I Stand with #TakeTheKnee

KEVIN LEVY, PUSHING FORWARD Betsy Ross is often credited with stitching the first American flag that flew in the American Revolutionary War. Throughout the centuries, that great flag and its many variants would be flown on Government buildings, military bases, personal homes, and car dealerships around the world. Recently, the subject of flag protests has …

How Democrats Can Fix a Broken Message and Heal a Broken Party

KEVIN ROSE, PUSHING FORWARD As lawmakers return to Capitol Hill following their August recess, all eyes are sharply focused on a Republican majority enveloped in chaos. Scrambling to tackle heavy legislative challenges such as preventing a default on the debt and providing billions of dollars worth of aid for the storm-torn areas left in the …

The Necessity of Free College in America

CRYSTAL FORETIA, PUSHING FORWARD As summer winds down, students across the country are feeling the pressure of coming back to school. While high school seniors prepare their college applications, their collegiate counterparts worry about graduating on time and entering the workforce. But the two groups have one large concern in common: money. Even while college …

Trump Plays to His Base, Often at the Expense of the Nation

BRANDON COLLIGAN, PUSHING FORWARD Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently announced that the President would rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and that Congress would have six months to find an alternative to the policy. This sudden reversal of U.S immigration policy, which aimed to give citizenship to formally immigrant children, was a shock …

Pardoning Arpaio: Another Indication of Authoritarianism

CHRIS DESETT, PUSHING FORWARD Well, he has done it again. The President of the United States, sworn to uphold and defend the Constitution and the rule of law, looked our democratic norms in the face, and said “Bite me.” While it is the President’s prerogative to issue pardons and to commute federal sentences, the way …

Ending DACA is Economically and Morally Wrong

ALEX CRAWFORD, PUSHING FORWARD Once again, Donald Trump has made the wrong decision. Reports surfaced yesterday that the President has decided to end Deferred Actions for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that protects people who were brought to this country illegally by their parents. Even after he said he “love[s] the DREAMers.” The DACA program allows …

Run, John, Run!

KEVIN LEVY, PUSHING FORWARD Days after the tragic events in Charlottesville, Virginia, President Donald Trump forcefully condemned, by name, the Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazis. While the President’s (second) statement was direct and unequivocal, it was not laudable by any means. The founding principles of the United States of America are the rights of all …

Pharma Should Focus on the Patients, Not the Profits

RACHNA SHAH, PUSHING FORWARD In 2015, well-known ‘Pharma Bro’ Martin Shkreli raised the price of Daraprim, a lifesaving drug for HIV patients, by 5000 percent. He convinced investors to invest millions of dollars into his hedge funds; being inexperienced, he subsequently lost most of their money. On Friday, a federal jury found him to be …

Remember the Confederacy, but Remove the Statues

SONJAY SINGH, PUSHING FORWARD I’ve always found it difficult to condemn those that identify themselves as the sons and daughters of the antebellum South. It is obvious that the Confederate way of life was built on the propagation of the greatest evil to ever take place on the American continent, and there can be no …

Celebrities Can Be Politicians, Too

ALEX CRAWFORD, PUSHING FORWARD “They screaming Chano for Mayor.” These are lyrics from the song “Somewhere in Paradise” by Chance the Rapper. Over the past 2 years, there has been a serious push for Chancellor Bennett, AKA Chance the Rapper, to run for mayor of Chicago, Illinois. Chance, 24 has said he would seriously consider a …