Category: United States

Science’s March on Washington

Recently in the United States, legislation has been proposed in a number of states targeting the established science curricula in schools. The Senate of South Dakota approved a measure that “prohibits school boards from preventing teachers from questioning established scientific…

Trump & Trudeau: An Unlikely Fossil Fuel Alliance

On October 24th, 99 young people were arrested in Ottawa calling on Prime Minister Trudeau to reject the Kinder Morgan tar sands pipeline. Together, they gave the Canadian Prime Minister a ‘Climate 101 Crash Course’ which starts with the most basic lesson -- climate leaders don’t build pipelines. (Credit: Robert van Waarden | Survival Media)

Before Donald Trump ascended to his gilded chair in the oval office and attempted to remove all trace of opposition to himself or his opinions, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) website showed that 20,000 oil spills were reported to the United States Federal…

The Incompatibility of Neoliberalism and Education: Chile’s Lesson

Chilean students take to the streets in 2006 in what is known as the Revolución de los pinguinos (Penguin Revolution).

The recent election of Donald Trump has generated widespread concerns of a return to the kind of neoliberal policies that dominated Western economics  in the latter half of the 20th century. Neoliberalism policy relies on a deregulated and decentralized free…

Betsy DeVos and the Uncertainty of America’s Public Education System

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Starting two weeks before his inauguration on January 20, 2017, President Donald Trump’s numerous cabinet picks underwent Senate confirmation hearings. With Republicans controlling the Senate, Democrats have grilled nominees in hopes that a few Republican senators may in fact vote against the…

I am Woman, Hear Me March

In front of the white house participants in the Women's March created a 'wall' of protest signs. Photo taken by author.

“The next 1,459 days of the Trump administration will be 1,459 days of resistance: Resistance on the ground, resistance in the classrooms, resistance on the job, resistance in our art and in our music.”  Angela Davis The past week has…

Breaking the Cycle of the Chicago Police Department

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In the summer of 2016, I worked as an embedded journalist for Mikva Challenge, a Chicago-based non-profit. The organization was founded 30 years ago by Judge Abner Mikva, a progressive jurist who believed that young people could be a force…

David Adjaye and Living Architecture

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Despite its aesthetic affectations, urban architecture is far from a politically-detached art form. The city, as an organic entity unto itself and tangible representative of human civilisation, acts as both facilitator of inclusion and aggravator of inequality, often simultaneously. The…

The Rise of Reactionaries: An End to Ideological Politics?

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Seventeen years ago, the twenty-first century was given a rousing reception, seen as the harbinger of hopeful times in the West after the fall of the Soviet Union. Since then, unrelenting reference has been made to the implications of the…