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there is literally no picture that says “hey i’m autistic and i’m writing about it for my blog” so enjoy this selfie :))

1 in every 151 girls are diagnosed with autism in the United States and I am one of them.

This is a shock to literally everyone in my life, but me. I am 18 and was diagnosed this year. I’ve thought that I had it for a long time now, but because we live in a society that has stereotyped and stigmatized autism, I did not get tested. Instead, I gaslit myself into thinking there was something wrong with me and finding out that there is not has been a huge relief.

I was quiet as a little kid. I have a learning disability (math is hard, guys.) I would have panic attacks over nothing and exhaust myself spending time with people I know and love simply because of my immense sensory overload issues. Crowded places are not my bestie. I started college at 14 and have maintained a 4.0 GPA since. I have always needed a super structured routine and sense of control or else I have a meltdown. I’m really awesome and have a problem understanding self-consciousness. …


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Because everyone is stuck inside trying not to die via coronavirus and trying not to accidentally murder old people, I thought I would do one of my favorite things which is recommending books to people who didn’t ask for recommendations. Seriously though, this is a great time to get some reading done and get on a nice GoodReads high for your quarantine.

Here are some books I have read lately that I love:

Untamed — Glennon Doyle


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still a bernie voter! but also I am 17 so a future progressive voter :)

I have been supporting Bernie Sanders as a political candidate since I was 13. His first presidential campaign was the first time I ever got excited about the political process. I will dedicate the rest of my life to politics and I owe a lot of that to his campaign including my generation in the electoral system when no one else was.

I can’t generalize about all of Bernie’s supporters. I have met quite a few of them that are kind, amazing, truly revolutionary people. I supported Bernie because of his policies, but I ignored the sexism that came with being one of his supporters because I wanted to be liked.


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I organized the first-ever climate strike in my state with young women and young women of color.

I worked with U.S Youth Climate Strike from the beginning of the organization and left in the Summer of 2019. I am extremely disappointed to hear sexual assault allegations against someone I worked alongside (in various capacities) and sickened to know people were trying to cover them up. My organization, Meddling Kids Movement, is working on a story trying to learn more details. Separate from any of the organizations that I direct, I have a personal story to share.

This is why I left the youth-led climate movement and why I am not going back.

The Youth Climate Summit

I have dedicated the last two years of my life to youth climate organizations, but the most difficult thing for me to reconcile with happened in July of 2019. …


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It felt only fitting to write this up today when Congressman Beto O’Rourke announced he was ending his 2020 Presidential campaign. I was not supporting him in this race and wasn’t planning on giving him my vote, but his name will always hold a special place in my heart.

I volunteered for Beto (I’m assuming we’re on a first name basis) in the 2018 mid-term elections. I don’t live in Texas so it was all remote work, but nevertheless, it was the first mid-term I was ever excited about. That is largely because of him. I worked for him for 2 reasons. First, because Ted Cruz doesn’t deserve to be in the Senate.


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Week 2! Myself and the planet were feeling the heat.

They don’t think of our lives as an afterthought because they don’t think of our lives at all. We are not in the room when they make decisions and we will not be in the room when they gamble our futures away.

However, Every Friday, I will be sitting beside the Tuscaloosa Federal Building to make Alabama politicians and citizens think about climate change, the greatest threat to my generation.

Greta Thunberg, founder of the Fridays For Future movement in which I will partake, said she wants lawmakers to panic like their house is on fire. …


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Breaking Down The Plans is a short political writing series that I am doing trying to break down 8 of each Presidential candidate’s plans (the issues that young people most care about) into factual bullet points that anyone can easily digest. I will give my opinion at the end as well as a link to the official website to read more. I’m doing this because 1. I’m a policy geek and 2. not everyone can sit through a 36-page plan. Also, if anything is in bold, it means that I feel it is significant in some way. We are gonna start with the highest polling candidate. …


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Breaking Down The Plans is a short political writing series that I am doing trying to break down 8 of each Presidential candidate’s plans (the issues that young people most care about) into factual bullet points that anyone can easily digest. I will give my opinion at the end as well as a link to the official website to read more. I’m doing this because 1. I’m a policy geek and 2. not everyone can sit through a 36-page plan. Also, if anything is in bold, it means that I feel it is significant in some way. We are gonna start with the highest polling candidate. …


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Breaking Down The Plans is a short political writing series that I am doing trying to break down 8 of each Presidential candidate’s plans (the issues that young people most care about) into factual bullet points that anyone can easily digest. I will give my opinion at the end as well as a link to the official website to read more. I’m doing this because 1. I’m a policy geek and 2. not everyone can sit through a 36-page plan. Also, if anything is in bold, it means that I feel it is significant in some way. We are going in order of polling. …


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Breaking Down The Plans is a short political writing series that I am doing trying to break down 8 of each Presidential candidate’s plans (the issues that young people most care about) into factual bullet points that anyone can easily digest. I will give my opinion at the end as well as a link to the official website to read more. I’m doing this because 1. I’m a policy geek and 2. not everyone can sit through a 36-page plan. Also, if anything is in bold, it means that I feel it is significant in some way. We are gonna start with the highest polling candidate. …

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Isabel Hope

I write about politics, pop culture, and whatever I feel like talking honestly about. Also, I’m 17.

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