Author: Tori James

Building Peace in a State of Chaos with Kate Alexander

Peace, love, and acceptance; these are all terms that seem like a pipe dream to some of what we are facing in society today. Humans are scared and desperate for any sign of relief or security. To some of us, it is just a hope that this wild concept of “peace” will someday be achieved. And then, there are the forces behind the movement; those who have set their life goals on that exact idea. Kate Alexander is one of them. Involved in activism since the age of twelve, Alexander has worked in peace activism and community organizing for ten years and is now Director of Policy and Outreach at Peace Action New York State. Alexander’s passion for peace is something that anyone could admire, especially in present day where the fight for justice is more eminent than ever. Alexander’s voice gives us all hope that “with a strong group of activists, anything is possible: peace included.” YHM: What inspired you to get into peace-building and public policy? Kate Alexander: Peace is essential because war is …

5 Ways to Stop Body Shaming During the Holiday Season

The holidays can be a wonderful time filled with joy, thanks, and giving to others; however, this is also the most popular time of year for ridicule, judgment, and shaming towards our bodies and others. It is important that we recognize this epidemic of body shaming so we can properly avoid it and make our holidays as enjoyable as possible. Here are a few tips for making this year an even memorable time with family and friends. #1. Stop feeling guilty. This season is a time for celebrations, which leads to lots and lots of good food. So why do we need to feel bad about it? Rather than enjoying the celebrations going on around us, we worry about what’s on our plate—and that is how body image becomes a problem. Have fun in the presence of those you love and stop feeling guilty. #2. Don’t let the words of others influence your image of yourself. You are constantly surrounded by people during the holiday season. No matter what kind of diet they are on, …

Dear Young Voters, It’s Your Future

Dear young voters, it’s your future that is on the line! It’s tough—as a student, you’re balancing fifteen or more credits, working, and planning your life after graduation. It’s not always easy to make time to prepare for each election. However, it is an important task. In fact, voting is a civic duty. Young people are known for having strong voices when it comes to opinions on social and political issues, yet they are some of the hardest people to get to the voting polls. The choice is in the people’s hands on who will oversee their government and make major decisions for the population. Electorates in all branches of government make pertinent decisions which affect young people of America: minimum wage, taxes, college tuition, health care, human rights, and new jobs. These are important issues university students—Millennials—should be focused on and concerned with. In the recent generation, statistics show that on average only half of citizens age 18-24 participate in elections, and voters of the same age make up 19% of the voter population. …

Self-Care Tips for Mental Health Awareness Month

October is Mental Health Awareness month and is subsequently probably the most stressful time of the year for college students. With midterms, papers, work, social life, and everything else building up around you—October is the time when it’s so easy to slip into a bad state of mind; which is why it is so important to practice self-care! Here are some tips on how you can work to handle everything that is on your plate. 1. Set Some Time For Yourself Trust me, I know it’s hard when you’ve been non-stop working all day every day to relax, you may not even get much of a chance to breathe. But with everything that’s going on around you—it is super important to remember your own feelings. Take some time each day to sit back, take a breath, relax, and reflect on the things that you’re doing and want to do. It may seem like you don’t have time, but even just five to ten minutes can make all the difference. This will help ease your mind …