By Julie Choi, Ana Lipton, Kathryn Ng Ross, and Kayleigh Thompson | UNA-NCA Advocacy Fellows

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This toolkit seeks to assist advocates of all ages and experiences to better understand the importance of good mental health through information and practice.

Through discussion of mental health in the context of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, this toolkit evaluates the UN’s role in protecting mental health as well as general recommendations for better mental health practices.

The toolkit includes an in-depth discussion on what mental health, mental illnesses, and mental disorders are, how they affect the physical body…


By Julie Choi, Katie Ng Ross, Ana Lipton, Kayleigh Thompson, Ava Kargosha, and Marissa Zupancic | UNA-NCA Advocacy Fellows

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On March 16, 2021, eight Asian-American women were killed in a series of mass shootings in Atlanta, Georgia.

This attack is a part of the dramatic rise in hate crimes against the AAPI community in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has brought with it anti-Asian rhetoric fueled by those who believe that China is responsible for the virus’ spread.

Despite the passage of an Anti-Asian Hate Crime bill by the US Congress, the increased…


By Marissa Zupancic, UNA-NCA Advocacy Fellow

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LGBTI rights in the United States have slowly been advancing. However, the LGBTI movement all too often ignores the demands of transgender and gender nonconforming individuals. Gender nonconforming people may identify as genderqueer, nonbinary, gender fluid, or other labels regarding the expressions of their gender. Allies and members of the LGBTI community frequently fail to recognize the weaknesses of current policies when analyzing the progression of gay rights in the U.S. …


By Raphael Piliero, UNA-NCA Senior Research Analyst

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What does censorship mean in the 21st century? Defined as “…suppression or prohibition of…that…considered…politically unacceptable,” censorship entails a powerful actor erecting barriers to ideas or speech from entering the public. If asked, most people would likely think of the practice as political speech critical of the government being banned, a newspaper being barred from publishing a particular piece, or other examples where the government steps in to block an idea from entering the public domain.

However, while those actions are in fact censorship, prohibiting information from entering the public domain is not the…


By Ana Lipton, UNA-NCA Advocacy Fellows

Sustainable Consumption and Production

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 12 aims to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all by creating sustainable consumption and production: “By 2030, substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling, and reuse.” Goal 12's purpose is to create a more equitable and sustainable society through waste minimization by reducing consumerism and increasing product life spans to lessen the need for replacement goods.

A critical factor in achieving this goal is technological innovation. Progress in technology has contributed to increased product lifespan; for example, modern LED lightbulbs can last over ten


Written by UNA-NCA Advocacy Fellows Cassidy Childs, Nadjad Nikabou Salifou, Torre Ippolito, Neval Mulaomerovic, Adina Mobin, and Ava Kargosha

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Executive Summary

The issue paper aims to analyze the extent to which the COVID-19 pandemic has affected and perpetuated food insecurity in the DC area. This research utilizes quantitative data relating to food insecurity in DC as well as qualitative data from original interviews with organizations working on food security in the Greater Washington Region. Ultimately, we conclude that the pandemic has exacerbated existing trends in food insecurity and created new issues surrounding access for vulnerable populations. …


By Maya Luong, UNA-NCA Research Assistant

The Covid-19 pandemic has brought to light the immense vulnerability of an intricately linked but unequal global health system. With the rollout of Covid-19 vaccines, many see a light at the end of the tunnel. Nonetheless, the inequitable Covid-19 vaccine procurement among countries has brought more obstacles to our global challenge of inequity, as already-disadvantaged countries and communities will likely see prolonged impact from the pandemic and late obtainment of the vaccine — our best bet to reduce deaths and revive economic activities. The question of whether governments and international NGOs will be able…


By Ryan Oberlag and Marissa Zupancic, UNA-NCA Advocacy Fellows

Following the arrest of prominent queer activist Margot Szutowicz — known as Margot — in August 2020, thousands of Polish LGBTI citizens began to protest in the streets. Their calls for equality were met with police boots and homophobic beratements from opposing crowds. Protestors called their movement Stonewall, a nod to the 1969 American LGBTI protests which became the birth of the modern day gay rights movement. This “Polish Stonewall’’ as it is now known commemorates the significance of August 7th, 2020 in Polish history. Preceding the protests, Poland had become…


By Jerome Williams, UNA-NCA Research Assistant

Covid-19 has exposed and exacerbated existing inequalities in access to quality health services among communities. Race, ethnicity, location, and economic status are compounding and interrelated factors that shape the landscape of health outcomes across the country, from maternal mortality rate to health insurance coverage. In New York City, Black & Latino Americans are 2 times more likely to die from Covid-19 than white Americans. In Arizona, Native Americans comprised 16% of Covid-19 related deaths while only representing 4.6% of the state’s population. …


Sustainable Development Goal 4 aims to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

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