1 In 3 US Muslims Fear White Supremacist Violence Since Trump’s Election (VIDEO)

1 In 3 US Muslims Fear White Supremacist Violence Since Trump’s Election (VIDEO)

Every year I teach my high school sophomores the inimical Holocaust memoir Night by the late Elie Wiesel. Included in the unit is the iconic Pastor Martin Niemoller poem “First They Came” in which Niemoller reflects on the consequences of apathy when social groups other than one’s own are targets of persecution. At the poem’s conclusion, Niemoller sadly […]

New York Bill Could Make Voting Mandatory And Improve Voter Turnout (VIDEO)

New York Bill Could Make Voting Mandatory And Improve Voter Turnout (VIDEO)

“Voting at State general elections, by-elections and referenda is compulsory. Section 156 of the Electoral Act clearly establishes that it is every elector’s duty to vote at any election for the region or district for which they are enrolled. The penalty for first time offenders is $20, and this increases to $50 if you have previously […]

New York Proposing Constitutional Convention To Hand More Legislative Authority To An Elite Few

New York Proposing Constitutional Convention To Hand More Legislative Authority To An Elite Few

In 1789, Thomas Jefferson wrote to James Madison: “Every constitution, then, and every law, naturally expires at the end of 19 years. If it be enforced longer, it is an act of force, and not of right.”  Jefferson believed it was healthy for us open up the Constitution every generation and revise laws needing revision, possibly eliminating […]

Customs And Border Control Officials Can Access Your Electronic Media–Here Are Your Rights (VIDEO)

Customs And Border Control Officials Can Access Your Electronic Media–Here Are Your Rights (VIDEO)

Once upon a time, the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution made it unarguably clear how the government and subsequent police entities were expected to conduct “searches and seizures” of our personal effects. It reads: “No Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons […]

Trump’s Reverse Course On U.S. Drone Policy A Gift To Terrorist Organizations (VIDEO)

Trump’s Reverse Course On U.S. Drone Policy A Gift To Terrorist Organizations (VIDEO)

With the budget President Trump proposed this week, it should come as no surprise that it is the United States military that receives the lion’s share of the spoils. This year the military will enjoy a $30 billion increase; next year’s military spending will spike another 10 percent, by $54 billion. But financially is not the […]

Treating Students Like Prisoners: An Examination Of For-Profit Education Models

Treating Students Like Prisoners: An Examination Of For-Profit Education Models

Mysterious injuries. Bruises. Scratches. Body-slamming. Abrasions. These may not be unusual injuries in a criminal environment like prison, but they are not experiences typical high school students complain about as part of their educational milieu. Billed as a therapeutic day program, Paramount Academy in Reading, Pennsylvania was an alternative school for students in grades six […]

Trump Increasing Military Presence In Middle East: Congressman Lays Down A Challenge (VIDEO)

Trump Increasing Military Presence In Middle East: Congressman Lays Down A Challenge (VIDEO)

According to a Rasmussen Reports survey, President Trump’s approval rating now stands at 48 percent, while 52 percent disapprove of his performance. And what have presidents with low approval ratings traditionally done? Start wars. However, Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT) has introduced a bill that would return the power to deploy troops back to Congress, revoking Trump’s unilateral ability to dispatch the […]

Republicans Running Scared As Activist Pressure Proves Effective (VIDEO)

Republicans Running Scared As Activist Pressure Proves Effective (VIDEO)

Do you feel like pushing back against the barrage of anti-American positions coming from the Trump White House and Republican-majority Congress is ultimately futile? Have you asked yourself if all the rallies, protests, and grassroots activism are even worth it in the long run? You’re not alone. We are bombarded daily with headlines about an EPA that […]

Trump And DHS Consider Ripping Children From Parents’ Arms At The Border (VIDEO)

Trump And DHS Consider Ripping Children From Parents’ Arms At The Border (VIDEO)

Schadenfreude. It’s a German term meaning enjoyment obtained through others’ misfortune. With each passing week of Donald Trump’s presidency, I become more convinced schadenfreude is the new administration’s guiding principle. Think about it. Trump targets a religion by praying on people’s fears and ignorance. He rolls back or otherwise eliminates environmental regulations protecting us from […]

Climate Change Is A Chinese Hoax And Other Stupid Shi*t Trump Believes (VIDEO)

Climate Change Is A Chinese Hoax And Other Stupid Shi*t Trump Believes (VIDEO)

Did you enjoy the weather during the waning days of February? It was the dead of winter, and temperatures in the Northeast were in the seventies. Chicago made it through January and February without any snow. Hot, dry air from the Mexican plateau brought 94 degrees to Oklahoma and 80 to Denver, Colorado. Historic rainfall and […]

New EPA Administrator Quickly Strips Reporting Requirements For Fossil Fuel industry (VIDEO)

New EPA Administrator Quickly Strips Reporting Requirements For Fossil Fuel industry (VIDEO)

It should come as no surprise by now that the objective of President Donald Trump’s new cabinet is to unravel and de-legitimize vital federal programs that regulate standards on industry and protect our natural resources. The GOP-controlled Congress is all too happy to go along with this, of course, since it fulfills an eight-year wish […]

With Republicans At The REINS, Our Fundamental Protections Are Under Siege (VIDEO)

With Republicans At The REINS, Our Fundamental Protections Are Under Siege (VIDEO)

If there is one thing we can count on Republicans to be consistent about, it’s the incessant calls for repeal of “job-killing regulations.” We know, though, it has nothing to do with jobs, but about protecting billionaire lobbyists and the corporations they work for. Recently, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives passed a bill to repeal future standards […]

Half Of All Species Could Be Extinct By The End Of The Century (VIDEO)

Half Of All Species Could Be Extinct By The End Of The Century (VIDEO)

Currently, one in five species on Earth faces extinction.  According to the Biological Extinction Conference held at the Vatican last week, that percentage will rise to 50% by the end of the century unless we take immediate urgent action to curb emissions of carbon and other greenhouse gases. Biologist Paul Ehrlich of Stanford University in California says: “Rich western […]

States’ Republicans Want To Criminalize Peaceful Protest (VIDEO)

States’ Republicans Want To Criminalize Peaceful Protest (VIDEO)

Been to any rallies or protests lately? Have you participated in any of the myriad marches happening all over the country? Would you still go if it were illegal? Would you go if there was chance you could be locked up for someone else’s inappropriate behavior? We all know by now how successful the Women’s […]

Democrats Chose The Establishment Over Progressive Ideals For DNC Chair (VIDEO)

Democrats Chose The Establishment Over Progressive Ideals For DNC Chair (VIDEO)

Please note: The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect that of Liberal America.  The fight for the soul of the Democratic Party just got a lot tougher. The Democratic National Committee voted on several key provisions that would set the party agenda going into next year’s midterm […]

Trump Rescinds Obama-Era Protections For Transgender Students (VIDEO)

Trump Rescinds Obama-Era Protections For Transgender Students (VIDEO)

First they came for those who receive health insurance through the Affordable Care Act. Then they came for those trying to enter from Muslim countries. Then they came for undocumented Americans. Next they came for the “lying media.” Now, the Trump administration is coming for transgender students. A few months before the 2016 election, President […]

Don’t Get Used To Unlimited Internet – Trump Aims To Curb Your Access (VIDEO)

Don’t Get Used To Unlimited Internet – Trump Aims To Curb Your Access (VIDEO)

When former Federal Communications Commission Chair Tom Wheeler resigned his post the day of Donald Trump’s inauguration, many advocates of net neutrality started writing epitaphs for the free and open internet. That’s because when Wheeler, a former telecommunications lobbyist, proposed during his tenure to loosen net neutrality rules so telecom giants could enjoy more profit shares, […]

Conservatives Lie And Deny Climate Change – Math Can’t (VIDEO)

Conservatives Lie And Deny Climate Change – Math Can’t (VIDEO)

Conservatives love to dismiss the exigencies of climate change with a swipe of their hands, and with claims that the jury is still out on whether or not human activity is responsible for it or not. As with many other pesky facts, conservatives are immune to reason. They don’t respond to the fact that 99 […]