General Commentary

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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