1. Shawn Haq's Interview with State Senate Candidate, Henry Stern
    20 Aug, 2016
    Shawn Haq's Interview with State Senate Candidate, Henry Stern
    Do you live in Los Angeles or Ventura County? Then chances are that you live in California's 27th State Senate District. Chances are that your State Senator is Fran Pavley - and she isn't running for re-election. It's a high stakes race between Democrat Henry Stern and Republican Steve Fazio. Henry has been endorsed by Senator Fran Pavley and, if elected, would be the youngest Senator in California. Shawn Haq sat down with Henry last Wednesday to discuss a wide variety of issues with the State
  2. College Equality Bill
    08 Aug, 2016
    College Equality Bill
    “No person shall be subjected to discrimination on the basis of disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, [or] sexual orientation…”            These are the opening lines of California Education Code Section 66270, an obscure but critically important provision preventing prejudice in higher education. The policy prohibits discriminatory practices in all colleges and universities in California that benefit from government funding or enroll
  3. Millennial Institute July Newsletter
    31 Jul, 2016
    Millennial Institute July Newsletter
    July Newsletter U.S. Presidential election                 Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump officially announced that Mike Pence, the current governor of Indiana, will be his vice presidential running mate. Pence is generally considered to be a major supporter of the Tea Party movement, which is known as staunchly anti-immigration, especially illegal immigration; highly protective of the 2nd amendment; socially conservative; populist; and against government spending. It also has
  4. Campaign Length and Finance: How Other Countries Do It Better
    29 Jul, 2016
    Campaign Length and Finance: How Other Countries Do It Better
    The absurdly long length of American national election campaigns is a godsend for the media, but for the everyday voter, it's just another aspect of the political process that exhausts and frustrates. With news outlets capitalizing on every little statement made by presidential front  runners for nearly 600 days straight, it's hard for voters to stay engaged in politics. But the  bloated length of these campaigns has another, more sinister consequence: it increases the role of  money in
  5. Millennial Institute June Newsletter
    30 Jun, 2016
    Millennial Institute June Newsletter
    June Newsletter U.S. Presidential election Polling                 Throughout the final week of June, most polls are predicting that Hillary Clinton will win the presidential election, putting her on average 4 points ahead of Donald Trump.                 One of the major factors behind Trump’s declining popularity is the widespread belief that he is a racist. In early June, a U.S. District Judge named Gonzalo Curiel was presiding over two cases in which people were suing Trump, claiming that
  6. The New, Colossal Opportunity: The Libertarian Option
    28 Jun, 2016
    The New, Colossal Opportunity: The Libertarian Option
    "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-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"     Since their inception, the booming words of “The New Colossus” have welcomed immigrants into Ellis Island, as well as our country as a whole. The symbol of Lady Liberty is one we as Americans have grown up with plastered to our minds for more than a century.  However, today, the abstract
  7. Millennial Institute May Newsletter
    01 Jun, 2016
    Millennial Institute May Newsletter
    May Newsletter Transgender Rights The US Justice Dept notified North Carolina that its state law limiting restroom access for transgender people violates the US Civil Rights Act. The United States Education Department also publicly supported this statement. Read more: Prisoners’ rights The city of Colorado Springs agreed to make reparations to people who were sent to jail because they were unable to pay fines for minor
  8. The Panama Papers: A Chance for Mankind
    21 Apr, 2016
    The Panama Papers: A Chance for Mankind
    Edward Snowden has called it the “biggest leak in the history of data journalism”. And frankly, he’s correct. Just a couple weeks ago, the monumental Panama Papers were released. These documents contain 11.5 million (yes, you read that correctly) documents detailing the crimes of everyone from the likes of elected officials such as Argentine President Mauricio Macri to celebrities like Lionel Messi. The crime? Storing wealth in offshore accounts to evade taxes, all disguised under the guise of
  9. April Millennial Institute Newsletter
    05 Apr, 2016
    April Millennial Institute Newsletter
    April Newsletter Transgender Rights Under pressure from national groups and businesses, Republican South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard vetoed legislation requiring transgender students to use bathrooms that match the gender assigned to them at birth. Read more: Education A new report found that US workers rank dead last among 18 industrial countries in "problem solving in technology-rich environments.  The reasons are
  10. The Socio-economic Pitfalls of the SAT
    09 Dec, 2015
    The Socio-economic Pitfalls of the SAT
    In June of 2015, Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts made a bold decision. They decided to stop the use of the SAT in their admittance process. The reasoning behind this increasingly popular act among institutions of higher-learning in the United States is simply that the SATs are a “very poor predictor of success.” With more than 800 colleges across the United States now becoming “test optional”, the SAT is slowly losing traction as America’s leading gateway to college