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Here's what these young Californians want from the next president

We met up with these young volunteers and activists at the #SchoolsNotPrisons concert in Fresno, and we wanted to know what issues were on their minds this election. The answers were as diverse as the attendees: from housing to LGBTQ rights, healthcare to bullying, education to ending the school-to-prison pipeline. “Dear next president,” one volunteer …

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Immigration

Here’s what these young immigrant activists want the next president to know

The California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance advocates for immigrant rights. We caught up with some of their young activists in Los Angeles, and asked them what issues they hope the next president addresses. They told us they cared about ending the Priority Enforcement Program, investing in “communities rather than cages,” and addressing the educational needs …

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Police

We took #DearNextPresident to California. Here’s what we heard.

Our #DearNextPresident project is bringing you voices from Bakersfield, California. We caught up with these Californians before a screening of Fusion’s new RiseUp: Be Heard investigative documentary about issues facing Kern County, and we asked them: “What would you tell the next president, if you had a chance?” From immigration to police accountability, here are …

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Immigration

The stars of this groundbreaking show about Latino teens are getting political

The fourth season of “East Los High,” the groundbreaking Hulu series about Latino high schoolers, is being released on Friday. And in the meantime, the cast and crew are weighing in on the presidential election with their own messages to the next president. “East Los High” was the first English-language series with an all-Latino cast, …

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Race

Here's a perfect, eclectic list of requests from Iranian-American comedian Maz Jobrani

Good news, next president! If you were struggling to come up with priorities for your first 100 days in office, you’re in luck. Comedian and actor Maz Jobrani has already started a list for you. For starters, he wants you to “reverse what Reagan did and actually help the homeless.” The author of the new …

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Women

Here's an idea: American leadership should look like America

Rebecca Traister wants the next president to make sure American leadership reflects all the single ladies—and everyone else. She says the president should make sure that presidential appointments, from White House staff right up to the Supreme Court, should reflect the diversity of the country—all genders, all races, all sexualities. The author of “All the …

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Women

Let's talk about women

These famous and influential women want to talk to the next president. About women. Specifically, about women’s rights and freedom to access the healthcare they need. Shonda Rhimes, creator of “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal,” and “How to Get Away with Murder,” wants it to be clear that women should have control over their own bodies. Rebecca …

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Women

Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards on why it matters that Hillary Clinton is a woman

Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood, has a message for the next president: representation matters. The conversation changes when women are part of it. That’s why, Richards says, it matters that there are 20 women in the U.S. Senate and it matters that Hillary Clinton could become our first woman president. Watch Cecile Richards’ full …

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Elections

First-time voter Chloë Grace Moretz: ‘I will riot’ if Trump wins

Chloë Grace Moretz is backing Hillary Clinton for president, partly because she likes Clinton’s plans to make college more affordable. But what if Donald Trump wins? “We’ll be thrown into riots. I will riot,” the 19-year-old star of “Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising” told Fusion. She says Trump’s rise “shows that we live in a reality …

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LGBT

Why this Wall Street veteran thinks business can lead the way on gay rights 

Todd Sears is an investment banker and founder of the LGBT leadership groups Out on the Street and Out Leadership. And he wants the next president to follow in President Obama’s footsteps in continuing to push for gay rights. But Sears also believes that business has a major role to play in the gay rights …

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Politics

Governor who restored voting rights to felons on why more voters is better for America

In April, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe restored the voting rights of more than 200,000 felons who have served their time and finished parole or probation. And he wants the next president to work on voting issues, too. We caught up with Gov. McAuliffe at the Milken Institute’s Global Conference last week in Beverly Hills, California. …

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Economy

Don't 'dismantle the entire architecture of our global economy' and other advice from the Milken Global Conference

Fusion’s #DearNextPresident campaign hit the road last week to check out the Milken Institute’s Global Conference in Beverly Hills, CA. We wanted to find out what’s foremost on the minds of some of the world’s leading economic and business thinkers this election year. Watch the video to find out what everyone from historian Niall Ferguson …

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Lena Dunham on Race, Abortion Rights, and Stumping for Hillz

Fusion reporter Collier Meyerson caught up with ‘Girls’ creator and real-life pal Lena Dunham backstage at ‘The Chris Gethard Show,’ where they chatted about choosing sides in the Democratic primary, why the writer/actor is such a loud advocate for reproductive rights, and what she makes of #BlackLivesMatter activists interrupting her candidate. Let us know what …

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Politics

Why the next president needs to have respect for the Muslim community

Linda Sarsour, executive director of the Arab American Association of New York, on why the next president should not use the Muslim community for political points.

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Politics

Here's why the next president should focus on building bridges, not walls

American history wouldn’t be the same without the contributions of immigrants. Watch the video above to hear María Teresa Kumar, president and CEO of Voto Latino, talk about why the next president needs to unify the country and recognize how “immigrants are our DNA.” Fusion is asking people around the country to talk about their …

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Politics

Here's what future entrepreneurs want from the next president

With only 4 percent of female CEOs at Fortune 500 companies, there’s a long way to go for women in business. South County High School’s first-ever Women in Business Summit brought female entrepreneurs and students together to discuss their career paths and the future for women in business. From the gender wage gap to education …

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Politics

Here's a video full of Muslims that Donald Trump really needs to watch

The Muslim American Community is made up of diverse and passionate voices. Watch the video above to hear what a few of them have to say to the next President of the United States. Comedian Dean Obeidallah reminds us that there is no Muslim exception in the Constitution, activist Linda Sarsour points out the stark …

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Tech

Here are some free ideas from the co-founder of Airbnb

As the co-founder and chief technology officer of Airbnb, Nathan Blecharczyk knows a thing or two about innovation, and he’s sharing his thoughts with the next president, free of charge. Blecharczyk is speaking out as part of our #DearNextPresident project. “Innovation is gonna create opportunity for us all,” he says. Watch his full message in …

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Education

will.i.am wants a 'war on education' -- here's why

“I don’t understand why we have an education problem in the first place,” says legendary singer/songwriter will.i.am. He’s speaking out as part of our #DearNextPresident campaign and his message is clear: The next president needs to fix education. “If we’re gonna fight a war on terror, we should also fight a war on education,” and …

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Elections

We took #DearNextPresident to South Carolina. Here's what we heard.

This week our #DearNextPresident project is bringing you voices from Charleston, South Carolina. We wanted to know what was on people’s minds ahead of the critical Democratic presidential primary there on Saturday—and eight months after a mass shooting at a historic black church tore a hole in the city’s heart. Check out these messages from …

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Education

Watch this principal school the next president on fair housing

All this week, Fusion’s #DearNextPresident team is bringing you voices from Charleston, ahead of South Carolina’s Democratic Primary on Saturday. Check out this video to hear elementary school principal Shavonna Coakley’s message about fair housing for low-income families with young children. Fusion is asking young people around the country to talk about their most pressing …

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Politics

The brother of one of the Emanuel AME Church victims has a powerful message on gun control and discrimination

All this week, Fusion’s #DearNextPresident team is bringing you voices from Charleston ahead of South Carolina’s Democratic Primary on Saturday. Check out this video to hear J.A. Moore, brother of Charleston shooting victim Myra Thompson, advocate for stricter gun control. The lives of Thompson and eight others were taken during the allegedly racially-motivated attack at …

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LGBT

Voices from Charleston: We need to provide safe spaces for LGBT youth across America

All this week, Fusion’s #DearNextPresident team is bringing you voices from Charleston ahead of South Carolina’s Democratic Primary on Saturday. The Charleston-based organization We Are Family provides support and leadership opportunities for LGBT youth. Check out this video to hear board chair Topher Larkin discuss why it’s time for the next president to focus on …

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Politics

Here's what some of Hollywood's brightest stars want from the next president

Some of the brightest TV and film stars at this year’s Screen Actors Guild Awards had something to say to the next president. Watch the video above to hear Viola Davis’ message on selflessness, an apology from “Orange is the New Black” star Lea DeLaria, some interior decorating advice from Katie Lowes of “Scandal,” a …

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Elections

If we're going to stop these senseless gun deaths, let's start here

Gun Sense SC is a group of South Carolinians who got together after the massacre last summer at Emanuel AME Church to try to reduce gun violence. The founder, Meghan Alexander, has a message for the next president: Let’s make progress, expand background checks, and “stop the senseless deaths that happen every day.” Our #DearNextPresident …

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Guns

These are the hopes, dreams, and desires of the new pastor at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston

The Rev. Dr. Betty Deas Clark took over as pastor at Charleston, South Carolina’s Emanuel AME Church after the unimaginable tragedy there last summer. The previous pastor, the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, was one of nine people killed at the church on June 17, 2015, in an allegedly racially motivated attack. Now Clark is speaking out …

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Politics

Honestly, we should just let Caroline Sunshine run the country

When she’s not busy being a famous actor/singer/dancer, Caroline Sunshine spends her time studying economics and international relations, working with the Mgrublian Center for Human Rights, and just generally being a super-smart, totally brave badass. So it shouldn’t come as a big surprise that her message to the next president is full of really good, …

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Elections

This call to action on child refugees will make you sad and so angry

Caryl Stern is president and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, and she is challenging the next president to put children first. Watch her entire message on the Syrian refugee crisis and the mandate for action in the video above. And then add your voice to the conversation. Fusion is asking young people around …

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Elections

How the NAACP president says people are 'desecrating the temple of our democracy'

Cornell William Brooks, president and CEO of the NAACP, is asking the next president to do three things: tackle Islamophobia, stand up for the Voting Rights Act, and take on the prison-industrial complex. “When you have 2.3 million Americans behind bars,” he says, “that is a waste of human capital, a waste of our humanity, …

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Immigration

Why this stand-up comic wants to be your Muslim friend

Comedian and SiriusXM Radio host Dean Obeidallah wants the next president to know it’s not OK to demonize Muslims. “It’s not Islam vs. America,” he says. “It’s all of us vs. ISIS.” Obeidallah is speaking out as part of our #DearNextPresident campaign. Watch the video above to see his full message and then make your …

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Elections

And now a few words from Kareem Abdul-Jabbar about the Affordable Care Act

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s message to the next president doesn’t take much longer than a sky hook. It’s simple: The Affordable Care Act has been “a great blessing for all Americans”—so don’t destroy it. The NBA legend spoke out for our #DearNextPresident project. Historian Henry Louis Gates asked him to participate during an interview for his new …

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Guns

These people were all touched by gun violence and they need you to listen

The Everytown Survivor Network connects survivors of gun violence and encourages them to tell their stories and speak out about policies aimed at reducing gun violence. Four members of the network recently took part in our #DearNextPresident project. Watch the video to see their powerful messages to the next president and then make your own …

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Women

Shonda Rhimes' message about women and their bodies is perfect

Shonda Rhimes has a message for the next president. But really, we think it should be required viewing for all politicians. Watch the video above for a thoroughly perfect lesson on women’s anatomy from the reigning ruler of ABC’s Thursday night lineup. Rhimes is speaking out as part of our #DearNextPresident project. Historian Henry Louis …

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Elections

What women want: Equal pay, maternity leave, and respect

Here’s one suggestion for solving the biggest problems we face as a country: Put women at the head of every table. That free advice for the next president comes from Jess McIntosh of Emily’s List. And hey, as long as we’re making suggestions, how about some basic respect, paid maternity leave, equal pay, and support …

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Immigration

Iowans speak out on immigration: 'Don't let fear run this country'

Fusion’s #DearNextPresident team is bringing you messages from young, diverse Iowans all this week, ahead of Monday’s Brown & Black Presidential Forum. And these Iowans want the next president to look at and talk to actual immigrants — and listen to them, too. Watch the video above to see their powerful messages. Join us live …

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Voices from Iowa: The American Dream shouldn't just be for rich people

All week Fusion’s #DearNextPresident team is bringing you messages from Iowa, where the three Democratic presidential candidates will meet soon for the Brown & Black Presidential Forum. Check out this video to hear Ta Na’s message about accessing the American Dream as an immigrant. Join us live on Jan. 11 at 8 p.m. ET as …

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Race

Voices from Iowa: I changed. So can the criminal justice system.

Fusion’s #DearNextPresident team is bringing you messages from young, diverse Iowans all this week, ahead of next week’s Brown & Black Presidential Forum. Watch the video above to find out how prison is contributing to poverty among African-Americans who never even served time and learn why one former felon believes it’s possible to change the …

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Elections

These Iowans are over politics. Here's what they want instead.

Fusion’s #DearNextPresident team is bringing you messages from young, diverse Iowans all this week, ahead of next week’s Brown & Black Presidential Forum. Watch the video above to hear from some Iowans who are ready for a radical change of pace. You can join us live on Jan. 11 at 8 p.m. ET as Fusion …

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Police

'Police are out here shooting young black males and it's just not working'

Fusion’s #DearNextPresident team set up shop in Iowa ahead of next week’s Brown & Black Presidential Forum in Des Moines to find out what’s weighing on the minds of young, diverse Iowans this election season. Watch the video above to hear from a wide array of Iowans united in their frustration with the state of …

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