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This is a database of information pertaining to politics today. Expand your knowledge, understand different sides, read new articles, and watch informative videos. Find definitions to words you may not know at the link below!

 

YOUR VOTE MATTERS

"Students debate the meaning of election participation in democracy" in the Wall Street Journal discussion article from November of 2020 linked below.

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SHOULD WE LOWER THE VOTING AGE?

The current voting age in the United States is 18. Do you think younger Americans should be able to vote?

 

YES

Kelsey Piper wrote this article for Vox in October of 2020, explaining the issue at hand and giving four reasons why the voting age should be lowered.

NO

In this Forbes article (below) from 2016, David Davenport links the voting age discussion to current events, explaining why it would be unwise to lower the voting age to 16.

The National Youth Rights Association shares the "Top Ten Reasons to Lower the Voting Age." As an activist group for young Americans, it is clear that some youth support lowering the voting age.

 
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THE POWER OF WORDS

Be Able to Handle Discrimination

 

BACKGROUND

The Conversation finds in November of 2019 that "Slurs offend young adults more than swearing."

RECOGNITION

Learning for Justice teaches how to properly recognize and address discrimination.

TAKE ACTION

Learning for Justice explains how to peacefully and properly stand up against discrimination.

Pew Research Center

MAJOR PROBLEMS FACING AMERICA

In part one of Pew's "In a Politically Polarized Era, Sharp Divides in Both Partisan Coalitions" from December 2019 (at right) they analyze American's views of the major problems facing the country. To access the full study, click the link below.

 
Pride Flag

This abbreviation is the term used to describe the community of people who do not identify as straight or cisgendered. Sometimes it is described with more or less letters, but most often is seen with five or seven letters followed by a "+" to signify the inclusion of all people. The letters, in order, stand for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual. To learn more, visit the UC Davis LGBTQIA resource center glossary. To view more commonly used terms in today's political climate, visit our Politictionary.

LGBTQIA+ Community

 

THE STATE OF THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY

A National Public Opinion Study from The Center for American Progress

The Center for American Progress, in conjunction with the independent and nonpartisan research group NORC at the University of Chicago, conducted one of the most comprehensive surveys exploring the lives of LGBTQ Americans. The article (below), published in October of 2020, analyzes the study.

 

HOW SHOULD TRANS ATHLETES COMPETE?

One of the biggest political discussions regarding the LGBTQIA+ community today is about where transgender people should compete in athletics. Look at the links below to learn more!

"Explainer: Why do dozens of U.S. states want to ban transgender women from sport?"

The Reuters article linked below from March of 2021 explains how many states are pushing to restrict trans athletes. The article touches upon what's at stake, why it's happening now, and current policies. It illustrates how civil rights activists and scientists are responding to the conflict.

"The massive Republican push to ban trans athletes, explained"

This March 2021 Vox article, linked below, provides information about what states are have policies, which ones are working on the bans, and the motivations behind the push for restrictions on transgender athletes.

"GOP seizes on women’s sports as unlikely wedge issue"

In the article linked below from Politico in March of 2021, summarizes and explains the point of view and motivations of the right on the issue of transgender people in sports, more specifically with regards to women's rights and athletics.

 

"A Federal Appeals Court Will Decide if Trans Students Can Continue to Play School Sports" and "NCAA: Tell Idaho, Trans Athletes Belong"

The American Civil Liberties Union reports in May of 2021 on continuing discussions in Idaho, where last summer Idaho bans on trans student athletes were ruled by a federal court to be backed by no evidence. Track the development at the article at left and sign the petition at the link below.

 

ABORTION

Abortion is often an issue that divides Americans for any number of moral, personal, and scientific reasons. Click the link below at left to find a list of pros and cons for legalized abortions, and the one at right to see what action is being taken now.

PROS AND CONS

Pro-Life and Pro-Choice arguments, summarized by ProCon.org in May of 2019, complete with background and a list of other relevant sources.

ABORTION POLICIES TODAY

"With dozens of anti-abortion bills introduced this year, states aim to chip away at Roe v. Wade," USA Today, Feburary 2021

 

WAGE GAP

There is a gap between the amount women make versus the amount that men make in the United States. Check out the Center for American Progress at right, where in March of 2020 they published some quick facts about the gender wage gap. For a more in-depth analysis, click the link below where Forbes explains "Unequal Pay, Unconscious Bias, And What To Do About It" in April fo 2018.

 
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WHAT WILL CLOSE THE CLASS GAP?

 

IDEA 1: A WEALTH TAX

One commonly discussed solution to income inequality is increasing wealth taxes.

"How Would A Wealth Tax Work?"

NPR, December 2019

"A Wealth Tax Is Not A Solution For Income Inequality"

Forbes, September 2020

 

IDEA 2: UNIVERSAL BASIC INCOME

Check out arguments for and agains UBI summarized by ProCon in the February 2021 article below.

 

GOVERNMENT REGULATION OF THE ECONOMY

HISTORY

Click the link below, where Britannica provides the evolution of economic regulation by the U.S. government.

OVERVIEW

The Committee for Economic Development gives a report on regulation, the relationship, and how to improve it at the link below.

CURRENT POLICY

The Internal Revenue Service shows a  list of current government regulation policies for businesses and individuals below.

 
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EARTH

Trends in littering and how to change them. The Atlantic article below educates on how and why littering is growing more popular, and what environmentalists and psychologists are doing to help. The NPR article shows how YOU can help combat this issue.

 

U.S. FOREIGN AID

 

IMPORTANCE

Is American foreign aid worth defending?

The Brookings article from September 2019 linked below explains why some consider US foreign aid is important, and "worth defending now more than ever."

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

What USAID has done in foreign assistance.

"The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) leads the U.S. Government's international development and disaster assistance."

UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRATION

America claims to be the land of the free, but is it really open to all?

 Conversely, are people taking advantage of lenient border restrictions?

Learn more about U.S. Immigration and illegal immigration below!

"KEY FINDINGS ABOUT U.S. IMMIGRATION"

In the link below, Pew Research Center from August of 2020 found interesting facts and statistics about both legal and undocumented immigrants.

"ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION IS A CRIME"

The Federation for American Immigration Reform, linked below, illustrates the reasons why they believe illegal immigration is a criminal act.

"WHO HAS A DUTY TO REPORT...?"

The South Carolina Legal Justice System explains that most Americans have no duty to report undocumented immigrants (linked below).

 

MANDATORY SERVICE

Many countries have had mandatory military service.
Some consider it patriotic, some consider it unjust. Where do you fall?

 

TAKE YOUR SIDE

Below is a ProCon article listing the primary arguments for and against mandatory national service.

 

IN-DEPTH

A Bad Idea

The Brookings article linked below explains why they believe that "universal service never was a good idea, and it grows worse with time. It fails militarily, morally, financially, and politically."

An Unlikely Solution

Linked below, the Politico Magazine article delves into how they believe mandatory military service could be a solution to the polarization in today's political climate.

 

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