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–John Morales is the chief meteorologist of NBC 6. He has also become one of the leading voices on climate change in South Florida.
–Morales is not afraid to use his platform to talk about climate change.
–He frequently ties daily weather events to the broader context of what’s happening with climate change. Examples of this include the increasing frequency of “King Tides” in Miami and the increase in days that are good for mosquito development.
–Morales was born in upstate New York and raised in Puerto Rico. He studied atmospheric science at Cornell University and worked for the National Weather Service before getting into local tv in 1991.
–He helped Miami’s Spanish speaking community get through Hurricane Andrew while he was at Univision- a job that he held until 2003. He then worked at Telemundo’s Miami affiliate for six years before scoring the chief meteorologist job at NBC 6 in 2009.
–Morales helped the American Meteorological Society increase its standards for broadcaster meteorologists- a move that some feel helped increase the number of tv weather people who believe that climate change is caused by humans.
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Every year, thousands of young progressives descend on Washington to intern for Democratic lawmakers.
And around the country, thousands more take internships on state and Congressional races each election cycle.
For many young Progressives, an internship like this is the surest way to get a feel for politics.
Perhaps it’s that campaign fellowship with the local Democratic committee that leads to a lifelong interest in political organizing.
Or perhaps it’s that summer stint with a Democratic representative in Washington that sparks a commitment to fight for progressive causes.
That’s how it was for me.
When I first took a serious interest in politics, I was a freshman in college.
That summer, I volunteered with a Senate race in my home state of New Jersey and was immediately hooked on campaign organizing.
That position led to another, and eventually I landed an internship with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
Of course, as is common with these positions, they were all unpaid.
Since then, I’ve been able to find work in the private sector – as a paid consultant for some of the very groups where I once worked for free.
While I was privileged enough to take an unpaid position for several semesters – and never worry about having to pay bills thanks to the generosity of my parents – others aren’t always so lucky.
Guillermo Creamer had an unpaid internship with a Democratic member on the Hill, and later with the DC Mayor’s office.
For him, it wasn’t always easy making ends meet.
“The lack of funds really put me against the corner at times when it came to eating lunch, dry cleaning and even paying for rent,” Creamer said in an interview. “I was working 40 hours a week while being required to work a minimum of three days a week. If I ever had a gig that would come up, I’d call out of my internship because it is really hard to turn down money.”
Having had enough, Cramer, and several other Washington, DC students founded Pay Our Interns, a bipartisan campaign dedicated to pressuring more organizations to offer paid internships.
So far they’ve has some success in getting Democrats to listen.
Several of the candidates currently in the running to be the next DNC chair have since pledged to create a paid internship program if elected.
Hopefully these actions will spur other Democratic organizations to do the same.
Yet challenges remain.
Hardly any Democratic members of Congress offer paid internships.
Neither do most campaigns or state parties.
Though there are a few exceptions.
For a party that claims to fight for the rights of workers, not paying interns is especially hypocritical.
In fact, it’s downright embarrassing.
The Republicans certainly don’t have a problem paying their interns.
The Republican National Committee runs the Eisenhower program, which pays a cohort of students to work at the party headquarters every summer.
Meanwhile, the DNC doesn’t even have an established budget line-item for its College Democrats and didn’t even have a full-time staffer dedicated to supporting these students in the midst of the 2016 campaign.
While some may say that a lack of resources are an issue, I find that argument hard to believe.
It costs less than $5,000 to hire an intern for a 10-week semester.
Meanwhile, there always seems to be enough money lying around for multimillion dollar ad buys, or lavish fundraisers at fancy D.C restaurants.
If the Democrats are going to be a party that stands for economic justice and the next generations of young leaders, it needs to first stop profiting from free millennial labor.
Disclaimer: Conor McGrath is a graduate student at the George Washington University and Finance Director of the DC Federation of College Democrats.
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Tomi Lahren, the controversial millennial shock jock who is always all over your Facebook feed seems to have a whole bunch of folks who don’t like her.
Over 53 thousand people have signed a Change.org petition calling for Lahren to be removed from Glenn Beck’s Blaze television network because of her habit of being wrong and intellectually lazy.
“Everyone has a voice and an opinion,” the petition reads. “However, when the wrong voice is given a platform and is allowed to influence an audience of millions by perpetuating derogatory ideology toward select groups of individuals, this is where the injustice lies. Tomi Lahren (although her words are laden with passion and emotion) lacks the knowledge and experience to effectively communicate and facilitate.”
The petition campaign was created by a man named Cameron Tendaji and it has gained traction on social media.
“As a millennial in these “progressive” times, Tomi Lahren should be allowing safe spaces for all audiences,” The petition reads. “Instead, she attacks minority groups, fabricates historical “facts”, and is grossly misinformed on political topics.”
Lahren is pretty flawed as a media figure.
She has little experience and has been a darling of the right-wing since her schtick of attacking progressives started a couple of years ago.
She is a bomb thrower of the Rush Limbaugh variety and has almost no journalistic credibility.
Some of her commentary is borderline racist and almost always unfair.
However, should she really be silenced just because we disagree with her?
Is it really the job of media to create “safe spaces”?
Isn’t the role of media to stir the pot and chafe for change while identifying uncomfortable facts?
Just a thought.
Anyway, if the folks supporting this petition get their way then Lahren will soon be silenced.
“Tom [sic] Lahren’s hate speech against minority groups will no longer be tolerated,” the petition reads. “She will learn that although we have freedom of speech, there is no freedom from consequences. This may not solve the main issue; however, great things have small beginnings.”
But instead of removing Lahren, shouldn’t we just create a better alternative to her?
Stay tuned RISE NEWS readers, stay tuned.
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A supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement was forced out of a Donald Trump rally in Birmingham, AL earlier today.
A Rise News reporter was on the ground and took video of the incident.
Jordan Cissell, our reporter relayed what he saw as he was watching the rally from the crowd:
“About ten feet behind me a scrum broke out in the crowd. The guy was shouting black lives matter and working his way through the crowd. A wall of people turned and started pushing against him. Then this group moved down like somebody had been shoved to the ground. Them the cops and security came and escorted him out. The BLM guy seemed wild eyed, then he started shouting fuck Trump as they walked him out.”
WATCH: BlackLivesMatter supporter removed from Trump rally in Alabama.
Many in the crowd told the man to calm down and told him that all lives mattered.
Trump said to throw the man out and made fun of news reporters for turning to film him.
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