Wed, 19 Jun 2019

Articles Posted by the Author: Aida Chavez

  • Transgender Discrimination, Depression, Identity and Resilience


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    According to The National Transgender Discrimination Survey by the National Center for Transgender Equality and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, within the 119 respondents from Arizona, 47 percent reported attempting suicide at some point in their life.

    The rates of depression and suicide in transgender youth are staggering compared to the rest of the population.

    A number of factors intertwine to make mental illness, specifically depression, almost a norm within the transgender community.

    Vern Harner, Arizona State University graduate student and research assistant focusing on LGBT issues, initially became aware of the

  • Thousands March Around the Globe for Climate Action – 200 Arrested in France

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    The Global Climate March this year has resulted in hundreds of thousands activists marching in over 2000 events around the world, but a protest in Paris was disrupted by clashes between the protesters and riot police Sunday.

    Demonstrators gathered in the Place de la Republique and police fired tear gas at the group. The small group was apparently protesting against France’s state of emergency, as an order banning public gatherings was implemented following the November 13 attacks in the city. Some participants of the group were masked.

    24 activists were placed under house arrest by French

  • Anonymous to Name Prominent KKK Members

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    Hacktivist group Anonymous appeared to have published dozens of email addresses and phone numbers allegedly belonging to members of the Ku Klux Klan late Sunday, in an attempt to out U.S. senators and mayors as members.

    However, the information dump known as #OpKKK/#HoodsOff, was almost instantaneously met with public denials by politicians and a twitter account not affiliated with Anonymous came forward taking responsibility for the dump.

    The twitter account that released the data wrongfully accusing government officials of being members of the KKK was @sgtbilko420 (“Amped Attacks”), who proceeded to tweet that the act was

  • Failed Twitter Protest Ignites Conversation on Race

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    A small group on Twitter interrupted the near unanimous excitement over the new Star Wars trailer with the hashtag #BoycottStarWarsVII around midday Monday, expressing anger over the casting of several people of color but particularly black actor John Boyega.

    What initially began as a handful of users accusing the film of “promoting white genocide” quickly developed into a series of tweets both condemning the racism and praising the diverse cast.

    Users @genophilia (“End Cultural Marxism”) and @DarklyEnlighten (“Lord Humungus”) contributed to the early eruption of tweets and once the hashtag began trending it snowballed into hundreds