Women’s Issues in this Election

Oct 20, 2016 | Natalie Valdes

The unconventionality of this election has resulted in a shift away from a policy focus towards waging twitter wars and insult throwing. These twitter wars and video scandals along with the inherent sexism of Donald Trump has made women an important focus this year. Wake the Vote’s conversation with Deborah Ross as well as the panel featuring Chelsea Clinton allowed us to discuss these issues around women in politics.

Taken By Surprise

Oct 23, 2016 | Walter Jackson

The 2016 Presidential Election has been anything but ordinary. Before this rodeo started, a vast number of political experts expected a basic and boring general election face-off between two establishment politicians with familiar names, Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush. While the pundits did get half of what they predicted (a Democratic nominee with the last name Clinton), no one expected for Donald Trump to rush onto the stage and steal the show during the Republican primaries.

“I mean yeah, climate change is important..”

Oct 14, 2016 | Caleb Woody

I feel like the more we discuss climate change, the less people actually care about it. It’s kind of like when you say a word over and over again until it doesn’t even sound like a word; this is  what we as a nation are doing to perhaps THE most important issue facing our future. I know what you’re thinking

“Oh here we go again, another Birkenstocks wearer, flecks of granola in his unkempt dreads, complaining about the ‘big-business-boogeyman”

Please Think of Those Sitting Next to You

Mar 1, 2016 | Eun Hye (Grace) Kim

Let’s say that the American Dream isn’t a socioeconomic ploy to bolster capitalism in America and pretend that it doesn’t further broaden the chasm between the “haves” and “have-nots” through the fallacious notion of “All one needs to do is work hard and he shall succeed” that does not even try to take into account the struggles facing the systematically disadvantaged. Let’s say that undocumented individuals firmly believe in the American Dream, but does it matter that they believe in it? Does it matter that some of these bright, intelligent, young individuals work assiduously not only in academics, but also in extra-curricular activities so as to prepare themselves for a good college education and furthermore a stable occupation? Does it matter that some of these individuals devote countless hours of their time to part-time jobs, and even full-time jobs, to help keep their families afloat? Does it matter that some of these individuals vie for the necessary social skills required to network by constantly placing themselves in spaces where they directly interact with the very people that want them to be deported? Does it really matter how much of their mental, emotional, and physical health they sacrifice to get even the tiniest step closer to attaining the American Dream? Because what is to come of all of their hard work and sacrifices? Nothing. Why? Because the most basic, fundamental right that these individuals need to accomplish such a feat is citizenship.

Brexit: A Warning to Millennials

Jul 12, 2016 | Ryan Wolfe

Despite the fact that 73% of 18-24-year-olds voted to remain, the Leave vote still prevailed. This left many young people distraught about their future. Twitter exploded with expressions of anger and fear. Adam Newman of Bristol said, “I’m so angry. A generation given everything: Free education, golden pensions, social mobility have voted to strip my generation’s future.”  Chai Cameron said, “I’m scared. Jokes aside I’m actually scared. Today an older generation has voted to ruin the future for the younger generation. I’m scared.” In the Brexit vote, millennials believed they had their future decided for them by the baby boomer generation. In reality, when young people decided not to vote they gave up their opportunity to choose their own path.

Why I Vote

Jul 20, 2016 | Chizoba Ukairo

This year, it seems we either lost Bernie and hate Trump. Democratic millennials are sad to see the Obamas leave, and aren’t quite sure what the next four years will look like. But this does not mean we aren’t ready to vote and support the best candidate. No, we aren’t as pumped as we could be. This is certainly a cause for concern, especially as no one can deny the importance of our vote in this general election. But this is exactly why filming a group like Wake the Vote is important. It does not have to be me in front of the camera, but to display the genuine excitement and curiosity our cohort has when it comes to the election, this would be a powerful message to our peers who may be more hesitant – those who may not know how important their vote is or why it’s necessary to organize and rally behind a candidate worth voting for.

Coming Together in the Name of Progress

July 28, 2016| Madeline Coffey

This week at the DNC, my excitement has been renewed.  I know, now, that the party can be reformed and moved farther and farther left.  I just need others to join me. Reject the notion that the party system must inevitably create a monolithic policy stance.  Let us have disagreements. Let us allow ourselves to deviate from the platform so that we can broaden our ideas.