November 13, 2015. I remember getting the BBC News alert on my phone telling me that Paris had just been bombed. My mother called me to make sure I was watching the news (admittedly I am too cheap to pay for cable so I was live streaming the BBC special coverage), my roommate had no idea anything had happened, I was texting any of my friends that have interests in international relations or terrorism to make sure they knew what was going on. Soon it was everywhere. “Stand with Paris” became a trending topic on Facebook and everyone was changing his or her profile pictures. It was like acknowledgement of the terror attack was the fashionable thing to do. If someone didn’t change their picture they were obviously in support of ISIS, right? Continue reading Do You Even Know How To News?
As I bounce back from Spring Break and try to readjust to campus life and responsibility, my mind keeps wandering back to easier times- my week-long adventure in Cancun. Six of my friends and I spent five days enjoying the beaches and day parties in Mexico without a care in the world…somewhat. There’s always a wall up as a young woman in a foreign country where there is a language barrier. You hear stories about careless college kids being snatched up in their drunken states never to be seen again. But we were confident that as long as we were careful and smart, we wouldn’t join the list of those missing. And yes, all seven of us made it back to the States in one piece. I’m grateful for these results, but there is one aspect that keeps creeping up in my mind: the sexualization. Continue reading My Blackness is Not a Fetish
Carolina offers us many opportunities to travel the world and expand our horizons. Those opportunities make take the shape of study abroad classes, internships, or even grants to financially support our travels. That being said, the Global Music Outreach Internship is a unique opportunity in so many ways. For one, the internship was founded by Carolina students themselves. One of the co-founders, junior Laura Limarzi, shared with me that while the program started as a project from Nourish, a Campus Y organization, it is now able to send 2-4 interns to Tanzania annually. Continue reading Global Music Outreach Internship
Arc writer Morgan Howard talked with co-coordinator of the Immigration Awareness Month (IAM) Photo Campaign, Mayela Peralta, to discuss the campaign’s purpose and goal. The campaign started March 1st and will continue until the 31st. Continue reading Immigration Awareness Month Photo Campaign Q&A
As part of a three event series on people of African descent, presented through a collaborative effort by the Campus Y, BSM, MSA, and OASIS, Tae Brown led a panel of Black Muslims to discuss their experiences as they relate to their identity. The three panelists were able to give insight on the life of the average Black Muslim in America, and raise interesting points concerning their view of how they fit within their community. Continue reading The Black Muslim Experience
We’ve all heard about the military occupation in Israel. We’ve seen the images of displaced families, bombings and demolished buildings. We’ve read about the violence. It is a world away, and something like would that would never happen here in the U.S., right? That’s why it’s shocking when two Israeli activists who have been to hell and back tell you, “Palestine is Here,” in the U.S.. Continue reading Palestine is Here
Last Thursday, the First Year Council began its series of documentaries with the film Virunga. Covering over 3,000 square miles high in the jungles of the Congo sits Virunga, Africa’s oldest national park, home to the last of the endangered mountain gorillas. The park’s headquarters are situated in Rumangabo, where an orphanage holds the only captive mountain gorillas in the world, which were rescued as babies from poachers who had killed the adult gorillas. These orphaned gorillas are cared for in the hopes that they will one day be ready to return to the wild and join the other gorilla populations. Continue reading Virunga: Saving the Congo
Recently I’ve been wondering more and more about what it means to “Make America Great Again.” This phrase is frequently used in presidential campaigns, particularly in one campaign that has become alarmingly popular in the past year.
But instead of making this about politics (which unfortunately everything and its mother has become entangled with in recent times) I will try to stray away from my political beliefs and instead discuss what the phrase means to me. Continue reading “Make America Great Again”
On January 27th, there will be an information session at 5:30 in the Campus Y’s Anne Queen Lounge for the Summer Global Engagement Fellowship, which provides funding for undergraduate students to embark on a social justice project outside of the United States this summer. Sponsored by the Center for Social Justice and Social Innovation at the Campus Y, this fellowship is available to all undergraduate students at the University of North Carolina though it does favor those who actively participate in the activities of the Campus Y. According to Erin Kraus, the Campus Y’s Global Engagement Coordinator, initiatives such as this allow students an opportunity to learn outside of the classroom.
A lot of the posts on this blog made by both myself and other writers have been reactions to events that have unfolded in the previous week, and what we think they mean for social justice. In light of many recent tragedies, I would like to write in the same vein, but about something just a bit different. I think there is a problem with the way we as a society react to events in the short term, and I think, despite our best intentions, our reactions can have negative impacts on social justice instead of positive ones. Continue reading Reactionism and Social Justice