Social Issues

Coaches and gymnasts demand change after sexual assault victims testify

College Park, MD – Coaches and gymnasts express their concerns and demand change in the gymnastics world after Simone Biles and other victims of gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar testified before a Senate Judiciary Committee.

Montgomery County is working to reimagine police authority in the aftermath of encounter

Silver Spring, MD – In the aftermath of a January 2020 incident involving Montgomery County police and a five-year-old Black student at East Silver Spring Elementary School, the Montgomery County Council and Board of Education has begun to take steps…

Group pushing to reopen Montgomery County Public Schools asks Governor Larry Hogan to intervene

Montgomery County, Maryland – After the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its schools reopening plan to modify physical distancing in elementary schools from six feet to three feet, Montgomery County Public Schools reopening group TogetherAgainMCPS urges Governor Larry…

The death of Sarah Everard spurs movement to stop violence against women

UK woman Sarah Everard was murdered while walking home alone at night, and it has caused an uproar on social media. The “97% statistic” is trending on many social platforms, as data was released by U.N. Women stating that 97% of women ages 18-24 in the UK have been sexually harassed, and many believe it is no different in the U.S.

University of Maryland students hold candlelight vigil to call attention to anti-Asian hate crimes

College Park, MD– When three Asian-American students at the University of Maryland heard of the Atlanta shootings, they organized a vigil. UMD President Darryll Pines attended. Organizers called on him to do more for AAPI students.

Student Organization fights to provide free feminine hygiene products on campus

College Park, MD – Get Ovary It is a student-powered organization at the University of Maryland that works to provide free feminine products to students in bathrooms across campus. After the group’s funding from the university was pulled, the Student…

Maryland Athletics launches Momentum

With a rise in professional athletes using their platforms to speak out for personal causes, many colleges are adapting. The University of Maryland has partnered with Opendorse to create a program for building their student-athletes’ brands.

Baltimore organizations work to get COVID relief money to underserved residents

Mayor Brandon Scott relaunched a $6 million emergency COVID relief program for the city.  The program begins March 1, distributing $400 debit cards to up to 15,000 households with a focus on marginalized communities.

Protesters rally against confirmation hearings for Amy Coney Barrett

Over 10,000 people marched from Freedom Plaza, the U.S. Capitol and Supreme Court buildings to speak out against President Trump’s nomination of Amy Coney Barrett and his potential reelection.

Equal Rights Amendment may be near ratification, but must overcome old deadline

WASHINGTON – The Equal Rights Amendment may be close to ratification following Democratic wins in Virginia’s House and Senate and proposed House and Senate resolutions to remove the ratification deadline. The ERA would guarantee equal constitutional rights to a person…