Angel Gonzalez

Born and raised in good ol' Colorado Springs, I enjoy hiking, dogs, and playing outside. I am a second year student at the University of Denver studying International Studies, Journalism, and Spanish. I hope to one day work for the US State Department.

Case de Paz: Providing hospitality to those affected by immigrant detention

For my audio slideshow I decided to highlight a local organization, Casa de Paz. As can be seen from the array of household photos the organization is manned by few volunteers in a suburban home across from the Aurora Detention Center. The photos range from home-made thank you cards, cozy living room furniture, eloquent meals prepared by college students, interacting with immigrants, and the everyday duties of running a 2-bedroom house. I was fortunate enough to meet Paul, a well-spoken Haitian staying at Casa de Paz who seeks asylum in the United States. I also interviewed Erin, a college student who volunteers at the Casa in her spare time. I feel as if the photographs captured the loving and cozy Casa. Continue reading

Efficiency of protests: how to make the most out of your college protest

 

The purpose of this slideshow is to be a continuation of the article I published earlier on the efficiency of protests. The overall topic puts into question the tangible outcomes of protests. As seen in both the slideshow and the previous article I build off scientific studies that analyze the likelihood of protests become policy. The arching answer given by a Harvard study  is bit bleak, stating that protests themselves are not the causal change in policy but instead the motivated attendees becoming more involved in political spheres. This is both a jab and a silver lining – protests don’t solve problems, people do.

This is exactly the type of story line that I wanted to highlight in my slideshow. The reason I have people as my focus for the power point is because I want it to highlight that people have the power. The first three photos are my favorite, although taken with an iPhone camera. The first photo shows the sheer volume of people attending the Tax protest, its powerful. The second is of a little girl wearing a pussy hat, symbolizing women’s rights. The photo represents the importance of youth. The third photo is of a man selling political t-shirts. The vendor, to me, shows that people from all walks of life can unify under a single cause. The photos in sum, give a voice to the people. Continue reading

Efficiency of public protests: Will students make a tangible change?

Hundreds gather for the Tax march on the Denver Capital.

Hundreds gather for the Tax march on the Denver Capital.

Since the historic election of Donald J. Trump protests have been ubiquitous and worldwide. Take for example the Women’s March which took place the day after Trump sworn into office, millions of people took to the streets in almost every major city in the United States. Even more renowned were the shocking photographs that captured the sheer mass of people participating in the march in places such as India, Serbia, Kenya and many more.

Across the country, airports such as John F. Kennedy and San Francisco International where filled to the brim with thousands of protesters – both standing in alliance with immigrants and against the Trumps temporary immigrant ban which prohibited people form the seven proclaimed Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States.

The famed No Dakota Access Pipeline protest, also known by its trendier name #noDAPL made waves as protesters flew into North Dakota from around the United States to partake. The protest which began in 2016 has been ongoing and in the media limelight even after the Trump administration has removed civilians from the land. Business Insider stated in Sep. 2016 that, “Whether or not the tribe is successful in stopping the pipeline, it is clear that the protest is reshaping the national conversation for any environmental project that would cross the Native American land.” Continue reading