Meet Malav Shah: Web Development Intern

  Malav is a web and software developer from India who currently resides in NJ – though he’s usually on the road having adventures just as often as he isn’t. Presently, he is completing his graduation in Computer Science from Stevens Institute of Technology. He enjoys the challenge of crafting beautiful and intuitive experiences out of seemingly complex interactions. When he is not coding, you’ll typically find him watching movies or hanging out with his buddies.   Q&A   What inspires you to get involved in the political process? I am very much interested in the politics since my childhood. I grew up in Vadodara, western part of India where India’s current prime minister belongs to. The culture of the area is that is a norm and expectation for the citizens to be involved in the political process since early childhood days. Everyone is taught to get involved in the political process to learn more about it and to ensure a strong democracy. Since my childhood days, I am watching the political processes taking place around me. My uncle is very much very active in politics and has taught me many ways to be a successful candidate in the political process.   If you could meet any historical figure, who would you choose and why? There are many historical figures I would love to meet like Franklin D. Roosevelt, Mahatma Gandhi, Abraham Lincoln, but among all of them would be George Washington. The Founding father of The United States of America, George Washington, is till date one of the greatest leaders that we have ever seen. He led the American...

Meet Olivia Todd: Digital Media Intern

  Olivia Todd is a recent graduate of Georgia College and State University, where she received her B.A in Mass Communications. She is a feminist that firmly believes in fairness, democracy and equality. Olivia doesn’t have extensive experience working in politics, but is incredibly excited to connect with her community and help spread awareness. Q&A What inspires you to get involved in the political process? I am inspired by my peers whose lives are being affected by political decisions. I used to be empathetic towards the whole process, but after hearing stories from marginalized people and witnessing what change can be made by people rallying, donating and fighting I was motivated to join the cause. Politics impact each and every one of us and it’s important be aware of what’s going on both locally and nationally.   If you could meet any historical figure, who would you choose and why? This was a hard one, but I think I’d choose Ida B. Wells. One of my favorite subjects to learn about in history class were the muckrakers, journalists that exposed corruption during the Progressive Era, and Ida definitely helped inspire that wave of journalism. She owned the Free Speech newspaper where she wrote about issues of race, politics and led an anti-lynching campaign that helped expose the horrible events occurring in the south. She was a suffragette that lead protests on the White House, established civil rights organizations and never stopped fighting for what she believed. As someone who is passionate about the power of communication and the written word, I think she’s amazing.   How do you recharge?...

Meet Jonathan Mangrum: Policy Intern

  Jonathan Mangrum has lived in Augusta, Georgia all his life, and he been interested in politics since he began college two years ago. He studies political science and economics at Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, where he left for a semester to study and intern in Washington, D.C. Following graduation, Jonathan plans to serve in the military or return to Washington to continue his education or find work. Q&A What inspires you to get involved in the political process? I want to make constructive contributions and changes like anyone else, and I think I offer the most to myself and the world by working in politics. Politics isn’t a game, but it involves a lot of strategy to solve complex problems. If I can meaningfully contribute to conversations on issues that impact everyday life, I think I’ve found where I need to be. If you could meet any historical figure, who would you choose and why? I don’t know a thing about this person, but I would like to meet my first relative who moved to America. I can’t imagine the life he or she must have lived, but I would like to know more about it. If it has to be a famous historical figure, I would like to meet Button Gwinnett, a founding father of the United States, a Georgian signer of the Declaration of Independence, and one of my ancestors. How do you recharge? I relax in a few different ways. A full night of sleep or a hot shower never hurt anyone, but I feel best when I accomplish something. That might...

Meet Ben Lathrop: Motion Graphics Intern

  Ben Lathrop was inspired by his home city Erie PA to help inform young people of political processes. He has worked on a number of independent projects in a variety of media and has recently branched out to motion graphics. Ben has a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Applied Media Arts Degree from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Q&A What inspires you to get involved in the political process? I want to help combat political apathy, especially among younger voters. Too often do I hear the phrase, “I’m not going to vote because my one vote doesn’t matter.”  In all actuality, young voters are the most important group in politics. I feel they just need more information pertaining to what’s going on and how to make change happen. If I can help people understand what’s going on politically, even if I just make visual aids, then I believe I’m helping make a difference in society. If you could meet any historical figure, who would you choose and why? There are quite a few people I’d like to talk with, one of them being Theodore Roosevelt. He knew how to get things done and didn’t let anything stop him from achieving his goals. “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” He showed people that great things can happen, if only people are willing to work toward those goals. “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” How do you recharge? I recharge after enjoying a good story. An engaging novel or movie is great for inspiration. Storytelling brings us all closer together, so I’m always on the...

5 Common Trans Myths We Need to Bust

Happy Pride Month, everyone! The month is almost over but before it ends, we wanted to dispel just a few myths surrounding trans people and the issues they face. Let’s begin! 1. Being transgender is about adhering to a strict binary. When one hears the term “transgender” they might think it means transitioning from one gender to another. However, that’s not necessarily the case. According to the National Center for Transgender Equality, gender is a bit more flexible than that. In addition to identifying as a man or woman, people identify as both, neither or somewhere in between. Thinking about gender in more complex and nuanced ways will help bridge the gap in understanding trans identity. 2. Transgender people using their preferred bathroom will cause spikes in sexual assault cases. As “bathroom bills” continue to pop up around the U.S. in an attempt to lower sexual assault risks, much debate has been sparked around the idea that letting trans people use the bathroom of their choosing is dangerous. The argument that having protections in place for trans people who want to use their preferred bathroom will encourage sexual predators to use those protections to their own advantages. However, there appears to be no proof that anti-discrimination laws regarding gender identity has led to an increase in sexual assault cases in bathrooms. This CNN article debunking that argument actually states that trans people are more likely to be harassed in bathrooms, which brings us to the next myth. 3. Trans people don’t face violence and discrimination. Representation of trans people is still very sparse in our media today and there...

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