Student confronts climate change, cultural appropriation

first_imgJunior Megan Uekert examined the interconnectedness between climate change and human rights violations in the most recent installment of the Justice Friday series at Saint Mary’s. (Editor’s Note: Megan Uekert is a former News writer for The Observer.)Uekert said she believes so firmly in the deterioration of the planet because she witnessed it firsthand.“My passion for climate change began when I was about 10 years old,” Uekert said. “The town I lived in in Georgia was constantly getting bulldozed of trees. That really irked me and made me upset as a young child.”Uekert said she became exposed to the oppression Native Americans endure — much of which is related to climate change — while at Saint Mary’s.“My experience with Native American history and culture is a little different and more recent,” she said. “The sad part of my story is that I only learned about the other side to these stories — the truer side — last year.”Her increased knowledge helped her view construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline as a form of modern-day colonialism, Uekert said. In November, Uekert said she traveled with a group of Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s students to the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in North Dakota, where she stayed for 35 hours in solidarity with Native Americans and other protesters.“I’m sure the people who live there for months on end, or even years, have a much different story,” she said. “They’re just people, this is their land and they’ve lived there for hundreds of years.”According to Uekert, more pipelines may be assembled in the future, since many people continue to deny the need for alternative energy forms.“This global, insane, horrific battle that I will never fully understand was lost,” she said. “The oil company built the pipeline. It kind of gave the go-ahead for a few other companies to say, ‘The battle was lost. We’re going to start building more pipelines.’”Uekert said she values the short time she spent at the Oceti Sakowin camp because she witnessed its residents’ connections with the planet.“These people were so in tune with nature, and there’s such a symbiotic relationship between the Earth and these people,” she said. “I thought, ‘We need to start learning from them.’”Navigating the fine line between learning from indigenous people and culturally appropriating can be an arduous task, Uekert said.“We are seeing one story of what Native Americans are,” she said. “If anything, they want us to start seeing multiple stories.”Uekert said preserving Native Americans’ rights and establishing a healthier planet are related efforts that everyone should take part in. “More pipelines equals more oil use and fossil-fuel burning, which equals more greenhouse-gas emissions and also a warmer planet,” she said. “This means more flooding, droughts, scarce access to clean water, diseases, tsunamis and heatwaves.”Such drastic changes would likely result in species dying and the food chain collapsing, according to Uekert, such as is the case with a nearly-extinct species of butterfly she studied.“I actually did climate change research on a species indigenous to Indiana, the Karner Blue butterfly,” she said. “Over two years, we saw it going extinct.”Uekert said people should educate themselves and voice their concerns about the effects pipelines have on Native Americans and the global community. No one should sit idly by while another culture is oppressed and the Earth is harmed, she said.“I don’t know how this is even happening now,” she said. “This should be in the history books.”Tags: Climate change, Dakota Access Pipeline, Justice Friday, standing rocklast_img read more

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Gov. Wolf Calls for Continued Action Against Gun Violence, Joins Moms Demand Action at Capitol Rally

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Gov. Wolf Calls for Continued Action Against Gun Violence, Joins Moms Demand Action at Capitol Rally April 08, 2019center_img National Issues,  Press Release,  Public Safety Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf participated in the Moms Demand Action rally at the Capitol in support of extreme risk protection order legislation aimed at taking guns away from people who may be a danger to themselves or others.“We’ve made strides in the last year at bringing bills across the finish line that will curb gun violence,” Gov. Wolf said. “In fact, on Wednesday one of these key laws will go into effect and as a result, domestic abusers will find it much more difficult to access guns to kill, terrorize, and control their victims.“I’m proud the Pennsylvania legislature acted in a bipartisan manner to recognize the need to protect victims of domestic abuse from gun violence. But even though we’ve had this recent success, it’s not time to let up just yet. We need to continue to push for commonsense measures like universal background checks until we end gun violence in our commonwealth.“I’m so proud to be here today with Moms Demand Action as they continue to fight for this important cause and grateful that we have such a committed group that wants nothing more than to see more Pennsylvanians live long, happy lives free of gun violence.”The Moms Demand Action rally focused on extreme risk protection orders and legislation introduced by Sen. Tom Killion. Killion, Sens. Jay Costa and Art Haywood, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale, Reps. Todd Stephens and Jen O’Mara, CeaseFire PA’s Shira Goodman, gun suicide survivor Jennifer Lugar, and Parkland school shooting survivor Robert Schentrup whose sister Carmen died in the shooting, also participated in the rally.In recent years there have been a number of mass shootings in which family members or friends noticed warning signs that shooters were dangerous and at risk of harming themselves or others. In response to these tragedies, states have begun enacting legislation that can prevent gun tragedies before they occur. Extreme risk protection order laws empower families, household members, or law enforcement officers to temporarily remove a person’s access to firearms before they commit violence.Fourteen states and the District of Columbia currently have ERPO laws.last_img read more

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8 sachets of ‘shabu’ seized

first_imgOfficers of the Silay City police station staged the entrapmentoperation which led to the arrest of the suspects around 5:30 p.m. on Monday,the report added. The 30-year-old Renante Romal, 31-year-old Teddy Espinosa and58-year-old Merlyn Romal yielded the suspected illegal drugs, a police reportshowed. BACOLOD City – Eight sachets of suspected shabu were seized in a stingoperation in Barangay Lantad, Silay City, Negros Occidental. The suspects were detained, facing charges for violation of RepublicAct 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002./PN Aside from suspected shabu, a P3,500 marked money was also recoveredfrom them, police said.   last_img read more

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What time is the Big 12 championship game? TV channel, odds for Oklahoma vs. Texas

first_imgMORE: 10 best Playoff combinations, from reasonable to absurdThe Big 12 is known for its high point totals, and quarterbacks Kyler Murray and Sam Ehlinger have proven they can score at will. No. 6 Oklahoma and No. 14 Texas entered the final weekend in a three-way play-in with West Virginia for a championship game berth, but the Sooners defeated the Mountaineers head to head in a 59-56 shootout to seal their bid.The Longhorns (9-3) held off Kansas 24-17 for a shot at their first conference championship since 2009.Here is everything to know about how to watch the Big 12 championship game game plus a full list of past winners. Who is playing in the 2018 Big 12 championship game?Three teams — No. 6 Oklahoma, No. 11 Texas, and No. 12 West Virginia — entered the final weekend in contention to play in the Big 12 championship game. Texas had the easiest path, and it defeated Kansas 24-17 for a berth. The Sooners beat the Mountaineers and will play for a fourth straight conference title.What time is the Oklahoma-Texas game?The Big 12 championship game will be at 12 p.m. ET on Saturday, Dec. 1.What channel is the Oklahoma-Texas game on?The game will be broadcast nationally on ABC. Where is the Big 12 championship game played?AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, home of the Dallas Cowboys, will be the site of this year’s game. Oklahoma vs. Texas betting oddsOklahoma is favored (-8) to win the 2018 Big 12 championship game, according to OddsShark.com. The over/under is 77.5 points.Big 12 championship game historyYearChampionRunner-upScore1996TexasNebraska37-271997NebraskaTexas A&M54-151998Texas A&MKansas State36-331999NebraskaTexas22-62000OklahomaKansas State27-242001ColoradoTexas39-372002OklahomaColorado29-72003Kansas StateOklahoma35-72004OklahomaColorado42-32005TexasColorado70-32006OklahomaNebraska21-72007OklahomaMissouri38-172008OklahomaMissouri62-212009TexasNebraska13-122010OklahomaNebraska23-202017OklahomaTCU41-17Note: The Big 12 didn’t hold a championship game from 2011-16. Oklahoma will get another shot at Texas in the 2018 Big 12 championship game, a rematch of the Sooners’ only loss this season that will carry College Football Playoff implications.And one thing seems extremely likely: It will be an offensive showcase.last_img read more

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