Upon the one year anniversary of the Baltimore Uprising and the murder of Freddie Gray, I noticed something very big missing from activism in the city, something that was there and prominent this time last year— Continue reading
As a young adult in the 21st Century, we are often relied on to change the injustices in the world.
Social, political, and economical injustices damage our society and can carry on into future generations. It’s our job to make society a better place for our children and grandchildren, to change all the wrongs in the world. It’s our job to inform, show, and support those who stand up and have their voices heard. Activism is the key to solving our problem in the world. This is what we all should be doing to better our community. But, first you much ask yourself…am I an activist?
Throughout this semester I have worked closely with the start- up company, Bmore Than Dance, in an effort to raise positivity in Baltimore through the creative expression of dance. Continue reading
On campus as well as around the area/UMBC community, students have approached us with the aggravation and disappointment in both the faculty and staff on campus that often targeted students with sexist, misogynistic, ableist and even sometimes-racist remarks. This really inspired us to create a safe space where students were able to voice their frustrations on how these remarks affected them. In some cases a few professors repeatedly appeared as offenders.
My activist project during the semester was to set out on an attempt to spread awareness on inequality regarding gender within institutions and workplaces in the United States. Over the course of completing my project, my actual focus changed several times. Initially my goal was to look at inequalities within the legal system. I changed this focused because I felt it was too narrow and I changed it to focus on a broader scope of inequalities within the United States. Continue reading
Nailah Johnson, Bernard Little, Christian Kuhn
Occupation of Alcatraz was the most pertinent Indian movement in history. The movement began with the Treaty of Fort Laramie being broken by the U.S. The Treaty of Fort Laramie was an agreement guaranteeing Indians the right to their land. Unfortunately, the U.S. federal laws went against this agreement and decided to take the aboriginal land from the American Indians. The U.S. government were aiming to destroy American Indian culture. The American Indians decided to retaliate and take action into getting their land back. A number of Red Power activist protested in regaining Alcatraz Island back from the U.S. government. The group of Indians stayed on the island, occupying and refusing to leave, until they got their rightful property back. The occupation lasted for nineteen months, from November 20, 1969, to June 11, 1971, but was forcibly ended by the U.S.
Some facts you may not know about tampons: The first commercial tampon was produced in 1933; approximately $1.53 billion is spent on tampons per year in the United States; the average woman uses approximately 11,400 tampons in her lifetime.
That’s a lot of tampons! Many people use these items religiously, yet are not aware of some of their darker history. In 1975, the Procter & Gamble Company created a tampon called Rely which was on the market for approximately five years. Many menstruating people were being diagnosed with Toxic Shock Syndrome, and soon doctors were able to make the association between Rely tampon use and this disease. The ever-absorbent tampon encouraged bacteria to develop and dried out the vaginal area, increasing the risk for ulcerations and infection. Continue reading