By: Hannah Bossert  January 29, 2023  The nine digits comprising one’s Social Security Number assist residents of the United States in obtaining employment, social benefits, identifying documents, tax credits, and more. For noncitizens, obtaining a Social Security Number creates the opportunity to access these benefits; however, not all Social Security Cards are created equal. In…

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By: Katie Stoughton January 22, 2023              “Hope u die,” was one of the tamer death threats aimed at Anita Sarkeesian in the wake of the online, targeted harassment campaign against her and multiple women in the gaming industry called #Gamergate.[1] This explicitly misogynistic and anti-feminist campaign of abuse was so severe that it led…

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By: Katelyn Buckles January 22, 2022 More than half of Native American and Native Alaskan women have reported experiencing sexual violence in their lifetime, and almost 15% of those women reported experiencing sexual violence in the year before they were polled.[1] Native women[2] in this period were 1.7 times more likely than white women to…

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By Samiksha Manjani January 6, 2023 The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (“SNAP”) (formerly known as food stamps) in the United States has historically served two goals: (1) providing low-income Americans with food and (2) encouraging the consumption of surplus food items, which supports the domestic agricultural economy.[1] These two goals are so intertwined that SNAP…

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By: Niki Iman Saleh November 3, 2022 The Supreme Court (“the Court”) will address the constitutionality of affirmative action this Fall term in the case of  Students for Fair Admissions v. President and Fellows of Harvard College (“Students for Fair Admissions”).[1] The case challenges Grutter v. Bollinger, an affirmative action case where the Court held…

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By Siena Richardson Published On: September 15, 2022             In 2012, a Texas court sentenced Willie James Smalls to forty-five years in prison.[1] This extraordinary sentence was imposed, not for a homicide or another severe violent crime, but for stealing a purse off the arm of an elderly woman.[2] Because Mr. Smalls had prior convictions,…

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By: Rolonda Donelson Published on: September 15, 2022 On June 24, 2022, at around 10:30 am, the United States Supreme Court released an opinion in one of the most controversial cases of the term: Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.[1] The Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the sole licensed abortion clinic in Mississippi, initiated the claim,…

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By: Margaret Rice Published on September 15, 2022 The burdens of the COVID-19 pandemic have highlighted and exacerbated global shortcomings such as continued gender inequities, as women worldwide have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.[1] Women make up the majority of the health care workforce worldwide,[2] and at the onset of the pandemic the majority…

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By: Adriana E. Morquecho On March 9, 2021, Representative Hakeem Jeffries introduced the Eliminating a Quantifiably Unjust Application of the Law Act of 2021 (“EQUAL Act”).[1] The EQUAL Act would eliminate the sentence disparities between cocaine offenses by repealing the amount of cocaine that triggers mandatory minimum sentencing.[2] While the House of Representatives passed the EQUAL…

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