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The US doesn’t need to spend $2 billion a year detaining immigrants

Melanie Gleason, 2017-2018 Fellow. This piece first appeared in The Hill. "I recently visited my asylum-seeking client in solitary confinement at the Eloy Detention Center in southern Arizona — where she has been detained for more…
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White fragility will not protect you from accountability

Michele Pitot. 2016-2017 Fellow. This piece was first published in The Hill. "Why is anyone surprised that Bill Maher would use the phrase “house n----” without a second thought? An opinionated, empowered white man who has…
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Rural America left out of Trump’s water infrastructure plan

Andrea K. Gerlak. 2016-2017 Fellow. This piece was first published in The Hill. "President Trump recently unveiled his infrastructure plan but it did little to address the water crisis in rural America. While the poor condition…
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Sanctuary cities are not breaking the law, but Trump is

Negar Katirai, 2016-2017 Fellow. This piece was first published in The Hill. "Shortly after signing his January 25, 2017, executive order threatening to cut federal funding to so-called sanctuary cities, President Trump said he was willing to…
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Even female Supreme Court justices are interrupted when speaking

Jennifer Earl, 2016-2017 Fellow. This piece was first published in The Hill.  "Every woman I know has experienced being interrupted by a man while she was speaking. Most of us have ample experience with 'mansplaining'..."
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World Water Day — an agenda of radical change for America’s waters

Andrea K. Gerlak, 2016-2017 Fellow, with colleague Helen Ingram. This piece was first published in The Hill. "On March 22, the world will celebrate World Water Day. How will this Administration recognize the day?..."
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Civil asset forfeiture: Fund public defenders instead of the police

Jennifer Earl, 2016-2017 Fellow. This piece was first published in The Hill.  "At a recent meeting with law enforcement, Donald Trump suggested ruining the career of an unnamed Texas legislator who had allegedly proposed eliminating civil…
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It’s not just Trump’s Cabinet but Congress lacks diversity

Patricia MacCorquodale, 2016-2017 Fellow. This piece was first published in The Hill.  "Throughout my childhood and adolescence, I vividly remember the election of women to the U.S. Senate because there were so few..."
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We must keep Social Security for all Americans

Patricia Jackson, 2016-2017 Fellow. This piece was first published in The Hill. "Incoming Republicans' attacks on Social Security is not the first, but it is a serious threat. Their fear-based propaganda is a tactic used to…
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Potential for agreement? Reinvesting in America’s water infrastructure

Andrea K. Gerlak, 2016-2017 Fellow. This piece was first published in The Hill. "America’s deteriorating infrastructure promises to have a cascading impact on our nation’s economy, hindering business productivity, employment and personal income – and reducing…
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