What To Know About The Women's March On Washington
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What To Know About The Women's March On Washington

Women's rights are most definitely human rights.

On Jan. 20, 2017, Donald Trump will be inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States. The next day, thousands of women will descend on Washington, D.C., for the Women's March on Washington.

What Is The Women's March on Washington?
This event is a march organized to happen the day after the presidential inauguration to send a message to the new presidency -- women's rights are human rights. After the rhetoric of this last presidential election, which was particularly nasty, this march is trying to unify all people in recognizing that women's rights are human rights.

Celebrities have even pledged their support, with Gloria Steinem, Harry Belafonte, and America Ferrera joining the march.


Where and When Is the March Happening?
The main Women's March on Washington will occur on Jan. 21, 2017, in Washington, D.C. At 10:00 a.m., this main march will begin at the intersection of Independence Avenue and Third Street SW, near the U.S. Capitol.

If you can't make it to this march, there will also be sister marches across the U.S., which strive to reiterate the message of the main march. To see if there is a sister march happening near you, check out this list.

How Can I Support The March?
The best way to support the march is to join it. If you can't make the Washington, D.C. march, see if you can make it to one of the sister marches that will be occurring in conjunction with the main march in Washington.

Other ways you can support the march are to volunteer for the march, donate to help fund the logistics of the March on Washington and support any of these organizations made to help support women in all different kinds of ways.

Why Should I Support The March?
Again, women's rights are human rights. After this last election, where Donald Trump made disgusting remarks about women, there is a renewed need to recognize this fact. This march just wants to recognize the fundamental power and respect women deserve and want to bring attention to the sexism that women face every day.

You should support this march because it is important that we recognize the issues women face, and the challenges they experience because of their gender, especially under this new presidency, where women's rights are in jeopardy more than ever.

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Ways To Celebrate International Women's Day

Let's have a toast to all the girl bosses on March 8th.

I've always loved being a girl. From the time I was little, I looked upon my gender with pride, thinking that it was a central part of the reason I was strong, capable and independent.

Growing up, however, I realized that being girl was not always so easy...or at least not as easy as it was for my male counterparts.

As a girl, I've looked upon this past year with both caution and optimism. With the strident gains we've observed, from Hillary Clinton as the first presidential nominee of a major political party (and winner of the popular vote!) to Harriet Tubman announced as the new face of the $20 dollar bill (can I get a "dolla dolla bill y'all"?), we've also continued to be let down in our pursuit of gender equality.

Continuous remarks by a certain someone in a certain white house, combined with the political inaction, and more scarily, proactive political measures, threaten to deepen the divide between the equality of men and women. I mean just look at this guy.

The discontent among women and their treatment in society is nothing new, which is exactly what makes the agitation that much stronger; it's 2017, people...gender equality should be an item solidly checked off the to-do list.

However, if the attendance at the Women's March on Washington, estimated to be three times the size of Trump's inauguration, and the footprints heard and felt worldwide, are any indication of the might enlisted in the current battle for gender equality, then we are truly a force to be reckoned with.

As we approach International Women's Day on March 8, I've been scrutinizing my feminist gusto and ways to celebrate the holiday. Am I adhering to my feminist beliefs? Am I standing up for women like me? Am I an ally to other women who I don't inherently represent - women who are largely underrepresented within the realms of popular feminism?

This thinking formed a list of ways to celebrate International Women's Day like the girlboss you are and love.

Show your gratitude to important women in your life.
Moms, grandmothers, sisters, teachers, friends - give a holla to your girl gang or to any girl who has helped you become who you are today.

Host a party.
Throw a pregame, mixer, or house party in honor of the HBIC's you hold dear. Party to a playlist of all your favorite female artists, special drinks concocted and named for a woman (if anyone makes an HRC Pantsuit, DM me details), or make it themed and dress up as your girl-idol.

Watch, listen and read female creations.
Give a nod to powerful women by consuming (and loving) their masterpieces. We're talking Broad City, Inside Amy Schumer, Mean Girls, Bridesmaids, White Oleander by Janet Finch, the Lenny Letter, Lana Del Rey and Florence + the Machine, and the OG Mary Shelley's Frankentein. Heck let's even give a shout out to Avril Lavigne because why not.

Educate yourself on feminism.
Read up on what it means, it's history, and influential people. More importantly,though, try your best to learn about different types of feminism. Much of mainstream feminism is geared toward white, straight women, so try to learn about the issues and efforts of all feminisms and the intersectionality of different related issues.

Volunteer and donate money to organizations that benefit women.
There are organizations like Big Sister, Girl Scouts, Planned Parenthood, Shot@Life, Tostan, and Girls Not Brides among many many many more that need your help. Your gesture does not have to be big, in terms of time or money, because every small effort is truly meaningful.

Shop for a cause that helps women.
Treat yo' self with something that treats yo' gal pal in need at the same time. Don't Fuck With Us, Don't Fuck Without Us Planned Parenthood Pins, consent patches with a skeleton middle finger, Thinx period panties, and the Dior "We Should All Be Feminists" shirts (if you have $710 to play with LOL) are some of the cool options to add to your cart to celebrate March 8th.

Contact your political representatives and ask them to back initiatives that support women.
Make use of your right to be heard (and to be heard shouting something important!), as it is not a right afforded to every woman in the world. Not sure who your senators or representatives are? Here, use this.

Make a pledge to stop putting down women.
Take a cue from Michelle Obama (P.S. we miss you girlfriend) and go high when another girl goes low. Refuse to be negative towards a woman because of an action based on her own personal decisions. Call out people who say or do sexist things.

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UC Berkeley Protests Alt-Right Speaker

Why won't the children engage in meaningful debate with the internet trolls?

Milo Yiannopolous's appearance at Berkeley could not be more poorly timed, as the "Alt-Right" speaker's appointment was cancelled due to protests. Yiannopolous, an incredibly controversial figure, has been banned from twitter due to harassment.

If you don't know what the term "Alt-Right" means, it was named by Richard Spencer, a white nationalist, who sought to define a white nationalist movement.

Richard Spencer, everyone.

Once the racist dregs of 4chan, the alt-right is now heavily associated with Trump, Steven Bannon, and Milo himself. In fact, both Milo and Steve Bannon are associated with Breitbart, which has been referred to as, "The platform for the alt-right."

source: breitbart.com

If Bannon's name is familiar to you, it's because he is currently the chief strategist to the president. He actually left his position as executive chair of Breitbart News to take the position (he is on record saying he "didn't want his children to go to school with Jews.")

Milo has had such stimulating headlines such as, "Would you rather your child have feminism or cancer?", and "Gay rights have made us dumber, it's time to get back in the closet."

What a wasted chance for dialogue.

In one especially intellectually sweeping quote, Milo says:

"Here's my suggestion to fix the gender wars online: Women should just log off. Given that men built the Internet, along with the rest of modern civilisation, I think it's only fair that they get to keep it. And given what a miserable time women are having on the web, surely they would welcome an abrupt exit...I, Donald Trump and the rest of the alpha males will continue to dominate the internet without feminist whining...."

source: dailytargum.com

Clearly, this is a man looking for thoughtful debate. Assuredly, someone who delights in being offensive for the sake of being offensive is offering a true chance for conversation with the opposing side. The Berkley students truly missed a wonderful opportunity here.

Anyways, some windows were broken in response to Milo, and a small fire broke out. Some fireworks went off. The police shot at students with pepper bullets. A couple people got punched in the face. The protest was non-violent until a group of "masked agitators who came onto campus and interrupted an otherwise non-violent protest."

I will take my tongue out of my cheek now.

Can Milo say whatever he wants (other than hate speech) without getting arrested? Yes. Is anyone obligated to listen to him? No. Freedom of speech works both ways -- for the speaker of bullshit, and those criticizing the bullshit.

Before you wring your precious hands about the children and their safe spaces, consider: exactly who are you trying to silence here? Those with the platform to say whatever they want, or those who must band together and protest to get their own opinion across? If Milo can say whatever he wants, surely those college students have the right to tell him to shut the fuck up.

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Trump vs. Hamilton

"Terrible behavior" or expression of First Amendment rights?

Over the weekend, a new feud has erupted, one that has once again, rocked the American political scene. President-elect Donald Trump had some choice words for his newest target, Hamilton... that is, Hamilton the hit Broadway musical. Yes, you read that correctly.

Over the weekend, Vice President-elect Mike Pence took his children to see the wildly popular show, receiving a mixed greeting of cheers and boos from the audience. After the play concluded, the cast, namely Brandon Dixon, who portrayed Aaron Burr in the production, had a special message for our future VP.

This was certainly a bold move by the cast of Hamilton, yet it accurately conveyed a relevant concern that many Americans share during this time of political change. Trump, however, had other thoughts.

A string of tweets on Saturday morning indicated that he was considerably insulted and angry with the behavior of the Hamilton cast, calling them "rude," and even saying that Pence was "harassed". Another tweet also insisted that the cast of Hamilton "apologize" for their "terrible behavior".

Looking back at the video of Dixon's message, viewers can see that he calmed the crowd, telling them that there was no reason to boo the VP, and that this was a story of love.

He thanked Pence for attending the show and politely asked him to hear a few words before calmly reading a prepared statement that addressed the concerns of an increasingly diverse America.

This seems to be a perfect example of our nation's First Amendment rights. But it's hard to ignore the trend that seems to be developing on Trump's part - namely, lashing out after image-bruising moments such as these.

The Trump administration is in the thick of attempting to select cabinet members, but Trump didn't throw away his shot (pun intended) to take another stab at the musical. His first tweet on Sunday morning was still about Hamilton, which in my mind, included an ad hominem attack on the play itself.

Some say that Trump's recent Twitter tirades are a tool to direct attention away from his $25 million lawsuit settlement over the alleged Trump University fraud. (But he Tweeted about this, too.) Many of his followers have begun a trend on Twitter to #BoycottHamilton after Pence was "lectured".

So what did Pence have to say about all this? For the most part, he had actually let the cast's comments go. He told FOX News that was he wasn't offended by what was said, and that the cast's central message is something that he wants to address as VP.

According to him, Trump wants to be President of all American people. Pence even said that he and his daughter and nieces greatly enjoyed the show.

There seems to be a bit of a disconnect between Pence and Trump here in terms of reactions to the Hamilton cast's message. This seems to be a classic example of expression of freedom of speech, and a very relevant one at that. Mike Pence recognized this, and addressed the incident very professionally. Trump, on the other hand, perhaps blew his reaction a bit out of proportion, especially in light of Pence's praise of the show.

The feud will most likely continue, as "Boycott Hamilton" tweets as well as heartfelt messages from the show's original cast have exploded on Twitter. Hamilton has garnered so many fans and followers that I highly doubt the show will suffer much at all.

Hopefully, the president-elect will soon move onto more pressing political matters and leave Broadway be.

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Why Attorney General Pick Jeff Sessions Is So Controversial

He doesn't support the Voting Rights Act, for one.

Today marks the day that confirmation hearings begin for President-Elect Trump's attorney general pick, Jeff Sessions. This is a big deal, with sitting senators Cory Booker and John Lewis testifying against him. With their testimony, it is the first time in history sitting senators will testify against another sitting senator for a Cabinet position.

This is why Jeff Sessions is so controversial and why senators are creating history to stop him from getting confirmed.

He called the Voting Rights Act a piece of "intrusive legislation".
This is a big deal. All the Voting Rights Act does is protect an American's right to vote, specifically a minority American's right to vote. In calling it "intrusive legislation", he showed that he does not believe that all Americans deserve the right to vote, especially minority Americans.

The right to vote is a constitutional right protected by the Fifteenth Amendment of the US Constitution. It's very telling that Jeff Sessions doesn't really support the Voting Act, which, in a way, turns into him not really supporting the Fifteenth Amendment of the US Constitution either.

He prosecuted civil rights activists for registering black voters.
This is another big deal. Albert Turner was a civil rights activist that, after the passage of the Voting Rights Act, became known as "Mr. Voter Registration" for all his work in helping African Americans get registered to vote.

In 1985, when Jeff Sessions was the US attorney for the Southern District of Alabama, he charged Turner, his wife and a fellow activist Spencer Hogue with 29 counts of mail fraud, altering absentee ballots, and conspiracy to vote more than once.

This case and Turner and Hogue are known as the Marion Three. A not guilty verdict was the outcome of this case, but the fact that Jeff Sessions willing tried to convict civil rights activists for registering voters is concerning for obvious reasons.

Voted to defund Planned Parenthood and against the "Violence Against Women Act".
As a college student, Planned Parenthood is one of the best resources for health screenings, birth control and STD testing. Jeff Sessions voted to defund Planned Parenthood.

Voting to defund Planned Parenthood isn't too controversial, as numerous politicians voted with him, however it isn't a good thing that he treats women's health with such little regard.

In another strike against women, Sessions voted against the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which was changed to include gay men, lesbians, and undocumented immigrants who are victims of domestic abuse.

Even if Sessions disagreed with the LGBT and immigrant inclusion included in this bill, the entire bill is to protect domestic abuse victims, which Sessions voted against.

He doesn't think Stop-and-Frisk is racist.
Stop and frisk was controversial because of the disproportionate number of blacks and latinos being targeted - 87 percent of stop and frisk targets were blacks or latinos. A federal judge acknowledged that when she ruled it unconstitutional in 2013.

Jeff Sessions - along with Donald Trump - still believes that stop and frisk is not unconstitutional, that it is in fact constitutional. This is troubling because stop and frisk was racial profiling. It targeted blacks and latinos considerably more than whites.

It doesn't bode well when the nominee for attorney general stands and supports a racist procedure that was ruled unconstitutional.

Jeff Sessions is a very controversial pick for Trump's attorney general. His record, his views, and his standings are very conservative and troubling for the whole of America. The fact that sitting senators will create history in order to testify against him speaks volumes.

And all of this culminates into why Jeff Sessions isn't the best pick for attorney general and why it is so controversial that he is.

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UFC is Revolutionizing the Way We View Women's Sports

Fighting for Feminism?

Whether its appropriate or not, the truth is that in almost every single facet of every sport that includes both a womens' and mens' brand, the men seem to dominate television coverage and draw attention from a wider net of sports fans. This can be attributed to a variety of things, including, but not limited to, the demographics of typical sports fans and stigmas targeting the pace/excitement in women sports leagues.

The UFC is changing the "inferior" picture of female sports that has been embedded in the minds of sports fans for a long time.

UFC 205, a pay-per-view that occurred this past weekend, was a monumental event for the UFC brand. They accomplished something they had long sought to, as they held their first event ever in the state of New York, per the NYSAC's allowance of them to hold events in the state. New York City, including arena giant Madison Square Garden, had historically been dominated by boxing, with legends like Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Robinson, and Joe Louis having fought there.

Originally, UFC faced quite an uphill battle as martial arts wasn't something many people were interested in. In the mixed martial arts format, the UFC had to prove they had a product that was worth something to viewers. The growth of the sport was a long process, but it appears MMA is beginning to hit its peak.

The UFC finally broke into Madison Square Garden, the mecca of sports, as they broke records and entered the fold as a sport with widespread appeal. They collected a $17.7 million dollar gate, which was not only a UFC record, but also a Madison Square Garden record. In addition, they broke their record for PPV buys, which was only recently set in place at UFC 202.

While McGregor was the big name on the card, the reason this went so well was that the down card for the fight successfully complimented the main event. Here's where the female aspect comes into play. In this ever-growing sport, on the biggest night in their history, the main card featured two female fights and three male fights. Mind you, this was the case despite the fact that due to weight disparities in men and women, the women only have two title divisions, and eight for men, obviously producing far more UFC fighters for the latter gender.

One of the best fights of the night was Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz for the Strawweight Title. The fight went all five rounds, with the champ almost being knocked out in round four. It was so intriguing that it was in the running for "fight of the night" and would have won it if not for the title fight that followed it between Stephen Thompson and Tyron Woodley that ended in a draw.

Aside from McGregor making history as the first two-title champion, the next most notable part of the night was when long-time contender and former Bantamweight Champion Miesha Tate was upset by Raquel Pennington and decided to retire after the fight.

The title fight didn't feature girls with any semblance of wide-ranging name recognition, and yet, it captured the attention of the audience and contributed to UFC's huge night. As for Tate, she captured the attention of social media with her huge announcement, as many were crushed to see her go. The fact that women's fighting rivaled mens, in terms of their position on the greatest card in UFC history and with the coverage they received, starkly opposes what we're used to from any sport that features both sexes.

The UFC's next PPV will be headlined by Daniel Cormier and "Rumble" Johnson, but people have already begun to focus on the following PPV, which features the return of the UFC's 1B (MCGregor is 1A) superstar: Ronda Rousey. Rousey's skill, attitude, and personality have drawn the attention of sports fans from all over the world, who otherwise wouldn't watch UFC, to become interested in the sport. Her return at UFC 207 should draw a huge number of viewers across the world.

The fact that not only are women fights repeatedly present on fight cards, but that a women's bout can headline a card as the Main Event and draw millions of viewers is an important step forward for women's sports. As UFC continues to enter the mainstream, the prominence of female fighting will continue to rise and could be the thing that breaks the long-held stigma that gender in any way dictates how interesting competition will be.