AFSCME Strikes at the University of California

Mignon Combs Campus, News

Thursday afternoon students at UCLA joined employees striking in Bruin Plaza. The 3-day strike was conducted by Patient Care Technical workers joined by other AFSCME Local 3299 workers and UPTE-CWA. This is the second strike by AFSCME in 6 months. The first occurred in May and also included the California Nurses Association. Last month CNA approved a 3% annual wage increase proposed …

Ethiopia’s First Female President

Mignon Combs News, World

Ethiopia’s Parliament appointed the country’s first female President, Sahle-Work Zewde in a unanimous decision. Prime Minister Chief of Staff Fitsum Arega tweeted, “In a patriarchal society such as ours, the appointment of a female head of state not only sets the standard for the future but also normalizes women as decision-makers in public life.” Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed filled his cabinet with …

Worst Gender Reveal Ever: Black Bruins React to Feds Move to Define Gender

Mignon Combs News, U.S.

The past few days saw an outcry as people across the nation reacted to news released by the New York Times that the federal government is moving to define gender and sex along narrow and disputed boundaries. A memo from the Department of Health and Human Services reportedly states that gender should be qualified as “unchangeable, and determined by the …

Actors, Citizens, and Corporations Express Solidarity Against Muslim Ban

Melody Gulliver News, World

Photo by  Geoff Livingston via Flickr In the wake of President Trump’s refugee immigration ban, Moonlight Actor, Mahershala Ali delivered an impassioned speech about religious persecution and empathy at the 27th annual Screen Actor’s Guild Awards. Ali stated, “I think what I’ve learned from working on “Moonlight” is we see what happens when you persecute people. They fold into themselves. …

Trump Nominates Conservative Justice, Neil Gorsuch for Supreme Court

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Photo by Victoria Pickering via Flickr On Tuesday night, President Trump publicly nominated Neil Gorsuch as the 9th Supreme Court Justice. Gorsuch is to replace conservative Justice Antonin Scalia who passed at age 79 in February 2016. Many Republican members of Congress are pleased with Trump’s nomination; it gives Republicans a 5-9 majority on the Supreme Court. Trump’s judicial appointment–a critical …

Kaepernick Praises Communist Leader Fidel Castro

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Photo by Flickr Following Sunday’s 31-24 loss against the Miami Dolphins and the Friday announcement of Fidel Castro’s death, 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick made controversial comments in support of Castro. “I agree with the investment in education. I also agree with the investment in health care as well as the involvement in helping end apartheid in South Africa,” stated Kaepernick. …

Bruins Protest Presidential Election Results

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Hundreds of UCLA students convened in front of Kerckhoff Hall on November 10 to protest Donald Trump’s victory in the 2016 presidential election. Rally participants expressed deep fear and anger over the hatred of the new president and his followers, validated marginalized identities who are in particularly increased physical and emotional danger, and attempted to prepare supporters for four years …

Black Bruins Cope With Donald Trump Victory

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Photo  via Pixabay On Wednesday, November 9, UCLA students were obliged to attend classes amid the emotional aftermath of one of the most traumatizing events in recent U.S. history. On January 20, 2017, Donald J. Trump will become the President of the United States of America. Dear God help us all. It feels like a waste of time to parse, …