Najlah Iqbal

Najlah Iqbal
Najlah Iqbal studied at Northeastern Illinois University in hopes of receiving a bachelors in English and Secondary Education. She is a poet whose work has been published in SEEDS, her university literary magazine.

Northeastern Illinois University Protests the Budget Death of Higher Education

On Friday April 1, 2016 hundreds of people gathered in the university commons at Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) to demand the state pass a budget to fund higher education. The theme of the rally was a New Orleans style funeral with music played by the NEIU band. Many groups joined the rally on Friday such as the Fight for 15,...

Chicago’s Epidemic of Gun Violence Becomes the New Normal

Gun violence in Chicago has become a disturbing pattern of normalcy. Quite often there is breaking news about another shooting, another person wounded or another person dead. Just today Chicago Tribune published an article with the title as “Weekend toll: 4 dead, 24 wounded in shootings in Chicago.” The Chicago Tribune also provided the reader with statistics saying “The...

Suburban Poetry Slam: Louder Than A Lawnmower

On December 2, 2015, Maine East High School in Park Ridge hosted their seventh annual poetry slam called Louder than a Lawnmower (LTAL). For those that may not know, LTAL is a sister slam of Louder than a Bomb (LTAB). Co-founded by Chicago poet Kevin Coval in 2001, LTAB has become the largest youth poetry festival in the world. According...

National Crisis of Homelessness Felt Deeply in Chicago

As winter approaches, many families will be seeking warmth and comfort in their homes. However, many individuals do not have the accessibility to shelter, and struggle to find safety and relief on a day to day basis. The National Alliance to End Homelessness says “On a single night in January 2014, 578,424 people were experiencing homelessness — meaning they were sleeping...

Ahmed Mohamed’s Clock and the School to Prison Pipeline

Earlier this month, a fourteen-year-old boy in Irving Texas named Ahmed Mohamed was wrongfully arrested for accusations of building a hoax bomb. Despite Mohamed denying these accusations,  it was determined he had actually built a homemade clock  to impress his engineering teacher. In the midst of all this, one can realize how susceptible black and brown youth are to...




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