The Problem in our Arms
In America, our country has had arms against each other since the rise of the second amendment. Gun ownership began with an intention to defend oneself, but with the innovation of new, more complex guns, it soon emerged into a threatening weapon of destruction. The frequent shootings across our nation serve as a constant reminder of our country’s urgent need for gun control.
Hurricane Maria - How Can You Help?
By Rohan Ahuja
The category 5 hurricane, Maria, slashed through the island of Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, leaving millions of people devastated without electricity, running water, gas, and even food. The US government has been appallingly slow at providing relief, so it is our duty as fellow Americans to help aid civilians who have been the victim of a terrible natural disaster. Below, Alt Philanthropy has compiled a list of reliable charities that will help provide Puerto Rico with the money they need to rebuild their homes, schools, hospitals, and communities as a whole.
Written By Maddie Spears
Last Tuesday morning Donald Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, announced that the Obama era DACA program would be suspended. Almost immediately masses of immigration activist rallied around the 800,000 young adults and children whose livelihoods are being threatened by Donald Trump’s reckless and cruel actions. While thousands of people across the country rallied together to protect the rights of these individuals, Donald Trump left the eradication of this program up to Congress. With Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan both understandably apprehensive about the consequences of ending this program, many have begun to ask who exactly will pass this through Congress. Faced with a moral dilemma of epic proportions, high profile Republicans and Democrats have already called for swift action against this cruel and inhumane decision.
Abortion is a very important topic that despite being classified as ‘controversial’, needs to be discussed. The process is often shunned by society, when in all actuality there are a ton of life-changing factors that are taken into consideration when choosing this route. Abortions aren't easy for anyone, and they most definitely shouldn’t be looked at as selfish. Whether it is a threat to the mother or the baby’s health, rape or sexual violence, financial reasons, or the safety of the process, abortion should be a right to any and all women, not a privilege.
Illegal immigration has come as an issue in the United States for the past years, especially due to the results of the 2016 election and drastic changes in the immigration policies. Illegal immigrants, whether or not America accepts them, are part of today’s society; they learn to live as U.S citizens regardless of the constant concern in every aspect of their lives. With the annual increase of college expenses, the controversial discussion of whether financial aid should be given to illegal immigrants for college has come across more frequently. However, many advocates do not consider how profoundly the United States has benefitted from giving illegal aliens four gratuitous years of education. Children of illegal citizens should be allowed to receive financial aid for college because not only will that benefit the United States financially, but also intellectually.
Music was my first love. It is a sense of freedom and self-expression that nothing else compares to. For years I have played piano on and off, sang, and wrote lyrics. My name Shira actually means “song” in Hebrew, so I think it was a sort of destiny to fall for music. But, becoming sick ten years ago made these activities seem impossible. At the 2015 Global Genes Tribute to Champions of Hope where I was being honored as the Champion of Hope - Teen Advocate, my passion for music was reignited. When I went to the Global Genes Gala I had no idea that I would meet someone who could touch my life in such a profound way. Christina Grimmie, finalist from The Voice, was there as both an advocate and performer. We became fast friends as we bonded over quirkiness and hair dye. Over our friendship, Christina reminded me why I had fallen in love with music in the first place.
SAY HIS NAME.
Jordan Edwards was a hard-working student with a bright future at Mesquite High School. He played quarterback and receiver on his school’s football team. He was also the youngest, unarmed black teen to be killed by a cop this year
On May first a memo was released stating that the Trump Administration is set to discontinue the “Let Girls Learn” program, originally launched by former first lady Michelle Obama.
The program was created to let young girls have access to a good education in underdeveloped countries. According to an email sent by Sheila Crowley, the Acting Director of the Peace Corps, the administration “will not continue to use the 'Let Girls Learn' brand or maintain a stand-alone program.”
What exactly is going on?
Over the past few years the situation in Syria has heightened into a series of mass destruction. More than a quarter million have lost their lives and eleven million have been forced to leave their homes. The country of Syria is under a civil war and the situation isn’t dying anytime soon
To say you can be racist towards white people is to be false. What you can be is: discriminatory. Racism is something that is institutionalized but can still simply happen to an individual. Racism is a structure. You can see the racism that affects people of color in America daily. The way neighborhoods are set up, the prison system, discrimination when applying for a job, and police brutality. But those two things are very different. According to Dictionary.com reverse racism is an “intolerance or prejudice directed at members of historically dominant racial groups.” The definition does not necessarily hint at racism but it points out that it is toward “historically dominant racial groups.” According to the Oxford English dictionary, prejudice is defined as “preconceived opinion [not] based on reason or actual experience.”