humanity

Humanity topics include pieces on the real lives of politicians, legislators, activists, women in politics and the everyday voter.

  • Natalia Corres
    Published 7 months ago
    Invisible Population

    Invisible Population

    I'm tired and cranky from my Labor Day catch up—reading my emails. Yet another post appeared in my feed complaining about the "Homeless" in terms that sounded very close to discussing an infestation of vermin. These are people. And sometimes their pets are with them.
  • Iria Vasquez-Paez
    Published 7 months ago
    Why I Want to Run for Mayor of Los Angeles

    Why I Want to Run for Mayor of Los Angeles

    Okay, so I’m getting the following degrees when I get stable enough to go back to school: an AA in film and television from De Anza, because I can also take online classes within the quarter system. I need to get my Foothill College transcript still because this is something I’ve been really lazy about. I also want an MFA in creative writing from UCLA, and then a law degree. After I get my law degree, I’d take the time to work for a few years. After that, I’d get my MBA from UCLA, while trying to run for mayor of Los Angeles.
  • Walter Rhein
    Published 7 months ago
    You Can Speak Spanish with Pride in the USA

    You Can Speak Spanish with Pride in the USA

    Yesterday I took my family to look at a used car. We’d found a rusted out “beater with a heater” on Craigslist which I thought could be used for picking up my children from school. After a quick test drive, I turned to consult my wife in Spanish. After a few words, I turned back to the man who was selling the car.
  • Aziz Dhaouadi
    Published 7 months ago
    On the Philosophy of Power

    On the Philosophy of Power

    Of all the quests humans have undertaken such as glory, fame, and fortune, power is the most detrimental. Throughout the ages, numerous individuals, kings, and emperors embarked on the perilous journey to acquire power. Many succeeded, and many gave up their lives trying to find this priceless jewelry. In a sense, power is the philosopher’s stone's sister. However, the most arduous part is not acquiring it, but maintaining it. Nonetheless, one ought not to think that acquiring power shall be an easy process; quite the contrary. Another difference that shall be mentioned is that power does not have a single formula to be applied to conceive it or acquire it. There are myriad approaches one can implement to obtain power, and each comes with its own pros, and cons. We will not discourse on those methods, for many others did, and shall one want to know them, one shall read the books written on such a subject. On the other hand, we will discourse on other aspects of power. As we hold forth on these aspects, we are not claiming to be the truth-bearers, instead we are merely exploring them. Some might be oblivious to these aspects by such rendering this discourse informative. Others might be familiar with them, thereby making this discourse a reminder, yet there is no better way to remember than a reminder. Our discourse will tackle three major aspects of power being; its definition, its nature and forms, and the reasons behind its irresistible charm. But before we commence, one ought to ask that if this discourse is nothing but a fascination by power’s seductive charms. Perhaps power attracts both the wise and the great alike? But, what exactly is power?
  • Melissa Yinger
    Published 7 months ago
    Immigrating to the US

    Immigrating to the US

    Do you know how long it takes to get anything done within the government? Have you ever had to wait in the social security office or at the courthouse? The amount of filing and paperwork required for these types of changes is massive, and I believe that most of them do the best they can. I researched how to apply for a visa to the United States of America, and was shocked at how much waiting and red tape there is, even by government standards. This post outlines the necessary communication, documentation, and wait expectations for applying for a visa.
  • Melanie Maure
    Published 8 months ago
    Stop Ignoring These Connections

    Stop Ignoring These Connections

    I assume he’s homeless. I assume he’s needy. I assume he’s broken.
  • Eric Durland
    Published 8 months ago
    All Bandaids and No Solutions

    All Bandaids and No Solutions

    (VLOG posted at the bottom for those who prefer to watch and listen rather than read.)
  • Eric Durland
    Published 8 months ago
    The True Leeches

    The True Leeches

    (VLOG posted at the bottom for those who prefer to watch and listen rather than read.)
  • Kendra Bennett
    Published 8 months ago
    Homelessness

    Homelessness

    I’m not a hero of any sorts, but I am in fact a dreamer for sure. One of my fondest childhood memories was sketching out blueprints for folks with no food or water to live and eat. I had it set in my mind that I was going to fast forward through life and buy out my local 99 Cent store and help those in need.
  • Amie Wall
    Published 9 months ago
    Hidden Homeless, Hidden Stories

    Hidden Homeless, Hidden Stories

    I live in Ireland, a country whose politicians proudly proclaim has one of the fastest growing economies and citizens now have more money in their pockets yet it is a country where the word 'housing' is invariably followed by the word 'crisis'. You see, the growth and improvement for businesses and our government does not measure how all the people on this island are managing and certainly not the many on the streets or on the brink, those of us living in and dying from poverty. There are over ten thousand people accessing emergency homeless services yet our housing minister does not count those sleeping rough on the streets who learned the hard way that emergency accommodation is worse than curling up in any doorway they can sleep safely in and those of us without a home of our own. I'm homeless but I don't turn up on the minister's reports because I am one of the thousands that are hidden homeless, people who cannot afford and our own place and who have been overlooked and failed by a system that casts us aside in the non priority trash can.
  • Abigail Ooten
    Published 9 months ago
    We Need to Calm Down

    We Need to Calm Down

    First, I want to say that regardless of color, gender, sexual orientation, political, or religious beliefs, everyone deserves to have their voice heard. My past experiences are based off my being a conservative female in a time when the loudest voices around me are often liberal and/or men. The people around me who are liberal and/or men have the exact same right as me to say their opinion and I generally do not feel oppressed or put down by these people.
  • Flying Ace
    Published 9 months ago
    America

    America

    America is indeed a melting pot. This concept can be seen in our everyday lives. The one thing that is most unique is the people within the United States. America wouldn't be the way it is without immigrants and without the different cultures that clash together. Through this clashing, there have been many unique and amazing food options. It has also changed many concepts such as music, family, art, etc. It is what makes each and every single one of us unique and amazing.