IN THIS ISSUE: AUTHOR ISABEL WILKERSON, OMCA SNEAKER EXHIBIT, LANEY TEACH-IN, HOMELESS CENSUS, EVENTS

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Retracing Routes

February 16, 2017 3:38 PM
Retracing Routes

Pulitzer Prize winner Isabel Wilkerson visits Merritt College to talk Black history “History is not optional. It’s life giving,” author Isabel Wilkerson said during her Black History Month keynote speech at Merritt College on Feb. 1. She then asked her audience: “How did we get to where we are?” Wilkerson, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of “The Warmth of Other Suns,” focused her keynote speech on the Great Migration and its importance today. Wilkerson became the first Black woman to win a Pulitzer Prize while she was Chicago bureau chief of the New York Times in 1994. At the […]

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Letters to the editor: Trans exclusion at Women’s March

3:33 PM

Did the Laney Tower think to consider the problems with the Women’s March on Washington? Namely, the exclusion of trans women’s rights, and the fact that women of color make less money to a man’s dollar than white women? It would have been nice for the column to not only focus on the general story of the women’s march, but to also place an emphasis on women of color and transgender women. It also would have been nice to hear about why it seems like white women’s voices dominated the overall movement. Is it still a women’s march if all […]

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Letters to the editor: ‘Alternative facts’ are our fault, too

3:32 PM

I am writing to you regarding the article “Electors must Dump Trump,” which I found particularly compelling for its effort to open a debate on the meaning of “fact” in today’s media. However, I believe that the conversation can be pushed further. As the piece cleverly highlighted: “If alternative facts are not questioned, they become facts”. It’s fair to say that in an era overwhelmed by social media, sensationalized and scandal-ridden headlines have all but risen above the conventional newspaper article. Proving to be extremely marketable, fake news dominates a portion of the media. Nevertheless, it’s impossible to blame the […]

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Letters to the editor: Oakland can be the catalyst for good

3:31 PM
Letters to the editor: Oakland can be the catalyst for good

Donald Trump becoming president has been one of the worst things to happen to America that I can remember. Although this is a time of struggle, I see the silver lining. Many people have come together because of it. An example of this was the women’s march, which your newspaper touched on, that took place all across America. The unity was mesmerizing. In a time as tumultuous as this, we need to remember that there is still good in the world, and we are still all in this together. I think that we all need to look into what can […]

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Letters to the editor: Reaching out to those hurt by ban

3:27 PM

I have not read an article from a newspaper in a long time. I certainly cannot remember the last article I read or what it was about. I found this recent article by KR Nava to be interesting. I particularly appreciated the attached table outlining President Trump’s executive order, and offering advice on how to deal with the “immigration ban.” I also found it helpful that the writer of this article listed a website URL for more information on the march that is to come on April 22, 2017. I wonder if the table of affected peoples and advice has […]

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Events Calendar

3:25 PM

Movies for Mental Health at College of Alameda Food, short films, and discussions about local resources are free for students at College of Alameda in F-building Pit Area on Thursday, Feb. 16 from 12pm-2pm. Polar Obsession photography exhibit presents its opening reception The Brower Center presents Polar Obsession, an exhibition which will feature striking images of the world’s polar regions from photographer Paul Nicklen on Thursday, Feb. 16 at David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way in Berkeley from 6:30-8:30pm. Free. Jim Grantham Quartet Fine jazz by top San Francisco Bay Area veteran musicians will be performed in the Terrace Room […]

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Counting the Uncounted

3:18 PM
Counting the Uncounted

Biennial homeless census documents West Oakland’s displaced Broken glass scrapes underfoot, glinting in the muddy lamppost light as David Hernandez walks toward a cluster of tumble-down tents huddled under a MacArthur Freeway overpass. It is the early morning of Jan. 31, and the encampment is cold and still. One man stands among the tents, quietly smoking a cigarette. “There’s someone over there,” Hernandez says, pointing. Quyen Tran lifts her clipboard and marks the man, and the encampment, on her count sheet. The pair moves on. As they walk, they scan empty lots and circle RVs, searching for tents and tarps, […]

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Defending Democracy

2:26 PM
Defending Democracy

Laney College hosts panel of immigrant rights experts to offer resources Laney College’s Teach-In Series is gaining traction and relevancy post-inauguration. The Forum was filled almost to capacity on Wednesday, Feb. 15, with attendees sitting along the aisle in the back of the room. In the wake of President Trump’s executive order banning travel from seven Muslim-majority countries, the Teach-In planning committee organized and presented an “emergency Teach-In,” titled, “Unite to Protect Our Rights: Stop the Migrant Ban, Defend Democracy.” The Teach-In put hundreds of Laney students and faculty in contact with a panel of immigration lawyers and defenders of […]

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From sea to shining sea, women gather to loudly declare: RESIST

February 3, 2017 4:18 PM
From sea to shining sea, women gather to loudly declare: RESIST

In response to Trump, millions make way to Washington, D.C. for historic women’s march An estimated half million people gathered in Washington, D.C. for the Women’s March on Washington on Jan. 21, to protest Donald Trump’s attack on the rights of women, LGBTQIA, immigrants, workers, disabled, and the environment. Nationwide, 3.3 million people marched in over 500 US cities. It was a day of solidarity, building bridges, and passionate declarations of equality for all, potentially galvanizing a new generation of impassioned activists. One question that was asked repeatedly of the activists was, “Why do you march?” It was a question […]

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RESIST

4:04 PM
RESIST

As Trump turns the White House upside down, Bay Area residents join the country in shows of resistance The tumultuous first week of Donald Trump’s presidency forged solidarity between what might seem like unlikely and unexpected groups of Americans: cab drivers, bodega owners, climate scientists, park rangers, and federal judges all found themselves fighting for their rights and those of their loved ones. The resistance began not unlike Trump’s own rise to the presidency: with a series of tweets. On Jan. 24, the Twitter account representing the Badlands National Park began releasing crucial and undisputed facts about climate change. The […]

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A character with no character

3:54 PM

It was a long election season this year, and Donald J. Trump has emerged victorious as the 45th President of the United States of America. He has also become the new face of white supremacy and theposter child for corporate special interests. This election was a disgraceful battle with race, misogyny and xenophobia at center stage. He used his platform to stoke white fear in Middle America and to fan the flames of racial, religious and sexual bigotry within our country. The only consistent thing about Trump is that he is consistently inconsistent. But if the tone of his campaign […]

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Vanity Mirror

3:51 PM
Vanity Mirror
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Events calendar

3:49 PM

Merritt College presents The First Annual New Year Celebration Feb. 2, 1:30 p.m. in the Newton/Seale Student Lounge; will include Asian Cuisine and cultural performances Laney Black Student Union presents Netflix and Build Movie Night Laney will screen “The Spook Who Sat by the Door” Feb. 2 from 6 to 8:30 PM in the BSU room on the Student Center’s fourth floor Southwest Airlines hosts the “Chinese New Year Festival and Parade” on Feb. 11 One of just a few light illuminated parades left in this country the parade welcomes in the year of the rooster; 5:15 PM at the […]

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Electors must dump Trump

3:46 PM

Afact by any other name is not a fact at all. I pride myself on the filter between my brain and mouth. Donald Trump lacks that filter. He says whatever he’s thinking without regard for what the facts really are. Trump claims that his was the most watched inauguration both in person and through other media sources. Aerial photos and the ridership numbers for the D.C. metro prove this is not true. Trump, however, is not backing down. He has also made many other statements that have later been proven false. In one speech, he claimed that the murder rate […]

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In first person: one Oakland woman’s story of her and her countrywomen’s march for freedom

3:43 PM
In first person: one Oakland woman’s story of her and her countrywomen’s march for freedom

My bedroom, living room, and kitchen windows overlook Madison St. in Oakland, very close to the start of the city’s Women’s March. The morning of the March, a wave of women in pink “pussy hats” rolled toward Lake Merritt BART. It began at 8:30, when I awoke, and an hour later was going full force. The streets I cross every day to get to Laney College, to BART, or to the lake were blocked off, now filled with a seemingly endless crowd of people, most of them wielding the most creative, clever, and funny signs I’ve ever seen at a […]

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