Monthly Archives: September 2010

Reflection on New Yorker articles

A Reporter At Large: It doesn’t seem quick to me (1961) and Letter From Selma (1965) were both articles published in the New Yorker newspaper. As I read through the first it was almost like being there when the first African-Americans started to stand up for their rights. This article spoke about the boys who did a sit-in at an ONLY White counter. They spoke about their experience and what they had planned next. While the second article Letter From Selma was about the march that was planned from Selma, Albama to Montgomery. This march happened years after the sit-in and showed how things kept piling up and finally a collective action had to take place. The first article spoke about how the movement started to grow and the second article was how the movement started to create attention and finally get moving.

I think it’s amazing how long this movement took place to have these two articles be four years apart and everything still be the same shows a lot about change. That means that these American American students had to go either all through high school or all through college segregated. They were devalued as members of the community all through out their life. I really enjoyed reading the first article regarding the start of picketing and sit-ins by college students because it spoke more about the process and personal experience of these young people growing up. It was more behind the scenes of what has been seen in pictures or read in history books about the Civil Rights Movement.


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Alinsky’s Tactics for Radicals

2) Pick one of Alinsky’s rules from the other reading and describe how you would use it to address a problem in your community.

Let’s say the issue in my community is many high school students or not attending school but are lying to their parents by saying they are. In other words these students are “skipping” school. What I would choose from Alinsky’s tactics for radicals would be number 5, ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. I would use this tactic by bringing parents in to school without their kids knowing once the parents get that their students are absent in school, it will become their obligation to do something about it.

The whole idea is that parents shouldn’t avoid the issue, they are the main leaders in the community when it comes to students. If change doesn’t start at home then where will it start? On the streets.

Blog #6: Parallel Movement

After getting some background about the Women Suffrage movement and knowing some bit of information regrading the Gay Rights movement there can be a bit of parallelism between the two. Professor Sweetman asked not to mention obvious movements in order to parallel the Suffrage movement; I hope Gay Rights isn’t considered obvious.

In these two movements you can see how one has become successful by becoming part of our nation’s Constitution while the other movement, Gay Right’s, is still in process. The gay right’s movements has gained some sort of leverage by gaining acceptance in the USA in six states already; Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, Vermont, Washington, D.C. and most recently New Hampshire Nytimes.com. The same happened during the women suffrage, some states already gave women the right to vote before the 19th amendment was ever passed. Oklahoma being one of them Oklahoma Newspaper.

These two groups stand up for equality for individuals one for women rights while the other for gay rights. They are two different groups of people who have and do feel under represented due to their lack of freedom in expression. To attend a townhall meeting to voice your opinion but not be given the right to vote your opinion makes your opinion never formally known. To live together with your partner for many many years is not the same as being tied together by civil law; your relationship is never formally made.

Lastly, Women Suffrage had it’s parade while the Gay Right’s movement have their parade every single year until they are satisfied with action from the rest of 44 states left to legalize same sex marriage.

Blog #5:Iron Jawed Angels reflection

I missed last class when we watched this film in class but I was able to watch it later on my own. Admiration, pride, and hope is what I felt after watching this film. Of, course we know about the women suffrage movement. We imagine hundreds of women marching in the streets with banners, flags, high heeled boots, dresses, and fancy hats. When did we ever imagine women in jail, force-fed, spit on by the public, and sacrificing their lives for a cause?

I have so much admiration for these women and all they did. It takes courage and strength to be so consistent in working for something you truly stand for, even when everyone else is against it.

I feel pride for being a woman, because of these women I have more power in my country than other women in their countries. I can voice my opinion and expect to be heard because I know I am not considered any lower than a man.

I feel hope and this goes not just from hearing about this movement but all successful movements that have occurred in the past.  I know that if change is needed and we work on receiving that change it can happen.

It’s just amazing and truly thought proving when history is made such  as with this movement. It makes you think well why was this never changed from the beginning? Would it have been different if it were two mothers who decided to push forward with this movement? It’s also so ridiculous how difficult it was to get through the political system and really get through to people. Was it necessary for innocent people to suffer? This was my main question. I believe so yes, people don’t really get it until it affects them personally or emotionally.

NCLC 304 #2 WUNC

Multiple women participate together in a protest for one cause. They share the same sentiments, rise their hands in the air, and wave banners together. No matter how uncomfortable it may be being tossed around in the mob of women they smile and tread on with their chins held high. They are doing this for themselves, their family, their friends. Young women, older women, age is not holding anyone back from participating.

NCLC 304 Post #1 Intro

Hello Everyone,

I’ve been raised in Northern Virginia and have lived in Alexandria all my life, in the Mount Vernon area. I enjoy where I live it’s filled with history, diversity, and life. I’m studying to become a physical therapist so I am a New Century College student with a concentration in Pre-physical therapy. I enjoy working with children, playing with dogs, learning new things, and meeting new people. I believe that everyone has something for me to learn, that every mind is its own world. I view the world as something beautiful that is constantly changing and growing, not dying.

When it comes to my experience in social movement and community activism I do have some. I am Hispanic-American and I am the first generation of my family to be born in the United States. Both my parents came to this country illegally in the 80’s after the El Salvadorian civil war seeking refuge. Both of my parents are now legal citizens of the USA but I know of many who still aren’t including many youth. I voluntarily joined the May 1st movement on Capitol Hill in 2007 as a call for immigrant rights and stop deportation of innocent people. I also actively participated in a walkout at my high school my sophomore year of high school in 2006. Everyday many families feared being split up because of deportation of either one or all family members. This issue is still present today and I feel the cause of this issue is lack of information. I feel immigrants, not only Hispanic, should be educated about their rights and persuaded to apply for residency in the United States. When it comes to  youth I feel they should have the liberty to go to college and pay in-state tuition just like their fellow peers.

This has been such a controversial topic that it’s so difficult to resolve and still be able to make the majority happy. I do feel though that everyone no matter your size, color, language, religion… difference, should be treated with respect. Yet, I discuss this topic because it hits close to home since it targets my family and it doesn’t get any more personal than that. My objective of this course is to broaden my knowledge on social movement and activism in order to discuss this issue of immigration reform and other social issues with a better understanding of the process. Knowledge is what makes the man.