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Wooden, Weinstein, Women & Washington: WTF? Where Are We? Where Do We Go From Here?

Wooden, Weinstein, Women & Washington: WTF? Where Are We? Where Do We Go From Here?

When Dave Roberts (the manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers) and I played baseball at Ucla, one of the many amazing experiences we had was to have Coach Wooden come speak to us and share his incredible philosophy of life with the team. Coach Wooden, for those of you who don't know, was the winningest coach in college basketball history

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When Men Talk to Men About #MeToo

When Men Talk to Men About #MeToo

My wife and I used to swap cars a lot. We had two, but only one was big enough to cart the kids around, so the other became the “work car” and whoever had a shift that day would use it. This meant putting up with a lot of adjustments before getting on the road – seats, three mirrors, the

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#MuslimBan3 Blocked: FAQ

#MuslimBan3 Blocked: FAQ

What does this mean? On 24 Sept Trump announced the third version of his travel ban, EO-3, affecting nationals of 8 countries. Part of it went into effect that day, but was to be fully effective on 18 Oct. This ban was swiftly challenged in court, both in Hawai'i and Maryland, and both courts agreed that an injunction (an order

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“UNGRATEFUL” IS THE NEW “UPPITY”

“UNGRATEFUL” IS THE NEW “UPPITY”

“Uppity” was used primarily in the south during the civil rights movement as a derogatory term towards black Americans who “did not know their place.” In America, many believe there is a certain manner of behavior that black people should follow. Where should black people live? Dilapidated communities, with houses run by single mothers, with a high per capita of

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A Woman’s Burden

A Woman’s Burden

Women are sponges. Women are dynamic beings. Frankly, we're all dynamic beings. Most of us are, anyway. I believe complexity and the ability to love is what wedges us from the animals. Women, though, are exceptional. Equipped with caution and foreboding, they are usually in sync with any and everything around them. Vigilant of the late-night straggler coming out of

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That Son of a B****

That Son of a B****

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 equality and

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Why this veteran is taking a knee

Why this veteran is taking a knee

Recently, I tweeted this: I was a Military Police K-9 handler. I reject police brutality & support peaceful protest.#TakeTheKnee #VeteransForKaepernick pic.twitter.com/ILB3YRkGi0 - Jon@ScratchPolitics (@ScratchPolitics) September 25, 2017 I have more to say about it than a tweet will allow. Here goes. I served in the Army from the ages of 18 to 22, but, despite being on active duty during

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Why Donald Trump’s Presidency Requires Vigilance

Why Donald Trump’s Presidency Requires Vigilance

President Donald J. Trump stands interpreted by many individuals as the culprit responsible for the upsurge in recent racist and bigoted views and marches against minorities. His failure to properly demonize white supremacists, pardoning Joe Arpaio, and banning trans people certainly adds ammo to the machine gun. Whether through Trump's rowdy tweets or statements or controversial policies, the reality stands

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New Jim Crow

New Jim Crow

Inspired by The Abolition of White Democracy, have we as a society carried negative attitudes regarding race to present day? Considering mass incarceration and inequality with opportunity for minorities in the United States, it has been suggested that racial stereotypes and a sense of privilege with 'whiteness' have been carried forward. Oppression, inequality, and injustice linger as equality and civil

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Moving the Goalposts

Moving the Goalposts

While watching all the protests during the NFL games this weekend, I felt an emotion that I'm sure is shared by many; I felt frustrated. I watched the players kneel, watched the owners and commentators support them or choose not to, and as I did, I felt an almost overwhelming urge to bang my head into my desk until sweet

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In Defense of Stone Mountain

In Defense of Stone Mountain

On August 15th, in a press conference at Trump Tower, president Trump successfully retconned the media into focusing on confederate statues, instead of the Nazis marching in the streets. As the country's attention turns to the signs of the confederacy in their cities, those of us in the peach state may be turning to stone mountain. As a native Georgian,

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The American Dream? Blindness to the Cause

The American Dream? Blindness to the Cause

Growing up an Army brat, I was around all different types of people; I never saw color. All I heard was how great New York City was and how we want to live out "The American Dream." I didn't know if they were referring to Dusty Rhodes or talking about me being a big action movie star. I always wanted

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Trump’s Assault on Minorities More than Just Words

Trump’s Assault on Minorities More than Just Words

Terms like "white supremacy," "neo-Nazism" and "white separatism" were once relegated to the history books. Now empowered by a President they claim as their own, the white nationalist movement has successfully pushed those terms into the mainstream. They are so common in the American lexicon that the AP Stylebook - the writing handbook and style guide for media professionals -

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Evolving Love – The Ultimate Solution to America’s Archaic Racism

Evolving Love – The Ultimate Solution to America’s Archaic Racism

Although horrendous, the tragedy in Charlottesville served as the catalyst for simultaneously exposing and standing against racism in all forms; it furiously united most Americans together. The tragedy in that town enlightened the minds of most Americans and with that, came the rapid demand for all racially insensitive objects relating to the civil war to be treated as they are:

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How To Be An Ally

How To Be An Ally

From the Margins to the Center Our modern world is organized through a complex matrix of oppressive mechanisms, which we know commonly as Race, Class, Gender, Sexuality, Ability, etc. To better understand a dynamic of oppression, you have to be able to track the power: Who has more, who has less, and how is it being wielded/fought for/protected/dismantled and so

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Morality in the Modern Age

Morality in the Modern Age

It has been said many times that the person you are in the face of adversity is your true character. The current times are proving to be difficult for immigrants, Muslims, women, and the LGBT community. As many of us are finding ourselves under attack from the Trump administration, we have to lean on our legal system for answers. The

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Sexual Assault Should Never Be A Partisan Issue

Sexual Assault Should Never Be A Partisan Issue

During my sophomore year of high school, I was raped by a classmate and spent the remainder of the school year walking past him in the halls and dodging him in the cafeteria. In hindsight, I don't know what was more traumatizing: the act itself or seeing his face every day for months afterwards. Either way, it's not something I

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#DACApolypse: What Dreamers Can Do After The Demise Of DACA

#DACApolypse: What Dreamers Can Do After The Demise Of DACA

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the end of #DACA on September 5. DACA was never more than a band-aid. It's time to start talking about a cure. I preface this by saying don't let up advocacy and working with allies on the ground, and in the halls of Congress. Ultimately we need our leaders to act. But as a lawyer,

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Spider-Man Ethics

Spider-Man Ethics

I've always loved Spider-Man. I mean, what's not to love? He's strong, brave, selfless, and he's got one of the cooler superhero outfits ever created. But my favorite part about Spider-Man isn't the webs or the wall crawling, or the sweet super-villains. It's Ben Parker; good old Uncle Ben. He's been my hero from the start because he has the

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FROM THE FRONTLINE

FROM THE FRONTLINE

Today, participants in the 118-mile-long March to Confront White Supremacy made a previously unscheduled stop at the Loudon County office of Representative Barbara Comstock to demand that Rep. Comstock publicly oppose the end of DACA, the deferred action program for immigrants who came to the United States, and to Section 287(g), which deputizes local law enforcement agencies to enforce federal

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Trump Set to Kill Dreams

Trump Set to Kill Dreams

Diego watched his teenage brother murdered with a machete in Honduras when he was 12-years-old. Their father belonged to the wrong political faction in the Central American nation and his son died at the hands of a police sponsored 'death squad' that roamed Honduras in the early 2000s. Diego hid with his mother's family in a small village after the

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Impeaching Trump is All about Bob

Impeaching Trump is All about Bob

Day after day, we are bombarded by reports of more and more ties between Russia and Donald Trump and his cabal. It seems that EVERYONE on Team Trump "coincidentally" has ties to Russia, whether it's Trump "consigliere" Michael Cohen's negotiations for Trump Tower Moscow during the campaign, Paul Manafort's spider web of connections with Kremlin-linked oligarchs and mobsters, Donald Trump,

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DACA and The American Dream

DACA and The American Dream

800,000. Eight hundred thousand fellow humans and young adults, living the American dream just as you and I. Eight hundred thousand immigrants who came here illegally as children, but not through their own action. Who were brought over America's borders by their parents at a young age. They did not deliberately defy our laws. They did not try to pull

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All The Fake News Fit To Print

All The Fake News Fit To Print

This weekend we suffered a tragedy in Charlottesville with KKK and American White Supremacists walking under a Nazi flag. The tragedy though was repeated when InfoWars went on the race baiting offensive claiming Jewish actors were part of the protest to make it look like Nazis were in Charlottesville. (InfoWars Video) The presence of David Duke confirms what we already

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Police Have Made No Arrests Over Charlottesville Assault of 20 Year-Old Deandre Harris

Police Have Made No Arrests Over Charlottesville Assault of 20 Year-Old Deandre Harris

On August 12, five white supremacists were photographed and recorded on video beating 20-year old Deandre Harris in the midst of protests and counter protests regarding a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee and the racist ideology behind this icon. Harris wrote on his GoFundMe page, "No law enforcement stepped in to help me. Once I was dragged off

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High School Boys Treated Like Women in Congress | Field Tripped

High School Boys Treated Like Women in Congress | Field Tripped

Men make up 80% of congress, which means they have the majority vote on issues that directly affect women. This EPIC high school teacher is on a mission to show his male students what it feels like for the women in congress who don't have an equal say on policies that specifically affect females. In a vote about school policies,

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If you still support Trump, then you support racism

If you still support Trump, then you support racism

When I was growing up, our neighbor had an above-ground swimming pool, a rarity in the tiny backyards of the homes on the Southside of Chicago. We could see the pool from our kitchen window. I often played with the kids who lived in that house and considered them friends. But come summertime, they naturally spent their days in the

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The Best Medicine for the Bully in the White House

The Best Medicine for the Bully in the White House

In the wake of Saturday's white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., Donald Trump offered watered-down criticisms of his neo-Nazi supporters. Facing a violent hate-inspired crisis and a vile act of domestic terrorism, Americans expected at least a modicum of compassion and strength from Trump in response. Trump's reluctance to speak out against his racist brethren prompted a forceful national reaction

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Trump’s speech was bad. The reaction from many pundits was even worse.

Trump’s speech was bad. The reaction from many pundits was even worse.

Well, that was embarrassing. For one night, Donald Trump succeeded in getting the Washington pundits to forget that he refused to stop equivocating on and coddling Nazis and white supremacists. All he had to do is essentially say nothing about Afghanistan. Let's be clear, that's what Trump's speech was. It was the Seinfeld of war speeches - a speech about

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Intolerance

Intolerance

The conversation we are all having. Contributing Editor: mollyelwood

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Bronzed Bullshit

Bronzed Bullshit

I saw an interesting new stat this morning. According to an NPR/PBS/Marist poll, 62 percent of Americans want confederate statues to remain due to their historical significance, while only 27 percent want them removed. To explain why I find this particular poll interesting, I first have to let you into my world a bit. I consider myself a rhetorician, a

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Ways to combat hate, bigotry and discrimination and help the victims of Charlottesville

Ways to combat hate, bigotry and discrimination and help the victims of Charlottesville

The recent violence in Charlottesville, VA has many of us upset, hurt, confused and not sure where to turn to. We want to help, but it can be overwhelming. We may feel defeated and disheartened. We may feel like giving up, but we can't. We have to keep fighting for people like Heather Heyer and Deandre Harris and all the

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What Do I Tell My Daughter?

What Do I Tell My Daughter?

She's nine. And brilliant. It's not so much my job to guide her as it is to get out of her way, though there are times when I'm of use. Sometimes she needs me to interpret the parts of the world that don't make sense to her. After watching inauguration day, she's confused. What do I tell her? She's special,

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How We Indirectly Teach Racism, Sexism and Discrimination in Schools

How We Indirectly Teach Racism, Sexism and Discrimination in Schools

It seems that every year another educational prophet or academic messiah comes along with the solution to all of our education and public school woes that we are supposedly facing in America. With policy after policy, then the same policy again, it is obvious that, if there are any failures in the school systems, they are not from the teachers

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The March of the Frightened

The March of the Frightened

What began as a march of irrelevant, underemployed white men with statue-issues escalated into a national tragedy on the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia last Saturday. It caused the death of American patriot Heather Heyer and, if justice exists, it will also bring about the death of the alt-right movement and the hate it spreads. But for all the fiery messages

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Us vs Them: How To Stay Friends While Trump is On Top

Us vs Them: How To Stay Friends While Trump is On Top

I'm a left-leaning immigrant who has recently graduated from UC Berkeley. And, to the surprise of many, I now live harmoniously with a Trump supporter. I know; everyone makes that face when I tell them. But it's actually not as heart wrenching as you may imagine. For either of us. In fact, there's been some really eye opening and faith-in-humanity-restoring

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When Silence Isn’t Golden and The Latest Consequence of Donald Trump Inspired Hatred in America

When Silence Isn’t Golden and The Latest Consequence of Donald Trump Inspired Hatred in America

On Saturday, the United States and the world witnessed the latest consequence of Donald Trump inspired hatred in America. Self-proclaimed "alt-right" white supremacists descended on the small college town of Charlottesville, Va. to protest the removal of a statue of Civil War general Robert E. Lee. Following a morning of clashes and violence at the Unite the Right event, a

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Liberal Military Spouse in America 2017 #WeAllFearDifferentThings

Liberal Military Spouse in America 2017 #WeAllFearDifferentThings

I firmly believe my use of "fuck" in my everyday life and on the internet pretty much ends all chances of my ideas and opinions being spread across the country, but they are my opinions none the less and any chance I get I will speak up! I am disheartened by the results of the 2016 election. I sat in my

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Home of the Free

Home of the Free

In just a couple of days, I will be marrying the woman I have waited for my entire life. There has never been a more important day in my life, and there will likely never be another. Not since the day I was born, and not until the minute that I draw my very last breath. Just 3 years ago,

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What Do You Have to Lose?:  The Coming Assault on Race-Conscious Admissions Programs

What Do You Have to Lose?: The Coming Assault on Race-Conscious Admissions Programs

What do you have to lose? That was the question Donald Trump posed to Black voters on the campaign trail. Well, the answer is clear: educational opportunity. Reports have circulated that the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice is preparing to investigate and file suit against colleges and universities that use race-conscious admissions programs, on the

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I Vow to Continue to Advance this Fight Forward

I Vow to Continue to Advance this Fight Forward

My name is Laila Ireland. I am transgender, a woman, a person of color, and a retired 12-year Army veteran. In December 2003, I joined the military right after 9/11 happened. I joined because I come from a long bloodline of people whom have served in the military. My father and grandfather, and even my great grandfather. Though the military

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I am a Transgender Veteran and I have Something to Say

I am a Transgender Veteran and I have Something to Say

Last week’s tweets from President Trump stating that transgender people will not be allowed to join the military, and those currently serving will be administratively separated, shocked me. As a transgender veteran currently working in advocacy for transgender service members, I have spent the past five years of my life lobbying to ensure they can serve while bringing their full selves to

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When It’s a Matter of National Insecurity, Women Take Charge

When It’s a Matter of National Insecurity, Women Take Charge

We seem to be running out of Donald Trump jokes and I’m not so sure that’s a bad thing. I’ve heard all the one-liners, read the essays and watched the impersonations. And tonight, I gave it a good shot. But, the truth is, I’ve been scratching my head trying to think of an opening line to an open wound. I

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