Olivia Alperstein

Olivia Alperstein is a communication and policy associate at Progressive Congress.org

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Sunday, March 19, 2017
Right Now, Trump Can Start a Nuclear War
Right now, Donald Trump could start a nuclear war on a whim, and no one could stop him. Under any circumstances, the prospect of nuclear war is terrifying, the deadly consequences irreversible. Yet with a single order, the president — any president — could effectively declare a nuclear war that...
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Wednesday, March 01, 2017
It’s Only My Health
I’m one of the 27 percent of Americans with a pre-existing medical condition. Pre-existing conditions range from life-threatening illnesses like cancer or multiple sclerosis to chronic conditions like diabetes or cerebral palsy. They can also include life events like pregnancy or having broken...
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Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Get an IUD While You Can
As soon as the presidential election results were announced, alarm bells went off for anyone who cares about reproductive rights. Lawmakers around the country have been moving for years to restrict abortion rights. But for millions of women who’ve taken proactive steps to prevent unplanned...
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Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Stop Playing Politics With Reproductive Rights
Young women voters have a lot to worry about this election cycle, from a flurry of anti-abortion messaging to diminishing access to reproductive services. Just this month, in fact, Congress put the brakes on vital legislation that would fund efforts to prevent the spread of Zika because they’re...
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Wednesday, April 06, 2016
The United States of Flint
The horrible, preventable crisis in Flint, Michigan shows that when the government shortchanges our infrastructure, people pay the price. Flint has become a living hell for its residents. The water is brown , poisoned with lead, and too corrosive to use on skin or clothes. Scientists have predicted...
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Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Republican Senators Must Fulfill Their Constitutional Duty
We are on the brink of an unprecedented Constitutional crisis – one brought on by Republican leaders in the Senate. Never in our country’s history have Senators so blatantly and explicitly refused to do their job. It is simply a lie that there have never been any election-year appointments to the...
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Friday, December 11, 2015
Minimum Wage Is Not a Livable Wage
Donald Trump is no stranger to inflammatory remarks, but one statement really struck home for me. During the presidential debate on November 10, Donald Trump claimed that current wages are “ too high .” He repeated that claim the following day during the New England Council "Politics and Eggs"...
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Saturday, September 26, 2015
Mending Our Welcome Mat
My great grandmother Rose was just 10 when she traveled to the United States with her family. They fled from Poland to England, took a boat to Canada, and crossed the border. The trip was long, but not nearly as treacherous as the journey many refugees are taking across the Aegean Sea today. At the...
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Thursday, July 02, 2015
Flagging Hate Speech
I’ve spent my whole life in the Northeast, but I have Southern roots. My late grandfather came from a long line of sharecroppers who toiled in the fields of Decatur, Georgia for generations. Their history of hardship was common in the South. Where my grandfather grew up, poor whites often blamed...
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