Leave the left behind

April 20, 2017 10:28 AM
Leave the left behind

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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RESIST

February 3, 2017 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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Moonlight and Arrival: the movies we need

November 29, 2016 8:29 AM
Moonlight and Arrival: the movies we need

This year, my partner’s daughter passed away. She was not yet 40; it was sudden, unexpected, and indescribably painful for us all. It will feel this way for a long time because the grieving process never really ends; the deaths of our loved ones are forever frozen in time. Even after we mourn, we still circle that moment—we dance with our memories of them as we remember so that those memories take on a life of their own. “Memory is a strange thing,” Louise says at the start of “Arrival.” We watch a flurry of her memories on-screen: scenes of […]

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WHAT NEXT?

November 10, 2016 11:52 AM
WHAT NEXT?

As Oakland joins cities across the country in protest, the nation asks itself: What Next? For over 24 hours, from Nov. 8 to Nov. 9, the Bay Area burned with rage over the election of Donald Trump to the office of President of the United States. As Hillary Clinton’s defeat became clear late on Nov. 8, hundreds of UC Berkeley students and Berkeley residents marched down Telegraph Avenue, filling the streets with chants of “Not my president” and “Fuck Donald Trump.” But only moments after the group marched onto the Highway 24 on-ramp, a sickening sound signaled the first serious […]

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Laney Tower wins top marks at regionals

October 27, 2016 7:29 AM
Laney Tower wins top marks at regionals

Journalism Association of Community Colleges awards the Tower 13 awards in total At the 2016 Journalism Association of Community Colleges (JACC) NorCal Regional Conference, the Laney Tower was awarded the JACC’s highest award: General Excellence. The Tower also received an additional 12 awards across a variety of categories for its investigative reporting, graphic design, and news photography. The JACC presented the awards to representatives of the Tower on Oct. 15 at its NorCal Regional Conference, which brought together colleges from the Northern California area to Los Medanos College in Pittsburg, Calif. The awards were based on work done by these […]

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You’re already a journalist

May 19, 2016 1:21 PM

There’s a tradition at the Laney Tower: on their way out, editors-in-chief write farewell op-eds in which they offer advice or words of wisdom to their readers. I’m deviating from this tradition only a little: I’m not writing to the readers of the Laney Tower. I’m writing to its future writers—which is to say, I’m writing to you. You may not know this, but as far as I’m concerned, you’re already a journalist. You know your subject—your city, your school, your life—as intimately as any great journalist knows the subject of their Pulitzer Prize-winning article. You’ve come up with thousands […]

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A tiny pill with big promise

12:56 PM

There may not yet be a cure for HIV, but we may have the next best thing: a little blue pill which, if taken once daily, reduces your chances of contracting HIV by nearly 100 percent. That’s right: Truvada, also known as PrEP (or, Pre-Exposure Prophylactic), is the preventative pill the world should be embracing as one step towards eradicating HIV as we know it. Unfortunately, one of its side effects is controversy. Firstly, the pill is expensive without health insurance—up to $1,300 for a 30-day supply—meaning many of those most at risk for HIV infection can’t afford it. Luckily, […]

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Cut to disabled students program leaves Laney open to lawsuit

May 5, 2016 4:00 PM
Cut to disabled students program  leaves Laney open to lawsuit

For the second year in a row, disabled students at Laney will have no support staff to help them navigate the assistive technology they need to succeed.

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Up Rooted

3:38 PM
Up Rooted

Perlata administration proposes false dilemma in plan to raze garden on Laney campus to construct new buildings; communities rallies for alternatives. I am really, truly angry, saddened and disgusted,” Laney College Chemistry Professor Pinar Alscher said, speaking to Interim President Patricia Stanley and Vice Chancellor of General Services Dr. Sadiq Ikharo at a community forum on May 4. The forum was organized to discuss the proposed plan to replace Laney College’s vegetable garden with portable trailers. Alscher was one of over a hundred community members from around the Bay Area who came to Laney College on May 4 to discuss […]

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Laney exhibit celebrates female Black Panthers

April 7, 2016 1:29 PM
Laney exhibit celebrates female Black Panthers

“Sisters of the Struggle” show to close on April 15 On April 6, the Laney College June Steingart Art Gallery exploded with sights and sounds during the closing reception for the “Sisters of the Struggle: Women of the Black Panther Party” exhibit. “Poetry is a weapon for social change!” Laney English Professor Jackie Graves proclaimed, as powerful images of the Panthers’ social movement framed her. The gallery was standing-room only, as many gathered to see Graves and others perform, as well as to walk through the collecton of art, illustraations, and photographs—some by Panthers themselves. The exhibit is part of […]

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Cuban official visits Merritt

March 17, 2016 2:15 PM
Cuban official visits Merritt

First U.S. Cuban embassy secretary talks new relations with U.S. Has U.S. policy toward Cuba really changed? This provocative question served as the title of a landmark event at Merritt College: a visit from and lecture by the first Secretary of the Cuban Embassy, Miguel Fraga, on March 9. “Many people today are saying relations are changing and now there are going to be Starbucks and America’s going to take over,” Merritt College Professor of Ethnic Studies Siri Brown said in her introduction. “You don’t know Cuba!” Brown hit the touchstones of U.S.-Cuban relations, declaring support on the behalf of […]

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Word on the Quad

March 3, 2016 12:43 PM
Word on the Quad

What are your thoughts on the issue of homelessness? “I’m originally from Vietnam. When I came here, it surprised me to see the large homeless community. In my country, I feel like [homeless people] have a better life. They have shelter, even if they’re poor, and no one’s going to kick them out.” Diep Tran Nursing   “There’s plenty of open space, buildings, to build shelters, or just have a place to provide clothes, showers, and food for people who don’t have homes. If you just had a group of people who focused on that issue, anything could happen.” Tamarra […]

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The Case For ‘The Reparations’

February 18, 2016 2:37 PM
The Case For ‘The Reparations’

People hear Ta-Nehisi Coates say he has a case for reparations and they think he wants every Black person in the United States to get cut a sweet, fat check, and maybe also a little postcard that says: “Our bad! Sincerely, White People.” But that idea is part of what Coates attacks when, for example, he recently attacked Bernie Sanders for not supporting reparations. He’s attacking an ahistorical public that understands what white folks’ve done to Black folks only as a nebulous, malformed ill of the past for which the repair is, so say its supporters: “$$$ for everyone!” He’s […]

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Museum reopening opens minds

February 4, 2016 2:39 PM
Museum reopening opens minds

Something for everyone at Berkeley Art Museum Pacific Film Archive There’s more than meets the eye at the newly opened Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA), on the corner of Berkeley’s Center Street and Oxford Street. In fact, the most exciting parts of the museum are what’s barely visible from the outside: intricate spiderwebs, tiny snowflakes, 16th century lace, and 25,000 square feet of gallery space, all hiding underneath its small city block footprint. That’s why—despite its peculiar quirks, and with discounted admission available for $10 with a student ID—the BAMPFA is a museum worth getting up close […]

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In fight for reproductive justice, panel gets real

December 10, 2015 12:12 PM

Laney community tells personal stories, asks experts urgent questions The human right to have, or not have, a child; the right to raise that child safely; the right to sexual and bodily autonomy. This is reproductive justice, according to a panel of four women of color who presented on that very topic Dec. 5 in Laney College’s D-200 auditorium. The panel was the culmination of a semester that’s brought reproductive justice into the spotlight. A Laney student shared her powerful story about Planned Parenthood in the San Francisco Chronicle and the Oct. 15 issue of the Laney Tower. Later that […]

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