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Allies need to focus on transgender rights

Allies need to focus on transgender rights
Transgender people are too often forgotten when it comes to rights and awareness of the LGBT community
February 12, 2015

“Fix society. Please.” These were the final words of 17-year-old transgender girl Leelah Alcorn’s suicide note that she posted on blogging website Tumblr on Sunday, Jan. 28. Leelah’s story isn’t...

Hong Kong down but not out in struggle for democracy

Hong Kong down but not out in struggle for democracy
February 11, 2015
The fires of protest blazing in Hong Kong cannot be allowed to die beneath the heel of the “People’s Republic” of China.

A moment of silence for silent protests

A moment of silence for silent protests
February 9, 2015

Sitting down during the pledge of allegiance. Pink fingernails. Students not uttering a single word for all six hours of the school day. Anything in common here? If you said no, you are far from alone...

Revisiting Ferguson in six acts

Protests in Chicago resulting from the Eric Garner decision.
Multimedia longform explores the controversy from several angles
February 4, 2015

Is Ferguson, Missouri old news? We think it's important to revisit and remember. Robinson High School's coverage takes several different shapes in this longform piece. From a timeline of events, to...

Fixing society for Leelah Alcorn

Fixing society for Leelah Alcorn
January 29, 2015

On December 28th, after leaving a suicide note on her Tumblr blog, 17-year-old Leelah Alcorn stepped out into traffic and was hit by a truck. “Please don’t be sad, it’s for the better. The life...

MLK Day honors King’s dream, legacy

MLK Day honors King's dream, legacy
January 26, 2015

Many students appreciate "MLK Day" as a welcome reprieve from school. But how much do you know about the man behind the holiday? Katie Valley at Kearsley High School has published a great longform...

Students refuse to say Pledge of Allegiance due to Ferguson events

Students refuse to say Pledge of Allegiance due to Ferguson events
December 8, 2014

“The Pledge of Allegiance says ‘liberty and justice for all,’ but that doesn’t exist in the America I live in. The proof is the jury failing to indict Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri.” Senior...

Group pushes for more options for transgender students on overnight trips

Group pushes for more options for transgender students on overnight trips
December 3, 2014

The Gender-Sexuality Alliance (GSA) organization recently addressed the issue of transgender rooming on school overnight trips in a letter to Principal Sarah Watkins in October. Last year, transgender...

New ‘patriotic’ AP U.S. History curriculum would cause much more harm than good

New ‘patriotic’ AP U.S. History curriculum would cause much more harm than good
American History Redux
November 20, 2014
This is a very clear attempt at censoring the uglier parts of U.S. history. Not only would this new “patriotic” course deprive students of a proper education, it would also be extremely damaging to the country it claims to be defending if implemented on any sort of large scale.

Does #activism make a difference or does it just turn issues into viral trends?

Does #activism make a difference or does it just turn issues into viral trends?
October 24, 2014

Think of any viral video, meme or trend on social media. Where does it comes from? Tweets and posts start to appear on your feed as your friends start to tweet and comment. You are expected to join in...

Two BHS juniors participate in ‘People’s Climate March’ in New York

 Bearden juniors Mallari Starrett and Alicia Matavosian join the
October 10, 2014

Once Mallari Starrett and Alicia Matavosian found out that they could take part in a march against climate change, they were in. “We both just looked at each other the moment we heard about it...

ALS gets dumped on social media

ALS gets dumped on social media
October 1, 2014

Beads of sweat cascade down her back. Adrenaline courses through her veins, while she clenches her fists and squeezes her eyes shut in anticipation of the freezing sensation that she is about to undergo....

‘The Normal Heart’ is an AIDS story that resonates

'The Normal Heart' is an AIDS story that resonates
June 4, 2014

Back in '80s, the HIV/AIDS crisis was rising in New York City. More people, notably gay men, were afflicted by this terrible disease, and, in a time where there was little medical knowledge about this...

#BringBackOurGirls spreads awareness, calls for change

#BringBackOurGirls spreads awareness, calls for change
May 23, 2014

An inky night surrounds a boarding school in northern Nigeria. Engines rumble as trucks edge toward the school. The sound of gunshots shatters the stillness of the night, followed by shrill screams of...

Students collect money, supplies to assist Venezuelans

Paola Silva-Perdomo speaks at a Venezuela Suncoast Association rally in support of the Venezuelan people.
May 16, 2014

Canned food, medical supplies, reams of copy paper. That’s what Anna Paz asked for of Hillsborough’s students every morning for two weeks. Why? To aid Venezuelans absorbed in a violent military conflict...

Tour teaches student rights, features Mary Beth Tinker

 Mary Beth Tinker addresses students during her Tinker Tour stop in Amarillo, Texas, on April 9.
April 18, 2014

A black strip of fabric and a pink slip of paper led a shy 13-year-old girl from Des Moines, Iowa to the Supreme Court after being suspended for wearing prohibited armbands to school. Almost 50 years...

California students take proactive approach against underage drinking

California students take proactive approach against underage drinking
April 17, 2014

Teenagers and alcohol. Most likely, this combination sounds dismal, but Folsom Cordova teens are changing the conversation. Students involved with Club Live at Folsom and Sutter Middle Schools and Friday...

Anger over sit-in won’t solve anything

Anger over sit-in won’t solve anything
April 11, 2014

It took less than 24 hours for coverage of Wednesday’s sit-in to make its way to the Post-Tribune and Sun-Times media, Northwest Indiana Times, Twitter, Reddit, LiveLeak and YouTube. It took less...

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