Palantir Protests: I.C.E’s presence in Palo Alto

Although it is not unusual to see a crowd of people in downtown Palo Alto on a Friday, on Aug. 30, it was clear that the crowd did not come for a cup of coffee.  Chants like “Palantir, you can’t hide! We charge you with genocide!” roared through the crowd as the protesters marched. With…

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#Activism: Social media and its impact on social activism

Online activism, also known as “hashtag activism,” has reached millions of people across the world. Hashtag   activism allows anyone who has access to the internet to become active civic participants, something that was not possible just a couple decades ago. A notorious example of online activism in motion was the #IceBucketChallenge in 2014, which…

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Not-so-American Dream: New book illustrates the reality of being an immigrant

For generations, many have dreamed of immigrating to first world countries, believing that with relocating, comes a better life and a better future. That is, until their wish comes true. This is the idea that author Dina Nayeri, explores in her new autobiography ‘The Ungrateful Refugee: What Immigrants Never Tell You,’ published in May.  …

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The Recycling Recession: How California’s Recycling as Reclined

California has long prided itself in being a progressive, environmentally-friendly state, but this status may slowly be slipping. Recycling in California has become increasingly difficult as global recycling markets waver, affecting intrastate recycling centers that must now deal with higher recycling costs and lower value of recyclable materials. With such a heavy hit to a…

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Three Presidential Candidates You May Not Have Heard Of

With over 20 candidates, some get more attention than others. Marianne Williamson (D) Marianne Williamson is the author of 12 spiritual and self help books. She does not have any government experience outside of running for Congress during the 2014 midterms. According to a New York Times article updated May 2, 2019, the policy she…

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Toxic Gaming: Pulling the plug on abusive behavior

You know the feeling. You’re on your phone, just scrolling and minding your own business. But then you see it. A comment, a meme, something that is just so mean, racist, sexist, so toxic it ruins your day. Now multiply that feeling by 100. Welcome to the darker parts of the gaming community. Video games…

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Weeaboos Not Welcome: The evolution of Asian fetishization through pop culture

“You kind of look like a loli,” he says. For the lucky ones who don’t know what that is, a loli is an anime term used to describe a small, Asian, girl who is definitely a minor but is portrayed in deeply inappropriate ways. It was during a field trip last fall. All I could…

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The Activist’s Bookshelf: Reshaping the World

Review: New book details devastation of rising sea levels  In “Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore,” journalist and author Elizabeth Rush offers tragic insight into the lives of those who have suffered most at the hands of rising sea levels. Rush takes her readers on a highly personal journey through the small coastal towns…

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The Exit of Calexit: Russian intrigue and the splitting of independence groups slows a movement

Following the 2016 Presidential Election, the idea of Calexit — California seceding from the United States — made headlines due to the widespread discontent in California caused by the election of President Donald Trump.  Yes California and other pro-independence groups told California progressives that they planned to establish an independent California Republic. Every Democrat in…

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Thank u, next gen: Ariana Grande and HeadCount are motivating a new generation of voters

Ariana Grande has capitalized on the hype of her upcoming tour, Sweetener, and partnered with HeadCount, an organization that works with musicians to register voters at  concerts. HeadCount is looking for volunteers to manage registration tables at concerts nationwide. Voting is one of the rights given to citizens when they reach the age of 18.…

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