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Laura Merriman
Laura Merriman graduated from Yale in 2008 with a BA in sociology. She grew up between North Haven, Connecticut, and Balazuc, France. After campaigning for President Obama in the Midwest and Southwest in 2008 and doing human rights work with former political prisoners on the Thai-Burmese border and with Amnesty International in Paris, she currently lives in New York City, where she is pursuing a master's degree at NYU. She is studying global public health and social work and hopes to be a trauma therapist for refugee clients and to advance marginalized communities' reproductive rights. A proud supporter of Occupy Wall Street, she is also an avid reader of The Huffington Post's Election coverage.

Entries by Laura Merriman

Republican Policies Show The Party Doesn't Care About Children

(22) Comments | Posted August 18, 2015 | 12:51 PM

During the Republican debates, Cruz, Huckabee and Rubio made the case for defunding Planned Parenthood, even though the organization did not break any laws and doesn't receive any federal money towards providing abortions. Fetal tissue research was supported by GOP lawmakers...

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Why Connecticut Parents Should Not Vote for Tom Foley

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2014 | 7:57 AM

It is completely unacceptable that Connecticut Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley said on gun control in the wake of the Newtown shooting, "We're talking about something that happened several years ago. I'm looking down the road. I'm looking ahead. I'm looking at jobs and the economy. I'm not...

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Change That Is Difficult to Believe In

(7) Comments | Posted August 4, 2014 | 7:36 PM

I am glad that Maggie Gyllenhaal said what many of my generation feel about being extremely disillusioned by President Obama. I believed that change we could believe in meant a true progressive in office. Obama once famously said, "I'd rather be a really good one-term president than a...

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We Have a Moral Imperative to Intervene in Iraq

(1) Comments | Posted June 24, 2014 | 4:11 AM

Now that we have destroyed Iraq, we cannot now wash our hands clean of any sense of obligation in the ongoing catastrophe. The Iraq War cost 655,000 Iraqis' lives in addition to 4,000 U.S. military members' lives. Words cannot describe how idiotic U.S. voters were to have elected,...

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McAuliffe Must Win the Election in Virginia Because Nothing Threatens Communal Safety More Than Unchecked Access to Guns

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2013 | 12:31 PM

One of the biggest ironies of the government shutdown was that the GOP -- and particularly the tea party -- usually hail themselves as defenders of the Constitution, especially when it comes to the Second Amendment. Not only did the party completely disregarded the Supreme Court's constitutional right to uphold...

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Bill de Blasio Because He Will Reverse the Bloomberg Administration's Policies That Have Left 50,000 New Yorkers Homeless

(0) Comments | Posted September 10, 2013 | 7:14 PM

As New York City rents continue to skyrocket and minimum wage is not keeping up, tens of thousands of New Yorkers have become homeless or forced to live in substandard living conditions. I am supporting Bill de Blasio because he is the one candidate committed to significantly expanding...

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Obama's Inaction in Syria (Almost) Makes Me Wish I Had Supported McCain

(12) Comments | Posted August 27, 2013 | 4:00 PM

What happened in Syria makes me sick. And Obama's inaction when it comes to Syria makes me ashamed to have supported a candidate, and later, an incumbent, who has done virtually nothing as the Assad regime has killed an estimated 100,000 people. As of April 2013,...

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Will Walmart Finally Do the Right Thing?

(4) Comments | Posted July 15, 2013 | 3:18 PM

Will Wal-Mart and the Gap actually commit to protecting their garment factory workers' lives giving the precedent they have set?

After months of dragging their feet following the Rana Plaza collapse, Wal-Mart and the Gap have finally announced a plan to promote new safety measures alongside other...

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Misplaced Indignation

(0) Comments | Posted July 9, 2013 | 3:14 PM

A friend recently asked me what I thought about an L.A. writer giving away Abercrombie & Fitch clothes to the homeless to protest that the company will not carry women's XL sizes. While at very first glace this seemed like a good thing, it is extremely demeaning for...

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If America Wants To Actually Be A Land Of Equal Opportunity, We Must Raise The Minimum Wage

(12) Comments | Posted May 23, 2013 | 11:33 AM

Earlier this month, President Obama went to Texas to campaign for the minimum wage to be raised to $9 per hour.

Most economists agree that a raised minimum wage will improve the United States' economic health by increasing the purchasing power of workers in...

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How Deregulation Has Failed Mississippi

(8) Comments | Posted April 15, 2013 | 7:59 PM

In the gun debate, the "criminals will get guns and gun deaths will occur no matter what" argument is one that I hear often. This type of personal responsibility and pro-deregulation and small government argument is widely espoused by the Republican Party when it comes to public health issues. It...

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The GOP Got the U.S. Into the Sequestration Mess and Needs To Compromise Its Way Out Of It

(1) Comments | Posted March 1, 2013 | 9:49 AM

With the sequester fast approaching, the Republican Party has forgotten that President George W. Bush racked up half our deficit on the War on Terror.

In 2008, TIME Magazine reported that the War on Terror had racked up 1 trillion dollars and The Wall Street Journal...

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Marco Rubio and GOP: The Guest Worker Program Is Not A Viable Solution

(4) Comments | Posted February 20, 2013 | 10:39 AM

During his rebuttal to President Obama's 2013 State of the Union address, Senator Marco Rubio depicted his immigrant past -- and tried to ease the GOP's hardliner image -- explaining, "My parents immigrated here in pursuit of the opportunity to improve their life and give their...

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Our Economy Profits From All Undocumented Workers

(5) Comments | Posted January 29, 2013 | 1:17 PM

With President Obama ready to unveil parts of his immigration reform measures this week, he is likely to call for increased visas for graduates with advanced degrees in science, technology, engineering or math. Obama advocated immigration reform in his inauguration speech, during which...

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Mitt Romney Has Not Offered A Path to Legal Immigration

(0) Comments | Posted November 6, 2012 | 5:00 PM

Although Mitt Romney claimed during the second debate that he wants to make it easier for undocumented workers to become U.S. citizens, Romney said he would veto the DREAM Act, a bipartisan, Constitutional pathway for the children of undocumented immigrants to become legal U.S. citizens, a bill supported...

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Why Mitt Romney's Anti-Union Platform Is Very Bad for U.S. Workers and Their Families

(16) Comments | Posted November 5, 2012 | 10:54 AM

Although Mitt Romney has been trying to pose himself an "uplifter of the middle class," his anti-union platform would be very damaging to U.S. workers. Romney has set forth a vehemently anti-union platform which has been described as "the most anti-union, anti-worker platform we've seen for any candidate...

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Sheriff Joe Arpaio Invited to Speak at the Republican National Convention Despite Shameful Record

(2) Comments | Posted August 29, 2012 | 1:34 PM

One of the United States' cruelest elected officials, Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, will speak to delegates at the Republican Convention on August 30th as he and the State of Arizona have been some of our nation's loudest voices against undocumented immigration. Arpaio's infamous Maricopa county jail...

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USDA: Don't Let Chicken Packing Plants Operate Their Conveyor Belts Twice As Fast

(12) Comments | Posted May 29, 2012 | 3:30 PM

In response to the United States Department of Agriculture's proposed guidelines that would allow poultry processing plants to operate conveyor belts at a maximum of 175 chickens per minute, or twice the speed at which they currently operate:

These measures would make working conditions even more dangerous for...

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