WEEK IN REVIEW

In an effort to keep members of the IU Dems up to date on political stories and events throughout the week, this page will feature a weekly wrap-up of the week that was. This is also sent to all members signed up for the email list. To sign up for the email list, you can go here.  If you would like to see previous Week in Review’s please click here.This page will be updated weekly throughout the semester.

9/15/17 Week In Review

Hello everybody,

 

I’d like to give everyone that came out to Wednesday’s meeting with Dr. Varga a big shout out. Here is the info for next week’s meeting, as well as the week in review.

 

An Inconvenient Sequel screening

When: Wed. September 20, 7:00-8:30PM

Where: GISB room #1100

What: Join IU Dems as we host a screening of “An Inconvenient Sequel,” the sequel to “An Inconvenient Truth.” It has a 78% on Rotten Tomatoes. RSVP here.
from the synopsis: “Former Vice President Al Gore continues his tireless fight, traveling around the world to train an army of activists and influence international climate policy. Cameras follow him behind the scenes — in moments both private and public, funny and poignant — as he pursues the inspirational idea that while the stakes have never been higher, the perils of climate change can be overcome with human ingenuity and passion.”

 

 

Good News

  1. At a White House dinner earlier this week, Senator Chuck Schumer and Rep. Nancy Pelosi, along with President Trump, reached atentative he still wants a wall agreement for assisting Dreamers protected by DACA (NYT). The President tweeted out a hypocritical 2-part plea stating that many DREAMers even serve in our US military (Twitter).
  2. Senator Bernie Sanders proposed a new healthcare plan that would change Medicare into a universal healthcare system.“Healthcare in America must be a right, not a privilege”, Sanders said, going on to promise that this legislation would guarantee healthcare for all Americans (Politico). 16 other Democrats have signed off on the Senator’s plan (ABC).

 

 

Bad News

  1. Trump has endorsed climate change denyingFlorida Governor Rick Scott for Senate (Washington Post). In 2017, Scott passed SB1210, which allows for parents to “challenge the use or adoption of instructional materials in public schools” as well as expanded Florida’s Stand-Your-Ground Law, which first came into the national spotlight in 2012 after George Zimmerman shot and killed unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin (Reuters).
  2. In the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, Trumpcontinues to deny climate change, claiming that the US has “had bigger storms” (Politico).
  3. Earlier this week ESPN anchor Jemele Hill refered to President Trump as a white supremacist in a now removed Tweet. White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, called Ms. Hill’s remarks “a fireable offense” (WaPo) and President Trump said ESPN will pay “a really big price” (Twitter). As a result of the backlash, Ms. Hill was probably forced to issued an apology to her employer (Twitter). PRIME EXAMPLE OF WHY INTERSECTIONAL FEMINISM IS SO IMPORTANT

 

 

 

 

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Have a great weekend!

 

Best,

Courtney Schwerin

 

*Bonus – Senator Mark Stoops Fundraising Event (21+)

When: Wednesday September 27, 5:00-7:00PM

Where: Cardinal Spirits – 922 S. Morton St.

What: Students only have to pay $5 cover to get into the fundraiser, and in return get to have a wonderful political networking moment, free tastings, and one free drink. RSVP to Zachary Brown.

 

 

*Bonus – Liz Watson Campaign Opportunities

The Liz Watson for Indiana campaign is looking for interns and volunteers. Those interested should contact Luke Robbins for more information.