Power of One iconPower of One
Brianna Fenske


It seems like every 5 minutes there’s new news. So many crazy things are happening globally, and all because of a single unseen virus: COVID-19. But one thing has been made very clear by this pandemic, and it is that equity is a necessity when developing systems and societies. Here is a list that outlines the major issues that have been exacerbated by the coronavirus.

Art in Action iconArt in Action
Matthew Taylor Paquette


Unexpected

When we smile, we are hiding our struggles.
We are drowning out the sorrows of our lives.
Why can’t people understand the struggles that are in our eyes.
They when we speak out our struggles there is disbelief,
When we find that person who cares
there is still no relief.

Power of One iconPower of One
Zahara Muhammed


Becoming homeless is a transition, kind of like any move between different homes. You have to pick up all of your belongings, and move away from your friends, family, coworkers, and classmates. Your familiar scenery, streets, shops, and schools. The difference when you become homeless is that it’s an open transition — you don’t know where you’re going, and the possibilities are endless. There is usually something positive about moving, but there’s always something terrible underlying moving from a home to the streets.

Pay it Forward icon 1Pay It Forward
Ezra Alem


In my experience, simple things like subtle gestures and the offhand efforts people make are more revealing of a person’s trustworthiness than lofty promises and grand gestures. Representative Eric Pettigrew’s actions as a legislator show his genuine care through his everyday actions. He also showed his commitment to transforming systems throughout his career by sponsoring legislation that addressed housing access, income inequality, education, and race equity.

System reform iconSystem Reform
Alyssa Downing


Alyssa Downing.adjAt the time of writing, the United States is in the middle of a global pandemic, and Washington state was ground zero. The first confirmed case in the U.S. was a 35 year-old man from Snohomish County in January. In only a few months after that first case, the U.S. has had over 1.3M confirmed cases, and over 80,000 deaths.

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