The Oak Leaf

Fighting Words: Musicians respond to white nationalism in Trump’s America

Jesse Kapukui, Staff Writer

May 14, 2019

When Janelle Monae sings “Just love me baby, love me for who I am” in her song “Americans,” she’s not asking for the romantic love of any single partner. Instead, Monae is begging for the respect of her fellow man or, more specifically, white men who identify as white nationalists. It’s not uncommon for musicians to wade into sociopolitical waters when tensions run high. Musicians have always responded to unjust regimes and advocated for social change. During the ‘...

Fear of Fake News in Trump Era

Fear of fake news in the Trump era

November 6, 2018

This is a simple question with a seemingly simple answer: to inform a community. Why then, am I asking this? My answer is that I am afraid to be a journalist. I wanted to be a physicist—to study the universe and the laws of physics. I didn't have any aspirati...

Jared Huffman's stance on abortion, education and global emissions make him an invaluable member of Congress.

Oak Leaf Endorses Huffman for House

October 30, 2018

The midterm elections are next week, and Democrat Jared Huffman of California’s 2nd Congressional District deserves your vote. Huffman has served as U.S. Representative for Marin, Humboldt, Del Norte and Trinity counties, plus portions of Sonoma sinc...

Illustration by Julia Modell.

I am one of the 800,000

April 17, 2018

I was eating breakfast on April 2 when I saw on my phone that President Donald Trump tweeted “DACA is dead.” Anger and fear grabbed ahold of me. I felt lost and hopeless. That day has haunted me since. Every day I go out to the streets in fear of b...

SRJC reaffirms rights for transgender students

SRJC reaffirms rights for transgender students

February 28, 2017

The overhaul of U.S. immigration policy was not the only thing on President Donald Trump’s to-do list last week. On Feb. 22, Trump revoked federal guidelines protecting the rights of transgender students to use bathrooms corresponding to their chosen ...

Donald Trump’s radical views have alienated many students at SRJC.

Trump spoils politics: SRJC students disappointed with outlandish candidate

March 8, 2016

Donald Trump’s insensitive, racist statements and harsh, right-leaning viewpoint has many Santa Rosa Junior College students losing respect for the system. Encountering pro-Trump individuals in the mainly liberal Sonoma County can be a challenge. The ...

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