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‘Equal Means Equal,’ Documentary About the ERA

By Estefani Alarcon When women gather and work together, magic happens. On Saturday, February 25th, “Never Turn Away a Woman” presented EQUAL MEANS EQUAL, a film by Kamala Lopez that educates Americans on the importance of equal rights under federal law for women. The film touches on the different issues women face such as domestic violence, sexual assault, homelessness, wage discrimination, poverty and the list goes on. These issues are not protected by the constitution for women. In the film, she connects all of these issues with one another and explains how this affects the future of women in the United States and across the globe. Lopez shared the stories of different women who have been victims of different crimes but their abusers are still free. Some of the cases presented on trial were dismissed and were evidence that women are not protected by the constitution. “When you have all of your rights given to you by laws they can be overturned by whoever happens to be in control of the white house and as …

Filmmakers Lack to Depict Women of Color as Business Owners

By Kimberly Aguilar With over 9.4 million women-owned business in the United States, stories of female entrepreneurs are rarely portrayed in the media. Some stories that do come to mind are depicted in recent movies such as It’s Complicated, Joy and The Intern. However, all three movies depict the female protagonists in almost the same way. While their stories show women who are self made, these films only show the White women that are successful when statistically over half of California’s women owned firms are owned by minority women. Women are 11% less employed than men and Randijah Simmons was tired of it. In 2014 at the age of 18, Simmons started her own clothing company, Sybergurl, because she did not have a job and needed money. Being born and raised in South Central Los Angeles, starting up her own business was no piece of cake. She did not have a business plan, model to follow or any money to back it up. “Building a brand from the ground up as one person and no financial backing is definitely a …

FIFA Speaks for the World

Written by Jessica Contreras Every four years, 32 countries zoom their attention in on one country and gather to watch 64 games for the worldwide dream, the FIFA World Cup. Carrying in an average of 3.5 billion viewers, the FIFA World Cup is the most viewed Sporting Event in the entire world. Brazil was the last host country for the World Cup in 2014, and it profited about 100 million dollars from the 4 billion dollars FIFA, the not-for-profit organization, made. The next World Cup is set to play out in 2018 and FIFA is constantly in search of and deciding host countries, schedules, and arrangements between countries. The United States is currently being considered for a bid as a host country for the FIFA World Cup in 2026. However, seven days into the new presidency, the new President of the United States implemented his fifth executive order. This order consists of a Travel Ban which prohibits “refugees from entering the country for 120 days and immigrants from seven Muslim-majority nations out for three months” …

A professor’s call to action to worried students post-election results

Written by Jessica Flores, Editor-in-Chief After a week of receiving emails from frightened Latina students who are afraid for themselves and their families because of the new president-elect, Marcos McPeek-Villatoro, decided to write a letter to his students. He expressed his opinions about the new age of Trump and encouraged them to continue their education. “I’m tired of my fellow Latinos living in constant, unmitigated fear of the injustices waiting for them in the near future. We need to speak up, loud and clear, against the racism that’s made people of color, once again, the victims of pure hate,” Villatoro said. He presented his letters in class, in Spanish and English, on Tuesday, Nov 15. Not only does he want to bring this issue to students’ attention, but also the faculty and staff members to come together as a community to create change fearlessly. Students recorded his speech on their phones to share on their social media. “Professor Villatoro’s speech helped me feel safer as a Latina following the election results. Also, as a current …

Americans look for silver lining as Donald Trump becomes president-elect

Written by Kimberly Aguilar, student submission “Make America great again.” For many people in the United States, the outcome of this election comes nothing close to Donald Trump’s popular campaign slogan. For immigrants, African-Americans, the LGBTQ community, and many more minority brothers and sisters, this can be either the beginning of revolutionary times or another dark period for those who have been harshly relegated. In the end, this is nothing the resilient people of America cannot handle. In 2015, Bernie Sanders announced his campaign sparking inspiration and passion into many like a million fire ants clustering around a crack on wood. Although he did not win the vote of America, he truly won the heart of Americans. His unforgettable presence in the race made way for unspoken discussions on debt-free college, Wall Street reformations, and most importantly redirecting money from politics into the restoration of democracy. His loss against Hillary Clinton extinguished the fire in millennials rooting for change, but his campaign sparked enlightenment and fueled the fight against a crooked system. Ultimately, it may …

How Facebook memes educate us about #NoDAPL and America’s history of marginalization

Written by Ava Graciela Rutter, Staff Writer On Oct 31, a global Facebook meme encouraged users worldwide to “check in” their location at Standing Rock, North Dakota, the epicenter of the #NoDAPL movement. The posts attempted to prevent police efforts to track protestors of the Dakota Access Pipeline, a controversial interstate oil project running through Native American sacred grounds. Instead, the online posts accomplished something better than its original goal: It brought public attention to the issue of marginalization in the US. “I first found out about the protests fairly recently through social media,” says Meghan Puich, who participated in the check-in movement after some deliberation. “To be completely honest, I was very skeptical at first of the credibility of the post and the actual impact it was making.” It was this skepticism that inspired her to investigate further, and it turned out to be relevant to her environmental studies at UC Santa Cruz. Despite safety precautions, the pipeline poses a risk of contaminating the Standing Rock Sioux tribe’s primary water source. This conflict of …

From tweets to the streets: Protesting as a Latinx for Black Lives Matter

Written by Pauline Mikhail, Staff Writer #LaGenteUnidas – “The United People” – is not just a trending hashtag to the Latinx community. Their unity with the Black Lives Matter movement means protesting police brutality and racism alongside other BLM supporters. One such supporter is Yanira Fuentes Barajas, a Latinx resident of Charlotte, North Carolina. She attended a protest in the days following the Sep 20 death of Keith Lamont Scott, a black man fatally shot by police. She explained, “I took part of the protest because I believe it was wrong what was done to Keith Lamont Scott. He was the wrong suspect and got killed being unarmed.” Standing by her beliefs meant risking police confrontation. “The first night [Sep 23] was pretty intense… There was a time during the protest when we all laid on the floor in front of Uptowns Police Department,” said Fuentes, who stayed with protesters an hour after the midnightcurfew. “Once it hit 12 [AM], riot officers came in [police] cars with zip ties and were armed and ready to arrest …

Jorge Ramos explores racial hatred in the age of Trump in documentary ‘Hate Rising’

Written by Beatriz Garay, Staff Writer Hate in the United States is not a new thing. However, now with presidential candidate Donald Trump, hate is rising rapidly. Director Catherine Tambini and Univision reporter Jorge Ramos have teamed up to shed light on the beliefs and ideologies of white supremacists around the nation and how stigmas like these lead to all the hate crimes we have had recently against minorities in their new documentary Hate Rising. Since the birth of our nation, hate has been well and alive. Not only in our country but around the world: the enslavement of African Americans, the formation of the Ku Klux Klan, the Armenian and Jewish genocides in the 1900s, and the list goes on. Now in 2016, hate and rage are seen against African Americans and homosexuals all over the country. “…something that I’ve learned as a father is that children listen to absolutely everything. They know everything. So we think that these eight-year-olds are not feeling the racism? They are the first ones suffering from it.” – …

Sports teams avoid North Carolina due to new transgender bathroom law

Written by Jessica I. Contreras, Staff Writer Multiple sports teams have decided not to affiliate themselves with arenas located in North Carolina, and it all revolves around the state’s new transgender bathroom law. This new law states that people must use the restroom with the gender affiliated on their birth certificate. Which, in turn has caused some sports teams and associations to turn change their decisions “full-court.” Given this new law, the NBA decided over the summer to change the location for the upcoming 2017 All-Star Game weekend that was scheduled to be hosted in North Carolina. Not only did the NBA decide to make some changes, but the ACC division of college football also decided to make a change the location of upcoming games scheduled to take place in the state of North Carolina. Although this new change may seem to be occurring from a far distance, they are adequately changing the lives of many people all across the country. Considering the recent changes from The White House, in which President Obama signed the …

Happy Kobe Bryant Day!

Written by Liz Charre, President Happy Kobe Bryant Day! To all Laker fans and most importantly Kobe fans: welcome to the first ever annual Kobe Bryant Day. The City of Los Angeles announced on Monday that August 24th will now be known as “Kobe Bryant Day” to honor the black mamba’s success and dedication to the Lakers basketball team. August 24th was chosen to honor his two jerseys: 8 and 24. He started off his career with the Lakers as #8 and later switched to #24. Regardless of which jersey he wore, he remained dominant on the basketball court. Let’s take a flashback. Kobe scored a high of 60 points in his final game. He was also the first player in NBA history to have scored 60 points in his final game with a team. Because of all his amazing accomplishments, Los Angeles will have the opportunity to celebrate, acknowledge, salute, and thank Kobe Bryant for his faithful 20-year commitment to the Lakers organization. Thank you, Mamba! How will you celebrate Kobe Bryant Day?