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By: Thursday November 6, 2014 1:30 am

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Tech Is Wonderful and the Kids Are Fine

By: Saturday October 4, 2014 12:45 pm

The “we are the first generation of parents to” lifestyle piece is a hardy perennial that probably shouldn’t even exist. There really is nothing new under the parenting sun; everything is just a variation on the anxieties parents have always faced. I suspect that pre-parenthood obliviousness, combined with the frighteningly intimate quality of those worries once they appear, cause a lot of parents to think there is something novel about it all.

After Legalization Votes, Marijuana Use Down Slightly Among Teens

By: Tuesday September 16, 2014 6:09 pm

Since voters in two states legalized and regulated marijuana for adults, the use rate among teens is effectively unchanged. The electorate’s support for marijuana reform didn’t cause a spike in youth consumption.

There Is No Future in War: Youth Rise Up, a Manifesto

By: Monday September 15, 2014 3:09 pm

Once again, US politicians and pundits are beating the drums of war, trying to get our nation involved in yet another conflict. A few years ago it was Iran, with “all options on the table.” Last year it was a red line that threatened to drag us into the conflict in Syria. This time it’s Iraq and Syria.

We, the youth of America, have grown up in war, war war. War has become the new norm for our generation.

The Message That Continuing Marijuana Prohibition Sends to Young People

By: Tuesday September 9, 2014 12:17 pm

A frequent attack used against marijuana legalization that it sends a bad message to young people. For example on NPR the new Drug Czar Michael Botticelli again used this trope to criticize the new legalization laws in Colorado and Washington saying, “I think that the movement toward legalization, I think, sends the wrong message, particularly to the youth of our country.”

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Jennifer M. Silva, Coming Up Short: Working-Class Adulthood in an Age of Uncertainty

By: Saturday August 31, 2013 1:59 pm

Through 100 in-depth interviews Silva vividly pulls us into this world, mostly in Richmond, Virginia, and Lowell, Massachusetts, where her grandparents grew up. The most striking thing about these stories is that they’re not only about debt or empty checking accounts; they’re about small moments wherein our institutions have ignored, confused, or overwhelmed working class people. Isaac doesn’t apply for financial aid for community college because his mother feels uncomfortable providing her salary for the FAFSA. Christopher feels “tricked” for being taxed $400 for not purchasing Massachusetts health insurance because he was unemployed and didn’t know how to look for free health care. Eileen tries to collect welfare, but couldn’t despite her low income because she inherited a house from her mother.

These moments spark not only resentment in the “system,” but between different groups.

For Disgruntled Young Workers, Lawsuits May Spark Intern Insurrection

By: Wednesday June 26, 2013 10:30 am

You’d have to be pretty desperate to offer to work for free, right? Or you could be just an enthusiastic young student who believes that toiling for little more than free coffee and a line on your resume may boost your future career. But recent research shows that unpaid internships are not likely to lead a coveted job offer.

The time-bomb

By: Monday June 10, 2013 1:30 am

I really cannot say what the long-term consequences of this are…but they are most probably not good.

Response to Nancy Keenan in Salon: Let’s Set the Record Straight on Millennials and Abortion. Again

By: Wednesday January 9, 2013 4:49 pm

Another day, another article about whether or not Millennials care about access to safe abortion care, this time in the form of an interview with outgoing NARAL President Nancy Keenan in Salon in which the commitment of our generation to this issue is once again questioned.

It is time to put to rest the questioning about Millennials and whether they care about access to safe abortion care. It is time to get to work. Too much is at stake, too much ground has been lost, and, for far too many women, safe and affordable abortion care is out of their reach.

So, let’s set the record straight. Again.

A Dream Deferred?

By: Saturday August 18, 2012 7:00 pm

This week the White House rolled out its “Deferred Action” policy, cracking open the door to legal status for hundreds of thousands of young immigrants without papers. Many see the promise of temporary protection from deportation as a first step toward genuine immigration reform. But the future is unclear: What exactly in it for these these youth, when all they’re being offered is temporary protection?

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