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Dishonest Don

Dishonest Don

"Dishonest Don" Contributing Editor: Jamie Domnick Twitter: @JNick9456 Instagram:JNick9456 Currently a student at the University of Wisconsin--Green Bay; double majoring in Democracy & Justice Studies, and History. At the beginning of my college career, I intended to major in Art and then perhaps teach the subject. However, as I continued to take various classes, I soon discovered my passion for

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Why This Veteran No Longer Believes in the Second Amendment

Why This Veteran No Longer Believes in the Second Amendment

I no longer “believe” in the Second Amendment. (Whatever that means.) With every mass shooting that carries the national news for a couple days, every elected official or those trying to become one of them start an appearance with the consultant and party approved phrase, “I strongly believe in the Second Amendment.” Then pivot to how they are a gun

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Trump’s Grand Military Parade

"Trump's Grand Military Parade" Contributing Editor: Jamie Domnick Twitter: @JNick9456 Instagram:JNick9456 Currently a student at the University of Wisconsin--Green Bay; double majoring in Democracy & Justice Studies, and History. At the beginning of my college career, I intended to major in Art and then perhaps teach the subject. However, as I continued to take various classes, I soon discovered my

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I Dare You to Do Your Job

I Dare You to Do Your Job

Fine, you win.  Despite the overwhelming majority of Americans who approve of increased background checks – no problem, ignore us.  You have never even admitted to the FACT the United States is unique in the size and scope of its gun violence problem – that is your personal choice.  Making it illegal for the CDC to even study the problem

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5 tips for returning to work after maternity leave

5 tips for returning to work after maternity leave

Your maternity leave may be the longest length of time you take away from the office. But before you know it, you’ll be tucking away your yoga pants and reacquainting yourself with your work wardrobe. If you’re planning a pregnancy or starting the adoption process, it’s never too early to plan time away from work to be with your child.

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Bringing the Blue Wave to Ohio

Bringing the Blue Wave to Ohio

I guess it started about five years ago. Late Summer, early evening. I’m at a park behind an elementary school down the street, pushing my daughter on the swing. She’s five, about to start kindergarten. There’s a “Welcome Back” event going on at the school, so there are a number of kids about. Two young girls take the swings to

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Breitbart’s Bloody Lie and 6 Truths About School Shootings

Breitbart’s Bloody Lie and 6 Truths About School Shootings

Yesterday, as seventeen students and teachers lay dead in and around a Florida high school, and while victims of the same shooter were still in surgery to treat the grievous gunshot wounds they received, Breitbart “News” posted the following article (turn on your ad blocker before clicking, please): “Fact Check: Pro-Gun Control Liberals Spread Misleading Claim of 18 School Shootings

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When I Grow Up

When I Grow Up

What do you want to be when you grow up? This question was asked several times when you were a child. So many kids wanted to be an astronaut, a firefighter, basketball player, singer. I myself wanted to be a doctor dancer, yes, I was an overachiever trying to tackle two professions in one. When we finally did grow up

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Not me Bubble

Not me Bubble

In the new era of #metoo many are being forced out of #notme bubble. Every day on the news we hear about another famous, powerful person being accused of sexual misconduct. The media is spending hours upon hours a day covering the politicians, the news anchors, the media moguls and the accuser’s stories. While the Silence Breaker’s movement is, powerful

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SNAPping the Backs of the Poor

SNAPping the Backs of the Poor

Continuing its non-stop war on the poor, the Trump administration this week proposed a radical change to SNAP benefits. This change, in addition to reducing the program by 30% would eliminate most recipients’ ability to procure fresh and healthy food on a reliable basis. SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) is the government program formerly known as Food Stamps. More than

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AFT President Randi Weingarten Responds to President Trump’s Infrastructure Proposal

AFT President Randi Weingarten Responds to President Trump’s Infrastructure Proposal

WASHINGTON— Statement by AFT President Randi Weingarten in response to President Trump’s infrastructure proposal: “Infrastructure investment has always been a win-win for communities—fixing and building new roads, bridges and tunnels; modernizing schools and our energy system; and spreading 21st-century technologies across the nation, which all help create and sustain living-wage jobs and small business. It’s never been intended to enrich

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Alyssa Milano & Love Is Louder Launch New Initiative: #LoveIsLouder When We…

Alyssa Milano & Love Is Louder Launch New Initiative: #LoveIsLouder When We…

Actress and Activist, Alyssa Milano is partnering with Love Is Louder on a special Valentine’s Day initiative: #LoveIsLouder When We… Inspired in part by the vitriol and hate she sees on social media day in and day out, this initiative encourages people to look beyond the hate and recognize the good and the love in the world. Alyssa explains, "Every

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A CONVERSATION WITH ANDREA CHALUPA

A CONVERSATION WITH ANDREA CHALUPA

PatriotNotPartisan is honored and excited to welcome author & scholar Andrea Chalupa to chat with one of our contributing editors, Dr. Keith Pochick.  Andrea is a New York based writer who graduated from the University of California at Davis with High Honors in History and studied Ukrainian at the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute. She has spoken about Ukraine in the

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Foul Language

Foul Language

"The New York Times recently released a list of all people, places, and things that President Donald Trump insulted in the last year over Twitter. The list consists of 425 people, places, and things. The lists includes names like Hillary Clinton, Ted Cruz, and Steven Bannon. Even most mainstream news networks, such as ABC, CNN, and the New York Times - all

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#FreeSyedJamal

#FreeSyedJamal

Meet Syed Ahmed Jamal, a 55-year-old chemistry instructor from Bangladesh. He has been residing in the Kansas City, MO area for over 30 years, originally coming to America on a student visa. Jamal obtained graduate degrees in molecular sciences and pharmaceutical engineering. At that point he was issued an H1-B visa for highly skilled workers. Entering a doctoral program, he

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Gina Collias, a Rational Republican, is Now a Candidate for Congress

Gina Collias, a Rational Republican, is Now a Candidate for Congress

The GOP has drifted into rhetorical and ideological territory that most conservatives would have found inconceivable and unconscionable only a decade ago. The elections of 2018 and 2020 will indicate whether this lurch to the alt-right will endure. If Gina Collias has anything to say about it, the GOP will snap back to a more rational conservative platform. And she

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Gerrymandering

Gerrymandering

An Ohio congressman -- and the chairman of the GOP efforts to hold the House in 2018 -- admitted something this week that politicians usually try to hide: The Republicans owe their big majorities to gerrymandering. "It starts with the congressional lines," Rep. Steve Stivers told Politico, conceding that his party has started with a big advantage throughout this entire decade.

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He Doesn’t Care About your Freedom: A Veteran’s View of how Trump is Undermining American Freedom

He Doesn’t Care About your Freedom: A Veteran’s View of how Trump is Undermining American Freedom

I imagine that the idea that our President might not care if we are free is a tough pill to swallow for any American. It certainly is for me a US Army veteran. The very idea strikes at the heart of American exceptionalism. First off, accepting this belief would require us to call into question the collective intelligence of our

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Nearly 100 Arrested and Over 700 Rally for the Dream Act

Nearly 100 Arrested and Over 700 Rally for the Dream Act

Nearly 100 Arrested and Over 700 Rally for the Dream Act Progressive Leaders from the Healthcare, Labor and Women’s Rights Movement Join Immigrant Youth; Call on Congress to Reject Trump Deportation Plan and to Pass Dream Act Now Washington, D.C. - Today, the National Day of Action for the Dream Act brought together hundreds of progressive allies from the healthcare, labor,

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Mississippi Woman Criminally Charged for Pregnancy Outcome After Home Birth

Mississippi Woman Criminally Charged for Pregnancy Outcome After Home Birth

“What's happening to Mrs. Fisher and her family is the latest in a line of women of color having their pregnancies and specifically pregnancy loss criminalized." The details of the allegations against Fisher have not been made public. However, the case hearkens back to similar instances when women have been criminally charged for pregnancy outcomes. A Mississippi woman is facing

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#FightLikeAMother – GenX Women Reclaim an Archetype and Change American Politics

#FightLikeAMother – GenX Women Reclaim an Archetype and Change American Politics

On January 20th and 21st, women led millions once again to take to the streets. From tiny Walla Walla, Wash., to St. Petersburg, Fla., to the major cities of New York and Los Angeles, citizens of all ages and backgrounds carried signs calling for a return to logic and compassion. On my sign were the words, “Fight Like a Mother.”

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Worse than Amateur Hour: The tragedy of Trump’s unqualified appointees

Worse than Amateur Hour: The tragedy of Trump’s unqualified appointees

During the election, many of my conservative friends argued that Trump would be good for the country because he would promote their ideals. He would appoint conservative judges, pass conservative legislation, and encourage conservative policies and priorities at every level of government. Sure, he may rely too heavily on racist, divisive rhetoric, and sure he may have a less than

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IT’S NOT ABOUT YOU

IT’S NOT ABOUT YOU

In December, I had the opportunity to see one of my musical idols, Jay-Z, at the United Center in Chicago. I am astounded by what he has done for the community and for music in general. With the assistance of one of my best friends, I lucked out and landed 10th row seats. It was an amazing night that I

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AN OPEN LETTER TO CONGRESSIONAL REPUBLICANS

AN OPEN LETTER TO CONGRESSIONAL REPUBLICANS

Below is a letter I sent this week to both of my Republican Senators.  I have yet to receive a reply.  I welcome everyone who wishes to use any or all of my words to fashion a letter of their own.  The branches of government were designed to be separate and equal.  They are currently neither.  Our Founding Fathers would

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Thoughts on the Second Amendment: Is Gun Ownership an Absolute Right?

Thoughts on the Second Amendment: Is Gun Ownership an Absolute Right?

“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” - The 2nd Amendment to the Constitution. It’s time we think clearly about this amendment.  I’m not lawyer, nor am I an expert on the Constitution.  But I can read and think (to

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It Is Not the Pink Pussy Hats. It is the Sexism.

It Is Not the Pink Pussy Hats. It is the Sexism.

On January 20, 2017 millions of people (mostly women) marched in protest.  There were hundreds of peaceful, organized marches across the globe.  By the numbers, it was the largest day of protest ever.  EVER!  Bigger than civil rights marches, bigger than anti-war marches, bigger than anything that came before.  By January 22, the media had moved on. On January 20,

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Rewriting Rockwell

Rewriting Rockwell

I was not raised in middle America, I do not frequent a local diner, I know some, but not all of my neighbors, I have never held a manual job, I’ve not considered buying a truck, I do not own a gun, I did not serve in the military, and I have no qualifications as a first responder. I am,

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JAMES COMEY – THE NON-PARTISAN PATRIOT

JAMES COMEY – THE NON-PARTISAN PATRIOT

I’ve had some time since last summer to process the events surrounding former FBI Director James Comey’s firing, as well as his role in influencing the 2016 Presidential election.  My opinion is now solidified.  The man is a well-read, loyal, experienced, humble, and passionate American throwback.  He is Donald Trump’s character foil, for he is everything Trump is not. I

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PatriotNOTPartisan’s First Annual #SOTYou Twitter Candidate Forum

PatriotNOTPartisan’s First Annual #SOTYou Twitter Candidate Forum

PatriotNOTPartisan’s First Annual #SOTYou Twitter Candidate Forum On Tuesday, January 30th, President Trump will deliver his first State of the Union Address. PatriotNOTPartisan has invited candidates for office from across the country to participate in a non-partisan* moderated live response on Twitter, and you’re invited! Follow @PatNotPart and #SOTYou on Twitter and join: Stacey Abrams, candidate for Governor of Georgia

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Alyssa Milano launches #StateOfTheDream Initiative

Alyssa Milano launches #StateOfTheDream Initiative

Alyssa Milano launches #StateOfTheDream InitiativeAs Digital Counter-Programming to Trump’s State of the Union Address On Tuesday, January 30th(6pm PST/9pm EST), Donald Trump will deliver his SOTU address. #StateOfTheDream will highlight what truly makes America great: that we come from many places, races and creeds, and together work for a more perfect union. The digital #StateOfTheDream initiative will support dreamers and immigrants, call for

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Unconscionable

Unconscionable

On January 18, 2018, the Trump administration announced the formation of a new division of the Department of Health and Human Services, entitled the Conscience and Religious Freedom Division.  The new Division, which will be part of the Office of Civil Rights, is designed to protect healthcare professionals who refuse to offer birth control or abortion based on their religious

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Who Is Donald Trump Jr? Narrated by Alyssa Milano via NowThis

Who Is Donald Trump Jr? Narrated by Alyssa Milano via NowThis

Donald Trump Jr. followed his father's footsteps not just in name, but in beauty pageant creepiness, and, of course, lying about Russia pic.twitter.com/3BBPJBwYVi — NowThis (@nowthisnews) January 24, 2018 VIA NowThis, Narrated by Alyssa Milano NowThis (@nowthisnews)  Alyssa Milano is an Actor, Activist & Philanthropist. She is an UNICEF Ambassador who is trying to make a better future for her,

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Members of Congress Meeting with Czech Ultranationalist Politician Party Leadership Called for Gassing of Jews, Minorities

Members of Congress Meeting with Czech Ultranationalist Politician Party Leadership Called for Gassing of Jews, Minorities

This afternoon, five Republican members of Congress will meet with Tomio Okamura, Czech politician and founder of the extreme right-wing Freedom and Direct Democracy Party in Prague. Steve King (R-IA), Andy Harris (R-MD), Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) and Paul Gosar (R-AZ) requested the meeting, which Okamura says will cover topics ranging from trade to immigration. Founded in 2015,

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Four Immigrants: Two Trumps, Two “Shithole” Nationals

Four Immigrants: Two Trumps, Two “Shithole” Nationals

Donald Trump steamrolled into office on a platform of anti-immigrant nationalism. He’s largely held to that nationalism as President – at least for immigrants from his self-identified “shithole countries.” However, he has also married two immigrants who have gone on to live lives of luxury and wealth with no fear of deportation. The difference? They are Caucasians from Europe. Amer

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Faking the News: How Media Took a Personal Story and Made It Political

Faking the News: How Media Took a Personal Story and Made It Political

One of Donald Trump’s favorite refrains is “Fake News.” While I don’t generally agree with the President on anything, and certainly not on the way he applies the term, it’s true that there is fake news out there, that certain media outlets will start with actual news and subvert it to make a political point, and that doing so damages

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Caring for a Medically Fragile Child in the Age of Trump

Caring for a Medically Fragile Child in the Age of Trump

Women in the Age of Trump - A Patriot NOT Partisan Exclusive Series In 2016, three million more Americans voted for the first woman to occupy the Oval Office than did for the man who currently occupies it. The impacts were swift and significant. In 2018, PatriotNOTPartisan is collecting the stories of these impacts, told by the women who are impacted.

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#SchumerShutdown

#SchumerShutdown

#SchumerShutdown - the hashtag that GOP leaders are using to accuse Democrats of causing the shutdown became the trending hashtag. As the hashtag continues to boom, republicans are gaining a boost in efforts to blame Democrats. We should move forward with consideration for solution and compromise, not pointing fingers to blame. Contributing Editor: Jamie Domnick Twitter: @JNick9456 Instagram:JNick9456 Currently a

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The Inspirational Nature of TIME’S UP

The Inspirational Nature of TIME’S UP

The TIME'S UP initiative, a movement developed by over 300 women in the entertainment industry, launched in January with a solidarity letter demonstrating each endorser's desire to help protect women who are confronted by sexual harassment in the workplace. The TIME'S UP Legal Defense Fund, which "will provide subsidized legal support to women and men who have experienced sexual harassment,

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Health Care Voter Announces Six New Campaign Co-Chairs, Ramps Up  Ahead of 2018 Elections

Health Care Voter Announces Six New Campaign Co-Chairs, Ramps Up  Ahead of 2018 Elections

Health Care Voter Announces Six New Campaign Co-Chairs, Ramps Up  Ahead of 2018 Elections Anton Gunn, Former Advisor for the U.S. Department of Health and Human ServicesElena Hung, President and Co-Founder of the Little LobbyistsAlyssa Milano, Actor and Health Care AdvocateLaura Packard, Health Care AdvocateTopher Spiro, Senior Fellow and Vice President of Health Policy at the Center for American Progress

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Meet Brianna Westbrook, the Transwoman Running for Congress

Meet Brianna Westbrook, the Transwoman Running for Congress

The 2018 election cycle is shaping up to be quite exciting and is filled with candidates who are prepared to fight the GOP establishment and promote a progressive agenda. One such candidate is Brianna Westbrook, who is running for the U.S. House, representing Arizona’s 8th Congressional District. If elected, she will become the first openly transgender Congressperson and has vowed

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Here’s the thing: A Trump presidency – or one like it – was inevitable

Here’s the thing: A Trump presidency – or one like it – was inevitable

The most compelling stories often are those that feature a deeply unlikable villain against whom the forces of good must rally, and when the ink dries on this chapter in American history, the record will show that Donald Trump was that villain. His vulgarity knows no bounds, his incompetence and unfitness for the office he holds are unprecedented, and his

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Alyssa Milano Speaks at Power to the Polls – Atlanta, Georgia

Alyssa Milano Speaks at Power to the Polls – Atlanta, Georgia

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Who Wants to be an Oligarch?

Who Wants to be an Oligarch?

Does Contestant Donnie Trump have what it takes? This parody makes following the money fun and suggests the so-called "nothing-burger" may in fact be a something-borscht with a side of definitely-a-thing caviar.   About Rise and Resist Rise and Resist is a direct action group committed to opposing, disrupting, and defeating any government act that threatens democracy, equality, and our

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Love Knows No Boundaries.  No Oceans.  No Countries.

Love Knows No Boundaries. No Oceans. No Countries.

Each year there is a trendy gift that everyone wants. These gifts become most popular around Christmas. The first such gift I remember was the Cabbage Patch Kid. I remember watching news stories of parents fighting over a few remaining at a local Toys-R-Us store. I also remember working in retail when the Furby was the hot gift. One day,

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Missing the Point: The Argument for Police Reform

Missing the Point: The Argument for Police Reform

Every time I see a police vehicle, my heart drops and I immediately fear for my life because I have been the victim of unwarranted physical assault by police officers (as detailed in my article “Ungrateful is the new Uppity”). Many men and women with darker skin can relate to this feeling. There have been many articles on both sides

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BRINGING THE PEOPLE BACK TO THE HOUSE

BRINGING THE PEOPLE BACK TO THE HOUSE

While politics in the United States has grown more racially and ethnically diverse, and while women continue their march toward parity, the economic diversity of Congress has actually gone down. The shrinking of trade unions has removed the primary ladder for working people to rise to political leadership, and the result is a kind of economic segregation that marginalizes most

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Time to Stand in Our Truth and Sing

Time to Stand in Our Truth and Sing

The past year has been more than a wake up call for women across America. It has been a forced rebirth. Shortly after the election of 2016 shocked us all, one unexpected event heralded the death of the woman I used to be. The woman who remained of the good Generation X girl who thought that if she excelled at

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History Repeating Itself

History Repeating Itself

James Madison, at the constitutional convention:  “A President is impeachable if he attempts to subvert the Constitution. I’ve recently been doing a bit of historical research into impeachment. Given our current circumstances with Trump, it did seem to be the logical course of action. As I was reading, I began to notice trends in certain things. Similarities to that situation

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What you need to know about the partial  DACA reinstatement:

What you need to know about the partial DACA reinstatement:

DACA was shut down on September 5, 2017, and USCIS has not accepted any renewal applications since October 5, 2017. On January 9, 2018 a federal judge ordered USCIS to resume accepting DACA renewal applications. WHO CAN FILE Any person who meets all the DACA requirements, and has held DACA at some point in the past may now prepare a

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Less is Moore

Less is Moore

As I entered my parents’ home one evening, I was immediately greeted by the hearty tones of my father’s booming voice critiquing the contestants on one of his favorite game shows. “Stupido! Madonna, what a dumb!” I hear him belting out from downstairs. The language he employs is a variable amalgam of Italian, his mother tongue, and English. This is

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I am A refugee

I am A refugee

INTRODUCTION The global refugee migration is at a record high. I wrote this poem in response to the global refugee politics that is often harsh and dehumanizing. I was a child when my family and I fled the civil war in Somalia. No one should ever have to go through what a refugee experiences. I just wanted to write a

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Brianna Westbrook Biography

Brianna Westbrook Biography

I first stepped into politics as a concerned citizen in February 2013 when I was nearly 30-years-old. I argued before the Phoenix City Council to support an Anti-Discrimination measure to include protections for members of the LGBT and disability communities in city contracts, housing, employment and public accommodations. Two months later I argued against AZ Senate Bill 1432, aimed at prosecuting

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Kinds of Hunger

Kinds of Hunger

I’ve been teaching writing classes at a local university for well over a decade now. The quick math in my head tells me I’ve had thousands of students. I have to admit – I don’t remember them all. He was a forgettable kid when he walked in, but he didn’t remain that way for long. The first thing that caught

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Americans Must Unite to Rescue Our Sinking Ship of State

Americans Must Unite to Rescue Our Sinking Ship of State

We are in the midst of a national emergency, and the elections in November will signal whether America is still serious about being a democracy. A President is actively attacking democratic structures and norms while intentionally stoking racial tensions. Civility itself is endangered. Our elections are not secure and voter suppression is on the rise. There is an active campaign

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Twenty Quotes for the #RESISTANCE in 2018

Twenty Quotes for the #RESISTANCE in 2018

We who oppose tyranny in all its guises don’t yet have our own Thomas Paine, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Roosevelt, Eleanor Roosevelt, or Martin Luther King, Jr. - but we have their words.  Keep them close.  Make them your own.  Speak them often.  Share with friends and family.  Remix at will.  And please add to this

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RECLAIMING CHRISTIANITY FROM REPUBLICANS

RECLAIMING CHRISTIANITY FROM REPUBLICANS

The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.  In the temple he found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves, and the money changers seated at their tables.  Making a whip of cords, he drove all of them out of the temple, both the sheep and the cattle. He also poured out the coins of the

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Alt-Reich: The Reemergence of an Old Enemy

Alt-Reich: The Reemergence of an Old Enemy

It did not begin in Charlottesville, but did not end there, either.  In August, 2017, self-described White nationalists marched in Charlottesville, Virginia, carrying Tiki torches and swastikas, chanting “Jews will not replace us”, and “blood and soil”.  Any student of history knows from whence these phrases came.  Our country fought a war to defeat this very ideology, and here it

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Could 2019 Be the Year of the ERA?

Could 2019 Be the Year of the ERA?

In 1972, both the Senate and the House passed the Equal rights Amendment and sent it to the states for ratification. Requiring the approval of thirty-eight states, it received only thirty-five before the Congressionally-mandated deadline for ratification expired. Thirty-six years later, the ERA is still not part of the Constitution, but a wave of women running for office could prompt

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Termination of TPS for El Salvador

Termination of TPS for El Salvador

TPS for El Salvador was ended on January 8, 2018. Over 200,000 people, with 193,000 US citizen children, here legally since 2001, faithfully renewing their statuses, paying taxes, and virtually free of criminal records. (You are allowed only one misdemeanor conviction to have TPS). Salvadorans constitute over 60% of the entire TPS population in the United States. TPS, or Temporary

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#In300Days You Can Change the World –  But You Must Start Now

#In300Days You Can Change the World – But You Must Start Now

Today marks 300 days before the Midterm Congressional election. That’s right – we’re nearing the halfway point of the Trump regime, and for many of us, this election will be the first chance we have to voice our disapproval at the ballot box. But you won’t be heard if you can’t vote. Last November’s elections proved beyond a doubt that

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I Am Not Yours: How I am Healing through Art, Activism, and Empowerment

I Am Not Yours: How I am Healing through Art, Activism, and Empowerment

On March 3rd, 2017, I sat down after work to write a song. Songwriting has always been a sort of diary for me; I find that no matter how hard I try, I cannot be dishonest in it. Everything I write pulls from my own experiences and perceptions. I sat down with the intention of writing something “sexy”. I was

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PopPolitics: Alyssa Milano on the Dream Act

PopPolitics: Alyssa Milano on the Dream Act

Alyssa Milano talks about her political activism, including her recent participation in a rally to urge passage of the Dream Act.

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Women in the Age of Trump – Being A Woman In Trump’s America: Year One

Women in the Age of Trump – Being A Woman In Trump’s America: Year One

Women in the Age of Trump - A Patriot NOT Partisan Exclusive Series In 2016, three million more Americans voted for the first woman to occupy the Oval Office than did for the man who currently occupies it. The impacts were swift and significant. In 2018, PatriotNOTPartisan is collecting the stories of these impacts, told by the women who are impacted.

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The Unlikely Lesson I Learned

The Unlikely Lesson I Learned

It was a cold night on October 30, 2017, in downtown Chicago. I was in line, outside, with hundreds of people waiting to hear a speech. I saw people from all walks of life. The ladies from the Gold Coast, the men from the south side, the nice, elderly ladies from Suburbia, the college kids from universities far and near,

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The God of the Left

The God of the Left

There was a time I believed that those on the right, or conservatives, were the anti-science party. I felt that their denial of obvious scientific reality clearly made the right wing the anti-science party. For the most part, a lot of conservatives believe in God, and their religion would come into conflict with science. In short, for someone to deny

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Damonsplaining: How NOT To Do Empathy

Damonsplaining: How NOT To Do Empathy

When I heard Matt Damon's answer to the Q: "How do you react to that?" (in regards to people being charged with unwanted sexual contact & sexual violence) my heart sank! The thing is, somewhere in that just over 16 minute interview (click here) he cobbled together the makings of a decent empathic apology on behalf of the group with

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VLADIMIR PUTIN’S LONG GAME

VLADIMIR PUTIN’S LONG GAME

One nasty morning Comrade Stalin discovered that his favorite pipe was missing. Naturally, he called in his henchman, Lavrenti Beria, and instructed him to find the pipe. A few hours later, Stalin found it in his desk and called off the search. "But, Comrade Stalin," stammered Beria, "five suspects have already confessed to stealing it."  -- Vladimir Bukovsky   This

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Take a Knee Bernie

Take a Knee Bernie

A week ago, The Washington Post ranked the top 15 Democratic presidential candidates for 2020. The article appeared in The Post on Friday before Christmas weekend and was like a package that an unreformed Grinch would leave on the doorstep. If America is suffering now, trying to determine how to recover from the one-man circus that has corrupted the nation,

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Countdown!

Countdown!

Tonight marks one of the most focused of all global countdowns. People around the world will wait in anticipation for the last seconds of another year to tick away. In Manhattan tonight, almost 2 million revelers will pack into Times Square and countdown with the famed ball. Around the nation and across the globe, millions more will be counting down

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Top 10 DNC Fails, 2017

Top 10 DNC Fails, 2017

Coming on the heels of the 2016 election debacle, which saw the resignation of its chairman and an unthinkable loss to a remarkably unpresidential and unqualified man, the Democratic National Committee clearly needed a renewed focus and image makeover in 2017. While there were some large victories (electoral wins in Virginia and Alabama come to mind), there were some major

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Ten Most Important Tweets of 2017

Ten Most Important Tweets of 2017

2017 became the year of the Twitter Presidency – but it wasn’t all about @RealDonaldTrump. From social movements to political movements, causes to humor, here are the 10 tweets that we feel carried the most weight this year. 10. "No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion..." pic.twitter.com/InZ58zkoAm

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Year End Review of the RussiaGate Fraud

Year End Review of the RussiaGate Fraud

As amazing as it is, there are still people out there who are totally sold on any number of Russia/Trump based conspiracy theories. So it falls to me to illustrate a few of the multitude of reasons we Trump supporters scoff and get a good laugh almost daily over the latest “RussiaGate” nonsense. It’s almost amazing the degree to which

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Hollow Populism

Hollow Populism

McKean County, Pennsylvania: I’ve been visiting this place since I was a kid. It’s quiet, with good hunting. Next to the Allegheny River, near the northern border of the state, it’s removed from pretty much everything. There’s a college town about 25 miles away, but in the winter, the mountain roads are often impassable. As a young boy, I found

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The Top 10 Immigration Developments of 2017

The Top 10 Immigration Developments of 2017

That 2017 has been a tumultuous year for immigration in the United States is not exactly a revelation. President Trump campaigned on this issue and has sought to deliver on many of his campaign promises. If you’re pro-immigration, there are not many positives to report this year except that public opinion remains strongly pro-immigration and resistance to the President’s immigration

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Game On?

Game On?

There’s a game being played somewhere in Donald Trump’s mind. No one is quite sure of what the game is or what the rules are, or even what the objective is. None-the-less, yesterday afternoon Trump declared, “America is in the game and America is going to win.” While 325 million people scratched their collective heads on Monday, Trump apparently had

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Women are equal. Period.

Women are equal. Period.

You’ve heard the statistics: 40% of women are the primary breadwinners of their home, if women got paid equally as men the US economy would double, etc. These statistics are irrelevant. Women don’t deserve equal opportunity because “it’s good for our economy” or “good for their children” or “good for their family.” A woman’s value isn’t dependent on her relationship

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Make America Hate Again

Make America Hate Again

Jonathan Swift famously said, “We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another.” I am Jewish, as are both my parents, and as were my four grandparents.  They instilled in me the concepts of Tzedukah, (charity) and Mitzvot (good deeds).   As with Christianity, I was taught the Golden Rules: do unto

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How to Write a College Application Essay

How to Write a College Application Essay

Putting together a college application can feel like an impossible task. After all, this is your future we’re talking about. There’s a lot at stake here. But here’s the good news: you’re more prepared than you may think. All of those writing assignments you completed throughout high school have provided you with the experience and skills needed to write a

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WHAT MAKES A VIRGINIAN FIGHT?

WHAT MAKES A VIRGINIAN FIGHT?

Growing up in Virginia gives one a unique perspective.  We Virginians spend our formative years immersed in history, and almost daily we’re reminded of the role our state played in the forging of America.  We’ve been on both sides of history, and our pride is tempered with a healthy dose of humility.  When Massachusetts started a fight it couldn’t win

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POLITICAL CARTOON

POLITICAL CARTOON

Cokes the Self-Preservation Out Differing from presidents of the past, President Trump appears to execute the typical day in favor of personal interests. Each day the president engages in excessive social media use and cable television. President Trump continues to challenge normative presidential behavior. Appearing in the New York Times, Inside Trump's Hour-by-Hour Battle for Self-Preservation states, "For other presidents, every day is a

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#KeepTellingPeople

#KeepTellingPeople

From the office, to the dorm room, to everyday life - sexual harassment, assault, and rape are an epidemic. The time for change is NOW. With every new voice that speaks up, another person is empowered to tell their story. Another person calls out harassment. Another person becomes an ally in the fight against assault. We will speak up. We

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Creative Coalition urges victims of sexual assault and harassment to #KeepTellingPeople

Creative Coalition urges victims of sexual assault and harassment to #KeepTellingPeople

  The Creative Coalition launched a PSA campaign to encourage people who have experienced sexual harassment and assault to keep talking and fight back. The Creative Coalition Tim Daly, Cheryl Hines, Alyssa Milano and Wanda Sykes want you to #KeepTellingPeople. In a PSA out Tuesday, the actors lead a team from The Creative Coalition to shine a spotlight on the wave of allegations

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Behind the Mask: A Look at Anonymity and Online Activism

Behind the Mask: A Look at Anonymity and Online Activism

Red’s morning routine could only be called normal. There’s coffee involved, and a kid who needs a ride to school, and in the empty spaces of the morning, he tweets. Just a few lines here and there, maybe a pic or a video to go with it. And over time, as practice becomes habit, and habit becomes a lifestyle, people

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ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY LEADERS UNANIMOUSLY FORM AND FUND COMMISSION FOR ELIMINATING SEXUAL HARASSMENT AND ADVANCING EQUALITY IN THE WORKPLACE

ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY LEADERS UNANIMOUSLY FORM AND FUND COMMISSION FOR ELIMINATING SEXUAL HARASSMENT AND ADVANCING EQUALITY IN THE WORKPLACE

Anita Hill named Commission Chair   LOS ANGELES – December 15, 2017 – Following widespread revelations of pervasive sexual harassment and assault in the media and entertainment industries, executives, independent experts and advisors have come together in a unanimous effort to tackle the broad culture of abuse and power disparity by forming and funding the Commission on Sexual Harassment and

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The Daily Dog: A Web of Greed

The Daily Dog: A Web of Greed

The Trump regime took another goose-step down the yellow-brick road of fascism on Thursday as the FCC voted to repeal Net Neutrality rules. The rules, another Obama-era accomplishment and clear target of Little Donnie Dotard’s ego, protected America’s free use of the internet as an extension of freedoms of speech, expression, and information. With the repeal vote, there could be

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Little Boy Blue

Little Boy Blue

The dust had barely settled on Alabama’s election, when the Trump regime kicked into full gear again to ram through its sham of a tax reform bill. On Wednesday, White House lapdog and sometimes Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell demanded that a vote be held on the tax bill…before Doug Jones is sworn in as Alabama’s new senator. Trump, McConnell,

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Why the Masses Vote to Make the Rich Richer

Why the Masses Vote to Make the Rich Richer

Many explanations have been offered for the current political situation. How do Republicans control Congress when more votes are cast for Democratic congresspersons? Gerrymandering and vote suppression. How did Trump win so much support despite disadvantages that would have disqualified any previous candidate? White, working-class, tribalist anger over minority progress, stoked by Russian fake news. But how do the rich,

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THE UNBREAKABLE HOPE OF ALEXI NAVALNY

THE UNBREAKABLE HOPE OF ALEXI NAVALNY

“Hope is a good thing – maybe the best thing.  And no good thing ever dies.”  - Andy Dufresne, “The Shawshank Redemption Like many of you reading this, I’m a child of the 80’s.  I cut my teeth on MTV and rode my bike everywhere without a helmet.  I owned two pairs of parachute pants which had so many zippers,

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BATTLE FOR THE NET!!!

BATTLE FOR THE NET!!!

We have just days. The FCC is about to vote to end net neutrality—breaking the fundamental principle of the open Internet—and only an avalanche of calls to Congress can stop it. So this Tuesday, December 12th, "Break the Internet" on your site, Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, LinkedIn, reddit, Tumblr, Youtube or in whatever wild creative way you can to get your audience to contact Congress. That’s how we win. Are you in? Battle For The

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The Real War on Christmas

The Real War on Christmas

For years the GOP has stated that there is a war on Christmas. I have never quite understood this war, but if there is a war, Christmas is winning. Just take a look around. Since as early as September, many retailers had already started playing Christmas music, and selling Christmas trees and ornaments. For all intents and purposes, I do

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