Politics

Understanding DACA’s End And Its Impact

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One week ago, President Donald Trump announced that he would be ending an Obama-administration executive action that would affect the lives of 800,000 immigrants. This is a three-part series on DACA outlining the facts, concerns, and possible outcomes surrounding the legislation in question. What is DACA? Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is an Obama issued executive action that came […]

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Calling Out White Privilege Isn’t Racist

Calling Out White Privilege Isn’t Racist

This past weekend, the country witnessed a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Neo-nazis, the KKK, and white supremacists gathered, holding torches and supporting white nationalism. It quickly escalated to violence between the alt-right attendants and counterprotestors, with three casualties in the process. How did we get to this point? There are many things to unpack to understand the how […]

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How Male Entitlement Fills Everyday Spaces

How Male Entitlement Fills Everyday Spaces

Male entitlement is a product of traditional societal norms. It is cultivated in men as they join a society which usually favors them over the other genders in their careers, relationships, character-standing, and more.  The majority of men aren’t conscious of their privilege, making it incredibly important  to create awareness of it. A few weeks ago, I was having a […]

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Hate Crimes Are Happening – We Must Stop Them

Hate Crimes Are Happening – We Must Stop Them

Across the country, racial tensions are still evident in some of our communities. Frightening news reports of hate crimes continue. So it is important now, more than ever, to demonstrate love and compassion with one another. Stay aware. July 19 was something of a busy news day. There was word North Korea was making preparations for yet another provocative missile test. […]

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Only 14 States Have Exempted The “Tampon Tax”

Only 14 States Have Exempted The “Tampon Tax”

The majority of the United States has a sales tax on menstrual products. Since periods are a very normal and regular experience for women, many think these feminine hygiene products are a necessity and should be an exception for sales tax. In college, I worked as a janitor at night to help cover my rent and food. Going to school […]

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Don’t Be Fooled By Ivanka Trump

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The Trump administration is under scrutiny for Ivanka’s presence at the G20 summit last week, as she was asked to fill in for the president. This caused a controversy because normally this responsibility is reserved for foreign ministers and government officials. Unsurprisingly, she has been criticized for lacking the qualifications needed in order to obtain that privilege, although she is […]

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Watch Out For Dog Whistle Racism By Politicians

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No doubt you’ve heard examples of dog whistle politics. It first appeared around the late 20th century, but it’s extremely present in today’s politics. Veiling racism, it appeals to a specific audience while supporting prejudice towards people of color communities. President Trump is infamous for his dog whistle tactics. He’s not alone. When Trump supporter Helen Beristan’s husband – an undocumented Mexican […]

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Not From Here, Not From There: Examining a Culture Without Borders

Not From Here, Not From There: Examining a Culture Without Borders

“Too gringo for Latin-America, too brown for America.” This is the definition of what it means to be Mexican-America, which sometimes means feeling displaced. Growing Up on the Border I grew up on the border of San Diego and Tijuana—known as the fourth largest bi-national metropolis in the world. I was fortunate enough to be raised in a community where […]

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Climate Change Hurts Communities – Especially The Vulnerable

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With President Donald Trump’s announcement that the United States are backing out of the Paris Agreement about climate change, our country symbolically demonstrates how our leaders don’t care about the environment and have no interest in working with other countries in improving the Earth’s dangerous state. But in stepping away from the Paris Agreement, Trump is also showing how little […]

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How The Model Minority Myth Hurts Everyone

How The Model Minority Myth Hurts Everyone

It’s the end of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and it’s important for our communities to be more aware of the erasure and stereotypes of the identities of Asian Americans–and how it affects all. Calling Asian Americans the “model minority” actually perpetuates racial tensions and more. Read on: “We are threatened, unlike most whites, by efforts to use our race […]

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5 Simple Actions To Make A Difference In America

5 Simple Actions To Make A Difference In America

Our country is now at the point of Donald Trump’s presidency where we must demand for his accountability. His actions from the last few weeks have been highly questionably and further sow doubt about his eligibility to be the leader of our country. We must do what we can to demand what’s right for the good of our country. The […]

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The Sexism Of Pence’s Virtue

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Virtue seems to mean something different to different people. For Mike Pence, it involves a strict code of conduct, sharing no meals with any woman who is not his wife. Pence cites his evangelical Christian faith as the reason behind this decision, a considered virtue that carries over into many other religions. Pence’s stance on this matter was given in […]

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If Marine Le Pen Became A World Leader

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A campaign season perplexing enough to rival the Clinton-Trump debacle will reach a turning point next weekend after the first round of France’s presidential election. In the event that no candidate wins a majority, an election between the top two contenders will be held in May. Anti-immigration populist leader of the Front National Marine Le Pen is expected to face […]

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