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Why Do All The White Boys Live Together? White Supremacy in Greek Life

Lubabah R. Chowdhury on May 27, 2015

I do not want to believe that history repeats itself. When I was younger, I loved studying history for the same reason I obsessively read and re-read “Harry Potter” and “Lord of the Rings”. The strange customs, outlandish clothes and...

Palestinian ‘Right to Education’ Tour Travels US During Our Intifada

Michelle Zei on February 07, 2015

Imagine being arrested for trying to obtain an education. For students in Palestine, educational suppression is commonplace and one of the Israeli occupation’s many tactics to keep Palestinians oppressed. Education equips people with knowledge about their circumstance and tools for...

People's Congress leader Carlos Pedraza killed

Zoe Pepper-Cunningham on February 02, 2015

This article is an adaptation/translation of an article written by the editorial team of Colombia Informa: Agencia de los Pueblos The results of the official autopsy establish that the death of Carlos Pedraza, a leader from the Congreso de los...

Syriza's Victory and the Youth of Europe

Maria Zepatou on January 31, 2015

On the 26th of January 2015, Alexis Tsipras took his oath of office at the age of 40, which makes him the youngest prime minister in the history of Greece. Syriza, Coalition of the Radical Left, won the elections with...

Useful Martyrs and Invisible Deaths: On Leelah Alcorn and the Erasure of Trans Women of Color

Asam Ahmad on January 22, 2015

On June 3, 2014, the lifeless body of Kandy Hall, a 40-year-old Black trans woman, was found slumped in a field near a school and playground in Baltimore, MD. Exactly ten days later, the body of 28-year-old Zoraida ‘Ale” Reyes,...

From Ferguson to Palestine, the Struggle for Freedom Continues

Queen Arsem-O'Malley on January 19, 2015

“We came here to Palestine to stand in love and revolutionary struggle with our brothers and sisters,” journalist and scholar Marc Lamont Hill declared to kick off a solidarity demonstration in Nazareth last week. Hill was one in a coalition...

Black Brunch Won’t Let Us Turn Away From Victims of Police Violence

Muna Mire on January 06, 2015

Black Brunch, the collectively led series of direct actions designed to afflict the comfortable has officially hit New York. This past Sunday, I joined organizers from Oakland who took the protests from their city to commercial brunch spots nationwide, including...

Leaving the Cops Behind in 2015

Hira Mahmood , Muna Mire , Isabelle Nastasia , Victor Casillas Valle and Queen Arsem-O'Malley on January 01, 2015

We write to you as dispossessed queer youth and youth of color from Atlanta, Boston, Brooklyn, Los Angeles and Oakland. Over the past several months we have taken part in a national uprising against police violence and the killing of...

The Silence of Art Basel — Police Violence, National Unrest and Other Stories

Hira Mahmood on December 23, 2014

I don’t call myself an artist – but that doesn’t mean I’m not intrigued by the artist’s world. From the position of a consumer and patron, I’m invested in exploring the false separation of art and the socio-political world. My...

Assata Shakur is Still Welcome Here

Queen Arsem-O'Malley and Isabelle Nastasia on December 17, 2014

Assata Olugbala Shakur is on our minds today. Yesterday, Obama announced that the U.S. and Cuba would normalize diplomatic relations, after almost 54 years of embargo. A White House fact sheet, dubbed “Charting a New Course on Cuba”, outlines the...

About this Movement

Ferguson Action, Millennial Activists United, Black Lives Matter, Organization for Black Struggle, BYP100, Hands Up United, The Dream Defenders and Million Hoodies Movement for Justice on December 16, 2014

This open letter was originally posted at Ferguson Action On the week of August 9th, Black youth in Ferguson took to the streets and kicked off a wave of resistance against police violence that has spread across the country. In...

365—An End to Solitary Confinement for Transgender Detainees

Jamila Hammami on December 10, 2014

December 10th is the United Nations International Human Rights Day. This year, the Convention against Torture is celebrating its 30th year, and the United Nations (U.N.) theme for 2014 Human Rights Day is Human Rights 365, the idea being that:...

The Lumpen Blacks

Messiah Rhodes on December 02, 2014

I’ve visited Detroit, Portland, St. Louis, Newburgh and many little towns across the nation that you’d least expect. In their history, all experienced uprisings that would break the segregation of communities. But we have come far from our slave ships...

Open Letter from #StoptheParade

anonymous on November 29, 2014

We are a few of the thousands of people disrupting ‘business as usual’ and fighting back against the state sanctioned murders of Black individuals and communities. We stand in solidarity with demonstrations spreading all across the nation following the announcement...

Kai Newkirk, Pro-Democracy Leader Speaks about Day 16 of His Fast

Isabelle Nastasia on November 03, 2014

From small-scale actions targeting banks during Occupy Wall Street led by high school students to political organizing trainings to this summer’s 480-mile long March for Democracy, Kai Newkirk and 99Rise have orchestrated ongoing projects calling for an end to corruption....

#TodosSomosAyotzinapa (We all are Ayotzinapa)

Luz Rodea S. on October 28, 2014

On September 26, students from the Ayotzinapa Rural College for Teachers, located in a small town located in the state of Guerrero, México, were attacked in the city of Iguala by municipal police, while they were on their way to...

The White Privilege Project

Hera Chan on October 27, 2014

In pursuit of a “white ethnicity” and to engage white Americans into racial discourse, director and producer Whitney Dow of Two Tone Productions has created ‘The Whiteness Project’, a pilot television series partially funded by PBS that will feature white...

Trans* and intersex advocate Ashley Love reflects on vigil held for trans* women of color and the path toward peace

Hannah Giorgis on October 22, 2014

In a bold, compassionate call to action to legislators and community members alike, over 50 people came together outside the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Conference in Washington, D.C. last month as part of the Black Trans* Women’s Lives Matter campaign....

Ferguson October, From Moment to Movement

Hannah K. Gold on October 21, 2014

After twenty hours on the road, we knew we had arrived at our destination when we saw the formation of cop cars blockading a narrow street. Their lights fanned out like wings fluttering madly, attempting to cut through the thick,...

Girls to the Front—Women on the Frontlines of the Struggle in Ferguson

Michelle Zei on October 17, 2014

In times of crisis, the term “protect the women and children” might still come to mind. However, when police responded to Ferguson residents with the excessive force of rubber bullets, tear gas, and arrests, women stood their ground and took...

Modern Day Civil Rights Architects Take to Social Media

Priscilla Ward on October 06, 2014

We cannot forget about Ferguson, Missouri. Despite the mainstream media’s coverage shift, the dialogue is still happening. Young people are continuing to respond in the killing of Michael Brown. Our lenses are being recalibrated as those under 25 claim their...

You Won't Get a Penny From Me

Sean Estelle on October 02, 2014

The first time I stepped foot on University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Campus was not for a campus tour or a prospective student orientation. It was for a ska/punk show at the Ché Café. The Ché, with its murals...

What Lena Dunham Taught Us about Unpaid Labor—and What We Taught Ourselves

Anwar Batte and Isabelle Nastasia on September 30, 2014

Yesterday, Lena Dunham—whose character on the HBO show Girls is one of the most recognizable millennial narratives in pop culture—was called out by Gawker for “hiring” unpaid opening acts on her book tour. Only a few hours later, under pressure...

Genie, You're Free

Kai Cheng Thom on September 29, 2014

Content Warning: Discussion of suicide “Make no mistake about people who leap from burning windows […] It’s not desiring the fall; it’s terror of the flames. And yet nobody down on the sidewalk, looking up and yelling ‘Don’t!’ and ‘Hang...

Occupational Hazard: Lessons from Gaza and Ferguson

Georgia Travers on September 23, 2014

It’s no accident that many commentators have drawn parallels over the past months between the riots taking place in Ferguson, MO following the police murder of black teenager Michael Brown, and Israel’s offensive against the Palestinians of the Gaza Strip...

Urban Youth and Police Harassment

University Community Collaborative on September 22, 2014

In this short film young people reflect on their experiences with police harassment in Philadelphia. This video was produced by high school students in VOICES, an after-school program at the University Community Collaborative at Temple University.

Get Free: LGBT Rights and Black Liberation

Black Youth Project 100 on September 21, 2014

How does the struggle for LGBT rights fit into the struggles for communities of color? What are the most pressing issues in LGBT activism? This short video from Black Youth Project 100 explores these questions and underscores that LGBT rights...

The Red Tape Remains: Columbia Students in Solidarity with Sexual Assault Survivors

George Joseph on September 13, 2014

Yesterday, in its first public rally, Columbia’s anti-rape group, No Red Tape, called on students to come out and voice their experiences of sexual violence directly in front of Low Library, the seat of Columbia’s administration. Last year, No Red...

Queer and Trans Artists of Color: A Collection of Interviews Unlike Any Other

Luna Merbruja on September 13, 2014

I met Nia King when she asked to interview me for her podcast, We Want the Airwaves, a podcast highlighting queer and trans artists of color and the work they are doing. When figuring out a quiet place to meet,...

What happens when artists fight sexual assault on campus

Elizabeth Sedran and Samantha Cooney on September 12, 2014

At 1:45 p.m. on Wednesday, a group of students helped Emma Sulkowicz, CC ‘15, carry a mattress from the East Campus courtyard to her class in Schermerhorn Hall. The collective carry event was in support of Sulkowicz’s visual arts senior...

Culture Creators Series: Andrew Kaminski

Rain Embuscado on September 08, 2014

Our morning started with a hunt for acetate. It was warm for late December, and as Kaminski pointed out, the whole of Harlem seemed excited by the winter heat wave. He opted to enjoy the weather with a tank: Keith...

Workplace organizing against oppressive language and behavior

Colt Thundercat on August 24, 2014

This article was originally published on Twin Cities Organizer. I knew it would be hard going into it. Friends who already worked in the distribution center I was about to start work at had warned me about the specific difficulties...

Hillary Thompson forefronts as first openly transgender skateboarder

Victor Casillas Valle on August 20, 2014

Hillary Thompson, originally from Raleigh, NC, . Thompson began taking hormones in 2008, according to an interview she did with King Shit Skateboarding Magazine. After a couple of years moving around the southern United States due to a need to...

Students Stand Up and Speak Out in Sacramento, Chicago, Philadelphia and Washington, DC

James Cersonsky on August 15, 2014

This post, curated by {Young}ist contributor James Cersonsky, was originally published at StudentNation and is reprinted here with permission. 1) At 11, Not One More On August 2, more than 2,000 people marched on Washington, DC, to pressure President Obama...

Gentefication

Julio Salgado on August 13, 2014

Arriba Lxs Que Luchan: Chilean Students Struggling to Win

Alexi S on August 07, 2014

From 2011 onwards, the Chilean student movement, represented by the Confederation of Chilean Students (CONFECH), an organization made up of student federations from major universities across the country, has made the concrete demand for free education, drawing hundreds of thousands...

The Green Man's Burden

Jack Swallow on August 04, 2014

As the world heats up, it becomes increasingly obvious that the institutions of capitalism are incapable of reacting equitably to the problem of climate change. Environmental racism, the direct consequence of this inequality, threatens our historically diverse generation’s future. The...

Reflections From Behind the Brick Wall

Bakri R on August 01, 2014

“SCHOLARSHIP IS ART AND WE ARE ARTISTS. THIS IS IN ALL CAPS TO BE HEARD OVER THE NUMBING SILENCE AND CACOPHONIUS BLABBER OF THE ACADEMY. ARTISTS AND CREATORS AND LIFE-GIVERS ARE NOT APPRECIATED HERE. THERE IS NO BODILY INTEGRITY. NO...

Your Liberal Rhetoric Won't End the Massacre in Gaza

Reem Suleiman on July 31, 2014

To many Americans, Palestinians are just statistics. As I write this, the Ministry of Health in Gaza announces over 1,255 Palestinians dead in Israel’s recent assault, over 230 of whom are children. The numbers move past the bottom of our...

Youngist announces new DIY Series

Victor Casillas Valle on July 30, 2014

Youngist is going to start curating a new series for the month of August under the theme: millennial do it yourself. Think: youth culture as it intersects with politics. Everything from skate crews, youth-led alternatives to incarceration, queer haircutting collectives,...

Let's Talk About AIDS: The Erasure of Gay Activism

Zachary Howe on July 30, 2014

The scariest thing about gay politics these days is not the ongoing stupidity of extremist Christian homophobia or setbacks in the march towards marriage “equality.” The scariest thing about gay politics is still AIDS. Yes, people continue to die from...

Palestine Across the Globe: Transnational Mobilization for Gaza and BDS

Alexander Abbasi on July 25, 2014

Palestinians teach life. Indeed, we do. The Palestinian poet Rafeef Ziadeh famously wrote the poem “We Teach Life, Sir” to demonstrate what it means for an occupied peoples to live under a system which superiorizes one human population over another....

Pride Without 'Pride': Power in Shared Spaces

H Kapp-Klote on July 15, 2014

What could possibly be left to say about Pride? Everyone, it seems, queer and straight, has an opinion on pride. JD Samson thinks we should get off the internet and, somehow relatedly, that trans women should be nicer. Colorlines thinks...

The Garden Where Rough Edges Grow

Hannah K. Gold on July 10, 2014

Every young generation, as it comes of age, is told it’s special, that everyone else’s hopes and dreams live through it, and, simultaneously, that it is already not living up to these expectations. With this in mind, I — a...

Greek Cleaners Become Symbols of Resistance

Maria Zepatou on July 08, 2014

It took nine months for the 396 cleaners that had been made redundant by the Greek Finance Ministry to gain their victory. Since September 2013, they have been on strike, selling T-shirts to survive and pay for banners and other...

The Kids Aren't Alright - But They Might Be

Alice Lesperance on July 02, 2014

Two questions I’m constantly asked on my blog are some variation of, “Why do you care so much about the Millennial generation?” and “Why is punk important?” In fact, this week I was specifically asked “Why is Millennial punk so...

Whose Pride Is It, Anyway?

Chrysten Jackson on June 29, 2014

Buffalo. The nickel city. The Queen City. Monikers of a city from a bygone era. Living in a post-Rust Belt world, where my city – a city once renowned as the eighth largest in the nation – now rides high...

LGBTQ histories didn’t begin with Stonewall and end with Windsor

Erik Lampmann on June 25, 2014

As I celebrate Pride this month I continue to identify mainstream narratives that situate the LGBTQ movement in the past, treat the expansion of same-sex marriage as a fait accompli, and fail to name the shared struggles for immediate survival,...

How to Break Pride: A Guide for the LGBTQ Movement

Emma Caterine on June 22, 2014

Pride in and of itself is worthless. Not only worthless, but a dangerous complex of invulnerability to criticism or even review. Pride is held by all tyrants and key to control in oppressive systems. Whether you want to call it...

Do-It-Yourself in the Digital Age

Hira Mahmood on June 21, 2014

The Atlanta Zine Fest is an annual conference celebrating DIY and handmade media. The first Atlanta Zine Fest, held in 2013, garnered over 300 participants, 25 vendors, and 21 speakers/workshop facilitators. AZF holds events and programs year-round, culminating in a...

Displacement: Beginnings and Arrivals in San Francisco

Andrew Szeto on June 19, 2014

Home, again. The Sunset District is well known for its cold and foggy weather, where sunsets are a rarity, but on that rare occasion, offer stunning glimpses to “the end of the world.” I grew up on the borderlands, between...

To My Comrades Still Navigating Higher Education

Alex Ngo on June 16, 2014

I am a recent college graduate inspired to write this as a thank you to my comrades for the times they picked up one of my fallen stars, embraced me, withered and weak, and lifted me back up. As I...

It’s Time for the Department of Education to Dump Sallie Mae

Beth Huang on June 11, 2014

For more than year, the Student Labor Action Project (SLAP) – alongside coalition partners, including the American Federation of Teachers, National Education Association, and U.S. Student Association – has been calling for the Department of Education to cancel its $100...

At the Frontlines, Youth Continue to Fight Queer and Trans Homelessness

Hannah K. Gold on June 11, 2014

The LGBT Rally for Homeless Youth began even before the hundreds of people who had gathered in Washington Square Park stood at attention before the stage, while they were still milling around and greeting one another. A smattering of joyous...

Kicking Out Condi: No Rice at Rutgers

David Bedford on June 08, 2014

After Rutgers students sat-in to protest Condoleezza Rice’s selection as commencement speaker, media outlets from across the country, ranging from USA Today to Fox News to the Daily Beast, tried their best to shoot us down. They accused us of...

Mississippi Students Come Up Against Their Governor in Commencement Fight

Patricia Tortora on June 07, 2014

The University of Mississippi Creed states that all those involved with the University are to “Believe in the respect for the dignity of each person.” Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant’s selection as commencement speaker misrepresents and dishonors this creed. Bryant recently...

My Body Is More Than a Crime Scene: #WhyIDidntReport and What I Learned from Talking About It

Hannah Giorgis on June 06, 2014

Trigger warning: Discussion of sexual violence and sexual assault Years ago, I returned home from a regular day of high school with my mother and three siblings. We approached our front door and my mom felt instantly that something was...

Students Blockade for Trans Justice, Dish 18,000 Red Squares and Push California to Divest From Guns

James Cersonsky on June 06, 2014

This post, which was curated by Youngist contributor James Cersonsky, originally appeared at StudentNation, and is republished here with permission. 1. As Deportations Rage, Five Blockade for Queer and Trans Justice On Tuesday, May 27, LGBTQ organizers from across the...

Resisting Tropes: On Poetry, Masochism, and Domestic Violence

Christopher Soto on June 04, 2014

PART I At dinner she asked why I write such sad poems. And I told her, “my poems are not sad, they are masochistic.” My poems like a good choking, a good spanking. They want to be bound and gagged...

Resisting One Newark

Raven Rakia on May 28, 2014

On Tuesday, May 20, 2014, the Newark Students Union (NSU) called for a rally on 2 Cedar Street, at the Board of Education building. As their supporters rallied outside, nine high school students from the NSU entered the building where...

4 Things I Wish I Knew Before Graduation About Working For Social Change

Eli Schmitt on May 28, 2014

When I graduated from college and moved to New York City, I learned a lot about social justice movements, and how young people do or don’t fit into them. Some of what I learned was told to me by other...

The Fisk Takeover: Wesleyan student's recreate 1969 occupation in short film

The Fisk Takeover on May 27, 2014

Based on the events of February 21st, 1969 at Wesleyan University. Follow us https://twitter.com/RebelXEmpire Check out http://thefisktakeover.tumblr.com/ On Friday, February 21st, 1969, the Black Students of Wesleyan took over Fisk Hall. They brought all academic processes to a halt to...

Since when does free speech require students stay quiet?

Sam Warren on May 27, 2014

Since former University of California, Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau declined to receive an honorary degree from my very own Haverford College, commentators have decried the intolerance of the protesters who criticized his invitation to commencement. Student speech obstructed Birgeneau’s right...

Smith Students Stand Up, Lagarde Backs Down

Alyssa Flores and Kimberly Garcia on May 26, 2014

In February, President Kathleen McCartney announced that the Smith College commencement speaker would be Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund. Inviting Lagarde undermined Smith’s claim of building a more diverse community to empower marginalized voices—specifically, voices of...

The Revolution Should Not Be Boring

H Kapp-Klote on May 25, 2014

Say what you will about advanced capitalism, it’s definitely lively. The ecosystem is being destroyed, there is a fundamental disconnect between those in power and those they are supposed to represent, and white supremacy, heteropatriarchy, and neoliberalism are all consuming....

Bleeding Kansas

Muna Mire on May 24, 2014

This past week, the state of Kansas captured the attention of the nation and the news cycle as the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, a case which made the Topeka Board of Education famous, touched off a...

These Students Put Their Faith in Organizing, You Won't Believe What Happened Next

on May 23, 2014

It’s not every day you see 100 students deliver 4,000 petitions to the School Board President, but that’s exactly what happened in Los Angeles on April 29, 2014. Students asked Dr. Vladovic, President of the L.A. Unified School Board, to...

Leaving Trans Organizers in the Dust

Kathryn Seidewitz on May 23, 2014

Emily Augusta began her transition in September 2012. Underemployed and without healthcare, she started taking illegal hormones she purchased on the street. She had moved to DC from Connecticut in the height of the Occupy movement, where she had gotten...

You are more than your trans self: Ryka Aoki's He Mele A Hilo

Emma Caterine on May 22, 2014

As the confetti falls, lights fade on JUNIOR and the sound of typing. FAITH, in a white laced Filipiniana Wedding gown, enters to introduce the members of HER wedding party. FAITH: I am Faith Sia-Lippin, born the day bombs fell...

Ricochet: Radically Mainstream

Michael Lee-Murphy on May 21, 2014

The AP tells its reporters ‘keep it short’. Larger legacy media consistently misses or willfully ignores stories of major importance, like missing and murdered indigenous women. Whenever stories about Quebec appear in English media in the rest of the country,...

California March for Democracy

on May 20, 2014

The California March for Democracy, a campaign of 99Rise, will be a nonviolent campaign to elevate and dramatize the corruption of money-in-politics and activate greater public support for the fight for political equality. On March 17th, we rallied in Los...

Abroad at Home: Accounts of the Invisible

Timothy Garcia on May 17, 2014

Abroad at Home: Accounts of The Invisible from Middlebury Film & Media Culture on Vimeo. “Abroad at Home: Accounts of the Invisible” is a short documentary that takes a look into student life at Middlebury college by exploring experiences of...

Fight Back: Tips on Organizing for Justice in Palestine

Michelle Zei on May 13, 2014

There’s much more to campus life than classes and parties: college is a fundamental time to question beliefs and develop social consciousness. The college campus has always been an incubator for change and a battleground for political debate. Students exceptionally...

Northeastern University’s Definition of Consent Allowed Assailant to Transfer

George Joseph on May 07, 2014

Early this morning, Youngist received a report that a survivor of sexual assault has chosen to file a federal complaint against Northeastern University. The filing comes on the heels of a flood of Title IX complaints from students across the...

As the School Year Ends, Students Force Out Condoleezza Rice, Walk Out on Fee Hikes and Stage a Sit-In for Divestment

James Cersonsky on May 07, 2014

This post, which was curated by Youngist contributor James Cersonsky, originally appeared at StudentNation, and is republished here with permission. On May Day, California Students and Workers Unleash On May 1, students marched, rallied, walked out and sat-in across California....

WSA Adopts Resolution Supporting Divestment From Israeli Military Occupation of Palestine

on May 06, 2014

At Sunday’s meeting, the Wesleyan Student Assembly (WSA) voted to adopt Resolution 11.35, which calls for the University and the WSA to divest from companies that profit from the occupation of the Gaza Strip, the West Bank, and East Jerusalem....

Why I Ran Out Of Pride

Chrysten Jackson on May 06, 2014

I remember when I received my first pride guide. I remember keeping an ultra secret profile when I returned to my fundamentalist Christian parent’s house. And I remember seeing the Evergreen advertisement. I remember the overwhelming feelings of hope, that...

Youngist is Hiring: Multimedia and Arts Editor

Hira Mahmood on April 29, 2014

Do you have a knack for film, video, web design, and feel a sense of collective responsibility for our world? Do you want to further develop community art while also fostering other young artists and activists? {Young}ist is looking for...

SUNY Website Highlights Hypocrisy

Jess Rybak on April 28, 2014

It’s ironic, insulting, and revealing of the true nature of SUNY. SUNY – the statewide public university system of New York – is currently masquerading as an institution that offers something it does not: an environment for accessible public education....

Free Jane: Young Trans Woman Imprisoned Without Charges

Mariama Eversley on April 24, 2014

On this episode we speak with 3 guests — Chris Garaffa and Al Riccio from the Party for Socialism and Liberation and Aaron Romano the attorney of a 16-year-old trans girl who is currently incarcerated in a woman’s prison and...

23 Columbia Students File Clery Act and Title IX & II Complaints Against University

George Joseph on April 24, 2014

Trigger Warning: The following content discusses specific cases of sexual assault “I don’t trust the University to take my experience or my safety more seriously than they take their own public image.“– Cami Quarta, Columbia survivor and complainant This morning,...

Popular Agrarian Summit Calls for Strike

Zoe Pepper-Cunningham on April 18, 2014

A national strike in Colombia – involving groups of indigenous peoples, Afro-Colombians, students, women, small miners, petroleum workers, and campesinos [farmers] – is planned to begin on May 1st. The strike was declared during the Popular Agrarian Summit, held from...

Columbia Students Talk Prison Divestment

George Joseph on April 16, 2014

{Young}ist contributor George Joseph talks to memebers of Columbia Prison Divest about the prison industrial complex, actions the group has taken recently, and their plans for the future.

Why I Walked Out

Anna-Lisa Castle on April 14, 2014

On Thursday, I was one of the hundreds of people who showed up to the Student Assembly meeting to talk about the possibility of talking about Resolution 72, which calls for divestment from six companies that profit from the Israeli...

The Era of the Permatemp

Andy Fitzgerald on April 14, 2014

Underneath the employment figures that are released and hotly debated every month lurks a troubling reality: the ballooning contingent labor force. Its ranks include seasonal employees, temporary contractors, freelancers, and interns, none of whom can expect their job to be...

William and Mary's Legacy of Racism Still Stands Strong

Brittney Harrington on April 09, 2014

I am a descendent of slaves attending a school that was founded with my explicit exclusion in mind. I walk through halls built by my shackled ancestors and I wonder what it means for my body to exist here, for...

{Young}ist Reclaims the Millennial Narrative

Muna Mire on April 06, 2014

Millennials are in vogue. But the very idea of the millennial is a top-down phenomenon, a canned attempt to market to a young demographic. It is a strategy that has found success through the sheer force and repetitiveness of its...

Breaking Past the Brochure

George Joseph on April 06, 2014

(Note: Names have been changed to protect students from further administrative reprisal.) Members of No Red Tape,  a Columbia University students’ group, attempted a silent action today at a gathering for prospective students. Following the example of Dartmouth students last...

From #Not1More Queer Detainee to #Not1More Immigrant Detention Center

Janani Balasubramanian and Jamila Hammami on April 06, 2014

When immigrants—often those who have faced situations of extreme violence and torture—arrive at the U.S. border without papers or otherwise in violation of immigration law, they are placed in mandatory detention. Cages are the U.S. government’s answer to multiply marginalized...

Transgender Student Harassed on Campus

Andraya Williams on April 03, 2014

On March 19th, 2014 I was publicly humiliated and harassed by a female security officer on [Central Piedmont Community College] CPCC’s campus. In attempting to file a complaint about the incident, I was turned away and intimidated. On March 19th...

Dear Harvard: You Win

Anonymous on April 02, 2014

Trigger warning: This article contains graphic description of sexual assault. Editors’ Note: This is a first-person, present-tense account of the aftermath of a sexual assault that took place in 2013. For reasons of both style and substance, we have left...

Why I Will Never Be 'Ready for Hillary'

William C. Anderson on March 31, 2014

If you have kept up with the US political cycle, you noticed potential prospects for the next President touted after President Barack Obama’s re-election. Elizabeth Warren, Marco Rubio, and Chris Christie are familiar names for many of us – even...

Leveraging institutional power

Kate Aronoff and Stephen O'Hanlon on March 28, 2014

As we look back on the last 150 years of Swarthmore, we might ask: what will Swarthmore look like in 150 years? At its sesquicentennial, Swarthmore can claim a long history of envisioning a better world. Founder Lucretia Mott envisioned...

What Happened in Albany? Interpreting the Massive Parent Turnout in Support of Charter Schools

George Joseph on March 24, 2014

March 4th in Albany felt like a massive field trip gone wrong. On the same day that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio rallied over a thousand students, parents, and labor activists to the capital in support of his...

Students of Color Continue to Target Napolitano, Demand Resignation

The Student of Color Solidarity Coalition on March 18, 2014

“We have been waiting for Napolitano to come… and finally she is here, but she is hiding, she remains in one building and does not leave…where she says she is doing her “listening and learning tour” behind doors with only...

Stand Your Ground laws found “incompatible” with the “inherent right to life” by United Nations Human Rights Committee

Sandra Khalifa on March 14, 2014

Geneva, Switzerland — Yesterday, multiple members of the United Nations Human Rights Committee (UN HRC) found Florida’s Stand Your Ground law and similar laws around the country to be “incompatible” with the “inherent right to life” – Article Six of...

Barnard College Censors Students for Justice in Palestine

George Joseph on March 13, 2014

This Monday, to kick off End Israeli Apartheid Week, the Barnard-Columbia chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine hung up a banner in front of Barnard Hall, featuring a map of historical Palestine. In response, students and parents from campus...

What’s the Matter With California? Student Dispatches From Santa Cruz to the Border

James Cersonsky on March 08, 2014

(This post which was edited by Youngist contributor James Cersonsky, was originally published by The Nation and is republished here with permission.) Contact studentmovement@thenation.com with any questions, tips or proposals. Edited by James Cersonsky (@cersonsky). As Napolitano Sits, Campus Occupations...

We’re Tired of the Kids Table

Erik Lampmann on March 04, 2014

Institutions dedicated to the pursuit of the ‘common good’ will be unable to forge meaningful coalitions, strategize policy interventions, or leverage communities’ collective voices without integrated youth at argue youth at the highest levels of spaces invested with real decision-making...

Why Liberal Academics and Ivory Tower Radicals Make Poor Revolutionaries

Nicole Ouimette on February 10, 2014

The revolution will not be cited. It will not have a bibliography, or a title page. The revolution will never happen in the seclusion of the ivory tower built by racist, sexist, and classist institutions. Professional academic researchers in the...

42 Stories of Frontline Indigenous Resistance You May Have Missed

Staff Writers and Reclaim Turtle Island on February 05, 2014

All across Turtle Island and around the world Indigenous peoples are taking direct action to protect their lands by any means necessary. Together we are resisting colonialism by defeating corporate Imperialism, preventing resource extraction, asserting our sovereignty, and fighting White...

We Beliebe that Another World is Possible

Jenny Marks and Isabelle Nastasia on January 31, 2014

Teen pop singer Justin Bieber was arrested last week in Florida on charges of drunk driving and resisting arrest. Because he is living in the U.S. on an O-1B Work Visa, many people reacted by demanding that he be deported....

4 Queer Hip Hop Artists Better Than Macklemore

Asam Ahmad on January 30, 2014

Sometimes American pop culture can feel like an unending cannibalistic orgy where Black and African-American art forms are constantly consumed and regurgitated by White artists for more money, more fame and more credibility. As Jon Caramanica wrote in the New...

UndocuYouth Respond to Bieber Arrest and Proposed Deportation with #Undeportable Selfies

Luis Moreno on January 27, 2014

[This post was originally published on BuzzFeed but was removed because of complaints of “racial bias” against whites.] So the Biebs got arrested by Florida police on Thursday morning for drunk driving and speeding in his Lamborghini. We know this....

Students Rally to Topple Trans-Pacific Partnership, “NAFTA on Steroids”

Dennis Trainor, Jr. | The Resistance Report on January 24, 2014

January 22 marked the beginning of a ten-day push by groups who work on a wide variety of issues to stop Congress from granting the President Fast Track for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The push culminates in an Intercontinental Day...

Using Martin Luther King, Jr. Day to Rewrite Anti-Racist Mythology

Muna Mire on January 21, 2014

I once got into an argument with two white men over race on the internet. That’s not the beginning of a joke, it’s just a shitty thing that happened to me. I’ve since learned my lesson about how “social justice”...

Stand! Fight! University of New Brunswick Union On Strike

Queen Arsem-O'Malley on January 20, 2014

Temperatures hovered just above freezing in New Brunswick last week, and yet a group of people at the Fredericton, Saint John and Moncton campuses of the University of New Brunswick spent days standing outside. That group was hundreds of the...

Reimagining Freedom: One Student’s Take on the Escuelita

Molly Stuart on January 17, 2014

Laughter rolls out of the women around me and mixes with the smoke of the wood fire. The thread was all tangled again because I just dropped part of the loom on the dirt floor. The mother of the house,...

Letters From a YSI Jail

Sandra Khalifa and Arely Lozano-Baugh on January 17, 2014

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly." — Martin Luther King, Jr., “Letters from a Birmingham...

Woody’s Women: Bodies of Color, White Feminism, and the Golden Globes

Hannah Giorgis on January 15, 2014

Sunday night’s Golden Globes were a spectacle—and not just because Emma Thompson sauntered onstage with her heels in one hand and a martini in the other (more power to ya, girl). The 71st Annual Golden Globes were more than just...

To All The Teachers Telling Us To Not Go Into Teaching, Stop.

Stephanie Rivera on January 15, 2014

Ever since I started my blog (exactly!) 2 years ago, I have been told a number of times: Stay away. You have no idea what you’re getting yourself into. It’s not what you think it is. In the past few...

CeCe McDonald, Transgender Women of Color, and Dreams Beyond the Prison Industrial Complex

Lexi Adsit on January 14, 2014

I’ll be honest, I didn’t consistently follow CeCe McDonald’s story or read her blog. Mostly because incarceration is a huge fear of mine and I’ve heard so many negative experiences of incarceration for transgender women of color, I prayed CeCe...

Chicago Bureau Interview With Mariame Kaba: Can the U.S. Snap School-to-Prison Pipleline with New Rules?

Susan Du on January 14, 2014

This article was originally published by The Chicago Bureau, a publication devoted to examining issues of juvenile justice in Chicago. Mariame Kaba is the founding director of Project NIA, a Chicago-based nonprofit that supports youth involved in the criminal justice...

Portland Students Walk Out to Take Back Their Voices

George Joseph on January 13, 2014

People in the “education reform” movement often claim that policy makers must put students’ needs over teachers’ demands. Whether it be Michelle Rhee’s “Students First” lobbying campaign or corporate-sponsored “student activist” groups like Teach for America and Students for Education...

Florida Senators to Consider Future of Private Prison Company In Wake of Sexual Abuse

Sandra Khalifa on January 13, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, FL – Florida Senators will yield to mounting pressure from youth, community members, and fellow legislators from across the state and hold a public meeting on Wednesday to examine multiple allegations of abuse, negligence and unsanitary living conditions at...

Cornell 'Revamps' Sexual Assault Policy, Not Time for Praise

Anna-Lisa Castle on January 10, 2014

The Huffington Post published an article Wednesday entitled “Cornell Revamps Sexual Assault Policies, Takes Proactive Approach.” The piece, written by Tyler Kingkade, is largely dedicated to lauding my institution’s “proactive approach” to its sexual assault policies—namely, President Skorton’s meeting with...

Phillip Agnew - “This is my tome to 2013; my poem to the year of my dreams”

Phillip Agnew on January 01, 2014

For 364 days, at least, I found myself in a constant state of conflict. Almost daily my alarm clock awoke me at the corner of a crossroad: asking that I decide … And every day I oscillated away. I was...

A Look Back on 2013: 12 Important Moments in Indian Country

Taylor Payer on January 01, 2014

2013 was quite the year for folks in Indian Country. I’d like to take this opportunity to explore 12 important moments of this past year in Indian Country including mind-blowing events of collective action, cultural shifts and political mile-stones from...

Columbia Students’ Fight Against Campus Sexual Violence— And For Administrative Transparency

George Joseph on December 27, 2013

Society’s historically racist template for what sexual violence looks like generally confines itself to the dark city alley in which a Black male stranger overpowers a young white girl. But for college students the reality is much closer to home....

Challenging Racism and the Problem with White “Allies”: A Conversation with David Leonard

Suey Park on December 26, 2013

I met Dr. David Leonard, Associate Professor in the Department of Critical Culture, Gender and Race Studies at Washington State University, on Twitter shortly after my initial critique of Tim Wise. I was pleased to discover that there existed another...

In the Bay Area, Residents Fight Back Against Tech Giants

Chris Longenecker on December 21, 2013

Also postedhere  It was a lot less street theater this time around, and a lot more action. On Friday, December 20th, emboldened by the success of anti-eviction protests against a “Google bus” in San Francisco’s Mission District the week prior,...

Dream Defenders Just Picked a Fight with the Youth Private Prison Industry. Here’s Why.

Josh McConnell on December 19, 2013

Experts say the continued growth of for-profit prison operators like Youth Services International amounts to a cautionary tale about the perils of privatization: In a drive to cut costs, Florida has effectively abdicated its responsibility for some of its most...

Andy Lopez, Police Brutality, and Silencing Youth Anger

Raven Rakia on December 13, 2013

Police brutality resistance has sprung up in Santa Rosa, California. In October and November, the town saw  marches, forums and meetings to address the police slaying of a 13-year-old boy. On October 29, the first march, hundreds of kids walked...

Imagine if Everyday Were 9/11. For One Community in the United States, It Is.

Camila Ibanez on December 12, 2013

{Young}ist is proud to co-publish this article with Waging Nonviolence. On the day of the Swift raids, more than 300 U.S.-born children came home to find at least one of their parents gone. Seven years ago today on a crisp...

Hope, Power, and How Occupy Invigorated Our Generation’s Fight for Survival

Kirin Kanakkanatt on December 12, 2013

Last month I was published in In These Times's cover feature, “Generation Hopeless?”, a discussion of the legacy and unfulfilled promises of Occupy. Due to space, my article had to be cut down. I now present you with the full text:...

Students Fighting The CUNY Machine Learn From , Connect With Frontline Groups

Amity Paye on December 11, 2013

On November 25, student activists and their allies held a protest against the City University of New York’s Board of Trustees meeting. “During the Fall of 2013, the CUNY Machine has joined forces with militarism and suppressing free expression on...

How Free Markets Banish the Poor to Suburbia, and What We’ll Need to Stop It

Sean Becker on December 10, 2013

In East Contra Costa County (above), a suburb 45 miles east of San Francisco, the number of people living in poverty grew a whopping 70% during the 2000s – Photo by Brookings Institution The latest casualty of the free market...

Students Fined $5,000 for Activism by Wesleyan University

Mariama Eversley and Ross Levin on December 03, 2013

The self-proclaimed “Diversity University” is at it again.  Wesleyan University, located in Middletown, Connecticut, is prosecuting three trans* and gender-nonconforming students for taking political action to address transgender discrimination on campus.  This comes just one year after the University reversed...

Thanksgiving is Our Favorite Holiday

Taylor Payer on November 28, 2013

Yesterday, my friend was saying her good byes as she boarded the bus to leave for the holidays.  At the last second, she turned around to wish me a “Happy Thanksgiving” and then stumbled over her words saying, “Oh, awkward...

Media Representation and Greek Women in Crisis: Four Stories from the Front Lines

Maria Zepatou on November 25, 2013

We’ve all heard it. Greece is deep in crisis. But the crisis does not affect everyone equally. A rich 1% has found an opportunity to get even richer by giving starvation wages and violating every labor right there is. But...

Trans Rage

Remy Lourenco on November 20, 2013

Trigger warning: This poem, which is posted here to honor Transgender Day of Remembrance, includes description of sexual assault and anti-transgender violence. they call me crazy when I enter the men’s room— that man bellowing at the top of his...

High School Cheerleaders Flaunt Racist Sign, Face Sanctions: But Who’s Really to Blame?

Isabelle Nastasia on November 19, 2013

In McCalla, Ala., the McAdory High School cheerleading team thought it was a good idea to construct a bust-thru sign (pictured above) that read, in big rainbow lettering: “Hey Indians, get ready to leave in a Trail of Tears Round...

The Campus Freedom Index Is Not What It Seems

Laurent Bastien Corbeil on November 18, 2013

MONTREAL – There’s nothing as dangerous as the press release in journalism. Press releases are engaging, easy to read, and they can summarize massive amounts of data. This is why newsrooms find them particularly attractive. Instead of scanning through hundreds...

The Real Movers and Shakers

Erik Lampmann on November 14, 2013

There are actions, policies, battles … and then there are movements. Over the past few weeks I’ve grown increasingly concerned that episodic protests, press releases, and elections receive the lion’s share of our concern, while strategic movements to build strong, resilient...

Students for Justice in Palestine: Building a Movement from the Ground Up

Sean Estelle on November 11, 2013

The third annual Students for Justice in Palestine National Conference on October 25-27 continued the trend of growth in the Palestinian solidarity movement on college campuses across the United States. The theme of the conference was “From Margin to Center: Connecting...

The Rising Price of Sriracha Doesn’t Matter

Victor Casillas Valle on November 07, 2013

Recently, the city of Irwindale, CA filed a lawsuit against the Huy Fong Foods factory which makes the hot chili sauce Sriracha. Headlines from various news outlets, stretching from Al Jazeera to the Los Angeles Times, made comments such as...

Barnard College’s Sex Restrictions

George Joseph on November 04, 2013

This fall, when students shuffled back into their dorms at Barnard College, one of the nation’s premier all women’s universities, many were surprised to hear that they would only be allowed to have guests sleep over no more than six...

Jeh Johnson, Changing the Hue Of Hegemony

William C. Anderson on November 01, 2013

On October 18th I watched in awe as a progressive Democrat, the nephew of a Tuskegee airman and alumni of Morehouse – a traditionally Black university – addressed the nation. He was fellow Black man I remembered well, because he’d...

With a Class-Biased Admissions Policy, Who Gets to Make History at George Washington University?

Samuel Nelson on October 31, 2013

“If you want to make history, it helps to be in the thick of it,” it says on the steps of the George Washington University Cloyd Heck Marvin Center. This imagery is part of GW’s shiny new $600,000 rebranding, all...

The Revolution Will Not Be (Russell) Brand-ed

Suey Park and Isabelle Nastasia on October 29, 2013

Over the past couple of weeks, actor and comedian Russell Brand has been praised by several blogs and social media users for his viral video and last week’s New Statesman manifesto calling for revolution. The headlines speak for themselves: “Russell...

All Out for Marissa Alexander

Suey Park on October 24, 2013

{Young}ist sits down with Sumayya Fire, a member of the Free Marissa Now Mobilization Campaign, to talk about the Marissa Alexander case, and what we can do to help fight for justice for Marissa, and against domestic violence at large....

(Tired of) Loving You Long Time: The Problem of Miss Saigon

Kai Cheng Thom on October 22, 2013

“He pressed his wrist against mine and said his was too pale  My skin was so much more beautiful To him, I was Pacific sunset, almond milk, a porcelain cup When he left me, I told myself I should have...

Post Miley Cyrus Era, A Black Man Giving Up Colorblind Feminism

William C. Anderson on October 21, 2013

I learn more reading what feminist women of color write on Twitter than I feel I could learn in many gender studies college courses. Firestorms of conversation are happening around feminism and race. And for many of us men who...

What It Takes to #ShutdownICE

Cayden Mak on October 18, 2013

On Thursday, the Bay Area showed it has what it takes to shut down ICE. Undocumented youth leaders, joined by members of the faith community, physically blocked an ICE bus headed to the San Francisco Airport for two hours. The...

Not So Pretty in Pink

Amanda Vodola on October 11, 2013

One night in May 2012, I was lying in my bed in my Brooklyn apartment, tossing and turning because it felt like I pulled my pectoral muscle. It was uncomfortable, and, after a breast exam, I found a distinct lump...

Chris Brown, Jezebel, and Getting Rape Wrong

William C. Anderson on October 08, 2013

We’ve come a long way on certain issues relating to gender, sexuality, and assault. But some things take longer than others. We specifically still have trouble accepting that boys and men are sometimes the survivors of sexual assault. At best,...

Voices from the March for Immigrant Dignity and Respect

Muna Mire on October 07, 2013

This past Saturday, October 5, thousands of immigrants and their supporters coordinated a nationwide March for Immigrant Respect and Dignity. There were demos in more than one hundred cities across America. Marchers renewed calls to Congress to take meaningful action...

Immigrant Youth Escalate the Fight to End Deportations and ‘Bring Them Home’

Isabelle Nastasia on September 30, 2013

From the organization that orchestrated the ‘Dream Nine’ border-crossing and hunger strikes this past August, 30 young undocumented immigrants are preparing to cross the border back into the United States from Mexico to the states they grew up in. This...

Valuing Trans* Lives and Labor

Queen Arsem-O'Malley on September 26, 2013

In 1990, a group of disability rights activists gathered outside the Capitol building in Washington, D.C. and crawled up the 100 front steps, calling for the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The direct action, known as the “Capitol...

The Greatest Corporate Attack You’ve Never Heard Of

William C. Anderson and Natalie Yoon on September 25, 2013

There is something big coming our way. It’s called the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). It’s a trade deal that dwarfs the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), set to conclude as early as the end of the year.  TPP has been...

Students Protest Militarization at CUNY and War Criminal David Petraeus’ New Position

Sharmin Hossain on September 25, 2013

In a political reality where the Senate Foreign Policy committee approves U.S. military intervention in Syria; where we uncover thousands of Iraqi children born with deformities as a result of U.S. chemical weapon attacks; and where the continuous illegal detainment...

North Carolina Students Fight Back Against Voter Suppression’ New Position

Bryan Perlmutter on September 24, 2013

Elizabeth City, N.C.—On September 19, early voting opened in Pasquotank County, home to Elizabeth City State University, an HBCU (Historically Black College or University). Earlier this year, ECSU Senior Montravias King initially had his application to run for City Council...

'The long emergency ahead': Reproductive Justice Organizing in Red States and Rural Spaces

Pauline Holdsworth on September 19, 2013

What does long-term progress for the reproductive justice movement look like? How do we create and sustain conversations that extend beyond major political moments and recognize the hours of unaccounted, exhausting work that make those moments possible? What does responsible,...

“Mi Tierra No Se Vende”: Understanding the Free Trade Agreement and the Current Protests in Colombia

Cristine Khan on September 18, 2013

[Note: The views in this article in no way reflect the views or opinions of the Fulbright Colombia program nor those of the U.S. Fulbright program.] As I was walking into the university in Bogotá, Colombia, where I work as...

Punk, Feminist, Activist and Professor

Suey Park on September 16, 2013

One of my biggest regrets about attending the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign is missing out on the opportunity to take a class with the transnational feminist punk scholar, zinester, and critical fashionista Mimi Thi Nguyen. Lucky for me, Mimi is on twitter...

The Necessity of High School Organizing

Kathryn Seidewitz on September 11, 2013

I just graduated from high school. I was a high school activist. Actually, I was an activist in high school. I think the distinction is important to make. Although I attended many protests, hung out with anarchists, and spent a...

Belfast's Lesser Known Violence

Michael Lee-Murphy on September 10, 2013

By Michael Lee-Murphy A peace wall at Cupar Way in West Belfast, separating the Catholic Falls Road from the Protestant Shankill Road. (Robin Kirk/Duke Human Rights Center) As decades of the Rosary dragged by, the slack of years ago hauled upBead...

Tweeting for Racial Justice: Millennials Take to Organizing Online

Muna Mire on September 09, 2013

Stereotypes of millennials are being turned on their head as racial justice conversations are now taking place in a new arena: Twitter. The Internet has recently provided young activists of colour a platform from which to amplify conversations around appropriation,...

{Young}ist’s Two Minutes in Solidarity with the Dream Defenders and #OurMarch

{Young}ist Editorial Board on September 07, 2013

As {Young}ist reported last week, three young people—Alayna Eagle Shield, Sofia Campos and Phillip Agnew—were cut from the speaking list at the anniversary of the March on Washington. All this week, young people have been responding by posting their own...

Chronicle of a Bankruptcy Foretold: The League of Revolutionary Black Workers and Detroit

Eric Ginsburg on September 06, 2013

Even a casual observer of the Motor City’s decline isn’t shocked that Detroit is bankrupt, but saturated media coverage ignores the fact that this outcome wasn’t inevitable. Predicting aspects of the collapse long before the current crisis, people living in...

Jealous, Wanting and Waiting: Privilege and (Not) Having Sex

Kai Cheng Thom on September 05, 2013

This post is the first in a column series entitled “Bad Ass: Real Talk about (Queer) Sex and Dating”. “We have been raised to fear the yes within ourselves, our deepest cravings […] The fear of our desires keeps them...

Cameron’s Britain: This Property-Owning Democracy is No Place for Queer Youth

Alex Gabriel on September 04, 2013

When Margaret Thatcher died this April, “Ding-Dong! The Witch Is Dead” reached number two on the UK singles chart. Campaigns on social networks all but swept the song to the top spot, but the BBC, citing concerns of propriety, offense...

Niggas in Palestine: Addressing the Global Construction of Racism

Kristian Davis Bailey on September 02, 2013

It was my first full day by myself in Ramallah after a two week-long delegation around Palestine with Interfaith Peace Builders, and after some anxiety about making my way outside with such little Arabic skills, went to meet up with...

What is Happening to Queers in Russia?

Jessica Fischer on August 30, 2013

The current situation in Russia did not happen ‘all of a sudden’ - the situation is the rampant governmental discrimination against the gender and sexuality minorities (GSMs) in Russia. In Russia male homosexual acts were decriminalized in 1993, but there...

I Might Have Been Chelsea Manning

Teagan Widmer on August 23, 2013

In January of 2010, I was sitting in the lounge in my school’s English department completely freaking out about the fact that I had no clue what came after graduation. I was an English major with an emphasis in theatre....

Youth Defending the Dream: Young People Take on Conservative Powerhouse ALEC

Kim Moore on August 21, 2013

An alliance of students and young people from across the country called, “We Got Next”, have planned a dramatic action in Crystal City, Virginia at the headquarters of the controversial American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) on Friday, August 23rd to...

Catch Up With Fast Food

Queen Arsem-O'Malley on August 14, 2013

Organizers have announced that the ongoing national wave of fast food strikes is going to escalate in the next week. Not sure what we’re talking about? Catch up with the fast food strike in 5 minutes: Last November in New...

Bodies Without Borders

Katrina Casiño on August 06, 2013

Today President Obama is scheduled to break his silence on the Dream 9, a group of immigration reform activists who made national headlines when they self-deported two weeks ago in an act of civil disobedience and were subsequently detained at...

Representations of Trans Women in a Post-Orange is the New Black World

Teagan Widmer on August 02, 2013

It seems Netflix has finally hit the jackpot with an original series. After the mediocre (and transphobic) 4th season of “Arrested Development”, the disappointing “Hemlock Grove”, and the underrated “House of Cards”, Netflix has finally hit its stride with the...

Re-Queering Pride

Ngoc Loan Tran on July 25, 2013

The history of Pride in America June was Pride month in the United States. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender folks from coast to coast celebrated the history of queer resistance led by drag queens, poor and homeless queer youth, and...

Faramawy Must Go Free

Taher El Moataz Bellah on July 25, 2013

On the 28th of January 2011 Mohamed Faramawy was present in Tahrir square. Despite being a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, his decision to join was motivated by the noble duty of toppling a corrupt regime and not by the...

The University in Ruin: How Janet Napolitano’s Appointment Signals the Death of the University as We Know It

Hira Mahmood on July 15, 2013

According to reports, U.S. secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano will resign her cabinet position and will now become the next president of the University of California. Napolitano will replace Mark Yudof who has held the position since 2008, and...