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El Estoque

The Student News Site of Monta Vista High School

El Estoque

The Student News Site of Monta Vista High School

El Estoque

Photo of three YEPI members at an event presenting their posters. Photo taken by the YEPI team.

Organizing change

Arushi Singh and Alan Tai December 7, 2023

South Bay Youth Changemakers (SBYC) Co-Director and Cupertino High School alum ‘14 John Zhao remembers starting SBYC at the onset of the pandemic. He recognized the need for an organization to support...

An activist in San Francisco speaks into a microphone, protesting the 2023 APEC summit. Photo Courtesy of Ann Penalosa / La Voz News

Power to the people

Pranati Kotamraju and Corinna Kuo December 7, 2023

Stepping off the charter bus in Sacramento in the spring of 2005, AP Government teacher Benjamin Recktenwald gazed in astonishment at the sheer number of buses dropping off teachers from across the state....

Local politics are just as important in the lives of MVHS students as federal news, if not more.

National concern, local impact

Anika Bhandarkar and April Wang September 30, 2023

Often, world issues take center stage in our lives — we tend to follow national and global politics closely, focusing on the big, scary or exciting events from far away while overlooking the way national...

Activists congregated at the San Jose City Hall on June 25 to protest the overturning of Roe v. Wade. Photo | Anna Jerolimov

Rising up for Roe

Sonia Verma and Lillian Wang March 1, 2023
Student activists recount their involvement in abortion rights activism

Artivism on social media

Lily Jiang and April Wang February 3, 2023
Discussing the unique impacts of combining art, activism, and the widespread use of social media

Single-use plastics on the rise due to COVID-19 restrictions

Ritu Atreyas May 14, 2021
Exploring steps being taken to help restaurants minimize plastic use
Change.org is a platform that allows users to create online petitions and request leaders to make change

Social change.org

Anushka De April 29, 2021
Online petitions, albeit performative, should not be classified as purely apathetic
Students use Instagram to spread awareness about their own experiences with the threat of sexual harassment and assault, and how to remedy those issues

“The experience of too many women”

Anushka De and Prisha Tiwari March 22, 2021
Young women take to Instagram to share their experiences as women and facing the threat of sexual harassment and assault
Analyzing meaningful forms of anti-racist work and how we can improve

Reflecting on Black History Month

Oishee Misra February 27, 2021
Analyzing meaningful forms of anti-racist work and how we can improve
MLK links arms with protestors at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, 1963

The continued erasure of MLK’s legacy

Jannah Sheriff January 24, 2021
The portrayal of the leader as passive and accommodationist damages our capacity to continue his fight for radical change
The hyperfocus on political correctness among the MVHS community hinders productive discussion.

Intellectual elitism

Oishee Misra January 17, 2021
The hyperfocus on political correctness among the MVHS community hinders productive discussion
A Black Lives Matter poster by National Geographic stands in Washington D.C.

“Arrest the cops”: Exploring the parallels between performative activism and profits

Robert Liu November 7, 2020
Companies and celebrities are profiting off tragedies
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