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Youth Have the Power

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Last June, one of the teachers at my school organized a Zoom workshop in an effort to get high school students to register to vote in this year’s election. I expected the Zoom room to be overflowing with students, but only about 10 showed up. I couldn’t understand why more students didn’t care about voting […]

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Learning to Speak Up

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Names have been changed. Surviving while Black in a predominantly non-Black school is an ongoing exercise in anticipating the consequences of your actions. From the time I started high school, I frequently heard racist and other offensive language, and I made constant calculations about whether or not to challenge it. During one period, I told […]

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I Started My Own Charity

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The burning Dhaka summer sun reflected off the rearview mirror of my parents’ Toyota as I sat in the backseat with my sister. It was a typical afternoon, 100 degrees, and I could feel the sweat on my skin. I was 5 years old. The smell of gasoline attacked my nostrils as we remained stuck […]

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How Is ACS Fighting Racism?

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Gabrielle Rodriguez interviewed ACS Commissioner David Hansell on June 11, a few weeks after George Floyd’s murder sparked protests against police brutality and white supremacy around the world. Gabrielle Rodriguez: What does Black Lives Matter (BLM) mean to you? David Hansell: It starts with the work we do at ACS. I became commissioner three years […]

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