Volunteers at the College Student Pantry, located in Manhattan’s East Village and operated by NYU senior Anna Moritz.

Anna Moritz never felt comfortable talking to their friends about being food insecure. During their sophomore year at New York University, the 22-year-old frequently asked their friends if they could swipe them into dining halls just to get a meal for the day. At some point, Mortiz’s friends began questioning why they needed swipes.

“There’s not a way to say, “I literally have $3 in my bank account. I [could] use a meal swipe,’” Moritz said. “It got really frustrating to ask for meal swipes when my friends didn’t really understand the gravity of the situation.”

Moritz felt like their…


Mella LaFrance, 21-year-old aspiring filmmaker and volunteer at the Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space.

To advocate for the environment is to advocate for racial justice. Just ask Mella LaFrance, a 21-year-old aspiring filmmaker who spends their time as a volunteer at the Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space — located in Manhattan — curating film festivals centered on environmentalism and learning about the intersection between urban activism and social justice.

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement, this past year in particular has reignited calls for intersectional activism, especially when discussing food justice. …


For people of color, resting is a right and should always be a priority.

Graphic illustration of a bed with a cat sleeping on it, with discarded laptop, tea, and a book strewn across the room.
Graphic illustration of a bed with a cat sleeping on it, with discarded laptop, tea, and a book strewn across the room.
Graphic by Maggie Chirdo. Featuring Pinky the cat.

As a full-time college student involved in the media industry, I am always trying to complete homework assignments on time, meet article deadlines, and manage social media accounts all at once. In essence, I am always working. But it seems unjust for anyone to be asked to be productive during this pandemic — where any day, a loved one or friend might be lost to this illness. As we enter one year of living through coronavirus, I’ve realized how resting is a radical form of resistance for people of color against the backdrop of being forced to be productive.

I…

Mandie Montes

writing and cuddling with my cat 24/7 | based in nyc and la | twitter/instagram @mandiemontes

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