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    On Students for Justice in Palestine

    By Sharon Jackson It was the summer of 2014, and I was on Facebook. My news feed looked like a war zone, as I scrolled past image after bloody, depressing image, sickening me, saddening me. Why, during the war in Gaza, did I even bother going on Facebook? Force of habit, I guess. As I am friends with both Jews and Muslims, I could see what others could not see: both sides screaming out in pain, in anger, in helplessness – but neither of them could hear the other. I am in the middle. I always have been, and this is both a blessing and a curse. The curse is…

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    CUNY Service Corps: NYC Smoke Free

    Over the past several months, I have had the pleasure of being an intern at NYC Smoke Free at Public Health Solutions in Queens. I got this position through the CUNY Service Corps program in Queens College. NYC Smoke Free is an organization that works to combat tobacco companies, educate the public about the dangers of smoking, and advocate the benefits of living in smoke free spaces. Being an intern, I assist with many of the projects that Smoke Free is working on in Queens. I visited legislators to educate about smoke free housing, assisted with letters to smoke free housing and smoke free media, and I visited high schools…

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    Another fumble by the NFL

    The NFL is a financially successful business that continues to grow at a rapid pace. The league brought in $7.3 billion dollars in revenue during the 2014-2015 season and shared it among the 32 teams. Each team received $226.4 million, which is an increase of 21 percent from the previous year. That’s an awful lot of money to wrap our heads around. Among these teams are the Dallas Cowboys. They have been deemed “America’s Team” despite not winning a Super Bowl since 1995. Team owner Jerry Jones and the “Boys” are media superstars even if they posted a 0-16 record. Positive or negative attention, the team will have national televised games…

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    Are Stricter Gun Laws Really The Answer?

    Are promoting stricter gun laws really the answer? Is this where the journey to saving lives truly begins? Or does it begin way before one steps into a store in a state that does not require you to hand over any information besides a “hey how ya doin’? I’d like to buy this gun” greeting? States with tighter gun control laws have fewer gun deaths, hence the title of the article. I am proposing that the issue of gun control in our country falls way deeper than merely altering its laws in our governmental policies. The 26-year-old who shot and killed at least nine people while injuring many others at…

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    Empower Young People to Talk About Mental Health

    The campus tragedies that have occurred over the past few weeks at Northern Arizona University, Texas Southern University and Umpqua Community College in Oregon have, once again, brought mental health issues to the forefront of the nation’s consciousness.   These large-scale, horrific incidents – while still rare, receive a lot of media attention.  Unfortunately, they only tell part of the story. The reality is that there are many mental health stories, in every community, sometimes very close to home.  The majority of people struggling with mental health issues do not resort to violence, and instead are more likely to have acts of violence happen against them. Mental health can be one…