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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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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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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Individuality can have costs

EXAMINING THE COVID-19 PROTESTS AS AN ASIAN AMERICAN Art by Palina Kuzmina When health officials highly suggested wearing masks and when mask mandates later were put in place, I thought most Americans were going to comply. But, when I watched the daily news, I thought to myself  “Oh, what are these people protesting?” What, they…

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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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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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“Extra support” staff: Travel nurses impacted by hospital’s pandemic preparation

Many people might think that during a pandemic, hospitals would be overflowing with activity. It’s not uncommon to imagine overwhelmed staff juggling a lack of personal protective equipment and patients sick beyond repair. However, the truth for most places is far from it. One of the little-known secrets of health care management during the pandemic…

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We Are All In This Together

How families and organizations have been supporting one another during Covid-19 pandemic Highways cleared from traffic. Lines of people outside grocery stores waiting to buy the food they need. Gyms, movie theaters, concerts, and events all cancelled or postponed. Even the neighborhoods of Palo Alto are quiet, only filled with people taking walks to catch…

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