New Episode of Millennial Logic: A Call for Unity and Action

 

Millennial Logic Episode 8: A Call for Unity and Action

After a brief hiatus, we’ve returned with a brand new episode of Millennial Logic!  We discuss the current political climate in regard to the transition of power. In addition, we provide strategies on how to move forward in sustaining our human rights. Furthermore, one tactic is coming together as a group and organizing. To learn more, tune in and feel free to comment here, Spreaker, or Soundcloud!

Millennial Logic Episode 7!

Aftermath of The 2016 Presidential Election: Love Vs. Hate

In this episode, we discuss the results of the 2016 Presidential Election, our opinions, and where do we move here from now.

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Check out Millennial Logic Episode 7: Aftermath of The 2016 Presidential Election: Love Vs. Hate

In this episode, we discuss the results of the 2016 Presidential Election, our opinions, and where do we move here from now.

Democratic Candidate: Bernie Sanders

While the newspapers we read, the radio stations we listen to, the social media websites that we frequent, and the news shows that we watch are so fascinated with the idea of Donald Trump or Ben Carson becoming president and the reputation of Hillary Clinton, there is another candidate from Vermont, that is trying to make some noise. That man is Bernie Sanders. I would like to shine a little light on Bernie Sanders and give him the time of day that the media has unfortunately denied him.

Being that there are a good amount of issues in which Bernie wants to address, I am just going to mention a few of the issues AND solutions that I support and that I believe many others, especially millennials, would as well:

  1. Income and Wealth Inequality

Descriptions: The income and wealth inequality in the U.S. is the most of any developed country. The top 0.1% own just as much of the U.S. wealth as the bottom 90%. The U.S. child poverty rate is 32.2%, the highest among any developed country.

Solutions: Increase the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $15 an hour by 2020; investing $5.5 billion  into youth job programs to create 1 million jobs for disadvantaged  young Americans; signing the Paycheck Fairness Act to address women making less than men, $0.78 to $1.00; free tuition at public colleges/universities; universal healthcare.

My Response:

In a country with a plethora of wealth, it is quite alarming that damn near 50% of the wealth is in the hands of those in the top 0.1%. If that does not alarm you, then I do not know what I can say. If you watched the few times that Bernie has gotten media attention, on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert and CNN, this is an issue that he consistently talks about that needs to be fixed. We can all agree that all the candidates see this problem, but Sanders seems like the only one that puts significant emphasis on it, and truly throws out ideas on how to address it.

  1. Women’s Rights

Descriptions: Women are being denied control over their own bodies. Women are being prevent access to vital medical and social services. Women are not being paid equally for equal work.

Solutions: Pay Equity for women; expand and protect the reproductive rights of women; quality childcare and Pre-K available for all Americans; increase minimum wage; make healthcare a right.

My Response: We are entering into the last quarter of 2015……….how is this still a thing? Oh right, the patriarchal society that America continues to be. Women have been contributing TREMENDOUSLY to American society. They should get equal pay, access to medical and social services, and then some. I am happy that Sanders is bringing this issue back to the spotlight, because it seems like everyone stopped talking about it.

  1. Climate Change & Environment

Descriptions: Changes need to be made so that in the future, this planet is habitable for all people. We need to be more energy efficient. We need to invest more in wind and solar power generation. The U.S. should lead this global initiative.

Solutions: Establish a gold standard for climate change legislation; oppose the Keystone XL pipeline.

My Response: This is one of the most underrated issues I have seen. Let’s be honest, all the other major issues are important, but we need to bring Climate Change to that level. People are not just ignoring it, they are flat out denying that it exists or is happening. Yes, probably the major effects of Climate Change can cause may not be seen in most of our lifetimes, however, we need to make sure the earth is habitable for our children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and beyond. Even with that, we are seeing the effects today with pollution, rising sea levels, and more. Bernie knows this and knows we need to address this issue before it gets way out of hand.

Some other major issues that he goes more in-depth about is Racial Justice and Immigration Policy.

As you can tell, I am endorsing Bernie Sanders for President. He is speaking to pressing issues that the middle class care about and that millennials care about. All in all, I could go on forever describing Bernie Sanders, but I will let you go learn about him yourself. I cannot wait for the Democratic Debate on CNN on October 13. I believe at this debate, the country will all finally see what Bernie stands for, and his numbers will go up. So before that, check out his campaign website to learn more. FEEL THE BERN!

Bernie Sanders 2016 Campaign Website 

Same-Sex Marriage Nationwide: A Win, But Not The End of The Fight

The Supreme Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage nationwide last week. It is about time that they did this. I would like to first say that I am extremely happy for the gay and lesbian couples out there that have been struggling due to the intolerance in this country. This is a historical step forward for our country and I am glad to see it done.

Now to a more serious note. Yes, this decision is historical and a needed step in the right direction. Will this turn the tide of those who are in opposition to this decision? Not even close. Personally, I have already seen many people who are completely against it on my personal Facebook page’s news feed, and I obviously have seen it on TV and all through the internet. There are some people who just disagree with same-sex marriage because they do not understand it and there are those who have specific reasons for disagreeing, one being religion. I will not turn this into a religious type debate, but I will speak about this in the sense that people have their rights. These rights should not be predicated based on religious beliefs or any other types of beliefs since we have so many people with different beliefs in this country and in this world. This is one of the main reasons why I personally do not understand why same-sex marriage was ever an issue to begin with.

This is a message for the people out there that do not agree with it and do not want same-sex marriage allowed:

“Stop forcing your opinion and beliefs onto people. Same-sex marriage has been debating against simply because some people are not open-minded. You have the right to agree and disagree with whatever you want, but if it is not affecting you directly then there is no need for you to fight against it. Please understand that you are not just fighting to stop same-sex marriage, you are fighting to negatively impact the lives of many people in this country. You are not helping anyone, not even yourself. Just agree to disagree, but also agree that everyone has a right to live their lives the way they want to without other people trying to affect them.” – G The Rebel

Now, for the next step. Let’s be honest. The hate, the discrimination, and the resistance will continue to be a problem despite the ruling by SCOTUS. There is still a long ways we need to travel before we are at a place of complete tolerance. Let’s not stop fighting for what is right because of this ruling. We need to build off of this and continue to preach tolerance. We need to stay proactive in our communities to show that we are serious about this decision and that this type of discrimination against the LGBT community is unacceptable. Let’s do things like having more events showing that we care and flooding the internet with our support (just to suggest a few).

There is no rest in sight. We are not in the clear yet. Not even close. So let’s celebrate this amazing victory. However, let’s remember that we won a huge battle, not the war. Keep fighting for the rights of all people!

 

What We Can Do for Caitlyn Jenner

First I would like to start by commending Caitlyn Jenner on her bravery of sharing her personal story with the world and opening the door to discussions and thoughts on transgender people whether it being good or bad. There have been numerous think pieces and opinions given on the transition of Bruce Jenner to Caitlyn Jenner. One that really caught my eye was the Washington Post article, Caitlyn Jenner: Problem and promise by Jonathan Capehart. Capehart is intrigued by his audience’s reactions of Caitlyn Jenner’s appearance and name rather than the fact that she is transgender. Some believe her name isn’t classy enough for a 65-year old woman or that her photo on the cover of Vanity Fair is superficial and enforces the idea that beauty trumps brains. There are even people who believe that she looks too much like an actual woman and not a trans-woman, making it unfair for those transitioning who don’t have the money and fame of Caitlyn Jenner.

This is ridiculous! Who cares about her name and what she looks like? The point is she is happy and being who she was destined to be. Furthermore, we must be mindful and respectful to people around the world who are/have been in the same position as Jenner. What we should be discussing is how to help the transgender community feel welcome and comfortable in their own skin. In addition, transgender people should have the same human and civil rights as any other person. How can we make this world a better place for the LGBTQ community?

“Transgender persons have been documented in several indigenous, Western and Eastern cultures and societies from antiquity until the present day.” Yet, anti-discrimination laws throughout the majority of the country don’t protect transgender people. According to the National Center for Transgender Equality, “26% of trans people lost a job due to bias, 50% were harassed on the job, 20% were evicted or denied housing and 78% of trans students were harassed or assaulted.” Point in case, there’s a vast amount of issues that need to be addressed. How about we not focus on Jenner’s appearance and name and instead learn from her story and ask what we can do to help others who are having a similar experience.

 

Learn more about the transgender community and what you can do to help:

National Center for Transgender Equality

PFLAG Transgender Network

TransYouth Family Allies