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Kwanzaa: A tradition in empowerment serves as alternative holiday

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For African Americans, or people of African descent who have been living in the United States since enslavement, the celebration of Kwanzaa starts on December 26 and ends New Year’s Day.

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The Grinch who stole America

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Much like the fabled thief who enjoyed snatching joy and kindness from the world, Donald Trump attempts to snatch good tidings out of the holiday season. Let’s take it back.

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Rape

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An educator writes about dealing with molestation and rape as a child and teen against the backdrop of the #Meetoo movement, as well as, the Bill Cosby sexual assault trial and Senate Judiciary hearings on the appointment of Bret Kavanaugh as a Supreme Court Justice.

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Town hall tackles sexual assault featuring NYC Commissioners

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Ark Republic partners with women-lead companies for a town hall to discuss the prevalent issues around sexual assault and harassment.

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Día de los Muertos, a Latin American tradition making death a colorful holiday

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    Mission San Luis Rey, CA - 28 October 2018: Older woman with sugar skull (Catrina) makeup at Day of the Dead celebration (Dia de los Muertos)
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In the 1970s, Chicano activists brought Mexican traditions honoring the dead to the United States. Decades later, skeletons and cemetery celebrations are the norm in some cities.

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Puerto Rico: Nearly a year after Hurricane Maria | Panel Discussion

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In Ark Republic’s culminating event for our first, major collaborative project, “The Hurricane Trifecta: One Year Later,” a panel discussion exploring post-Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, shows on one hand, gross government neglect, while on the other, creative and effective grassroots and community organizing.

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Reports of local police using military equipment and tactics during hurricanes draw concern

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Military tactics and military equipment have become a normal part of emergency efforts by local police in times of crises and disaster. The lines between law enforcement and national defense continue to blur.

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Beyond the Hurricanes: The quest to grant US territories statehood

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To be or not to be a state? After the 2017 hurricanes, the question of statehood for US territories, Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands, have different perspectives.

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Island of continued enchantment: Puerto Rico’s rise from the ashes of Hurricane Maria

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Mother Nature has a habit if throwing hard blows and sucker punches at unsuspecting countries. The summer of 2017 was a prime example, as it was not one, but three hurricanes that ravaged the Caribbean and the southern United States.

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Banking on tragedy: How foreign corporations make a profit from natural disasters

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The privatization of services has become a lucrative outcome for disaster capitalism. In recent years, hurricanes were no exception.

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