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.Read More A New Day in Albany
Written by Najwa Jamal It is not hard to look around today and realize we are in the midst of constant tension between the people and the state. Naturally, protest seems like a first step at absolving these conflicts. Passion and anger begin to fuel you. Those emotions whither away almost as quickly as they charged you. Headline […]Read More The Age of New Protest
Written by Vera Ting Just days before Thanksgiving this year, five shootings took place across America. Given the recent slew of domestic terror attacks — which also includes a series of bomb threats and two other high-profile shootings in Pennsylvania and California — a reevaluation of the conversation on gun laws in America seems to […]Read More Where is the Conversation on Gun Rights Now?
Written by Bronwyn Simmons Driven by greed and ignorance, we have pushed our environmental home to the point where it pushes back, wreaking havoc on us with natural disasters and famines. Yes, fossil fuel use has greatly contributed to global warming, but a large amount of the carbon that we’ve released into the atmosphere comes […]Read More Soil as Solution
Written by Vera Ting At the beginning of October, a gathering of less than two hundred Central Americans formed in San Pedro Sula, Honduras and began their northward journey towards what they hoped would be a better future. In the following weeks, the group’s number grew by thousands. Many sources have called this group of […]Read More The Misinterpretation of The Migrant Caravan
Written by Blair Peppe and Vera Ting When the midterm election comes to a close, the winning candidates will be delivering their speeches to two different groups: One group will be comprised of voters who have claimed their political voices, and for better or worse may feel represented by the victors. The other group will […]Read More Elections are How Democracies Work, Yet Millions of Americans Are Barred from Voting
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 […]Read More There’s Too Much Money in Politics and Democracy Matters Wants to Do Something About It