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White Fragility

White Fragility

It was May of 2018, and there was, yet again, another mass shooting in America. This time, a High School in Santa Fe, Texas had been the target. Like many Americans, I was outraged. I posted Facebook, talking about the blood that was now on the hands of the NRA. One of my insightful activist friends, Darnell, added a comment

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SHATTERED RAINBOWS

SHATTERED RAINBOWS

Some of my most salient memories from my childhood are of time spent with close family friends. In this family, there are four daughters; the two eldest are close in age with me, and the two youngest are close in age with my sister, so throughout our lives, the six of us have always greatly enjoyed each other's company. In

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Sharing Our Stories Will Determine Our Politics and Save Our Lives

Sharing Our Stories Will Determine Our Politics and Save Our Lives

The need for our country’s leaders to listen to our voices and defend our lives is more urgent than ever. The next few months will determine the future of the American people—and the power of our storytelling will shape our politics as we near the November elections. I am the mother of an amazing four-year-old with complex medical needs, and

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Brady Campaign Calls for Resignation of Florida Gubernatorial Candidate Adam Putnam

Brady Campaign Calls for Resignation of Florida Gubernatorial Candidate Adam Putnam

New report reveals Putnam mishandled investigation into mishandled concealed carry permits Washington, D.C., July 11, 2018 – Following new revelations that Florida Agricultural Commissioner and leading Republican gubernatorial candidate Adam Putnam misled the public regarding hundreds of mishandled concealed carry permits in his state, leading gun safety advocates called for his resignation from office. The Brady Campaign and Center to

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Alyssa Milano speaks at the ERA Congressional Meeting

Alyssa Milano speaks at the ERA Congressional Meeting

WHY DO YOU NEED THE EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT? Share Your Story Today! #INeedERA “The #MeToo movement was such a powerful phenomenon because for far too long, women have not felt heard. It’s hard to empower women when they are not recognized as part of our Constitution. Now is the time for that to change and for the ERA to become part

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Transactional Humanity

Transactional Humanity

Before we begin, I’d like to ask a small favor. Reach into your pocket, a desk drawer, or that cup we all keep in our cars, and grab a quarter. Look at it. Both sides. Pay special attention to the phrases “In God we trust” and “E pluribus unum” that you’ll find on each and every one. Then ask: “What

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#10Questions with Russian Journalist & Disinformation Expert Kseniya Kirillova

#10Questions with Russian Journalist & Disinformation Expert Kseniya Kirillova

Kseniya Kirillova, now living in California, is on Putin’s hit list. In a rare informal interview, the Russian dissident journalist and expert on Russian propaganda and disinformation tells the The Loyal Opposition how Russia changed before her eyes, the murder of her editor and friend by government agents, Russian propaganda both within Russia and how it’s directed at the West,

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SUPPORT THE VICTIMS OF THE ATTACK IN BOISE

SUPPORT THE VICTIMS OF THE ATTACK IN BOISE

From Better Idaho Sunday night, refugee families at a low-income apartment complex in Boise were attacked by a knife-wielding man who ultimately stabbed nine people, including six children. At least four of the victims have sustained life-threatening injuries. Our heart is broken for everyone involved in this senseless attack, but we know that our community will rise up to support those involved. Better Idaho's

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The Toolmakers Call For Civility

The Toolmakers Call For Civility

He says Max is mad, and Hillary is screeching, But when he screeches madly, it's seen as divinity preaching, To the choir of forgottens, who gleefully shout out, 'illegal', To describe those 'yearning to breathe free', instead of seeing them as people. But he is one of the toolmakers, lest we not forget, His double gender-ethnic privilege, is like a

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California Attorney General files lawsuit against Navient for deceiving student loan borrowers

California Attorney General files lawsuit against Navient for deceiving student loan borrowers

We applaud California Attorney General Xavier Becerra for taking necessary action against Navient, the nation’s largest student loan servicing company. Today’s lawsuit highlights a long list of Navient’s predatory business practices which were solely designed to increase profits at the expense of students and borrowers. Attorney General Becerra’s lawsuit accuses Navient of illegal behavior, including: Steering vulnerable borrowers toward more

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Breaking: Kennedy Retiring from SCOTUS

Breaking: Kennedy Retiring from SCOTUS

My “no” to a SCOTUS nominee until after the election is an act of radical love: This no is a “yes” for my mother and my mother-in-law and my sisters and my daughters, so they can access the health care they need. This no is a yes for immigrants and their children. This no is a yes for Daniel Pearl

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Let The Games Begin…

Let The Games Begin…

Oh, Vladamir! Where Art Thou Vladamir? We know you are out there hiding in the shadows of our democracy.. You have been softly whispering into the ears of those who knew what games you play.. Those that decided they were beyond the rules of the games.. Those that decided they could change the games in their favor.. Those that decided

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10 Years Later, Heller Continues to Resonate

10 Years Later, Heller Continues to Resonate

New Brady Center report explores decade following Supreme Court decision Washington, D.C., June 26, 2018 - On June 26, 2008, the Supreme Court issued a landmark decision in District of Columbia v. Heller, finding for the first time that the Second Amendment gives law-abiding, responsible citizens the right to have a gun in the home for self-protection. While leaders in

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Trauma at the Border

Trauma at the Border

The Trump administration’s cruel immigration policy has created a humanitarian crisis at our border. Trauma at the Border, a new short video by Brave New Films, exposes the emotional, psychological and physical damage that can be done when children are imprisoned – even with their families. Childhood trauma, like imprisonment and family separation, provokes long-lasting implications caused by high levels

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This November, there’s a new voting bloc: the class of 2018.

This November, there’s a new voting bloc: the class of 2018.

Let me start with an introduction. My name is Henry Marshall, I’m 19 years old, and I just graduated from high school. In many ways, my graduating class, the class of 2018, is like any other. But in a few important aspects, our young lives have been completely different. Our high school years were punctuated by violence, tragedy, and the irresponsibility

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Immigrant Prisons

Immigrant Prisons

Immigrant Prisons Few Americans know about our nation's system of immigrant detention centers. Each year, the U.S. government locks up roughly 440,000 immigrants in over 200 immigrant prisons. Companies like the CCA and Geo Group, got started in the 1980s, and have since made over $12 billion in profits, largely from immigrant detention. These facilities have grown into a highly

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Real Americans #FightLikeAMother

Real Americans #FightLikeAMother

I’ve had enough. Enough of this Civil War the NRA and GOP is pushing on my country. Enough of the lawlessness of the new swamp monsters and the cruelty with which they have built their leader a throne. Enough of the propaganda war on Fox News and Sinclair stations to justify valuing guns over children, separating families at the border,

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I’m Done

I’m Done

I’m done. I have spent the last week debating the morality of placing children or anyone for that matter in warehouses and tent camps. I’m done appealing to the better nature of people who approve of such behavior from our government. It has mattered little to them that these are people acting in desperation. It matters little to point out

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Brady Campaign Statement on Trenton Arts Festival Shooting

Brady Campaign Statement on Trenton Arts Festival Shooting

Washington, D.C., June 17, 2018 - Early this morning, yet another community was rocked by the news of a shooting that left 20 injured at an all-night arts festival in Trenton, NJ. While details are still coming in, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence issued a statement expressing outrage at yet another mass shooting in America. Brady co-president Kris

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New Legislation Will Hold Irresponsible Gun Dealers Accountable

New Legislation Will Hold Irresponsible Gun Dealers Accountable

Bill ups enforcement on the five percent of dealers that supply 90 percent of guns used in crimes WASHINGTON – June12, on the two year anniversary of the Pulse nightclub shooting, U.S. Representatives Jim Langevin (D-R.I.), Ted Deutch (D-FL), and Gwen Moore (D-WI) introduced the Keeping Gun Dealers Honest Act, legislation that would strengthen accountability measures for gun dealers who engage in

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MOMS DEMAND ACTION, EVERYTOWN RESPOND TO MASS SHOOTING IN ORLANDO THAT LEFT FOUR CHILDREN DEAD

MOMS DEMAND ACTION, EVERYTOWN RESPOND TO MASS SHOOTING IN ORLANDO THAT LEFT FOUR CHILDREN DEAD

Following a Nearly 24-Hour Standoff That Began When Officers Responded to a Domestic Violence Call, Gunman Killed Four Children Before Taking His Own Life News of This Tragedy Broke as the Orlando Community Prepared to Mark Two Years Since the Pulse Nightclub Shooting ORLANDO, Fla. – The Florida chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, part of

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Brady Campaign Announces Endorsements of Five Gun Safety Champions

Brady Campaign Announces Endorsements of Five Gun Safety Champions

Gun violence prevention organization endorses candidates in VA, FL, NV, and TX Washington, D.C., June 11, 2018 - On the heels of nine gun safety champions winning their elections this past week, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence announced the organization’s next round of endorsements. These five candidates join the previously announced Brady-backed nominees. The Brady Campaign officially endorsed

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The Trump administration proposes making gun exports easier. Here’s how to submit your public comment on this dangerous proposal.

The Trump administration proposes making gun exports easier. Here’s how to submit your public comment on this dangerous proposal.

On May 24, the Trump administration proposed to make it easier to export U.S. guns and ammunition globally, even though U.S.-exported firearms are already used in countless crimes, attacks and human rights violations in many nations. The proposal[i] applies to assault weapons and other powerful firearms, moving export licenses from the State Department to the Commerce Department. The U.S. gun

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The Military and NFL Can Finally Meet on the National Pitch

The Military and NFL Can Finally Meet on the National Pitch

For the few of us who have had the honor of being part of the U.S. military, we swear an oath to obey the orders of the officers above us and, ultimately, the President of the United States. We are citizen soldiers who serve those who elect the Leader of the Free World. During my time in the Army, from

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Survivors, Community Leaders Rally for Action 2 Years After Orlando Attack

Survivors, Community Leaders Rally for Action 2 Years After Orlando Attack

Activists highlight gun safety, LGBTQ+ equality, and survivor resources in wake of political inactionOrlando, Fla. - Pulse and Parkland survivors will join with grassroots organizations, community and faith leaders, and Orlando March For Our Lives students to demand action from political leaders to end the epidemic of gun violence, reject NRA influence, and address the forgotten needs of the community

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NATIONAL DIE-IN DAY: STUDENTS IN WASHINGTON D.C. PROTEST TO END GUN VIOLENCE ON JUNE 12

NATIONAL DIE-IN DAY: STUDENTS IN WASHINGTON D.C. PROTEST TO END GUN VIOLENCE ON JUNE 12

Rally Is Among Many of Local Rallies Held on the Second Anniversary of the Pulse Nightclub Shooting Find More About National Die-In Day at https://www.nationaldiein.com [Washington D.C.] ​– On June 12, students will gather in front of the Capitol to protest as a part of National Die-In Day. This rally is one of many happening around the country planned by students and survivors

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DELAWARE MOMS DEMAND ACTION, EVERYTOWN APPLAUD THE HOUSE FOR UNANIMOUSLY ADVANCING LIFE-SAVING RED FLAG LEGISLATION

DELAWARE MOMS DEMAND ACTION, EVERYTOWN APPLAUD THE HOUSE FOR UNANIMOUSLY ADVANCING LIFE-SAVING RED FLAG LEGISLATION

Red Flag Law Would Empower Family and Law Enforcement to Petition Courts to Temporarily Suspend a Person’s Access to Firearms If They Pose a Risk to Self or Others Red Flag Law Could Help Prevent Firearm Suicides and Mass Shootings DOVER, Del.– The Delaware chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, part of Everytown for Gun Safety,

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Bring Back the “Liberal Republican”

Bring Back the “Liberal Republican”

Did you know that the Republican Party used to be moderate to liberal on many social, economic, and domestic issues? Around the 1940's, up until the 1970's, the dominant wing of the GOP consisted of this "Liberal Republican" coalition. Made up mostly of well-educated east coast politicos and elites, this faction came to be after President Franklin Delano Roosevelt implemented

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Brady Campaign Endorses Gun Violence Prevention Champions

Brady Campaign Endorses Gun Violence Prevention Champions

Gun violence prevention organization endorses 16 elected officials and candidates. Washington, D.C., June 4, 2018 - As voters across the country #WearOrange in honor of Gun Violence Awareness Month, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence announced a set of endorsements for gun safety champions at the federal and state level in California and New Jersey ahead of Tuesday’s primary

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Wear Orange to Stop Gun Violence in All Its Forms

Wear Orange to Stop Gun Violence in All Its Forms

Washington, DC (June 1, 2018) -- This weekend, the nation will wear orange to mark the beginning of gun violence awareness month. The “wear orange” movement began after 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton was shot in a Chicago park in 2013; following her death, her friends and family encouraged people across the country to raise awareness about gun violence by wearing orange

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StudentsMarch.org Announces #WeAreThe97 Launch

StudentsMarch.org Announces #WeAreThe97 Launch

On Saturday, June 2nd, StudentsMarch.org will be recognizing National Gun Violence Awareness Day with the launch of its #WeAreThe97 campaign in support of the 97% of American voters that support universal background checks*. StudentsMarch.org is championing the passage of universal background checks because they believe it is the first step toward comprehensive, common sense gun reform. Partners and advocates from

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HANDGUN PURCHASER LICENSING LAWS LINKED TO FEWER FIREARM HOMICIDES IN LARGE, URBAN AREAS

HANDGUN PURCHASER LICENSING LAWS LINKED TO FEWER FIREARM HOMICIDES IN LARGE, URBAN AREAS

--States that adopt handgun licensing laws see fewer gun homicides in their urban centers State laws that require gun purchasers to obtain a license contingent on passing a background check performed by state or local law enforcement are associated with a 14 percent reduction in firearm homicides in large, urban counties, a new study from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School

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NEWTOWN AND NEW YORK CITY STUDENTS WILL HOLD A STUDENT DIE-IN AT WASHINGTON SQUARE PARK IN NEW YORK CITY TO DEMAND ACTION AFTER THE SANTA FE SHOOTING TRAGEDY

NEWTOWN AND NEW YORK CITY STUDENTS WILL HOLD A STUDENT DIE-IN AT WASHINGTON SQUARE PARK IN NEW YORK CITY TO DEMAND ACTION AFTER THE SANTA FE SHOOTING TRAGEDY

What: Today is the one week anniversary of the Santa Fe High School shooting when a gunman used his father’s Remington shotgun and a .38 revolver to kill 10 students and educators and injured 13 others in Santa Fe High School in Texas. To stand with the students, educators and the community of Santa Fe, the Newtown students from Jr

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#NoRA Statement on BlackRock’s Accountability For Sturm, Ruger Actions

#NoRA Statement on BlackRock’s Accountability For Sturm, Ruger Actions

Today, BlackRock, a global funds management firm, holds its shareholder meeting in New York. BlackRock holds a 17% stake in Sturm, Ruger, the nation’s largest gun manufacturer. Sturm, Ruger made the AR-556 assault weapon which killed 26 people in the Sutherland Springs church massacre and has among the most aggressive stances against gun violence prevention of any weapons company. It

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MAJORITY ACTION – OPEN LETTER TO BLACKROCK

MAJORITY ACTION – OPEN LETTER TO BLACKROCK

May 23rd, 2018 Mr. Fink, We took you at your word when you said that BlackRock, the largest asset manager in the world, was going to use its power to take action on guns. We trusted you. You are the largest owner of Sturm Ruger, the largest gun manufacturer in the country. As you’ve reminded us all, you hold the

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Newtown Action Alliance Demands that Paul Ryan Call a Vote on 56 House Task Force Gun Bills in the Wake of Santa Fe School Shooting

Newtown Action Alliance Demands that Paul Ryan Call a Vote on 56 House Task Force Gun Bills in the Wake of Santa Fe School Shooting

Newtown, CT- Po Murray, Chairwoman of Newtown Action Alliance, issued the following statement demanding a vote on 56 gun control bills introduced in the House of Representatives: “On Friday, a gunman used his father’s shotgun and a .38 revolver to kill 10 students and educators and injure others in Santa Fe High School in Texas. We send our love to

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#NoRA Statement on Santa Fe, Texas School Shooting

#NoRA Statement on Santa Fe, Texas School Shooting

The unbearable has happened again. In a state whose senators are among the highest-paid by the NRA, and whose governor once lamented that Texas was not the state in the union selling the most guns, at least ten people died in a school shooting. Many more were injured. Our broken hearts are with the families, friends, classmates, teachers, and community

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DC Activists: Metro Police Department’s Violence, Recklessness, and Lack of Accountability Requires Immediate, Substantive Action from Elected Officials

DC Activists: Metro Police Department’s Violence, Recklessness, and Lack of Accountability Requires Immediate, Substantive Action from Elected Officials

WASHINGTON - On Wednesday, May 9th, an off-duty officer with the Metropolitan Police Department opened fire in northeast DC, killing 24-year-old D’Quan Young. Witnesses report that the officer “shot wildly, as children ran for their lives,” and that the officer reloaded his weapon and continued shooting after D’Quan Young was on the ground. This follows the May 4th killing of

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Don’t Rationalize Donald Trump

Don’t Rationalize Donald Trump

The greatest mistake that the American people made in 2016 was giving Donald Trump the “first amendment” soapbox where he was allowed to echo white nationalist dog whistles from the past fifty years. In a world where he should have been ostracized, ridiculed, and tossed aside as another reactionary nut job: our society, with great naivety, gave him the benefit

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Tea Time with Renato Mariotti

Tea Time with Renato Mariotti

Renato Mariotti is quickly becoming a name synonymous with justice and fairness.  Renato is someone whose ideas and voice can be seen at various times on CNN and MSNBC almost daily. My belief on why he gets the invites are simple, he is able to take the complexity of law and explain it to the masses in plain English, without

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The Muslim Ban Will Likely Be Upheld – Here’s What Must Be Done

The Muslim Ban Will Likely Be Upheld – Here’s What Must Be Done

The Muslim Ban (known also as the travel ban) will likely be upheld, at least in substantial part. Full disclosure: I've been pessimistic about the case since early on. There are legal doctrines and precedent that give a decisive advantage to the government in matters relating to exclusion of foreign nationals. One: plenary power over immigration, and two, deference in

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Trump Administration Deals Another Cruel Blow to Immigrants with Termination of TPS for Nepalese Community

Trump Administration Deals Another Cruel Blow to Immigrants with Termination of TPS for Nepalese Community

Trump is systematically disappearing millions of people of color — all people of conscience must rise up and resist! Washington, D.C. - Today, the Trump administration announced the termination of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 9,000 Nepalese immigrants living and working in the United States. The Nepalese community joins Sudan, Nicaragua, Haiti, and El Salvador as the latest target in

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Yet Another Court Says Trump’s Killing of DACA is Unlawful

Yet Another Court Says Trump’s Killing of DACA is Unlawful

Ruling does not allow for any new DACA applicants but those who have had DACA already can renew their applications now. Washington, DC – Yesterday, a Federal district court judge said that Trump’s decision to kill DACA was unlawful and ordered Trump to justify why he did it within 90 days. The decision orders the government to accept new applications

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JR NEWTOWN ACTION ALLIANCE CLUB FROM NEWTOWN HIGH SCHOOL WILL HOLD A STUDENT PROTEST AT NATIONAL SHOOTING SPORTS FOUNDATION HEADQUARTERS WHILE NRA IS HOLDING ITS ANNUAL CONVENTION

JR NEWTOWN ACTION ALLIANCE CLUB FROM NEWTOWN HIGH SCHOOL WILL HOLD A STUDENT PROTEST AT NATIONAL SHOOTING SPORTS FOUNDATION HEADQUARTERS WHILE NRA IS HOLDING ITS ANNUAL CONVENTION

What: The corporate gun lobby group National Rifle Association (NRA) is holding its annual meeting in Dallas, Texas from May 3 - May 6th. Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn who refuse to support universal background checks on all gun sales and a ban on weapons of war are expected to speak at the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum on May 4th.

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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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