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Homeless LGBTQ Youth in Philadelphia: The Invisible Minority

Homeless LGBTQ Youth in Philadelphia: The Invisible Minority

Story by Allison Manolis – @allymanolis PHILADELPHIA- The June 26, 2015 Supreme Court ruling to allow same-sex marriage in United States undoubtedly changed the way our country views the LGBTQ community, however it has not solved the many deep seated issues that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people face. This is particularly the case […]


New Brunswick Taxi Drivers Speak Out Against Illegal Competition

New Brunswick Taxi Drivers Speak Out Against Illegal Competition

Story by Chioma Onwumelu The five taxi companies based in New Brunswick have been sending out a cry for help to the members of the city council. The Taxi Industry has served and continues to serve the New Brunswick community since its inception 70 years ago in 1946. But recently, the New Brunswick Taxi Industry […]


Opinion: I don’t know, just not Trump

Opinion: I don’t know, just not Trump

By Vivian Sanchez – @vivalaviviannn As we grow closer and closer to the Republican nomination date it is clear that Donald Trump might in fact be the chosen candidate, and can possibly become America’s next president. Currently, Donald Trump stands with a 12.7 percent lead over the Republican candidates. So, for someone like myself, understanding how […]


5 Social Justice Articles to Read This Week

5 Social Justice Articles to Read This Week

Here at NJ Spark, more than a dozen Rutgers students will be reporting on social injustices in and around the New Brunswick area. However, these issues happen everywhere. Here’s some recent news highlights: For decades, overseas subsidiaries have acted as a shield for extractive companies even while human rights advocates say they have chronicled a long […]


Cleaning Up New Jersey’s Toxic Sites

Cleaning Up New Jersey’s Toxic Sites

Posted with permission from NJ News Commons By The Center for Investigative Reporting, the Rutgers Department of Journalism and Media Studies & The Center for Cooperative Media at Montclair State What’s being done to clean up contamination across New Jersey? And how are residents being affected? Please join us for a discussion about the lingering […]


Toms River School District Rebuilds Trust in Community After Scandal

Toms River School District Rebuilds Trust in Community After Scandal

By Christina Paret – @christinaparet Former Toms River School District Superintendent Michael J. Ritacco who is serving 11 years in prison for pleading guilty to two counts of mail fraud and conspiracy to impede the IRS, has left his former school district with many challenges as they struggled to repair their tarnished reputation that his scandal […]


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