A Gun In Her Purse

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Last week, the student organization UNM Young Americans for Freedom, decided that it was time for the University of New Mexico to begin the debate about gun rights on campus. They used a recent sexual assault case on on campus,

Standardized Tests: The Corporate Side of Public Education

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Each year in grade school, I was required to take a standardized test. I graduated high school in 2006. Since then, tests have increasingly been incorporated into schools nationwide. According to greatschools.org, a non-profit organization and leading national source of

Our Sacred Identities

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Lately, police violence, hate crimes, and institutional racism have flooded television coverage, newspaper articles, social media posts, and conversations on campus. Because of these narratives, I’ve become concerned over the power of stereotypes, violence, and trauma. In order to try

Right Where I Need to Be

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I still remember the way I felt. I received a phone call from Roberta, and I assumed it was to ask more questions or to schedule another interview. I was wrong. She called to offer me one of the Generation

Privilege and Power: Ferguson and Being an Ally

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As violence against people of color becomes more apparent, many Americans are angry, and rightfully so. I remember being furious the night of the non-indictment of Darren Wilson, and I wanted to get involved in any way I could. A

The War on Islam, Media Injustice and the Bittersweet Reality of Hate Crimes

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Islam is Peace On June 30th, 2013, I made the best decision of my life: I became a Muslim. Since that day, my life has been a whirlwind of blessings, happiness, confusion, sadness, self awareness, immense patience, and healing. It’s

Upheld in Love

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I saw their faces – the faces of the 43 missing students from the Raul Isidro Burgos Rural Teachers College in Iguala, Mexico – and I felt them in my heart. I could see just a glimpse of their personalities

Smells Like Teen Talent

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It’s no secret to all my friends and family that I love music and can’t live without it. The first type of music I ever fell in love with was rock. I listened to Iron Maiden, Queensryche and Motley Crue.

The War is Now

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I’ve been trying for weeks to find the right words to explain how I feel about this complex story of American police brutality. Our system is so corrupt that it isn’t even a matter of crime and punishment – it’s