The Significance of the National Holiday Juneteenth, Black Independence Day

Juneteenth is a national holiday on June 19th. Also known as Freedom Day, Black Independence Day, and Emancipation Day, the day is a celebration of the end of slavery in America. On this day in 1865, General Gordon Granger informed enslaved people in Galveston, Texas of their freedom from slavery. Although the Emancipation Proclamation from… Continue reading The Significance of the National Holiday Juneteenth, Black Independence Day

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Pride Month Spotlight: Audre Lorde, Black Lesbian Icon

This pride month, we will be highlighting influential activists that dedicated their lives to fighting injustice. Our first spotlight is on Audre Lorde, self-proclaimed “black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet.” Audre Lorde was born Audrey Geraldine Lorde on February 18, 1934 to Caribbean immigrant parents in New York City. She discovered her love for poetry at… Continue reading Pride Month Spotlight: Audre Lorde, Black Lesbian Icon

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Israel’s Illegal Occupation of Palestine

In the past month, the “conflict” between Palestine and Israel has received renewed media attention after the Supreme Court of Israel’s court order authorized the forcible removal of Palestinian families from their homes in the neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah. What is the historical context of this “conflict?” What exactly is going on in Palestine? And… Continue reading Israel’s Illegal Occupation of Palestine

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Unrest and Military Coup in Myanmar

Background of Myanmar Coup In November, the National League for Democracy (NLD) won the seats needed to form a government. However, the Myanmar government claims that the election was fraudulent. The military recently threatened to “take action” over the alleged election fraud. However, the Union Election Commission denied claims that the election was fraudulent last… Continue reading Unrest and Military Coup in Myanmar

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Yemen Airport Explosion; 25+ Killed And Over 100 Injured

What happened? On December 30, Yemen’s Aden airport was attacked as a plane with cabinet members of Yemen’s new government was landing. At least 25 people were killed and 110 injured. The death toll is expected to rise, as over 30 people are in critical condition. No group has claimed responsibility for the attacks. A… Continue reading Yemen Airport Explosion; 25+ Killed And Over 100 Injured

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Cop in Philippines Shoots Mother and Son Execution-Style

On Sunday, December 20th, in the Philippines, off-duty police officer Jonel Nuezca shot and killed Sonya Gregorio and Frank Anthony Gregorio execution-style in front of their house. Reports state that an argument took place between Nuezca and the Gregorio’s over a makeshift air cannon (commonly used during New Years’ celebrations). Neuzca attempted to arrest Frank… Continue reading Cop in Philippines Shoots Mother and Son Execution-Style

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Food Bank Meal Shortage Over Next 12 Months

According to the US Census Bureau, 22 million Americans reported sometimes, or often, did not have enough to eat within the past week. Feeding America, the nonprofit organization responsible for millions of meals, is expecting shortages in the next year. Read on to learn more. That number, 22 million, is up 3 million from early… Continue reading Food Bank Meal Shortage Over Next 12 Months

The Incredible Life Of Ruth Bader Ginsburg (RBG)

Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Notorious RBG, spent her life fighting for women’s rights. Her impact and legacy will live on. Zikhronah livrakha, may her memory be a blessing. She graduated top of her class from Columbia Law School after attending Cornell University undergraduate. Ginsburg was the first person to be on both Harvard and Columbia law… Continue reading The Incredible Life Of Ruth Bader Ginsburg (RBG)

Explanation of “America” vs “United States of America”

Many people use the terms “America” and “United States” interchangeably, even though they have different meanings. Read on to learn more. What “America” means: “America” refers to all land in the Western hemisphere. This includes North and South America. Central America is considered a part of North America. What “United States” means: The United States… Continue reading Explanation of “America” vs “United States of America”

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