RSF urges House of Lords to amend Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill to protect press freedom

first_img to go further October 8, 2018 – Updated on October 26, 2018 RSF urges House of Lords to amend Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill to protect press freedom United KingdomEurope – Central Asia Protecting sources JihadismFreedom of expressionJudicial harassment News RSF_en Organisation Reports Help by sharing this information October 3, 2017 Find out more In a briefing to the House of Lords compiled with research and support from Doughty Street Chambers, RSF outlined its concerns over problematic provisions that the House of Commons failed to address in its consideration of the bill. RSF highlighted measures in Clauses 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 13, and 21 that constitute unlawful, unnecessary, and disproportionate infringement of the fundamental right to freedom of expression.Specifically, the bill’s proposed criminalisation of the “reckless” expression of opinion, the publication of images of costume, the viewing of vaguely defined information, and entering or remaining in “off bounds” areas overseas could be used to restrict or shut down legitimate reporting. Further, the proposed increase in maximum sentences would have a chilling effect on journalistic activities, and the proposed increased powers to enter and search home addresses, and new powers of stop, search, detention, and retention and copying of material at ports and borders, threaten the confidentiality of journalistic sources.“It is worrying that the House of Commons failed to address the serious concerns raised by RSF and other human rights and free expression groups over provisions of the bill that would threaten press freedom and could criminalise responsible journalists investigating and reporting on issues of public interest. We call on the House of Lords to strike these problematic measures from the bill, or at a minimum to include clear and specific exemptions for journalistic activities”, said UK Bureau Director Rebecca Vincent.The full text of RSF’s briefing for the House of Lords is available via download below.The UK is ranked 40th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. Follow the news on United Kingdom UK: Rudd’s plans to criminalise viewing of extremist content another threat to journalistscenter_img RSF Index 2018: UK remains one of the worst-ranked Western European countries July 6, 2018 Find out more As the House of Lords considers the Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill in its second reading on 9 October, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) reiterates its concerns over alarming provisions of the bill that threaten press freedom and the protection of journalistic sources. Receive email alerts News Related documents rsf_counter-terrorism_and_border_security_bill_briefing_lords_oct_2018.pdfPDF – 333.48 KB United KingdomEurope – Central Asia Protecting sources JihadismFreedom of expressionJudicial harassment News UK Counter-Terrorism Bill threatens press freedom and the protection of journalistic sources April 25, 2018 Find out morelast_img read more

Opinion | Mind Over Money: Defending Democracy in the Wake of McCutcheon

first_img Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Community News Community News Subscribe 9 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * One of the countless prescient scenes in Ray Bradbury’s dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451 finds the hero, Montag, struggling to memorize a simple Bible verse as a toothpaste commercial blares over the radio on a commuter train. Living in Bradbury’s imagined America in which substantive reading and critical thinking are illegal has accustomed Montag to superficial, lazy communication. Incapable of focusing his thoughts, he is quickly overwhelmed by the aggressive, simplistic sales pitch invading his ears.Bradbury wrote that scene as a nightmare. But for the corporate and political champions of recent campaign spending cases, that dark moment in Fahrenheit may read like a dream come true. To agenda-driven individuals and groups, the Supreme Court’s invalidation of campaign contribution limits is a green light to deluge the public with torrents of political ads intended to overwhelm us through relentless sloganeering. Fortunately, we don’t have to fall for it.Building on its controversial Citizens United ruling (which struck down campaign giving limits on corporations, organizations and unions), the Supreme Court’s recent 5–4 decision in McCutcheon v. Federal Elections Commission clears the way for unrestricted political contributions by individuals, further empowering that small group of deep-pocketed donors who already flex disproportionate influence over candidates and political parties through their anonymous support of PACs. Congresswoman Judy Chu was right when she warned that these high court rulings, which equate campaign spending with free speech, could “effectively drown out the voices of average Americans and replace them with special interests who can afford to fund entire campaigns on their own.”In order to protect our democracy, voters will have to become more critical and discerning. We’ll have to study issues and candidates carefully and resist the persuasive power of superficial, sensory-assaulting media advertising – especially TV ads — that the combined power of McCutcheon and Citizens United will certainly unleash. In short, We The People will have to use our minds to overcome their money.Relying primarily on political commercials has never been a smart way to make voting decisions. Ads are intended to persuade — even manipulate — but not to inform. Reading credible newspapers and magazines (be they in print or online) is still the best way to gain understanding of the issues. Supplementing that with study of candidate and party web pages, reading fact-checking watchdog sites and watching candidates’ speeches in their entirety online helps round out the picture. Yes, that’s kind of a lot of work. But democracy doesn’t function properly unless We The People do our part.The good news is that political advertising isn’t as effective as many would-be influencers of power may think. Multiple studies of Presidential and Congressional elections over the last ten years indicate that TV ads have a limited impact on election outcomes. After comparing previous research with his own analysis of the 2012 presidential race, Dan Hopkins of Georgetown University concluded in the Washington Post that, “In all likelihood, even major shifts in advertising would have produced only minor shifts toward the candidate benefiting from those shifts.”So, while Citizens United and McCutcheon give a large and unfair advantage to a small group of wealthy political contributors, it may be a stretch to say that our system has been put up for sale. We The People still have the power to resist the media onslaught and to think, analyze, draw conclusions and make decisions.As the Clarence Darrow-esque lawyer Henry Drummond declares in the play Inherit the Wind, the ability to think is the one virtue that sets humans above the other creatures of the Earth. And this ability to think is both our shield and sword against those who would turn us into a nation of malleable Montags. Exercising our ability to think is how We The People will protect and preserve our democracy. The focused power of our minds will win out over the avalanche of their money.Thank you for listening. I’m Cameron Turner and that’s my two cents. Opinion & Columnists Opinion | Mind Over Money: Defending Democracy in the Wake of McCutcheon By CAMERON TURNER Published on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 | 8:37 pm First Heatwave Expected Next Week Business Newscenter_img More Cool Stuff EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Make a comment Top of the News HerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? 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Sewer gas scare at Limerick City flats

first_imgRELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGShydrogen sulfidelimerickLimerick City and County CouncilUpper Thomas Street Facebook TENANTS at a Limerick city centre apartment building, where raw sewerage has been an ongoing issue, are fearing for their health after a suspected case of hydrogen sulfide poisoning.The victim, a man in his fifties, has since been moved out of his Thomas Street flat after claims that he blacked out last month from exposure to H2S, a colourless, flammable gas that is highly toxic.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Also known as ‘sewer gas’, mild exposure can cause headaches, and eye irritation, while in the worst case scenario its presence can lead to unconsciousness and even death.The Limerick Post was informed that the man’s daughter found him in an unconscious state in his apartment and managed to revive him.Another tenant, who has had a kidney transplant, is also looking to be moved out of the flats due to the ongoing sewerage problem in the building and possible exposure to the poisonous H2S gas.One resident told the Limerick Post this week that he had asked the Council to find him somewhere else to live but was told that this would be in breach of his Rental Accommodation Scheme (RAS) contract. RAS is a social housing support run by the local authority.“I didn’t sign up to live in sewerage. No one should have to live like this and it’s having an impact on my health now,” a tenant claimed.“I am all blocked up in my chest, a problem I never had before, and I have skin irritations and rashes constantly. It couldn’t be good for you and I want out of here,” he insisted.Tony Kiely, who runs a business at 35 Upper Thomas Street, has complained about raw effluent pouring out of the neighbouring apartment block for almost six months. Mr Kiely claims the landlord, a city-based accountant, and the Council have not properly addressed the problem of sewerage pouring out of the drains inside the building’s lobby.“They just keep passing the buck and when they do come up it’s just a quick fix. There was someone up here at 5am one morning last week doing something, but there’s been no digging, so it’s just another temporary solution,” said Mr Kiely.“The tenants are getting sick all the time because of it and all want out of there now. This problem has been going on for months and months,” he claimed.When the Limerick Post first raised the issue with the local authority last month, it insisted that the connection from the property to the sewer on the road is the landlord’s responsibility to fix. In a statement this week the Council said, “Limerick City and County Council is only responsible for the main sewer and its upkeep, the connection from the public sewer to the property is the property owner’s responsibility and this has been explained to the landlord.”Limerick City and County Council served notice (under section 110 of the Public Health Ireland Act 1878) on the landlord about the issue a number of weeks ago and he had until Wednesday August 27, 2014, to comply.“If he hasn’t complied by that date, we will be recommending prosecution and go to court,” the Council warned.Despite several attempts to contact him, there was no response from the landlord at the time of going to press. Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live NewsLocal NewsSewer gas scare at Limerick City flatsBy Alan Jacques – August 28, 2014 1509 WhatsApp Print Advertisement Linkedincenter_img Previous articleDouble vision at Abbeyfeale schoolNext articleFair City star supports Limerick animal circus ban initiative Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Twitter Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Email WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads last_img read more

Breaking: Delhi High Court To Hear MJ Akbar’s Plea Challenging Priya Ramani’s Acquittal In Criminal Defamation Case Tomorrow

first_imgTop StoriesBreaking: Delhi High Court To Hear MJ Akbar’s Plea Challenging Priya Ramani’s Acquittal In Criminal Defamation Case Tomorrow LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK24 March 2021 9:22 AMShare This – xFormer Union Minister MJ Akbar has moved Delhi High Court challenging acquittal of journalist Priya Ramani in the criminal defamation case filed by him over the “metoo” sexual harassment allegations made by her.A Delhi Court on February 17 acquitted Priya Ramani in the Case.Justice Mukta Gupta will hear the matter tomorrow.”Woman has right to put her grievance at a platform of her choice…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginFormer Union Minister MJ Akbar has moved Delhi High Court challenging acquittal of journalist Priya Ramani in the criminal defamation case filed by him over the “metoo” sexual harassment allegations made by her.A Delhi Court on February 17 acquitted Priya Ramani in the Case.Justice Mukta Gupta will hear the matter tomorrow.”Woman has right to put her grievance at a platform of her choice even after decades”, the trial Court observed while acquitting Priya Ramani in the case.It also observed that a man of social status can also be a sexual harasser.”Sexual abuse takes away dignity and self confidence. Right of reputation can’t be protected at the cost of right to dignity”, the Court held.The criminal defamation case was filed by MJ Akbar in a Delhi Court in October 2018, after he was accused by several women of sexual harassment, following a tweet by Ramani as part of the ‘#MeToo’ movement, revealing that the person referred to as a sexual harasser in an earlier article written by her in ‘The Vogue’ was Akbar.The then Minister of State for External Affairs, Akbar initiated the defamation case after a slew of allegations of sexual harassment followed against him after Ramani’s tweet. His case is that before Ramani’s alleged defamatory tweet, he had enjoyed a “stellar reputation” in the society, which was damaged following her tweet and therefore she was liable for criminal defamation. Akbar has also claimed that Ramani’s tweet had led to a social media trial against him, something that cannot be permitted in a lawful society.Ramani, on her part, has claimed public interest, public good, and truth as her defense and argued that one accused of sexual misconduct cannot in the first place claim to have a stellar reputation, therefore was no question arising of the reputation being destroyed and defamation having occurred against Akbar.Ramani was summoned by the Court in the case in January 2019 and released on bail in February 2019.The arguments were earlier completed before Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Vishal Pahuja. However, following his transfer to the Karkardooma Court in November 2020, the final arguments started again before ACMM Ravindra Kumar Pandey. The recording of evidence of the witnesses was done before ACMM Pahuja.When ACMM Pandey took charge of the case, he had asked the parties if there was a chance to compromise. However, Ramani said that she was standing by her statements and refused to settle the matter.Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Calls for Minister to announce winning tender for Stranorlar School

first_img Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Calls for Minister to announce winning tender for Stranorlar School Pinterest Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ WhatsApp AudioHomepage BannerNews Pinterest Twitter Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows A Donegal Councillor is calling on Minister McHugh to announce the winning tender for the new St Marys National School in Stranorlar.It comes as concerns grow that the planning permission will expire on the project with the risk of letting the planning expire for a second time.The new building will comprise of 24 new mainstream classrooms and allow for further expansion in enrolment of up to 720 pupilsCouncillor Patrick McGowan says the winning contractor is known to the Department and the Minister and they must be given the go ahead immediately:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/McGowanweb-.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.center_img By News Highland – June 13, 2020 Facebook Previous articleUnacceptable for schools to deviate from public health advice – ASTINext articleDonegal Half Marathon 2020 set to be held in a virtual format News Highland Google+ DL Debate – 24/05/21 WhatsApp Twitter FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th last_img read more

Former LSL director invests in estate agency marketing platform BriefYourMarket

first_imgEstate agent marketing platform BriefYourMarket has received an undisclosed but ‘significant investment’ from former LSL director and co-founder David Newnes.Newnes left LSL four years after being part of the management buyout team that purchased a clutch of businesses including estate agency Your Move and surveying platform e.surv from Aviva in 2010.The 60-year-old says he has been working as a non-executive director with BriefYourMarket since 2016, and used its services while at LSL.“This is a really exciting tech business that is growing rapidly,” he says.“I’ve enjoyed working with the business over the last 18 months and can see the huge opportunity that it has ahead.“In a tough market, the organisation with the best marketing and the largest market share wins – and still makes profits.“BriefYourMarket.com helps companies achieve this and [was] a “PropTech” business before the term even existed. The business provides unique, tailored, multi-channel, highly cost-effective, marketing solutions.”Newnes has invested in or helped steer several businesses and organisations since he left LSL including app-based concierge firm AskPorter and hotel chain Berkeley Inns. He is also a director of industry charity Agents Giving.Damon Bullimore, CEO of BriefYourMarket (left), says: “David’s experience has already made a real difference to the business, helping make our entire offering much richer, which will undoubtedly equate to a higher return on investment for all our customers.”BriefYourMarket was established in 2008 by Bullimore and Rick Palmer, both of whom held senior positions at Midlands estate agency Ashley Adams prior to starting up the company. Rick Palmer LSL BriefYourMarket Damon Bullimore David Newnes February 5, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Former LSL director invests in estate agency marketing platform BriefYourMarket previous nextProducts & ServicesFormer LSL director invests in estate agency marketing platform BriefYourMarketDavid Newnes has invested an undisclosed but significant sum into the business after 18 months spent working as a non-exec at the company.Nigel Lewis5th February 201902,153 Viewslast_img read more

CSM mixes offer variety

first_imgBakery ingredient specialist CSM United Kingdom has launched two new, improved Craigmillar Creme Cake Mixes, suitable for muffins, sheets and loaf cakes, so bakers can create variety from a single mix. The resilient crumb structure means cakes slice cleanly and inclusions are held evenly throughout the batter. Both mixes meet the Food Standards Agency’s 2010 sodium guidelines when using the standard recipe.Dr David King, company development manager, said: “We have conducted extensive technical trials and benchmarking against other mixes on the market and these new Craigmillar Creme Cake Mixes come out top for performance and taste.”The Plain Creme Cake Mix is a good ’blank canvas’ for a variety of inclusions such as sultanas, cherries, blueberries or raspberries, he said. The mixes come in 12.5kg bags.last_img read more

Greggs falls ‘fowl’ of persistent thief

first_imgA branch of high street chain Greggs, in Scotland’s Arbroath, is being terrorised daily by a bird that staff have named Steven Seagull.The shoplifting seagull, which has a liking for baked treats, has been hanging around the Greggs bakery in Arbroath.The brazen bird swoops on the bakery up to 10 times a day, according to staff. He has been caught on video walking out of the door with a packet of salt and vinegar crisps (pictured), and once made off with a six-pack of bread rolls.Staff member Lyndsay Cowan said attempts had been made to stop the bird, but he was always too quick.Ashleigh Walton, who also works in the shop, said: “Steven has no fear. We have to keep a constant eye out for him. He must be our most loyal regular – he’s here all day, every day.”last_img read more

Gates recognized for his scholarship in the humanities

first_imgThe American Academy of Arts & Sciences has named Henry Louis Gates Jr. the recipient of the Don M. Randel Award for Humanistic Studies. The award — which is being given for only the seventh time since it was established in 1975 — recognizes remarkable scholars whose work shapes our inner lives and our understanding of the world around us.A prolific scholar and public intellectual, Gates’s work exploring and illuminating African American history and culture is incomparable. He is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and director of the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research at Harvard University. Gates has authored or co-authored 25 books, including “The Signifying Monkey,” a seminal text on African American oral and literary tradition, which won the American Book Award in 1988, and “Stony the Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow,” a New York Times Notable Book of 2019.Gates has also created more than 20 documentary films and television programs, including “Finding Your Roots,” a series that uses genealogy and genetics to explore the ancestral histories of the program’s guests, and the Emmy Award-winning “The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross,” which traces the African American experience from the transatlantic slave trade to the presidency of Barack Obama. Two new documentaries will air in February: “Black Art: In the Absence of Light,” for which Gates served as an executive producer for HBO, and a four-hour PBS series, “The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song,” which will also have a companion book issued next month.“Professor Gates embodies the power and spirit of humanistic pursuits. His passion, curiosity, and rigor have changed the way people think and act across disciplines and divides,” said American Academy President David Oxtoby about Professor Gates, known affectionately as “Skip.” “From his groundbreaking writing to his popular filmmaking, Skip has altered our collective understanding of the African American experience and our recognition of the significance of Black intellectual life in our nation.”“It gives me an enormous amount of pleasure to accept this award in a spirit of fellowship for those of us who love and honor the great tradition of scholarship in the humanities, and with the journeys of my ancestors very much top of mind,” said Gates. “When John Adams and his colleagues founded the American Academy in 1780, my fourth great maternal grandfather, a Free African American named John Redman, had been serving as a Patriot in the Continental Army for two years.  Little could John Adams — or, for that matter, my ancestor — imagine that 213 years later, a Black man’s descendant would be inducted into this fledgling academy, or that 241 years later, that descendant would be honored by the Academy for scholarship in what Adams would have called ‘the arts and sciences.’”“The Academy is bestowing this award for only the seventh time in 45 years. We are moved by a blazing intellect that shines new light in which others can see more of themselves and the world around them,” said Oxtoby. “We are grateful to Skip not only for his great talents but also for the generosity with which he shares them. We are honored to give Skip this award, the first time it is being given to a scholar in the field of African American studies.”“I accept this award as well on behalf of my students and the African American people as a whole, who have endured centuries of slavery and segregation, in part, by holding onto a dream of a nonracial republic of letters, synonymous with full and equal access to education,” said Gates. “I have devoted my professional life to studying and advancing our ancestors’ struggles against anti-Black racism, both inside and outside of the classroom.  In this time of turbulence and pain, division and despair, let us draw strength from the many sacrifices made by those of all ethnicities, religions, genders, and sexual preferences who have gone before us determined to hold fast to the ideals on which our republic and this Academy were founded.”Gates earned his B.A. in history from Yale University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in English Language and Literature from Clare College at the University of Cambridge. He joined the faculty of Harvard in 1991 and was for many years the chair of its Department of African and African American Studies. Gates was in the first cohort of “genius grant” recipients from the MacArthur Foundation and was the first African American scholar to receive the National Humanities Medal. He has been awarded 58 honorary degrees, and he has been a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences since 1993.First established in 1975, the award was renamed in 2017 in honor of musicologist and former chair of the American Academy’s Board of Directors Don M. Randel, who previously served as the president of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and president of the University of Chicago.For Gates, there is a special connection to Don Randel: “I am deeply honored to be selected for the award named in honor of my friend Don whom I first met and befriended when we were young professors at Cornell University in the late 1980s. I consider it the honor of a lifetime in letters to be selected to receive an award now named in tribute to a scholar who himself exemplified the values of the humanities in his own pioneering work in musicology and the history of music long before doing so was popular or trendy.”The Academy hopes to present the award at an in-person event in fall 2021 in Cambridge, Mass., when circumstances allow for a safe and celebratory occasion to honor the imagination and impact of Henry Louis Gates Jr.last_img read more

SMC Black Student Association promotes safe space for discussion

first_imgWith a mission statement stating a goal to “serve as a resource and a support community for African-American students during all of their years at Saint Mary’s College,” Senior Makayla Roberts said the new club, Black Student Association (BSA), aimed to foster an inclusive environment on Saint Mary’s campus.“We all got together to talk about it and we decided that we are going to be here to talk with people and be a safe space, get events planned for Black History Month, and be more involved on campus,” Roberts said. Senior Taylor Thomas serves as the club’s secretary and said she hopes the club’s presence on campus grows. “I just want to get more attention and get more girls to join and know that we are here,” Thomas said. This club also seeks to “improve the quality of the black experience on campus” according to their mission statement. Roberts stressed the importance of BSA. “I know there were a lot of issues on campus last year … we all got together to make sure it was going to change,” Roberts said. For Thomas, she said, this is personal. “People were subtler before. Freshman year, girls asked me if I could teach them how to twerk. There is a room full of girls and they couldn’t ask anyone else? They needed to ask me? Just subtle questions,” Thomas said. “I couldn’t even do my hair in my own dorm room because I didn’t feel comfortable, so I would go to the basement of Le Mans.”Thomas said an open space to talk about the issues that affect African American students is especially crucial for the association. “Being able to have an open space to talk about [issues of racism] is important because I’ve had a lot of girls on campus be verbally assaulting whenever I try to speak my mind,” Thomas said. “They always say we’re all one world, we’re all one people and it would just be nice to have a place to talk about how it doesn’t always feel like that for us.”Another aspect of BSA’s mission statement says they “will assist as a liaison between African-American students and Saint Mary’s College for growth and betterment purposes.”“Saint Mary’s likes to boast about being oriented towards diversity, but we don’t see it very often on campus,” Thomas said. “Things here are so pricey, like Junior Mom’s weekend. Or the class ring. It’s important because [the College] want[s] to boast diversity and bring these diverse students in but they’re not doing anything to make them feel like they belong here whatsoever.” The club will meet bi-weekly this year, plan events with other Saint Mary’s clubs and discuss important issues. “People should join if they want to see a change on campus and to make everyone feel comfortable and have Saint Mary’s be their home,” Roberts said. “I feel like people might think this is a place just for minorities to come together and blame white people but we’re here to have an open discussion about how we all belong at Saint Mary’s. That’s why anyone should join, black or white,” Thomas said. Tags: Black Student Association, race, racial tension, SMClast_img read more