Author Archives: Benjamin Platt

French Election Spread

After a year of massive shifts in the political order from Europe to the United States, all eyes turned to the French elections to see whether even more political upheaval was coming. Emmanuel Macron ran and won on a pro-European Union (EU), pro-globalization platform against Marine Le Pen, an isolationist and populist candidate. These two

Being Jewish Under Trump

My father grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, and my mother grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They experienced little anti-Semitism growing up, partly because large numbers of Jews lived in their communities, and there were peaceful relations with the Christians that lived alongside them. They never reported hearing anti-Semitic slurs or seeing swastikas drawn on

Trump vs Cities

Find Sanctuary in Our Cities

While the flurry of executive orders from President Donald Trump in the past couple weeks was highlighted by his travel ban on citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries, another of his executive orders that has flown under the radar is one concerning sanctuary cities. Sanctuary cities are cities or counties that do not comply with federal