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Monday, December 17, 2018

Could This Be Our Millennial Moment?

Reprinted with permission from Creators.

 

Every student who knocks on my office door on Kent State’s campus has likely noticed the illustrated bumper sticker affixed right above the door handle.

The drawing depicts an older white man of a certain age wearing a suit and glasses and holding a lit pipe. He looks to be of an earlier era. “Mad Men,” maybe, or “Father Knows Best.”

The message, over his right shoulder: “Old people are ruining your life. VOTE.”

Every once in a while, I share a photo of this bumper sticker on my public Facebook wall to spark a discussion about voting.…

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Nothing Normal About Allegations Against Teenager Kavanaugh

Reprinted with permission from Creators.

Tuesday evening, I was scrolling Twitter for news updates when I came upon this post by Emma Thatcher:

“Hello, female high school student here. I would just like to say that the emergence of this whole ‘teenage boys should get a pass because they’re not mature enough to understand consent’ narrative is probably one of the most unsettling things I have ever witnessed.”

She was referring, of course, to recent attempts to simultaneously excuse and demonize all teenage boys to salvage the reputation of one man, U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Christine Blasey Ford, a research psychologist and professor, has accused Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her at a party when he was 17, and she was 15.…

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Trump Team Ignored Warning That Immigration Policy Posed ‘Significant Risk’ To Children

Reprinted with permission from Shareblue.

 

As Trump’s cruel policies continue to keep families apart, many children are suffering psychological harm that could last a lifetime.

And now we know that the administration was warned about the harm to kids for a year before the family separation policy took effect.

At a Senate hearing Tuesday afternoon, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) asked a panel of Trump administration witnesses if any of them had raised concerns about the “zero tolerance” policy that caused the family separation crisis.

Trump Department of Health and Human Services official Commander Jonathan D. White told Blumenthal that “over the previous year, we raised a number of concerns … about any policy which would result in family separation due to concerns we had about the best interest of the child.”

“You told the administration that kids would suffer as a result, that pain would be inflicted, correct?” Blumenthal asked.…

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