by Monique KasongaImage: camilo jimenez / Unsplash #StopAsianHate. #MeToo. #SaveIndia. #FreePalestine. #PrayforUyghurMuslims. #BlackOutTuesday. What do all of these social justice issues have in common? They all became performative social media trends. According to Medium, an online social journalism platform, performative activism is “activism that is done to increase one’s social capital rather than because of one’s devotion to a cause.” Though many can define this … Continue reading You Aren’t the Activist That You Think You Are
by Lindsay WongImage: Dakiny / CreativeCommons The upcoming Tokyo Olympics has sparked a very unique debate concerning the dangers of the COVID-19 pandemic: should the games be held or cancelled? While it looks like the games have gotten the green light to go ahead and are slated to begin on July 23rd, the public is concerned about the threats posed by a global pandemic and … Continue reading The 2021 Tokyo Olympics Debate
by Karina MelencioImage: Markus Winkler / Unsplash The term ‘cancel culture’ and the act of ‘cancelling’ public figures for their ignorance toward social issues roots from the Civil Rights Movement in America and has long circulated the sphere of Black Twitter. Over the years, ‘cancel culture’ has regained traction, and usage of the term began to peak in mainstream online spaces when a scene from … Continue reading Cancel Culture and Other Excuses
by AnonymousImage: Pexels Free Photos Australia’s Shocking Pandemic Another pandemic has hit Australia but this time it is not something that can be solved by washing your hands or wearing a mask. Rather, it has spread through schools, households and most notably, the Australian Government. The pandemic of discussion is one comprised of sexual assault and misconduct that has been brought to light in recent … Continue reading Australia’s Shocking Pandemic
by Tatyana BaldwinImage: Spi-V / Flickr The terms miscarriage and stillbirth are applied to a pregnancy that leads to the loss of the baby. Both of these events cause unmeasurable grief and pain for the parents. As with any loss, it takes time to heal and accept the reality of the loss. For this reason, it is vitally important that the severity of these situations … Continue reading New Zealand: Ahead of the curve on Miscarriage Paid Leave
by Sonia SaidImage: Andy Zurich / Flickr There might be no better time to talk about Mental Health than now. Why? Because like women’s day, everyday should be Mental Health awareness day. And during the current pandemic of the Covid-19, people have been more and more concerned. Mental health is an extensive part of our everyday lives, as it is associated with our well-being; more precisely, … Continue reading Why Mental Health Mattered Yesterday, Matters today and Will Matter Tomorrow
by Nanditha Nagamani PraveenImage: Roman Kraft / Unsplash In the last few years, social media has bulldozed its way to being one of the most effective platforms for speaking out on social and political issues, and 2020 was no exception. From the coronavirus pandemic, to the US presidential elections, to the Indian farmer protests, public opinion has vastly been influenced and shaped by a maelstrom … Continue reading An Age of Information? Or MIS-information?
by Lara ChoyImage: Nico Smit / Unsplash It’s a chilly pandemic winter and three very different Torontonians secretly share in the same struggle. A recently unemployed server rushes down the sidewalk with spare cash from his roommate to pay for a few groceries. He passes a small apartment, where a single mother begins skipping meals to feed her two young children after remote learning eliminates … Continue reading WE ARE(N’T) WHAT WE EAT
by Irina JiangImage: Matheus Farias / Unsplash What is your first impression of online schooling? Flexible? Enjoyable? The answer for Kaijie Zhang, a former freshman student from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a private university in New York, would be “lethal”. On February 8th, 2021, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute posted a brief announcement on their website expressing their grief towards Kaijie’s passing. Though the university did not explicitly … Continue reading Press the Recording Button! It’s Not That Hard.
by Jessie JinImage: Mike Gifford / Flickr From the appalling anti-black, racism-motivated murder in College Park to the violent attack on an elderly Asian woman just a few days ago (as of this writing), the United States has reached an all-time high in hate crimes. The Anti-Defamation League claimed that 3566 “extremist propaganda incidents” occurred in 2020, a considerable increase from the 2704 recorded in … Continue reading Tackling Hate Crimes in the U.S.