Connecticut Native Seeks to Brighten Up Community

New Haven, Connecticut brought longtime medical professional Doreen Abubakar positive memories as a child. Today, Abubakar makes the revitalization of one of its deprived neighborhoods her life’s work. The Newhallville area was a thriving working-class community before the 1980s. Like many working class areas across the country, an economic downturn left the area in direContinue reading “Connecticut Native Seeks to Brighten Up Community”

Trans and Queer March Hosted in Beacon

A march to address transgender and queer issues in the Beacon area and elsewhere took place yesterday. Reports of a right-wing activist sending threatening messages have left Beacon LGBTQ+ residents and their allies fearful. Nationwide, bills in state legislatures threaten to curb transgender rights. The march started at Memorial Park and went through the neighborhoodContinue reading “Trans and Queer March Hosted in Beacon”

Breaking Families: The Story of Kyra’s Law

Kyra Franchetti died in July 2016 at only 28 months old. Her death was the result of a court-sanctioned unsupervised visit with her biological father. This led her mom Jacqueline to start The Kyra Franchetti Foundation, which brings awareness to how New York’s family court system often fails in handling family violence claims. “I missContinue reading “Breaking Families: The Story of Kyra’s Law”

Vigil for Crime Victims Reflects Unsettling Times

As the Orange County Crime Victims Vigil will be held on Tuesday, April 20 at Thomas Bull Memorial Park in Hamptonburgh, NY, Crime Victims Assistance Program head Cathy Fox shares her thoughts on the rise in crime rates nationwide during the pandemic. “I don’t really think there’s one thing you can attribute it to,” sheContinue reading “Vigil for Crime Victims Reflects Unsettling Times”

The Trauma of Racism: A New Generation of Asian Americans

This article is part of a series called “The Trauma of Racism,” where we highlight the effects racism can have on minority populations. As a student originally from Vietnam, Marist College junior Dakota Le has had nothing but positive experiences coming to the United States, which is why the onslaught of attacks against Asian AmericansContinue reading “The Trauma of Racism: A New Generation of Asian Americans”

Gun control advocate weighs in on President Biden executive orders

As President Biden announced new executive orders aimed at combatting gun violence yesterday, advocate Sarah Kozloff of New Yorkers Against Gun Violence maintained some reticence to his first gun safety actions since taking office. She explained that as president, he can only do so much to combat a large problem for the United States. “TheseContinue reading “Gun control advocate weighs in on President Biden executive orders”

Activist Describes Turning Point in Gun Violence Prevention

Tara Langworthy, spokesperson for the Hudson Valley chapter of gun violence prevention organization Moms Demand Action, feels encouraged by the latest turn in the fight against gun violence. She said that with the combination of senators with negative records on gun reform legislation retiring and strong public support for common sense gun reform, there mayContinue reading “Activist Describes Turning Point in Gun Violence Prevention”