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Paid Sick Days

2019-06-19T16:46:54-04:00August 2nd, 2012|Economic inequality, TORCH|

By Megan “I was forced to ask my boss for some time off so I could take care of my sibling. When I asked for a few days of leave, my boss told me flat-out: if you go, don’t bother coming back. This was said by Ai Elo, a restaurant worker from Brooklyn, on Feministing.com. [...]

Lessons

2012-07-16T20:36:58-04:00July 16th, 2012|TORCH|

By Lucia Things happen in life, but you just have to learn from it. I think that people go through many hardships so that people can grow & make something out of it. People cry & stress over things like heartbreaks, family issues, but I think if somebody hurt you so much in your life [...]

IUD Teen Night

2019-06-19T16:46:54-04:00June 15th, 2012|Reproductive rights, TORCH|

Below are two Peer Leader’s’ posts about TORCH Teen Night with special a focus on the IUD! The event took place on April 19th: After planning for various days at Torch, the IUD teen night event was a success. Even though we expected more people than the people who attended, we got the purpose across [...]

AIDS Walk

2019-06-19T16:46:54-04:00May 30th, 2012|TORCH|

By Elijah AIDS is a serious epidemic that is greatly affecting our world today. It has killed millions of people, destroyed economies, and decreased life expectancies for many of the world's population. I felt really good about doing the AIDS walk because I helped raise awareness and research for the disease.

Nothing Lasts Forever

2012-05-30T14:42:33-04:00May 30th, 2012|Poetry, TORCH|

By Noor Tis better to have loved and lost Than never love at all Hoping that the moments will stay, Never fade away But though nothing is forever Hoping it gets better To the people you meet from the battles you won By the time you know itll be over and already done We'll wish [...]

Love has no face

2019-06-19T16:46:54-04:00May 4th, 2012|Poetry, TORCH|

By Anonymous Someone help me, I can’t see, I’m blind to what is clear and what is not supposed to be. To see me ever leaving by holding what’s inside The pain goes through my head and it’s ruining my mind Lust is not Love and Love is not Lust The way love is like [...]

Child Brides

2019-06-19T16:46:55-04:00May 3rd, 2012|Sex, Sexual violence, Teen pregnancy, TORCH, Women's rights|

By Amy There was a very recent article on Yahoo about child brides and the first legal annulment that took place in India for an 18-year old female, Laxmi Sargara. She was wedded to her potential groom when she was one because her parents relied on financial support from the groom’s family. For her to [...]

Lobby Day

2019-06-19T16:46:55-04:00April 25th, 2012|Empowerment, Reproductive rights, TORCH|

By Theresa Last week on Tuesday April, 17, I went up to Albany with other TORCH Peer Leaders to lobby for reproductive rights. It was my first time lobbying in Albany and meeting with pro-choice elected officials. Our goal was to get these elected officials to support the passage of the Reproductive Health Act. The [...]

Gay Blood

2019-06-19T16:46:55-04:00April 24th, 2012|Civil rights, TORCH, Uncategorized|

By Morgan Every year since my sixteenth birthday, I have donated blood at my school’s annual blood drive. Each time I donate blood, I have to fill out an extensive questionnaire which requires donors to divulge personal information about their sex lives- their gay male sex lives, in particular. It is made very clear by [...]

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