Author Archives: Crystal Defatte

You Can’t Make This Sh*t Up: This Week’s News

By Crystal Defatte November 11th – November 18th Trump Visits Vietnam 49 Years Too Late   This Sunday, Veteran’s Day, President Trump visited Vietnam to meet with seven vets who returned to the country to honor their fallen brothers in arms. Trump being Trump, he had to make a comment about how much the vets liked him, stating: “I got

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Let's Stop Pretending We Aren't Relieved To Be White

By Crystal Defatte   Anyone who can’t see the privileges of being white is delusional and incapable of really understanding or fighting racism. White privilege comes in many forms. Statistics show that I, as a white woman, am much more likely to get hired for a job. My white sounding name means I’m much more likely to get a call

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Let’s Stop Pretending We Aren’t Relieved To Be White

By Crystal Defatte   Anyone who can’t see the privileges of being white is delusional and incapable of really understanding or fighting racism. White privilege comes in many forms. Statistics show that I, as a white woman, am much more likely to get hired for a job. My white sounding name means I’m much more likely to get a call

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Fourth of July: Patriotism In A Troubled Nation

By Crystal Defatte   Happy Fourth of July, a day we celebrate dissent and treason against a tyrannical government. For many, that statement may come as a shock. We have been taught that patriotism means blindly supporting our government and ignoring our flaws when the founding fathers believed it meant risking everything for what could be a better way; striving

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Vigil Held For Closing Planned Parenthood Clinic

By Crystal Defatte   About 80 people attended a vigil mourning the closing of the Bettendorf, IA Planned Parenthood clinic on Tuesday. The clinic’s closure stems from the state discontinuing Iowa’s family-planning network waiver, which allowed people who don’t qualify for Medicaid to receive coverage for services that include contraception, pelvic exams, pap tests and sexually transmitted diseases. Now, money

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Four Extraordinary Women of Color Set To Hit The Stage At CCI Convention

Saving the world is no easy feat, but that hasn’t stopped four amazing women from trying. CCI Action Fund’s 2017 Convention on July 15th in Des Moines will be hosting a lineup of activists that embody the progressive ideals of “People Power”, including Erika Andiola, Bree Carlson, Alicia Garza, and Judith LeBlanc.

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Rep. Steve King Blames Obama for Shooting of House Majority Whip

By Crystal Defatte   Republican Rep. Steve King (IA) was recently quoted as blaming former President Obama, in part, for the divided political climate that King claims led to the shooting attack on elected officials in Alexandria, VA. The attack, carried out by a former volunteer for the Sanders presidential campaign, resulted in the shooting of  House Majority Whip Steve

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