It would cause outrage if a polluting battery manufacturer opened a plant in the affluent neighborhood of Beverly Hills. Yet, this hypothetical was a dark reality faced by Vernon, a lower-income neighborhood only a 30-minute drive away. Indeed, it is an environmental injustice that hazardous waste centers are frequently placed near lower-income, minority communities. This … [Read more...] about Environmental Injustice: The Invisible Dystopia We Have Ignored Till Now
The First Agreement - Be Impeccable With Your Word Growing up we are taught to say nice things because it is the right thing to do, but we are never given an actual reason to justify this. Don Miguel Ruiz, the author of The Four Agreements, describes four agreements one must promise to keep in order to achieve personal freedom. He starts off with the first agreement, being … [Read more...] about First and Second Agreement
As many college students begin their first day wondering how to balance a schedule of multiple classes, those with health concerns may face the fear of balancing class and their health. While many gears focus on getting good grades, achieving their dream internship, and staying involved in campus life, those who are suffering from health concerns, may be battling for their … [Read more...] about Sickness and Success
The alarming incarceration rates in the U.S. are far greater than any other country’s.In the next five years, these rates are only projected to increase. In addition, the nefarious origins of these high incarceration rates that emerged during the war on drugs proliferate the racial divide in the U.S. and place minorities at a clear disadvantage. This seems like a justified … [Read more...] about How to Find Hope in a Post-War on Drugs Nation
As we approach the one-year anniversary of the Coronavirus in the US, there is some hope that things are finally getting better as the number of people vaccinated surpasses the number of people who were infected. The vaccine rollout has been slow and differs from state to state and there is still a large segment of the population who vows to not get the vaccine, but we have … [Read more...] about How Am I Not to Judge?