Divided: Faculty union continues fight against in-person learning

After some faculty members and students held a demonstration last week about returning to campus, PCC welcomed students and faculty back to school this week with multiple COVID testing sites and equipped everyone with a pack of triple-layered surgical-grade masks. Over the weekend, the Pasadena Area Community College District (PACCD) and the PCC Faculty Association (PCCFA) negotiated terms about returning to campus amid a rising surge in COVID cases. According to an email sent from the district to the faculty, there were meetings on Jan. …

Local Armenian-Americans call for recognition of disputed territory

The conflict in the Artsakh region continues despite a Russia-negotiated cease-fire, and the local Armenian community is organizing to raise awareness of the dangerous escalation. On Sept. 27, the territorial dispute over the region of Artsakh, also known as Nagorno-Karabakh, ignited again when it was attacked by the military forces of Azerbaijan. Within the borders of Azerbaijan and adjacent to Armenia, Artsakh is an area of Indigenous Armenians that declared independence from Azerbaijan in December 1991 after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Azerbaijan has …

Say his name: Community remembers Anthony McClain

The night of August 15, Pasadena Police officers conducted a traffic stop that ended in the shooting of Anthony McClain, an African-American man, by Officer Edwin Dumaguindin. McClain’s last two hours on this earth were spent alone at Huntington Hospital, leaving his three children without a father. In the weeks following McClain’s death, strangers began to rally behind his story, protesting against the murder of African-Americans by police, and screaming “no justice, no peace” into the high heavens. On Friday, Aug. 28, McClain’s family held …

Pasadena protesters stand with Black lives

Thousands of demonstrators caravaned through the streets of Pasadena Tuesday, June 2 to protest and hold a vigil after the unjust murder of George Floyd by Minneappolis police officers, forming a united call for justice and demanding actions of change from the inner city government. The peaceful protest was organized by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Pasadena Branch, alongside with the National Day Laborers Organizing Network, faith leaders from the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance, and the Community Clergy Coalition. The late …

7 helpful tips to ensure safety at a protest

People are currently at high risk of becoming critically injured during the peaceful protests due to the extreme retaliation of the police. To ensure the safety of one and others, here is a list of steps to take as precautions during the protests. 1. Wear a Mask With the current pandemic the world is facing, masks not only lower the possibilities in catching COVID-19, but they as well come in use as barriers to prevent toxins of tear gas from entering the body. A gas …

Why Americans who care about social justice should care about Palestine

In August 2014, a young black man named Michael Brown was shot by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri and the city exploded in grief. Almost immediately after Brown was killed, scores of protesters took to the streets to demand accountability and an end to police murders of black men in the United States. Outfitted in full military gear, the police responded to the growing community protest with clouds of tear gas launched from armored vehicles, assault rifles pointed at unarmed citizens, and mass …

#Enough: National walkout brings forward school activism

Students participated in a nation-wide walkout at Pasadena City College (PCC) on Wednesday morning demanding that Congress take action against gun violence with underlying themes of bringing the PCC community more connected. This PCC event was prompted as part of a larger national event event to pressure legislators to find a solution to school shootings. It was organized by the same group that organized the Women’s March in January. The event was in response to the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in …

PCC prepares for national school walkout in support of Parkland shooting victims

Tomorrow morning, PCC will be participating in the national school walkout which is both a memorial in honor of the victims of the Parkland shooting and a protest against current gun laws. According to EMPOWER, the youth branch of the Women’s March group who created the event, more than 2,500 organizations across the nation and some internationally plan to participate. Students are encouraged to leave their classes at 10 a.m. for 17 minutes, in recognition of the 17 deaths at Stoneman Douglas High School. After …