By Kristen Warfield The sun has barely started to rise at 5:30 a.m. when Mercedes Ortiz turns off her alarm to get ready for school. Achy and fatigued, she rolls out of bed at her family’s home in Walden, New York, knowing there’s another long day ahead. To the sounds […]

By Kristen Warfield As first-time voter Marijane Tinoco entered the polling place at SUNY New Paltz on Election Day to cast her vote, the room was filled with the buzzing conversations of excited voters waiting in line to cast their votes. Unlike the scene of the same polling place back […]