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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Citizens United and The Effect of Super PACs and Attack Ads on Presidential Elections

“The rise of Super PACs has had an intense effect on politics, mostly because the ultra-rich and ultra-powerful have become more powerful than ever, employing favors, and ensuring their influence over politicians using the now unlimited money they can spend on funding campaigns. Power stems from the ability to wield resources, money, and knowledge, and with Super PACs, corporations and billionaires are even closer to controlling more and more of that kind of political power. Politicians have always favored corporate power, but with the Citizens United decision, buddying up with the ultra-rich is absolutely necessary for politicians to have a serious campaign.”

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International Women’s Day Statement

While I, as a non-binary identifying person, have a really hard time connecting to my own sense of womanhood, the people around me still view me and treat me as they would a woman. Thus, I understand the oppression. Being treated like I don’t know as much; like I can’t go as far; like I can’t be as strong. We have to remember to make room not just for women’s bodies, but for their minds, their hearts, their passions. We need to make room for them to have muscles and body hair; to study math and science; to play in the dirt and like G.I. Joe more than Barbie. We need to make room for the women who have dyed blonde hair and read Cosmopolitan just as much as the women who go into politics. We need to make room for the unashamed housewife and mother who chose not to work, and we need to make room for the women who choose careers before family. We need to stop allowing the word “woman” to define what we

We have to remember to make room not just for women’s bodies, but for their minds, their hearts, their passions. We need to make room for them to have muscles and body hair; to study math and science; to play in the dirt and like G.I. Joe more than Barbie. We need to make room for the women and girls who have dyed blonde hair and read Cosmopolitan and Vogue just as much as the women who go into politics. We need to make room for the unashamed housewife and mother who chose not to work, and we need to make room for the women who choose careers before family. We need room for the Hillary Clintons, the Elle Woodses, the Serena Williamses, the Oprah Winfreys, the Ellen Degenereses, the Janet Mocks, the Laverne Coxes, the Madeline Stuarts, and so many more. We need to stop allowing the word “woman” to define what we should be, and start defining it by what we strive to be.

We must also begin to make room in feminism for our sisters of color, for our sisters who are religious and modest, for our sisters who are sex workers, for our trans sisters, for our sisters who still have some learning to do, for our sisters with disabilities, and for our family members who identify now as men but were socialized as women and experienced the plight of womanhood firsthand. There is no time for party lines, divisions, ignorance, or hatred. The patriarchy is at work constantly, and the only way we can truly do something about it is if we stop letting things divide us and we form a united front against ALL FORMS OF OPPRESSION. We don’t fight just for white women, just for cishet women, just for middle class and wealthy women, just for English-speaking or American-born women, but women everywhere. Starting today, starting right now, starting with me and you.

With power,

LJ

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