The Next Generation of Thought
The Next Generation of Thought
23,000 people gather in Bernie Sanders Rally: Washington Square Park, New York City.
23,000 people gather in Bernie Sanders Rally  Washington Square Park, New York City.
Letter from the Editor: A generation is defined by its struggles and triumphs. They assume our intelligence from our age, dismiss us as the walking dead, transfixed by our obsession over technology and social media. We speak with a noticeable tremor in our voices, frightened of the future, paralyzed with fear over the decisions that politicians make for us. It seems entirely unattainable- a future where a generation is not only defined by its struggles and triumphs, but the happy, sometimes blind idealism of the youth. Karin Thio
Letter from the Editor  A generation is defined by its struggles and triumphs. They assume our intelligence from our age, ...
Black Lives Matter Protest in South Minneapolis.
Black Lives Matter Protest in South Minneapolis.
Ferguson, Missouri
Ferguson, Missouri
When Will #BlackLivesMatter to Americans? THE STRUGGLE to simply exist becomes a sobering reality to Black lives in America, where a routine traffic stop can cross the line between life and death. National consciousness is absent in an era of such desensitization of police brutality, and the innocence of these lives are all that lingers to a mourning generation of social justice. Popular media demonizes these lives, with evident intention to perpetuate the stereotypes that continue to torment Black lives- an affliction conserved in American values. Since 2014, ______ lives have been taken as a result of police brutality. Today, that number is exponential, a reminder that centuries of blatant racism has not yet ceased to exist, but rather disguised itself contemporarily. Like many of you, I am frightened. I am paralyzed with a crippling fear that our world, our country, the place we call home, will become a dystopia- an unrecognizable pillar we once rested on for the false delusion of freedom. We watch, elect politicians that promise an end to the travesties that engulf our nation so overwhelmingly. We watch them pray, as if their prayers could prevent a 15 year old’s father from being executed in the hands of the police, whom we blindly praise, unable to see how generations of false stereotypes and fear of color has corrupted men of power. Their prayers did not stop the police from murdering a 32 year old man, as his girlfriend and 4 year old daughter watch in helpless submission. We inhabit a civil war, unresting violence and peace unable to free the enslaved souls carried through generations of evolving oppression. Why must victims beg for their life to men trained to protect and serve? A movement constructed without the intention to label police with utter antagonization. Black Lives Matter is not a fabrication of a race war, it is not to establish dominance of one race over another,
When Will  BlackLivesMatter to Americans   THE  STRUGGLE to simply exist becomes a sobering reality to Black lives in Amer...
but to demand and experience a sense of control through the system of justice tainted with bias and prejudice. Privilege cannot be ignored when numerous, compliant and surrendering, Black lives are executed and white men are able to escape fatal encounters after raping, pillaging, causing national mass shootings- death and destruction. Racially motivated killings are the result of ignorance to the social debilitations minorities experience, and the failure to act among them. They tell us, fix black on black crime before you worry about police brutality. A ‘free’ America has never been liberated from toxic nationalism, a sense of superiority by depriving others, stripping away their cultures, gentrifying impoverish communities of color, white-washing generations. They refuse funding for basic necessities, education, social aid and programs. They refuse to supply an inner city with clean water, and wonder why minorities are enraged. This cycle of oppression provides a catalyst to perpetuate the explicit violation of social justice and violence towards these minorities. A human cannot thrive on a politician’s failure to revive a lifeless society. A human did not die to listen to our silence as we continue to watch men in power do absolutely nothing. This is an issue of racism, social destruction, demolition of personal liberties, gun control, police brutality, corruption of politics. This is an issue of humanity. We cannot simply choose to let these issues perpetuate into a systematic exhaustion of persisting efforts. A game of fear. Fear fabricated from lack of communication, understanding, action, empathy, and consciousness. We fear them, and they fear us. They are able to act among their fear, most murdering without reasonable cause. This issue is dehumanizing, fueling the fires of supremacy as the bodies of victims perish in their ashes. Karin Thio.
but to demand and experience a sense of control through the system of justice tainted with bias and prejudice. Privilege c...
Cincinatti, Ohio
Cincinatti, Ohio
IF YOU ARE NEUTRAL ON SITUATIONS OF INJUSTICE, YOU HAVE CHOSEN THE SIDE OF THE OPRESSOR Tutu
IF YOU ARE NEUTRAL ON SITUATIONS OF INJUSTICE, YOU HAVE CHOSEN THE SIDE OF THE OPRESSOR Tutu
Middletown, New Jersey
Middletown, New Jersey
Long Branch Beach, New jersey Jaintiapur, Sylhet, Bangladesh
Long Branch Beach, New jersey  Jaintiapur, Sylhet, Bangladesh
R EMEMBER that water crisis in Flint, Michigan a few months back? When a city of 98,310 people had their water contaminated with lead? Well this is just a glimpse for us, those that live in the first world bubble of America, into how important and crucial clean water is. When news broke out about the high levels of lead, amounts of bacteria, and total trihalomethanes in the Flint water supply, the whole country burst into outrage. With increases of lead poisonings and the possibility of carcinogens, people were furious about the risks to their health. So in December 2015, Flint Mayor Karen Weaver declared a state of emergency with Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and President Obama following a month later. And although things have slowly gotten better as Flint switched back to the Detroit water supplier and the national government extended $5 million in aid to help fix the problem, people have also started to forget about water as a whole. Water – and its worth. Yes while what happened in Flint was tragic, how come no one is up in arms about the global water crisis? Why aren’t people fighting for the 1 billion people in this world that do not have access to clean, safe water? It’s because we have forgotten. We have forgotten what it’s like to walk miles upon miles to get water, to carry jugs on our backs so we can just survive another day – because we live in a society that has advanced so much we can get endless amounts of water at the push of a button. But we cannot forget about the people that still go through these things. People that get sick and disease from the water they find because it’s unclean and chock full of all kinds of bacteria and germs. You wonder why half the world is still living in poverty? Water is why. Women and children are the ones that have to devote their time to getting it and that takes women away from work and children away from school. And if children can’t get the education they need, how can they help build up the community when they’re the adults? How can they make a difference? It’s a vicious cycle. And if we don’t do anything about it, it will never end. So don’t forget. Don’t forget about the global water crisis. Fight for it. Donate to it. There are several non-profit organizations that build wells in impoverished communities around the globe to give them the access they need to clean, safe water (ex. The Water Project). Let’s not just fight for the rights of our fellow Americans. But let us fight for the basic rights of every single person in this world. Rachel Lindeman
   R  EMEMBER that water crisis in  Flint, Michigan a few months back  When a city of 98,310 people had their water contam...
What does being a progressive mean to you? T he fires of modern politics have sparked raging opinions within Americans of all ages. One is quick to classify all their ideals into one crowded party, vocalized through independent individuals desperate to break the living reality inhibited by the American political cycle. Politics aside, these people speak with a certain fervor that retain deeply rooted values.
What does being a progressive mean to you   T  he fires of modern politics have sparked raging opinions within Americans o...
17 I am a liberal because I am against the establishment that is corrupting our country and buying their way into presidency to support their corrupt actions. 16 To be a democrat is to stand up for the equality of all races, genders, and people of all religious backgrounds and to fight against the corrupt corporations that are stealing money from the lower and middle classes. 16 Being a democrat means being willing to give up other luxuries in my life to give others the decent life that I live 35 I’m glad to be a Liberal American Progressive Democrat because I follow the party that has done the most for working people in this country. The Democratic Party has been responsible for Social Security, Medicare, Healthcare Reform, the HARP Program that has helped people keep their homes, Labor Laws, Civil Rights Laws, Veterans Programs and many public works under Franklin Roosevelt that we still use. 68 I believe in progress. I believe in equality, justice, and protecting our air, water, and food supply for my grandchildren and their children. Do you agree that all human beings deserve fair and equal treatment under the law? If yes, then you will probably find the Democratic platform to be more in line with your views on equality. If you think homosexuals, dark-skinned minorities, and women, are sub-human and second-class citizens, then you will likely find support for your views in the Republican platform.
17  I am a liberal because I am against the establishment that is corrupting our country and buying their way into preside...
30 I’ve always been liberal, but I think in recent decades the American conservative movement has gone off the deep end. It’s become angry and intolerant and exclusionary. Since Reagan the political center in the US has moved way to the right--BOTH parties have moved to the right. It’s ended up with Donald Trump, a parody of a rightwing dictator. Liberalism is just about the govt. working for people. Judging our economic success by the standard of living, not how big corporations get. 27 I envision a country where every citizen has equal rights and equal opportunity to succeed; where the middle class is thriving, not being impoverished by the very wealthy; where excellent education at every level is available to all and prioritized above the war machine; where our media deals in facts instead of infotainment, gossip and scandal; where business has reasonable financial and environmental regulations that benefit the country but still allow them to make good profits; where every citizen is concerned about and active in protecting our planet for future generations
30  I   ve always been liberal, but I think in recent decades the American conservative movement has gone off the deep end...
WAR ON DRUGS IS OVER! IF YOU WANT IT
WAR ON DRUGS IS OVER  IF YOU WANT IT
IS THE WAR ON DRUGS A WAR ON RACE? Matthew Pace T he War on Drugs has led to mass targeting and discrimination towards minorities, especially the African American community. From the launch of the War on Drugs until modern day, America African Americans have been targeted and fed to the prison industrial complex. In 2004 there were 250,900 state prison inmates serving for drug offenses and of all of those offenders 53.05% of all inmates were black From 2004 to 2014 that number of inmates has jumped from 250,900 to 1,561,231 (Drug War Statistics). The facts show that African Americans are being explicitly targeted by police and with the criminalization of drugs police can easily storm into a dominantly African American neighborhood, and illegally search any person or place, without probably cause or a warrant, and find drugs and arrest whomever they choose. Without the criminalization of drugs these actions that are inherently racist in its roots would not be allowed in the country. Ever since the Harlem Renaissance the African Americans who were oppressing slavery and discrimination in the south moved to the north and lived in cities, near factories for work. When they moved into these cities finding work was difficult and there was competition which made many African Americans poor who had moved. Meanwhile the white people did not want to live near black people so they moved into the suburbs, around the cities. Meanwhile the African Americans were stuck in the lower class cities and when they tried to move into the suburbs they were forced out by racist white families already living there. The African American population has been stuck in the lower class in these poor cities since and in these cities opportunities for education and work are limited. After the War on Drugs was put into action in 1971 the drugs flooded into these poor cities and because they were illegal and there was no more drugs coming from Mexican trade there was a high demand in these communities. This made the cost of drugs go up and gave the African Americans who could not find work with livable wages an opportunity to make money quickly. Now the African Americans in these communities are faced with an option, work a minimum wage job making about 15,080 dollars a year or sell marijuana, and make about 30,000 dollars a year. This leads to people taking the alternative choice that provides more money. Then when the drug dealer gets arrested they go to jail and get out with even less opportunities. They are then unable to get a job because of their criminal record and are forced back into selling drugs. This becomes a repetitious cycle of going to jail and selling drugs over and over, as
IS THE WAR ON DRUGS A WAR ON RACE  Matthew Pace  T  he War on Drugs has led to mass targeting and discrimination towards m...
the prison industry grows and grows, and the African American communities are stuck in a perpetual state of poverty and selling drugs. Meanwhile white people living in the suburbs or upper class neighborhoods do drugs at the same rate as minorities and yet minorities make up fifty seven percent of the prison population convicted for drug offenses (Drug War Statistics). Of all drug users African Americans make up only 14 percent of that population and yet they are 40 percent of all of those incarcerated for drug violations (The Drug War, Mass Incarceration, and Race). African Americans have been and are explicitly targeted due to the War on Drugs which makes the depressing nature of the War even more depressing when racism is consistent in the country because of the act. When African Americans get painted as the group of people that commit the most crimes it is not because they are the only ones committing crimes and white people are not, it is because the African Americans are targeted due to their race and are convicted of more crimes. This creates evidence for those who are discriminating and use the evidence that African Americans do more drugs, but meanwhile the evidence shows that this is only true because of racial discrimination seen in the police state that occupies and patrols the African American communities. The intentions of Richard Nixon were eglected when he enacted the War on Drugs in 1971, directly targeting African Americans. The decriminalization would see more opportunity and an easier way out of poverty for African Americans in the United States. The War on Drugs is inherently a war against minorities, an attack on their state of well-being, a complete obliteration of justice and integrity.
the prison industry grows and grows, and the African American communities are stuck in a perpetual state of poverty and se...
Inside India’s Rape Culture Karin Thio “ To be raped was deeply shaming. To be raped was worse than to be dead. Politicians would say that it was best if a rape victim had died, because if she had lived, she would just be a walking corpse.”
Inside India   s Rape Culture Karin Thio     To be raped was deeply shaming. To be raped was worse than to be dead. Politi...
Jyote Sngh “A GIRL can do ANYTHING.” “Long live women’s freedom, your freedom, my freedom!” A spirited, outraged chant breaks out in a frenzy -December 17th, 2012- the day after a young woman named Jyote Singh was brutally raped and murdered by several men in Delhi. These protestors- both men and women, feel the blood that runs through India’s corrupted veins. Desperate, the clock races against them, as they try to radically change the view of women’s rights in India. There seems to be an apparent struggle to withstand traditional Indian culture- these ideals clash with modern thought and the progression of social integrity. The lives of women, in particular, suffer the most from this generalized view female subjugation. High incidences of acid attacks, domestic beatings, pre-birth sex selection, and female infanticide is strong evidence of a male dominated culture in India that prolongs the exploitation of women. This entitled sense of superiority from men towards women is rooted from centuries of religiously dominated ideologies that only perpetuates the growing rape culture in India. Delhi, a city characterized as one of the most unsafe cities in the world, is also India’s notorious “rape capital”. The National Crime Records Bureau reports that throughout the world, India is ranked 3rd in the highest number of rape cases, with a rape occurring every 90 seconds. The number of rapes in Delhi has doubled from 585 in 2012 to 1,441 in 2013. This epidemic plagues a seemingly helpless, already poverty stricken India. Jyote Singh’s case was particularly unique in that it sparked a political and social upheaval- this was the first time, without any political party or leader, that these young millennials protested with such independent fervor. Singh was as aspiring doctor and always said that “A girl can do anything”, trying to break through the mold that society has set for so many young, impressionable women. Her confidence was sensed and immediately shattered on a night where her innocence was stripped from her. Walking home from a movie one late night, three men violently raped her, sodomizing her with a metal rod until her entrails were rendered “unrecognizable” by doctors. The idea of gang rape debilitates the mental and physical integrity of its victim- as if this wasn’t enough, the sodomization conveys a clear abhorrent attitude towards woman figures- deeply rooted and integrated into the values of men from a young age. One of the rapists, just 16 years of age, was given the maximum sentence of only 3 years in a rehabilitation facility. After hearing the verdict, Singh’s parents are in further grief and shock, stating “We are like bird whose wings have been cut. We cannot fly. We live with fear and anxiety.” The utter outrage that had exploded from the public due to the injustices of the violent case and verdict of the convicted young man rippled through Indian society and reached government attention. No longer would these progressive citizens allow themselves to live in a place that bred such intense hate and violence towards women. Relentless outcries from the public forced the Indian government into setting up a committee; The Verma Report- a judicial council that promised to take public opinion on how the issue of rape should be dealt
Jyote Sngh     A GIRL can do  ANYTHING.        Long live women   s freedom, your freedom, my freedom      A spirited, outr...
with. A compromise was set in advising the judicial system to work faster, broadening the legal term of “Sexual Assault”, and removing language such as “modesty” and “shame” in the Indian Penal Code. Though India has made apparent liberal changes to its judicial system, the government still lacks sustainability in educating the current and future generations about the repercussions of a male dominated society where women are viewed as second- class citizens. The incident in Delhi had increased the number of reports of rape along with a heightened awareness in people. Because of this, young Indians have taken the initiative to make change through social media, popularizing the hashtag #ShametheRapist on Twitter in order to support rape victims. But, this hasn’t changed the negative social consequences and stigma that comes along with becoming a rape victim. “To be raped was deeply shaming. To be raped was worse than to be dead. Politicians would say that it was best if a rape victim had died, because if she had lived, she would just be a walking corpse.” -Dr. Maria Misra, Oxford University, Writer and Historian It will be difficult to heal the scar and imputative stigma put on India’s women since centuries ago, but these inflictions need immediate action.
with. A compromise was set in advising the judicial system to work faster, broadening the legal term of    Sexual Assault ...