Aleeyaa Alam

Aleeyaa Alam

Opinion: We need to stop watering down MLK’s legacy

Opinion: We need to stop watering down MLK’s legacy

Every year, Dr. Martin Luther King, a civil rights activist, is commemorated for his words which inspired a chain of peaceful protests in the 1950s and early 60s that caused America to reevaluate its segregation and disenfranchisement laws, ultimately resulting in the...

Message to my next president: De-politicize my existence

Message to my next president: De-politicize my existence

Dear future president,  How much longer will my existence be a controversy? I am an immigrant's daughter. I am a girl. And my entire life, I have seen my basic, unalienable human rights become the center of debates. Whether it is over my family members being allowed...

Opinion: The legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Opinion: The legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

“Today is a sobering day for our nation because we have lost a legend. Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a true American hero who believed that the rule of law should make us all more equal,” Will Rodriguez-Kennedy, President of California Young Democrats, said in his email...

Opinion: The importance of the Academy Awards rule change

Opinion: The importance of the Academy Awards rule change

Little eight-year-old me felt like she had one purpose in life: to watch every single move made on Earth. And let me tell you, absorbing so many movies with an all-white cast really did a number to my self-esteem. I felt so ugly and alienated. None of the girls who...

Opinion: The mentality behind ‘real life superheroes’

Opinion: The mentality behind ‘real life superheroes’

Over the past few years, I've made a pretty solid brand for myself as an enormous Marvel fan. My love for superheroes — even DC ones — came from a young age. As a little girl, I always wanted to be someone important. A simple astronaut didn't cut it for me. I wanted...