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Festival Briefs

April 20, 2017 11:48 AM
Festival Briefs

Women in Music Festival – April 6-9 By David Hiltbrand Tower Staff Writer The Women In Music Festival took place in Oakland April 6-9, hosted at various locations around West Oakland and Downtown. The festival was founded by Carmena Woodward, aka Red Corvette, and Evangeline Elder as a response to music and parties being a consistently male-dominated industry, and to give womxn an avenue for creative self expression in a venue of like-minded people. In addition to three fantastic parties, the festival also boasted a robust lineup of panels, film screenings, yoga and meet and greets. The inaugural event, the […]

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Making music for a cause

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Making music for a cause

By Alexandra Evans Tower Staff Writer Local delta punk and blues band Zack Bateman and the Coal Minds commenced their “Stranger Places” tour at the beginning of April to benefit those affected by the Oakland Ghost Ship fire. Their tour kickoff show was in Los Angeles at The Redwood Bar on April 8. Bateman, the lead singer and former Laney College student and Tower staffer, noted that while he didn’t know any of the fire victims personally, other members of his band and his girlfriend (Ashli) did. “I remember Ara Jo and Cash Askew being at some shows that my […]

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Dark & Harsh (But Hopeful)

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Dark & Harsh (But Hopeful)

By Shane Frink Tower Staff Writer Esses is gaining fans and making a name for itself in the local Oakland music scene. (The band’s moniker is pronounced the same way that the letter S is pronounced in its plural form.) Their first record came out in November 2016 and is called “No Light in This Fire.” Oakland record store Econojams put the album into their Best Records of the Year bin. Another Oakland record store,1-2-3-4 Go, reports that the record is played daily by the employees. The nine songs on this Esses release have a unique sound. The mood of […]

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Privacy Protector

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Privacy Protector

Privacy Tip: Use A Virtual Private Network By Brian Howey Tower Staff Writer A Virtual Private Network (VPN) creates a secure connection between another network and your device via the internet. This encrypted connection is used to forward all of your network traffic through the VPN, adding a layer of privacy to your device. A VPN does NOT make you anonymous. Think of it as curtains for your windows.You may mask your activities within the house with the curtains, but your address is still visible to the outside world. Do not use VPNs that keep traffic logs or are based […]

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Leave the left behind

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The left in the United States is in crisis. But it’s important to understand that the left is crisis. —— What I mean is that it is not only true that the left is dealing with some dire emergencies—the victory of Donald Trump being the most alarming—but we must also face the reality that the left has been defined by emergencies for far too long. We know that capitalism causes constant crisis: rampant exploitation, war and imperialism, and the horrors of climate change. But when the left fights an anticapitalist fight, it just ends up fighting on capitalism’s terrain, using […]

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Unhealthy healthcare

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Unhealthy healthcare

California’s single payer senate bill (SB-562) is long overdue. —— The deficiencies in our healthcare system are glaring. Americans pay more for medical care than any country in the world.  Yet on standard measures of health—life expectancy and infant mortality—we fare worse than our peers. The U.S. is the only country among wealthy developed nations that does not have a government-funded universal, healthcare system.  Of 13 western nations studied by the Commonwealth Fund, the U.S. is the only one lacking some form of single-payer system. We’re told in the free market that “competition” will keep prices low. But the U.S. […]

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‘Hands off.’

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‘Hands off.’

By Brian Howey Tower Staff Writer The Oakland A’s are scouting a location for their new stadium, and Laney College may be the perfect spot—but perfect for whom? In a phone interview with The Laney Tower, Oakland A’s President Dave Kaval listed four possible new stadium locations, including Howard Terminal, a new ballpark at the A’s current site, and two sites in the Lake Merritt area. “We’re trying to determine, amongst those four locations, what would make the most sense, what’s feasible for traffic, transportation, and financing,” Kaval said. The Lake Merritt locations are “close” to Laney College and the […]

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Events Calendar

April 19, 2017 11:23 AM

Local Events from April 20-May 4 2017 EcoFest Sustainability Festival Free Earth Day celebration at Laney College with food, live music and learning opportunities from 10 AM to 3 PM on April 20   Merritt College Grad Fair 2017 Get info about Merritt’s commencement ceremony, order cap and gown, or order commencement announcements and class rings in Newton/Seale Lounge on April 20 from 3 PM to 6 PM   Umoja-UBAKA Workshop “Your Student Government: What It Does and How You Can Get Involved,” at the Umoja-UBAKA Village (EV2) on April 20 from 3:30 PM to 5PM   “Linguistic and Cultural […]

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Events Calendar Mar. 3-Mar. 15 2017

March 2, 2017 2:34 PM
Events Calendar Mar. 3-Mar. 15 2017

Know Your Rights Panel and Discussion Undocumented Community Resource Center and the Sociology Club present a panel and discussion led by Bay Area lawyers and activists on rights pertaining to immigrant communities as well as their allies on Thursday, Mar. 2 at 6pm in the Berkeley City College auditorium. College of Alameda First Thursday’s Open Mic COA welcomes poets, singers, dancers, actors, musicians, comedians, educators, fans, friends, and ultimately family to join them in their Women’s Empowerment Month open mic in the COA student center (F) pit, on Thursday, Mar. 2 at 3pm. “Rodney King” by Roger Guenveur Smith The […]

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