Politics

What L&P Is Thankful For This Thanksgiving

What L&P Is Thankful For This Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is the time to take a moment and reflect on what you’re truly grateful for. And while most people will agree on the Thanksgiving “staples” of gratitude (family, friends, health, etc.), the reasons we’re thankful for them might not be as widely accepted. And let’s be honest, there’s a few more things to be thankful for around the holidays […]

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The Reality Of The Global Gender Gap

The Reality Of The Global Gender Gap

Early this November, the World Economic Forum published its latest Gender Gap Report. And the results were less than satisfying. The 2016 Gender Gap Report found that it would take 170 years to close the global gender gap at our current rate of progress. Now? That number has increased to 217 years. The truth of the matter is that a […]

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The Overdue Downfall Of Powerful Men Committing Sexual Harassment

The Overdue Downfall Of Powerful Men Committing Sexual Harassment

Bill O’Reilly, Roger Ailes, Donald Trump, Bill Cosby, and now Harvey Weinstein. These are names on the growing list of powerful men in Hollywood and media accused of sexual harassment and/or assault. But the commonalities between these men extend beyond their careers and infamous accusations. Another important attribute they share is their age. All of the men on this notorious […]

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The Latest Attack On Women’s Reproductive Rights

The Latest Attack On Women’s Reproductive Rights

In yet another blow to women’s health and reproductive rights, President Trump has officially reversed the Obama-era mandate requiring employers to include birth control coverage in insurance plans. On Friday, October 6, President Trump announced that employers, including colleges and universities that provide health insurance to students and employees, would now have the right to withhold birth control coverage on […]

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An Alternative Method To Toxic Call-Outs

An Alternative Method To Toxic Call-Outs

If you witness unconscious sexism in the workplace, the perpetrator should know that he/she did something wrong,  for the sake of the receiver and the perpetrator.  But calling out the perpetrator could be potentially toxic and hinder progress. Here’s a different method that may be more productive and inclusive. There are so many varying opinions on the current state of […]

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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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