Mask mandates have done their best to engender a school environment that is devoid of human connection and visible emotion; is this what we hoped for when mandatory masking went back into place in May 2021? The administration’s decision to renege on this transition indicates they are willing to forcibly mask everyone in perpetuity. For a policy that is ineffective at best and harmful to the mental health of many members of the university body, this is unacceptable.
Harley Centner became involved in freedom activism while living abroad in Taiwan, up through the first year of the pandemic. Living in Asia during the Hong Kong protests, and then seeing governments around the world enact similar restrictions on their citizens’ freedoms during the COVID pandemic, he became more keenly aware of the fragility and preciousness of our civil liberties and our responsibility as citizens to uphold them on a daily basis. Now a graduating Tufts senior studying international relations, he actively promotes awareness of medical freedom and civil liberties, and has helped organize many local and state-level coalitions against vaccine passports and restrictions on First Amendment rights and bodily autonomy in Massachusetts.