Distressed railroad workers protest in solidarity
The Railroad Workers United logo. (Courtesy of their website.)

Distressed railroad workers protest in solidarity

The spirit of solidarity is in the air for railroad workers all over the country in their ongoing struggle for better working conditions and paid sick leave. With resources provided to the Catalyst courtesy of Visiting Assistant Professor of English Debarati Biswas, the history, ethics…

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Biden reorders primaries as he eyes his second term
The city hall of San Francisco, California on primary election night, 2016. Photo courtesy of Flickr.

Biden reorders primaries as he eyes his second term

In early December, President Joe Biden suggested a shift in the order in which states engage in the Democratic primaries. This seemingly minor change indicates a significant realignment in the Democratic party and a defensive play from the aging President. The proposed reorganization would shift…

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Survivors of Uvalde shooting seek $27 billion in lawsuit against local police
Following the Uvalde shooting, multiple sources were quick to address the seeming inaction and lack of coordination from the various officers at the scene. Photo courtesy of Flickr.

Survivors of Uvalde shooting seek $27 billion in lawsuit against local police

Months after the shooting at Robb Elementary in Uvalde, Texas, survivors are seeking justice for their lost loved ones. A lawsuit against the 376 police officers, among other parties, who were present at the shooting hopes to bring $27 billion to the grieving plaintiffs. Students,…

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Los Angeles County on the verge of reinstating indoor mask mandates
Indoor mask mandates haven't seen widespread use in the U.S. since 2020, but LA County could soon be reverted back to precautions not used since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. Photo courtesy of Flickr.

Los Angeles County on the verge of reinstating indoor mask mandates

Throughout the duration of the coronavirus pandemic, and especially over the past year, Florida has been defined by its increasingly lax COVID-19 policies and procedures. However, as respiratory illness continues to ravage the country this flu season, Los Angeles County on the opposite end of…

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Pediatricians are lobbying Biden to declare state of emergency over a triple wave of respiratory illness
Photo of hospital beds, courtesy of Pexels.com

Pediatricians are lobbying Biden to declare state of emergency over a triple wave of respiratory illness

Pediatricians across the country are petitioning the Biden administration to declare a state of emergency over the uptick in respiratory illness for patients admitted to U.S. hospitals. This request from hospitals and doctors lobbying the Biden administration is coming off the back of a triple…

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Plasma donation companies: drawing the blood of the working poor for profit
Picture taken of the plasma donation facility waiting room. The office maintains a consistent donor volume throughout the day, with many more donors waiting in line, filling out kiosks, and drawing plasma just out of frame. Photo taken by Nickolas Steinig.

Plasma donation companies: drawing the blood of the working poor for profit

There’s a jittery and anxious energy to the air. The music is alternating between high-energy jazz and Christmas carols belted over the intercom. A groundswell of regular plasma donors are jostling between black rope lines, hastily filling out informed consent forms at one of the…

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Nancy Pelosi announces retirement from Speakership
With Pelosi stepping down from her position as Speaker of the House, the floor is now open in a way it hasn't been in many years. Photo courtesy of Caspian Rizzo.

Nancy Pelosi announces retirement from Speakership

When it became clear that the Democratic Party was no longer going to maintain their majority in the House of Representatives, the already-scrambling party was dealt another significant blow. Nancy Pelosi, who has been the Speaker of the House twice since assuming office—both times that…

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