PROGRESSIVE INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM: “Can America Let Go of Being Number One?” / AJ+ / Newsbroke / Francesca Fiorentini ☮

Is the USA a shining light that leads the rest of the world? If so, that’s a weird way to describe how we’re ahead in prison population and obesity rate. Newsbroke’s Francesca Fiorentini explains why “American exceptionalism” is a myth, and why we need to let it go.

PROGRESSIVE INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM: “How The Handmaid’s Tale is The Christian Right’s Playbook” / AJ+ / Newsbroke / Francesca Fiorentini ☮

President Trump has emboldened the Christian right wing. Now they’re creeping into control of all three branches of government and carrying out an anti-gay, anti-choice agenda through “religious liberty” laws and discriminatory legislation. That’s why many are wondering: Whatever happened to the separation between church and state? Let’s build THAT wall.

PROGRESSIVE INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM: “The Biggest Myths About Socialism” / Newsbroke / Francesca Fiorentini ☮

Why are Americans so afraid of socialism? Because its powerful detractors have been lying to the American people about it for decades. Here Francesca runs through the common myths about socialism and what makes them wrong.

PROGRESSIVE INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM: “Will Legalizing Sex Work Protect Women?” / Newsbroke / Francesca Fiorentini ☮

Sex! It’s what’s for sale. President Trump recently signed a bill aimed at stopping sex trafficking, but the new law could actually make sex work a whole lot more dangerous. Here’s why legalizing or decriminalizing sex work might be the best option.

PROGRESSIVE INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM: “School Shootings: A Good Reason to Lower the Voting Age?” / Newsbroke / Matt Lieb ☮

American libertarians are less a political party and more like a fundamentalist religious group who believe that the free market is their lord and savior. Here’s why their platform might sound charmingly weird in theory, but in practice it’s harmful.

PROGRESSIVE INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM: “School Shootings: A Good Reason to Lower the Voting Age?” / Newsbroke / Francesca Fiorentini ☮

Are Parkland students proving that teens deserve voting rights? Teens are allowed to do all kinds of things that adults do — from owning guns in 30 states to driving cars, working, and paying taxes. So why don’t they get a say in politics?

PROGRESSIVE INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM: “Why Do Republican Women Love A Party That Hates Them?” / Newsbroke / Francesca Fiorentini ☮

Being Republican and a woman at the same time is difficult because you have to somehow be unconcerned about Republican legislation that harms women economically, socially, and physically. Here’s how Republican women do it.

PROGRESSIVE INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM: “This is What Plutocracy Looks Like” / Newsbroke / Francesca Fiorentini ☮

Worried about corruption before Trump came into office? Well, you have a LOT to worry about now. Trump’s cabinet is using their new positions of power to enrich themselves and their cronies. It’s so pervasive that “democracy” might not be the best adjective to describe the U.S. anymore. Try “oligarchy,” “kleptocracy” or “plutocracy.”