If Things Feel Extra Bad Right Now, It’s Because They Are

We don’t have a lot of time before the 2022 midterms, so I want to tell you my real takeaway here up front: Things are not looking good. Regardless of who wins or loses on Tuesday, the right is at war with young people, and using that as an avenue to target marginalized communities across … Read more

These Are the 5 Closest Senate Races in the 2022 Midterm Elections

This article was originally published by Vogue. With the midterms less than a week away, there has never been a more crucial time to make sure you’re registered and make a plan to vote—whether it’s early or on Election Day. While the promise of Roevember looms large and there are plenty of exciting progressive candidates … Read more

Americans Have to Ration Life-or-Death Medication

Similar to the Inflation Reduction Act, the BBB was the House’s proposal for budget reconciliation, which aimed to cap copays for those with private insurance and Medicare. Unlike the IRA, BBB included language that would have explicitly allowed Medicare to negotiate insulin prices and would have included penalties for manufacturers that raise prices faster than … Read more

Black Students At Harvard Have Always Resisted Racism

Harvard University, like most schools in the Ivy League, has deep ties to the transatlantic slave trade. A 2019 report commissioned by President Lawrence Bacow found that faculty and staff enslaved 70 people, some of whom lived on campus; that the school’s donors profited from the slave trade; and that the university promoted the racist … Read more

The Real Winner of the Midterms Will Be the Police

It’s been two years since kente-wearing Democrats took a knee in an effort to hijack the George Floyd uprisings for their own electoral benefit. Now, ahead of the 2022 midterms, those same Democrats are doing their darndest to distance themselves from the defund movement and the anti-police sentiment that took the streets in the summer … Read more

Supreme Court Appears Fully Ready to Gut Affirmative Action

This article was originally published by Vanity Fair.  Nearly 20 years ago, the Supreme Court ruled in Grutter v. Bollinger that student body diversity is a national priority that justifies the consideration of race in university admissions. “Effective participation by members of all racial and ethnic groups in the civic life of our Nation is … Read more

We Talked to Five Young Voters About Crime and Policing

The question of what makes us feel safe is a complicated one, especially for Gen Zers. It’ll soon be six months since the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. The four-year anniversary of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida was earlier this year and the 10-year anniversary of the shooting … Read more

How Gen Z Candidates Deal With the Hardest Part of Campaigning

The folks who have supported her campaign, Syed says, “have hope that, you know, a young person, a woman of color, can hopefully win this,” and value her stance as an advocate for abortion access and gun reform. But Gen Z candidates’ fundraising success hasn’t come without hustle, grit, and, to a certain extent, help … Read more

This Dull-Sounding Electoral Practice Fuels Mass Incarceration

Every 10 years, the Census Bureau attempts to count every resident in the United States. This process incites prison gerrymandering, which means counting incarcerated people as residents of their prison cells rather than as residents of their home communities. Because this population data is used to draw electoral maps, the practice severely limits political representation … Read more

Inside One of the Races That Will Decide Control of the Senate

Outside of a squat stucco house on the south side of Tucson, Senator Mark Kelly walks slowly toward a crowd of canvassers waiting to knock on doors in his name. He holds the arm of his wife, former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot in the head in a mass shooting in Tucson in 2011 … Read more