Awareness | Posted by Julie Graves on 08/10/2017

On Trump’s Transgender Military Ban

The ban is discriminatory.

The ban is discriminatory.

Historically, changes in military policies have been indicative of broader fights for social change in America. For example, the military’s desegregation in 1948 reflected the Civil Rights movement’s progress made around racial discrimination against African Americans, and the 2011 repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell,” a policy that banned openly gay citizens from serving in the military, reflected the progress the LGBT movement had made (in fact, gay marriage was legalized soon after). So in the wake of this progress, it was all the more upsetting when Trump declared a ban on transgender people serving in the military last Wednesday.

Though Trump claimed to have consulted with top military officials about this ban, General Joseph Dunford stated that he would not remove transgender people from the …

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Feminism | Posted by Karla Majdancic on 08/7/2017

DACA Might Be At Risk. Here’s What That Means.

Support DACA.

After immigrant youth spent years relentlessly organizing and protesting against U.S. deportation laws, President Obama signed an executive order called Deferred Action for Children Act (DACA) in 2012. DACA was created to provide temporary deportation relief to eligible undocumented youth who had migrated to the United States as children. But those protected by DACA now fear its rescission due to the current administration’s toxic rhetoric surrounding immigrants—a fear most recently reiterated on July 20, when then-Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly told members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus that the Deferred Action for Children Act might be at risk.

This announcement notably came after the introduction of a bipartisan bill by Senators Durbin and Graham that would “provide Dreamers with a path to citizenship.” But despite the bill’s …

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Feminism | Posted by Angela Liu on 05/12/2017

Did The Election Narrow the Leadership Ambition Gap for Women in Politics?

A new wave of women are running for office.

In the months since Trump’s election, people across the country (and world) have been galvanized to take action. Thousands marched in support of women, science, and the environment. Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union saw spikes in donations. Late-night comedians like Seth Meyers, Stephen Colbert, and Chelsea Handler have focused monologue after monologue on the absurdity of Donald Trump’s presidency. And over 11,000 women want to run for office.

As of this past April, that’s how many women had reached out to Emily’s List, a progressive organization dedicated to electing Democratic women, to let them know that they were interested in running for office. To put that in perspective, Emily’s List received just 900 such requests in …

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