News & Politics
"In a subtle way, you can shake the world."
― Mohandas Ghandi
― Mohandas Ghandi
Fired for Flipping the Bird!
by Christina Maldonado '19
The mysterious bicyclist riding down the path with her hair tied in a ponytail was fifty year old Juli Briskman. Briskman works for Akima LLC. On October thirty-first Briskman informed her boss at Akima that the undefined bicyclist was her. Soon after this information was shared, Briskman was fired from her government job. Briskman had the viral photo uploaded as the profile picture on her Twitter and Instagram account, but she does not identify the unknown bicyclist as herself. On the other hand, Briskman’s LinkedIn account has a description where she identifies herself as an Akima employee.
Briskman mentioned that her boss said that the photo could put their government contract at risk. The viral photo showed nothing that connected Briskman to the company she worked for. The Akima website has a section labeled as “Code of Conduct” which states that all employees avoid activities and situations which may create, or even appear to create, a conflict with the interests of the company or our customers. Briskman tells The Washington Post, “I wasn't even at work when I did that. But they told me I violated the code of conduct policy.” These actions are seen as confusing, and unfair, but as they say, a picture can say a thousand words.
Protests Against Donald Trump
by Angelic Lopez '19
President Trump is not and will never be welcomed there by many of the people. The dozens of activist shouted “anti-US slogans and carried banners with such messages as 'Ban Trump!', 'Trump, not welcome' and 'Fight US imperialist war and plunder.” And I quote “Others carried out symbolic acts, such as splashing black paint across a poster of Trump which branded him a “fascist”.
These protesters were from a loose coalition of left-wing One of the protesters group had said “Trump represents the worst aspects of US imperialism,” and “He is right now the biggest threat to regional peace with his provocations against North Korea.”
The Russian Investigation
by Danica Daniels '20
Robert Muller is the former F.B.I. director who worked from 2001-2013 under presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. Mueller served in the Vietnam war as a Marine and is also a Purple Heart recipient. He attended school at the University of New York, Princeton University and the University of Virginia.
Robert Mueller is a special counselor hired by the Justice Department, Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. A special counselor was appointed instead of a special prosecutor because they have more independence from the normal chain of command. Mueller has been chosen as the special counselor because of his clean record and also, he is respected by both Democrats and Republicans. Robert Mueller was hired on May 17, 2017 after president Trump’s decision to fire F.B.I. director James Comey. Robert Mueller’s job according to Rosenstein is to look into Russian officials and possible links to them interfering with the 2016 election. Anything that links Russia and any individuals in Trump’s campaign. Also he is investigating any problems that have arose or may arise during anytime in the investigation. Mueller also has the authority to prosecute anybody who interferes with the ongoing investigation in anyway possible. The only person that has the power to fire Mueller is Rod Rosenstein with a good cause, but Trump can replace Rosenstein at anytime. The hope of placing Mueller as the investigator is that there will be no interference with the investigation by the White House or anybody else.
According to the investigation, Sam Clovis who was Trump’s campaign official encouraged George Papadopoulos, Trump’s former foreign policy advisory to meet with Russian officials. Papadopoulos repeatedly tried to set up meetings between the Trump campaign and the Russian president, but failed to do so. Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to lying to federal agents and was arrested on July 17, 2017 but has been working with investigators for months.. Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign manager has recently been charged with tax fraud and money laundering, but pleaded not guilty to the charges. According to emails that were uncovered, Russian officials offered to help Trump on the election and his campaign team took them up on the offer. While trying to help Trump, the Russian president reportedly hacked Democratic accounts and sent out embarrassing emails about Hillary Clinton’s campaign. As Papadopoulos is waiting for his sentence Manafort was put on house arrest and has a multi million dollar bond.
The Tragedy in Texas
by Danica Daniels '20
The Texas church shooting was devastating to many people. The shooting took place in Sutherland Spring, Texas at First Baptist Church. The man behind it all is, is 26 year old Devin Patrick Kelly a former Air force airman. There were 26 people killed and ten are in critical condition. Among the 26 people the youngest was an 18 month old girl and the pastor Frank Pomeroy’s 14 year old daughter. It is believed that the shooting happened because his family attended First Baptist Church and he was having problems with them. According to witnesses Kelly was dressed all in black with a tactical vest and a black mask with a skull face on it when he began to fire at the church. After the shooting Kelly fled the scene with 2 gunshots wounds and then shot himself in the head a few miles away.
In 2014 Devin Kelly was sentenced to a year in military prison after he was charged for assaulting his wife and her baby. Kelly was released from prison with a bad conduct discharge in 2014. His charges were not put into the national data base by the Air Force which is why he was able to buy the weapons used.
As for people who are helping out the families, a shop called “Trey Ganem Designs” has offered to donate caskets for free to all the families affected by the tragedy. Also, Michael Rivera who usually only paints cars is volunteering his time to help paint the caskets. His wife Maggie is also volunteering her time to help prepare the caskets for painting.