With Mitch McConnell no longer Senate majority leader, there is new hope for change in the Senate. Though the optimism may be deserved, the Senate remains an undemocratic institution. In order for our democracy to move forward, the Senate must be abolished and the House of Representatives expanded.
I spent the late afternoon of March 26 at Loyola’s student-led vigil for the eight victims of the Atlanta spa shooting. I did double duty that day — helping cover the event as a reporter, but also as a mourner like the rest of the crowd.
The idea of “unskilled labor” is an insidious and pervasive one — it’s creeped into our thoughts and infected it without most of us even realizing it. Hiding in the shadows of every jocular remark featuring the word “burger-flipper,” is this idea of unskilled labor.
The war on drugs in the United States has been successful at doing two things: criminalizing Black communities and wasting taxpayer dollars. What it hasn’t done, however, is combat substance abuse problems across the country. The time to change that is now, and new drug reform legislation in Oregon indicates for the first time, states may be heading away from the ineffective, Nixon-era philosophies regarding drug law enforcement — and it’s a good thing.
It seems weird I have to write this column, but I can’t say I’m surprised. Last week, Texas was thrust into a climate change-induced winter storm that’s thrown its power and water supply into chaos. No one knows yet how many deaths will eventually be tied to this. The state and federal response would be laughable if the implications weren’t literally life and death.
While federal elections tend to take the spotlight at the ballot box, local elections — such as state legislature — are of equal, if not greater importance. Especially coming off of a census year, the elections for state legislatures are even more important as redistricting enters the scene again.
Environmentalists celebrated Jan. 20 as President Joe Biden signed an executive agreement to revoke permits of the Keystone XL Pipeline — an oil pipeline system that’s been a site of environmental controversy since the initial extension was proposed in 2008. While Biden should be recognized for his commitment to environmental protection and justice, he’s not the sole party to thank for this accomplishment.
Early in the day Nov. 7, President-elect Joe Biden was declared the projected winner of the 2020 election. People celebrated the outcome, with videos showing people dancing in the streets of Chicago, New York, Washington D.C. and many other major cities in the United States. The polls indicate Biden won both the electoral votes and the popular votes, even with this news, President Donald Trump still hasn’t conceded.