Rights and Democracy

A Battle Over More Than Just a Galaxy

A Battle Over More Than Just a Galaxy

The Last Jedi is a great film if you need to hear and see a fight for the Resistance on the screen. It’s also one of my favorite movies in the franchise. (Come at me, Star Wars fans.) The whole Star Wars franchise rests on the age-old question: When evil rises, how...

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Do the Poor Deserve Health Care? These Politicians Say No.

Do the Poor Deserve Health Care? These Politicians Say No.

Between 2013 and 2016, the state of Kentucky experienced a veritable medical miracle. In 2013, two of every five low-income people in the state had no health insurance. By 2016, only one in every 13 poor Kentuckians were going uninsured. As a result, the share of...

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America, Oprah is Not Your Savior

America, Oprah is Not Your Savior

Oprah Winfrey's remarkable Golden Globes speech rocked not only the event's A-list attendees, but almost all of America. Winfrey cited the under-told story of Recy Taylor, a young black woman who was raped by six armed white men during the Jim Crow era. Despite...

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Law, Order, and the Dreamers

Law, Order, and the Dreamers

Put yourself in the shoes of a typical “Dreamer” — one of the hundreds of thousands of undocumented youth brought here as small children. When you were six years old, your mother crossed the Mexican border and carried you into the United States. Although you’ve been...

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There Are No S—hole Countries

There Are No S—hole Countries

We recently learned that Donald Trump referred to African nations and Haiti using a derogatory and profane term. (Accounts differ, but all seem to agree it ended with “hole.”) Writing off an enormous percentage of the world’s landmass and population as inferior isn’t...

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Hollywood Won’t Destroy Sexism, But We Can

Hollywood Won’t Destroy Sexism, But We Can

This month's Golden Globes were the first awards ceremony held since #MeToo went viral. To commemorate it, celebrities brought social justice activists along as their plus-ones, and many more wore black to show support with the Time's Up movement, a new Hollywood...

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