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This week, with holidays quickly approaching or, in some cases, already having started, I asked the Opinions desk what their favorite way to bring some holiday cheer to their year is. Despite 2020 being an exhausting year, I've chosen to think positively – vaccines are being distributed, the main parts of the election are over and we have so much progress to make in this decade.
As a person with a uterus, it is terrifying to realize that Judge Amy Coney Barrett, the newest addition to the United States Supreme Court, has the power to reverse the progress that has been made in terms of reproductive rights for those with uteruses. Abortion accessibility is a major concern of mine. A person’s right to elect for an abortion should not be infringed upon by politicians. Abortion accessibility is vital for everyone, no matter what their background may be. Abortion accessibility is not about aborting every pregnancy but about being given the freedom to choose how a person would like to proceed with their pregnancy. Abortion is not murder and whoever says otherwise is absolutely not educated on the topic whatsoever. Pro-lifers, I implore you all to look into fostering or adopting the already born 400,000 children in the American foster care system instead of imposing your beliefs on those who did not ask for it. Our bodies are not political playgrounds for legislation. Let's begin to acknowledge and respect that.
It was five days before Halloween. I was planning out the costume I would’ve worn and I received a text from my roommate with a questionably risqué web preview. The accompanying message read “October surprise!” Could this be it? A news story as scandalous as the 2016 NYT’s report on Trump’s 18-year-long federal tax evasion?
There are many lanes of action to take when striving for change. Art is a form of activism, having in itself the power to counteract and transcend injustice by providing different perspectives and encouraging peace. But it doesn’t have to be limited to the physical world. The ability to create and share music, photos and videos is just as accessible as it is ingrained in our social patterns. The internet is now, more than ever, a vehicle for sharing art and its intention.
For new students, maneuvering through your first year at the University of Arizona means more than getting from point A to point B. Easing that navigational stress means figuring out what works for you. Whether it's learning to not walk in the bike lanes, being the one on the bike, or cycling through job listings, our staff has you covered with pointers on getting where you need to go, no matter the destination.
As a student of the University of Arizona, it is your responsibility to keep up to date with the doings of the institution and speak out when you feel something is unfair. When you come into contact with something that the university has done that is unjust, there are steps you can take to safely organize protests and other demonstrations to make your voice heard. Quite frankly, the university owes you their time in respect to your involvement and tuition.
There are many lanes of action to take when striving for change. Protesting, organizing, mutual aid, art and so on are interconnected in the world of activism. Art is a form of activism in itself — it has the power to counteract and transcend injustice by providing different perspectives and encouraging peace. Through an array of mediums, its inherently emotional makeup is capable of connecting and motivating people to action.
In smaller communities and for those new to activism, organizing can seem daunting. With a call for change echoing on a national and global level, the question of where to start can be answered by simply looking at where you call home.
The "predatory guy in an Anti Social Social Club shirt and Comme De Garçons Converse" trope is exhausted yet somewhat deserved. Streetwear’s overriding sexist and homophobic male audience has always been apparent, thriving not only in forums and comment sections but also college campuses much like ours.
The video above is footage from the Black Lives Matter protest in Long Beach, Calif., May 31.
Frog & Firkin and other bar-restaurant establishments have officially reopened their patios for dining services. Downtown social spots like Hi Fi are welcoming back customers on account of Gov. Doug Ducey’s green light to open as of May 15. Many people are already out getting drinks with friends, some sporting face masks and others opting not to.
Since Bernie Sanders announced the end of his public campaign on April 8, I have been torn about where to cast my vote come November, or if I should even vote at all. That Wednesday left Bernie supporters disheartened and outraged that our party’s presumptive nominee is now Joe Biden. Although Bernie will remain on the ballot, the end of his campaign has led him to fall back and endorse Biden to prevent another four years of Donald Trump.
Smack dab in the age of information, people seem to lean more toward data and numbers over emotion. They want cold hard facts and numbers to sway them rather than a pathos-based argument. This strategy is useful when discussing an issue like climate change, for example. But what about matters of human experience?
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood was a plotless drag, Marriage Story’s only interesting aspect was “slutty” Laura Dern in the courtroom, and I didn’t even watch 1917 because how many more movies do we need about World War I (or war in general)? Although the entire concept of ranking art is perverse in itself, I can’t help but get disheartened when the same kind of film, made by the same kind of person, is awarded an Oscar year after year.
The Loft Cinema is Tucson’s very own art house – a gem for general movie-goers and local cinephiles alike. The location has been home to a Mormon temple, graduated to a pornography theater and now stands as the best movie theater in Tucson after being purchased by The Tucson Cinema Foundation.
Tarana Burke didn’t mean for “Me Too” to become a viral hashtag, let alone become the face of an entire cultural movement for survivors of sexual violence. The activist and social justice servant first introduced her efforts to the internet in 2006 via MySpace. From there, it floated around, supporting those who crossed paths with the slogan and Burke’s work until Oct. 15, 2017. Actress Alyssa Milano used the slogan without knowledge of its origins in a tweet regarding sexual violence within the entertainment industry, specifically referring to the then-recent news about victimizer and producer Harvey Weinstein. From there, “Me Too” was turned into a hashtag that flooded the web and connected survivors worldwide.
Recently, actress Gina Rodriguez posted a video via her Instagram story singing along to the song “Ready or Not” by the Fugees, in which she said the n-word without hesitation. In disgust, I showed the video to my friend and explained her history of anti-blackness, to which he replied: “Why do we expend so much energy into some nobody when people are literally in cages?”
Claiming to be apolitical in the climate that we currently reside in seems to be a way to circumvent the harshities that come along with it. But it is problematic in itself to consciously avoid political responsibility, as it only further highlights the realm of privilege that allows you to avoid politics.