Month: January 2016

Raise the Minimum Wage!

The state of New York is the first to declare a $15 minimum wage for all state employees, and as of January 2016, workers for the City of New York can also look forward to a raised minimum wage of $15-an-hour. While this marks a victory for some, many workers nationwide struggle to earn a living wage.

Student Activists Fight Campus Racism

After weeks of protests against a culture of racism on the University of Missouri campus, and a week-long hunger strike by student Jonathan Butler, the school’s president, Tim Wolfe, resigned two days after the football team joined the protests by going on strike. Mizzou students are not alone, as students at universities across North America are calling for an end to campus racism.

Imagine Peace: Activists Call for an End to Gun Violence

Young people are the number one group impacted by gun violence, according to the Center for American Progress. Gun violence impacts people between the ages of 15 and 24 more than any other type of violence. On average, approximately 33,000 people die and 70,000 are wounded by guns every year. Many activists and organizations are working to reduce gun violence by educating the public and advocating for stricter gun control laws.

Obama Talks Testing

On December 10, 2015, President Obama released a new education policy called the Every Student Succeeds Act. The act allows each state to set their own measurements for success, instead of requiring states to use standardized testing to assess students, teachers and schools.