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Japanese internment explored in ‘Blossoms and Thorns’

March 30, 2017 12:22 PM
Japanese internment explored in ‘Blossoms and Thorns’

Just before Pearl Harbor was attacked, Flora Ninomiya’s family had established a cut-flower business in Richmond. As historian Howard Zinn put it, “One Congressman [Mississippi Democrat] John Rankin] said: ‘I’m for catching every Japanese in America, Alaska and Hawaii now and putting them in concentration camps…Damn them! Let’s get rid of them now!’” The film “Blossoms and Thorns” tells this story from many points of view, including those of families in California like Ninomiya’s who owned cut-flower businesses before incarceration. The history is harrowing. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 in February 1942, “giving the army the power… […]

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Protesting at the pump

March 16, 2017 12:08 PM

Life in the United States seems predicated on the ideal of freedom and having the option to choose. So why have we disregarded the only choice at the pump? I believe we can regain our independence by not supporting the Dakota Access Pipeline by boycotting companies that aid our addiction to big oil consumption. On March 7, I was headed home toward 12th Street and Broadway. Right on the corner were about 45 anti-DAPL protesters blocking the entrance of Wells Fargo. Wells Fargo happens to be one of the most corrupt banks in the US to date. From 2011 to […]

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TOWER WATCH

12:07 PM
TOWER WATCH

In previous issues of the Laney Tower, our staff has photographed and documented the various maintenance and infrastructural issues that Laney College has faced. We did this in each issue, briefly but consistently, in a feature called “Tower Watch.” Last year, we decided to retire the feature, giving the space over to stories and photographs about other issues across the district and the Bay Area at large. However, the problems have become yet again so persistent that we feel it’s important to give them the large amount of coverage they deserve. After all, some of us never use Laney’s bathrooms […]

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Letters to the editor – Don’t silence our students’ speech

12:01 PM

“The Kind of School that Stifles Students’ Free Speech?” in the March 2, 2017 issue of the Laney Tower is a serious matter. [Laney Tower faculty advisor Burt Dragin] was right to take the article down to make sure all of the facts about Dr. Anthony S. Tricoli were correct before reinstating the article’s position on the Laney Tower website. I believe Dr. Tricoli should have acknowledged his past mistakes, then written a letter to the Laney Tower suggesting that he is no longer that person, as well as explain to students, staff, and faculty who he is now. He […]

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Letters to the editor – Rethinking Black History Month

12:01 PM

I read the article “Rethinking Black History”. I am glad that I came across this article because I have been thinking this for years! We don’t know much about Black History because we have only been taught a very small portion of it. Black history did not start with slavery, and it did not end with the Civil Rights Movement. In fact, it goes back thousands of years. Even though we were robbed of our culture and history, it is up to us to expand our knowledge of our history. If we do not know our history, we do not […]

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Letters to the editor – Unity and disunity at Trump’s speech

11:59 AM

Sixty-six women wore white suits adorned with gold and purple flowers while sitting stoically through the presidential address last Tuesday. These women in white held their applause and refused to jump from their seats as Trump promised to “Make America Great Again.” Female Republicans called for unity, but sadly did not unite with female Democrats in support of women’s rights. The white these Democrats donned represented the Women’s Suffrage Movement of the 1920’s. The Women’s Suffrage Movement gave women the right to vote and catapulted equal rights for women in America. The group said they were not protesting. Rather, they […]

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BATHROOMS FOR ALL GENDERS

11:58 AM
BATHROOMS FOR ALL GENDERS

Transgender and gender non-binary students now have a place to “go,” as it were. As of March 1, all public, single-occupancy bathrooms in California are considered gender-neutral. In response to a recent California law, gender-specific signage has been covered with temporary, gender-neutral replacements on all 21 relevant restrooms on Laney’s campus, with permanent placards on the way. “Laney College is committed to ensuring equal access to our facilities to all our students,” said Laney College Public Information Officer Dolores Bernal. Changes in signage are the result of Bill AB1732, signed into California law September 2016 by Gov. Jerry Brown. The […]

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A day without a woman

11:48 AM
A day without a woman

East Bay women take to the streets in show of resistance against inequality “We are the power.” Met with roars of approval from a crowd of hundreds clad in red shirts and pink hats, Shannon Malloy’s rallying cry echoed across the amphitheater of Frank H. Ogawa Plaza March 8, beginning a demonstration and march celebrating International Women’s Day. Malloy, an organizer for Oakland Women’s Strike Organizing Collective, was one of many who spoke at the rally, whose themes included protection of women’s reproductive rights, denouncing the gender wage gap, and above all, unity. Malloy was followed by Tranica Cooks of […]

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Art/history

11:41 AM
Art/history

Chinese Historical Society offers major artworks and untold stories “The architecture is magnificent and unique,” Pam Wong said, describing San Francisco’s Chinese Historical Society of America (CHSA). Wong is the director of the CHSA, a building and museum that is a unique experience. The CHSA is on a steep hill in San Francisco’s Chinatown at 965 Clay Street. The building was designed by Julia Morgan, best known for designing Hearst Castle. The CHSA museum isn’t in a castle, but it is an impressive building that was built in 1932 as the Chinatown YWCA. Inside and out, the museum is very […]

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A CENTURY’S JOURNEY

11:31 AM
A CENTURY’S JOURNEY

Bay Area’s Betty Reid Soskin tells the story of a lifetime: 95 years of making history “I escaped the fate of my sister,” Betty Reid Soskin told her audience at the Rosie the Riveter Park on March 2, speaking of being hired as a file clerk at the age of 20 at a time when working as a domestic or a teacher were the only employment options for women of color. “It was like being the first person in your family to go to college at the present time,” Soskin said. She said that when she was at work she […]

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TWEETING IN THE AGE OF TRUMP

11:23 AM
TWEETING IN THE AGE OF TRUMP

As citizens of the internet, many of us like to believe that we understand the risks of social media. However, in a society where a business mogul can be elected president by tweeting 140 characters a few times a day, it’s safe to say that the game is changing. Jeff Heyman has been the Peralta Colleges Executive director of Public Information, Communications and Media since 1999. On February 28, Heyman spoke to Journalism 62 about social media today (pictured above). In the 1950’s, when Americans began owning televisions, there were fewer sources for news. People read the local and national […]

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Fresh and free food, courtesy of Laney’s Keith Eliot Welch

11:22 AM

Hungry crowds have lined up, signed in and gotten ready to enjoy a free meal, gratis du jour, every Monday since the current semester began. Their benefactor is Keith Eliot Welch, a culinary arts student, president of the Laney Culinary Arts Club and an ASLC senator. Welch got the idea to serve free food when he found that nothing other than cold vending machine food was available after 2 p.m. on campus. He started a “Green Monday” program, which promotes green lifestyle choices and is built on the success of the “Meatless Mondays” program. Now, every Monday and Tuesday at […]

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LIBROS Y LIBERTAD

11:21 AM
LIBROS Y LIBERTAD

Laney student leader Andrea Calfuquier talks literature and liberation One classmate describes her as “a force of nature.” This is her third semester, and Andrea Calfuquir has already emerged as one of Laney’s prominent student leaders. Dr. Kimberly King, Professor of Psychology, is one of Calfuquir’s mentors at the Teach-in planning group. King said that as a new student at Laney she was “already involved in trying to make it a better place for students. She understands the importance of focusing on people at the bottom of society, with a passion to fight for the future and find hope for […]

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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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WHO ARE WE?

9:38 AM

What kind of school should Laney College be? In 1953, a humble high school campus in the heart of the East Bay became the site of Oakland City College—soon to be known as Laney College. Since then, Laney’s students have diligently reported on their school and community. Their news stories document the fundamental changes we’ve gone through over the years. Examine our cover and you’ll see a collage of these stories. Put them beside the stories in this issue, and you’ll see how the decisions Laney’s students, faculty, and its administration make define our school. This country faces a pivotal […]

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