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Watching Selma

Selma was one of the most powerful and moving films I have seen in my entire life.

Civil rights, TORCH|

Why I Work at TORCH

By Elijah

At the beginning of ninth grade, I started working with the Teen Outreach Reproductive CHallenge (TORCH) program in New York City, and I continue to work with the organization to this day. TORCH is a youth focused program designed to educate teens on sexual and reproductive health rights in New York City. Yes, I, […]

Empowerment|

Yes Only Means Yes

By Inès

There’s such a blur when it comes to saying “No”. For some reason there’s always some type of speculation when it comes to the word. Questions like, “did you mean it?”, “are you joking?”, and “what’s the reason?” arise. This simple two letter word is unclear. So what can we do to ensure one […]

The Politics of Birth

By Inès

Can you imagine a panel full of brilliant, beautiful, strong women sharing knowledge about political issues that no one else wants to talk about? Well that’s what went down at the Politics of Birth event. A friend and I, along with the TORCH staff and some other great people, enjoyed listening to the perspectives […]

A Human’s Worth

By Megan

There are so many things wrong with this yet people post it all over social media, giving it appraisal as if the message it’s displaying is okay. Some do this without understanding that there is an underlying meaning to this message. As women, we shouldn’t have to “work” to be respected. As HUMANS, we […]

Gender identity, TORCH|

Self-love

By Anonymous

“Self-love is often a seed planted by others, but has to be manifested by you.”

Most people believe that self-love, confidence and appreciate comes solely from yourself. But in the instance that you cannot take any more and you’re standing on a bridge ready to have the tides from the river take your breath away; […]

Empowerment, TORCH|

After Tiller

By Teona

There is a secret war going on. Now I could be exaggerating, but truthfully this issue is highly controversial. This war is not a particularly violent war, but violence has been woven deep within the issue. Words are being used as weapons, along with picket signs and hours of protests. I watched the documentary called “After Tiller” last week. Basically, a late-term abortion provider named George Tiller was shot dead in his church. Tiller has faced many death threats and has been targeted multiple times at his office. With Tiller gone there are only four late term abortion providers left in the country and they all face violence and the possibility of being murdered. The movie made me think about why people feel the need to take action in preventing abortion, whether it is violent or not. What makes people think that it’s okay to prevent someone from making a choice? […]

Having Faith

By Kaitlyn

As Eric Hoffer said, “Someone who always thinks the world is cheating him is right. He’s missing that wonderful feeling of having trust in someone or something.” Everybody has their own types of skepticism, but to allow that to get in the way of your happiness … is it worth it? It’s good to […]

Dreams, TORCH|

A Righteous Fight

By Shahriar

This was my first time going to Lobby Day in Albany, New York State’s Capitol. I was very nervous at first, but once I got onto the bus, I knew it was going to be alright because that feeling of optimism was everywhere. Once we got to Albany, the Capitol was crowded with other activists that came for different movements. We came to fight for the Women’s Equality Agenda. The sight of seeing other people coming for a righteous cause amazed me because the causes we are fighting for affect us all in every way. It’s 2013, yet we are still struggling to fight for women rights — isn’t that absurd? […]

Women’s Equality

By Zeeva

I am a feminist. Women are powerful, women are immovable, and women are strong. Why doesn’t the government recognize this? Inequality continues to persist in the United States and is considered a normal part of American living. It needs to be put to a stop.
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