Avoiding Burnout While Fighting for Racial Equity

Avoiding Burnout While Fighting for Racial Equity

Although I didn’t grow up in a particularly political household, I entered college a wide-eyed student ready to understand how U.S. systems of power shape life and culture here and abroad. Taking coursework on inequality in the U.S. my first year of college allowed me to articulate my struggles with class, race, and sexuality, offering me the clarity and language to truly express my hopes and doubts about my future. It also opened my eyes to the power of policy to improve the lives of folks at the margins. Since then I have dedicated my time towards ensuring any corrective policy work, especially dealing with racial equity, doesn’t leave queer…
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The Conversation on Gun Violence Must Include Black and Brown Youth

The Conversation on Gun Violence Must Include Black and Brown Youth

The Parkland shooting and subsequent student activism have made a powerful impact. Millions of folks from around the country protested gun violence at March for Our Lives events around the country last month and those voices have grown stronger. If we want to end gun violence, our elected officials must stop lining their pockets with NRA dollars and fight for substantive gun control. But while this debate has gone on for weeks, I’ve noticed some really important groups missing from it. I’ve found myself reflecting, particularly, on what safety looks like across the country for Black and Brown youth. That’s why voices like Edna Chavez have been so important. Her…
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