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COVID-19 has brought New York to its knees. It has taken tens of thousands of lives too soon, left millions of New Yorkers without work, and the state struggling with a more than $15 billion budget deficit. more
I’m 17 years old, and a first-generation Senegalese American. As a rising sophomore, I knew I wanted to do something with my summer. An internship and other summer programs would be difficult to secure because I had only finished my first year of high school. So I applied to the only option I knew about: New York City’s Summer Youth Employment Program. more
On my drive to work, I focus to keep my eyes on the road. I turn away from the rolling fields of sagebrush and grazing cows that end in an eruption of the snow-capped Wind River mountains in western Wyoming. One can feel the raw power of the land reverberating for miles, only a few homes dotting the landscape. more
In January, I gave a talk at the Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture — “Yemen: Holding Faith Amidst Despair.” I spoke about the world’s largest humanitarian crisis, and roughly 20 society members wrote to their congressman, U.S. Rep. Eliot Engel, in most cases, asking for this help. more
Mother’s Day 2020 was hardly celebratory for elderly mothers, with too many locked in isolation by the statewide shutdown, or in nursing homes that don’t allow visitors. more
When my teenage kids told me they both lost their sense of taste and smell, I knew I was next. And sure enough, two days later, my chest started hurting. more
The battle against COVID-19 in America’s nursing homes is a war against an invisible enemy. In preparing for battle, we wrote policies, increased our supply orders in an attempt to stockpile, and prepared our staff with weeks of education as we knew the enemy was getting closer. By the beginning of March, the nursing home industry was ready to fight. more
I am a resident of Passaic, New Jersey, but my parents live in Riverdale. This year, Pesach happened in the middle of a modern “plague” in a nowadays Egypt with stay-at-home orders and other restrictions that made our preparations for the holiday more complicated “than ever before,” as our president likes to say. more
I recently drew up instructions for my family to follow on my behalf should I fall victim to COVID-19. I did this in response to news reports that the New York Fire Department had issued new guidelines to paramedics, instructing them not to resuscitate cardiac patients who had no pulse, because emergency rooms are so overcrowded. more
I recently read a New York Times article about the challenges of being a working mom during this pandemic. As a new mom with a 7-month-old baby, I find myself in constant negotiation with work, child care, and taking care of my elderly grandparents. more
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