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Picture enough people to fill the city of Charlotte, North Carolina — living in makeshift housing in an enormous camp with only one road running through it and one road going around it. Now picture massive amounts of rain.

Given his history using offensive language, it has become hard for President Donald Trump to make headlines simply for what he said. Yet on Wednesday, he did just that by referring to a group of immigrants as “animals” during a roundtable discussion about immigration policy in California.

“These aren't people,” Trump said on record. “These are animals and we're taking them out of the country at a level at a rate that's never happened before. And because of the weak laws, they come in fast. We get 'em. We release 'em. We get 'em again. We bring them out. It's crazy.”

We've heard of AIPAC, but where are the Palestinian lobby groups?

May 17, 2018

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the pro-Israeli lobbying group in Washington, have been in the headlines all week long, with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaking before them on Monday. The focus has been on how much influence the Israeli lobbying group has over Washington and whether J-Street, the more moderate Israeli lobbying group, may give President Obama a chance to push back against Israel and Netanyahu. But why aren't we seeing more Palestinian lobbying groups?


Last week, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin told CBS News, “Teachers want more [school funding]. But it’s kind of like having a teenage kid that wants a better car.”

That type of dismissal of teachers’ requests is exactly what forced Oklahoma educators out of their classrooms and into the streets. On April 2, teachers from around the state skipped class to call for more reliable funding mechanisms for schools, in addition to higher salaries and more money for student textbooks, electives and school supplies. The strike is now in its second week.

Young voices took center stage on Saturday in the March For Our Lives, a show of force by students unseen, most likely, since the Vietnam War protests.

Children and young adults came out in droves to decry the recent mass shootings in Parkland, Florida, Silver Springs, Maryland, and others. But for many communities of color, the newfound public attention on this issue is bittersweet.

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