This Is the Turning Point

Harris’ victory points to a larger social issue. Women continue to be dramatically underrepresented in high-ranking positions within politics (especially women of colour). Minority women’s political representation is dramatically lower than white women. This is because women of colour face the barriers associated with both sexism and racism working together and that remain persistent in the American polity.

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Three Presidents in One Week

The protests that happened in Peru during the week of November 9th to November 16th shocked the population, the international media, and the governing ruling elite itself. When the Peruvian people saw that Congress, a chamber who had time and again rejected efforts to pass measures that would bring an end to their suffering, had passed the vacancy measure against President Vizcarra, they snapped. They were tired of corruption, and angered by incompetence. To many, this felt like a fight they couldn’t afford to lose. 

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Alessandra Munduruku: A Symbol Hope for the Indigenous Peoples of Brazil

Above everything, the 2020 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights prize has revealed the importance of Alessandra Korap Munduruku and other Indigenous peoples’ claims and has officially marked her place as a relevant figure for human rights activism. The award may be perceived as just another step closer to the recognition of Brazilian indigenous’ rights.

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Canada’s Waterless Indigenous Communities

Many Indigenous communities across Canada do not have access to safe drinking water. Currently, there are 61 communities that remain under drinking water advisories that require people to boil water before use or to avoid consumption altogether. Moving forward, there must be more partnership and collaborative planning amongst the federal government and Indigenous communities. The Canadian government must allow Indigenous voices to be heard within processes of water governance development.

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Latin America’s Weak Democracies During the COVID-19 Pandemic

With many being asked to stay at home and unable to look for work, one would think the governments would implement relief programs to keep the economy running and support people unable to work. While many governments did offer some kind of relief money or package to their citizens, it was a very small amount, and only to those in the most precarious situations. Rather than appeal to the people’s collective conscience, many governments’ first step was to solidify military support before addressing their people, with generals behind them as they imposed new restrictions.

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A Time to Heal?

In a climate of extreme division fostered by conservatives and Republicans themselves, it would seem ironic to call for rapprochement between both parties. Ultimately, US minorities do not owe an openly racist Republican Party anything. Yet this is not the full story. The truth is that a Biden-Harris administration is far from being the progressive ticket one could think it is.

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