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Illustration by Kellyn Taylor.

Activism isn’t skin-deep

By Bryan Liu, Assistant Opinion Editor
Published September 13, 2023

I am sitting with the wettest elbows.  My forearms are slick with water from this morning when I was bent over the sink, washing my face. They will...

Tuition hike.

Student union members react to four percent tuition increase

By Bailey Allen, Former news editor
Published April 19, 2023

Emerson College is set to increase the undergraduate costs of attendance by four percent for the 2023-24 academic year, prompting negative reactions from...

Hundreds gathered on the steps of Trinity Church to protest in support of the Palestinian cause.

Boston supporters of Palestinian cause rally in Copley Square

By Olivia LeDuc, News Editor
Published April 12, 2023

Over 100 pro-Palestinian demonstrators, including Boston-area students and organizers, protested in Copley Square on Sunday, condemning an uptick in Israeli...

Protester holding signs at the D.C. rally.

‘Does the promise of this country include children being gunned down?’: Gun violence protesters march in D.C.

By Meg Richards, Opinion Editor
Published March 29, 2023

Activists against gun violence gathered on the National Mall, just yards in front of Capitol Hill on Friday, a day after the parents of a Parkland shooting...

David Hogg addressing protesters in the Boston Common.

Activist David Hogg organizes gun regulation rally on Boston Common

By Maddie Barron, Opinion Co-Editor, Magazine Editor
Published March 29, 2023

Dozens of local Boston students met at the Boston Common Parkman Bandstand with March for Our Lives in support of gun regulation on Saturday. The group...

Around 200 people mobilize outside of the Chase Bank in Downtown Crossing to protest major banks funding fossil fuel companies.

‘Stop Dirty Banks’: hundreds of senior citizens rally downtown to protest major banks funding fossil fuels

By Sabrina Lam, Staff Writer
Published March 29, 2023

More than 200 Boston residents, including many senior citizens, rallied on the streets of Downtown Crossing last Tuesday, ardently protesting Chase Bank,...

Protestors sitting outside of the State House.

‘I have no place to go’: Demonstrators push for rent control legislation at State House

By Maddie Barron, Opinion Co-Editor, Magazine Editor
Published February 1, 2023

Residents from across Massachusetts met in front of the State House on Saturday to show support for proposed legislation that would allow cities the option...

Photo by Shannon Garrido

Beyond protests—ways to get involved in social movements

By Ana Sophia Garcia-Cubas Assemat, Beacon Correspondent
Published October 12, 2022

We all know how it goes. Something bad happens (again). A shooting. A hurricane. A new way to restrict reproductive rights. We get filled with that...

Protester Saleh Riahi holds up a sign calling for the world to take action and support Iran.

Hundreds gather at State House to show support for Iranian uprisings

By Chloe Els, Staff Writer
Published October 4, 2022

Last Saturday, hundreds of people came together at the foot of the Massachusetts State House along the jagged line of the Freedom Trail to protest for...

Trans flag waving in front of Boston Children’s Hospital.

Anti-trans protesters met with counter-protesters at Boston Children’s Hospital

By Maddie Barron and Chloe Els
Published September 21, 2022

Dozens of counter-protesters gathered outside of the Boston Children’s Hospital Sunday in response to the highly controversial visit of Canada-native...

image of students protesting in 2B alleyway

‘This is not an isolated concern’: 2B Alley sees tuition increase protest

By Abigail Lee, Magazine Editor
Published April 3, 2022

Dozens of Emerson students gathered in the 2 Boylston Place alleyway on Friday afternoon to protest the upcoming 2 percent tuition increase. In response...

Pro-Ukraine demonstrators at the Massachusetts State House on Thursday

Protestors at State House condemn Ukraine invasion

By Adri Pray, Editor-at-large
Published February 25, 2022

A throng of people donned in blue and yellow gathered at the steps of the Massachusetts State House on Thursday, protesting the invasion of Ukraine launched...

Thousands rallied in Boston for abortion rights.

Emerson students rally together at Boston Women’s March

By Bailey Allen, Abigail Lee and Hannah Nguyen
Published October 9, 2021

Thousands of people––college students and Boston residents alike––rallied at Franklin Park Playstead in Dorchester on Oct. 2, protesting the Supreme...

The unwavering patriarchy in India is deeply rooted in the history of the country, and it starts with the Indian family dynamic. The husband and father is the head of a household, making sons the desired offspring, while daughters can be seen as a burden..

New legislation in India causes farmer protests over corporate privatization

By Mariyam Quaisar, Managing Editor
Published February 10, 2021

Since Aug. 2020, farmers in India are protesting new laws passed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi that significantly lessen government regulation around...

Boarding on the Paramount theatre.

Emerson to house staff member on campus as part of election day precautions

By Maximo Aguilar Lawlor, Multimedia Managing Editor
Published November 3, 2020

Additional college staff members may stay in the Colonial Building this week to provide support to residential staff in the event civil unrest follows...

Protesters carry a banner that read Justice for Breonna Taylor on Friday.

Protesters marched to Boston City Hall over Breonna Taylor case

By Andrew Brinker and Diti Kohli
Published September 26, 2020

Thousands of protesters flooded the streets of Boston Friday evening to demand justice for Breonna Taylor, the 26-year-old Louisville woman fatally shot...

Protesters and counter protesters exchanged shouted insults from across the street.

Protesters square off in front of State House

By Parker Purifoy and Abigail Hadfield
Published June 27, 2020

Beacon Street became a no man's land between two conflicting rallies on Saturday, separated by metal barriers and rows of police. On one side, a local...

Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh speaking at a press conference on June 1, 2020.

City officials praise peaceful protests and denounce violence

By Diana Bravo, Copyeditor/Photographer
Published June 1, 2020

Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh thanked protesters who remained peaceful during Sunday’s Black Lives Matter protest during a press conference Monday and...

Photo credit: Rachel Culver

Boston residents reject impeachment outcome in front of State House

By Tomas Gonzalez, Staff Writer/Photographer
Published February 6, 2020

On a chilly and historic Wednesday night, hundreds of demonstrators turned out to the Boston Common to call out what they saw as the mishandling of the...

Senior Frances Hui leads dozens through Boston in a pro-Hong Kong march on Saturday. Rachel Lo / Beacon Staff

Senior organizes pro-Hong Kong protest

By Diana Bravo, Copyeditor/Photographer
Published October 13, 2019

Editor’s Note: Frances Hui serves as The Beacon’s assistant opinion editor for the fall 2019 semester. Senior Frances Hui walked through Downtown...

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