We Have The Power

We Have The Power

How millennials can fight against Trump, and win.

Donald Trump.

Reading that name every time it pops up on my Twitter, Facebook, or any social media news feed makes me sigh or roll my eyes in exasperation. What could he have possibly said or done this time that was more foolish than what he did last? But suddenly, I've grown tired of just being tired. It seems as though no one is doing anything to change what is happening in America. What I crave is action, revolt, a rise in rebellion. And who else has the perfect voice, but millennials? Millennials overpopulate all social media outlets and make up the majority of those seeking change against Trump. But do we know how to create change the right way?

First off, Donald Trump has little to no power when it comes to passing actual laws. Don't believe me? Well let me introduce you to this little thing called checks and balances.

I'm sure this takes many of you back to history class. As shown by the diagram, no laws can even be passed by the president unless previously approved by both bodies of Congress. Even if the president vetos against a bill, Congress can override this vote and pass the law themselves if 2/3 of both houses approve the bill. For example, many people express distaste at the fact that Trump doesn't pay taxes when this is in fact, legal. My history teacher owns 4 personal businesses and doesn't pay a single cent of tax for any of them. The way we can change and address issues like these is by fighting the laws ourselves, which we can do by going to our legislator. Contact the elected officials from your state to share your idea. Go to town halls, public meetings, write letters to local leaders. Making our voices heard is a big step in creating change.

Another thing we need to keep in mind is to never lose sight of our goals. Long or short term, maintaining goals is crucial to change. Often times people lose sight of their goals when faced with complications. I find that a way to keep on our goals and aspirations and not to lose sight of what you wish to accomplish is to write things down. What do you wish to accomplish in a week, a month, a year? Add dates that you expect your goals to be fulfilled by. Setting standards for yourself helps guarantee success. Start small, by setting up a meeting with a local representative or organizing a campaign plan for your beliefs. From there, possibilities are endless.

Protesting is a popular way to share your voice on hot button issues such as Donald Trumps presidency, and I encourage everyone to attend a protest of some sort once in their life. Not only does protesting draw media attention, therefore creating a platform for your cause, it also gives you a feel of a personal connection, too. Some of the people you encounter at protests tell amazing and heartbreaking stories about their life and how Trumps presidency has personally impacted their families and themselves. Seeing firsthand how people suffer under his impact made me feel even more passionate about my beliefs than I ever did before.

Another way to create change is to educate. Many of my friends say they aren't informed enough to be involved in politics. What I say to them is a quote by American author Lisa Borden, "If you aren't outraged, you aren't paying attention." Just during his presidency, Donald Trump has both fired and threatened the director of the FBI, ruined international cooperation on climate change, abandoned a long time Middle Eastern alliance (over Twitter), released a budget with a $2 trillion dollar math error, praised a news anchor who was fired for serial sexual harassment, issue the travel ban, approved the Dakota access pipeline (which has already started leaking before it has even been finished), nominated Scott Pruit as the Enviromental Protection Agency administrator (just a reminder, Scott Pruit doesn't believe Carbon Dioxide contributes to global warming) and the list goes on. What we need to do is educate friends and family of what Trump is doing to us. We need more people to be educated so that we can band together to fight for change. Stay informed and don't let others stay ignorant.

Lastly, the easiest way to create change is to sign a petition. Visit https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/ and browse or even create petitions to get your voice heard. It takes about 30 seconds and is a little contribution that can potentially go a long way.

If you aren't satisfied with the way things are going under Trumps presidency, it is none other than your own responsibility to take action and create a difference. Get involved, set goals, educate, protest, petition, make your voice heard! Together, we fight for change.

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Starbucks Corrects Its Wrongs In Light Of Recent Racial Bias Issue

All stores in the U.S. will be closed on May 29th to perform racial bias training.

Recently, a video of two African-American men being arrested in their local Starbucks for simply standing and waiting for their friends in the lobby/seating area surfaced on the internet. Since this situation was brought to light, there has been an uproar of public outrage focused on the blatant racial bias these men were faced with. Even Starbucks itself had something to say about it.

For many African-American citizens, this situation is all too common. Being racially profiled is not a thing of the past and more than just these two men have experienced it. The ACLU writes about the experiences of citizens being racially profiled, stating,

"We rely on the police to protect us from harm and promote fairness and justice in our communities. But racial profiling has led countless people to live in fear, casting entire communities as suspect simply because of what they look like, where they come from, or what religion they adhere to."

In light of the recent incident at a Philadelphia Starbucks, many fans expressed outrage in the comments section of this post, but Starbucks responded to almost every viral, angry comment:

However, in the midst all of the outraged comments were fans who appreciated the message that Starbucks was trying to send:

Despite the mixed reviews on Starbucks' course of action, the company is standing strong in their choice to address the issue and correct it.

People come to Starbucks stores to drink coffee, hang out, talk with their friends, and have a good time. It is absurd that these two men were escorted out and arrested for doing just that. I, personally, have done that same thing and have never once been asked to leave.

As a country, we need to think about the way we treat people of color and other minorities. It is a shame that this kind of public outcry had to happen to bring racial profiling to our attention. People are treated unfairly for no reason other than the color of their skin every day.

Way to go, Starbucks.

Thank you for recognizing that this was not an isolated incident and that racial profiling happens all the time. Thank you for taking the time to publicly announce that you are willing to go through the proper training with your employees to ensure that it doesn't happen ever again. But most of all, thank you for making a statement to the rest of the nation and the world about what kind of company you are, what kind of people you represent, and that racial injustice will not be tolerated.

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Why Earth Day Is Underrated, And What You Can Do

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not.” –The Lorax

April 22 may be just another day to most, but with climate change on the rise and wildlife becoming extinct, it’s more important now than ever to recognize Earth Day and understand what it entails. Our society as a whole cannot let this day pass with nothing done. It has to serve as a reminder of the action that must be taken.

Late January of 1969 would come to be a turning point for our nation. At the time, the worst oil spill in history occurred in Santa Barbara, California. Founder of Earth Day, Gaylord Nelson was horrified, yet inspired. Soon after, he announced his idea to teach the nation about the environment and built a staff to promote events across the country.

Earth Day brought thousands of colleges and universities together to fight for the cause. It became a sense of unity for everyone. No matter who you were, what race you were, where you came from, Earth Day was able to empower these people and help them realize they all wanted the same thing for the home we share. This kind of behavior is exactly what we need today, and should enable us to see that we’re all on the same side.

By the time 1990 came, Earth Day became a global event. 200 million people were involved to fight for environmental issues.

Today, Earth Day and the environment face many challenges. With those who deny climate change, deforestation, oil lobbyists, fracking, dying animal life, politicians dividing our nation on these issues, and much more, Earth Day astoundingly continues to prevail through the obstacles. With over 190 counties participating in the event each year, and more than 1 billion people, it’s never too late to do your part and contribute to the day.

Here are some basic things that anyone can do to make a change. Every day counts, and anything you do matters.

1. Join a local outdoors cleanup

Rivers, forests, beaches, whatever is near you. Help clean up litter and debris.

2. Carpool

This is probably the simplest thing you and your friends or family can do. If you’re going to the same place, drive together. For every mile you don’t drive- you’re reducing your carbon footprint by 1 pound.

3. Bring reusable bags when you shop

They’re cheap, cute, and save an abundance on plastic.

4. Use a reusable water bottle

Save on wasting plastic bottles every day.

5. Use environmentally friendly cleaning products

Typical cleaning products are high in chemicals and toxicity.

6. Always recycle!

Paper, plastic, cans, anything you can. Every individual thing recycled makes a difference.

7. Use LED lightbulbs

This can reduce your footprint 450 pounds per year.

8. Volunteer at local environmental groups

See if your school has an environmental club, or anything local in your town. See how many people you can get to do it with you and make a day out of it.

9. Donate your clothes and check out thrift stores

Instead of throwing them out, give them to somewhere they will be of use. Also, thrift shopping is inexpensive and you can find some really unexpectedly great items!

10. Don’t wait until Earth Day to do all of these things

Keep up the green behavior year-round.

Do your part, and do what you can today.

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