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George Zornick | The Nation | April 21, 2015
Several top congressional Democrats will embrace on Tuesday a loose plan to make public colleges a debt-free proposition—and will receive an immediate boost from progressive activists who are hoping to shape the 2016 Democratic agenda.
In the House and Senate, legislators will simultaneously introduce two resolutions calling for “all students [to] have access to debt-free higher education.” In the Senate, Brian Schatz, Chuck Schumer, and Elizabeth Warren will attach their names to the resolution. Representatives Keith Ellison and Raul Grijalva, co-chairs of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, are leading the House effort along with several members, including Representatives Chris Van Hollen, Steve Israel, Donna Edwards, Katherine Clark, and Alan Grayson.
The Progressive Change Campaign Committee is helping to organize the push, and released a short paper along with the think tank Demos about how to make public higher education achievable without debt. It briefly outlines how increased federal aid to states for higher education and expanded Pell Grants, along with other smaller reforms, might eliminate the debt burden at public institutions.
Ryan Smith | KCCI Channel 8 | April 7, 2015
said he was denied a teaching job because he is gay. Now, the leader of the Des Moines Diocese is speaking out.
A local man
Tyler McCubbin said the Dowling Catholic High School president made him an offer for a full-time teaching position, but later revoked it based on his sexual orientation.
Bishop Richard Pates is the leader of the Des Moines Diocese. He said that McCubbin wasn’t denied the job because he’s gay, but due to the openness of his sexual orientation.
Justin Snow | Metro Weekly | March 16, 2015
“We’ve spent most of our lives together being quiet, because of business or not wanting to rock the boat.”
Clark West, who, along with husband Elliott Mitchell, have reaffirmed they will not leave millions of dollars to the University of Alabama due to the state’s war on same-sex marriage.
According to AL.com, the couple gave $1 million to the University of Alabama a decade ago but dropped plans to leave their estate to the university two years ago due to Alabama’s hostility toward same-sex couples. The state’s decision to thwart a federal court ruling striking down the state’s same-sex marriage ban has reinforced their decision. Their estate is worth $15 million to $18 million.
The couple, who met at UA in 1972 and were married in Hawaii in 2013, now live in Florida. They say they may never spend another night in the state after the chaotic legal fight over same-sex marriage.
David Ferguson | Raw Story | March 10, 2015
A Christian university in Michigan has told students that they are forbidden from raising money for a group that benefits homeless LGBT youth because to do so would “conflict” with the university’s “mission and practices.”
According to Blue Nation Review, students at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan wanted to hold a bake sale to benefit Fierce Chicago, a relief group dedicated to providing services to LGBT homeless youth, who make up an estimated 40 percent of kids under 18 in the U.S. who have no place to live.
The bake sale was planned by AULL4One, Andrews University’s unofficial gay-straight alliance, which boasts around 80 members, but is not allowed to advertise on campus because of the school’s affiliation with the Seventh Day Adventist Church.