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    What have QC Students Been Up to This Summer?

    When COVID-19 locked the entirety of New York indoors this past March, there wasn’t much optimism regarding what the upcoming months would hold. With internships, job opportunities and vacation plans going down the drain, the rapidly approaching summer seemed hopeless. However, with the school break now behind us, it seems that many Queens College students still found ways to make the best of this unpredictable situation and gain professional experience both virtually and in-person. Anlisa Outar, a QC junior majoring in urban studies, spent the summer participating in CUNY’s virtual Summer Intensive for Public Policy (CUNY SIPP). This program helps CUNY students through the process of policy formation by allowing…

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    Trans Health Care Protections Under Attack by Trump Administration

    On June 12th, 2020, the Trump administration issued an executive decision to reverse Obama-era transgender protections in the Affordable Care Act. The Affordable Care Act (ACA), also commonly known as “Obamacare”, was enacted in March of 2010 under President Barack Obama’s administration. It is a comprehensive health care reform law, meaning it encompasses a vast array of services necessary to maintain both physical and mental health. The main goal of the ACA was to provide these various health services to millions of uninsured U.S. citizens under affordable health insurance. It did so with a set of regulations, which included expanding Medicaid eligibility and ensuring that insurance companies would not be…

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    “A New Normal”: NYC Preps for Phase One Reopening

    On May 29, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that New York City will be entering Phase One of reopening on June 8 amidst the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. New York residents who have remained quarantined since Governor Andrew Cuomo officially enacted the “New York State on PAUSE” executive order on March 22, may feel as if this order went into action ages ago. With this order came a set of rules that regulated social interaction amongst New Yorkers. Large social gatherings became prohibited and social distancing of at least six feet from others became enforced. Alongside these rules restricting individuals, Cuomo also forced the temporary closing of certain “non-essential” businesses. These businesses…

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    “End the War on the Poor”: NYC Protests Against Subway Policing

    Starting late January of this year, Grand Central Terminal and numerous subway stations across the five boroughs have been subject to mass protests. The sudden rage was sparked by increased police supervision within the MTA system.  On December 18th, 2020, Governor Andrew Cuomo instated that 500 state police officers be planted in subways. Costing the city $249 million dollars over the next four years, Cuomo hopes his plan will lower rates of fare evasion, homeless people in the subways, and assaults on MTA workers. In 2018, the MTA is said to have lost $215 million from fare evasion, and in 2019, there was a 23% increase in homelessness within subway…

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    Fight for our future: Chicago public schools strike

    Beginning Thursday, Oct. 17, approximately 25,000 teachers and 7,000 support staff of Chicago Public Schools (CPS) took to the streets to advocate for better pay and resources for their classrooms. The workers of the CPS system, the country’s third-largest school district, have been on strike, forcing schools in the area to shut down temporarily due to lack of staff. From the outside, it may seem that teachers are striking solely for the purpose of more substantial salaries. However, while this is a very justifiable reason to protest, every teacher there would explain that their main reason for involvement in the strike is to gain better support and care for their…