Black Lives Matter Protests in Palo Alto: Students protest police brutality and systematic racism after the death of George Floyd

The horrific murder of George Floyd has set the world to fight against systemic racism, most notably police brutality. Protests started in Minneapolis on May 26, a day after the murder and have since spread to all 50 states. The Bay Area alone has had multiple protests in Oakland, San Jose and San Francisco. Santa…

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Tenant Organization in a Pandemic: Housing insecurity highlights the importance of tenants organizations.

The Covid-19 pandemic has undeniably changed the way of life for all, and put millions of American’s in a struggling position. It has taken away opportunities, jobs and in the case of many, homes. In the past two months of March and April, over 36 million Americans have filed for unemployment, according to The New…

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Clubs Respond to Shutdown: How some Paly clubs are operating in shelter-in-place

Clubs at Palo Alto High School are sources of community and extracurricular fun amid a somewhat stressful environment, and during this pandemic, community couldn’t be more important. While shutdown has thrown a wrench into the plans of a lot of clubs for this year, some are nevertheless still finding ways to function, and even thrive.…

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ASB candidates adjust to new digital campaigning format

Paly’s extended closure has caused ASB candidates to shift their campaigns online, racing to get ahead by the time voting closes at 4 p.m. today. As voting for Palo Alto High School’s Associated Student Body election reaches its end at 4 p.m. today, the curtain closes on the struggles of the candidates who have had…

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Verbatim: Paly students on Coronavirus

It seems that the whole world is watching the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19. As the number of cases in Santa Clara County grows, reaching 43 on March 9, according to the County of Santa Clara’s updates on the virus, the virus slowly demands more and more of our attention. To see how our community…

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Justice for InFocus: The District is Setting a Dangerous Precedent For Press Rights

California is regarded for its powerful student journalism laws that protect student free expression. Palo Alto High School is regarded for its prestigious and award-winning journalism program, backed up by a more-than-supporting district. Or at least, that is what it was like until this year.  This school year alone had at least two alarming incidents…

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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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Social Justice Pathway Updates

PRACTICING POETS A Social Justice Pathway English 10-A class works on a poetry assignment. The students choose a social justice issue they are passionate about, write a poem from that perspective, then present the poems to the class. “It [Poetry slam] has the same tenants of revision [as the English classes not in the pathway]…

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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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The SJP: New things going on in the Social Justice Pathway

  Field trips: Camping Trip to Little Basin (sophomores and juniors) SJP Speaker Series: Dr. Marilyn Winkleby- Professor of Medicine and homeless advocate Carl Wilkins- Aid worker in Rwandan Genocide Clarence Jones- civil rights lawyer and activist Judge LaDoris Cordell (ret) – Advocate, lawyer, academic, independent police auditor Dr. Adam Banks – Stanford Grad School…

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