A few weeks ago, my friends and I were debating the legality of the increased security policies used by airports. I had never thought twice about the full body scans and luggage X-rays that I and all other passengers are subject to before we board a flight. I consider these to be necessary methods of safety, especially [...]
Are funerals for the survivors or for the dead? Are baby showers for the newborn or for the parents? Living wills are legally enforceable contracts that carry out the wishes of the deceased. In other words, they are burdens placed on those living by people who no longer exist.
POINT: Prostitution is an inherently immoral and predatory institution. COUNTERPOINT: Sex work can be freely chosen and empowering... decriminalizing prostitution is a step towards a more peaceful, inclusive society.
In the small town of Muskegon, Michigan near Lake Michigan, the people are divided…and not by which University football team they support. They differ on whether Evan Emory, a 21 year-old aspiring singer and songwriter, should pay for what he did or be let off easy. Last month, Evan Emory edited a video to make [...]
I love sit-ins. Why do I love sit-ins? Because they’re peaceful, bold and more often than not, effective. Sit-ins have a long history of success, especially in the civil rights and labor movements; this week that history was expanded. Let’s start off in Kentucky. Last Friday, fourteen members of Kentuckians for the Commonwealth — including [...]
Last night, the College Democrats held their weekly “Kick-Ass Thursday” Meeting. The event was titled “A Conversation on Apology, Reparations, and Reconciliation,” which mainly focused on the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) as it relates to U-M and human rights. Our latest issue seemed to be timed pretty well. I learned a [...]
On Wednesday, November 24th, airline passenger Jason Rockwood stripped down to his underwear in the LaGuardia security line, protesting the revealing body scanners and intrusive pat-downs airport security now uses as means to fight terrorism. The 33-year-old declared, "The American people need to stand up for their rights and dignity and say, 'I don't feel [...]
Since the June 28, 2009 military coup d'état of the Honduran government, the country has been in a state of turmoil marked by violence and suppression of media. Even with current President Porfirio Lobo’s democratic election, the government is still riddled with institutionalized rights’ violations; a rights’ watch group in Honduras cite over 1000 politically-motivated [...]