General Commentary

General Commentary

Time to Stand in Our Truth and Sing

Time to Stand in Our Truth and Sing

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

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History Repeating Itself

History Repeating Itself

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

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What you need to know about the partial  DACA reinstatement:

What you need to know about the partial DACA reinstatement:

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

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Less is Moore

Less is Moore

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

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Brianna Westbrook Biography

Brianna Westbrook Biography

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

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Kinds of Hunger

Kinds of Hunger

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

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Americans Must Unite to Rescue Our Sinking Ship of State

Americans Must Unite to Rescue Our Sinking Ship of State

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

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Twenty Quotes for the #RESISTANCE in 2018

Twenty Quotes for the #RESISTANCE in 2018

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

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RECLAIMING CHRISTIANITY FROM REPUBLICANS

RECLAIMING CHRISTIANITY FROM REPUBLICANS

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

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Alt-Reich: The Reemergence of an Old Enemy

Alt-Reich: The Reemergence of an Old Enemy

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

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Could 2019 Be the Year of the ERA?

Could 2019 Be the Year of the ERA?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Unlikely Lesson I Learned

The Unlikely Lesson I Learned

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

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The God of the Left

The God of the Left

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

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VLADIMIR PUTIN’S LONG GAME

VLADIMIR PUTIN’S LONG GAME

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

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Take a Knee Bernie

Take a Knee Bernie

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

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Countdown!

Countdown!

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

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Top 10 DNC Fails, 2017

Top 10 DNC Fails, 2017

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

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Ten Most Important Tweets of 2017

Ten Most Important Tweets of 2017

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

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Time to Stand in Our Truth and Sing

Time to Stand in Our Truth and Sing

History Repeating Itself

History Repeating Itself

What you need to know about the partial  DACA reinstatement:

What you need to know about the partial DACA reinstatement:

Less is Moore

Less is Moore

Brianna Westbrook Biography

Brianna Westbrook Biography

Kinds of Hunger

Kinds of Hunger

Americans Must Unite to Rescue Our Sinking Ship of State

Americans Must Unite to Rescue Our Sinking Ship of State

Twenty Quotes for the #RESISTANCE in 2018

Twenty Quotes for the #RESISTANCE in 2018

RECLAIMING CHRISTIANITY FROM REPUBLICANS

RECLAIMING CHRISTIANITY FROM REPUBLICANS

Alt-Reich: The Reemergence of an Old Enemy

Alt-Reich: The Reemergence of an Old Enemy

Could 2019 Be the Year of the ERA?

Could 2019 Be the Year of the ERA?

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

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

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

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

The Unlikely Lesson I Learned

The Unlikely Lesson I Learned

The God of the Left

The God of the Left

VLADIMIR PUTIN’S LONG GAME

VLADIMIR PUTIN’S LONG GAME

Take a Knee Bernie

Take a Knee Bernie

Countdown!

Countdown!

Top 10 DNC Fails, 2017

Top 10 DNC Fails, 2017

Ten Most Important Tweets of 2017

Ten Most Important Tweets of 2017