If you still don't think the midterms will affect you, Barack Obama is back to spell out just how important they are. Young people are known for historically low turnout in the midterm elections, but 2018 could be the year that changes. Issues from criminal justice reform to gender equality are on the line.
EarthJustice’s Maggie Caldwell on Why You Should Care About The Endangered Species Act
The Endangered Species Act has prevented nearly 99% of species in its care from going extinct, but now the Trump admin is trying to roll back protections—here’s why you should care and what you can do.
Parkland Father Fred Guttenberg on Gun Reform and Jaime’s Law
Parkland father Fred Guttenberg introduced Jaime’s Law to extend background check requirements to ammunition sales.“This isn’t about political positions because bullets don’t know what political party you belong to,” he explained.
Arkansas Doctor Stephanie Ho on ‘Trigger Bans’
Arkansas abortion provider Dr. Stephanie Ho explained what "trigger bans" are and how dangerous they could be for the future of reproductive care.“What this means is that, if the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, abortion will be outlawed in Arkansas immediately,” she explained.
‘Dying of Whiteness’ Author Discusses How the White Working Class is Shortening Lives
Author Dr. Jonathan Metzl says the white working class is voting for policies that shorten their lives.“Usually you see shortening life spans after a famine, after Hiroshima, after [the] fall of the Soviet Union, but it doesn’t happen in 2015 in the United States, a time of prosperity and lowering crimes rates and factors like that,” he stated.
Igor Volsky: It's Time to Regulate Guns Just Like Cars
Igor Volsky says it’s time to regulate guns like we regulate cars.“If you look around us, either at states that have fewer gun deaths, or at countries around the world that have only a dozen or so gun deaths every single year, what we’ll find are societies where guns are significantly harder to get for everyone,” he explained
Maine Mayor Samantha Paradis is Ready for More Young Leaders to Fight Climate Change
Maine mayor Samantha Paradis says young leaders are needed in climate change fight.“It’s time that young people recognize that they have a real, moral obligation to run for office—for a lot of reasons,” she stated.
Women Candidates Are Still Judged Much More Harshly Than Men
Former senior Obama and Hillary staffer Jennifer Palmieri sees a big gender gap in how men and women politicians are covered.“I was Hillary Clinton’s communications director and President Obama’s communications director,” she explained.
Ameya Pawar Argues That Public Banks Could Combat Economic Inequality
Chicago’s Ameya Pawar argued that public banks could combat economic inequality.“Big banks nearly caused a global economic meltdown in 2008 and in order to prevent another depression, taxpayers bailed out ever big bank.
Queens District Attorney Tiffany Cabán Wants to Decriminalize Sex Work
District Attorney Tiffany Cabán has big ideas for a fairer criminal justice system.“As a queer Latina, I am very much so aware of the fact that those that are disproportionately affected by the criminalization of sex work are trans folks of color,” she explained.
Climate Change is the #1 Reason Why Gov. Jay Inslee is Running For President
2020 candidate Governor Jay Inslee is putting one issues above everything else—climate change.“I’ve been a student of this for about two decades now and I read the science literally almost daily about this and unfortunately, the science is very, very clear on this,” he stated.
U.S. House Passes HR-8 For Comprehensive Background Checks on All Gun Sales
For the first time in years, the House of Representatives passed meaningful gun reform legislation that strengthens our background checks system and creates a foundation for a future with less guns — now it’s the Senate’s turn to do their part
Trump Pulling Out Of INF Missiles Treaty Is A Gift To Putin And Russia
Trump has scrapped a key nuclear arms treaty with Russia and The Fifth Columns Justin King explained why it was a gift to Vladimir Putin.“To understand how much of a gift, you have to understand what the treaty really was,” he stated.
Ron Wyden On Trump Allowing Foster Care Agencies to Engage in Religious Discrimination
Senator Ron Wyden says Trump is allowing foster care agencies to engage in religious discrimination.“The Trump administration is now allowing foster care agencies in South Carolina to discriminate against prospective foster and adoptive parents based on their religion,” he stated.
'Winners Take All' Author Anand Giridharadas on How Billionaires Shape Our World
“Winners Take All” Author Anand Giridharadas explained how young people’s futures were stolen by the wealthy.“I think there has been an extraordinary double-barreled theft from young people in our time that we have to talk about,” he stated
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s 70% Marginal Tax Rate Isn’t That Radical
Freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) floated the idea of a 70% top marginal tax rate, in an interview with Anderson Cooper on 60 minutes, giving conservatives yet another reason to obsess over the House’s most widely covered member
Knicks Player Enes Kanter Risks Everything to Stand Up to The Turkish Government
NBA star Enes Kanter hasn’t spoken to his parents since 2015 because he is an enemy of the government in his home country.“[This situation] affected me, at the same time it affected my parents,” the 26-year-old New York Knicks player explained.
Sherrod Brown Explains What Texas Ruling Really Means for Obamacare
A Texas judge recently handed down a decision that threatens the health coverage of 20 million people.“It undermines pre-existing conditions protections for all Americans, and it could eliminate all the progress we’ve made as a country since the passage of the Affordable Care Act, even the parts of the law you pay not realize are part of it,” explained Senator Sherrod Brown
Melissa Ryan of Ctrl Alt Right Delete on Growing Violence from the Far-Right
Ctrl Alt Right Delete’s Melissa Ryan says far-right violence has been on the rise in America.“The Washington Post reported that ‘violence by white supremacists and other far-right attackers has been on the rise since Obama’s presidency — but has surged since Trump took office,’” she explained
Robert Reich on the Failure of the GOP Tax Law
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Activist Aydin Anwar on Chinese Internment of Muslims
China is putting Muslims into internment camps and Activist Aydin Anwar says no one’s doing anything about it.“Right now, China’s detained over a million Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims in concentration camps,” she explained.
Former Chipotle Employee Details Animal Abuse and Inhumane Practices
Former Chipotle manager Rachel Zieglar saw animals living in inhumane conditions in one of the chain’s supplier farms — despite its claim to only serve “food with integrity.”“I was responsible for training employees to tell people there was no animal cruelty in our meat.
Senator Sherrod Brown Responds to GM Job Cuts
Sherrod Brown called out the Trump administration for abandoning workers affected by the GM layoffs.“The same week that General Motors announced the stopping of production where over 5,000 workers at the GM plant in Lordstown, Ohio, northeast Ohio, would lose their jobs, Wall Street celebrated, the stock price for General Motors went up,” he explained.
1 in 5 Women Worldwide Are Married Before Age 18
One in five women worldwide are married before age 18 — and Mabel van Oranje is trying to change that.“The stories you hear about girls who are married at a young age are almost always the same,” the Girls Not Brides initiator and chair explained.
Color of Change Director Rashad Robinson on Brett Kavanaugh
Color of Change director Rashad Robinson explained how Brett Kavanaugh benefits from societal rules that don’t apply equally to everyone.“The culture of sexual violence is so pervasive in America that we are, once again, witnessing a woman having to bear the burden of proof against a Supreme Court nominee,” he said.
Nike Is Looking to the Future With Colin Kaepernick
Sports writer Will Leitch believes Nike is betting on the future not the past with its Colin Kaepernick campaign.“In a divided world, Nike knows that straying out of politics isn’t the way to keep your business humming, it’s actually how you lose,” he said
Why The Youth Vote Might Change Our Country Forever
NextGen America’s deputy political director Ben Wessel wants young people to know their vote might change the country forever this November.“Long story short, there are 70 million eligible young voters across the country, more than any other age group.
Sherrilyn Ifill Warns Against SCOTUS Nominee Brett Kavanaugh
Brett Kavanaugh’s hearing has sparked a constitutional crisis, according to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund’s director counsel Sherrilyn Ifill.“The Republicans who control the Senate Judiciary Committee have refused to provide millions of pages of documents that go to the heart of the record of Brett Kavanaugh,” she explained.
The Mayor of San Juan Has a Message for Donald Trump: This Isn't About You
San Juan mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz Soto wants Trump to know that the hurricanes that happened in Puerto Rico aren’t about him.“What kind of person gives themselves a grade or a pat on the back when there’s a humanitarian crisis where 3,000 people have died,” she asked.