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  • Nina Turner on Bernie at the Women's March, Trump's ACA Sabotage, and More

    October 2017

    The former Ohio State Senator and current president of Our Revolution addresses the controversy over Bernie Sanders' upcoming speech to the Women's March convention; Trump's new sabotage of Obamacare; the finale of "The Nina Turner Show," and more.


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  • The Importance of Civil Discourse

    September 2017

    Last week I became the Chair of The Sanders Institute (TSI), an initiative that grew out of the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign of 2016. While as a sitting senator, Sanders cannot be involved in the work of TSI, we are committed to elevating the issues on which he based his run for the White House.

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  • Dr. Cornel West, Robert George Tackle Tough Issues in Auburn University's "Critical Conversations" Series

    September 2017

    Dr. Cornel West and Robert George kicked off a series of "Critical Conversations" at Auburn University on Friday September 1, 2017. The University said the speaker series has been put together in an effort to educate students to the point of making thought-out decisions. “Free speech is one of our nation’s founding principles,” said Auburn President Steven Leath. “Engaging with national thinkers and speakers to explore all perspectives around civil discourse is key to informed decision-making, critical thinking and leadership. We’re excited to bring this opportunity to our students and the campus community.”

    You can watch the entire conversation here.

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  • 5 Facts About Student Loans

    August 2017

    This article from the Pew Research Center describes 5 facts about student loans in the United States:

    1. About four-in-ten adults under age 30 have student loan debt.

    2. The amount students owe varies widely, especially by degree attained.

    3. Young college graduates with student loans are more likely than those without loans to have a second job and to report struggling financially.

    4. Young college graduates with student loans are more likely to live in a higher-income family than those without a bachelor’s degree.

    5. Compared with young adults who don’t have student debt, student loan holders are less upbeat about the value of their degree.

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  • Discussion of Ideological & Legislative Responses To Terrorism

    June 2017

    At this panel discussion and press conference held in New York City on June 24th, 2017 by the Interfaith Unity for Tolerance, Representative Tulsi Gabbard joined a panel discussion about how academic and legislative responses to terrorism are complementary approaches that will provide long term and intellectual responses to terrorism.

    In a press release about the event, the IFUT said that this discussion "will lead towards nuanced understanding and informed solutions."  

    Gabbard said, “I think that there has been a concerted effort both on the part of some in the media, as well as many in politics, and many in our foreign policy establishment seem to have been advocating for a continuance of these regime change wars, really ignoring the fact of what has been the consequence of these wars in countries like Iraq and Libya and Syria, where each time we have waged these wars, [it] has resulted in the strengthening of terrorist groups like Al-Qaeda or the creation of ISIS [Islamic State, IS, formerly ISIL], and it has resulted in a tremendous amount of suffering and death for the people of these countries."

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  • 2017 People's Summit Panel: From Knowledge to Action

    June 2017

    Dr. Jane O'Meara Sanders hosted this discussion at the 2017 People's Summit with Danny Glover, Amy Goodman, Katrina Vanden Heuvel and Naomi Klein. In this discussion, the panelists focused on the importance of civil discourse versus political distraction, as well as highlighting how other progressive movements around the world can intersect with each other, and what forms and shapes the belief systems of those who are working for a progressive society today.

    From Knowledge to Action from National Nurses United on Vimeo.

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  • Senator Nina Turner On Education And The Ongoing Fight For The Populace

    April 2017

    In this article former Ohio State Senator Nina Tuner discusses her thoughts on education and politics.

    After the loss of her mother at a young age, Education played an important role in Turner's life. Yet, Turner believes that it can be better for poor and working class individuals like herself: "[My situation] gave me a sensitivity to the plight of poor people because I did grow up in a working class family, but we were very poor and it made me really sensitive. Because education helped change my life, I do believe if people have the opportunity, that education can do the same thing for them and help more [people] become cycle breakers. That gave me my heart connection to education."

    Improving education would come in many forms, however Turner specifically focuses on the need for after school programs and input from the community: "We do have to decide as a nation whether or not we are going to invest dollars, but also invest concentration, in our effort to create the types of programming that help our children overcome [any] challenges they may have at home or any challenges they may have in the community.”

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