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Contacting Congress

May 10, 2017 // 0 Comments

Recently your social media feed has probably been full of posts from your friends saying things like “Call your congressman/representative/senator and tell them what you think about x/y/z issue”. So many issues, so little time. (Do you ever wonder if your friends actually call? Or is that just me?) Regardless, if you’re anything like me, the idea of calling your elected officials makes you nauseous, anxious and [...]

BlackFem, Inc.: Building Opportunities for Women of Color

May 9, 2017 // 0 Comments

Women of color have higher college completion rates than their male counterparts, but have zero or negative wealth. How is this possible? Well, the current sociopolitical system in America is structured to continually oppress women of color. Since 2007, the median wealth for Black and Latina women is between $100-$120, which is devastatingly low. Based out of New York, BlackFem, Inc. is a non-profit organization [...]

Exclusive Profile: Hillary Clinton Deputy Operations Director Alessandra Biaggi

May 7, 2017 // 0 Comments

On October 15, 1991, at age five, Alessandra Biaggi’s passion for women in politics was awakened. She was attending the opening of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, which was founded by her grandfather, Representative Mario Biaggi of New York. Then-State Attorney for Dade County and eventual-Attorney General Janet Reno spoke at the dedication. After the ceremony, Alessandra met Reno personally. Though [...]

Exclusive Profile: Millennial NYC Mayoral Candidate Collin Slattery

May 7, 2017 // 0 Comments

In 1992, when Collin Slattery was just two years old, his father was diagnosed with leukemia. His health insurance was provided through his high-level corporate job, so when he was let go, the Slattery family had to pay for all of his health bills out of pocket. In 1995, they moved from Illinois to New Jersey, one of the few states at the time that required providers to offer healthcare to people with pre-existing [...]

Indigenous Democrat James Singer challenging Orrin Hatch in 2018

May 7, 2017 // 0 Comments

Indigenous activist James Singer officially launched his candidacy for the United States Senate this week. He will be challenging Senate president pro tempore Orrin Hatch as a Democrat in the 2018 Utah race. Singer is a 34-year-old Utah native who has spent his life fighting for equality, particularly for Native Americans. He was inspired to run for office by the sickening treatment of indigenous water protectors at [...]

AU student creates website to ship your ashes to GOP if AHCA kills you

May 5, 2017 // 0 Comments

Zoey Salsbury, a junior at American University, recently launched MailMeToTheGOP.com, a website that helps allow Americans to get their ashes sent to Republican congressmen who voted for the AHCA if “they die from lack of access to health care.” “People will literally die,” Salsbury told The Huffington Post. “It’s really morbid and not fun to talk about. But that’s the reality of [...]

It’s a #CrookedWorld, and We’re All Just Living In it

May 3, 2017 // 0 Comments

2016 was terrible for a host of reasons. Prince died. Brexit happened. Independence Day without Will Smith. And that’s not even mentioning an election full of email servers, sexist comments and two amnesia filled moments for Gary Johnson. (Actually – those were pretty funny.) But, 2016 was truly a lost cause because of the one thing that none of us knew we were missing – the Crooked Media empire. Like the rest of [...]

Trump, Law & Order, and Record High Incarceration

May 3, 2017 // 0 Comments

Trump and U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions have done little to implement specific criminal justice policy, but their threats to undo Obama’s reforms are jarring. What we are seeing from the Trump administration is not surprising, many Republican presidents have a history of being tough on crime. President Nixon’s “war on drugs” agenda is most memorable, as he ordered for an outright war on [...]

Can 1,000 Democratic candidates take back the House?

May 3, 2017 // 0 Comments

The House of Representatives had 435 seats, and they’re all up for grabs in 2018. Democrats need a net gain of 24 seats to retake the majority. And with 1,000 Democratic candidates running next year, it looks like they might actually be able to do it. Democrats have not had a majority in the House since the GOP landslide of 2010, where Republicans capitalized on the anti-Obama sentiments of their base and the fact [...]

La Marcha de Mayo: Immigrants Make America Great

May 2, 2017 // 0 Comments

There’s a quote from Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night that’s become quite relevant since the election: “Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon ’em.” It’s always been fairly popular, most likely because there are many people who appreciate the idea that somewhere inside them lurks a person that just needs some greatness to find ’em. Well, America, it’s [...]