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Crystal Foretia

Crystal Foretia
Politics

Puerto Rico Has Become 2005 New Orleans

The lack of progress made in Puerto Rico since Hurricane Maria will go down as one of the most biggest stories of 2018. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) admitted on Thursday that it was underprepared to respond to the natural disaster. “FEMA leadership acknowledged that the Agency could have better anticipated that the severity of hurricanes Irma and Maria would cause long-term, significant damage to the territories’ infrastructure,” said the government report released on Thursday. As

Politics

Why It’s OK To Compare Trump To The Nazis

President Donald Trump has received justifiable criticism and outrage over his zero-tolerance immigration policy, with the most recent outcry being the Families Belong Together rally this Saturday. At the event, I found this little poster in D.C. — Trump-Nazi comparisons were inevitable. Even though Trump signed the executive order that was supposed to ban border patrol agents and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) from separating immigrant children from their parents and placing them in detention centers,

Race

Why We Need to Rebrand Black Communities

The world is an uneven playing field, especially for African Americans. Many problems undermine their human rights: Voter ID laws, underfunded education and excessive policing are some examples. However, those issues can be solved with public policy. What cannot be undone is the steep psychological damage of overt and subtle racism. When raised in an impoverished environment, black youth internalize the stigma. We could go back to the 1940s for this point when psychologists Kenneth

Feminism

The #MeToo Movement Needs to Reach These Industries

After the first year anniversary of the Women’s March on Washington, women are looking to make fundamental changes in the areas of politics and culture. For 2018, the biggest female-led campaigns, #MeToo and #TIMESUP, need to bring change to the following industries: 1. Music Industry Of the parts of the entertainment industry that have been exposed for unchecked sexual abuse, record labels and music studios have received the least amount of spotlight. Yes, some music

Politics

A Year In Review: The Trump Administration

Inauguration Day 2018 marks the one year anniversary of Donald Trump’s presidency. As we look back on the year this administration has had, let’s remember all the memorable moments. 1. Crowd Size Trump began his term by bragging about the attendance at his inauguration, even though Barack Obama clearly had a larger audience in 2009. The highlight of this drama was easily the introduction of “alternative facts” by Kellyane Conway on Chuck Todd’s Meet the

Politics

Why America Cannot Accept Trump’s DACA Deal

President Donald Trump promises to consider reforming the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, but with a tiny string attached—a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico. Yes, this is back on the table. “Our country needs the security of the Wall on the Southern Border, which must be part of any DACA approval,” Trump tweeted on Tuesday. Trump made the explicit purpose of the wall clear when he called most Mexicans rapists and criminals

Feminism

Why 2017 Was the Year of Feminism

As 2017 wraps up, one of the biggest takeaways from the year is the rise of the female in modern culture. From social media all the way to the ballot box, here is why women dominated 2017: 1. Activism We got our first glimpse at the political power of women during the Women’s March. Following Trump’s inauguration, the Women’s March spanned several major metropolitan areas and is considered the largest, single-day protest recorded in American history.

Politics

Congress Will Hear a Bill Banning Most Abortions

The House of Representatives will hold a hearing November 1st on a piece of legislation that would ban all abortions after the fetus’ “heartbeat” is detectable. This could ban abortions as soon as six weeks into a pregnancy – before most women even know they are pregnant. Rep. Steven King (R-IA) introduced H.R. 490, Heartbeat Protection Act of 2017, this past January. Under this bill, physicians who perform abortions with or without determining whether the fetus

Politics

Houston Suburb Uses Hurricane Relief to Silence Boycotts Against Israel

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, many Texan families and businesses need money to rebuild their lives. A suburb outside of Houston is offering the necessary aid through government grants, but there is a catch: anyone who takes the money must promise not to boycott Israel. Residents in Dickinson, Texas who are seeking monetary aid must complete a three-page grant application. Section 11 of the application states that applicants, acting as independent contractors, must verify that

Feminism

Expelling Alleged Sexual Abuser Harvey Weinstein From The Academy Is Not Enough

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences decided Saturday to expel film producer Harvey Weinstein for the mounting allegations of sexual harassment and rape against him. “We do so not simply to separate ourselves from someone who does not merit the respect of his colleagues but also to send a message that the era of willful ignorance and shameful complicity in sexually predatory behavior and workplace harassment in our industry is over,” said The

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