diversity coalition

hermionejean  asked:

do you have any advice for applying to college in general and/or for specifically applying to ivy league colleges? thank you!

Okay, here’s the thing about applying to any college, but especially a highly selective college like an Ivy: it’s all a numbers game. Literally, the admissions office will boil everything you’ve spent the last few years working your ass of for down to a handful of numbers and it sucks, but that’s how it is.

At an Ivy, everyone is going to have your test scores, your grades, and a bunch of extra curriculars. Not that you have to give up hope, hope is good, but it’s something to keep in mind. Still, there are things you can do and some things you can’t control.

  • Some things you just can’t control: race/ethnicity, gender, sexuality, your school and state, your parents’ education level. Schools are trying to build a diverse coalition of students from different races, income levels, and parts of the world and being “different” from their normal (read: rich white male and probably northeastern) can help.
    • Don’t lie about this stuff, obviously but if you do have something that makes you more diverse, share a bit about that if you feel comfortable. (My Common App essay was about how my ethnic identity was tied into my inability to speak Spanish, for example.) This especially helps if your school puts special emphasis on their diverse population (*cough*Columbia*cough*)
  • Get good letters of rec. Remember all letters are going to recommend you go this school so pick teachers who know you well enough to help you stand out. Ask teachers who you have more of a personal relationship with. who liked you and had you for multiple years, if possible. If you can, ask teachers in the field of study you would like to pursue, as long as they’re a core class (English, math, history, science, language, etc.)
    •  If you have an arts or music teacher, coach or gifted teacher who knows you very well and can add a more personal touch to your application, submit something from them as a supplemental second or third letter: most schools allow for this. Don’t send more than one though. Two to three letters is enough.
  • If you have one class that’s a little bit more rough than the others (@AP Calc for me this year) try to work for an upward trend in that grade to show you’re dedicated to improving in the places where you struggle. Yeah, you have to have good grades for an Ivy, but they know you aren’t perfect. They just want to see you’re trying.
  • Take advantage of alumni or campus interviews and use them to make yourself seem more human. My Harvard interview was actually a lot of fun: we talked about fake news, fanfiction, being LGBT at Harvard, and a bunch of other stuff. These people see a lot of rote answers that are just people reciting their resumes for an hour. Be polite and polished, don’t be a afraid to brag a little, but be yourself.
    • Also, if you have gaps in your application (example: I couldn’t afford subject tests, which Harvard recommends) this is often your place to explain those. Take advantage of that.
  • Don’t load up on extra curriculars. It’s stressful as hell (speaking from experience here). Instead pick a handful and show dedication to them. Stay with them throughout your high school career and take on leadership roles where you can.

If you have more specific questions, let me know! Hopefully this is a start though. 

i’m literally begging you guys to distract me

anonymous asked:

Syria seems like an R2P case if anything is? Like admittedly waiting until this one specific incident and then saying "welp, all in" is sketchy but I'm surprised you're so dismissive of pro-war Democrats but are also in favour R2P. If R2P can only be executed by ethical politicians with pure morals, isn't that the same thing as being against it?

The Syrian Civil War is a grave humanitarian crisis. But a US intervention has a zero chance of being a legitimate humanitarian intervention. The United States has deep geopolitical interests in Syria that have nothing to do with the safety and well-being of the Syrian people, and it will be those interests that dictate any intervention there.

If the UN or a politically diverse coalition of countries were to create a peacekeeping force aimed at de-escalation, humanitarian assistance, and the facilitation of peace talks, that would be a legitimate instance of R2P. US intervention will not be that.

Four Quick Thoughts and You Won't Believe What Happened Next

I’ve been writing a longer post about this election, but here are some quick things:

1. Clinton voters blaming everyone besides the Clinton campaign for this loss, get a grip. Yes, two points here or there would’ve made the difference, but we need to own this if we hope to learn from it. Moving forward means understanding this failure and reckoning with our ONLY-positive versions of the Obama and Clinton administrations. (Again, read Taibbi’s The Divide, Alexander’s New Jim Crow, and/or Frank’s Listen, Liberal.) Losing to an unelectable monster should serve as a blaring wake-up call.

2. The most lunatic version of the Right is about to control of all three branches of government, most state legislatures, and soon the Supreme Court and appointments to federal courts of appeal. We must unite in opposition to this existential threat to freedom and civil rights, not fight amongst ourselves, because this loss could shape American law for decades, despite less than a quarter of the population wanting these dudes to win. Don’t underestimate this danger.

3. Half the country didn’t vote. Forty percent of the country doesn’t want to be in either party. We win when we have candidates that reach out to them. If you believe, as I do, that this situation is dire, complaining about who didn’t vote for us, because some highly paid screed-scribes are telling you this is someone else’s fault, isn’t going to help. Finding out why might. The Clinton campaign failed to organize properly, misread the map, picked a terrible VP, hired dumb strategists, offered no vision of the future, and treated diverse coalitions of young and poor voters as delusional for wanting progress rather than a holding pattern.

4. Don’t let the election of a *racist rapist con-man* normalize in your mind, but take care of yourself. Remind yourself that we are not outnumbered, we just lost an election. We shouldn’t have, we let each other down by being complacent and not knowing enough, and we need to not let it happen again.

It’s finally happening. Today, the FCC votes on whether the internet belongs to you, or to the cable companies.

You’ve already done a phenomenal job of encouraging the FCC to adopt rules that will keep the internet free, fair, and thriving—nearly 200,000 calls to Congress have been placed from Tumblr alone, hundreds of thousands more from a diverse coalition of partners, and 4 million total comments have been submitted directly to the FCC. You raised your voice and, holy cow, your government is actually listening. By all accounts, Chairman Wheeler is prepared to do the right thing—a politically brave thing—and enact firm net neutrality rules under Title II of the Communications Act.

If this happens, it’s you guys who deserve the credit for making it happen. So let’s make sure it happens. If you haven’t called your representative yet, call your representative. If you’ve already called your representative, call them again.

And with your help, we’ll all have a historic milestone to celebrate: An internet whose freedom is secure for generations to come. 


6 ways transgender women are helping deliver gender equality

According to a recent report from The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP), titled Hate Violence Against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) and HIV-Affected Communities in the United States in 2012, trans women encounter disproportionate amounts of violence relative to cisgender women: “53.8% of [25] anti-LGBTQ homicide victims in 2012 were transgender women and 73.1% were people of color.“

To attain its ultimate goal of an equal rights amendment, the women’s movement must rise from a coalition of diverse communities. It must include and accept all women, cis and trans gender, to achieve endgame. So far, the victories won with the help of transgender women are extraordinarily impressive, especially for such a marginalized community.

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Hilary Clinton thumps Bernie Sanders in South Carolina primary

Hillary Clinton won the South Carolina Democratic presidential primary on Saturday, defeating Sen. Bernie Sanders by a wide margin, thanks to overwhelming support from African-American voters. With her victory in South Carolina, Clinton has shown an ability to build a racially diverse coalition, putting her in position to effectively wrap up the nomination in the coming weeks. But can Bernie come back?

Meet The Lifelong Republicans Who Love Bernie Sanders
Some conservatives are defying expectation and backing the Vermont senator.
By Clare Foran

When Tarie MacMillan switched on her television in August to watch the first Republican presidential debate, she expected to decide which candidate to support.

But MacMillan, a 65-year-old Florida resident, was disappointed. “I looked at the stage and there was nobody out there who I really liked. It just seemed like a showcase for Trump and his ridiculous comments,” she recalled. “It was laughable, and scary, and a real turning point.”

So she decided to back Bernie Sanders, the self-described “Democratic socialist” challenging Hillary Clinton. MacMillan was a lifelong Republican voter until a few weeks ago when she switched her party affiliation to support the Vermont senator in the primary.  It will be the first time she’s ever voted for a Democrat.

That story may sound improbable, but MacMillan isn’t the only longtime conservative supporting Sanders. There are Facebook groups and Reddit forums devoted entirely to Republicans who adore the Vermont senator.

These Republicans for Sanders defy neat categorization. Some are fed up with the status quo in Washington, and believe that Sanders, with his fiery populist message, is the presidential contender most likely to disrupt it. Others have voted Republican for years, but feel alarmed by what they see as the sharp right turn the party has taken.

“I have been a conservative Republican my entire life. But the Republican party as a whole has gotten so far out of touch with the American people,” says Bryan Brown, a 47-year-old Oregon resident. “I switched my registration so that I could vote for Sanders in the primary, but the day the primary is over I’m going to register as an Independent.”

Anger and alienation have turned conventional wisdom upside down in this presidential election. Self-styled outsider candidates like Donald Trump and Ben Carson have surged in the polls. And as Republican candidates debate their conservative credentials, support for Sanders shows how difficult it can be to pin down what exactly it means to be conservative.

“Once you get out of Washington ‘conservative’ can mean all sorts of different things. Voters are often left of center on some issues and right of center on others. So someone like Trump or Sanders who talks about themselves in a way that doesn’t fit into a pre-ordained box could be appealing to a lot of people,” says Chris Ellis, a political science professor at Bucknell University.

In some cases, longtime Republican voters who have decided to support Sanders, like MacMillan, are rethinking their political affiliation entirely. (“I’m inclined to say I might stay with the Democratic Party because the Republican Party has changed and it’s not the way it used to be,” MacMillan says.) Far from claiming to have experienced a political conversion, other Republicans argue that Sanders actually embodies conservative values.

“When I think of true conservative values I think of Teddy Roosevelt who earned a reputation as a trust-buster,” says Jeff DeFelice, a 38-year-old registered Republican voter living in Florida. “Now look at Bernie. He’s the only one willing to stand up to the big banks. The big banks control an obscene amount of wealth in this country and he wants to go after them.” If Sanders looks like “a viable candidate” by the time the primary rolls around, DeFelice says he’ll switch his party affiliation to vote for the senator.

“Once you get out of  Washington ‘conservative’ can mean all sorts of different things.”

Sanders’s promise to wrest power away from Wall Street and return it to the American middle class taps into the same vein of populist anger that fueled the rise of the Tea Party. It’s also a message that resonates with mainstream Republicans and Democrats. Sixty-two percent of Republicans, for example, believe that large corporations wield too much influence on American politics, according to a New York Times/CBS News poll conducted in May.

“Sanders has focused primarily on economic issues on which Americans are not divided,” says Elizabeth Coggins, a professor at Colorado College who studies American political psychology and ideological identification. “There is a strong consensus in agreement with Sanders on many of his core ideas, and his rhetoric has been largely centered on these sorts of issues.”

It’s difficult to say how deep conservative support for the senator runs. But its existence nevertheless challenges the notion that Sanders won’t be capable of building a diverse coalition to back his campaign during the 2016 presidential contest.

Still, some of the stands that may make Sanders attractive to conservatives leave a bad taste in the mouths of many liberals. Sanders brags about his D- rating from the National Rifle Association, but has suggested in the past that gun laws are best left to the states. “I’ve always felt like most issues should be handled on a state level, and he kind of takes a state level approach to gun control,” says Ashby Edwards, a 43-year-old self-described lifelong conservative living in Virginia.

Other Republicans are drawn to his fiery personality: “I’ve watched some of Bernie Sanders’s town halls and there have been people who will try to speak over him and sometimes he just tells people to shut up and starts screaming at them. That’s awesome,” says Andrew Holl, a 38-year-old registered Republican voter living in Florida. “I think it’s evidence of being genuine. He reacts honestly in every situation.”

Holl plans to vote for Sanders if he makes it to the general election.  “This is the first time I’ve ever considered voting for a Democrat. If you read the definition of what a Republican is and what those ideals are that’s me. But when you look at the Republicans in this election, I don’t like most of them,” Holl adds.

Some conservatives readily admit they don’t love everything Sanders stands for, but insist that doesn’t change their affinity the senator.

“I’m not 100 percent behind his platform but I like him as a person. For me it really comes down to authenticity,” says Edwards. “We’ve seen so much deadlock in Congress and I think people are looking for someone who can be passionate and authentic rather than being partisan.”

Republicans who support Sanders don’t like being labeled liberals either, but that’s not enough to deter them: “There’s a mentality of ‘you’re either this or you’re that’, but the world doesn’t work that way,” DeFelice says. “Things aren’t always black or white. The world operates in shades of gray.”


How Clinton won 7 out of 11 Super Tuesday states

Days after handily defeating Bernie Sanders in South Carolina, Hillary Clinton once again triumphed with black voters. In the 11 states and one American territory where Democratic voters cast ballots in Super Tuesday’s primary, Clinton won overwhelming support from black voters.

Women also made a huge difference. The candidate won women by a 15-point margin in Massachusetts; about a 2:1 ratio in Georgia, Virginia and Texas; and secured the votes of two-thirds or more women in Alabama, Tennessee and Arkansas. Clinton’s campaign is a historic accomplishment in and of itself. 

And in Texas, yet another diverse voting coalition was key to her success.

anonymous asked:

it making me so mad right now that people right now (progressives) are going to have the nerve to actually blame the democrats for not making bernie the nominee. even after this whole process it seems like they still haven't learned how the voters messed up. It so funny that their blaming this loss on hillary and the democrats BUT BY VOTING THIRD PARTY WAS MUCH MORE OF A INSTRUMENTAL TOOL TO HELPING ELECT TRUMP. What the hell is it going to take for them to learn that.

Maybe there were some things we missed, underestimated, overestimated, assumed or taken for granted that turns out we were wrong about as democrats and Hillary supporters and i’m willing to reflect on that and do better next time.

However, this is what I know before the elections and still true after: we were fighting an uphill battle. Despite everything we had going on for us - Obama’s high approval ratings, high profile surrogates, celebrity endorsements, diverse coalition, an excellent ground game and campaign, and yes a highly qualified candidate who happens to be a woman - we were trying to accomplish something very unprecedented and with history going against us: follow a two term democratic black president with a democratic woman president.

Maybe the 8 years of obama got us spoiled, but this election revealed that America at large wasn’t ready or still unaccepting of our inclusive diverse equal vision of America. Yes, there’s voter apathy, voter suppression and political theater at play, but there’s more work to be done to bridge or mend the gap between both sides and how can we not be threatened or others be threatened by each other’s ideologies and own view of America.

And there are something’s we can’t bring ourselves to compromise and reconcile, but diversity isn’t always about being kumbaya, it’s also hard and difficult to make sense of for others even when it feels so easy and natural for some.

All that said, Bernie wouldn’t have won the election against Trump. Even in the primaries, both Hillary and trump each got more popular votes than him, at one point even Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio did while they were still running.

I can also argue that Bernie supporters who chose to vote third party or not at all contributed to electing Donald Trump. The numbers show that, it’s not an overreach, especially when we look at the data on white people, both young and old, male and female (the base of Bernie supporters), who either voted for trump or voted third party.

It’s also true, not hyperbole, that Trump co-opted a lot of Bernie’s negative attacks on Hillary, just on the three presidential debates alone Trump mentioned Bernie multiple times. Yes Bernie did repudiate Trump but often too little too late. We also know that after he endorsed Hillary, many of his supporters stopped listening to him no matter what he said.

It would have been fair if the attacks on Hillary were legitimate, coz we are all aware of her faults and shortcomings as a politician, but most of it was 30 years right wing smear against the Clintons. Remember the memes against Hillary all over the Internet? Those false allegations got baked into the cake even before the general elections took off.

If it was just about her emails, she wouldn’t have been vilified as much as she has been in this elections. I thought like many others did, that what sane voter would think her email scandal is equal to the numerous scandals trump has? Not to mention she’s qualified for the job and he isn’t. But it wasn’t just about the emails.

It wasn’t also about being an anti-establishment election and people having economic anxiety. This was a backlash on the progress minorities have made under Obama, and this is a pattern in our history. Whenever minorities gain something, white straight working class people feel threatened.

Not to say people aren’t fed up with things not getting done in Washington, whether that’s gridlock in congress or feeling the Obama admin is refusing to act the way we want to, but this election wasn’t about class warfare or being anti-establishment, that was just the facade.

Again, the data doesn’t lie: majority of nonwhite working class voted for Hillary. Minorities overwhelmingly voted for Hillary. Majority of elites and upper class citizens voted for Trump. Majority of white people voted for Trump.

Bernie wouldn’t have won against Trump. He wouldn’t have done any better than Hillary. Trump campaign is filled and even led by neo-nazis and anti-Semitic white supremacists, do they think they’ll let a socialist Jewish man become president?

Would more democrats come out to vote if Bernie was on the ticket? I don’t think so. The base of democrats are minorities, and Bernie failed to appeal to us and our issues during the primaries. That’s the reason he lost to Hillary, not coz it was rigged against him.

People can argue, well in the face of trump, democrats would vote for Bernie even if they supported Hillary or Obama in the past. As a Hillary supporter, that was our argument too. We thought, yes they think Hillary is flawed and don’t see her the way we do, but with Trump posing a real danger to us and our democracy, surely they’ll vote for her, right?

It’s (Finally) Over

Today, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders met in New Hampshire to campaign together. It was there that Senator Sanders finally endorsed Hillary.

A massive crowd cheered for the two of them as they walked onto the stage together, and that same crowd cheered every time Bernie spoke kindly of Hillary. I’ve been with her since before she announced she was running for president, and as a long-time Hillary supporter, I couldn’t be happier to know that Bernie Sanders has finally come around.

Throughout this past year, Hillary’s message of love and kindness and of the necessity of uniting around a common goal to break down walls and become stronger together has resonated with over 15,000,000 people. Hillary has proved what her friends, family, and colleagues already know about her: That she has what it takes to compile a diverse coalition and win a presidential election.

This upcoming general election will be one for the history books. An election that pits a blatantly hateful, dangerously unpredictable, very rich scam artist against the first female nominee of a major political party—who also happens to be the most qualified presidential candidate in American history. As both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton’s campaigns begin to pivot into a general election way of thinking, political pundits are starting to realize how perfect this election is for Hillary. This election was made for her.

Though Democrats will win the White House once more, this election victory also relies heavily on the prospect of winning both the House and the Senate. If you have any spare change lying around the house, or a couple extra dollars in your bank account, I urge you to donate not only to Hillary Clinton’s campaign, but to the campaigns of Democrats in states where a Democratic victory are possible. Those states include Ohio, Missouri, and Iowa—among a few others.

Now that Bernie Sanders has come around, I hope many of my followers who were previously not fans of Hillary Clinton will come around as well. If any of you are willing to do so, and would like to brush up on her policies and her campaign, feel free to send me a message here on Tumblr, and I will happily help you out.

Hillary Clinton, Elizabeth Warren, Vice President Biden, President Obama, Bernie Sanders, and Democrats in the House and the Senate all agree: At the end of the day, we are stronger together. Let’s unite to defeat Donald Trump and the Republicans, win the White House once more, and take back Congress.


Poor People’s Campaign, 1968.

Coretta Scott King with campaign organizers, Jack Rottier.

Demonstrators on the National Mall. Oliver F. Atkins 

Lafayette Park March, Warren Leffler.

The National Welfare Rights Organisation marching to end hunger, Jack Rottier.


By December of 1967, about forty percent of African-American and around fifteen percent of all Americans were living significantly below the poverty line. Most folks know that in response Martin Luther King and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) began organising a newnational campaign against poverty. The Poor People’s Campaign marked one of the biggest shifts in the Civil Rights movement, towards broad-scale economic justice.

After King’s assassination on April 4th, 1968, the SCLC and Coretta Scott King kept the movement going with the help of an incredibly diverse coalition of groups and individuals, from the National Welfare Rights Organisation, through United Auto Workers and the NYC chapter of the ‘Up Against The Wall [Motherfuckers]’ anarchists. By June, thousands of demonstrators thronged the National Mall demanding federal action on economic discrimination,

SCLC along with the National Welfare Rights Organization (NWRO), demanded an ‘economic bill of rights’, which envisioned a thirty billion investment in employment programs, the provision of affordable housing and a guaranteed basic income. 

It didn’t work for a multitude of reasons: RFK was assassinated, the media played a shifty game, and egos and strategies inevitably conflicted, but the broad-scale drive to end poverty in America deserves a little more of our common memory space.