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Alex Koroknay-Palicz
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Alex Koroknay-Palicz, originally from Michigan, moved to the DC area after attending American University. During his senior year in high school, Alex successfully changed the policy of several age-discriminatory stores in his hometown of Holland, MI.

The following year, in 2000, Koroknay-Palicz was hired as Executive Director of the National Youth Rights Association and has been running the organization ever since. In his capacity as NYRA's Executive Director, Alex has appeared on CNN, PBS and Fox News and has been profiled and quoted in numerous publications including the Washington Post, New York Times, and USA Today.

Koroknay-Palicz has testified for legislation from Sacramento to Washington, DC and built a grassroots network of youth activists dedicated to fighting for their civil rights.

Entries by Alex Koroknay-Palicz

Raise Voting Age to 25? How About a Maximum Voting Age of 25?

(2) Comments | Posted November 13, 2015 | 12:40 PM

Yesterday Glenn Reynolds wrote that in light of the events happening at Yale and Mizzou that we should raise the voting age to 25. This is as dumb a suggestion as when Ann Coulter suggested raising the voting age to 30. To demonstrate how dumb an...

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Is There Meaning Behind Firaxis' Brave New World New Cover Art?

(3) Comments | Posted May 1, 2013 | 7:43 PM

As a long time fan of the Civilization franchise, I have been closely following the development of Brave New World, the new expansion pack for Sid Meier's Civilization V. Like other fans I have been actively trying to guess which new civilizations will be added to the game...

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Spying on Your Kids Won't Keep Them Safe

(1) Comments | Posted May 10, 2011 | 9:07 PM

Privacy is not a luxury. Nor is it a threat to safety.

Ten years ago America was attacked in a shockingly brutal and violent way. Thousands of innocent people died and millions more feared for their safety. Pledging to protect us from terrorists, the government passed the Patriot Act, which...

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Republicans Sink Bill to Prevent Abuse in Teen Behavior Schools

(4) Comments | Posted December 6, 2010 | 3:42 PM

As Congress fights this week over taxes, the deficit commission and finally ending "don't ask, don't tell" another issue involving the health and safety of tens of thousands of American teens has flown under the radar. Last year, with broad bipartisan support, the US House of Representatives passed HR 911,...

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Ann Coulter's Ageism Will Doom the Republican Party

(49) Comments | Posted November 17, 2010 | 3:30 PM

This week, professional anger-tainment star, Ann Coulter, wrote a predictably provocative article for TownHall in which she calls for the repeal of the 26th Amendment, the Vietnam era Amendment which lowered the voting age to 18 in the United States. Taking it one incendiary step further (she certainly...

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Political Speech in Video Games May Be the Argument to Save Free Speech

(8) Comments | Posted August 12, 2010 | 4:17 PM

California passed a law that makes it illegal for people under 18 to purchase violent video games. Whether or not this law is Constitutional will soon be decided by the US Supreme Court. This case has been covered on the Huffington Post before, when it was...

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The STAND UP ACT is a Big Mistake

(29) Comments | Posted June 4, 2010 | 2:15 PM

This month New Jersey's new law imposing increased restrictions on young drivers, Kyleigh's Law, went into effect. The law, which would, among other things, require all new drivers under 21 to place a red sticker on their license plates has faced widespread opposition and civil disobedience. Concerned about...

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What the UK Election Could Mean for Electoral Reform, Youth, and America

(9) Comments | Posted May 5, 2010 | 3:39 PM

I have been following the UK election pretty closely for an American and I am fascinated. The seeming collapse of Prime Minister Gordon Brown and the Labour Party, the resurgence of the Conservatives, and the meteoric rise of Nick Clegg and the Liberal Democrats after being a perennial also-ran. The...

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New Jersey's Kyleigh's Law Puts a Bullseye on Youth

(9) Comments | Posted April 29, 2010 | 4:30 PM

On May 1, a new law goes into effect in New Jersey that requires provisional drivers under 21 to put a red sticker on their license plate. The law, nicknamed Kyleigh's Law, after Kyleigh D'Alessio who died in a car accident in 2006, is purported to make it...

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The Pitfalls of Introducing Democracy by Force

(4) Comments | Posted March 17, 2010 | 4:13 PM

Spotted a very interesting post over at the Institute for Democratic Education in America. It started as a response to the following comment:

I used to direct an after-school program, which was housed in a public school classroom, and I tried to implement a democratic meeting with my...

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How the New International Civil Rights Center and Museum Promotes Segregation

(16) Comments | Posted February 17, 2010 | 2:19 PM

It has been 50 years since four young men sat in at a lunch counter in Greensboro to oppose segregation. But segregation still remains. The International Civil Rights Center and Museum opens this month at that site in Greensboro heralding the courageous work against segregation, but that museum needs to...

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