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Building peace teams
Cellphone guide for protesters
Why we need history
 
Corporations that have deserted the US
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Nestle
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Walmart
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Moral Mondays
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Occupy
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Essays
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Running out of change
The Clinton-Obama-Alinsky myth
 
Activism
Becoming and living as an activist
Rebellions contain multitudes
No retirement age for rebellion
The gadfly thing
 
Bad times
Getting through the bad times
The hat trick of survival
Why everything's so hard today
 
Counterculture
Getting the counter culture out of the closet
Where is the counterculture when we need it?
Change the culture & politics will follow
 
Music
Punk & protest
Music and politics
 
Non-profits
Care and feeding of non-profit boards
 
New America
Building little republics in a failing empire
America 2.0
What a populist rebellion might look like
Time for a movement
Rebuilding America
Ideas for a better U.S.
A cooperative commonwealth

AMERICAN AGENDA

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Corporations
Corporate personhood

Democracy
Amend Senate
Elect Attorney General
Instant runoff voting
Ballot initiatives

Public campaign financing
Urban statehood
Green Party
 
Drugs
End the war on drugs
 
Healthcare
Single payer health plan
 
Housing
Foreclosure plan

Shared equity program
Seizing underwater mortgages by eminent domain
Justice
Improve jury rights
Restorative justice
Community courts
 
Local
Building little republics Local currency
Localism
Participatory budgeting
Money
Alternative currencies

Credit unions
Credit unions by state
End credit card usury

Printing money
Restore Glass-Steigall
Universal income

War
War abolition
 
Youth
Lower the drinking age

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NEWS
Entropy updates
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Good stuff
 
ESSAYS
The war that never ended
When wrong becomes the norm
The collapse of the First American Republic
The end of treason
Top Rot
Elite emmigration
American beconing a corporate colony
How to get along with other Americans
What's new with me
Backing off of hate
Coming of age with "On the Road"
Eternal fundamentals of leadership (Rev. 8/14/11)
Football and American empire
Why hip is no longer hip
In technocracy we trust
Freedom as a local option
What's a humanities?
Global dumbing: the politics of entropy
Practicing anthropology without a license
The war of the terrified
Factories of fame
Notes on the end of the First American Republic
Notes from a lousy time
Why everything's so hard today
Quiet storm: blowin' in the wind of cultural decayOn the care and feeding of theories
Learning from Orwell & Mussolini

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ESSAYS
How to keep people going to museums
HUMANITIES
What's a humanities?
Five years of failure
 
MEDIA
Arts & Letters Daily
Arts Journal

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ESSAYS
Making cities black & poor
Backing off of hate
Mississippi Summer 1964
!965 Mississippi civil rights hearings
Integration of Glen Echo amusement park
How the affirmative action debate could have gone better
 
MEDIA
Black Agenda Report
Black Press USA
Bruce Dixon
Glenn Ford
Margaret Kimberly
Make It Plain
New America Media
Root
Mark Thompson
Your Black World

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MOVEMENTS

Slow city movement

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Civil liberties & justice
Drugs
Drugs: marijuana
FBI
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NSA
Police
Spooks
Torture
TSA
 
 
Essays
Securing the homeland
The militarization of civilian America
The true power of juries
Essays on civil liberties & justice
Letter to a spook
How to stay free
Story the media won't touch
Why do we have a drug war?
Of pink suits, golf balls & civil liberties

Letter to Thomas Jefferson
Recording from a 1960 sit in
Mississippi summer 1964
A cop is more likely to kill you than a terrorist
Backing off of hate
 
 
WAR ON TERROR
The biggest threat to America: ourselves
Final thoughts
September 12, 2001
Follow the limousines
Towards a more perfect union
An alternative 9/11 report
Ann
 
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CAPITAL PUNISHMENT
INNOCENCE PROJECT

CYBER
ELECTRONIC PRIVACY INFORMATION CENTER

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GUNS
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On guns
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CENTER FOR COURT INNOVATION
FULLY INFORMED JURY ASSOCIATION
NAT ASSN OF CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYERS
WIKILEAKS
CHELSEA MANNING SUPPORT NETWORK

SPYING
Electronic Frontier Foundation

Electronic Privacy Information Center
Project on Government Oversight

Stand Against Spying

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SENTENCING PROJECT
SOLITARY WATCH

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Groups
Guide to stopping internet tracking

American Computer Museum
Digital Freedom Network
ELECTRONIC FRONTIER FOUNDATION
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Population
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Drought
Eco shots
Fracking
Genetically modified crops
Oceans & water
Population statistics
 
ESSAYS
The value of stone dust
Myths of genetic engineering
A poker player's guide to ecological risk assessment
The ignored greenness of historic preservation
Population's loss is earth's gain
 
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Some ways to occupy our future...and our economy
Born again economics
Short history of the economic American
True cost of Reagan and extreme capitalism
The other way to deal with the national debt
The savings & loan bailout
Business schools
How business schools hurt the American economy
 
Capitalism
Rewriting history to justify greed
Corporatism, capitalism & fascism
The effects of extreme capitalism
Confessions of a vision impaired stakeholder with dubious management practices embarking on an ill-defined mission
 
Corporations
The corporate curse
The corporation and America
 
Great Recession
What a real stimulus might look like
All public works are not the same
 
Labor
Why labor unions are essential
 
Money
How's your GDP today?
Printing money
Alternative currency
What banks, academics, the media and politicians don't tell you about money
Reforming the money system
 
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Graduation speech
Let 'em play
Is the Gates Foundation involved in bribery?
Road to literacy is paved with words, not tests
School reform about class not classrooms
Back to school
David Mallery
The missing predicate in my life
Fact sheet on Common Core assessments
How test obsession is hurting learning
 
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Chicago Teachers Union
 
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Teach 4 Real
Valerie Strauss

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Phone app to boycott Israel

Time to stop being afraid of Israel
Hidden reason Israel wants Gaza under its control
The case for the Iraq war told entirely in official lies
Preserving a Jewish state or a Jewish soul
Can Israel avoid multi-ethncity?
Bottom Line, December 2001
What Dien Bien Phu could have taught us
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Minutes of the Wannsee Conference
Things Irish Protestants should know about their homeland
Joan Baez' first radio appearance
A brief history of bucking the system
Why Nader didn't cause Gore's loss
Gene McCarthy
Making cities black & poor
Pilgrims' folly
Washington on fire in 1968
Unsolved mysteries
World Trade Center
Crash of TWA 800
 
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Great moments in immigration laws
A solution to the immigration problem
When did a Mexican cut your pension?
The mythology of immigration
A history of who's an American
 
National Immigration Project

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Farms
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Local
Bipolar America
Bringing politics home
Building little republics in a failing empire
The issue that's killing the left
Securing the homeland
Local democracy as well as local lettuce
 
Cities
 
The case for urban statehood
Why smart growth isn't as smart as it thinks it is
Saving the city from itself
How cities became black & poor
 
Housing
The foreclosure plan politicians wouldn't touch
Shared equity plan

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President: In our moving average, Romney has a 6 point lead over Ryan, Huckabee, and Jeb Bush who are all statistically tied for second place. Ryan, Christie, Huckabee and Paul are all behind Clinton by single digits. Clinton has an easy lead among Democrats. It is possible for the GOP to pick up 19 electoral votes based on the current moving averages of polls, but in 2012 Obama won by 126 electoral votes.

Senate: Our moving average shows that Republicans stand to pick up 2 new Senate seats and could pick up 7 more. The Democrats could pick up 1. Kansas might gain an independent. The current Democratic 8 seat margin plus 2 independents could easily be flipped to a Republican majority. Since one of the current Independents, Angus King, has said he might caucus with the Republicans, it is uncertain whether the GOP needs a 5 or 6 net gain to take over the Senate. And in Kansas, leader independent Orman says he'll vote with the clear majority if there is one, but otherwise it's probably whichever side gives him the best deal.
 
House: Still too close to call, but Dems have now taken a one point lead in the three poll average. The last two polls have been in stark contrast, one GOP by 7 and one Dem by 12. The latter by John Zogby who points out, "I have never missed a Congressional generic ballot yet.'
 
Governors: Democrats stand to pick up 1 and lead closely in 7 races. GOP are close in 5. Independent stands to win one..
 
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WHY BOTHER? $12

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Why Bother, in a wonderfully engaging and erudite manner, addresses the great question confronting democracy, community and justice -- and that is civic motivation. Prepare to be motivated. Sam Smith is an antidote to mindless speed reading. He makes you pause between paragraphs in order to mull over the captivating morsels he is placing in your imagination. - RALPH NADER

Sam Smith puts it to us straight in these essays about finding meaning and hope - JAY WALJASPER, UTNE READER

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"Smith's book is a toolbox for hacking a corrupt system. It is also funny as hell . . . There are butts that need kicking in this country. . . Sam Smith is handing out the boots." -- Alex Steffen, The Stranger, Seattle weekly

"Must read. . . combines laughter and trenchant critique to a degree seldom seen" -- John Rensenbrink, Green Horizons

"The Tom Paine of the Nineties" -- Chuck Stone

"Truly independent journalist" -- Patrick Mazza, Cascadia Times

"Phenomenally interesting. . . recommend it highly" -- Michelle Laxalt, co-host of Newsmakers

"You'll be enlightened, challenged, even entertained" -- Chuck Harder on the Talk America Network.

Featured in Utne Reader and on Weekend All Things Considered. 

PLAY IT AGAIN, SAM

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Sam Smith has been a musician for many decades. He started the first band his Quaker school ever had and played drums with bands up until 1980 when he switched to stride piano. He had his own band until the mid-1990s and has played with the New Sunshine Jazz Band, Hill City Jazz Band, Not So Modern Jazz Band and the Phoenix Jazz Band.

Here are a few tracks:

SAM SMITH'S
DECOLAND BAND

AVALON

BUTTER & EGG MAN

DR JAZZ

INDIANA

JELLY ROLL

MAMA'S GONE GOODBYE

SHINE

Bob Walter, trumpet; Jimmy Hamilton & Coleman Hankins, clarinet; Paul Hettich, bass; Sam Smith, piano. Bob Resnik, drums

PHOENIX JAZZ BAND
led by Bob Walter

ALGIERS STRUT

APEX BLUES  George James sax

CORRINE CORRINE

OH MAMA  Sam piano & vocal

HILL CITY JAZZ BAND
led by Bob Walter

ACE IN THE HOLE: With the lyrics altered to fit Washington

BILL BAILEY

BYE & BYE Sam piano & vocal

JAZZ ME BLUES

TISHOMINGO BLUES

WHEN YOU'RE SMILING Sam piano, Bob Walter vocal

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The Progressive Review (formerly the Idler and the DC Gazette) was first published in 1964 and is one of the oldest alternative journals in America. Regularly ahead of the curve, the Review has opposed federal drug policy for over 40 years, was a lonely media voice against the massive freeways planned for Washington, was an early advocate of bikeways and light rail, supported neighborhood commissions later adopted in DC, and helped spur the creation of the DC Statehood Party and the national Green Party,

In November 1990 it devoted an entire issue to the ecologically-sound city and how to develop it. The article was republished widely.

Even before Clinton's nomination we exposed Arkansas political scandals that would later become major issues. Although our thorough coverage of the story would get us into a lot of trrouble it remains one of the most thorough and accurate accounts of the Clinton story.

We reported on NSA monitoring of U.S. phone calls in the 1990s, years before it became a major media story.

In 2003 editor Sam Smith wrote an article for Harper's comprised entirely of falsehoods about Iraq by Bush administration officials.

The Review started a web edition in 1995 when there were only 27,000 web sites worldwide. Today there are over 170 million active sites.

Our 1990 article on the savings & loan bailout scandal was selected by Utne Reader as one of the ten most under-covered stories of the past decade.

In 1987 we ran an article on AIDS. It was the first year that more than 1,000 men died of the disease.

In the 1980s, Thomas S Martin predicted in the Review that "Yugoslavia will eventually break up" and that "a challenge to the centralized soviet state" would occur as a result of devolutionary trends. Both happened.

In the 1980s, we reported on the dangers of computerized voting and suggested possible solutions including an independent review of software and an adequate audit trail.

In the 1970s we published a first person account of a then illegal abortion.

In 1971 we published our first article in support of single payer universal health care

In 1970, we ran a two part series on gay liberation.

In 1970, we proposed DC statehood and explained how it could be achieved.

In 1966 we published two articles on auto safety by Ralph Nader

In 1965 we called for the end of the draft.

In the 1960s we proposed community policing

Before Obamacare was passed, we were one of the few progressive journals warning of the serious problems it posed.

About the editor

The Review is edited by Sam Smith, who covered Washington under nine presidents, has edited the Progressive Review for 49 years, has written four books (two at the request of editors), been published in five anthologies, helped to start six organizations (including the DC Humanities Council, the national Green Party and the DC Statehood Party), was a plaintiff in three sucessful class action suits, served as a Coast Guard officer, and played in jazz bands for four decades.

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Hints your country may becoming fascist
What America thinks
Leading the majority:How minorities change America
The end of politics
Sex & politics in DC
All in the family
Why people vote against themselves
History's hints for third parties
What's a bribe?
The politics of myth
Bucking the system: A scorecard over time
Why you shouldn't vote for a corporate exec
Bringing politics home
 
BUSHES

George Bush
Bush family history
 
CLINTONS

Hillary Clinton by the numbers
The Clinton legacy
Arkansas connections
Hillary Clinton current news
Hillary Clinton history
How Bill Clinton rose to the top
The next stop after Hope
Vince Foster case
The Clintons & Marc Rich
The Clinton stories the media wouldn't cover
What you won't find in the Clinton museum
Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama & Vanna White
The Clinton-Obama-Alinsky myth
 
DEMOCRATS
 
Dismantling the Democrats
Al Gore
Gene McCarthy
 
FASCISM
 
Notes on fascism
Clues that your country might be turning fascist
 
GOOD POLITICIANS
 
Sherrod Brown
Bernie Sanders
Jill Stein
Elizabeth Warren
 
GOP
 
GOP NEWS
The GOP confederacy
From Grand Old Party to Grumpy Old Prigs
The GOP ghost dance and the young
More on the ghost dance and the GOP
How to tell a radical Muslim from a radical Republican
The GOP uncivil war
Rudy Giuliani
Mitt Romney
Paul Ryan
Rick Santorum
 
GREEN PARTY
 
GREEN PARTY NEWS
History's hints for third parties
Why Ralph Nader didn't cause Al Gore's loss
Jill Stein
Global Greens
The Greens were right
 
LIBERALS
 
The difference between a progressive & a liberal
The death of liberalism and what to do about it
Why liberalism collapsed
Talking about liberalism
 
OBAMA

OBAMA NEWS
OBAMALAND
An Obama one night stand
The strange rise of Barack Obama
Why liberals misread Obama
How Obama compares to Republicans
Obama and the American oligarchy
 
PROGRESSIVES

How to jump start the progressive movement
The difference between a progressive & a liberal
 
REAGAN
 
The Ronald Reagan myth
The true cost of Reagan and extreme capitalism
 
SOCIALISM
A brief guide to avoiding socialism
 
VOTING
 
Counting the vote
Campaign financing
Why other countries do better at voter registration
Fair Vote
Brad Blog
Move to Amend
 
Center for Responsive Politics

 

OTHER

There is a religious test for high office
The collapse of the First American Republic
America’s new mini-monarchies
How TV turned off politics
Why people vote against themselves
Fighting the dystablishment
Living in political madness
The politics of myth
Of ghost dances and the young
The hazards of grad school politics
The other way to deal with the national debt
Mob politics vs. political movements
Handling the bullies
Bringing politics home
The autistic confederacy
Essays on politics
Retrieving the Democrats' reason for existence
Moderate extremism

The People's Party
How Americans are distanced from both their major parties

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Civil liberties and justice

Corporations
Drugs
Ecology
Economy
Education

Elections

  • A majority of likely voters among Democrats (75%), Independents (64%) and Republicans (54%) see the wave of spending by Super PACs this election cycle as “wrong and leads to our elected officials representing the views of wealthy donors.”

Food

  • An overwhelming majority of U.S. consumers think that before genetically engineered food is sold, it should be labeled accordingly (92 percent of consumers) and meet long-term safety standards set by the government (92 percent).

Foreign affairs

Gays

Healthcare
Immigration
  • 54-60, 63 percent of Americans back a pathway to citizenship for immigrants living here illegally — winning support from majorities of Democrats, Republicans and independents.

Labor

NSA

Politics
Social Security
  • 87% of Americans want Social Security spending increased or held steady
  • Oppose cutting SS annual increase
Taxes
  • 80% favor ending offshore tax havens
War
  • Believe it's OK to cut defense spending
  • Say Libya action wasn't right

Washington

  • 81% disapprove of the job that Congress is doing

Women

70% Favor Legalizing Over-The-Counter Birth Control

Who's pro-choice?

  • 60% of voters said they are more likely to support a candidate who supports fair pay for women, a higher minimum wage, paid family and medical leave and paid sick days.

RELIGION & ITS ALTERNATIVES

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Religious right
Lutheran Airlines
Seventh Day Agnostics arise
Backing off of hate
The fight that doesn't matter
Where have all the cool preachers gone?
Who owns faith and values?
A conversation with God
Where the hell did all the good Christians go?
What I learned as a part Jew
What the Christian right forgets about the Bible
 
THE HUMANIST

SENIORS

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Senior news
Old age
Medicare
Social Security
 
No retirement age for rebellion
Thoughts on old age
The real problem with Social Security
Word: Social Security
Why Social Security and Medicare are not going bankrupt
Social Security is massive anti-poverty program
 
National Committee on Preserving Social Security and Medicare
 
TRANSPORTATION

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Transportation news
Bike news

WAR & PEACE

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NEWS
Peace
War Department
Torture
Veterans
 
ESSAYS
The good thing about war
Essays on war
Mission creep: the militarizing of America
Spooks & spies
All war all the time
The biggest threast to us: ourselves
Why is the military sacred?
A speech CSPAN didn't like
 
GROUPS
American Friends Service Committee
War is a Crime
World Beyond War
 
MEDIA
Anti-War
Daniel Ellsberg
Tim Shorrock
Spy Talk
WASHINGTON DC

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DC FACTS

DC STORIES

SEX & POLITICS IN DC

DC BLACK HISTORY

 DC STATEHOOD

 MARION BARRY

The club: how Washington really works

TUNES FROM A DC MUSICAL: Sam & Kathy Smith, along with Becky Brown, wrote a musical revue of DC history that was performed by the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop in 1978. The Washington Times listed the show as one of the "Sure Things" for the week. Mayor Marion Barry attended one performance Unfortunately, no recording was made, but years later Sam made a rough recording of some of the tunes for a curiuous reporter.

THE ATTICA THAT DIDN'T HAPPEN One year after Attica, there was a prisoner revolt at the Washington, DC Jail during which the director of DC Corrections and a number of guards were taken hostage. But, unlike Attica, no one was killed. Perhaps this is why so few remember what happened on a night when judges, politicians, U.S. Marshals, prisoners, and hostages all gathered in Courtroom 16 to see what could be done - brought together by a single judge who wasn't afraid o talk when others wanted to shoot.

1950s
1960s & 1970s
1980s & 1990s
New century
Neighborhoods
People
DC Statehood

Other

WOMEN

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Women's news
 
Abortion & reciprocal liberty
 
MEDIA
Women's E News
Feminist News
 
WORDS & WRITING

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Words & writing news
 
ESSAYS ON WRITING
Post literate America
Words & meaning
The missing predicate in my life
SomeRulesForWriting L.L.C. (SRFW)!
A few thoughts about writing
Words and cruelty
The rise of "fuck"
What's a humanities?
Cliche challenge
Harder to read than Ulysses
Just words on words
 
 
OTHER
Pocket paradigms
Quotations
 
YOUNG

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Young news
Colleges & universities

Millenials down on marriage
Generation gap
Statistics

Student loans & debt

GROUPS

CENTER FOR CAMPUS ORGANIZING
EDUCATORS FOR SOCIAL RESPONSIBLITY
STUDENTS FOR A DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY
STUDENT ENVIRONMENTAL ACTION
COALITION

Academic Freedom
AD HOC COMMITTEE TO DEFEND THE UNIVERSITY

FNDTN FOR INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS IN EDUCATION

Student Debt
Student Debt Crisis

Faculty
Precarious Faculty
How to write like an academic

Student loans
FORGIVE STUDENT LOANS

Youth Rights
COLLEGE FREEDOM
STUDENTS FOR SENSIBLE DRUG POLICY

YOUTH RIGHTS ORGANIZATION

ESSAYS
An apology to younger Americans
Skull & Bones

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