Few stories have dominated the headlines of 2020: COVID-19 and the protests driven by the Black Lives Matter movement. The streets of this country are either plagued by the virus or filled to the brim with eager protesters. As the most prominent news stories continue to span months of time, they continue to coexist in the same environment.

On June 18, the Supreme Court rejected the Trump administration’s attempt to dismantle the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program protecting undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children, which has given a reprieve to nearly 650,000 recipients known as “dreamers.”

Iowa State University is a space-grant research institution, which provides opportunities of research experience for students who are interested. If a student is part of the Honors Program, they have the option to be paired with a faculty mentor to conduct research in the second semester of their freshman year through the First Year Mentor Program. Research is so abundant on campus that it is easily accessible to students, even eager freshmen. 

For the past few weeks, there have been more and more calls to tear down statues and monuments of Confederate leaders from the Civil War. Here is a list of all the monuments taken down — or that are about to be taken down — so far. 

As thousands of protesters across the country have gathered to demand justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and other Black people killed by police, calls to defund the police have gained momentum. In the past two weeks, it has gained unprecedented support and sparked topics of police reform to Congress. 

President Trump received harsh criticism after scheduling his first rally in months for June 19th (or Juneteenth) in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The time and place of his rally are important since Juneteenth is celebrated as the formal end to slavery in the U.S. and Tulsa is the site of several extremely violent and deadly riots against people of color in 1921. Claiming he was unaware of the significance of Juneteenth, Trump postponed the rally to the following day. Both the scheduling of this rall…

The history behind prison work has never been an altruistic one. It was about making profit off of incarcerated people —the majority being Black back in the day — without paying them any money for the labor. The 13th Amendment abolished slavery, but it did not do so for incarcerated people.

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