Despite protest, bookfair carries on

November 5, 2017

By Joe Dargan The Anarchist Book Fair went from a peaceful exhibition of free speech, to a chaotic, verbal clash between white vendors and black community activists in Leimert Park on Saturday. The fair was a result of a collaboration between the Anarchist Bookfair Collective, an independent group of writers, publishers and activists promoting peace through dialogue and the Chaos network, a broadcasting and media company created by long time community…

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Taking a knee in protest, not disrespect

October 4, 2017

By Julio Sanchez Colin Kaepernick taking a knee during the national anthem is in no way disrespectful to the American flag, the troops in the army, or America itself. Kaepernick protested to bring awareness about inequality, police brutality, and racial injustice while using the national anthem as a pedestal for his movement. Kaepernick began his protest by sitting on the bench during the national anthem in August 2016. Later, Kaepernick…

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Thousands gather for May Day March

May 3, 2017

By Ivan Cazares  Thousands of marchers used the annual May Day March as a platform to protest President Donald Trump’s administration on May 1. Demonstrators gathered at MacArthur Park at 11 a.m. and marched about two miles to City Hall in support of workers’ issues, issues of discrimination and immigration issues. Groups chanted “We don’t want a fascist U.S.A.” Another group chanted “the people united will never be divided” in…

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Protesters rally against Clinton

By Dorany Pineda Hundreds of protesters rallied on Avenida Cesar Chavez on Thursday in opposition to Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton’s visit to East Los Angeles College. As attendees of Clinton’s speech left the men’s gym, protesters surrounded them on both sides. Several supporters of Democratic Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders shouted “ELAC is for Bernie.” The crowd of protesters was mixed, with youth making up the majority of the demographic….

May 11, 2016
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Elans demand justice for missing students

December 4, 2014

By Jose Rojas Approximately 100 peaceful participants manifested in front of the Helen-Miller Balley library at East Los Angeles College last Thursday, Nov. 20. Students and participants were heard chanting “Justice for Ayotzinapa!” to show their support for the male students who disappeared last Sept. 27 in Iguala, Guerrero, Mexico. The students went missing after protesting against what they considered to be discriminatory hiring and funding practices by the Mexican…

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Students starve for affordable education

By Amanda Mayberry Recently, students from six CSU campuses have announced they are on  a hunger strike in protest of  budget cuts. The students are demanding that administrators freeze tuition for five years and instead make decreases to the pay raises for CSU chancellors and presidents. They say they will continue to starve themselves until these demands are met. The persisting budget decreases and fee hikes made to community colleges…

May 22, 2012
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Don’t protest if you don’t vote

By Brian Villalba If you don’t vote you are telling the government you don’t care because everything is going perfectly.  Clearly things are far from perfect, but some of us seem to not care.  If you consider yourself a political activist and you are not registered to vote, then can you really still consider yourself a political activist? To vote is to participate in government. That is one way that…

May 2, 2012
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AFT protests removal of representative chair in board meetings

By J.C. Casarez While the Board of Trustees met on Wednesday afternoon at East Los Angeles College, angry protesters representing the American Federation of Teachers College Staff Guild, Local 1521A gathered outside. According to Union President Velma J. Butler, the cause for protest is over the removal of their representative chair from the board’s meetings.“For 25 years we have been a part of the decision making (process), but now we…

March 12, 2012
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Students lack passion, drive to occupy ELAC

By Megan Perry A disappointing display of student activism, resulting from a poor showing at the Occupy ELAC protest, raises the question of students’ priorities. Occupy ELAC is a movement of students who are tired of the fee hikes and who feel they deserve a free higher education. So, one would think that students would show up to support one another and demonstrate to the government that they are tired of…

November 2, 2011
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