLAN. PUBLIC COMMENT IS OPEN ON THIS PLAN UNTIL FEBRUARY 18TH. BARD STUDENTS CAN ALSO FILL OUT THIS ANONYMOUS SURVEY. […]Read More Red Hook Police Department Reforms: Comment Period Open until February 18th
“Coming into office and then 2 months later we hit a recession and a pandemic, it’s like, the perfect time, right?” Like everyone else in the world, Jacob Testa’s 2020 did not go as planned. After being elected to the Red Hook Town Board in November 2019, Testa began to prepare for his first experience […]Read More How To Expect The Unexpected: Jacob Testa’s First Year On The Red Hook Town Board
President Elect Joe Biden has stated that one of his major goals as president is to reunite our divided nation. However, our citizens are waking up to the fact that the root of our country’s problems run deeper than who is president. Our country is facing a division that reveals the core differences between our […]Read More Biden’s Cabinet Nominees: Uniting or Dividing?
The impact of Covid on the United States has been incredibly devastating. Its effects have not only brought new problems to the surface, but they also have increased existing issues in exponential proportions. One of these existing issues is that of Housing Inequality, which has disproportionately impacted many Americans since the early 1900s. Some of […]Read More Housing Inequality in the Time of Covid
We’ve just witnessed the election of America’s first female, Black and Asian American Vice President. Yet, this country finds itself arguably the most divided it has been in decades. Following the national summer of racial uprisings that sprung up in reaction to George Floyd’s unlawful murder, we as a nation (and as a campus community) […]Read More Campus Silence is Violence: BIPOC Student Activism in Times of Unrest
With the recent election, Americans’ attention has been focused on the electoral college (and its legitimacy) and swing states (and the votes that make them up). And while this election is incredibly important, it is equally important not to fall into the cycle of forgetting about the news of yesterday in order to focus on […]Read More The Court is in Session: What the Future of the Supreme Court Looks Like With Amy Coney Barrett
The Church of St. John the Evangelist lies in Red Hook, New York, only a four minute car ride from the Bard College Annandale campus. It sits atop a small hill at the end of a dark, winding and unlit path named River Road. This was the College’s assigned polling station. Comprising 700 square feet, […]Read More How Dutchess County Enables Student Voter Suppression and Ableism
SCOTUS has become the biggest buzzword of the past two weeks, but prior to September 23rd, very few of us had ever read let alone discussed the abbreviation. Established in 1790, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) was created to act as the legal arm of the federal government, and has come to […]Read More Why is everyone talking about SCOTUS?
We’re living in a time with precious little joy. Millions have lost their jobs, forcing them to rely on unattainable and unsustainable government benefits; students have been sent home from school, turning parents into teachers or students into workers as a result; everyone has been cut off from friends and family, creating an epidemic of […]Read More Op Ed: Why Food is a Radical Force
The current condition of the United States has been nothing short of divided since the State of Emergency was announced in March of 2020. With the politicization of mask-wearing and quarantine, and the ever increasing national coronavirus cases, the presidential election has only succeeded in further dividing the country. Rampant chaos of the pandemic and […]Read More Police Reform within Dutchess County
In the past three decades, a new stereotype emerged to victimize over 1.8 billion peoplebecause of their religion, Islam. While not every Muslim is directly exposed to this stereotype daily, many actions have been taken to discriminate against Muslims around the world. This includes the travel ban placed on seven Muslim countries under the Trump […]Read More Uighurs Under Persecution
Patagonia and Blundstone clad, mason jar toting activists make up the image of the environmentalist today. Stereotypical? Yes. But true? Also yes. White, college educated, and middle class– these are the individuals who have come to represent the majority of the environmentalist movement. As we learn to maneuver our lives through a COVID-19 ridden reality, […]Read More Once upon a Colonial Time: The Story of White Environmentalism