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The Heart of Our Work Should be Transformation

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For me, the goal is liberation – freedom from the system that is trying to destroy us native people and people of color. We need to figure out a way to work within the beast – not with the beast – to ensure that our young people have the resources they need to survive.

How Loans Shape our Lives: The Story of My City Series

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Student loans have been reaching an all-time high, but student loan debt isn’t the only financial problem weighing on people, especially in Merced, California. Here, Mercedians discuss how their experiences with loans shape their lives.

The Feminism Club: The Story of My City Series

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The Gender Equality Club at Edison High School in Fresno is a group on campus dedicated to providing a safe space for feminist-minded students to come together, participate in discussion and share important news about current events in their community. 

Saving the Salton Sea: The Story of My City Series

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Branded as a literal oasis in the Imperial Valley, the Salton Sea now exists in a state of post-apocalyptic dilapidation. With dead fish lining its shore, the lake emits a strong malodorous stench that severely impacts those with respiratory issues.

Mujeres Así: Paulina Rojas on her journey through poetry to publication

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On Friday, August 18th, the Dominican Writers Association released its new anthology of poems, Ritmo Que Late. Of the thousands of submissions, Paulina Roja’s “Mujeres Así” was selected for inclusion in the new anthology. In this interview, she describes her journey across the country and through culture to arrive at the theme for her poem.

Youth Voice Has Entered the Chat

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While the word “radical” carries a connotation of being extreme, unstable, or controversial, it actually describes the building of foundations. Change is the only constant in nature, and it is a continuous process. It is in this sense that youth leadership is radical — young people help society adapt to the continual forces of change.