Olivia Alperstein

Olivia Alperstein

Olivia Alperstein is Deputy Director of Communications and Policy at ProgressiveCongress.org.  Follow her on Twitter: @Alperstein_O

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Wednesday, April 04, 2018
It’s on Us to Stop the War in Yemen
We’re helping fight someone else’s war in Yemen — and the blood is on our hands. Since March 2015, the United States has supported a military coalition led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) that’s intervening in a civil war in Yemen. The war has resulted in massive civilian...
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"There is never a day when systemic racism and economic inequality do not impact people's daily lives."(Photo: Σταύρος/flickr/cc) Views
Friday, February 02, 2018
Celebrate Black History Month by Fighting for Justice and Equity
February is Black History Month. One month is hardly enough to celebrate all the immense contributions of Black Americans to our society, to our nation's story, and to the fight for justice and equity. Many Americans still do not know the full history of the Civil Rights Movement, and many...
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"The latest GOP tax plan is a slimy wet kiss for the wealthiest Americans." Views
Wednesday, November 01, 2017
What Real Tax Reform Could Look Like
No matter our politics, most Americans have a beef with taxes. And it’s no wonder. Working class Americans pay a much greater share of their income than the wealthiest Americans, who get away with exploiting tax loopholes and paying less than their fair share to support public projects and...
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"The right to be treated with humanity and dignity is a universal value. Our nation is stronger than hatred and bigotry," writes Olivia Alperstein. Views
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Racists Look Emboldened. They're Actually Terrified.
The act of terrorism that killed one person and injured others in Charlottesville, Virginia was horrific. There will be more days like these. "They want to strike fear into our hearts, but it is they who are afraid of a better world." Angry, cowardly, fear-mongering white supremacists have been...
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Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Our President’s Word Wars
These days I find myself thinking often about a cartoon by the late Theodore Geissel. In it, a woman with a sweater that reads “America First” reads aloud from a storybook to two children: “And the Wolf chewed up the children and spit out their bones,” she relays. “But those were Foreign Children...
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Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Is Trump Taking Us to War Everywhere?
No one ever expected Donald Trump to be a peace-loving president. On the campaign trail, he endorsed torture, said he’d bomb the families of alleged terrorists, and spoke gleefully about the president’s power to launch nuclear weapons. But threatening war with multiple countries over a few weeks...
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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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