All posts tagged: politics

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 …

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. …

The New Generation of Inspiring Black Women

Since 1976, every February has come to be known as a month of celebration and remembrance of the many black Americans of the past along with the contributions and accomplishments with which they enriched history. Today is the last of that honorable month. As we continue remember great women like Rosa Parks, Coretta Scott King, Maya Angelou, and Audre Lorde of the past, we also want to highlight a few of the inspirational black women making waves throughout pop culture, politics, and fashion in the present. First off, if you haven’t seen Selma, you’re doing something wrong. DuVernay is the director and co-writer of the Martin Luther King Jr. film and is the first black female director to have their film nominated for an Oscar. Not bad for her second feature. And by the sound of her next project, a love story and murder mystery set during Hurricane Katrina, DuVernay’s a director you need to keep in mind for the future. The Academy Awards may have snubbed DuVernay herself for individual recognition (and the entire Selma cast for that matter), but we definitely won’t be. …