Earlier today, thousands gathered at JFK International Airport to protest the detaining of 12 people from the list of seven majority-Muslim countries covered in Trump’s executive order from yesterday. This order has suspended all immigration from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Yemen, Libya and Somalia for the next 90 days, regardless of visa and permanent resident status. The order also bans entry of all refugees for the next 120 days and the entry of Syrian refugees indefinitely.
Among those at JFK earlier today was Casey Smith ’17, who gives more information about what’s going on there:
At least a dozen refugees and immigrants from the now-banned Muslim-majority countries were detained by Customs and Border Patrol inside JFK and more–unclear how many–were detained at airports around the country. The protests were posted on Facebook by immigrants’ rights and human rights activists, including Linda Sarsour. Lawyers from the International Refugee Assistance Project and the ACLU were inside the airport, by the arrivals gate, working to get in touch with the detained refugees. At the time of writing one Iraqi refugee had been released but the others were still detained. Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez (NY-7) was inside the airport and at the protests all day to advocate for CBP to release the refugees. Protestors shouted “no ban, no wall” and that immigrants/refugees/Muslims are welcome here.
Smith also said that it is important that those who are directly affected by the ban be centered in conversations about the policy. Read past the jump for reactions to the news:
With yesterday’s conclusion of the seemingly endless 2016 election, some Wesleyan students reflected on their experience deciding who to vote for. This article contains interview excerpts from several students who were interviewed separately before the election results were known. These students included Michelle Fisher’19, a Co-Chair for Wesleyan Democratic Socialists, Simon Korn’17 and Aimee Wilkerson’17, Co-Chairs of Wesleyan Democrats, Mathias Valenta ’20, Treasurer of Wesleyan Republicans, as well as Posse Veteran ScholarBrian Barkman’19. Of the five students interviewed three of them (Fisher, Korn, and Wilkerson) were planning to vote for Clinton, meanwhile Valenta, though not a U.S. citizen, supported Trump. Barkman was undecided at the time of the interview but was adamant that he would not cast his vote for Trump.
1964. UK/USA. Dir: Stanley Kubrick. With Peter Sellers. 94 min. 35mm print.
When a trigger-happy general orders a nuclear attack on the USSR, the POTUS and his advisors race against the clock to prevent doomsday. Kubrick’s grimly farcical take on nuclear conflict presents a parade of over-the-top megalomaniacs, including Sellers (of The Pink Panther fame) in three different roles.
1940. USA. Dir: Charles Chaplin. With Paulette Goddard. 125 min.
A Jewish war vet walks out of a hospital for the first time in 20 years to find his shop boarded up, the police replaced with brown-shirted thugs, and his homeland run by a loudmouthed buffoon ranting about making the country great again. Chaplin breaks his career-long silent to speak out against the growing menace of fascism, fusing slapstick with an earnest plea for compassion.
Do you hate capitalism? Love Bernie Sanders? Just realized that everything you know about capitalist democracy is a lie? Haven’t come to that realization yet but are interested in learning why?
Come to Wesleyan Democratic Socialists‘ first club meeting of the YEAR!!! we will be discussing Bernie’s political revolution + how we can continue it, our missions + goals for this year, and maybe even sharing some memes! ha :+) (we might have snacks but we also might not! either way please join us.)
Date: Thursday, September 22 Time: 8:00-9:00 PM Place: University Organizing Center Facebook Event
Hi everybody! Arcadia Political Magazine is now accepting submissions for our Fall 2015 issue! Submit here by Friday, November 6th at 5pm: Arcadia submission form here. You can write about ANY political topic that interests you: international, national, state, local, campus, radical, theoretical, personal, critical, creative, etcetera. Let us know if you have any questions, concerns, or ideas! We’re always happy to give feedback or help brainstorm.
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Come join Arcadia Political Magazine, Wesleyan College Democrats, and the Wesleyan Republican Committee to watch the CNN Democratic Primary Debate! Snacks for this debate will be provided by the WesDems, so come get your fill of both politics and food. You don’t have to stay for the whole thing – feel free to come and go as you please. Finally, this event is the first in a series of debate watching parties, so keep your eye out for more upcoming events!
This event, taking place on Saturday May 2nd, will focus on the underrepresentation of women in United States politics. Several female politicians from varying levels of government will speaking about their experience in the political sphere. Following the speakers (3 – 5 PM), there will be a catered dinner (5 – 7 PM).
Speakers will include:
Rosa DeLauro, U.S. Representative of Connecticut’s 3rd Congressional District
Toni Boucher, Connecticut State Senator of the 26th District
Dominique Thornton, Former Mayor of Middletown
Susan Bysiewicz, Former Connecticut Secretary of State
Sidney Powell, attorney and author of “Licensed to Lie”
and Wesleyan’s very own Professor Sarah Williarty who will be giving a special academic perspective
Please join this on this special occasion to celebrate as well as discuss the role of women in politics. Food will be served during our reception.
Supported by the Government Department, Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life, Public Affairs Center, American Studies Department, History Department, and Feminism, Gender and Sexuality Studies.
Date: Saturday, May 2 Time: Speakers 3:00 – 5:00, Dinner 5:00 – 7:00 Place: Daniel Family Commons
Connecticut got into the political battle this past Tuesday with a close Governor’s race and a handful of local races, but the Wesleyan campus has been just as connected as ever. In some ways, students have been even more involved recently—after years of inactivity, the Wesleyan Republican Committee was resurrected this September and now boasts a membership of over 60 students.
Their brand new website, along with new social media pages, sets forward a mission to “support the Republican agenda on Wesleyan campus and spread the Republican message throughout our school, our state and our nation. Our goals include helping elect Republican candidates on a local and national level as well as more actively involving college youth in the Republican Party. We strive to give Wesleyan Republican Committee members and non-members a better understanding of Republican views in all fields; and lastly, we aspire to fully prepare the future leaders of our party and of our country.”
Just before the midterm election, I decided to sit down with chairman Emma Sveen ’17 and vice-chairman Emma Bentley ’17 and talk to them about what exactly the WesRepublicans look to bring to campus.