Conner Martinez

About Conner Martinez

A freelance journalist and storyteller interested in politics, culture, and all the untold stories this world has to offer. Conner's reporting focuses on global conflict, social movements, economic injustice, and human rights violations. I did my undergraduate work at Pitzer College (Claremont, CA), where I earned a Bachelor's of Arts in International Political Economy.

Supreme Court Rules Colorado Baker Can Refuse To Make Wedding Cake For Same-Sex Couple

In a 7-2 ruling on Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court voted in favour of Masterpiece Cakeshop, the bakery that denied service to a same-sex couple in Colorado. It was the court’s decision that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission had been hostile to the business owner Jack Phillips’ ‘religious beliefs,’ and […]

Racial Bias In America: A White Denial Of History And Fact

Recently, there has been a myriad of news stories where racial bias lead to the police being called on innocent black people. It’s important that these stories be heard, and that the black men and women who lived through them are given the opportunity to tell them. Additionally, it’s imperative […]

Teachers Strike In West Virginia Highlights A National Education Crisis

Teachers in West Virginia began what has become a five-day strike on Thursday, February 22. The strike is a protest against the stagnant and inadequate teacher and public worker salaries in the state. According to the National Education Association, West Virginia ranked 48th in the country for teacher pay in […]

The Imminent Dangers Of The Trump Administration’s Proposal To Open The U.S. Coastlines To Oil Drilling

U.S. Secretary of the Interior, Ryan Zink, has proposed the next step in developing the National Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program. The program will allow oil exploration in previously banned pockets of the Arctic, Atlantic, and Pacific coasts. According to Zink, the drafted plan includes 25 of […]

Inmates Across The U.S. Are Becoming Sick Because Of Prison Food

There is a hidden public health crisis going on in prisons across the United States. A study by the American Journal of Public Health has shown that inmates suffer from foodborne illness at a rate of 45 per 100,000 people annually, a rate five times higher than the general population. […]

Journalists In Mexico Continue To Be Killed Without Justice

The number of journalists killed worldwide on account of their work has gone down once again in 2017. However, journalists in Mexico faced a particularly deadly year. Outside of conflict zones, Mexico was the deadliest location for journalists. It has been reported by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CJP) that […]

Human Lives And Freedom Of Political Expression Are At Stake In J20 Inauguration Day Trials

The future of free speech and dissent is being put at risk by the District of Columbia’s Superior Court in what has come to be known as the J20 trial. The first trial group is a small representation of the almost 200 people that were blockaded into a corner by […]

Trump’s Highly Political Decision On Jerusalem Must Become A Call For International Action On Behalf Of Palestinians

Palestinians have taken to the streets in large numbers to protest the recent decision by U.S. President Donald Trump to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Water cannons, tear gas, and rubber bullets were used to clear protestors from the […]

Election Crisis In Honduras Sparked By Violence And Corruption

Frustrations over upcoming election results in Honduras turned violent on Friday, December 1, causing twelve injuries to civilians according to police reports. Tear gas was deployed to shut down protests that occurred at multiple locations, such as outside the vote counting centre in Tegucigalpa. A curfew was put in place […]

2017: A Deadly Year For The Transgender Community

In a new report from the LGBTQ advocacy group, Human Rights Campaign (HRC), 2017 is now on the record as the deadliest year the transgender community has had in the past decade. Due to the fact that many victims of violent crimes often go unrecorded as being transgender, the numbers […]