For the Last Fucking Time, It’s Not the Video Games

  August 5th, 2019: “We must stop the glorification of violence in our society. This includes the gruesome and grisly video games that are now commonplace. It is too easy today for troubled youth to surround themselves with a culture that celebrates violence.”—Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States. One day before, on […]

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When Love is a Crime: the Criminalization of Relationships Inside Prisons

  Prisons and jails have notorious reputations for the illicit relationships that they foster. Relationships between officers and inmates are often publicized to look like stories of lustful scandal. Other times, the criticism is directed at inmates who are in relationships with other inmates, or officers, while having a spouse, or partner outside of the […]

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The Mid-Autumn Festival and the Rituals that Never Escaped Me

The Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival celebrates the harvest moon, which may include paying fealty to the moon goddess, a pale-faced abstraction with winglike sleeves. Even before my first Mid-Autumn Festival, I remember the worship of its deity. This did not yet involve the ritual devouring of mooncakes— the amazingly caloric, and gelatinous staple food of the […]

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Zines Are Tangible Reflections of Personal Revolutions

  Part 1: Write. Photocopy. Fold. Staple. Disseminate. Repeat. I first learned about zines in 1999, during the WTO protests in Seattle. A friend and I left high-school early (there was a city-wide curfew at that time) and wandered into an anarchist bookstore where a large group of people were gathered. Someone handed me what […]

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What the Wildfire?

“The world is burning.” “The Amazon rainforest is on fire.” “We all need to go vegan.” “But Africa is on fire too.” “The lungs of the earth, everyone, the lungs of the earth!” These reactions might seem overwhelming because they are. Recent news headlines and media comments about the Amazon rainforest have been downright alarming. How […]

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The Ex-Inmate’s Question to Society: How Many More Ways Can We Apologize?

At the moment, the only experience that seems harder than serving seven years in prison is being free. Yes, you read that correctly. Make no mistake. “Gratitude” doesn’t even begin to describe how it feels to  be home, reunited with my family. I can finally eat, sleep, and bathe when I want. I don’t have […]

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