Empathy Revolution

The Issues

LGBT Rights

People in the LGBT community are threatened by harmful bills and the administration’s chatter about rolling back same-sex marriage across all 50 states. The suicide rate for LGBT teenagers is much higher than that of straight teens, and this is largely due to how unsafe, unwanted, and isolated our government and sometimes intolerant society can make them feel. People should not be disadvantaged or discriminated against because they choose to love someone of the same sex. An empathetic person must think - how would I feel if my love for a significant other was threatened by our very own government?

Women's Rights

The crude and crass revelations brought up during the presidential campaign showcased a blatant attack on women and a propagation of rape culture. The fact that the leader of the free world has been shown to so openly objectify women has created a less safe and tolerant environment for at least half of the nation’s population. Hearing a powerful figure say these words can make people see such attitudes as more acceptable and even encouraged. Outside of this predatory rhetoric, women in 2017 still face archaic problems such as unequal pay.

Immigrant/Religious Rights

The First Amendment of the United States Constitution proclaims that Americans must have the ability to practice their own religious belief, and that the government will not favor one religious establishment over another. The rhetoric used throughout the presidential campaign and some failed executive orders have indicated that this administration is not nearly empathetic enough towards people of a religious minority, specifically Muslims and Muslim-Americans. None of the primarily Muslim countries on President Trump’s banlist were home to a single terrorist who committed a fatal terror attack in the United States post 9/11. In fact, the home countries of most of the 9/11 perpetrators were left off of this list.