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It was the news I’d been fearing since early 2020: I had tested positive for the coronavirus. Luckily, I live in a neighborhood with access to free, quick testing, and a supportive network of vaccinated friends and loved ones who replied to my panicked texts with “Are you okay?” Not only did I come away from this frightening experience with a huge appreciation of the vaccine (Moderna for the win), it also occurred to me that our society has gotten incredibly complacent about keeping our community healthy and safe.

I imagine a future in the United States where staying home from work because you feel ill is totally reasonable (and supported by your employer), and wearing a mask to keep others healthy is the norm and doesn’t mark you as a member of a particular political party. Vaccines work, but we have to help, too: I wasn’t pleased to go back into quarantine for 10 days, but the idea I might be getting someone ill was a much worse reality.

For this 24-year-old, fighting for Palestinian rights is ‘the most core part of my identity’

Lea Kayali is one of many Palestinian women continuing a long-held tradition of fighting for liberation

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What does it mean to come together as Asian American women? This group has been seeking an answer.

The Cosmos was formed in 2017, and its future hangs in the balance