Anti-Trump But Anti-Immigrant: Why the Words We Use Matter

While at an anti-Trump rally, I stood at the steps of the capitol building of my state, surrounded by other protesters while people took turns speaking to the crowd. At one point a young white woman took the stage and began speaking. Although I do not remember most of what she said, one thing she did say struck me.

“How can we talk about deporting immigrants, or disrespecting immigrants, when they do the jobs that none of us want? Who will be your janitors and garbage men if you make them leave?”

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Mental Illness and Gun Control: Where Do We Draw the Line Between Constitutional Rights and Individuals’ Safety?

America is not a stranger to gun violence as it leads developing countries in the number of gun-related homicides per year. Since one of America’s most horrendous acts of gun violence in its history, the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012 that killed 20 children and 6 adults, the United States has faced 1,518 mass shootings as of October 2017. On Sunday, November 5, the United States gained another entry in the massacre-at-the-hands-of-a-gunman section of its history books with at least 26 people dead and even more wounded. In the wake of this tragedy, President Donald Trump is calling this event a mental illness issue, rather than an issue of gun control. This raises an interesting point about whether mental illness plays a role in these acts of gun violence and how far the government should go in regulating who is able to obtain guns in this country.

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Official Statement on Title IX

Being that we are an organization committed to making sure our student peers know and understand their rights, we have decided to release this statement concerning Betsy DeVos changing Title IX protections. We would first like to explain what Title IX is and why it’s so important. Then, we hope to outline things our university and others can do to continue supporting students who were victims of sexual assault. We want these students, now and in the future, to know that we see them, we hear them, and we support them.

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Why I Support the Democratic Socialists of America (and you should, too!)

On the official website of the Democratic Socialists of America, the organization writes that they believe that though they “are unlikely to see an immediate end to capitalism tomorrow, DSA fights for reforms today that will weaken the power of corporations and increase the power of working people.” “We are socialists because we reject an international economic order sustained by private profit, alienated labor, race and gender discrimination, environmental destruction, and brutality and violence in defense of the status quo.”(LA Times: Democratic Socialism)

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How a New Brand of Sexism is Helping to Create White Supremacists

In the days leading up to the Unite the Right rally in Virginia, prominent Neo-Nazi Andre Anglin posted his thoughts on the dress code on his site, The Daily Stormer. The Daily Stormer is a Pro-Nazi site infamous for targeting Jewish writers and general Nazi-Nonsense, which has since been shut down (at least for now) by their domain hosting site NameCheap. But, using quotes from Vox, we can still see the similarities in the language used. Anglin writes that they have to look “sexy,” and that “baggy stuff… always looks bad.” He even says that “continued obesity will not be tolerated.” He argues that he knows his target demographic is obese, but that they need to create a culture of fitness to combat that.

Reader Advisement: This article contains upsetting language, ideas, and radical people. Please be advised that any upsetting language or imagery is for informational purposes.

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Healthcare Time Machine: The Senate’s Attempt to Roll Back The Progress of the ACA

“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America”.

In the Preamble to our Constitution, the founders included a clause in which they state that we, as the people of the United States, and more importantly our congressional representatives, are to promote the general welfare in order to form a “more perfect union.” This phrase gives our government a mandate to protect its citizens and to provide for their well-being. Well-being is a vague term and can most definitely be interpreted in a number of ways, which should include the health of the citizens, as well as their ability to access necessary medical attention and care.

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