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Here’s What Gen Zers From The DC Climate Strike Had To Say About Climate Change

Greta Thunberg, a sixteen-year-old environmental activist from Sweden inspired thousands of students to strike for the necessary attention towards climate change. In December 2018, at the UN climate conference, she confidently told the audience, “You say you love your children above all else, and yet you’re stealing their future in front of their very eyes.” Months before, in August of the same year, she went on a strike in front of the Swedish parliament for

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Hello, Madam President: Kirsten Gillibrand

Personal Background: Senator Kirsten Elizabeth Gillibrand is an attorney and politician serving as the junior senator from New York since 2009. She graduated magna cum laude at Dartmouth College in 1988 and received her J.D. from the UCLA School of Law in 1991. She was born in Albany to attorney parents and has an older brother and younger sister. Gillibrand’s maternal grandmother was a founder of the Albany Democratic Women’s Club. She spent her early career

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Social Security Explained, in Brief

“Social Security” is a foreign and scary phrase for many young people. Though many of said young people may have a Social Security card, odds are most can’t say exactly what purpose it serves, or how it benefits them. However, the program is an important foundation of American financial coverage, and key to planning for the future. Over 80 Decades of Coverage The concept of Social Security officially started in 1935, when President Franklin D.

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DeVos Budget Cut Highlights Education Favoritism

Betsy DeVos revealed a budget proposal for 2020 that has created much controversy due to a proposed cut of funding to the Special Olympics and a funding cut for after-school programs and summer programs for students coming from low-income families from the organization 21st Century Community Learning Center. There was also a cut of a grant program that gives textbooks, equipment and counseling services. This grant program, the Student Support and Academic Enrichment Program, also

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The U.S. Should Pay Attention To New Zealand’s Treatment Of White Supremacy

In the United States, white supremacy has been on the rise since Barack Obama’s presidency and saw a huge surge since the beginning of Donald Trump’s term in office. It’s not hard to see why, either. When the country’s first black president was inaugurated, anger was incited in white supremacists. They started to make this anger known, and when infamous white supremacist Donald Trump took office, their anger was justified. These white supremacists felt like

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All Charges Against Jussie Smollett Have Been Dropped, What Now?

News broke Tuesday morning after representatives from the 36-year-old Empire actor’s legal team issued a statement claiming there would be a “huge announcement” made at 10:45 a.m. Sixteen felony charges against Smollett were dropped and his $100K bond was forfeited. This surprise court appearance comes just weeks after suspicions rose of Smollett staging the attack that took place on January 29th in Chicago. The star claimed he was at a Subway restaurant at 2 a.m. when

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Hello, Mr President: Cory Booker

Personal Background: Senator Cory Booker was born in Washington D.C. by two IBM executives, moving to New Jersey later in life. Booker attended Stanford University with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science in 1991 and a Master’s Degree in Sociology in 1992. He attended the University of Oxford with a Rhodes Scholarship and received a Bachelor’s Degree in History in 1994. Booker completed his schooling with a Doctorate in Jurisprudence at Yale Law School in

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Green New Deal Blocked In Senate Test Vote

On Tuesday, March 26, the Senate test vote to begin the debate on the Green New Deal failed to meet the 60 required votes it needed. The Green New Deal is progressive legislation aimed at combating climate change introduced by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Not a single senator voted “yes” to debate the deal with a 57-0 filibuster. Many Democrats refused to vote either “yes” or “no” and instead, 43 voted “present” which allowed them not

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Trump’s Ties With The Israeli Election

Donald J. Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu have engaged in alliances of corrupt behaviors. According to the CNN news report, Trump has said that “it’s time for the U.S. to recognize Israel’s Sovereignty over the Golan Heights.” President Trump could have an effect on the Israeli election because of this close relationship. President Trump has most recently been advocating for giving Israel more land to add to their original country, along with much approval and satisfaction

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There Needs to be More Action Regarding Reparations

In June 2014, Ta-Nehisi Coates wrote a compelling piece titled “The Case of Reparations” that was published in the Atlantic. Intended to be an eye-opener to the necessity of compensating the descendants of slaves, Coates ignited a national fervor for advocating the potentiality of an economic system that aims towards redistributing wealth in the America. Recently, extended conversation on reparations has reached political platforms and has been promoted through social activism. Though mentioning the subject is a sign of initial support,

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