Prof questions Civil Rights conception

February 13, 2014 5:48 PM

Speaking to a standing room only crowd in Danae Martinez’s African- American History class, Professor A.B. Wilkinson gave a talk entitled “The Long Civil Rights Movement and Our Place In It.” Presented as part of the Black Student Union’s (BSU) ongoing celebration of Black History Month on Feb 10, the discussion was designed to rethink the origins of the famed Civil Rights Movement. “’The Long Civil Rights Movement’ has been a phrase used to express the idea that the history of the Civil Rights Movement does not simply belong to the 1950s and 1960s, and has been incorrectly taught as […]

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‘Project’ unearths supressed reporting

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“Most people seem to realize there’s something wrong with the news media in the United States,” said Mickey Huff, social sciences and history professor at Diablo Valley College and director of “Project Censored.” Huff, speaking to an audience at Berkeley City College’s (BCC) auditorium on Feb. 6, sought to urge his listeners to think more critically about the news media and the information which it presents, discuss the purpose of Project Censored, and present a cinematic creation by former Project Censored participants Christopher Oscar and Doug Hecker entitled “Project Censored: The Movie.” According to its website, Project Censored “educates students […]

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Obama’s view on immigration

December 5, 2013 9:07 AM

President Barack Obama visited the Betty Ann Ong Chinese Recreation Center in San Francisco on Nov. 25 to talk about his Common Sense Immigration Bill slowlymaking its way through the United States Congress. Immigration is always topical in a countrywhere most of us are immigrants even in the visible absence of its First Peoples. Purposeful genocide has rendered the original inhabitants almost invisible, but we know through shared ancestry, they are still here. The President is a product of historic immigrant rights, a child of Kenyan and Irish ancestry. He also has Asian ancestry as he came of age in […]

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Short films spur mental health talks

November 7, 2013 12:00 AM

Mental health and mental health disorders plague the daily lives of so many people. Mental health can determine a person’s well-being and/or mental stability and can shape how we view the world. It is socially constructed and socially defined. The “Art With Impact” project helped to bring awareness about these issues and more through “Dinner and Movies,” a mental health seminar that Laney College hosted on Oct. 29. A total of 78 students and other interested people attended the event. “Mental health is a universal issue that affects all of us”, Art With Impact’s Ski Christianson said. Christianson who facilitated […]

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A former Panther’s concept for revolution

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A former Panther’s concept for revolution

In a society still clashing on issues of race, sexuality, Ericka Huggins offers insight on social justice Armed with a calm demeanor and a kind smile, former Black Panther Ericka Huggins spoke to Laney’s Perspectives on Racism class Oct. 30 to share her wisdom on race, gender roles, and education. The class, instructed by Alicia Caballero, had recently finished readings in “Want to Start a Revolution?”, a book profiling 16 women and their contributions to progressive social movements from the 1920s to today. “If you believed the media you would think that only men forwarded social movements,” said Huggins. Huggins, […]

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Experts explain the Affordable Care Act

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From left: California State Assemblymember Rob Bonta, NAACP Region Coordinator Gayle Akins, Asian Health Services CEO Sherry Hirota, and Alameda Alliance for Health CEO Ingrid Lamirault serving on a panel discussion at a community health fair at Laney College on Sept. 28, 2013.

In preparation for the final throes of the Affordable Care Act, which requires all Americans to have health insurance by Jan. 1, 2014, a health fair on the Laney College campus invited members of the community to have their questions about the future of healthcare answered. The act, sometimes referred to as Obamacare, requires insurance companies to offer comprehensive coverage to all citizens, including those with preexisting conditions. California has continuously pioneered America’s healthcare coverage assistance programs with Covered California (CC), a state agency providing “objective information” about every participating healthcare provider, according to the NAACP’s Gayle Akins, who coordinates […]

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Students learn digitally

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Renita Pitts (left) and Stacey Kayden (right) show off their latest star pupil, Ty'johnson Syke, who scored a perfect 100% on his math exam after enrolling in the Smartxt program.

Kayden integrates tech into independent study Student coordinator Renita Pitts hooked her arm around the shoulders of student Ty’johnson Sykes in an embrace after he presented his graded math assignment. Earning 100 percent with a steadily rising grade in the class, Pitts deemed Sykes a perfect example of their award-winning learning assistance program, “Smartxt.” Acknowledging the success of the program, Laney College Learning Specialist Stacey Kayden received an award for professional excellence at the annual conference for the California Association of Post-secondary Education and Disability (CAPED) in Los Angeles, Oct. 14. Kayden, Pitts, and student mentor Kim Cael introduced “Smartpens” […]

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Budgets, stipends discussed for ASLC

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Josefina Baltodano, the interim vice-president of student services, brought news of potential stipends for student volunteers, to the Associated Students of Laney College (ASLC) meeting Thursday, Oct. 31. She said giving stipends for volunteer work is standard at other schools, and obtaining them for Laney students is one of her goals. Baltodano, who usually works at the University of California, Berkeley, (UCB), has been acting as Laney’s VP of student services since April. She said her time in the position will end once it is permanently filled, and she invited students seeking to transfer to UCB to contact her for […]

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KPFA official tracks changing face of the media, BART strikes

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Aileen Alfandary of KPFA radio came to discuss media coverage and the recent BART strikes with students in the introduction to journalism class on Oct. 31. Alfandary is a co-director and newscaster for KPFA, which provides alternative news coverage through shows like “Democracy Now.” KPFA is a part of the Pacifica Radio Foundation, which has stations based in Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., New York, and Houston as well as Berkeley. In her visit to the Introduction to Journalism class Alfandary asked students to examine the Bart strike that took place last month and talk about “How the media covered the […]

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AP reporter shares journalist roots with students

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AP reporter shares journalist roots with students

Associated Press writer Terry Collins visited the Introduction to Journalism class Oct. 29 to share his experiences as a writer for the world’s oldest and largest news agency. Collins spoke in depth on the recent BART strike, which he had been covering, detailing the ins and outs of writing on such a broad topic. Persistence and a blanket approach to choosing interview subjects were Collins’ methods to gaining as much information from the widest range of people as possible. “You could see the…anger from us, you know, riders and everyday people. All walks of life.  That was really interesting,” said […]

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There’s glitter in the air at BCC’s drag show

October 24, 2013 11:45 AM
Unity Club staff give a Berkeley City College student a makeover.

Newest Unity Club event combines dialogues on gender and identity with entertainment Genders were bent and glitter was shed at the Berkeley City College Gay Straight Alliance club’s drag event on Friday night. With the help of confetti cannons and catchy tunes eight performers from three bay area drag king troupes shared their art with an audience of students, friends, and peers. But the event did more than entertain, it educated and informed those attending and opened up the possibility of gender exploration through fun and interactive stations. The night kicked off with the Rebel Kings of Oakland’s “Total Eclipse […]

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ASLC discusses plans for budget disclosure, Halloween celebration

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Budgets and Halloween baskets were the order of the day when the ASLC met for its regular meeting Oct. 17. The ASLC announced that its budget, which runs into thousands of dollars, would be revised and printed out every two weeks to reflect the changing nature and obligations of student government. No further details were given. The ASLC announced it would hold a Halloween Party from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, in the Student Center. A budget of $500 ($175 for candy) is allotted for the event, and the ASLC hopes to coordinate with the Laney Culinary Club to […]

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Activist Joya speaks out about human rights, responsibility

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Afgani activist Malalai Joya wants U.S. accountability for wars’ end.

Stresses that U.S. should be held liable for overseas involvement The Aug. 9, 2010, cover of TIME magazine asked “What happens if we leave Afghanistan?” showing a photograph of a disfigured Afghani woman, a victim of war violence. But Afghani women’s rights activist Malalai Joya wants to know – What happens because we are in Afghanistan? Joya spoke Thursday, Oct. 17 at Berkeley City College to more than 300 students and community members. Her presentation was part of a 60-meeting tour, encompassing talks from coast to coast. The tour was coordinated by the United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC), a national […]

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State Attorney General exalts Laney students

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Students Dantong Zhang Sin and Qingmian Xue share a laugh with Calif. Atty Gen. Kamala Harris as she looks at their Chinese Family Reunion and Renewal of Family Bonds project in the Laney Library Oct. 11.

California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris paid a visit to the Laney campus Oct.11, honoring the student creators of the “What Mask Are You Wearing” art exhibit located in the library. Amongst a gaggle of talkative students and staff, Harris perused the colorful projects that students of the Asian/Asian-American Studies program have displayed in the library since September. “I think it’s great because we normally wouldn’t get the opportunity to speak with someone of the higher judicial system,” said Chun Cheung, one of over 260 students who have contributed to the exhibition. Harris was showered with gifts by faculty members and […]

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New student group at Laney takes on Latino issues

October 14, 2013 1:00 PM
BASTA is a new student group focused on Latino students' issues.

In a dimly lit classroom, the Brown Alliance of Students Taking Action (BASTA) humbly began its first meeting of the semester on Oct. 1. Though the turnout was only a handful of students, and the meeting had a shy start, the mission statement of the group was confident and clear. “[BASTA is] a multiracial alliance of students and allies focused on addressing and magnifying…the issues affecting Laney’s Latino student population both on and off campus,” said Latin-American studies instructor Alicia Caballero. Caballero, along with students Jhovana Perez and Miguel Avila, organized and directed the first group meeting. BASTA, which means […]

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