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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Clarification: Pauline Bondonno

December 14, 2016 12:48 PM

A Tower article on the Merritt College Tobacco-less Club (“Merritt Tobacco-less Club wins $20K national grant,” Nov. 23) failed to identify Pauline Bondonno, executive director of Community Health Education Institute, as the person in charge of putting the grant money into effect over the next 12 months. Bondonno has headed tobacco prevention programs at Merritt College for the past two years, through grants from the California Department of Health and, previously, through the Alameda County Health Services Tobacco Prevention Program. She created the Fresh Air Art Contest, and has worked to further tobacco prevention and awareness at Merritt College, Laney […]

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Let our garden grow

December 8, 2016 10:12 AM

The Laney Garden, located near Eagle Village and the Laney Bistro, is a hidden gem on campus. The garden creates an oasis-like environment, but it is so much more. The Oakland branch of the International Rescue Committee uses the garden to help new Cambodian immigrants stay connected to their culinary and agricultural practices. With a place to garden, new immigrants can practice traditional agriculture, create cuisine that reminds them of home, and grow organic produce in the process. Though the garden flourishes, it remains at risk of being replaced by a “flex zone” for construction projects, including the proposed Student […]

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Events calendar

10:08 AM

Oakland Public Library hosts “DeFacto Feminism: Essays Straight Outta Oakland” Discussion with local author, novelist, playwright and Laney College Professor of English Judy Juanita of her latest work, featuring essays about her evolution as a feminist, including joining the Black Panther Party and editing its newspaper; Dec. 10 at 2:30 PM at Oakland Public Library Main Branch Holiday Photo Shoot Fundraiser at Laney College Cosmetology Department Professional photo shoot at the Cosmetology Department, for holiday pictures; lights, hair, and makeup styling provided by current and former students; go to Laney’s B-100 on Dec. 10 at 11 AM; tickets are $30, […]

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Electors must dump Trump

10:07 AM

The media keep referring to Donald Trump as “President-elect”— but why? The popular vote has Hillary Clinton ahead by more than 2.6 million votes. The Electoral College vote is almost two weeks away. It is the electors who vote for president. Alexander Hamilton did not trust the public with the responsibility of electing a President; he made constitutional provisions for an electoral college to vote for president. In Hamilton’s day, Southern states had stable economies based on slavery; Northern states with densely populated cities were in debt. Southern states demanded more say. This is wildly outdated. Some so-called patriots wax […]

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BUILDING THE FUTURE

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BUILDING THE FUTURE

Award-winning Laney Carpentry Department receives $80k grant for housing initiative The Laney College Carpentry Department won an $80,000 grant from the city of Oakland to build two Tiny House prototypes, with an eye to future mass production. Tiny Houses aim to solve homelessness through miniature housing. Matt Wolpe will head this project, along with Marisha Farnsworth. Wolpe is the part-time carpentry instructor who led a team of Laney students last year as it built an award-winning Tiny House called the Wedge. While the Wedge required four semesters to build, Wolpe and Farnsworth plan to build these prototypes in two semesters. […]

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Laney seeks donations to support Open Door Mission

9:46 AM
Laney seeks donations to support Open Door Mission

Homelessness, poverty, income inequality, hunger and gentrification are not new problems for Oaklanders, or to students at Laney College. Thus, for many years the school has spearheaded a food drive to benefit the Open Door Mission, located on Seventh Street near the college. In the current economic conditions, donations are severely needed. The Open Door Mission is a faith-based Gospel Rescue Mission. It provides meals for anyone who needs assistance. It does not provide places to sleep. The mission does have a sober living environment that provides a small number of beds, but it is by invitation only and not […]

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