With the news that the DREAM Act is on it’s way out, many people around the country go personally unaffected. While this may be a sad reality, it should definitely affect the way you feel about this new rule, regardless of whether or not it personally affects you.
On the Statue of Liberty it says, “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” The poem just shows that we as a nation were welcoming. So the question is why? Why close the door to people that need it?
The people that the DREAM Act benefit, were, when they came to this country, essentially helpless young people. These young people were often brought here by parents working towards giving their young children a better and safer life. The DREAM Act matters because this country is supposed to be a place to find the American Dream, and help become an American because you want to better your life and the lives of your children.
These days, it seems to become harder and harder each week to keep up with the news. So, here are some important news stories that took place over the past seven days.
If you haven’t seen it already, I would highly suggest you go see Wonder Woman. Now, I am aware that some feminists have scrutinized this movie, but in my opinion, I think this movie is one for the feminist vaults. Also, SPOILERS AHEAD.
In the movie, Wonder Woman is portrayed as an Amazon, or an amazing woman warrior. These women are raised to learn how to fight, along with how to help people. On the other hand, I do see an issue with the movie teaching that man is responsible for all that’s bad in the world (or at least that’s how I interpreted it). She meets this young man who washes up on her island, and she helps him defeat “the evil of Aries”, the god of war. All of this takes place during what I think to be World War I.
She defeats Aries, but realizes that he wasn’t the end-all-be-all of war, and that while it might be depressing, these men were committing to this war by their own free will. She sees that man as a species isn’t as perfect as she expected.
I loved this movie. I think it shows the power of women on their own, and even with someone, a woman does not lose her worth. It can teach young women that there is evil in this world, but that they can rise above it. This movie can teach so many things to young women that they do anything, with or without a significant other.
While many people have heard about this, many have not, and some who have, have been misinformed. So I am here to tell what I believe to be the truth, about the missing youth in Washington, DC.
Over the last few months, several young people went missing in the District. While some articles have been published saying 40 youth, while some say other numbers. From what I’ve read and heard by living in DC, the number is closer to 20. Most of these young people (if not all, please feel free to fact check) were young people of color.
Until relatively recently, many people didn't know about any of these cases, as they were not on the local news or in any sort of news outlet. The coverage of these cases were part of the problem, especially because it made the situation seem like no one cared, when in fact, many people just didn't know.
So what do we do? My only thought is to put more out into the media involving the missing persons cases, because it can help. And by doing that, hopefully media outlets will use it to not only solve these cases, but prevent future cases as well.
Have something you want to say about this? Call your reps and tell them that you want this to be an important issue!
As many of you may know, yesterday was International Women’s Day, which many knew as A Day Without Women. While this is a great day to celebrate women in your life, there were many flaws in the acts many women took in order to take part in A Day Without Women. While many of these have been pointed out on social media already, I feel the need to reiterate them.
A Day Without Women was an event inspired by A Day Without Immigrants. While it is arguably an important thing to have done, many people have pointed out that no one is saying we don’t need women in this country. On the other hand, some people are trying to argue that we don't need immigrants, when in fact, we depend on them to be a part of so many of our communities. Not that women aren’t important in our communities, but the immigrant strike was in response to a thought that we don't need them, when in fact, we do. With the current administration, it is important now more than ever to show our support for one another.
Not all women can afford to miss a day of work in order to protest. While many wish they could, some people just can’t. I can tell you I wish I could have gone to protest and support my fellow women, but I had class. That being said, missing class isn’t anything close to missing work.
Let it be said that all of the Day Without Women events and plans were in good intentions, however they were not as inclusive as possible. I personally think that many communities were excluded from the ideas behind the Day Without Women. In order for an event like this to be more inclusive, we need to take into account women who can’t miss work, trans women, and women in between every demographic. Because if your feminism isn’t intersectional, it isn’t the feminism we need right now.
“Hoes before bros” or preferably, “uteruses before duderuses”. You got that right, this is a GALENTINE’S DAY POST! Galentine’s Day is a holiday to celebrate your loved ones, specifically the women in your life, that you might have platonic love for. The idea of platonic love is just as important as romantic love, and needs to be celebrated. That is EXACTLY what Galentine’s Day is for. So for today, or every day, find a reason to celebrate the women in your life.
Now more than ever is it important to celebrate the women in your life. And no matter what you end up doing for Valentine’s Day, it’s important to honor your platonic, girly, or non girly friends. That is exactly what Galentine’s Day is for.
Don't get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with celebrating romantic relationships on Valentine’s Day, but for those of us without significant others, it’s nice to also have a way to celebrate our loved ones. Overall, Galentine’s Day is a great way to let your friends know you love them.