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So, Am I a Bad Bitch?

 
February 28, 2013



“Fuck white people,” was frequently repeated during the Bad Bitches workshop on February 12 – and justly so.  The workshop - a part of No One Wins In Patriarchy week -  was only open to females, trans and queer people of color, and was meant to provide a safe space to feel empowered, express feelings and give validation to discussing issues of race in a non-academic setting. Usually during any seminar, debate or discussion, racism is a subject where I choose to actively listen rather than actively participate. This stems largely from fear. I fear that having grown up as a middle class white-looking cis-female, my sheltered childhood and existence invalidates my words. And in many situations it does – and, again, rightfully so. Yet the discourse of racism as a whole is, no pun intended, often very black and white. If one appears to be white then they are labeled as such and if one appears to be black or rather brown, then they are l...

 
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“We don’t trust you with the guns you have,” a statement made by Austin Nolan during a live Q13 Fox report, is a statement based on false and sensationalized institutions of fear, paranoia and angst. I walk on eggshells everyday, painstakingly mindful of my vocabulary, tone, and what ideas I express so as not to trigger, offend, or make someone feel uncomfortable. I’m still struggling with some of these concepts, but I’m working on them. I can only ask that the same courtesy be extended to me when I say that I would feel safer on campus with police officers that could save my ass (and yours) if some yahoo opened fire on Red Square. Could they do this now with the equipment and training they have at present? Let’s give them all the resources they need before we find out. We all deserve to be safe. Period. Regardless of political opinion or lack thereof, gender, race, sexual orientation or who we smoke with after seminar, everybody on...

 
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I can’t think of an instance where any one citizen would actually need a personal nuclear warhead. For that matter, I can’t think of an instance besides the ol’ ‘mutually-assured destruction’ that a government would want one either, but that’s an entirely different story. There is a spectrum of weapons technology in the world, and I think it’s fair to say that nukes occupy one end. If one’s desire is to arm themselves to match the powers that be, this would be the logical conclusion. While there are many who disagree that they need to exist, most agree that while they do, they should remain only in the province of the Department of Defense, not the citizenry. Nukes are not included in the right to bear arms. Ultimately, I feel the same way regarding assault weapons, defined as they were in the ten-year 1994 Federal Assault Weapons Ban approved by President Clinton that President Obama wants to reinstate (along with a 10-round magazi...

 
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I try to tell jokes. It’s what I want to do. In a long-term way. Like preferably, down the road, for money. It’s a weird thing. I know. It doesn’t not have to do with personal insecurities and a deep-seated desire to somehow please people. As far as career paths go, it’s probably not the most lucrative, but it’s more rewarding to me than any other. Unless you know of a job that pays seven figures a year to watch basketball and Simpsons reruns. If you do, please try to get in contact with me because I’m very interested. My name’s at the top of this article. But while I wait for you to throw that one onto my lap, let me tell you about my experience performing comedy. Evergreen is a super accepting school. The student body is passionate about a lot of causes that most people throughout the country don’t give a second thought to. I love this about us. It’s one of the reasons I came here. That being said, that pressure of knowing you’re ...

 
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The Final Entry: A Summative Reflection and Looking Forward The occupation is still happening, and now that I understand better U.S. complicity in human rights abuses in the region, I can’t stop thinking about it and trying to do what I can here in the U.S. and, more importantly, here on campus and in the community. ...Supporting Palestinians’ rights to self-determination doesn’t mean you are signing yourself up on a list for the destruction of Israel and greater harm to Israelis. What was deeply moving about our time in the West Bank was witnessing the majority of Palestinians engaged in non-violence through demonstrations, legal battles, and resistance through existence. The fault of the media is to only draw our attention to external forms of violence and ignore the structural violence that is afflicted on Palestinians on a daily basis in the occupation. What does this structural violence look like? Imagine you are a farmer. Yo...

 
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I am a transfer student. I spent a little over three years at South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) earning an Associate of Arts with Anthropology Emphasis and a vocational certificate in land rights and ethical cultural preservation. My first two years of community college were possible because my mother saved portions of state aid my family received while I was in high school. Getting married in the summer of 2009 afforded my husband and I independent status. Financial aid I received due to my independent status paid for the following year of school. A scholarship based on financial need paid for the last two courses required for my certificate and emphasis, since SPSCC financial aid refused to pay for classes outside minimal Associates of Arts requirements. Transferring to Evergreen offered hope, opportunities, options. I could pursue a dual degree, find a campus position, and get a bachelors soon enough to start working a...

 
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Over the years, the Evergreen community has been at varying levels of anti-establishment and anti-corporation. This isn’t news to me and it probably isn’t news to you. For many students, I am sure that was a huge plus coming to school here. One of the corporations that Evergreen students seems to have a huge problem with is Aramark, our current food vendor. Over the years, complaints about Aramark have been raised about the price, the lack of variation and the questionable nutritional value of food served in the Greenery. It seems that many students have no interest in continuing a partnership with a corporation - they think that Evergreen would be far better off if it were to run its own food service program instead of contracting through big business. I think that Evergreen’s spirit of anti-corporation blinds many students to the benefits of contracting out to a corporation for our food services. Aramark has done a lot for Evergr...

 
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“They’re asking us who believes in things.” - L.A. Times, “Anarchists targeted after Seattle’s violent May Day protests”, Oct. 19, 2012 Seattle certainly observed Law/May Day this past spring as both sprightly celebrations were contested by the very disorder the observances dispute. As protesters from the Black Bloc broke from their more lucid companions and essentially regressed to sullen fifteen-year-olds, a wave of derision snorted from the more stable and certainly better-read peacekeepers. Who could forget a Black Bloc protestor overseeing a beating of the downtown Seattle Nike store wearing some pretty sweet Nike’s (cool kicks, bro – tell your parents they have good taste.) The feeling I got from the whole debacle was a pretty sour and apathetic view of civil disobedience. If you’re going to destroy the property of a place where terrified grannies and your less-fortunate peers work to acquire basic necessities, then your ange...

 
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“A mix of minorities, young people and educated white professionals has now driven him (Obama) to two majority-vote presidential victories – the first Democrat to pull that off since Franklin D. Roosevelt,” taken from an NPR article. So the elections are over. I was starting to feel like that kid in the YouTube video who was “tired of Bronco Bamma and Mitt Romney.” On election night, I almost couldn’t handle the uncertainty of the next President of the United States. But alas, Obama was re-elected, and some of us minorities received a shout out: “It doesn’t matter whether you’re black or white or Hispanic or Asian or Native American or young or old or rich or poor, abled, disabled, gay or straight. You can make it here if you’re willing to try,” Obama stated in his victory speech. It seems every news source I turn to, either liberal, conservative, moderate, etc…are all reporting the nation’s changing demographics played a role in ...

 
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While I agree with last issue’s opinion piece (“Capitalism: America’s Misunderstood Economic Outcast”) on the unappealing nature of government cheese, I have to take issue with the author’s endorsement of capitalism as a political-economic system worth keeping around much longer. The grievances of capitalism’s critics are well known: environmental destruction, corporate control, and widening inequality, to name just a few. While many people would like to believe that these are the products of a malformed, “crony” capitalism, these realities are simply current examples of what capitalism has always done: plunder the natural world, deprive the majority of the means for self-determination, and enclose upon full democracy. The core reason for capitalism’s destructive tendencies is that it fundamentally divides the population into two classes: a small “owning” class that controls the use of the resources needed for life, and the majority...