Suzan eraslan is a theater director and designer on a temporary hiatus and a reluctant political activist and documentarian living in new york city.

MARCH 5TH, 2017

Most of this is going to be a reposting the stuff that I put up yesterday that disappeared when my browser froze trying to do a final save. (Hey, news orgs, your websites are CONGESTED AF with ads and auto-playing videos and garbage the clogs up multi-tab browsing like an unfortunate possum in a sewer line. Cut it out.) 

But, of course, the big news of the day first-- 

And now the catch ups-- I'm going to try something where I do these in loose categories, really because I can't handle putting anything else up after I go through the hate speech and crimes stuff. 

Immigrants and Immigration

Federal Government

Education

  • On March 1st, 2017, Morehouse College President John Silvanus Wilson, Jr. published a statement declaring his disappointment with DT's meeting at the Oval Office with Wilson and other HBCU Presidents. While DT has bandied around a lot of nebulous promises about being "better for the Black community than Barack Obama," the meeting apparently yielded no concrete information or policy. Wilson also directed his frustration toward the ignorance of Betsy DeVos who stated that HBCUs, which were founded after the Civil War and during Jim Crow when other universities would accept Black students, were "pioneers of school choice." Apparently, the whole thing really was just an Instagram opportunity for Kellyanne Conway. 
  • On March 2nd, 2017, the Arkansas Times reported that state Representative Kim Hendren has introduced a bill banning the teaching of books or articles by Howard Zinn (published after 1959) in Arkansas public schools. Contrary to common sense, you should absolutely read the comments on this article (see a particular gem below). 
  • On March 2nd, 2017, The News & Observer reported that the Chapel Hill-Carrboro school system will cancel classes on Wednesday, March 8th, because so many teachers will be participating in the general strike A Day Without a Woman. "The Chapel Hill-Carrboro school system’s employee makeup is 75 percent women." If you can afford to join them without risking your financial security, I encourage you to join me by doing no paid or unpaid work on Wednesday. If you can't strike, you can always wear red in solidarity! 

Extreme Anti-Abortion Laws Sweeping the States

  • On February 27th, 2017, a gruesome and traumatizing abortion bill passed the Montana state senate that would require doctors to deliver a fetus at 24 weeks by inducing labor or performing a cesarean section rather than perform an abortion, and once the fetus is delivered, would have to attempt to resuscitate it, regardless of the fetus's viability. Doctors, as well as abortion seekers, would be subject to felony prosecution if they do not follow the morbid law. 
  • On February 28th, 2017, a 20 week abortion ban was advanced by the Iowa state senate. "The proposal says that except in the case of a medical emergency, an abortion could not be performed unless a doctor first made a determination of the probable post-fertilization age of the pregnancy. It would prohibit most abortions after 20 weeks." 
  • On March 1st, 2017, Tennessee Attorney General filed a written opinion that a proposed "heartbeat bill" in the state legislature would be struck down in court, as similar bills from other states have been. The bill would make abortion illegal once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, before many women even realize that they are pregnant. 

Hate Crime and Hate Speech News - Assume Potentially Triggering Material From Here On Out

  • On March 3rd, 2017, a North Carolina man was arrested for assaulting, harassing, and threatening a gay couple while on vacation in Key West. During the attack, Brandon Ray Davis reportedly told them in between gay slurs, "You live in Trump country, now!" and when one of them said they would call 911 after Davis, who was drunk, drove a rented motorized scooter into the victim's back bike wheel, knocking him to the ground, replied, "If you do that, I'll cut you up." 
  • On March 4th, 2017, a Sikh man who was repairing his car in his own driveway in Kent, Washington, was shot in the arm by a random gunman who told him "Go back to your own country" before shooting. The Sikh gentleman was rushed to a nearby hospital where he was held and treated for non-life threatening injuries. The shooter is still at large. 
  • On March 5th, 2017, the Guardian reported that neo-Nazis, anti-semites, and other alt-right scum are thrilled at all the attention they are getting from left-wing media because it apparently makes certain hate terms meaningless, allowing the groups to flourish. 

MARCH 6 - 9, 2017

MARCH 3RD - MARCH 4TH, 2017