WASHINGTON — The Defense of Marriage Act, the law barring the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages legalized by the states, is unconstitutional, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday by a 5-4 vote. “The federal statute is invalid, for no legitimate purpose overcomes the purpose and effect to disparage and to injure those whom the State, by its marriage laws, sought to protect in personhood and dignity, Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote in the majority opinion.
Over the past week, I have visited my little sister’s A.P. English class twice to talk to them about Social Awareness. I jumped on this opportunity. It was such a wonderful way to learn about myself and to review what I have learned in the past few years. Going into the class, I felt utterly unprepared to teach for 70 minutes about social awareness. Sure, there were a lot of things I could say- but I only wanted to talk about things I felt I fully understood. That limited my talking points dramatically. And yet, once I began talking, a huge variety of questions were raised by the students- and I was able to respond to each of them! I could not believe that I was able to apply my limited knowledge of social justice to each and every question (or at least help them respond to each others questions). And thinking of things with a sociological imagination excited these students! They asked me to come back so we could resume our conversation for another 70 minutes. Maybe some of these students will be inspired enough by our dialogue to create change in their community or maybe even in the world. Based on this experience, I think we have an obligation to spread our knowledge of social awareness, no matter how miniscule we think it is. Out of gratitude for the opportunity to learn about social justice alone, we should feel a responsibility to spread our knowledge as much as possible. By sharing our knowledge, we have a better chance of effecting change throughout our global community.
“To This Day” is a spoken word poem that explores the profound and lasting impact that bullying can have on an individual.
"And if you can’t see anything beautiful about yourself get a better mirror look a little closer stare a little longer because there’s something inside you that made you keep trying despite everyone who told you to quit”
Electricity shortages — the product of decrepit power plants, corruption and policy mistakes that are decades old — have reached crisis proportions.
Frequent power outages in Pakistan – even in metropolitan areas like Islamabad, the capital – are a major problem for civilian households and public buildings. The country’s infrastructure needs a complete overhaul. Hopefully the recent national elections and a smooth transition of power will encourage the country’s leaders to usher in some much-needed change!