Category: United States

US-China Trade War

While exploring the food systems and rural communities of Iowa on an Alternative Spring Break trip, two things surprised me. The first, is that I became a vegetarian. The second, is that Iowa has become a geopolitical battlefield at the center of a recent trade dispute between the US and China. On March 1, President… Read more »

Joe Kennedy and the Losing Democratic Party

The Democratic Party response to President Trump’s first State of The Union address serves as a laboratory and a public testing ground for new or unknown liberal politicians to see if they have the mettle to make it on the national stage. In choosing Joseph Kennedy III, a three-term congressional representative from Massachusetts and, more… Read more »

#MeToo is Here to Stay

Finally, it seems like we are making progress. When the #MeToo movement first started, it had the potential to fade into oblivion: another casualty of lazy social media activism. However, with the first month of 2018 over, the movement has proven to be the very opposite. The brave women behind #MeToo are not going away…. Read more »

Why the Left Should Forget about Fairness

If Barack Obama’s message of hope pushed a political pendulum, then Donald Trump’s rabid chauvinism has started a wild pirate ship ride. Although for many of us, having Trump as president makes us feel as though we are slowly walking the plank toward an impending societal plunge, there lies ahead a tangible future in which… Read more »

My San Juan Seven Months Later

This personal essay is set in a context of privilege. I am lucky enough to have maintained contact with my family for the entirety of the storm, and reside in one of the most densely populated neighborhoods of Puerto Rico’s capital. I did not visit any other cities on the island, and thus am unable… Read more »

How to Apologize for Sexual Assault

*This article is a piece of satire* It’s a stressful time for white, powerful men. Every day it seems there’s a brand new sexual assault accusation. Countless women within the last two months have been coming forward and calling out successful movie producers, comedians, talk show hosts, and government officials. These men have been tarnished,… Read more »

Residents, Not Voters: Should Lawful Permanent Residents Be Allowed to Vote?

Looking back almost a year out from the day when America elected Donald Trump as president, I want to discuss the importance of voting. I am a legal permanent resident. What does this mean? In essence, I am a legal immigrant. But more technically, I am a lawful permanent resident, or a non-citizen who has… Read more »

The Happy-Medium Candidate

When the going gets tough, the tough get going. Or at least get going-ish? In light of the most unusual and, frankly, disturbing series of events that have transpired since the 2016 election of Donald Trump, Joe Biden has come to be revered by Democrats as the only candidate with the background and bravado to… Read more »

Guiltless Flying for Consumers

Carbon offsets are reductions in carbon dioxide emissions in one place that allow another place to continue emitting carbon dioxide and harmful greenhouse gases. Essentially, the place that reduces its emissions is compensating for the other place, allowing it to continue to emit carbon at harmful rates. Most institutions that use carbon offsets continue to… Read more »

Tragedy Beyond Policy in the GOP Tax Bill

In the late hours of December 1, Republican senators achieved their biggest victory of 2017—passing the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The bill, complete with crossed-out paragraphs and handwritten edits, is a haphazard agglomeration of reforms that will overhaul America’s current tax system. At the very core of the 479 page bill are tax cuts,… Read more »