Voting for the first time — during a pandemic

I VOTED. Senior Sophie Kadifa, 18, and her sister, Charlotte Kadifa, 20 (who graduated from Palo Alto High School in 2018) hold up their completed and sealed absentee ballots in a selfie. Both young voters opted to use absentee ballots for safety and simplicity. “The experience was very straightforward and easy to navigate,” Sophie Kadifa…

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Palo Alto City Council —Candidate Breakdown

This Years Palo Alto City Council Candidates Provide A Run-down On Their Position On Relevant Issues  Text by Anya Lassila and Anna Hickey Election day is nearly here, and 10 candidates are running for a Palo Alto City Council seat this year. With the overwhelming amount of information circulating around election season, it can be…

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Walk a mile in my shoes

HOW THE PANDEMIC AGGRAVATED THE FOSTER CARE SYSTEM Art by Palina Kuzmina Text by Anna Hickey and Karlene Salas “I have a floral print suitcase that I have kept under my bed and carried through different homes,” said a Palo Alto High School student, who goes by the name _fostertoivy_ on Instagram. Though she may…

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Wildfires still exist, and so do the people affected by them

Though news outlets have shifted their focus, fire evacuees still need help. Text by Corie Jiang and Jonan Pho “It was a no brainer, basically, to offer them a place to go,” said Santa Cruz emergency room doctor Ed Savay offering his friends a place to stay after they had to evacuate from the CZU Lightning…

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Testing Troubles

STUDENTS EXPRESS ANXIETY AND RELIEF AS MANY COLLEGES SHIFT TO TEST OPTIONAL ADMISSIONS POLICY Art by Palina Kuzmina Text by Jacquelyn Lai and Gwyneth Wong When the ACT announced there would be more testing available this fall, like many students nationwide eager to grab one of the limited spots, Palo Alto High School senior Tara…

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Detention and Deportation

NEW DOCUMENTARY FILM OFFERS A BEHIND-THE-SCENE LOOK INTO IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT Early in the morning Brian, an agent with the New York City field office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, is driving down the highway when his boss tells him over the phone “I don’t care what you do, but bring at least two…

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From Rojava to Revolution

CALIFORNIA LEFTIST BRACE BELDEN TELLS HIS STORY OF FIGHTING IN SYRIA BEFORE CONTINUING ACTIVISM AT HOME “You were expected to take care of yourself and the people around you,” says Brace Belden, in an interview with Anthro on Sept. 10, remembering the six months he spent fighting with the YPG, a left-wing Kurdish militia in…

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Street Art: A Vehicle for Change

MURALS HAVE BEEN AT THE FOREFRONT OF BLACK LIVES MATTER PROTESTS ACROSS THE BAY AREA Text by William Rumelhart and Tyler Wang. “They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself,” famed artist Andy Warhol wrote in his autobiography, “The Philosophy of Andy Warhol.” In 1964, Warhol painted “Race Riot,”…

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Social Distant Protesting in the Age of COVID

Innovative ways students protest during a pandemic. Text by Jacquelyn Lai and Karlene Salas. “Fund the USPS,” “Save our postal service,” and “Louis Dejoy brings us woe” were just some of the signs displayed at a USPS protest in Palo Alto in late August. Activist group Raging Grannies and people of all ages gathered together…

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Dear Home Country: An open letter to the Philippines

Dear Home Country, I commend your proactive actions regarding the Covid-19 pandemic, yet the aggressive nature suggests you let the pandemic become an excuse for a man, yet again, to strip the freedom of the Filipino people, as we saw happen with former President Ferdinand Marcos a generation ago. It seems like it’s only a…

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