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Social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube have, for many, become essential platforms for consuming information, staying connected to the world at large, and providing a source of income. The rules that govern access to such networks have a profound impact on users’ ability to remain fully integrated within modern society.

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Intro

The terms of service of social media platforms, largely unaccountable to public oversight, are attempting to answer longstanding questions typically adjudicated by the Supreme Court; And

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A Political Journey From Coast to Coast.

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About 12 years ago, on one crisp evening in The Windy City, a Chicagoan gave a speech to a crowd of more than 200,000 adoring onlookers. They had all nestled into Chicago’s Grant Park, a sprawling green expanse buttressed against Lake Michigan, home to some of the city’s finest adornments. The park, named in honor of Ulysses S. Grant — the Union Army Civil War general and 18th president of the United States — served as the venue for the soon to be 44th president of the United States. …


Identity as a Mask for Convention

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Do you remember your ? Your first kiss? Your first date? Your first — love? What makes a “first” so unforgettable — so unique — is its novelty, its significance as an experience that stands in stark contrast to whatever preceded it. Kamala Harris, born of a Jamaican father and Indian mother, will be the first woman of color to run as the Democratic Party’s vice presidential candidate. …


Remember the Good Times and the Bad

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A recent letter from Harper’s was penned to encourage open debate and free expression in the midst of what Harper’s editors describe as an increasingly intolerant “cancel” culture. The letter, ostensibly non-controversial, instigated fierce debates and interminable Twitter threads that read like the last caustic fight of an angry couple before parting ways. Much like the angry couple who cannot stop talking past one another, one half seems hopelessly obtuse while the other, inescapably bitter.

The claim, by some, excoriating the Harper’s letter is that the kerfuffle is not really about speech, but instead about who gets to establish the…


The Best and Worst of Violence

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On May 25th, 2020, an already subdued defenseless man, after nearly nine minutes of pleading for his life, struggling to breathe, and then calling for his mother, was killed by four Minneapolis police officers. Since his death, residents in every state, and citizens of nations all over the world, participated in peaceful demonstrations in support of George Floyd and the human rights he was denied. In response to the protests in the U.S., supposedly in the spirit of law and order, protesters were tear-gassed, pepper-sprayed, and beaten by police. Indifferent to the torrent of violence unleashed on peaceful protesters, Senator…


Don’t Let Them Makes Fools of Us

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Joe Biden’s former staffer Tara Reade says the former Vice President and presumptive Democratic nominee assaulted her in 1993. Reade’s congressional ID is pictured at right. Associated Press, Tara Reade

Do you remember how Democrats reacted to Donald Trump’s performance among female voters in the 2016 general election? Utter disbelief would sum it up quite succinctly.

Notwithstanding Trump’s infamous Hollywood Access Tape, where he made his exploits and crazed urges regarding pageant contestants known to the world, he performed nearly to the level of Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election among female voters. Trump even outperformed his challenger, former Secretary Of State Hillary Clinton, among white women 52% to 43%. …


Success Divorced From the Working Class

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It is by no means controversial to suggest that the Democratic Party faithful hold former presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama in high regard. Both presided over periods of sustained economic growth, and their presidencies ended with the stock market reaching all-time highs. The legacies of their legislative agendas, however, tell a far different story, one that is antithetical to the Democratic tradition of FDR’s pro-labor populism, and as such, is anathema to the interests of working-class Americans.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s stewardship of the country through the Great Depression and World War II led to the most significant and impactful…


It Was Never Meant To Be

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A nurse wearing protective gear is seen at a hospital. Eric Gaillard/Reuters

Woeful incompetence and flagrant disregard are the most apt descriptions for the federal government’s response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, which has circled the globe in less than three months and is now officially classified as a pandemic. The response, or lack thereof, to this burgeoning public health crisis is what President Trump’s electoral victory was to our democracy; not a cause but instead a symptom of our nation’s most glaring inequities.

President Trump, whose initial public statements were that the COVID-19 outbreak “would go away”, and that it would be “over” by April, has reacted with a tortoise-like…


Politics Over Public Health

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Despite the COVID-19 pandemic and specific guidelines from the CDC recommending that people avoid gathering in groups of 10 or more, Democratic primaries in Florida, Illinois, and Arizona were allowed to move forward. The chairman of the Democratic National Committee, Tom Perez, the governors and the Democratic party leadership of the aforementioned states should be considered guilty of gross negligence for allowing hundreds of thousands of people to run the risk of contracting and continuing to spread the deadly contagion.

Images from the primary in Illinois show masses of voters waiting in long lines to cast their votes.

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Than Win the Presidency with Bernie

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Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a primary night election rally in Columbia S.C., Saturday, Feb 29, 2020 after winning the South Carolina primary. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Former Vice President and 2020 Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, after more than three decades of losing in Democratic presidential primaries, finally won big with his resounding victories in South Carolina and the Super Tuesday states. In the days immediately following his success in South Carolina, both Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Senator Amy Klobuchar promptly suspended their campaigns, and, along with current and former Democratic senators, endorsed Biden for the Democratic presidential nomination. …

Benin Bryant

Born and raised in Chicago, living in San Francisco, CA. Can be reached at beninbf@gmail.com, and twitter @beninbf

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