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Dia de Los Muertos is sacred, Trump’s attempt to change that is pathetic

 Celebrated on Nov. 1, Dia de Los Muertos or Day of the Dead, is a holiday celebrated by millions in the United States, Mexico and other Central American countries. On Oct. 30, 2020, President Donald Trump declared Nov. 1 as National Day of Remembrance for Americans killed by Illegal Aliens. (Photo from pixabay.com)
Trump’s attempt to relabel Dia de Los Muertos is racist and xenophobic
November 8, 2020

On Oct. 30, in a last-ditch effort to leave a legacy for himself on his way out of the White House, President Donald Trump issued the Proclamation of National Day of Remembrance for Americans killed by...

Trump and Biden face off in the last debate preceding the 2020 presidential election

The final presidential debate between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden leading to the Nov. 3 election took place on Oct. 22 and was held by the Commission of Presidential Debates at Belmont University in Nashville Tennessee. (Photo from freepix.com)
Will Trump remain in power, or is it time for a new era of Biden? America decides Nov. 3
November 2, 2020

For the first time in presidential debate history, the mics of the candidates were muted during the initial first two minutes following a question from the moderator allowing each candidate to answer without...

The reality of “radical politics”

 Even during the raging COVID-19 pandemic millions of Americans do not have access to healthcare. Medicare for all is seen by some as too “radical” and “wishful thinking”. (Photo from pixabay.com)
In reality there is nothing more truly radical than the idea that America can just return to normal overnight if enough Americans check a box next to Biden’s name.
November 1, 2020

The term “radical politics” has been thrown around more this year than baseballs in the World Series. People from both the left and right sides of the political spectrum use this term, though it seems...

Criminal justice reform should not be limited to what it can do for the state

People convicted of crimes deserve a second chance to re-enter society in a way where they can actually make something of themselves and support their families. Criminal justice reform should not be limited to what it can do for the state, it should be focused on what it can do for the people. (Photo from pixabay.com)
Human first, criminal second
October 22, 2020

This year has been challenging to the criminal justice system’s status quo with the COVID-19 pandemic, statewide wildfires fought with the help of the Conservation Camp Program (CCP), a program that...

Newsom signs legislation allowing incarcerated firefighters to become professionals upon release

California sees a decline in firefighters as many incarcerated firefighters in the Conservation Camp Program (CCP) have been released due to prison overcrowding and the fear of outbreaks of the COVID-19 virus within prisons. Upon release, these people were not eligible for professional employment as firefighters. Gov. Gavin Newsome decided to change this reality by signing AB-2147 which allows incarcerated firefighters to become professionals upon release. (File photo)
How ‘megafires’ and a global pandemic led to criminal justice reform
October 19, 2020

“I remember intense heat and smoke, exploding trees and the eerie orange glow at night sleeping in the hose bed of the fire engine,” Byron Gustafson said as he recalled his career in firefighting.  Gustafson...

Trump and Biden struggle to stay civil and on topic as they face off in the first 2020 presidential debate

President Donald Trump (left) and former Vice President Joe Biden (right) go head-to-head in the first of three scheduled presidential debates on Sept. 29, 2020. The Commission on Presidential Debates at Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland hosted the event and Fox News’ Chris Wallace moderated. 
(CNN screenshot)
“Will you shut up man!”
October 7, 2020

On Sept. 29 in a small auditorium adorned with red, white and blue patriotism, President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden ascended to the star-spangled debate stage for the first of three...

Which democratic candidate has the most effective prison reform?

Four leading democratic candidates for the 2020 presidential election propose their plans to reform the United States prison system.
December 12, 2019

With so many candidates running in the 2020 presidential election it can be difficult to know which best aligns with your personal views and beliefs. Arguably, the most hotly debated topic this election...

Women’s roles in Afghanistan peace talk are minimal

Psychology major Fatimah Ahmadi is an Afghan student at American River College. Ahmadi says she wants the role of Afghan women in Afghanistan to be in the public sphere. (Photo by Hameed Zargry)
May 9, 2019

On Sept. 21, Secretary of State Michael Richard Pompeo appointed United States diplomat Zalmay Khalilzad as the Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation. Since then, Khalilzad met the Taliban...

Journalism is part of the answer, not the problem

Ariel Casper keeps up with what’s happening on campus, reading news that affect students, faculty and staff. (Photo illustration by Katia Esguerra)
March 19, 2019

From the moment we wake up, we are faced with an overload of information competing for our attention — every second, every minute and every hour of the day. However, with the ease of access on the...

Editorial: Democracy needs youth participation

Historically young people have had the lowest voter turnout, but creating the habit early and getting involved politically can leave long-term effects. (Photo illustration by Ashley Hayes-Stone)
March 18, 2019

At almost every college campus, American River College included, political activism and activities are a part of campus life. Although politics can influence almost every aspect of our society, there are...

“West Side Story” opens fall production season

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October 12, 2018

Inspired by the story of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, the American River College Theater Department will open its first production of the 2018-2019 season with the award-winning musical “West...

National politics threaten to dehumanize DACA students

On March 5 approximately  700,000 DACA recipients  will face the gradual loss of work permits and deportation protection.  (File Photo)
February 27, 2018

After an almost four-day government shutdown, Democrats and Republicans voted on Jan. 22 to resume operations until Feb. 8 in hopes of keeping the approximately 700,000 “Dreamers” in the states. Democrats...

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