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Activism

The Fluidity of the Politician

I live in a town where Bernie Sanders merchandise adorns front yards and backpacks, school clubs like the GTSA (Gay-Trans-Straight Alliance) and Students Against Human Trafficking have the largest followings, introducing yourself with pronouns is required, and discussions on issues like the refugee crisis and racial inequality are held in both the classroom and the cafeteria. It’s a liberal bubble in a world with increasingly pervasive conservatism, and while many members of my town are wonderfully open about acceptance of liberal issues, kids at school are ostracized for identifying as Republican. 

Sharing Our Stories

I grew up bilingual. From a young age, my parents, who are not Israeli, spoke to me in Hebrew because they felt it was an important skill to have. My ability to communicate with people outside of the English-speaking world has always felt like an incredible privilege. Although I love being able to find deeper meaning in the things I say through my dual-vocabulary, it’s the ability to share stories with people who otherwise wouldn’t be able to understand them, and the ability to hear theirs, that I find most important. 

Cecile Richards (Cropped)

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Cecile Richards, activist and President of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America since 2006
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Cecile Richards, activist and President of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America since 2006

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Care No Matter What

Recently, American women came under attack. And I’m not talking about a dozen women, or even a hundred women. Earlier this year, each and every one of the estimated 160 million women living in the United States of America was threatened by an attack which, had it succeeded, would have set women’s rights back to the early 1900s. 

Cecile Richards

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Cecile Richards, activist and President of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America since 2006
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Cecile Richards, activist and President of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America since 2006

Barbie Revisited

As a teenage girl who has had a consistent, though definitively low key, internet presence since I was 12, I have witnessed the rise and fall of many-a carefully tailored persona. Online venues (Tumblr being the most recent and preeminent, but MySpace before this) provide a space for young people to pick the best bits and pieces of themselves, and to cut and paste them together into some straw man fallacy of a person.

Sampling of Barbie Ferreira's Tweets

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A sampling of plus size model and activist Barbie Ferreira's tweets.
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A sampling of plus size model and activist Barbie Ferreira's tweets.

Barbie Ferreira

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Screen grab of Barbie Ferreira's public Instagram account. Barbie Ferreira is an American plus-size model and activist.
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Screen grab of Barbie Ferreira's public Instagram account. Barbie Ferreira is an American plus-size model and activist.

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Monica Lewinsky: From Ruin To Role Model

While we know the most intimate details of the scandal, what most Americans don’t know about (or don’t care about) is the extreme personal harm that Lewinsky endured as a result. 

            

Monica Lewinsky

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Monica Lewinsky, a former White House intern with whom President Bill Clinton admitted to having had an "inappropriate relationship." She has now reemerged as a social activist against cyberbullying.
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Monica Lewinsky, a former White House intern with whom President Bill Clinton admitted to having had an "inappropriate relationship." She has now reemerged as a social activist against cyberbullying.

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