Speak

Speak is a monthly publication consisting of articles written by the College Democrats of Massachusetts’ membership. The mission of Speak is to encourage productive political discourse by providing members a platform in which to voice their opinions, and in turn, establishing an understanding of each other.

Trump, the Working Class, and the Future of the Democratic Party

by Anna Stroinski [CDM Labor Caucus Vice Chair] Donald Trump’s billionaire persona and his campaign message are as antithetical as they come. A billionaire mogul, having made a lot of his wealth off the backs of his own hotel and casino workers, Trump paradoxically clenched the republican nomination and the subsequent office of the presidency on a crashing tidal wave of working-joe economic populism. He preached anti-trade, pro-coal and manufacturing, isolationism, industry first. And though there is some merit to some of those ideas, a ...

On Ideological Bubbles

by Viraj Ayar [CDM Education Caucus Chair] Politics has always been a challenging subject for me. I’ve moved around so many places that I practically know people throughout the entire political spectrum. But pinpointing my own preferences has been a difficult journey because I have been exposed to so many different sides of the same issue that, at times, I don’t know what’s right. Why does my Republican friend in Alabama oppose free healthcare and gun control when my progressive friend in Toronto goes to every rally and protest to s ...

Thoughts on the Flag: The Controversy at Hampshire College

by Emily Stetson [CDM Communications Director]   Look, I get why everyone seems so worked up about Hampshire College’s decision to the issue hits close to remove their flag from their campus flagpole. It hits home in more ways than one; the flag has symbolic meaning to so many of us, and so much national attention has been directed towards an institution in such a close proximity to myself, and my peers. It’s hard not to get caught up in the sensationalism of it all. On the most basic level, I think many have framed the de ...

Remove the Electoral College

by Sam Hockenbury [UMass Amherst Democrats' Communications Director] Remove the Electoral College and replace it with a popular vote where in you need 50%+1 votes to win. The system gives undo balance to smaller states.  Smaller (in terms of population) states are more rural and in theory would protect them from the larger more populous states.  This is a nice sentiment from a geographic perspective and if you believe that the President should represent the states.  But if you believe the President is supposed to represent the p ...

It's Not 'Race or Class'

by Will Beaman Since Donald Trump surprised the world by beating Hillary Clinton, the tired debate among liberals pundits about whether his supporters are motivated by economic circumstances or racial animus has received new energy to continue going in circles. This is in part because of its strategic implications for the Democratic Party going forward: does the party ease up on political correctness or does it refuse to change its course at all just because of some racist "whitewash"? This discussion goes in circles because it is a false di ...

Contextualizing Identity Politics

by Nina Henry Before the sun came up on Wednesday morning, news outlets were already publishing autopsies of the Democratic Party. A dominant narrative emerged- white working class men felt forgotten, and the Democrats were too busy hosting Lady Gaga concerts to listen to “real America.” All over my Facebook feed, I saw liberal colleagues claiming that the working class had been cast aside in favor of social issues and “identity politics.” That characterization didn’t sit right with me. There is unquestionably genuine suffer ...

Violence Against Women and Girls: A Worldwide Epidemic

by Katie Langford [Assistant Director of the Latinx Action Group]   The versatility of violence is expressed through its various forms: physical, mental, and sexual. Neglect and maltreatment are also forms of violence. What do these multiple areas of violence tell us about the issue itself? Violence is present in many communities, relationships, and family households today in ways that numerous cultures deem as cultural norms. The fact that in 48 countries spousal rape is not a criminal offense exhibits the issue of judicial offic ...

Fidel Castro's Death & The Left: What We Can Do Better

by Ibis Valdés [BA in Political Science, minors in Int’l Affairs & Gender Studies, Northeastern University (2015) International Law and Human Rights MA candidate, UN-mandated University for Peace (anticipated June 2017)] 2016 has certainly been a year for the books. Although we’ve made great strides as a world to tackle issues regarding visibility around various points of inequality, we’ve also experienced great losses and unprecedented political shifts. Among the highlights of this year is the death of Fi ...

The Dynamics of Privatization

by Will Beaman The most exhausting thing about the Charter School debate for everyone involved is the certainty that there will be another similar conflict soon, regardless of the outcome of Question 2. After November 8, there will still be a budget crisis in Massachusetts and various public services will be identified as points of inefficiency requiring tough cuts and reforms. And if we limit our focus to state politics and budgeting, this isn’t completely false. Massachusetts doesn’t have a lot of spending flexibility. But that’s not ...

#NoDAPL

The Dakota Access Pipeline Thalia Carroll-Cachimuel Northeastern University (NU) As Vice-Chair of the Latinx Caucus for the College Democrats of Massachusetts, our caucus understands the detrimental factors of environmental racism and the negative repercussions these issues have on modern day forms of oppression. Marginalized communities are the most vulnerable and often the most targeted in our society. As an Indigenous Kichwa woman I am standing in solidarity with other Indigenous Nations opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline. #noDAPL #Dives ...

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