Austin Restoration Ministries: How a Lack of Nonprofit Transparency Harms the Homeless

Austin’s homelessness problem is rampant and where the city’s efforts to alleviate the issue fall short, non-profit organizations often step in to pick up the slack. One such organization, Austin Restoration Ministries (ARM), is well-known among many Austinites for their practice of panhandling at street intersections. But while they are visible, little is known about the inner workings of the organization. On the surface they seem to be an innocuous religious nonprofit, but there could be much more to the ministry than meets the eye.

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The Fight for Equality

A poem by Ellie Greer on feminism: "Toxic words. False representations. They permeate the depths of society, tainting the image of 'feminist.' Equivalent to the cruelest of words. The harshest of insults. Media has twisted the very foundation of gender equality so that it amounts to nothing more than man-hating radicals."

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Sex Ed Should Educate Teens About Sex, Right?
Photo by Muliadi Soenaryo. Taken from the original Trib Talk article.

Sex Ed Should Educate Teens About Sex, Right?

An op-ed by Gaya Rajamony. "My experience with sex ed in public school was terrible. It was held in the worst-smelling gym imaginable, and every five minutes during the uncomfortable presentation, someone would giggle or groan. But the worst part is that it taught me nothing about sex. Sure, I learned what a uterus looks like, but I didn’t know the mechanics of sex, how to prevent disease or how to avoid teen pregnancy. In fact, most of my sex education came from the internet, as I googled terms the kids at my middle school threw around."

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Beto O’Rourke Wants to Tear Down My House
Beto O'Rourke speaks on June 17, 2018. Photo by Ivan Pierre Aguirre for The Texas Tribune

Beto O’Rourke Wants to Tear Down My House

An Op-Ed by McCallum student Elyjah Johnson: "I’m black, 16, and have lived in Austin my entire life. Everyday, my neighborhood in South Austin becomes more gentrified, and in the 2000s, Beto O’Rourke would have torn down my home."

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