By Joycelin Wong
Despite the looming threat of the Coronavirus, people are fighting against another pandemic: systemic racism. Prompted by the unjust death of George Floyd, an unarmed African American man, millions of protestors have taken to the streets to voice their opposition to police brutality and racism. As images of clashes between the police and protestors dominate the news, there have also been an abundance of friendly interactions between both sides that the media has not highlighted. Solidarity marches have erupted in other countries around the world as well: Canada, Brazil, France, Australia, Germany and the United Kingdom to name a few. Taking a knee, holding posters, and chanting “No justice, no peace,” many frustrated protestors are demanding change in policing, laws, and society.
By Joycelin Wong
Despite the hardships and uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, millions of essential frontline workers continue to risk their lives to serve their community. These frontliners include doctors, nurses, healthcare professionals, grocery store employees, journalists, etc. As the Coronavirus pandemic continues to unfold, people--who are quarantined at home and practicing social distancing--are relying on news platforms to receive information about the outside world. However, many fail to understand the immense danger that journalists face when reporting the constant stream of news. CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, brother of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, is one of the many journalists who has tested positive for COVID-19; however, despite his diagnosis, Cuomo continued to anchor his program “Cuomo Prime Time” from the comfort of his basement, where he is quarantined.
On March 31, 2020, Chris Cuomo released a statement on social media announcing that he had tested positive for the virus. He published, “I have been exposed to people in recent days who have subsequently tested positive and I had fever, chills and shortness of breath.” Despite his diagnosis and symptoms, Cuomo shared his plans of continuing his show. He ended his post stating, “We will all beat this by being smart and tough and united!”
By Kate Moore & Joycelin Wong
Disrupting everyday life, hampering global travel, and crippling supply chains, the novel Coronavirus, a rapidly-spreading virus, continues to leave its mark on the world as it advances around the globe. Victims ranging from as young as a newborn baby to as old as a 98-year-old have been infected with the virus. The mass hysteria and fear surrounding the pandemic has led to the bulk-buying of face masks, hand sanitizers, toilet paper, food, etc. As the death toll rises and more cities shut down, there is still information that remains unknown about the virus. Transforming the economy, medical world, and day-to-day lives of many, this sickness has reshaped the way in which the public tackles a mysterious pandemic.
By Joycelin Wong
Chanting “Hong Kongers, add oil!” millions of protestors have occupied the streets of Hong Kong to fight for full democracy; triggered by the infamous Extradition Bill, these protesters have displayed resentment against China’s control, the police force, and the Hong Kong government. Ranging from students to the elderly, these protestors have participated in over 900 public demonstrations and continue to fight till this day. Transforming the physical composition of Hong Kong, these protests have also reshaped the minds of the Hong Kong people and the rest of the world.
By Ava Aschettino
With the 2020 election quickly approaching, many Democratic candidates have been announcing their campaigns for President of the United States. As of June 2019, 25 Democratic candidates have officially announced that they are running. Many Democrats are seeking a drastic change from the current direction that our country is heading in under President Trump’s leadership. Despite the fact that voters have multiple candidates to choose from, some Democrats have already taken the lead according to the latest polls. Whether you’re able to vote or not, learning about the candidates for the presidential election is important. Here’s a look at the leading Democratic candidates in the 2020 Election.
By Mikah Covelli
On April 27, 2018, Kim Jong Un and President Moon Jae-in met on the North-South Korean border at Panmunjom for a historic summit that focused on denuclearization, the Korean War, and the reunification of the Korean peoples. During the conference, Kim Jong Un crossed the Military Demarcation Line and entered South Korean territory to greet President Moon Jae-in, becoming the first North Korean leader to actually step foot in an area controlled solely by South Korea. The two leaders shook hands, smiled for the cameras, and much to the globe’s surprise, signed the Panmunjom Declaration for Peace, Prosperity and Unification on the Korean Peninsula.
By John Tiberia and Mikah Covelli
Watch out, 4/20. There’s a new date associated with marijuana: January 1st, 2018. On that day, marijuana was officially legalized for recreational use in California. Retail cannabis stores were opened up for the first time in Oakland, California, where scores of people waited to buy their goods. In light of such legalization, one must consider: is this the best move for California right now? What does this mean for New Yorkers? Are our communities next?
Legalization will impact various aspects of Californian life; the state will witness widespread changes in both the economy and society. The boom of the marijuana market is predicted to generate a great deal of revenue for the state, estimated by the Los Angeles Times to reach $5 billion. However, the economic consequences of legalization are yet to be wholly positive. Small pot farmers in California will suffer under legalization, as they face increased competition from large corporations that are beginning to sell cannabis. Unfortunately, their Lilliputian efforts may be no match for the might of gargantuan businesses.
By Stefanie Sadocha
The Times Up movement is being led and supported by women who are role models to many. This group of powerful women includes celebrities such as Katy Perry, Katherine Langford and Emma Stone. Similar to the “Me Too” Movement, the Times Up Movement spreads awareness against sexual harassment. The Me Too Movement gained momentum when victims on social media posted the hashtag #MeToo to let other victims know they are not alone. The Times Up Movement became official on January 1, 2018. Over 300 celebrities wrote a letter to the victims of sexual harassment and published it in The New York Times.
By Matilde Bechet
The governments of Australia and Papua New Guinea are under fire as the remaining refugees from areas of the Middle East and Southeast Asia endure shortages of food, water, electricity, and medical assistance in the Manus Island.
For years, the Australian government has ordered hundreds of asylum seekers to a detention camp located in Manus Island, a province of Papua New Guinea. This process came with the intent to counteract arrivals of migrants by boat, and thus “discourage dangerous ocean crossings and human smuggling,” as stated by The New York Times. However, since the closure of the detention camp on Tuesday, October 31st, uncertainty between both countries escalated over who should claim responsibility for the resettlement of the migrants.
By Ashley Hazan
Politics has become a wildfire. Conservatives and liberals alike have argued heavily about tax reforms, healthcare, and aiding states in need. However, a new conflict has risen to the stage, forcing other controversial issues into the shadows. Football. Many N.F.L. players have decided to protest racial injustice by kneeling during the national anthem at their games. Whether it is a sign of disrespect, or an exercise of freedom of speech, critics and supporters continue to weigh in on the controversy.
Last year, Colin Kaepernick, a former San Francisco 49er, captured America’s attention by refusing to stand for the anthem. Although this act went unnoticed in the pre-season, many caught on soon after; Kaepernick received extreme backlash from football fans and politicians but stood firm to his beliefs: “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.” Kaepernick intended to use his platform to make the American people more aware of the hardships and injustices African Americans still encounter. Kaepernick is presently not signed to any team this season.