The Not-Ok Boomers: COVID & the Elderly

Race. Sexuality. Gender. In the modern United States, there exists a growing acknowledgement of systemic inequalities, historically and presently, on the basis of these inherent factors, and more. As public consciousness in the US grows intersectional, age and ageism have emerged as topics of discussion. To many youth, issues like voting age minimums and demographics…

COVID-19 and Prisons: a Case of Severe Neglect

Bunks mere inches apart. Spaces inadequate for social distancing. People crammed in close quarters, struggling for breath and coughing. The onset of a global pandemic has sent much of the country into mass lockdown as stay-at-home orders are issued in cities across the US, yet as if entirely removed from society, things are business as…

The Right to Abortion Under Attack in the U.S. During COVID-19

In March of 2020 COVID-19 hit the United States in full force. Days after hearing the news of the outbreak my university cancelled school and many cities initiated a shelter in place. As I rushed to pack my belongings in order to move from my college town back to my childhood home I was preoccupied…

Shelter-in-Place without Shelter: Homelessness in the Age of COVID-19

As COVID-19 continues to rapidly spread through our communities, cities, and countries, governments continue to enact and enforce social distancing and shelter-in-place measures. Schools and businesses have closed down. Most people in quarantine are working remotely while trying to find amusements that will entertain them from the safety of their homes. Most of us have…

El Tren Maya: A Railway of Social, Environmental, and Cultural Catastrophe

Before the outbreak of COVID-19, Mexico’s tourism sector was once again preparing for the influx of spring breakers that come around this time of year. Millions of people—from marrying couples to packs of college students—visit Mexico’s hot tourist destinations every year, flocking to the beaches of Puerto Vallarta, Acapulco, and of course, Cancun. Even with…

Human Rights and Indigenous Sovereignty

A Legal History of the U.S. and a Future of Rights for Indigenous Peoples Mauna Kea. The Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines. Recognizing and investigating missing and murdered indigenous women across the U.S. These are just a few examples of the modern-day fight for indigenous rights and, arguably, human rights. What are human rights,…

Pass the Potatoes and Be An Ally

Today is Thanksgiving, one of the USA’s most cherished national holidays. Before anything else, I’d like to say the following: this month is Native American Heritage Month. This article was written on occupied Ramaytush Ohlone Land. I would like to acknowledge the Ramaytush people today for their land which I live on without permission, the…