ARTICLES

  1. Who Gets the Final Say on the VA?
    26 Jun, 2017
    Who Gets the Final Say on the VA?
    Many a great thinker has opined that a society can be judged by how the most vulnerable people therein are treated. While this lens is typically applied to those who have been naturally subjected to inherent inequality, such as the poor or the racially marginalized, the maxim of “most vulnerable” is underutilized when it comes to veterans of the United States Military. However, when we look at the homeless whilst wearing spectacles which highlight vulnerability, their diagnosis cross-applies to
  2. What Might Single Payer Look Like in the State of California?
    13 Jun, 2017
    What Might Single Payer Look Like in the State of California?
    Anyone who paid the slightest bit of attention to the upstart presidential campaign of Senator Bernie Sanders likely remembers the several progressive policy pillars that defined his run. One of his most common refrains was, “We must establish health care as a basic human right, not a privilege!” Since then, the momentum behind single payer health care, or a health care system in which the government is the sole provider of coverage, has skyrocketed throughout the country. This push for single
  3. Understanding Trump’s Withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement
    08 Jun, 2017
    Understanding Trump’s Withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement
    On June 1, Donald Trump announced to the world that the United States will pull out of the 2016 Paris climate agreement. He notably emphasized his characteristic “America First” rhetoric in the speech, stating that he was elected to “represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris.” It took less than a week for Americans to forget about this story and follow other bits of sensational news. While the general public’s interest on climate change is quickly falling, global temperatures continue to
  4. May 2017 Newsletter
    01 Jun, 2017
    May 2017 Newsletter
    James Comey Donald Trump fired FBI director James Comey, launching a controversy about whether the firing was related to the FBI’s ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Trump and his administration have given several explanations, criticizing Comey’s handling of Hillary Clinton’s email controversy and alleged Russian election interference. Comey’s associates have claimed that Trump asked Comey to pledge loyalty to him, but Comey declined, stating
  5. Breaking Down Budget Reconciliation
    04 May, 2017
    Breaking Down Budget Reconciliation
    “God have mercy on your soul.” These words of Democratic Representative Sheila Jackson Lee reflected the chaos and emotion that dominated the floor of the House, as Republicans narrowly secured the votes needed to pass the American Health Care Act, their rollback of President Obama’s signature healthcare law. In a 217-213 vote that saw 20 Republican defections, the House narrowly passed the bill, sending it to the Senate, where a whole new challenge awaits. One of the defining features that
  6. Clara Varner's Interview with US Congress Candidate, Tracy Van Houten
    01 Apr, 2017
    Clara Varner's Interview with US Congress Candidate, Tracy Van Houten
    CA-34 voters are heading to the polls this Tuesday to elect a new member of Congress to the U.S. House of Representatives. Clara Varner spoke with one of the candidates, Tracy Van Houten, to learn more about her background as an engineer and discuss her plans to combat climate change and education policy. Tracy Van Houten for Congress#MillennialInstitute #CA34 ​
  7. Rachel Chiu's Interview with US Congress Candidate, Alejandra Campoverdi
    31 Mar, 2017
    Rachel Chiu's Interview with US Congress Candidate, Alejandra Campoverdi
    The special election to determine the newest member of the U.S. House of Representatives takes place next Tuesday. Rachel Chiu sat down with Alejandra Campoverdi, one of the candidates for the 34th Congressional District, to learn more about her story growing up and discuss the importance of voter turnout and government participation among millennials. Alejandra Campoverdi #MillennialInstitute #CA34
  8. Don't Leave The Democratic Party
    27 Feb, 2017
    Don't Leave The Democratic Party
    Tom Perez is the next chair of the Democratic National Committee, and like many on the left, it’s difficult to understate how disappointed I am. The party was offered an opportunity to harness the political energy of the next generation, and instead made a deliberate choice to slam the door in the face of young progressives. The DNC, or at least 235 of its members, views keeping Sanders supporters out of power as being more important than, y’know, actually winning elections. That’s
  9. Making California a Sanctuary State
    13 Feb, 2017
    Making California a Sanctuary State
    In his pre-Super Bowl interview with Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly, President Trump spoke out against states becoming sanctuaries for undocumented immigrants. When asked about California, the president suggested a potential “weapon” to be used in case it becomes a sanctuary state: defunding it entirely. This comes on the heels of sweeping action, such as constructing a border wall between Mexico and the United States, and releasing The Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States
  10. Clara Varner's Interview with LA City Councilman, Paul Krekorian
    04 Feb, 2017
    Clara Varner's Interview with LA City Councilman, Paul Krekorian
    The next election isn’t in 2020. It’s not in 2018 either. The next election is next month in March 2017. The Los Angeles Mayor and City Council members from odd districts are on the ballot. Last week, Clara Varner sat down with City Councilman Paul Krekorian to discuss why it’s so important to vote in local elections and what issues the Los Angeles City Council is working on. Check out Clara Varner's interview with Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Krekorian below!