USC, UCLA students stage walkout to protest Trump

first_imgEllice Wang | Daily TrojanSpeak out · USC and UCLA students walked out of class Wednesday afternoon to express their dissatisfaction with the election of Donald Trump and the surge of hate crimes that took place shortly after Election Day.USC and UCLA students held a joint walkout across their campuses Wednesday afternoon, urging administrators to provide a space for minority communities and anyone else affected by the election to voice their opinions and frustrations.About 100 USC students gathered around Traveler at 3 p.m. to express their opinions about President-elect Donald Trump and speak on related issues of discrimination, white supremacy, immigration and cultural identity. In addition, organizers of the walkout provided a petition for USC Student Affairs to create a sanctuary campus at USC for undocumented students. The organizers also provided letters to sign and send to the electors to change their vote before it is cast on Dec. 19.Tomas Mier, an organizer for the walkout and a writer for the Daily Trojan, said it was important to give a chance for members of the diverse USC community to have their voices heard.“USC is a place where there is a lot of different colors of skin, different ethnicities, races and sexual orientations,” Mier said. “I feel like it’s important to stand up to the divisive rhetoric that was spread by the president-elect.”Many students came to voice their frustrations on the outcome of the election. Nicole Hajiwara, a junior majoring in communication, was not only upset by the election results, but also by the number of people who voted for Trump. She hopes to make a change by signing the petition for a sanctuary campus.“It was kind of a shock to me, this whole election, not that Trump won but that so many people in this country have so much hate in their hearts,” Hajiwara said. “The fact that he ran his entire election on hate, it is really disappointing to me.”Others came to speak out against speeches Trump has made and the people he has appointed to his cabinet, including Steve Bannon, an editor at Breitbart news, who has made statements promoting white supremacy.“It’s a very scary time,” said Kenia Gomez, a junior majoring in psychology. “It’s uncomfortable just to stay home and be upset about it, so I’d rather be united and in solidarity with people who feel similar.”Even those who were not part of a minority community came to stand with those who were fearful, including Constant Williams, a junior majoring in creative writing.“I just want to show support for all of the marginalized people being affected by this presidency,” Williams said.After allowing a few minutes for the crowd to gather around Traveler, Mier opened the walkout with a quick speech.“Let’s make it clear that Trump is not our president,” Mier said, starting a chant of “Not my president,” which turned into “Si se puede,” Spanish for “yes we can.”For the rest of the time, those in attendance took turns sharing their opinions and fears from the top of the Patsy and Forrest Shumway Fountain. One student was especially worried about Trump’s climate change policy, or lack thereof.“He’s attempting to put a man in charge of the transition of the EPA who doesn’t believe in climate change,” said Grace Bandeen, a junior majoring in international relations and cinematic arts, critical studies, to a chorus of boos. “Our planet is in such dire condition right now, and the next four years, the next 20 years, the next hundred years are going to make a huge impact.”For the next hour, students talked about practicing activism in the classroom, getting advice from teachers, demanding that the University appoint a Chief Diversity Officer and explaining their fears about a Trump presidency. By the end of the hour, protesters marched to Bovard Auditorium to submit their petition for the University to become a sanctuary campus.last_img read more

Oscars 2020: Matthew A. Cherry dedicates Academy Award for ‘Hair Love’ to Kobe Bryant

first_imgMatthew A. Cherry used the closing seconds of his Academy Award acceptance speech Sunday to honor the late Kobe Bryant, who in 2018 won an award in same category Cherry was recognized. Cherry referenced Bryant after he and his associates won in the category Best Animated Short Film for “Hair Love,” a story in support of natural hair and representation.  There was another connection to Bryant during the red-carpet portion of the Academy Awards. Knicks superfan Spike Lee entered dressed in a purple-and-gold Bryant-themed tuxedo. Bryant was the first person featured in the show’s “In Memoriam” segment. With Billie Eilish singing a version of The Beatles’ “Yesterday,” an image of Bryant holding his Oscar was shown on the stage’s big screen. A quote graphic was overlaid. It read: “Life is too short to get bogged down and be discouraged. You have to keep moving. You have to keep going.”Bryant was listed as “Athlete/Producer.”“Life is too short to get bogged down and be discouraged. You have to keep moving. You have to keep going.”Kobe Bryant honored at the Oscars🙏— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) February 10, 2020 “This award is dedicated to Kobe Bryant. May we all have a second act as great as his was,” said Cherry, who wrote “Hair Love” and helped to direct and produce it.Matthew Cherry: “‘Hair Love’ was done because we wanted to see more representation in animation. We wanted to normalize black hair.” #Oscars— ABC News (@ABC) February 10, 2020Bryant won the award in 2018 for his “Dear Basketball,” becoming the first former professional athlete to nominated for, and win, an Oscar. Cherry’s bio lists him as having played for the NFL’s Jaguars, Bengals, Panthers and Ravens from 2004-07. He never played in a regular-season game.MORE: What to know about Bryant helicopter crashBryant, 41, died in a helicopter crash over Calabasas, Calif., on Jan. 26. His 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and seven other people were also killed in the crash. (Getty Images) read more

Lack of coaches jeopardizing minor hockey league

first_imgCurrently the Bantam/Midget portion of the league is suffering from a lack of coaches, which could have serious effects on the league.If the quota for coaches is not filled by next week, the league may have to postpone its opening game dates, or may even cancel the upcoming season.Anyone interested in coaching must be certified to do so. If interested and not certified, coaching clinics will be held in the upcoming month, and Fort St. John Minor Hockey is willing to reimburse anyone who takes part in the clinic.- Advertisement -Interested applicants will also have to complete their criminal background check.For more information on becoming a coach or to submit your resume, contact the Senior Rec hockey Director Daneille Armstrong at 250-793-5599 or visit the Fort St. John Minor Hockey official website.last_img read more

Around Whittier

first_imgWHITTIER – A “Coming Home to Pio Pico” fiesta will be held from noon to 4 p.m. May 5 at Pio Pico State Historic Park, 6003 Pioneer Blvd. The free event will feature a rebozo fashion show, folklorico dancing, historical re-enactments, bread- and rope-making demonstrations, historic firearm demonstrations, arts and crafts, food, music, games, children’s activities and more. For more information, call (562) 695-1217, Ext. 104. Class of 1965 to hold reunion WHITTIER – Whittier High School Class of 1965 will hold a reunion picnic at 11 a.m. May 19 at Parnell Park, 15390 Lambert Road. The event is potluck-style. Those with vintage vehicles are encouraged to bring them for judging and prizes. For more information, visit Volunteer fire lookouts needed PASADENA – The Angeles National Forest Fire Lookout Association is seeking volunteers for its Fire Lookout Program. Volunteers must be at least 18 and must attend three training sessions at the Flintridge Foundation, 236 W. Mountain Ave., Suite 117, Pasadena. An orientation session will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the foundation. For more information, call Pam Morey, (909) 338-3923. Retirement home sets blood drive LA MIRADA – Residents at The Palms Retirement Residence, 13001 La Mirada Blvd., will hold a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 7. The event is open to the public. Refreshments will be provided for participants. Blood drives help save lives by providing hospitals with much-needed blood supplies to replace blood loss resulting from surgery or serious injury. For more information, call Bianca Uribe, (562) 944-1800. Finalists to appear at college forum WHITTIER – The Rio Hondo College Board of Trustees will hold a campus forum featuring the three finalists for the position of superintendent/president, from noon to 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Wray Theatre, 3600 Workman Mill Road. The finalists are Daniel Castro, a former Riverside City College president; Ted Martinez Jr., former president of Grossmont Community College in El Cajon; and Monte Perez, vice president of student services at Golden West College in Huntington Beach. For more information, call (562) 692-0921. Kindergarten registration open PICO RIVERA – El Rancho Unified School District will be registering children for kindergarten from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday during the week of May 14 to 18 at 9333 Loch Lomond Drive. Children must be at least 5 years old before Dec. 2, 2007. For more information, call (562) 942-1500. Church schedules rummage sale WHITTIER – St. Matthias Episcopal Church, 7056 S. Washington Ave., will host a rummage sale from 7 a.m to 4 p.m. May 5. For more information, call (562) 698-9741. – From staff reports160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Teslas board backs Elon Musk over SEC seeking to ban him Wall

Things are shaping up to be difficult for Tesla and Elon Musk in the coming weeks and months, but they seem to be sticking together.Tesla’s board of directors issued a statement backing Musk following the lawsuit filed by the SEC while Wall Street is bracing for the blowback. more…The post Tesla’s board backs Elon Musk over SEC seeking to ban him, Wall Street braces for TSLA blowback appeared first on Electrek. Source: Charge Forward