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Real Life

For Poway, Synagogue Shooting Turns News Into Reality

On April 27th, 2019, the Chabad in Poway was just beginning its celebration of the final day of Passover, with an event that was supposed to last from 11 to night. The Synagogue’s Facebook Page announced the festivities that would occur, and all signs indicated that it would be an incredible day filled with festivities and celebration for the Jewish faith. But at 11:30 am, plans for the day to come changed, as a shooter

Op-ed

Why Urban Liberals Need To Stop Dismissing Rural Communities

White, bigoted, uneducated, isolated, incestuous, extremely religious, redneck, conservative, farmer, broken-down, Trump country. If liberal people from urban areas were asked to name concepts they associated with the word rural, their list would undoubtedly include phrases similar to these. For members of the LGBT community and people of color, less-populated areas have negative connotations. The rural reputation, from an urban and suburban viewpoint, is generally one of intolerance and ignorance, an unwelcoming place to be

Politics

Hello, Madam President: Elizabeth Warren

Personal Background: Senator Elizabeth Warren was born on June 22nd, 1949 and is from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She grew up in a lower class household, with both parents working odd jobs to try and bring in sufficient pay. A family tragedy left Warren working by age thirteen, and she attended George Washington University through a debate scholarship, but, shortly afterwards, transferred to the University of Houston (1970), gaining a degree in Speech Pathology. She worked

Op-ed

Impeachment Is A Bad Idea For The Democrats

There is nothing the President does better than rallying his supporters against or for a cause, he himself during the 2016 election said: “I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot someone and I wouldn’t lose any voters.” He’s probably right, he would tweet about how American and brave he was to use his second amendment rights and his followers would eat it up. Trump seems to be able to use any

International

Why Are Mosques in China Quietly Disappearing?

Just hours after the Notre-Dame fire in Paris, millionaires of the world were already donating towards renovating the cathedral and all the major news outlets were reporting it. Amidst this display of favoritism towards the coverage and help of the Parisian exemplar over other destroyed religious heritage sites, many people found the liberty to discuss it on online platforms, specifically Twitter and Instagram. On April 16, Iranian-American poet Kaveh Akbar tweeted, complaining that “The 800-year-old

LGBT+

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

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