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Resistance Works! What I Learned From Taking Back NY Pride

Three weeks ago, LA Pride organizers announced that the city’s annual parade would be replaced by a march to protest President Trump’s treatment of LGBTQ citizens. Plans were quickly put into action to do the same for New York’s flagship Pride event. [...]

March 31, 2017 LGBTQ, Opinion
Follow the leader

The Resistance Needs Followers More Than It Needs Leaders

New York City suffers from an embarrassment of talent. If you live here, and come up with a good idea – for a business, a movie, an app – chances are someone has not only already thought of it, but [...]

March 28, 2017 Opinion
Caring for one another

How to Resist Without Burning Out

It’s been fifty days since Donald Trump was elected President of the United States. In that time, he has kick-started the process of dismantling the administrative state, fired multiple staffers for reasons ranging from defiance to espionage, given the green [...]

March 16, 2017 Opinion
Tom Perez

Forget the DNC Chair, Liberals Should Focus on Local Politics

The Democratic National Committee has a new leader and the American left a new lodestar in Tom Perez, the Obama-era Secretary of Labor, who was elected party chair in Atlanta on Saturday. His victory in the most fiercely-contested and politically [...]

February 27, 2017 Democratic Party, Opinion
Don't Block My Net

Net Neutrality: America’s Forgotten Civil Rights Battle

Unless you’ve been living in a bubble for the last year, you will be aware of the role “alternative facts” played in the Presidential election. From mainstream media outlets like FOX News to alt-right websites like Breitbart, misinformation was —and [...]

February 23, 2017 Opinion
Trump Supporter

Showdown with Trump Supporters on Not My President Day

On Monday I went to Columbus Circle for the “Not My President Day” rally. I met up with my friend Adrian and we spent about a half hour crammed against a barrier, watching a lone cop talking to elderly ladies and [...]

February 22, 2017 Opinion

Stop Mocking Safe Spaces and Trigger Warnings

Have you ever thought about why someone might need a safe space? Have you ever thought about why someone might need a trigger warning? The truth is, we often do not think about why someone might need these things – [...]

February 20, 2017 Opinion

Anti-ICE Activists Cannot Fall Prey To Fake News

Every action of the Trump administration is refracted through my Facebook feed in a torrent of righteous outrage. I became aware of the notorious travel ban via a host of articles posted onto my timeline, each accompanied by a horrified preface [...]

February 17, 2017 Opinion

Dismantling Your Privilege Is the Only Way to Save America

There’s a broad swathe of the country, Democrat and Republican alike, that say liberal snowflakes will be the undoing of America. That it’s the progressive agenda, rather than the tyrant in the White House, that’s going to bring the country to [...]

February 14, 2017 Opinion
No Ban March

How to Argue With Conservatives Who Agree With The Muslim Ban

Donald Trump’s Muslim ban may have been stayed by the Ninth circuit Court of Appeals this week, but a vast proportion of the country still agrees with it. If you are debating the topic with a conservative, you may be tempted [...]

February 10, 2017 Opinion