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

February 16, 2017 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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OPPRESSION AND ENTERTAINMENT

2:46 PM
OPPRESSION AND ENTERTAINMENT

Former Laney student Milton Bowens presents exhibit tackling issues Oakland artist and former Laney student Milton Bowens poses questions about African Americans in America with his new collection, “The Discovery of Urban Cotton Fields” featured at the June Steingart Gallery in the lobby of the Laney Administration Building. Bowens studied illustration while in the Army before finding a mentor and changing his focus to fine art and mixed medias when he met former Laney art professor David Bradford. Bowens is influenced by the styles and works of Jean Michel Basquiat, Robert Rauschenberg, Romare Bearden, Jacob Lawrence, and Andy Warhol. Bowens […]

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Defending Democracy

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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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Black history month events calendar

2:15 PM
Black history month events calendar

Healing Our Souls: The Journey of Black Identity Merritt College African American Studies Department will host a panel discussion on the topic of Black Identity moderated by Professor Jason Seals in R-110, the Student Lounge on Thursday, Feb. 16 from 12-1:30pm. “Development of All African People” Community Forum The Laney BSU:DAAP will host a community forum in the Laney College Student Center on the 4th floor on Thursday, Feb. 16 from 6-8:30pm. Black History Month Film Series: “The Night Tulsa Burned” & “13th” Council member Desley Brooks and the Black Power Network, along with community and local leaders will screen […]

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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

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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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THROUGH AN iPHONE, DARKLY

3:21 PM
THROUGH AN iPHONE, DARKLY

Photographer uses smartphone to capture haunting images for new exhibit “It takes an eye and a vision. Anyone can snap a photo, but if the composition and subject aren’t interesting, all the apps in the world won’t help.” Susan Parini, the Development Manager at Peralta Colleges Foundation, is also a master of visionary, often-haunting iPhone photographs. Using apps such as “Color Splash” and “Extreme Black and White,” Parini angles, blurs and colorizes her artistic path, transforming simple iPhone photos into extraordinary fine art. Her bewitching work, entitled, “Repeated Footsteps: curious iPhone images,” is on display at the Laney College’s William […]

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Welcome Week at Laney opens with resource fair

3:11 PM

Many students entering the Student Center on Jan. 24 were surprised to find a variety of tables dotted with leaflets and clad in bright tablecloths. The booths advertised a multitude of services provided by Laney and other organizations in order to assist students in managing their personal lives outside of school. “Students spend so much energy finding work — or even something to eat,” said Lynna Wong, coordinator for the Employment Services Center. “We just want to provide the resources so they can spend their time studying instead.” Among the services tabled were several organizations offering employment assistance, such as […]

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