Sarah Ruiz-Grossman

Democratic Lawmakers Urge Biden To Cancel $50,000 In Student Debt

Democratic lawmakers are strengthening their calls for President Joe Biden to cancel $50,000 in student loan debt per borrower.In a letter sent to Biden on Tuesday, Sens. Chuck Schumer (N.Y.) and Elizabeth Warren (Mass.), as well as Reps. Ayanna Pressley (Mass.), Pramila Jayapal (Wash.), Ilhan Omar (Minn.) and Katie Porter (Calif.), led more than 80 lawmakers in pressing the president to cancel student debt, saying he has the authority to do so under the Higher Education Act. Advertisement The letter also calls for Biden to have the Department of Education publicly release a memo — which it reportedly has had since Read More

Virginia School Boards Sue Gov. Youngkin Over Optional-Mask Order

The boards of seven school districts in Virginia are suing the newly seated Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R) over his order that effectively lifts mask mandates for students in the state’s public schools.The school boards — including that of Fairfax County, the state’s biggest school district — filed a lawsuit against Youngkin Monday, challenging the governor’s ability to “unilaterally infringe upon” the decisions of local school districts to require masking for student and staff safety amid the COVID-19 pandemic.Advertisement The suit, filed in the Arlington County Circuit Court, also contends that Youngkin cannot overrule a state Senate bill Read More

Black Lawmakers Walk Out As Mississippi Senate Passes Anti-‘Critical Race

Mississippi’s Black state senators walked out of a vote on Friday, protesting a Republican-backed bill that purports to ban “critical race theory” in schools. All 14 Black state senators — all of whom are Democrats — withheld their votes when they walked out, and the bill passed 32-2. (Two white Democrats voted against the bill, The Associated Press reported). Advertisement While the bill is titled “critical race theory,” its text does not mention critical race theory at all. Actual critical race theory is an academic discipline usually studied in graduate or law school that focuses on how racism is embedded in the Read More

Rep. Jamaal Bowman Arrested Alongside Activists Protesting For Voting Rights

Progressive Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-N.Y.) was arrested alongside over two dozen other activists outside the U.S. Capitol as they protested for voting rights just a day after senators failed to pass key voting rights legislation. On Thursday, Bowman joined youth activists demonstrating outside the Capitol. Capitol Police said that they arrested a total of 27 people. Advertisement Many of the young people had been on a hunger strike, along with faith leaders, some for over a week, others since Jan. 6, demanding federal voting rights legislation. Youth activists ended their strike on Thursday.On Wednesday, Republicans in the Senate filibustered Read More

Joe Biden Confirms Kamala Harris Will Be His Running Mate

President Joe Biden has no doubt that Vice President Kamala Harris will be his running mate when he seeks reelection in 2024. At a press conference Wednesday at the White House, a reporter asked Biden: “You put Vice President Harris in charge of voting rights — are you satisfied with her work on this issue? And can you guarantee, do you commit, that she will be your running mate in 2024 provided that you run again?”Advertisement “Yes and yes,” the president said, without skipping a beat. Last month Biden confirmed that he plans to run again in 2024. “She’s going to be Read More