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Author Archives: Madeleine Orona Burgos

Speak for me, speak for us: student reflects on her personal experience with hate

  Hate crimes are on the rise. This is apparent. Along with that comes the rise in discussion of a poem by pastor Martin Niemöller in response to the Nazis purging selected groups from Germany and Europe while German intellectuals remained silent. It is titled “First they came for,” for the refrain that remains consistent throughout the poem. Niemöller writes: ... Read More »

It’s a brave new world for journalism: Press feeling the pressure from the White House

As we venture forward into the first year under our new administration, we are being inundated every day with headlines that frighten us. The journalists reporting these frightening headlines almost seem to be just as angry as those they want to inform. Perhaps it is because they are constantly pushed to the side by White House officials and their supporters. ... Read More »

Art is Vital to Activism, Progress

  The day after the inauguration, Lewis & Clark hosted a teach-in session on the presence of art in times of social activism. The presence of music during the social reforms of India during the 1950s-1960s, the solitary genius vs. the artistic collective, as well as the importance of solidarity and art made by those affected by prejudice were all ... Read More »

Protesting Fascism: As resistance continues, safety becomes important

“The fight against fascism continues as protests against Trump and his policies take place here and abroad.” The year 2017 is only a month old and already we have seen massive protests of Donald Trump’s administrative policies. The Women’s March, conducted both here and around the world, has been classified as the largest protest in American history as stated by ... Read More »

Where do we go from here? Finishing 2016

“An analysis of the state of sociopolitical discourse after the 2016 election.”   The 2016 presidential election has been one of the most verbally charged elections in history. It also appears to have played a part in what modern American political discourse looks like. Before, the figure of “the racist distant relative you only see during holidays” and “Facebook friends ... Read More »

Malheur verdict not severe enough

Earlier this year, brothers Ammond and Ryan Bundy  were two of many militants who seized the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Harney County, Oregon. They had occupied the land from Jan. 2 to Feb. 11 when officers made a final arrest. The group claimed their armed takeover of the land was to protest the federal ownership over the land, which ... Read More »

If Only…

Politically based website FiveThirtyEight has made their forecasts for this year’s presidential election using voters’ gender identities as a prediction tool. Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight took a moment to explain his research before explaining its significance: “. . . While we’re in something of a wait-and-see mode, one demographic split caught my eye. That was from a Public Religion Research ... Read More »