Student Activist Spotlight: Sophie Logan

Written by Maeve McKaig Sophie Logan’s work concerning issues of classism and equity began before coming to Bard. Growing up in Middlebury, Vermont, she observed a clear divide in her high school between the children of farmers and the children of professors. She said this observation led her to her first experience in activism: addressing that inequity by […]

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A New Day in Albany

In the early days of the 2019-2020 legislative session, New York passed historic voting reforms that activists have advocated for decades. While many improvements were made, the state still has a way to go before our elections are free and fair for all New Yorkers.

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There’s Too Much Money in Politics and Democracy Matters Wants to Do Something About It

Written by Maeve McKaig With midterm elections just days away, Americans across the political spectrum are doing all they can to shake an ingrained cynicism from the electorate. Despite America’s characterization as a champion of democracy, on average only half of its citizens actually show up on election day. Many voters feel as if their […]

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Activist Spotlight: Harper Rubin

Written by Maeve McKaig After years of organizing and advocating for queer and trans communities, Harper Rubin ‘19 has accrued an impressive amount of experience working towards institutional change. Rubin, who uses they/them pronouns, is involved in a wide range of clubs and organizations both on and off of the Bard-Annandale campus and approaches each […]

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Blackout Bard: What Happened

Written by Maeve McKaig The majority of the freshman class is unaware of the racial tensions that culminated in an intentionally disruptive demonstration on November 18th, 2015: Blackout Bard. Many of the issues that were addressed at the walkout are still relevant today, including microaggressions on campus towards black and brown students, and a greater […]

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White Ignorance: what it is, how it hurts, and what needs to change

Written by Maeve McKaig There is little subtlety in the role that race plays in our current political and cultural climate. Since the election of Donald Trump, political commentary has been increasingly saturated with claims of racial motivation. Many attribute Trump’s presidency to the white working class vote–the “silent majority”–which was largely ignored during the […]

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