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<h1>Bringing Light to Military Misconduct</h1><h6><i>Although sexual harassment and assault has historically been an issue for the U.S. Military, the recent murder of Specialist Vanessa Guillen is causing many to reevalute how these issues are being handled at an institutional level.</i></h6>
National, National Policy

Bringing Light to Military Misconduct

Although sexual harassment and assault has historically been an issue for the U.S. Military, the recent murder of Specialist Vanessa Guillen is causing many to reevalute how these issues are being handled at an institutional level.

Illustration by Amanda O'Brien Content Warning: Story contains content involving sexual violence and assault On June 30, 2020, entombed in concrete and scattered under the banks of a small river near Fort Hood, Texas, Spc. Vanessa Guillen was finally found after a two-month search.  Months before her death and disappearance, Guillen told her family she had been sexually harassed by a superior at her post. Her mother had urged her to report, but for fear of reprisal, Guillen declined to do so. She was later murdered—bludgeoned to death in her own place of work with a hammer by a supervisor. Guillen’s murder was said to be shocking, horrifying, and beyond comprehension by Fort Hood command leadership and much of Congress. For those congresspeople, these “shocking” repor...
<h1>The Green New Deal in Iowa</h1><h6><i>Natural disasters, clean energy and new agricultural practices. How would the most progressive environmental policy to date affect Iowa?</i></h6>
Iowa

The Green New Deal in Iowa

Natural disasters, clean energy and new agricultural practices. How would the most progressive environmental policy to date affect Iowa?

Photo by Austin Goode / Illustration by Lila Johnson The Green New Deal has often been lauded as a plan catered to liberal coastal elites, but not much attention has been paid to how it would affect midwestern states like Iowa. However, with climate change already rearing its ugly head, some Iowans believe the Green New Deal is essential for ensuring the state’s prosperity moving into the future. In 2019, 48% of likely Democratic caucusgoers supported the Green New Deal, according to the Des Moines Register.  The Green New Deal The Green New Deal, originally introduced by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts in 2019, is a congressional resolution with the goal of tackling climate change in the U.S. The proposal calls on the federal go...
<h1>Don’t Fear the Robots</h1><h6><i>Automation isn’t the end. Globalization threatens the livelihood of the workforce, but jobs aren’t being relinquished to machines.</i></h6>
International, International Policy

Don’t Fear the Robots

Automation isn’t the end. Globalization threatens the livelihood of the workforce, but jobs aren’t being relinquished to machines.

Illustration by Amanda O'Brien based on artwork by Artie Rodriguez What Even Is Automation? Even before hearing the word “automation,” there is a good chance one has at least been exposed to the concept. Essentially, automation is the process of turning jobs performed by human laborers over to machines, which can work tirelessly and without break. This process, though still relatively new, has been occurring for a couple decades now. But despite this, many people are still unaware of how exactly it works, and many are starting to grow apprehensive about it.  Fear Mongering About the Robots Since the introduction of technology into the workplace, humans have consistently been frightened about technology taking their jobs. In fact, this fright occurs so frequently that econ...
<h1>A Q&A With Des Moines City Council Candidate Indira Sheumaker</h1><h6><i>A deeper understanding into Des Moines City Council candidate Indira Sheumaker’s reasoning for running. </i></h6>
Des Moines, Local

A Q&A With Des Moines City Council Candidate Indira Sheumaker

A deeper understanding into Des Moines City Council candidate Indira Sheumaker’s reasoning for running.

Illustration by Amanda O'Brien Drake Political Review does not endorse any party or candidate for any office. Indira Sheumaker, 26, grew up in Des Moines’ Ward One and has been active in politics her whole life.  Disheartened in 2020 by perceived failure from the Iowa government and ready to see the world move past any more injustice, she was surprised and invigorated when the nation captured the political momentum that has been building for decades. In the summer of 2020, Sheumaker took to the streets and to her local city council meetings to find answers in current leaders. She found her voice, a community, and the motivation to run for local office to demand change. “You know, that's discouraged a lot of times, speaking out, taking up space, things like that. [My s...
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