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Six Years After Student Loan Debt Surpassed $1 Trillion, Non-Profits Host Webinars to Help Borrowers

Six Years After Student Loan Debt Surpassed $1 Trillion, Non-Profits Host Webinars to Help Borrowers

On 1T Day, Student Debt Crisis and Higher Ed, Not Debt partner up to lead a day-long series of webinars to help student loan borrowers Washington, D.C.— Tomorrow, April 25, 2018, marks six years since student loan debt hit $1 trillion. To commemorate this anniversary, Student Debt Crisis and Higher Ed, Not Debt will partner up to lead a series

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5 financial moves DREAMers should make now

5 financial moves DREAMers should make now

If you’re a DREAMer, you face a difficult financial situation. In February 2018, the Supreme Court declined to hear the Trump Administration’s appeal challenging the Deferred Action for Child Arrivals program — better known as DACA. And in March, Congress failed to develop a permanent solution to protect DREAMers from deportation. With the future of DACA still uncertain, many dreamers

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CELEBRITIES, ACTIVISTS AND ARTIST ALLIES LAUNCH  #NoRA CAMPAIGN TO PUT AN END TO THE NRA’S INFLUENCE IN POLITICS

CELEBRITIES, ACTIVISTS AND ARTIST ALLIES LAUNCH #NoRA CAMPAIGN TO PUT AN END TO THE NRA’S INFLUENCE IN POLITICS

LOS ANGELES (April 20, 2018) – Nearly 100 celebrities, activists, artists, policy experts and survivors of gun violence today launched the #NoRA (No Rifle Association), a new collective action campaign to highlight and combat the National Rifle Association's (NRA) deadly influence over the American political system. The alliance is committed to moving culture into a less violent place by counteracting

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Sentencing Reform: Drug Addiction

Sentencing Reform: Drug Addiction

Sentencing Reform: Drug Addiction Keith Whiteman was first locked up in 1995, at age 20. Three years in prison, five months out—then he offended again. Another two years in prison, seven months out. Three more times he returned, spending years behind bars and then a few months free. Each time he committed yet another offense (or several), all a byproduct

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Dr. Hiral Tipirneni: The Right Prescription for Arizona

Dr. Hiral Tipirneni: The Right Prescription for Arizona

A profile of the ER Doctor and Cancer Research Advocate who wants to represent her community in Congress. Early voting has started in Arizona’s 8th Congressional District special election to fill Trent Franks’ empty seat. Election Day is fast approaching, on Tuesday, April 24th. As voters in this conservative district cast their ballots, many may be unfamiliar with the Democrat

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Political Cartoon

Political Cartoon

To Fire or Not to Fire 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

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CONSCIENTIOUS PROGRESSIVISM – KEEP THE BABY, THROW OUT THE BATHWATER

CONSCIENTIOUS PROGRESSIVISM – KEEP THE BABY, THROW OUT THE BATHWATER

"I am not an advocate for frequent changes in laws and constitutions, but laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths discovered and manners and opinions change, with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also to keep pace

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Unintended Consequences: FOSTA-SESTA and Sex Work

Unintended Consequences: FOSTA-SESTA and Sex Work

Things are happening quickly following FOSTA-SESTA’s 97–2 vote in Congress. Although the radically flawed legislation — which amends Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act — has yet to actually be signed in to law, major websites and companies are scrambling to enact preemptive measures in order to save themselves from facing culpability for any potential “misuse” of their platforms and services. The toppling

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Forced Into Activism

Forced Into Activism

I became an activist advocating for common sense gun legislation four years ago, at only 13 years of age, when Mike Brown was brutally murdered by a police officer in Ferguson, MO. He laid in the street for 4 hours until an ambulance picked up his body. That day opened my eyes to the true value of blacks in America

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Immigrants Are the New Negros

Immigrants Are the New Negros

Immigrants are the backbone of our country. This country was literally built on the backs of African slaves. Slaves built railroads, presidential estates, Wall Street, the White House, and everything in between. I will make a distinction early on in this article, though: slaves were not immigrants. I am merely mentioning the work that the “Negro” did in America right

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Immigrant Stories: Doctors and Nurses

Immigrant Stories: Doctors and Nurses

Keep Hospitals Safe From ICE   Since Trump has taken office, the Department of Homeland of Security (DHS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have aggressively targeted undocumented immigrants. With increasing reports of ICE roundups and arrests near and inside hospitals, more and more undocumented immigrants must choose between remaining with their families or risking deportation for medical care -

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Political Cartoon

Political Cartoon

Kushner Downgrade 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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Political Cartoon

Political Cartoon

Who will be next to leave the White House? Trump recently stated that he enjoys the chaos of the White House staff turnover. At the annual bipartisan dinner, he joked, "who's going to be next to leave? Steve Miller, or Melania?" Perhaps as a result of Trump's U.S. tariff proposal on steel and aluminum, Gary Corn resigned as director of

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Online Cruelty

Online Cruelty

i joined twitter in 2006. i hated it, immediately. it seemed ridiculous. you know what, though? sometimes ridiculous is good. seemingly meaningless updates on people’s lives didn’t interest me at first. but it grew on me. from there, twitter became a powerful platform for me and others for a lot of reasons. a lot of “happy collisions” on twitter have

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Empathic Gun Safety

Empathic Gun Safety

A few years ago in the month of March, my partner got me an all day package at LAX Firing Range in Southern California as a birthday present. She figured as a former pro athlete who did archery & rifles at youth summer camps, that it would be a welcome surprise, and it was. Shooting with her that day, and

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Crack, Voting Rights, and Black Lives Matter: A Primer For White People

Crack, Voting Rights, and Black Lives Matter: A Primer For White People

Black Lives Matter didn't happen in a vacuum, and it didn't happen solely because Michael Brown was shot and killed. Or Trayvon. Or Philando. Or Stephon. Or when they killed Sandra. Or broke Freddy’s neck. Or solely because of any of the unarmed, untried black Americans who have been killed by law enforcement since the genesis of Black Lives Matter

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CREATING A STRONG, COHESIVE DEMOCRATIC PLATFORM

CREATING A STRONG, COHESIVE DEMOCRATIC PLATFORM

“If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace.”  -- Thomas Paine The 2018 midterms are rapidly approaching and Democratic enthusiasm is higher than most of us can ever recall.  As a recent convert to the Democratic Party, I am inspired by our mix of conviction, fury, and energy.  I have hope

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President or Dictator: It’s America’s Choice

President or Dictator: It’s America’s Choice

I start this out by saying that I am an independent voter. My leaning is left. I don’t argue that. Yet, I grew up and still live in a state that is predominately conservative and voted for Trump. I didn’t, but my family did. A few of my friends did. We have talked politics and on many things, we have

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200 Minds Held Hostage at Pennridge High

200 Minds Held Hostage at Pennridge High

On Saturday, 200 brave, patriotic, dedicated, and focused leaders of tomorrow sat in detention at Pennridge High School in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Northeast of Philadelphia, Bucks County is home to some of the highest rated school districts and communities to live in the nation and a perennial republican stronghold. The county's politics could be one reason that Pennridge School District

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Chairman Crowley, FCC Commissioner Clyburn Hold Net Neutrality Roundtable with Students

Chairman Crowley, FCC Commissioner Clyburn Hold Net Neutrality Roundtable with Students

Chairman Crowley was joined by FCC Commissioner Clyburn, students and administrators at CUNY Prep in the Bronx to discuss the future of net neutrality. (Bronx, NY) – Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx) was joined by FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn yesterday for a discussion on net neutrality with students and administrators at CUNY Prep High School

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Forced Resignation of Broward County’s Sheriff Deputy: Where are the #BlueLivesMatter voices?

Forced Resignation of Broward County’s Sheriff Deputy: Where are the #BlueLivesMatter voices?

A little more than three years ago, a countermovement formed to critique the perception that media and public opinion were “anti-police” following the spate of high-profile police-involved shootings that spawned the Black Lives Matter movement. This countermovement, Blue Lives Matter, helped officers and their families in need and raise awareness of the difficulties and dangers that police officers face in

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Tea Time with Chris Kennedy

Tea Time with Chris Kennedy

Last year I attended a gala and I met Chris Kennedy. I have met many politicians in my life and Chris did something remarkable that impressed me during our first meeting. He asked if I would help him. Most politicians immediately go into their plans to make your life better. Chris genuinely wanted to know, directly from me, what would

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FOIA Litigation Reveals $138,093 in Department of Defense Expenditures at Mar-a-Lago and Trump Businesses

FOIA Litigation Reveals $138,093 in Department of Defense Expenditures at Mar-a-Lago and Trump Businesses

Washington, DC — A Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit from the transparency organization Property of The People has produced receipts and other documents revealing Department of Defense (DoD) expenditures at Mar-a-Lago and twelve Trump properties during the President’s first six months in office. The expenses, each made with DoD charge cards, raise serious questions as to whether Donald Trump

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A Crisis of Democracy

A Crisis of Democracy

We have a national crisis of mass shootings, exacerbated by our crisis of democracy. The latest, horrific mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, has brought renewed attention to the way the NRA circumvents the will of the vast majority who seek commonsense solutions to gun safety. By pouring millions from the gun lobby into political campaigns and lobbying, the NRA has changed

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Alyssa Milano Hopes Her 3-Year-Old Daughter Will Never Have to Say #MeToo – Via Elle

Alyssa Milano Hopes Her 3-Year-Old Daughter Will Never Have to Say #MeToo – Via Elle

Article via ELLE.com  Something snapped. After the 2016 presidential election, women nationwide wanted to make a scene. We flooded streets in protest. We filled out ballots. Whispers gave way to battle cries. We didn’t do it for “attention.” We did it for progress. In “Fired Up,” ELLE.com explores women’s rage—and what comes next. Dear Elizabella, I wanted to take this

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TPS Holders and Their Children File Lawsuit Against Trump Administration

TPS Holders and Their Children File Lawsuit Against Trump Administration

200,000 People Could Be Forced Out of the Country by Trump Action SAN FRANCISCO - Nine people with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and five United States citizen children of TPS holders today filed a lawsuit against the federal government to stop the unlawful termination of TPS for more than 200,000 people living in the U.S. and to protect the tens

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Locked Up and Locked Out

Locked Up and Locked Out

The American criminal justice system currently boasts 2.3 million prisoners. Since 2002, the United States has had the highest incarceration rate in the entire world. Per the Population Reference Bureau, there are 100 prisoners for every 100,000 citizens. We cannot have a discussion about our prison system without first bringing special attention to the amount of black prisoners in America.

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Jeff Sessions Is Rewriting The Immigration Law…By Himself

Jeff Sessions Is Rewriting The Immigration Law…By Himself

War is deception, wrote Sun Tzu in The Art of War, and the general who is skilled in defense hides in the most secret recesses of the earth. The word "war" is perhaps overused in modern parlance. We are conditioned to think of war on ideas and things (terror, drugs) rather than people. But that doesn't mean the analogy doesn't

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A CONVERSATION WITH STEVEN SALAITA

A CONVERSATION WITH STEVEN SALAITA

Today, PatriotNotPartisan welcomes Steven Salaita for a conversation with contributing Editor Dr. Keith Pochick.  Steven Salaita was born in Bluefield, a town which straddles the Virginia-West Virginia border in the middle of Appalachia.  A former professor of English and American Studies, he is now a full-time writer, contributing essays and opinion pieces to various publications.  He is the author of

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MAYOR MARK FARRELL AND FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSIONER MIGNON CLYBURN ON EFFORTS TO EXPAND BROADBAND ACCESS

MAYOR MARK FARRELL AND FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSIONER MIGNON CLYBURN ON EFFORTS TO EXPAND BROADBAND ACCESS

“We believe that San Franciscans and communities across the country deserve a better internet, with more choice and competition in the market than exists today." “We both have been strong advocates for municipal fiber because we know that many consumers feel inadequately served by their private provider, if they are even served at all. This country has a history of

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Student Activism – A Force for Change

Student Activism – A Force for Change

This month, a school full of children suffered an enormous tragedy. Again. Seventeen young people were gunned down inside a Florida high school but instead of devolving into the same cycle of meaningless debate, we’re seeing a new moment of student leadership. In a time of crushing grief and anger and fear, these students have chosen to rise up and

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Lady Justice Rides the Red Line:  An Allegory

Lady Justice Rides the Red Line: An Allegory

It all starts out as another commute on the famed DC Metro Red Line. A gust of wind, the hiss of the metro car and she is spotted. Lady Justice in the flesh. Although she can't see you, you can see her. Lady Justice, virtue of good, a pillar of what this great nation means. The red, white and blue.

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Tea Time with Marie Newman

Tea Time with Marie Newman

I am starting what will be called “Tea Time” for Patriot not Partisan. I will have tea and chat with some of the most influential and life changing people I know. I couldn’t think of a better person to have tea with than Marie Newman. Marie Newman is running in one of the most watched congressional races in the country.

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STOP POLICE TERROR PROJECT DC, BLACK LIVES MATTER DC, #KEEPDC4ME AND 51 SEPARATE ORGANIZATIONS DEMAND THE D.C. COUNCIL HOLD A PUBLIC HEARING TAKING TESTIMONY ON ISSUES OF RACISM AND VIOLENCE WITHIN THE METROPOLITAN POLICE DEPARTMENT

STOP POLICE TERROR PROJECT DC, BLACK LIVES MATTER DC, #KEEPDC4ME AND 51 SEPARATE ORGANIZATIONS DEMAND THE D.C. COUNCIL HOLD A PUBLIC HEARING TAKING TESTIMONY ON ISSUES OF RACISM AND VIOLENCE WITHIN THE METROPOLITAN POLICE DEPARTMENT

We, the undersigned, are writing to express that there can be no real accountability for the Metropolitan Police Department within the existing structures. While the March 1, 2018 departmental oversight hearing for MPD offers an opportunity to address some of our concerns it is not an adequate venue for their full consideration. We are demanding that the D.C. Council hold a

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Rambo is real, armed with an AR-15 and killing Americans by the dozen

Rambo is real, armed with an AR-15 and killing Americans by the dozen

In 1985, Sylvester Stallone single-handedly killed 58 people over 96 minutes. Of course, the deaths were onscreen in the movie, “Rambo: First Blood, Part II,” which was critically-panned and labeled unrealistic because there’s no way a single person could to take out an entire army. More than 30 years later in America, there’s real-life, Rambo-like bloodshed, only the death toll

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Mayor de Blasio and 76 U.S. Mayors and Elected Officials Push House and Senate to Support Congressional Review Act Resolution to #SaveNetNeutrality

Mayor de Blasio and 76 U.S. Mayors and Elected Officials Push House and Senate to Support Congressional Review Act Resolution to #SaveNetNeutrality

While the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to kill net neutrality rules on December 14, 2017, I’ve said before and I’ll say again, where the Federal government steps back, Cities step forward to protect an open internet. Just a week before the vote, Mayor Bill de Blasio joined sixty-eight cities Mayors and elected officials in signing a letter to the

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INDEPENDENCE – THE BEDROCK UPON WHICH AMERICA WAS BUILT

INDEPENDENCE – THE BEDROCK UPON WHICH AMERICA WAS BUILT

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.  The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.  But everyone who hears these words of

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$chool $hootings

$chool $hootings

Seventeen children were murdered in Parkland, Florida by yet another assailant armed with an AR-15, and the President’s response was not to seek ban or even limit access to this weapon, but to propose arming teachers.  Why limit access to semi-automatic, military-caliber weapons, when you can put one in the hands of every man, woman and child?  The answer to

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Handout: The truth about our computerized election systems

Handout: The truth about our computerized election systems

Our elections are under attack. Intelligence officials concur that Russia plans to target the 2018 midterm elections.[i] One hundred experts in the fields of computer science and statistics have recommended paper ballots and post-election statistical audits to protect our democracy.[ii] But some election officials have undermined efforts to implement these security measures with irresponsible and false assurances that it would

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Immigrant Youth Stand with Survivors of Parkland Mass Shooting & Will Take the Streets on The March for Our Lives

Immigrant Youth Stand with Survivors of Parkland Mass Shooting & Will Take the Streets on The March for Our Lives

Say, “We will take the streets together because we believe in a future where everyone can feel safe in their schools and in their homes.” Washington, DC - On March 24th, immigrant youth will march in solidarity with the courageous survivors of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and students across the country who are calling on

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Violence in U.S. Culture: What’s Missing from the Gun Debate

Violence in U.S. Culture: What’s Missing from the Gun Debate

In 1777, George Washington approved Springfield, Massachusetts as a site for manufacturing firearms, in order to prevent the usage of foreign weapons during the American Revolutionary War. After that, every passing conflict or war was an opportunity for the production of guns to increase and thus, our governments love and tight knit bond with the gun industry was born. Today,

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The Student Debt Crisis and How WE Fix It!

The Student Debt Crisis and How WE Fix It!

THE OVERALL CRISIS If you are reading this, you probably have student debt, are impacted by student debt, or know someone whose life is worse off because of it. Americans are facing a student debt crisis that has reached epic proportions. Millions of people need a reprieve from the heavy burden of their debt. Instead, many leaders in Washington are

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Suffering in Silence: Sexual Abuse in Immigrant Detention Centers – Support Laura Monterrosa

Suffering in Silence: Sexual Abuse in Immigrant Detention Centers – Support Laura Monterrosa

#LauraMonterrosa spoke out about sexual abuse and ICE put her in solitary confinement to cover up what happened. Take action right now by signing the petition and making a call! #EndDetention #MeToo #EllaHabla SIGN THE PETITION NOW On Wednesday, Feb. 14, a group of about 50 people gathered outside the T. Don Hutto Residential Center in Taylor, Texas, to protest

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Blog Post: We Will Not Be Ignored

Blog Post: We Will Not Be Ignored

Nothing about my story is unique. It’s the story of millions of single mothers who get up early, work hard, and go to bed late hoping that they’ve done enough to provide a good life for their kids. For women, especially minority women, hard work doesn’t guarantee anything and a straight path towards even our most basic goals -- food

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Why Can’t They Come Legally?

Why Can’t They Come Legally?

One of the oft-heard retorts in the current debate over the fate of Dreamers - immigrants brought to the United States at a young age - is "why don't they come legally?" Those who are unfamiliar with the immigration system frequently presume that Dreamers are simply lazy and never bothered to file for citizenship. Of course, they could not be

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More Than My DACA Status As Shared with Hassan Ahmad, Esq.

More Than My DACA Status As Shared with Hassan Ahmad, Esq.

In response to a Twitter thread on the hurdles placed in the way of Dreamers and other immigrants seeking to get right with the law, I received this story from someone who didn't make the cut for DACA. Legal hurdles are no stranger to her - but as she says so eloquently, she is more than her status - HMA I’m 22

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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 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 Council of

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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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