Help the November election go smoothly in KC with early voting, poll work volunteering

By Emily Park

The presidential election is now less than a month away, and local election boards across the United States are preparing to make assignments for the polls. 

In the months leading up to the election, experts have warned that COVID-19 could cause a deep shortage of volunteers to work the polls. A shortage of election workers forces counties to limit the number of available poll locations, and would likely cause longer lines at the polls for the Nov. 3 election day — which is already projected to have a record turnout.

This election is an important one. It’s not just about deciding whether Donald Trump or Joe Biden will be the US president for the next four years, or which senators and representatives will form the US Congress, or even which officials will take up state office. 

The election on Nov. 3 is about the future of not only our country but the world too. It’s about equality—for women, for people of all races and backgrounds, for the LGBTQ+ community,— it’s about the environment, the economy, the US response to COVID-19, and much, much more. So this is an election we especially want to see run smoothly, and there’s plenty you can do to help.

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It’s ok to be sad and scared about the passing of RBG, but don’t forget to fight for her legacy

By Emily Park
Illustrations by Katelyn Betz

A few days ago I was sitting in my boyfriend’s kitchen, happily chatting about our day and plans for the weekend as he made dinner, when my phone buzzed. 

I picked it up and froze as I read the words in the headline from my news app notification: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies at 87.

I don’t remember exactly what I said next, but I remember exclaiming very loudly and distressed that we—as in the United States, women, the LGBTQ+ community, people of color—were absolutely, 100 percent screwed. 

Then I proceeded to have a spiraling meltdown—trust me, my boyfriend can confirm—for the rest of the evening as I downed half a bottle of premade-Bahama Mamas and my mind ran through every horrifying scenario that the death of this national treasure could cause. 

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It’s International Female Orgasm Day, and 40% of straight women still aren’t orgasming

By Kelcie McKenney

Have you heard about the Orgasm Gap?

Forty percent of straight women don’t reach orgasm during sex, while 95 percent of straight men reach orgasm in every sexual encounter. As if dealing with the glass ceiling wasn’t enough, women in heterosexual relationships aren’t coming enough. And everyone deserves a big orgasm these days.

In honor of today’s International Female Orgasm Day, PornHub is giving men a taste of the Orgasm Gap. All of today, Pornhub is interrupting videos most popular with straight men at the 40 percent mark with a quick video about how women in hetero relationships aren’t getting the pleasure they deserve.

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White People: Let’s Stop Cherry-Picking MLK’s Words and Instead Listen to What We Need to Do for Change

By Meg Pawley

If you take a look around the Twin Cities today, you might mistake it for the year 1967. As a reaction to the repeated, state-sanctioned execution of black men and women that continues in the US today, an uprising has begun. What began as peaceful protests in 1967 became bona fide race riots all over the country. When discussing the riots, Dr. King said:

“Riot is the language of the unheard, and what is it that has America failed to hear? It has failed to hear that the promises of freedom and justice have not been met. And it has failed to hear that large segments of White society are more concerned about tranquility and the status quo than about justice, equality, and humanity.”

Those words are still relevant today, as the peaceful protests in Minneapolis and Saint Paul have also ended in riots. Engagingly, in the wake of the murder of George Floyd, I have seen far more white people criticize the riots than the senseless act itself. Most of them accompany their (unwarranted) opinion with one quote or another from Dr. King that, taken wildly out of context, seems to only promote peace and love. 

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Black communities paved the way for Asian-American communities. Here’s how Asian-Americans can support #BlackLivesMatter

By Ishani Doshi

I want to share these resources for other Asian Americans to help understand how importantly Allyship is for People of Color. If your family immigrated after 1965, you are here because of the Civil Rights Movement and the passing of the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act. Asian American communities exist because Black communities in America paved the way for us, and made it possible for us to seek a better life for our families. We need to do our part both within our own communities and externally to ensure we are part of the solution and not the problem of racial injustice.

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