Politics

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

DU’s first woman president in a decade

This project was a lot of fun. I learned a lot about audio story telling, also about Adobe Premiere. The software is fun to use and can be picked up fairly quickly. I also learned a lot about USG. It was fun to re-connect with Tess and get to know her more as our president rather than my friend. She put in a lot of hard work over the past two-years and will continue on here at DU as a graduate student.

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Legal marijuana at risk under Trump banner

 

 

The major topic explored in this slideshow is marijuana legalization, the affect it already has on the city of Denver, the state of the Colorado, the people within it and how Trump’s presidency will affect all this. I was trying to tell this story through relevant pictures that help visually show the industry, the users, the law and the drug that all are dependent on.

 

The story of legal weed in Colorado, and how it will be affected by Trump is in actuality a mixture of stories regarding the weed industry already in place in the state, so I wanted my slideshow to depict these stories via the agents of the Users, the Industry and the Law

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Emphasizing sexual health and education at DU

My topic came from the recent controversy and possibility of Planned Parenthood being defunded by the GOP, which Paul Ryan said he “vowed” to accomplish earlier this year. With this story and slideshow, I wanted to demonstrate the importance of the organization to students at DU (and women everywhere,) explain the variety of services the organization offers (not just abortion,) and how women would be affected if the government were to stop reimbursing Planned Parenthood.

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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

The controversy of free speech at DU

The slideshow is related to my Issue Story – the topic of free speech at DU. For the first part I focused on what free speech meant to some people at DU and what DU does to accomodate inclusion among different ideas on campus. The second part is related to some other uses of free speech relating to a different way of protesting and how it affects journalism.

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Protecting Planned Parenthood at DU

 

DUPB provides condom dispensers in campus bathrooms to promote safe sex.

DU Health and Counseling Center provides condom dispensers in campus bathrooms to promote safe sex.

Amidst the flood of newfound responsibilities that college students face when moving out or away from home, health care isn’t usually one of them. Most young adults in the US stay on their parent’s health insurance policy until the age of 26, when they legally must buy their own. However, gender equality and affordable health care for all are issues that aren’t typically overlooked or put on the back-burner on college campuses, including the University of Denver.

 

Over the past decade, anti-abortion politicians like Vice President Mike Pence have made attempts at retracting certain women’s health care services in the US, making access to safe, legal abortions more and more difficult. The Hyde Amendment already prohibits federal funds from being used for abortions, but since President Donald Trump was elected, House Speaker Paul Ryan vowed to “defund” the women’s health clinic Planned Parenthood which offers numerous health care services to 2.5 million women in the US every year.

 

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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

The Controversy of Free Speech at DU

Graffiti on a DU building

Graffiti on the side of a DU building.

The University of Denver has a lot of history when it has come to students expressing their First Amendment right to free speech, and not all opinions have been welcome on campus.

In 1970, DU students attempted to protest the University’s decision to stay open after the events of the Kent State Massacre. The students lived in a makeshift village for several days, calling it ‘Woodstock West’ until The National Guard was called in to disperse the protest.

“I don’t think [The National Guard] was called in to necessarily restore the campus, but rather to ‘save face’ for the Chancellor.” Sheila Schroeder, a DU professor, said. Schroeder is working on a documentary about Woodstock West.

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Weed under Trump: is he to be feared or is he just blowing smoke?

Back in February, White House spokesman Sean Spicer said that those in states with legalized marijuana could expect “greater enforcement” under the Trump administration. Spicer’s comments, along with the critical comments regarding legalized marijuana of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, sparked a sense of fear in the young but profitable legal marijuana industry, and for good reason.

Where it all starts: a macro shot of a marijuana bud

Where it all starts: a macro shot of a marijuana bud

The budding industry is quickly capitalizing on an eager customer base, and is projected to surpass $24 billion nationwide by 2024 if the federal government does not crackdown on the status quo of legalization.

The future of legal weed in the Trump era is ambiguous. For both users and those involved in the industry, there are far more questions than answers regarding how Trump and his administration will enforce or not enforce federal laws.

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