Reject Kavanaugh: Students for a Democratic Society Protest

NAOMI DORNFELD

dornf001@rangers.uwp.edu

Students on campus rallied to demand Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination be withdrawn

On Oct. 4 from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm. campus group, Students with a Democratic Society, gathered in UW–Parkside’s free speech area to rally in demand that Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination be withdrawn.

The Supreme Court nomination

In the late weeks of September, a heated controversy developed surrounding Brett Kavanaugh’s supreme court nomination. Dr. Christine Baisley Ford came forward with testimony that the nominee had sexually assaulted her when they were both teenagers in the summer of 1982. Debates were sparked as to whether the allegations were credible and whether a person with these allegations against them is fit to be assigned one of the highest roles in the country’s government.

Rallying for change

Aligning with many across the country who believe that the time for men in power to be held accountable for their actions against women’s bodies is now, a group of students at UW–Parkside rallied to demand that Kavanagh’s nomination be removed. This group, Students for a Democratic Society, invited students, staff and faculty to join in the public outcry that Kavanaugh should not hold a place in the Supreme Court.

Protest on campus

Being that the event was organized with a sense of urgency, many students were not aware of the opportunity to join the protest. Those who were in attendance, most of whom are members of the Students for a Democratic Society, held signs that read “#BelieveSurvivors” and “Reject Kavanaugh for Supreme Court Nomination.” During the two hours present, protesters invited people walking by over for conversation on the subject and discussed the importance of public conversation amongst themselves. At one point, a chant led by participants in SDS was shouted, “Hey Hey Ho Ho – Kavanaugh has got to go.”

Legitimize victim’s stories

One protester, Kelly Lutz, a member of SDS, criticized several misogynistic statements and actions of president Trump, considering the ways that allowing Kavanaugh’s nomination to be pushed forward will perpetuate the problem. She also commented that, “It’s important to legitimize a victim’s story. It doesn’t matter what time it happens. We need to legitimize the pain that sexual assault survivors experience as a community.” Another member of SDS, Victor Garcia stated, “This is a nationwide issue, and the fact that we’re still writing [sexual assault] off as ‘not a big deal’ is completely unacceptable.”

On Campus Assault

Bringing the issue of sexual assault itself to the foreground, many participants noted that over the days and weeks this allegation was being publicized on a national scale, the UW–Parkside community received an alert that a sexual assault had occurred on campus. A member of a different group working on a project nearby commented on the rally saying, “Sexual assault something that has to be talked about across campus, because, as the email sent out to students on Sunday stated, someone was assaulted right here, just recently.” Gabriella Stratton, member of SDS shared this sentiment. “There have been and continue to be sexual assaults on campus. I think it’s really important to bring light to the situation and make people more aware that these things do happen especially on college campuses and there are things we can do about it.” The recurring comment from the protest participants, in addition to the demand that Kavanaugh’s nomination be withdrawn, was that sexual assault cannot and will not be tolerated and that those who sexually assault others must be held accountable for their actions.

Moving forward

Students interested in partnering with Students for a Democratic Society or who would like to further the dialogue about this particular issue can find them on Facebook at Students for a Democratic Society UW–Parkside.

Dr. Benson’s Student Poetry Picks

NAOMI DORNFELD

dornf001@rangers.uwp.edu

A Non-Figurative Exhibition: Opening Reception September 15th

 

I drove to a gallery

near Bayview

to see a dream

or begin to bury it.

 

They were closed

to set up the next installation.

 

When the door opened

a man I’d seen before

thought I was there to meet him

about a painting.

 

I was not prepared

to explain why I’d walked in.

 

A woman with a tack in one hand

and a small bird – in a blue-sky 4 x 7 photograph – in the other

told me I could check back

tomorrow.

 

Maybe I will

shoulder the hope of love until then.

 

I asked if she knew

where else I could go

 

since I had kindly been asked

to leave  

 

for now.

Take Charge of Your Mental Health

KRYSTAL DODGE

                                                                                                thorn008@rangers.uwp.edu

College is a time of transition and can be very stressful. Sometimes that bring out things like depression, anxiety, insomnia and many more. It is important to have a strong support network. As you grow and change the elements and needs of your support network will change with it.

According to Chardon State College, “One in four young adults between the ages of 18 and 24 have a diagnosable mental illness.” That is a large amount of people. Luckily for us there are a lot of resources available here in the community and on campus.

Resources

UW- Parkside has free personal counseling services and referrals are available to all UW-Parkside students. These services are performed by licensed personnel and meet federal guidelines, and they offer individual and group counseling for a wide variety of things.

These services are free and confidential, meaning that the information will not and cannot legally be shared without your written permission. You can call to set up counseling session at (262) 595-2366. If you have an emergency, you call the Parkside police at (262) 595-2911.

NAMI of Kenosha County offers free Support groups for individuals coping with a mental illness, their family and their friends. They are located at 5718 7th Ave, Kenosha, and the number is 262-652-3606. You can call or check their website for the different support groups and services.

Getting involved

People need to socialize because, for the most part, humans are not solitary beings. On campus we have many organizations and clubs you can become part of. Having that group of peers can help you cope better.

Even though mental illness can be daunting, it does not have to be a life sentence. There is hope and help. Take charge of your mental health and be the best you, because there is only one of you and the world needs you in it. In the words of Demi Lovato, “It’s my mission to share this with the world and to let them know that there is life on the other side of those dark times that seem so hopeless and helpless. I want to show the world that there is life — surprising, wonderful and unexpected life after diagnosis.”

The Proletarian | Kavanaugh was never fit for Justice seat

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Fellow students protest Kavanaugh’s nomination for SCOTUS outside the Student Center.
Courtesy: Ethan Costello

ETHAN COSTELLO

coste012@rangers.uwp.edu

Added to sexual assault, Kavanaugh’s record speaks for itself

The Kavanaugh hearing has been a disappointing process. The FBI and the senators have confirmed the theatrics behind “due process” when it comes to big money interests. Brett Kavanaugh is unfit for the Supreme Court Justice seat in light of the allegations of sexual assault levied against him, his tendency towards dishonesty and his political line.

After Christine Blasey Ford gave testimony about the sexual assault committed against her, I believe her. Do you know why? The likelihood that this is a correct accusation is highly in Ford’s favor. The numbers as reported by news outlet the Independent are scientifically in her favor. The likelihood of a false accusation of sexual assault or rape is extremely low, anywhere from 2-6%. And allegations of sexual assault are always treated with unremorseful suspicion, perpetuated by the rampant misogyny embedded in our culture.  The ridiculous line of questioning by supporters of Kavanaugh inside the Senate shows this suspicion in Ford’s case.

The manner in which Kavanaugh has addressed these accusations and the necessary inquiries that have followed has been questionable and unbecoming of a man who claims to have dedicated himself to the matters of justice and truth. Kavanaugh has managed to commit perjury many times throughout the hearing process. An analysis published on The Intercept breaks down the rhetoric that Kavanaugh used while under oath, and he blatantly lied about his history at Yale and about his past associations as well as dodged questions and digressed from the topic at hand. This is a common strategy used by people with something to hide. And it is purposeful. Vox published a comparison between Ford’s answers to pointed questions versus Kavanaugh’s answers. Ford answers every question directly and to the best of her ability, while it is a 50/50 chance that Kavanaugh will directly answer. It should raise alarms in everyone when a candidate for Supreme Court Justice (SCOTUS) is as deliberate as Kavanaugh in avoiding the truth.

Even after all of this, his endorsements and political line are another cause for alarm. It is important to remember that Kavanaugh was a potential nominee for SCOTUS since Trump’s campaign. Kavanaugh was part of a list of 25 names of possible nominees; this list was influenced and endorse by the Heritage Foundation, a right-wing think-tank. The Heritage Foundation is known for their union-crushing policies, their disregard for women’s rights and their desire to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. This is amongst many other backwards policies that stifle working class people and uplift the ruling class. To boot, Vox revealed that Kavanaugh also has proposed a dictatorial policy which would “exempt” the president from criminal prosecution while in office, effectively quelching any legal investigations and opposition against Trump and future presidents. It is no wonder why Trump supports Kavanaugh so much.

At the time of this publishing, the verdict for Kavanaugh for SCOTUS will have already been made. If the outcome is positive and he is rejected, it will be a victory for the masses, which should be celebrated. If he is accepted, it is a loss. There is only one thing to do in this event: do something about it. Organize about it. In solidarity.

Ethan Costello is a senior majoring in communication, VP of No Victims Self Defense and Secretary of Students for a Democratic Society.

Editor’s note: Read the online version for links to author’s sources. 

This Week in History: The Great Chicago Fire

RORY LARSON

larso066@rangers.uwp.edu

The Windy City, Chi Town, The Second City—Chicago goes by many different names that each reflect the diversity of the city. Chicago, founded in 1833, is one of the Midwest’s oldest cities but now Chicago is known as one of the most modern and fastest growing cities in the United States. Becoming one of America’s most modern cities started with a disaster on the evening of October 8, 1871—The Great Chicago Fire.

Wild speculation

Anti-Irish discrimination was rampant in the 1870s, which led to stereotypes that Irish immigrants were lazy, shifty, drunk, and the list of negative qualities goes on. One immigrant, Mrs. O’Leary, was about to find an unfortunate amount of fame when a fire began on her property, likely in the barn, late one evening.

Although the actual cause is unknown and still disputed, Mrs. O’Leary was quickly blamed, the most popular theory being that while she was milking her cow, it kicked over the lantern that started the fire. After the fire was over, Mrs. O’Leary and her husband were never truly able to escape the pointing fingers.

Fire devils

Chicago had had an unusually dry summer and fall the year of 1871, which led to most of the wood frame buildings in the city becoming incredibly dried out and susceptible to the blaze. The flames from the O’Leary barn quickly made their way northeast on that particularly windy evening. This led to the “fire devils”, as the residents called them, which are what we now call convection spirals that sweep up burning debris and expel it in various directions. More buildings were soon set ablaze by the blazing detritus. The fire was finally over on October 11, as rain, firefighters, and stretches of undeveloped land caused it to slowly go out.

Damage and Rebuilding

The Chicago Fire, or Great Chicago Fire, as it was often called, led to the deaths over an estimated 300 people, only 120 of which were found and identified among the ruins of the city. Almost three and a half miles of the city were burned to the ground and over 17,450 buildings were lost. This fire had left one third of Chicago’s population homeless and destitute, having burned their homes, savings and valuables. Though it was difficult for Chicago to recover and rebuild, the city made the best of the situation.

Attracted to the job opportunities, many architects, both famous and upstarts, flocked to the city. Chicago began to rebuild with new safety regulations, new building styles and materials, and even the first skyscrapers began were built. Chicago entered into a phase known as the Great Rebuilding. Chicago was reimagined into a modern city and set the pace for the famous architecture and building design the city would come to be known for, The Chicago School of Architecture. Though devastating, the Great Chicago Fire led to the renewal of one of America’s most famed cities and fire prevention protocols that helped save lives for decades to come.