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The MacArthur Research Network on Youth and Participatory Politics (YPP) formed out of recognition that youth are critical to the future of democracy and that the digital age is introducing technological changes that are impacting how youth develop into informed, engaged, and effective actors.

  • The Dispatch: Mass Shootings, 8chan & India vs. Pakistan

    by Chaz H

    Too scared to step outside these days? You’re not alone. Let Malachi comfort you with hot takes live from the YR Media Nuclear Bunker.
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  • 3TEETH’s New Album, ‘METAWAR,’ Is a Masterpiece You Don’t Want to Miss

    by Yared Gebru

    The LA-based industrial metal band 3TEETH rose to prominence after they opened for the band Tool during their 2016 tour. “METAWAR” is their third album to date, following a self-titled debut in 2014 and a 2017 album titled “<shutdown.exe>.”

    3TEETH frontman Alexis Mincolla said in a statement to Loudwire that “if our debut album was focused on man vs. the world, and our sophomore album was man vs. himself, then I really wanted ‘METAWAR’ to focus on the idea of world vs. world, and the notion that if man doesn’t create his own world then he’s often crushed by the world of another.” The brilliance of this album lies in its timelessness. “METAWAR” portrays a deeply divided society grappling with technological advancement, political corruption and the resulting isolation and existential fear. Instead of taking a distinct left-wing or right-wing stance, “METAWAR” takes a step back to examine the larger context.

    The album begins with the one-minute instrumental song “HYPERTENSION.” In this opening track, clips of contemporary news reports and political commentaries are laid into anxious chaos. The second song, “AFFLUENZA,” is a scathing but catchy attack on corporate greed. The focus of the band’s frustration switches to the unhealthy way in which some people self medicate in the song “EXXXIT.” The lead single, “AMERICAN LANDFILL,” summarizes two of METAWAR’s major themes: conformity and the societal implications of evolving new technology. The fourth track, “PRESIDENT X,” discusses the inherent dishonesty of politicians, the song is especially timely considering the upcoming 2020 election. The band created an entire character for this song, a red lizard man who presents the image he believes the public wants and has no principles or beliefs. 

    The sixth song, “ALTAER,” is one of my favorites because of the sheer emotional weight it carries. This song is about how humanity has abused our natural environment, and how the damage we have inflicted on our planet will destroy us in the end. “It will be there when the tides rise/You will hear it when your god cries/You will see it when the sun dies/Upon the altars of change”

    Mincholla sings over synths which seemingly sound like humanity’s march toward its destruction. “TIME SLAVE” is about the repression of foreboding. “BORNLESS” and “SURRENDER” continue to explore the idea of profound loneliness in a polarized world. “SELL YOUR FACE 2.0” is a lovely change of pace, due to high-pitched almost poppy vocal effects in the chorus that switch up the tone of the track. This song is about thoughtlessly allowing tech companies to have all your information. Unlike anything else on the album, “SELL YOUR FACE 2.0,” relies on synths instead of heavy guitars and drums. Until this point, this album is comprised of tightly structured songs with distorted electronics, guitars and drums which pair perfectly with Mincolla’s dynamic vocal performance. METAWAR is a well-oiled heavy war machine plodding deliberately forward and crushing anyone in its wake. 

    In “SELL YOUR FACE 2.0,” that machine becomes a bit erratic, and in the next song “BLACKOUT,” the machine slows to a sputtering stop, and breaks. These two songs take a more individualistic perspective on political division. They show individuals surrendering to their confusion and accepting the dishonest nature of the world’s leaders.

    In “THE FALL” we hear an individual desperately hoping that the next plane of existence is more honest and kind. The final track, a cover of “Pumped Up Kicks” by Foster The People, captures the emotional trauma of eminent gun violence with its controlled guttural vocal performance and slow instrumental. Unlike the originally upbeat song, 3TEETH’s version of “Pumped Up Kicks” is a truly bone-chilling experience.

    “METAWAR” stands out because of the intricacy of the album. Each song tells a complete story on its own while adding to the album’s larger message and sound. The choruses are loud and catchy, the verses are a punchy take on each theme and story. The production creates a heavy atmosphere to match the emotion to the vocals and lyrics of each song. METAWAR is impossible to ignore, the synths and drums thrash with angry sarcasm, and the images that these songs project are both clear and applicable to modern life. This is not just music you can bang your head to, each song requires you to use your brain long after their last notes have faded.

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  • Interview: The Hidden Intelligences

    by Howard Gardner

    Howard Gardner was recently interviewed by Dario Ruggiero, founder of the Italian organization Long Term Economy. The interview presents Gardner’s current views about multiple intelligences and its application in education and society.
    Below is the interview in full.
    Interview with Howard Gardner 
    (Hobbs Research Professor of Cognition and Education Harvard Graduate School of Education)
    May 2000. I went out for a pizza with my friends. Mike who had the highest IQ was not able to have a word with any girl in the group. Josh who had the worst IQ was a genius in relating with girls and the other friends of the group. Why that? Why the most intelligent person was defeated by Josh in relating with the girls and the group. The answer is simple: Josh has higher interpersonal intelligence!
    Having a big IQ simply means that you have good Logical and Linguistic intelligences. But there are 6 other kinds of Intelligence the IQ does not take into account and that can be determinant in your success in life and can be determinant in solving some complex challenges like the ones humans are to face in the next decades. Howard Gardner (Hobbs Research Professor of Cognition and Education Harvard Graduate School of Education) developed the Multiple Intelligences (MI) theory in the late 1970s and early 1980s, with the publication of the book Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences. He says “Each person has a unique spectrum of intellectual strengths and weaknesses.” We all (parents, teachers, professors, politicians, head of companies etc…) should understand this principle. We should understand that it is a very, very big failure for the system if it is not able to get the best from each person and make him happy (by doing what he can do best).
    So, what are Multiple Intelligences? How does it affect the educational approach? How can it help humankind face the current and future challenges? Can it help society develop Long Term Thinking? Should educators and parents understand the MI model before trying to educate a child? Howard Gardner answered to these and other questions.
    This interview was made by Dario Ruggiero and published in July 2019 on www.lteconomy.org.
    Thanks go to Long Term Economy Board (Priscilla Asamoah Baffour, Geetha Packal, Stephen Saunders, Tazeen Siddiqui) and Fatjona Filipi and Grazia Giordano (Long Term Economy collaborators) for their help in making the questionnaire.

    …Rather than human beings having a single intelligence, which can be adequately assessed by an instrument like an IQ test, human beings are better thought of as having a set of capacities.

    The intelligences are like a mental chemistry set – you can create a poison or a an antibiotic with chemical elements.

    … And not surprisingly, “MI approaches” to education are more likely to be found in smaller and more flexible educational environments.

    … Nearly every day, I hear from educators all over the world, who have found these ideas compelling, and who sometimes combine them with an interest in ‘the good project’.

    For the first time in human history, we have developed machines and approaches (like deep learning and other forms of ‘artificial intelligence’) which equal or surpass human capacities.

    So the intelligences in themselves are amoral. They need to be yoked to a purpose and that purpose can be positive or destructive. And that’s why my colleagues and I have been studying Good Work – work that is technically excellent, personally engaged, and carried out in an ethical manner.

    If readers are interested, they should look at the website for www.thegoodproject.org and write to hgasst@gse.harvard.edu

    1. When I first came across the concept of Multiple Intelligences (MI) I was shocked by the fact that it is still not used massively in school and that IQ remains the only assessment method. Can you kindly better explain the concept of MI and how can it benefit our society?
    Gardner: The idea of multiple intelligences is a psychological theory. I contend that rather than human beings having a single intelligence, which can be adequately assessed by an instrument like an IQ test, human beings are better thought of as having a set of capacities, which I call the multiple intelligences. A person may be strong with linguistic intelligence, but not with spatial intelligence, or vice versa. And there are several other intelligences, ranging from musical to interpersonal. (See my writings or my website www.multipleintelligencesoasis.org.) Each person has a unique spectrum of intellectual strengths and weaknesses.
    Any psychological theory can be used beneficially or destructively. The intelligences are like a mental chemistry set – you can create a poison or a an antibiotic with chemical elements. I believe that intelligences need to be yoked with ‘good work’ or ‘good citizenship,’ as I mention below with reference to Question 5.
    As for IQ tests I don’t think you are correct. At least in the United States, IQ tests are not used routinely anymore. And there are many tests for more specific kinds of abilities. Yet, as the creator of MI theory, I prefer not to use short answer tests but rather to observe individuals in various kinds of environments and to observe which kinds of things they like to do, and which things they can do well.
    2. You say that there are 2 main educational implications: Individuation (also termed personalization) and Pluralization (ideas, concepts, theories, skills should be taught in several different ways). How can the current standardised, competitive-based and non-inclusive current model of education move towards this approach?
    Gardner: As you imply, it’s easier to individuate when you have a more progressive, more flexible educational system, than when you have a ‘one size fits all’ approach. And not surprisingly, “MI approaches” to education are more likely to be found in smaller and more flexible educational environments.
    But any teacher and any school can decide to pay more attention to individual differences; and certainly any schools can approach complex concepts and procedures in a variety of ways. That’s a choice to be made by teachers and by the heads of school. And when they choose to embrace individuation and pluralization, and the students learn more or better, then there’s no need to revert to more old-fashioned approaches.
    One other important thing: In the age of the internet and the web, it is possible to individuate and to personalize as much as one wants to. No need for ‘one size fits all’ any more. But of course, that means that you can’t just do social media (like Facebook). You have to explore the web and approach important concepts and processes in ways that are comfortable to you, the learner – take courses, converse with others, and the like.
    3. You developed MI theory in the late 1970s and early 1980s, with the publication of the book Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences. Since then has the educational system moved towards your model?
    Gardner: You are right that these ideas are several decades old, and I have nuanced some of my views since then. It would not be correct to say that ‘the educational system’ has moved towards my or anyone else models. There are hundreds of countries and millions of schools!
    I can say that whether or not parents and teachers have heard of me, or know the phrase ‘multiple intelligences,’ these ideas have had considerable influence in education around the world. In 2009 my colleagues and I published a 400-page book ‘Multiple intelligences around the world.’ Forty-two scholars in 15 countries on five continents described ways in which they used “MI ideas” in schools, museums, workplace, and other educational contexts. And nearly every day, I hear from educators all over the world, who have found these ideas compelling, and who sometimes combine them with an interest in The Good Project (see Question 5).
    4. Perhaps the 20th century was a period where intelligences making up the IQ, specifically linguistic, logical-mathematical, and sometimes spatial intelligence, were more important in that kind of society (where efficiency request was high, economic growth was the only main goal and no uncertainty was present). Do you think that the 21st century, with all its upcoming uncertainties, will boost the need for a multiple intelligences approach?
    Gardner: That’s a good and complex question. For the first time in human history, we have developed machines and approaches (like deep learning and other forms of ‘artificial intelligence‘) which equal or surpass human capacities. In some cases, we will not need to draw on certain human intelligences because the relevant tasks are solved much better and easier than human beings can do. Also, for the first time in human history, we are understanding the nervous system well enough that we can begin to operate directly on the brain, diagnose strengths and weaknesses, and perhaps also link the human brain directly to mechanical entities or vice versa. And to top it all off, we may be able to operate directly on the human genome, thus changing the nature of our species at a speed that has no connection to the speed with which evolution has worked for thousands of years.
    So I have little doubt that 100 hundred years from now, if there are psychologists or cognitive scientists (or new creatures!) interested in human cognition, they will draw the map of human intelligences in quite a different way. I’ll bet that it is closer to an “MI” perspective than to the traditional IQ perspective.  But I won’t be around to know the answer!
    5. Finally, we are a community of Long Term Thinkers. The project wants to move from a short term into a long term vision in making decisions (take into account long term effects) in order to make humankind really sustainable. The fact is that being Money (short-term asset) the main goal in the current society is in contrast with long term sustainability. In which way do you think a Multiple Intelligences Model can help developing Long Term Thinking and a more sustainable and thriving society? Is in your opinion for example MI more suitable to face the current Ecological Crisis?
    As a result of twenty five years of research on Good Work, I think about this question differently. Any human intelligence can be used benignly or destructively. Both the poet Goethe and the propagandist Josef Goebbels had plenty of linguistic intelligence; one used it to write great literature, the other to foment hatred. Both Nelson Mandela and Slobodan Milosevic had plenty of interpersonal intelligence: the first used his intelligence to heal a wounded country, the other to generate ethnic cleansing.
    So the intelligences in themselves are amoral. They need to be yoked to a purpose and that purpose can be positive or destructive. And that’s why my colleagues and I have been studying Good Work: work that is technically excellent, personally engaged, and carried out in an ethical manner. And that’s why we have been studying Good Citizenship: an approach to one’s role in various sectors that is informed, involving, and takes into account the needs of the broader society (rather than just one’s own selfish desires).
    So when someone says that they are using the idea of “MI”, I ask “To what end?” And I am delighted if an individual or a group is devoted toward longer term thinking, and toward dealing with crises like the ecological crisis, and my colleagues and I offer to work with them if that proves feasible. If readers are interested, they should look at the website for thegoodproject.org and write to hgasst@gse.harvard.edu.

  • In El Paso, the Creative Community Helps with Healing

    by Denise Tejada

    All this week, YR Media has been reporting from El Paso on the aftermath of the mass shooting there that left 22 dead and dozens injured. Again and again, culture and creativity have emerged as key sources of the city’s resilience.

    El Paso businesses, organizers and residents are providing relief and aid to the victims and their families, consoling one another as the nation looks on. Funeral homes offer free services to victims. Banks and cell phone companies supply water and snacks at the memorial outside the Walmart where the shooting took place. Red Lobster employees even took biscuits to mourners. 

    The dance groups that performed at vigils throughout the city set the stage for others in the creative community to help El Paso move forward.

    The El Paso Plaza Classic Film Festival

    El Paso Plaza Classic Film Festival is a 10-day festival that bills itself as the largest of its kind. The shooting took place on the third day of the festival, just as viewers were settling in to watch “Shrek.” 

    A jar for donations is next to a long sheet of paper where people can write a message to the victims of the Walmart shooting. This set up is located inside the Plaza Theatre in EL Paso, TX. (Photo:
    Antonio Villaseñor-Baca/ YR Media)

    While many businesses closed their doors for the day to participate in relief efforts, the film festival resisted canceling because “part of it, is to not let this person dictate to us,” said Doug Pullen, program director at the El Paso Community Foundation, which organizes the festival. “I think of the U2 line, ‘Don’t let the bastards get you down,’ and in this case, it’s don’t let the bastard get you down,” said Pullen. Also, Pullen believes that entertainment can be a good diversion. “We felt people would need some kind of solace, would need some kind of comfort, a safe place.” 

    The festival also set up a stand for people to write messages on a long sheet of paper. “The idea, we’re hoping, is to showcase the [messages written] to the public so the people directly affected by the shooting can see there are people who support them,” Pullen said.

    West Texas Tattoos

    El Paso has plenty of tattoo shops, and many are offering deals on ink to raise money for the victims of the shooting. One of these shops is West Texas Tattoo. This Friday the shop will offer $60 palm-sized El Paso-themed tattoos, with proceeds going to victims.

    View this post on Instagram Please read the instructions thoroughly. No exceptions. Thank you everyone see you soon. A post shared by West Texas Tattoo (@westtexastattoo) on Aug 7, 2019 at 8:02pm PDT

    “The owners of the shop wanted to help out the community,” said Stevie Mclean, shop manager at West Texas Tattoo. “People aren’t being selfish. It’s surprising and it’s not at the same time. Everyone just came together.”

    Proper Print Shop

    It is difficult to go anywhere in El Paso without seeing a shirt made by Proper Print Shop. This is where the famous “No Mames Way” and the Chihuahua calavera (skull) t-shirts are made. People come to Proper Print Shop not just because of how soft their shirts are but also because of how vibrantly they show the El Paso culture on the tees. 

    View this post on Instagram This tragic event will Not define us! All profits donated to the El Paso Community Foundation. Available in-store tomorrow at noon. Thanks to @viva.la.mocha and @emedesignstudio for use of their designs! Stickers, buttons & pop sockets on the way. Additional donations can be made at www.epcf.org #elpasostrong #elpasotx #elpasoproud @elpasocf A post shared by Proper Printshop (@properprintshop) on Aug 5, 2019 at 11:01am PDT

    The t-shirt shop is among several in the city that are selling custom products like their “El Paso Strong” shirt, to support the community of El Paso. Proper Print Shop is donating the proceeds to the El Paso Community Foundation. 

    The shop released the t-shirts on Monday and reports that they’ve sold out each day so far. “We’re just raising money. The whole point is to raise money for the foundation,” said Alan Hudson, part-owner of Proper Print Shop. “We’ve never been this busy. Thousands of people are coming through every day, in person. And thousands of orders online,” said Hudson. The number of sales has surpassed their normal workload.

    “We’re just trying to do what we can. And what we do is shirts,” said Hudson. 

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  • YR Media Presents: RYL Live at Bandcamp

    by Yared Gebru

    For those of you who may not know, Remix Your Life (or RYL for short) is the music production, distribution and artist development department of YR Media. RYL artists learn the ins and outs of the music industry. The program focuses on a range of skills, from music business and marketing, to music production and audio engineering.

    Remix Your Life (RYL) recently partnered with Bandcamp to host a benefit concert at the new Bandcamp headquarters in downtown Oakland. “RYL Live at Bandcamp” will feature live performances from our artists, original songs composed, written, recorded and mixed by RYL artists. Show up and show out on Thursday, August 22nd and see what RYL has to offer live at Bandcamp!

    Hope to see you there,

    Yared Gebru Arts & Culture Journalism Producer

    Click here to buy tickets.
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  • Freddie Gibbs and Madlib Join Forces Again on New Project ‘Bandana’

    by Yared Gebru

    “Bandana” has finally arrived, and the long-anticipated follow up to Madlib and Freddie Gibbs’s 2014 collaborative project “Pinata” exceeds expectations. Both fans and critics alike praised their latest body of work. For 46 straight minutes, Freddie Gibbs cements himself as one of the greatest rappers to rhyme over Madlib’s sly production. “Bandana” is Gibbs’s first release under a major label. Listeners can enjoy a wide variety of beats, samples and moods representative of Madlib’s eclectic taste. Gibbs is a verbal ninja on “Bandana,” his lyrical prowess proves this is what he does best. While this is not a new fact for fans, “Bandana,” acts as a testament to the duos’ abilities as artists.


    Madlib samples Wee’s “Teach Me How” for “Cataracts,” the luscious sample sets the foundation for Freddie’s slick bars. Freddie reflects about the mistakes before fame. The song demonstrates why the duo work so well together. The rapid-fire delivery from Gibbs is seamless, as he raps “Seem like my actions was devil sent, I can’t sympathize/F**k Generation X, this generation genocide/Your social stat make you fantasize about a homicide/To me, the God Allah is the black man personified/Anticipatin’ and killin’ my own in search of wealth.” These powerful stanzas pair perfectly with Madlib’s hearty production. 

    “Fake Names”

    On “Fake Names,” Gibbs is as pensive as ever, questioning the price of fame and the cost it has on his immediate circle. “Shit’s so real/Gotta use fake names/Every time I sleep, dead faces, they occupy my brain (My brain)/Erica said I never changed (Never changed)/Lifestyles of the insane.” The instrumental morphs from broken boom-bap into what sounds like reel-to-reel film. The second half is choppy, to say the least, the muted woodwinds juxtapose the depth of Freddie’s muddy verse, which is one of the reasons why you should check this song out. 

    “Flat Tummy Tea” 

    On “Flat Tummy Tea,” Freddie Gibbs turns his back on everyone. “Flat Tummy Tea” is an honest, boisterous track, the drums hit hard and the bass is grainy. On a Genius “Verified” episode Freddie explained, “I wrote most of this shit when I was locked up, so I think that’s a testament to the power of Madlib; because these muthaf**kin’ beats were stuck in my head the whole time I was in the cell. That’s all I had.” In the most desperate of times, Freddie found hope and security in Madlib’s production, building much-needed intensity to the overall message of the song, flexing the complexities of human emotions through an intense distorted performance.

    “Crime Pays“

    The fourth track on the album, “Crime Pays,” opens with an intricate jazz guitar lick, followed by what sounds like a Rhoades keyboard sample that sounds like dreamy elevator music. Paired with Freddie’s hypnotic flow, the verse begins as he tells of his days as a dope dealer. While the lyrical content of the song consists of gritty and honest recollections of his mistakes and vices, the instrumental features soft and hypnotic samples. Freddie expresses the duality of a life of crime and how it’s often over-romanticized, rapping, “Made it through my whole month with lights, but I’ve seen brighter days.” This can also be further explored in the chorus as he also begins to look at the power of choices, “You got control to start again and do it right…look to the sky and you will feel how to live a life that’s real.”

    “Education” ft. Yasiin Bey & Black Thought

    Education marks the beginning of the end of the masterfully crafted “Bandana.” In its essence, “Education,” is theatrical, it features both Yasiin Bey and Black Thought, the track opens with an eloquent piano riff followed by the angelic sound of a children’s choir. Yasiin Bey and Black Thought act as the voice of reason, talking about failing school systems, the plight of black children and the consequences on society as a whole. Gibbs also speaks of life in the streets from the perspective of someone who is a product of the failed American school system.

    Gibbs and Madlib confirm that they can’t be put in a box, constantly showing fans their versatility. “Bandana” is a testament to Gibbs and Madlib’s mastery of their craft, proving they aren’t bound by any limit or style.

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  • Remix Your Life Artist Spotlight: P-Lo

    by Money Maka

    Bay Area’s very own P-Lo came through the Remix Your Life Studios to chop it up and answer some very serious questions. Peep the interview and make sure to keep an eye out for his upcoming album “Shine,” dropping August 16th!

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  • I’m a Legacy Student… Do I Deserve My Spot in College?

    by Youth Radio Interns

    My dad graduated from Brown University in the 80s. I grew up with Brown t-shirts and Brown hats strewn around our house. 

    When I was 8, we visited campus during graduation. We walked through the main green and watched graduates posing next to ivy-covered buildings. It was a magical moment that sowed a seed in my brain — I wanted to go to Brown, too.

    I spent all of high school working towards that goal. When I was accepted, I cried from excitement.

    So during that contentious period — when college acceptance and rejection letters were coming out — a friend said to me, “You only got into Brown because your dad went there.” I was crushed.

    His comment sent me into a spiral of defensive thoughts. I worked so hard. I had good grades, played sports… I earned this. 

    My friend succeeded in planting doubt in my mind. When I arrived on campus, I felt like an imposter — like I tricked my way in. This nagging thought followed me as I walked around campus.

    But I’m definitely not the only college freshman suffering from imposter syndrome. Some of my friends have been subjected to much more hateful comments — like, “You only got accepted because of your race,” or “Brown loves low-income students.” Whether you’re privileged or underprivileged — people find ways to say that you’re undeserving.

    Legacy looks different for different families. It can mean long term wealth… or in my case, I benefit from legacy, even though my dad was the first in his family to go to college. He broke into the Ivy League from outside, and now his children qualify as “legacy.” There’s a difference. And there’s certainly a big distinction between my “legacy” and the news of parents buying entry into elite colleges earlier this spring.

    I’m done with my first year. And I’m learning to be less defensive about legacy. I realize that I’ve received a tremendous gift — which is an excellent education.
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  • After the Shooting, Dayton Residents Look Ahead

    by Youth Radio Interns

    After a shooting in Dayton, Ohio left nine people dead and 27 others injured, the Dayton Collaboratory held an informal town hall meeting. Several community members gathered to discuss healing and moving forward after the traumatic event rocked their city.

    Connor Lynch, 21

    Did you have a personal connection to where the shooting took place?

    “I did have a personal connection, not only to where the shooting took place but also where the shooter grew up. I am from Centerville, Ohio, and the shooter grew up in [nearby in] Bellbrook. I have mutual friends that grew up and attended school with the shooter. As far as where the shooting took place, I am a student at the University of Dayton, which is just a couple miles from the Oregon District. The route the shooter took is the route most of us UD students take to get to the Oregon District.”

    Jade Marshall, 19

    How has this shooting affected your feelings of safety in Dayton?

    “I am fearful of not only Dayton, but America in general. The shooting really hits home to me. I am from here. I frequent the location of the shooting often to dance and unwind after work and the school week. My mom is keeping very close tabs on me and I am okay with that. Parents shouldn’t have to … keep track [of] their children’s whereabouts just to make sure they are safe, especially their adult children.”

    Dr. Karen Korn, 48

    How has the Dayton shooting affected you personally?

    “It has caused me a lot of reflection and anxiety. The shooter is a similar age to my children and his school competed against my children’s school. It makes you think, it could have been my child, because it hits very close to home.”

    Jo’el Thomas-Jones, 52

    What do you want now from elected officials?

    “It’s easy to say, ‘I want gun control,’ but I think that it goes beyond gun control and getting rid of the NRA. It is so much bigger than that. We have to … ask ourselves, ‘What are we truly about in America?’”

    Peter Benkendorf, 57

    How will Dayton bounce back?

    “The bounce back is an ongoing process. The work we at the Collaboratory are doing to aid in the bounce-back process started with the airing of the Frontline episode last September that painted a very stark picture of the challenges that the citizens of this community face, in terms of how we see our well-being in the future of the community. I think this shooting raises a much larger question, in terms of our well-being, mental health and how we think about an overall attitude towards violence.”

    These quotes were lightly edited for clarity and length.
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  • Opinion: Gun Control Should Extend Beyond Mass Shootings

    by Chaz H

    While we’re on the subject of gun control, we can’t forget that the majority of gun deaths in this country are suicides, and we need to do something about that too. 
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