Like many revolutionary thinkers, I will be publishing my work anonymously. I know that I will call out some powerful people and do not want to put myself or those I love at risk. So here we go: I propose that the paper’s Earwax and News sections officially secede and form their own publication.
If you’ve been keeping up with the news recently, you would know that there have been almost non-stop protests for the Black Lives Matter movement, protesting police murders of black men and women. On September 3rd, a car drove through a crowd of protesters in Midtown. The recent protests in Manhattan were in response to the death of Daniel Prude, who was killed by officers in Rochester, N.Y.
When a group of old white men got together and drafted the Bill of Rights, they thought it was perfect. In fact, for its time, it was actually quite the piece of work! It allowed the people of the United States the freedom of speech without legal prosecution, the freedom to bear arms in case of the rise of an authoritarian government, and even protected them against the kind abuse of power in the judicial branch that was common back then. However, over time, people realized it wasn’t that perfect. In the initial ten amendments, there wasn’t anything about the people’s power to elect a president, about whether people of color or women could vote, nor even about banning alcohol and then unbanning it just for funsies! And so, the breadth of the Constitution grew and grew and grew. And with as many as 27 amendments, the American people had to pick favorites.
The Democratic National Convention (DNC) and the Republican National Convention (RNC) both made their cases to America’s electorate. The RNC took place from Monday, August 24th to Thursday, August 27th.
The Democratic National Convention (DNC) and the Republican National Convention (RNC) made their cases to America’s electorate. The DNC took place virtually from Monday, August 17th to Thursday, August 20th.
Unless you’ve been isolating yourself in an underground bunker for the past year (wouldn’t blame you if you have), you’ve almost certainly heard about the Black Lives Matter protests. In every county, district, and city across the United States, people of all creeds have come together to protest police violence and advocate reform for the criminal justice system. The protests were instigated by the killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, but in a larger sense, they were a response to a legacy of systemic racism in the American Justice system.
It is with a heavy heart that I write this article. As I am sure you all already know, legendary actor Chadwick Boseman passed away on August 28th, 2020 from Colon Cancer at the age of 44. This sorrowful news seemed to appear suddenly leaving us all shocked as his family first announced news of his passing through his twitter account. For four years, Boseman battled cancer enduring multiple surgeries all while working on films such as Black Panther, Avengers Infinity War, Avengers Endgame, Gods of Egypt, etc. Through all of this, he kept his diagnosis hidden from the public, showing just how hardcore he was.
Two days ago, the paper got an email from firstname.lastname@example.org, detailing a day of action going on today, April 1st, at the corner of Willis Avenue and East 139th Street in the Bronx. At 2pm, the tenants in the South Bronx will converge to demand rent freezes as well as better living conditions during this international pandemic.
As the coronavirus has spread around the globe into a major pandemic, so too has a global panic surrounding the potential ramifications of the virus, from personal implications to the deleterious effects it could have on the economy. Goldman Sachs has projected zero growth for the American economy in the second quarter and, until recently, Chinese manufacturing was at a near-standstill. Economic effects are being felt especially hard in the manufacturing, travel, and services sectors.
The swimming pool is a powerful mechanism for healing, reflection, and peace. When I think about the pool I can’t help but sing “these are a few of my favorite things…” from The Sound of Music. Just as the young postulant Maria remembers “raindrops on roses” and “bright copper kettles… when the dog bites, when the bee stings, when [she’s] feeling sad,” I remember the swimming pool when the midterms come, when the sleep deprivation hits, or when I need a break.