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Knesset Member Stav Shaffir

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Stav Shaffir, the youngest female Knesset member in Israel's history.
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Stav Shaffir, the youngest female Knesset member in Israel's history.

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Randi Weingarten

When she was elected president of the American Federation of Teachers in 2008, Randi Weingarten became the first openly gay leader of an American national labor union.

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. 

Carly Fiorina/Hillary Clinton Collage

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A Carly Fiorina and Hillary Clinton themed collage created by 2015-2016 Rising Voices Fellow Sarah Groustra
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A Carly Fiorina and Hillary Clinton themed collage created by 2015-2016 Rising Voices Fellow Sarah Groustra

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Macchiatos with Merkel

This lady is my German RBG (Ruth Bader Ginsburg), and let’s not even discuss what would happen if I were to bump into RBG at a coffee shop. For anyone who might not know, Merkel is the Chancellor of Germany (2005-present), and is the first woman to hold the position. 

Angela Merkel

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Angela Merkel: Chancellor of Germany
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Angela Merkel: Chancellor of Germany

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It's About Time We Dump Trump

Donald Trump isn’t a name thrown around fondly in my social circles. I’d say I live comfortably in a liberal bubble, one which sees Donald Trump as an overblown joke. With the upcoming election, his name has become a household one, and is uttered with callousness and a little bit of fear. As primaries are approaching and poll results are flying in, I’m becoming uneasy about Donald Trump’s viability as a presidential candidate.

Donald Trump

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2016 Presidential Candidate Donald Trump
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2016 Presidential Candidate Donald Trump

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Marwa Sayed, a Leader in the Community

Marwa Sayed was the first Hijabi I ever met. I was a freshman in high school and she was a junior. A force to be reckoned with, she terrified me. She had strong convictions for equality and justice from which she did not back down. I served on student council with her at Boston University Academy (the high school we both attended) for two years, and during that time she led the charge to abolish the dress code and to establish gender neutral bathrooms. 

"True BU" Campaign Image

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Campaign image from "True BU" slate of candidates.
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Campaign image from "True BU" slate of candidates.

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