Local non-profit easing culture shock for East African immigrants

Moving to another country is not easy – the culture shock, the anxiety, and the sense of isolation is hard to cope with. For East African immigrants and refugees, this change is especially challenging due to the vast culture differences they experience. Luckily, refugee resettlement non-profits like Horn of Africa Services (HOAS), have begun popping up in the greater Seattle area within the recent decades. … Continue reading Local non-profit easing culture shock for East African immigrants

Donald Trump caught building shelters in Mexico and supporters are outraged

Trump supporters were enraged last week when the Internet exploded over never-before-seen footage of the GOP candidate building homeless shelters in Mexico. The 30-second video, which was filmed in January 2016, depicts Trump constructing temporary housing settlements in the provincial town of Edzná, Campeche. About 15 seconds into the video, he turns to the camera and says, “I just want these people to be happy. … Continue reading Donald Trump caught building shelters in Mexico and supporters are outraged

Voters Guide to the 2016 Washington State Presidential Primary

For many seniors at MIHS, the 2016 Presidential Primary is the first big election in which they will be able to participate. Although they may not realize it, their voices really do count; as mentioned in a previous Islander article, millennials make up more than a third of eligible voters. However, in recent years, voter turnout has not been too impressive; at a mere 15.9%, … Continue reading Voters Guide to the 2016 Washington State Presidential Primary

Understanding youth homelessness: why and how it becomes your reality

When people think of the homeless, certain stereotypes come to mind. Some of us see the crazy old man on the corner of 5th and Pike, while others maybe see the glassy-eyed stoner in front of the downtown Bartell’s Drugs. Almost all of us picture the outcasts, the druggies and the crackpots, drifting aimlessly around the “sketchy” part of Seattle. When we imagine the homeless, we … Continue reading Understanding youth homelessness: why and how it becomes your reality

Citizens United ruling: why it’s not just the Supreme Court’s fault

Despite six years of trying, lawmakers on Capitol Hill have yet pass a constitutional amendment overturning the controversial Citizens United v Federal Election Committee decision. Back in 2010, a five to four majority of the Supreme Court established that corporations and unions were guaranteed the rights outlined in the First Amendment. The Court could not be allowed to limit a company’s independent campaign expenditures, which … Continue reading Citizens United ruling: why it’s not just the Supreme Court’s fault