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Title VII: No Longer A Barrier For LGBT+ Discrimination?

Title VII is a section of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that prohibits discrimination by employers on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin. This act has very few exceptions, and has grown in importance over the years since it was put in place. On Monday, the Supreme Court announced that in three upcoming cases it will make a decision as to whether or not the Title VII law bans discrimination

Real Life

As New Forms of Housing Discrimination Arise, How Can We Take Action Against It?

“I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” -Martin Luther King Jr. This line is from Martin Luther King’s most famous “I Have a Dream” speech given in 1963. He was the greatest voice of the civil rights movement and called to end discrimination through peaceful protest. Many people

Real Life

My University’s Teacher Strike is Important

My college, Rutgers University, is 253 years old and has an abundance of notable alumni ranging from the Sopranos’ James Gandolfini to politician Elizabeth Warren.  Yet, it is not receiving attention in the news and on campus because of its history and alumni. It has received news that, for the first time in its history, to prevent the first ever strike, the Rutgers administration has agreed to the demands of grad student teachers and professors

International

The Dark Side To Coffee Production

Over 2.25 billion cups of coffee are consumed daily — it’s simple to just buy it from our local Starbucks. It may seem easy for us but it certainly isn’t for coffee farmers in countries like Ethiopia and Brazil, where they are being exploited. With the global population demanding more of this famous beverage, these farmers are more susceptible to the violation of their human rights. Higher demand for coffee equates to foreign businesses employing

International

US Airstrikes Killed More Civilians Than The Pentagon Admits

From its liberal use of torture, the implementation of PRISM, a mass surveillance program used on American civilians, to rising counts of employee sexual harassment, the US military has never failed to remain at the centre of controversy. However, one recent story seems to have fallen out of the headlines before it even had the chance to appear in them. A report released by Amnesty International last month shed light on the shadowy claims made by

International

Sri Lanka Under Attack Due To Consecutive Massive Bombings

It was almost 10 years after Sri Lanka, the Paradise Island -as it is often addressed was over with its civil war, earned the title of the ‘Best Country’ in the world to travel in 2019 by Lonely Planet. This South-Asian island was chosen for the top spot in the guidebook publisher’s annual Best in Travel Awards as a result of its better and improved transport facilities, new-attractive hotels and a flourishing number of interesting

Real Life

Your Ethical Living Isn’t Very Ethical

Every decision you make affects other people around the world and in the future. Every product, down to the food you ate at lunch or the shirt you bought last weekend, has a price that is not listed on its tag. No matter how conscious your decisions are, your actions still have a long-lasting ripple effect. Ethical living, also known as “green living,” is a lifestyle in which one’s carbon footprint is reduced by means

Politics

That Social Justice Account You Follow Might Be A Russian Troll

(Disclaimer: The following information is what has been made public in the redacted Mueller Report –– not all information pertaining to this topic has been released yet. The report can be viewed here).  Before, during and after the 2016 presidential election, a massive effort was made by Russia to sway American public opinion in favor of Mr Trump. The Russians targeted Americans via various social media sites, organized political rallies and protests, and in some

Race

Unpacking The White Savior Complex

The white savior complex refers to the idea in which a white person attempts to “rescue” or help a person of color from their own situation. Though they think that they are doing the right thing, white people going out of their way to insert themselves into the lives of POC is doing more harm than good. This trope appears in many films such as The Help, Greenbook and Hidden Figures. The white savior trope

International

Not Your Slumdog Millionaire: How India’s Dehumanization in Film Fuels America’s Desensitization in Politics

For every macabre snake charmer that has appeared inexplicably out of thin air, there are three boys playing soccer in the dirt, clothed in tattered rags. And if there isn’t an unsolicited tragic backstory ascribed to an illiterate rickshaw driver, then the peculiarly strange slums—littered with gasoline lights, will make up for it. From unrealistically unintelligible accents to curry overkill, Hollywood seems to sift through the most misrepresenting stereotypes to see which facet of a

Real Life

I Quit Social Media For a Month – Here’s What’s Happened

In the midst of my junior year of high school, feeling both overwhelmed and stressed with the decisions I would soon have to make – college, majors, roommates, financial aid plans – and all of the work it would take me to get there – perfect SAT scores, AP exams, a 4.0 GPA, stellar extracurriculars – I looked for a way to make it easier, and to take care of my own mental health during

Op-ed

Can The Green New Deal Actually Be Considered Socialism?

In the past few months, the creation of the Green New Deal has sparked a debate across the country. Climate change and its mitigation have finally become hot button discussion topics, which greatly adds to the momentum of the Sunrise Movement and the climate action movement in general. But at the same time, the Green New Deal has received widespread criticism both as a document and as a doctrine. Most recently, Senate Majority Leader Mitch

Op-ed

Trump’s Threat to Close the Border is Desperate and Irresponsible

On Apr. 2, Trump claimed that he will close the border no matter what happens to the economy—it seems at this point he does not care. The president is determined to deal with the issue that’s been his biggest promise in his administration since it started, a solution to the so-called border problem. He’s pushed and pushed to get his supporters an acceptable solution and for much of his administration, it seems he has been

Real Life

Is Social Media Forcing Teens Into Unhealthy Relationships?

The ever-present red heart emoji can be found in Instagram bios of teens and even children around the world, often accompanied by a “mention” of their significant other’s relationship. This is simply another way of expressing one’s caring for another person, just like a card, t-shirt or tattoo. It might, however, be one calling card of an interesting effect social media can have on teens around the world. According to Pew Research Center, 44% of

Op-ed

The Future of Abortion and Legislation That Challenges It

It’s what liberals feared and conservatives hoped for when Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in the Supreme Court. Abortion is going to be challenged. Most recently, laws in Mississippi and West Virginia have been modeled after in North Dakota’s newest abortion bill. North Dakota’s Governor Doug Burgum signed legislation on Wednesday criminalizing doctors to perform second-trimester abortion, while Georgia and Ohio’s legislature which has submitted an approved ban criminalizing doctors from performing an abortion if a

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