Advocate Christoph Published By Open Democracy

Advocate Christoph Heuermann was published in Open Democracy about a united Europe.

Having friends all around Europe I am sad about what the crisis has brought to them. Currently living in the centre of Madrid, there are few signs of this. The city buzzes. However, many young Spaniards are trying to emigrate. A friend of mine is off soon to Germany – the country I was glad to leave. Although Germany lies in the heart of Europe, my heart does not lie there. This is not so much to do with Germany’s history, as it is about current politics and the German mentality – though I really love the vast variety of German landscapes, its beautiful medieval cities and the great thinkers born there. For that reason, I also see the German influence on European issues as quite critical. Europe should not become another Germany, it should stay as colourful as it is. For this Europe I fight, and for this Europe I hope to write and explain my ideas.

Read the rest of the piece here.

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Advocate Yaël Published by Watchdog.org on Marijuana Legalization in New Hampshire

Young Voices Advocate Yaël Ossowski was published by Watchdog.org writing about the effort to legalize marijuana in New Hampshire:

The dominoes are falling all across New England.

The New Hampshire House of Representatives made history last week when it became the first state Legislature to vote in favor of a bill to legalize the sale and possession of recreational marijuana.

“Polls show 60 percent of voters in the state support (the bill), and we won’t rest until that includes a majority of their state legislators,” Marijuana Policy Project legislative analyst Matt Simon said in a statement last week.

You can find the entire opinion piece here.

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Advocate Ajibola Published by The Advocate on Gay Rights in Nigeria

Young Voices Advocate Ajibola Adigun was published by The Advocate writing about Nigeria’s recent criminalization of homosexual activity.

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan recently signed into law a bill criminalizing all LGBT activities. The presidential spokesman confirmed that the Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act provides penalties of up to 14 years in jail for entering into a same-sex union and up to 10 years imprisonment for membership or support for same-sex clubs, societies or organizations…

The present administration seems bent on cocooning themselves from angry citizens who are disappointed by their dismal performances in office and scoring cheap points passing policies that help no one in the guise of protecting the body politic. Freedom of thought and speech is a necessary canon for a progressive, democratic society. So is the protection of minority rights, including those with different sexual orientations.

Read the entire piece here.

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Advocate Rachel Published in Forbes on Unpaid Internships

Advocate Rachel Burger was published in Forbes about the value of unpaid internships.

But for those who choose to volunteer their time at an unpaid internship, don’t call it slave labor. Sure, unpaid internships are voluntary, classist, and unnecessary. That doesn’t change that they are voluntary.

Students, as you finish up your applications for this summer’s internship programs, remember: you are better off getting paid. You are worth more than chronic volunteer work. Don’t fall for the unpaid internship trap. And if you’re considering taking an unpaid internship in fashion, journalism, or media, remember: your hard work will probably not pay off.

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