New Yorkers want nothing more than to spend their lives in their home state, but for over a third of the state’s workers, like Anthony Ramos, paying the bills each week is a constant struggle.

“I want to stay in Long Island, definitely stay in New York,” Anthony Ramos, 24, a minimum wage worker, said. “But it’s too expensive, I can’t live with the constant fear and stress every week.”


Originally published on The Borgen Project Magazine here.

WESTBURY, New York — The Rockefeller Foundation’s history of philanthropic service in health, innovation and energy is long, but the Foundation now sets its sights on a more ambitious target: misinformation. The Borgen Project spoke with Eileen O’Connor, The Rockefeller Foundation’s senior vice president of communications, policy and advocacy to learn more about The Rockefeller Foundation’s current philanthropy projects.

The Severity of Misinformation

The concept of misinformation involves the action of spreading false information regardless of intention. The proliferation of misinformation, especially in recent times, has led to dangerous consequences. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the spread…


Originally published at The Borgen Project Magazine.

WESTBURY, New York — This past July, WaterAid celebrated 40 years of advocacy and success in providing clean water access to the world’s most vulnerable people in 28 nations. The Borgen Project spoke to Kathryn Tobin, WaterAid America’s global campaigns manager, to learn more about WaterAid’s projects during the global COVID-19 pandemic.

WaterAid

WaterAid is a non-governmental organization that focuses on providing clean and sustainable water and sanitation systems to the developing world. Established in London in 1981, members of the United Kingdom’s water industry founded WaterAid. …


Originally published at The Borgen Project Blog

Through the horrors of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Maria Amor Foundation, a nonprofit domestic violence shelter, has housed more than 80 women and 120 children as protection from the threat of domestic and sexual violence. The Borgen Project spoke with the director of the Maria Amor Foundation, Blanca Pacheco Lupercio, to learn more about the fight for women’s rights in Ecuador.

Violence Against Women in Ecuador

More than 40% of Ecuadorian women are victims of domestic and sexual violence and 70% have experienced interpersonal violence in their lifetimes. Women’s rights in Ecuador were making steady progress until the…


Originally published on The Borgen Project Magazine here.

WESTBURY, New York — The COVID-19 virus has inflicted one of the most severe public health and economic crises upon Ecuador and the rest of Latin America. In a surprise victory in 2021, newly elected President Guillermo Lasso’s conservative government is now leading Ecuador’s vaccine campaign by taking on the challenge to mass vaccinate the nation.

Ecuador Elects a New President

In April 2021, Ecuador elected a conservative president to hold Ecuador’s presidential office for the first time in many years. Departing from the typical progressive candidates, the Ecuadorian people gave Lasso the mandate to reinvigorate economic…


Understanding how to handle a wine glass the proper way will enhance your wine experience

You don’t need a master sommelier to show you what proper wine glass holding etiquette looks like. Although it seems trivial, having a nuanced understanding of how to handle a wine glass the proper way will enhance your experience with wine and impress your elders.

Even winemakers must consider what kind of glassware is best for their bottle of wine. The right way to hold a wine glass or a champagne flute starts with proper placement of the pointer finger, index finger, and middle finger at the base of the glass. …


How to perfectly pair cheese with your next glass of wine

Wine and cheese pairing has long traditions dating back to the old world, like the classic port wine and Stilton after dinner. Countless books have been written on the perfect combinations of wine and cheese, like the classic Chardonnay and Swiss Cheese. However, not every cheese nor wine is made equally.

The culinary world regards these two artisan products as holy. Anyone who has tried an aged cheese or gouda with your favorite merlots or cabernet sauvignon knows the pleasure of pairing. …


The Best Wine Films on Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu

Grab yourself a glass of wine and relax with these wine movies.

Wine and film have a long history of being featured in movies before the inception of the industry. Hollywood has produced countless works of art exposing human flaws and behavior using wine as a prop.

Be it the noir films of the ’50s starring a retired police officer hovering over a glass of whiskey, or Captain Renault offering champagne to his guests in Casablanca, wine and spirits have been a staple tool for filmmakers capturing the human condition.

Below are Firstleaf’s top picks for the best wine movies on streaming platforms, featuring your favorite cabernets, chardonnays, and the like.


The Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery’s “ “ showcases over 60 works in response to the social conflicts of the past year.

The gallery is both in-person and online. Thematically it frames the brutal fight against injustice with the beauty and appreciation of humanity. “ Marsha P. Johnson: The Queen That Helped Pave The Way “ — a traditional drawing, outlined in ink and colored with markers on a bristol board — captures the integrity and glowing spirit of trans activist Marsha P. Johnson.

Kevin Enrique Tabora is a non-binary senior Studio Art Major at Stony Brook University and made “…

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