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January 21, 2018

On his profile on the billionBricks website, Prasoon Kumar’s awards span eleven rows and three columns. They range from First Prize for a Sustainable Housing Competition in 2003 to a Social Innovation Award in 2017. His listed resume includes esteemed positions from al...

January 4, 2018

In 2017, millions attended women’s marches all over the world, countless others stood against sexual assault in the #MeToo movement, and members of The Active Citizen strived towards building a better world. While it’s no secret that the year came with major setbacks f...

December 17, 2017

Racism pervades everyday society in increasingly covert ways. One of the most common and infuriating examples of this is microaggressions. Whether intentional or unintentional, this body of racism includes actions, scenarios, or comments that imply negative or derogato...

December 3, 2017

Recently, our president surprised many when he invited Rodrigo Duterte, president of the Philippines, to the White House. Duterte, who had called President Obama various slurs, had never been invited before and with good reason. Since taking power last year, he has exe...

September 3, 2017

Andrea came to America from Peru when she was 11 years old. She now serves in the US Air Force. Javier came to America from Mexico when he was 5 years old. He now is the CEO of a technology investment fund. Saba came to America from Pakistan when she was 11 years old....

August 17, 2017

While we usually focus on NYC, The Active Citizen also thinks globally. This week, it was alarming and saddening to read that the Great Barrier Reef has suffered another year of severe coral bleaching. After a devastating amount of bleaching in 2016, scientists are wor...

August 13, 2017

With Congress trying and failing to repeal Obamacare, this summer has seen the issue of healthcare thrust into the spotlight. Healthcare is a broad-reaching issue as all Americans require some form of healthcare, from periodic check-ups to emergency services. Debates a...

April 12, 2017

Anyone who has ever struggled with poverty knows how extremely expensive it is to be poor.
-James Baldwin

When thinking about poverty many people are critical of the short-term decisions that poor people make. People may question nutritional, financial, and job choices...

April 3, 2017

From our beginnings, activism has been a central theme in American history. When we have been dissatisfied with our situation, our treatment, or our leaders, we have taken a stand and made our voices heard. The Boston Tea Party clearly showed American frustration with...

March 10, 2017

New York has every type of food you can imagine: burritos, dim sum, salads, burgers, pasta, bagels, and a million other options. As a young professional, it can be tough to find time to cook healthy food at home rather than grabbing something on the go. However, for ma...

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