An Anniversary Announcement

When I first launched Voices of the Resistance just over a year ago, I did so with the goal of giving an outlet to people who care about this country and want to stand up to the Trump administration and its harmful agenda. In the last 12 months, we have hosted some excellent pieces from an array of talented authors, and I am thrilled with how the site has evolved.

That evolution will continue in 2018, first with a website redesign and new logo (courtesy of the incredibly talented Jillian Elder) and then with the debut of the Voices of the Resistance podcast.

Each week, our podcast will see us discuss current events, share critical information about activism and getting out the vote, and highlight candidates who are working to make the 2018 Blue Wave a reality. I'll be joined by my co-host, Wes Cianchette, as well as by other VOTR contributors.

Our first show will be recording at the end of January and releasing in the first days of February. I'm ecstatic to announce that our debut episode will feature an interview with Allison Galbraith, who is running to unseat Republican Andy Harris in Maryland's first district!

More details to come in the next few weeks! Stay tuned here and, if you haven't already, please follow us on twitter @VoicesResist.

 

 

Finally

It’s 2017, and I’m finally seeing men being held accountable for their actions. I’m finally seeing men who have been so used to blatantly disrespecting, harassing, and fettering women to positions of submission being punished, or at the least, finally being told that their actions have no place in today’s workplace. A line in the sand is finally being drawn in 2017, with men in positions of power across the spectrum of industry, political affiliation, and hierarchy being told “enough is enough” and “we won’t stand for this anymore.”

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A Line in the Sand

In the past year, the "Silence Breakers" and the #MeToo movement have established a new paradigm in American society. The brave women who have spoken out were collectively named the Time Person of the Year this week, and with good reason. Countless examples of sexual misconduct and harassment have been brought into the daylight for the first time, and the country is finally having a critical national dialogue about how women are treated in the workplace, the home, and society in general.

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The Chief Embarassment

In an ideal world, the Presidency of the United States should be held by someone who reflects all that is great about our country: our freedoms, our cherished beliefs, and our diversity. The president should be someone who is, if not liked, at least respected by every other nation as a person who is both capable and deserving of his or her position as the leader of a top global superpower.

Our current president is Donald Trump. Clearly, this is not an ideal world.

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Roy Moore and Today's GOP

Before we delve into the allegations against Roy Moore, I want to make on thing clear: even before all of the recent news came to light, it should have been obvious to everyone that he had no place anywhere near the United States Senate.

This is a man who was removed from his role on the Alabama Supreme Court twice for failing to comply with rulings from higher courts. He was a leading voice in the birther movement. He said that Keith Ellison should not be seated in the House of Representatives because he is Muslim. He claimed that national tragedies like 9/11 and Sandy Hook were God's punishment for the nation becoming less religious and giving equal rights to LGBT citizens. He has refused to debate Doug Jones, his opponent in the upcoming Senate election, due to his opponent's "very liberal stance on transgenderism."

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One Year Later, The Resistance Strikes Back

To say it has been a rough year would be a grand understatement. And yet, to the unending credit of the citizens of this country, you did not let the election of a spiteful con man crush you. Millions of you participated in marches and rallies. You made countless phone calls and held numerous protests, putting enough pressure on Trump and his party that their attempts at repealing the Affordable Care Act failed spectacularly. And every time you suffered a defeat, you used it as motivation to come back and fight harder.

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Part of the Solution

The harassment and abuse claims against Hollywood titan Harvey Weinstein have kicked off a wave of brave women coming forward to speak out about sexual assault in the workplace and in everyday life. In the three weeks since the Weinstein news broke, accusations against numerous men who carry influence in the public sphere have become a regular occurrence. And not just in Hollywood; the scandal has touched on politicians like George H.W. Bush and journalists like Mark Halperin. It seems like every day someone famous is being accused of the basest kind of deplorable behavior.

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Low-Hanging Fruit: What We Can Learn from Interviews with White Supremacists

They are popping up all over the Internet recently - videos where brave journalists, often ones of color, sit down and talk with white supremacists about their beliefs. After the events of last weekend, it's to be expected - after all, any rational person sees Nazis marching in the streets and they have a few questions: Why the hate? What makes you think that you're skin color makes you superior? How did we get to this point again?

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A History Lesson

When it comes to American history in particular, I have always been most enamored with the Civil War and surrounding events. Two of my favorite history books cover this era: James McPherson's Battle Cry of Freedom and Doris Kearns Goodwin's Team of Rivals.  My family would take regular trips to Gettysburg when I was a kid, and wandering around the battlefield looking at the monuments and reading the tour books is a favorite childhood memory that I've returned to multiple times as an adult.

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An American Horror Story

In the last 12 hours, I have made several attempts to begin writing about the ongoing events in Charlottesville, Virginia. I have opened up this web site and tried to put into words how I feel about the torchlight marches, the armed men overtaking a peaceful college town, the Nazi iconography brazenly displayed on American soil, and the terrorist attack that ended with one woman dead and dozens more wounded.

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Watergate 2: Watergate Harder

Trump arguably had a "mini-massacre" of his own when he fired FBI director James Comey last spring, an act which the president admitted was motivated by the way Comey was handling the Russia investigation. And he now finds himself in an even more direct parallel to Nixon, butting heads with his attorney general because of a special prosecutor's investigation that is making the president far too nervous.

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Universal Health Care: The Time Is Now

 It was only a few months ago that a gloomy Paul Ryan took to a podium to declare the House's version of Trumpcare was dead. Weeks later, it rose shambling from the grave to terrorize the nation again. The truth is that the ACA isn't safe until the GOP loses its stranglehold on our government. Taking back the House in 2018 is critical. Doing so will be a challenge, but the road will become easier if the Democrats realize that the time is now to embrace true universal healthcare as a central pillar of their platform.

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What Do We Celebrate?

On this past Independence Day, I celebrated what I'm guessing is the same thing Mr. Trump and his family celebrated: these United States of America. Because, believe it or not, left-wing progressives love our country every bit as fervently as our conservative counterparts. The idea that "the other" can't possibly want what is best for our country (a trap that, let's be honest, those of us on the liberal side of the spectrum have fallen into ourselves) is at the heart of so much of the divisiveness in politics, and it's simply not true.

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The Most Harmful Act

Donald Trump has done so much harm in the last few months, but much of it is temporary to an extent. Executive orders can be undone, appointees come and go, and government moves on. But withdrawing from the Paris Agreement will have ramifications for generations. Our children and their children will know that we were on the wrong side of history today, but they will not understand why.

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