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The Dominican Republics border wall cements what we knew: its immigration policies are xenophobic

The Dominican Republic’s border wall cements what we knew: its immigration policies are xenophobic

By Shannon Garrido, Multimedia Managing Editor
February 24, 2022

As of this year, spike, metal, and concrete will occupy the Dominican-Haitian border, as a wall is currently being constructed where the countries meet. Elon Musk-enthusiast and President of the Dominican...

President Biden needs to understand that identity politics is not enough

President Biden needs to understand that identity politics is not enough

By Justin Chen, Podcast Host
February 3, 2022

Justice Stephen Breyer announced his retirement on Jan. 27, 2022. In a letter addressed to President Biden, Breyer says that he will retire during the summer reset, which usually takes place between...

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson

Boris strikes again—but his apology won’t get him far

By Frankie Rowley, Content Managing Editor
February 3, 2022

“Everyone has made personal sacrifices, some the most profound, having been unable to see loved ones in their last moments or care for vulnerable family and friends,” writes Susan Gray in her report...

Haiti current climate is not for you to dismiss

Haiti current climate is not for you to dismiss

By Shannon A Garrido
September 10, 2021

It seems like with everything happening in Haiti, the media has been searching for single incidents that could explain away the nation's current climate. On Wednesday, July 7, former Haitian President...

Students marched through downtown Boston to protest gun laws and advocate for change. Photo: Daniel Peden/The Berkeley Beacon

The Other American Epidemic: Gun Violence

By Editorial Board
April 22, 2021

TW: This editorial contains mentions of gun violence, homicide, and suicide.  Since the pandemic began, the U.S. has shifted much of its attention to improving public health. Despite this, an epidemic...

The first amendment protects citizens against criminal and civil sanctions, but it doesn’t protect government officials against impeachment and conviction.

Trump should have been convicted. Here’s why.

By Shannon Garrido, Multimedia Managing Editor
February 24, 2021

Most of us can agree that the Senate’s vote on Feb. 13 to acquit Trump of inciting the Jan. 6 Capital attack was more than disappointing. Not just because we want to put ‘Trump talk’ to rest, but...

Why you should care about Trumps second impeachment

Why you should care about Trump’s second impeachment

By Shannon Garrido, Multimedia Managing Editor
February 10, 2021

It’s been one month since the House of Representatives introduced articles of impeachment against former President Donald J. Trump for incitement of insurrection. The argument against him? The role he...

During his 2008 presidential campaign, Giuliani told voters that he is responsible for the decline of the New York City crime rate. Studies have failed to link the tactics of the Giuliani administration to this large decrease in crime rates.

How good is Rudy Giuliani at establishing law and order?

By Shannon Garrido, Multimedia Managing Editor
February 6, 2021

In February of last year, the president of the Dominican Republic, Luis Abinader, hired Rudy Giuliani as a consultant for national security services. Today, the former New York City mayor is being sued...

Calling for unity in America—to once again use the trite politics-as-a-sport metaphor—is like calling for peace in the middle of a football game. It isn’t going to happen.

Unity in America is a far-off dream

By Jacob Seitz, Staff Writer
February 3, 2021

On Jan. 20, President Joseph R. Biden Jr. stood in front of the Capitol Building and gave his inaugural address. His words had a resounding theme, one that I wasn’t surprised by but was still startled...

President M. Lee Pelton responds to community unrest following COVID-19 pandemic.

President Pelton condemns capitol siege in letter

By Frankie Rowley, Content Managing Editor
January 6, 2021

President M. Lee Pelton condemned Wednesday’s siege of the United States Capitol building, a last-ditch effort by Trump loyalists to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.  “On...

Shawna Konieczny is a junior IDIP major from Medford, Wisconsin.

Why I am one of the voters that helped Wisconsin go blue

By Shawna Konieczny, Staff Writer
November 10, 2020

Four years ago, I had just turned seventeen. I was balancing the stress of school at Medford Area Senior High in Wisconsin, a social life, and the mental toll from losing three grandfathers within the...

I have learned that as a white person, it is my responsibility to have these discussions no matter how uncomfortable they may feel.

Difficult conversations are one step toward racial equity

By Sophia Speciale
July 24, 2020

Sophia Speciale is a rising senior studying visual and media arts. Like many young couples these days, my ex-boyfriend and I met on the dating app Bumble. We connected quickly while text messaging and...

Letter: Students respond to Person of Color Column: I am from Hong Kong, not China

Letter: Students respond to “Person of Color Column: I am from Hong Kong, not China”

By Xinyan Fu , Jiachen Liu, and Xinyi Tu
April 24, 2019

To the Editor: Re “Person of Color Column: I am from Hong Kong, not China” (Column, April 21) The Living Arts Section recently published a Person of Color column about students from Hong Kong,...

Frances Hui - Graphic by Ally Rzesa / Beacon Staff

Person of Color Column: I am from Hong Kong, not China

By Frances Hui
April 21, 2019

I am from a city owned by a country that I don’t belong to. Britain colonized Hong Kong as a consequence of the Opium War in 1842. While China gave up part of Hong Kong permanently to Britain—the...

Op-ed: Backing the government’s action to end shutdowns forever

Op-ed: Backing the government’s action to end shutdowns forever

By Diti Kohli, Print Designer
February 12, 2019

The longest partial government shutdown in United States history came to an end on Jan. 25, but not without introducing the threat of a second shutdown. Thankfully, after a 35-day period of scathing partisan...

Junior Caroline King is the advocacy director for Generation Citizen: Emerson College.
Abby Noyes / Beacon Staff

Generation Citizen mobilizes high schoolers

By Ian Sloan
October 18, 2018

The organization Generation Citizen: Emerson College uses the energy of recent civic actions like March For Our Lives to teach energized students of Charlestown High School about their government and...

Sophomore Alexa Bodner points to Swing Left Emersons flyer. Bodner is the fundraising coordinator for Swing Left. Cullen Granzen/Beacon Staff

Swing Left Emerson leads change to flip the House

By Cassandre Coyer
September 27, 2018

After seeing Hillary Clinton tweet about the Swing Left fellowship program, senior Allison Mitchell aimed to inspire Emerson students by bringing the program to campus for the November midterm elections. Swing...

Sophomore David Fadul reached out to the politicians and planned the forum. Photo courtesy of David Fadul.

Emerson lends a stage to local politics

By Stefania Lugli
April 2, 2018

Emerson will host two town hall-style forums on April 2 and April 3 with two candidates running to represent Massachusetts’ seventh congressional district. Titled “Engage in Your Democracy,”...

It’s not that international students don’t know anything about U.S. politics—but that we are still learning. Photo Illustration by Cassandra Martinez / Beacon Staff

Asking is best policy for international students

By Ziqi Wang
March 29, 2018

When talking with my Emerson friends, I dread the inevitable moment when U.S. politics come up in conversation, because I know I will have nothing to say. As an international student, I am not very familiar...

States of the Union is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and the Emerson College Bookstore. Photo: Courtesy of Michaela Papa.

Alumni anthology records election impressions

By Ally Rzesa
February 8, 2018

People processed the 2016 election differently—some took selfies with cardboard cut-outs of Donald Trump, while others took to the streets chanting, “Not my President.” Michaela Papa ‘15 gathered...

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