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It seems that nowadays more and more right wing conservatives are taking a stand against Planned Parenthood–for all the wrong reasons.
The internet is a cornucopia of information, spreading ideas across the world in a matter of milliseconds. While there isn’t necessarily any sole ownership claimed to the Internet, each blog post, picture or opinionated Facebook rant sent out into the World Wide Web holds some degree of intellectual property, protecting every blogger, journalist or average Joe’s right to freedom of speech.
In 1929, American journalist George Seldes published “You Can’t Print That,” an exposé of media censorship and government control over the press. In it, Seldes published a 1918 interview with Paul von Hindenburg, the German field marshal during World War I.
The information Hindenburg revealed during the interview could have seriously changed the course of history: Seldes claimed that Hindenburg’s information ”would have destroyed the main planks of the platform on which Hitler rose to power.”
However, military censors stopped Hindenburg’s information from ever being published, which is something that Seldes fought strongly against during his career as a journalist.
In the late 19th century, feminists were raising their voices against the many injustices that women endured. Along with the right to vote, these activists spoke out against one of the most sacred vows of the time: marriage.
One of the most impactful forms of activism of the time came through the power of the written word. Newsletters, pamphlets, essays…these ladies spread the word in whichever way they could.
Historically, independent media was founded on the basis of social, political and economic reform. The idea is simple: if there is a problem, independent outlets would go against the grain of mainstream media in order to call out the injustices perpetuated by the government.
In light of Michael Brown, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, and the ongoing national debate regarding institutionalized racism, students at Ithaca College held the school’s first diversity town hall meeting. Student leaders gathered this afternoon to discuss and brainstorm ideas to work toward a more diverse campus, focusing primarily on diversity issues related to the college’s African, Latino/a, Asian, and Native American (ALANA) community, but also including topics such as gender and sexually.
Instead of just talking about the issue, students were asked to come up with specific solutions to problems in which they feel are directly related to a lack of diversity on campus. Maybe someone of color was given odd looks as soon as they stepped into a room full of white people. Maybe someone received microaggressive comments from a peer and didn’t know how to handle it. Maybe there aren’t enough professors of color in a school. How can we address these issues, and, more importantly, what are we going to do to prevent these things from happening again?
School administrators sat in on the meeting and took note of the various suggestions that students had for diversifying the campus. Students also participated in a series of discussion-based activities, such as filling out an identity worksheet in order to share the most salient parts of their identity.
The town hall meeting today served as the infrastructure to a future of possibilities. The idea here was to start planning a course of action–what can we do as students to help make the campus a more inviting place for students of color? We’ve had endless discussions about the problem, so now it’s time to actually do something about it.