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Helen Ehrlich

Politics

Need a Job? The Trump Administration has plenty of Openings.

The Trump Administration has become notorious for unfilled positions and fleeing staff members. Only 56 % of positions in the Department of Homeland Security that require nomination/confirmation having been filled, and within the Justice Department only 48 % of such positions have been filled. Within the administration, main positions such as Secretary of Homeland Security, Secretary of Defense, Secretary of Interior, Ambassador to the United Nations (UN), Chief of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and Chief

Real Life

March For Our Lives’ Latest PSA Explains The Grim Reality Of Rampant School Shootings

In February of 2018, a mass shooting occurred in Parkland Florida, killing 17 students and inciting national outcry. That was one of 307 mass shootings in 2018 alone. The students of Parkland formed “March For Our Lives”, and held one of the biggest youth protests since the Vietnam War.  On their website, their mission statement is, “To harness the power of young people across the country to fight for sensible gun violence prevention policies that

Politics

Hello, Mr President: Pete Buttigieg

Personal Background: Mayor Pete Buttigieg was born and raised in South Bend Indiana by a Maltese immigrant father and local mother, both of whom were professors at Notre Dame University. Buttigieg was class president and valedictorian of his high school. During his senior year he won the “JFK Profiles in Courage Essay Contest” where he was honored at the JFK Library in Boston. He had written his essay about his now opponent, Senator Bernie Sanders.

Politics

Hello, Mr President: Beto O’Rourke

Beto O’Rourke, a fresh-faced political newcomer hailing from El Paso burst onto the political scene in 2018 when he challenged Ted Cruz for the role of Texas senator. He amassed a major following from young onlookers all across the country, despite his narrow loss. After months of flirting with the idea of running, O’Rourke has officially entered the crowded 2020 race as of Thursday, March 14. Personal Background: Robert O’Rourke was born and raised in

Politics

Hello, Mr President: Bernie Sanders

Personal Background: Senator Bernard “Bernie” Sanders was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York by low income Jewish immigrant parents. Sanders attended Brooklyn College in 1964, and then went on to study at the University of Chicago where he gained a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science. During his time in Chicago, he joined the civil rights movement and joined the march on Washington. Sanders spent time after college living in a kibbutz. After his return,

Op-ed

Tulsi Gabbard Is The Most Right-Winged Progressive In Congress: Op-Ed

Tulsi Gabbard, the democratic representative to Hawaii’s 2nd District since 2013, caught headlines when she declared her bid for the presidency early in the game. Gabbard was the first Hindu member of Congress and became the youngest person ever elected to the Hawai’i State Legislature. She not only served on the Honolulu City Council, but she’s also a veteran of the Iraq war. Tulsi Gabbard is a self-described progressive candidate, who quite often sides with

Feminism

Why This Women’s March Sign Means So Much to Women and Girls

The 2019 Women’s March was a controversial one. While the march was riddled with scandal, boycotts and accusations of antisemitism, there was one picture of a sign that caught the attention and stole the hearts of women all around the world. The viral photo features a man holding a sign with the phrase “She’s someone’s sister/mother/daughter/wife” crossed out so that only “She’s someone” remains. This simple gesture of crossing out the commonly used phrases of  “she’s someone’s

Feature, Op-ed, Politics, Race, Real Life

Antisemitism in America: Undeniable, Dangerous & On The Rise

America is rapidly becoming a more and more dangerous place for Jews. With recent attacks, rallies, and complacency from the White House, it’s more clear than ever just how extreme the hatred towards Jewish people has become. White and Christian supremacy hate groups function on the belief that Christians and whites are above all others. According to the KKK website, “Non-whites who reside in America should be expected to conduct themselves according to Christian principles

Op-ed

Gen Z is Here, and They’re Going to Fix the World’s Mess

Baby boomers structured the system. Millennials disrupted the system. Gen Z is here to fix the mess. Though the starting point of Generation Z (“Gen Z”) is highly disputed, it dances anywhere between 1995 and 2005, meaning millennials watched the birth of YouTube, and Gen Z experienced the dawn of Vine. Millennials enjoyed being the trophy generation, handed participation certificates left and right. Gen Z were forced into an academic, physical and digital world more

Politics

How Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Instagram Livestreams Represent the Changing Face of American Politics

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the democratic socialist from The Bronx, New York, is one of the most closely watched Congressional Freshmen and is bringing a change to interaction with her base via social media. With her relaxed demeanor and inspirational messages, many consider her Instagram live cooking sessions as the fireside chats for a new generation. AOC has been live streaming to her now millions of Instagram followers since the beginning of her campaign. At her very

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