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The Oberlin Review

Activists Must Tackle Bigotry on Local Level

Nathan Carpenter, Contributing Opinions Editor

March 10, 2017

Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

Donald Trump’s presidency endangers many people in the United States, citizens and non-citizens alike. Over the past week and a half, this threat has materialized in a very real way for the Oberlin and greater Lorain County communities. Earlier this month, a swastika and hate speech were carved into the door of a synagogue in Lorain. A Facebook page called Oberlin Illegal Immigrant Tipline began encouraging people to report undocumented immigrants in our community. These dehumanizing acts of hate are local, immediate examples of how Trump’s rhetoric is inciting violence in increasingly personal and intense ways. We as a country put a virulent racist in the White House, and now we’re seeing the impact of that...

Behind the Scenes

Behind the Scenes

March 3, 2017

Immigration Raid Discourse Requires Moral Intuition

Will Cramer, Contributing Writer

February 24, 2017

Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents have been arresting undocumented immigrants across the country for the past week, targeting those with and without criminal records. These raids mark a policy shift from former President Barack Obama’s executive orders that worked to ensure that law-abiding immigrants without proper documentation would be able to remain in the United States. While Obama’s deportation of millions of people earned him the nickname “Deporter in Chief,” President Donald Trump has set an even more dangerous tone as he blames immigrants for the country’s economic and social problems. There are logical reasons to allow undocumented immigrants to stay in the U.S. Immigrants support the eco...

Off the Cuff: Sophie Smith and Alicia Dinsmore, Activists

Off the Cuff: Sophie Smith and Alicia Dinsmore, Activists

February 24, 2017

Sophie Smith and Alicia Dinsmore both work in Arizona with La Coalición de Derechos Humanos and No More Deaths, providing humanitarian aid for undocumented immigrants. Smith is a writer, community organizer and long-term desert and aid volunteer and search and rescue coordinator in Arivaca, AZ. She joined the Abuse Documentation Team in 2015 and coauthored the report series The Disappeared. She recently received her doctorate in humanities from Duke University. Dinsmore is from Phoenix, AZ, and has ...

Immigration Ban Undermines Urban Values

Joe Bialek, Cleveland resident

February 17, 2017

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: My grandfather, Albert Joseph Bialek, came to the United States from Poland in 1910. According to the Ellis Island website, he boarded the ship Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse in Bremen, Germany. He had just completed his service in the Austrian Army. Poland, at that time, was divided into three spheres of influence by Austria, Prussia and Russia. Upon being discharged, he returned to his father’s farm. Officers from the Austrian Army made an attempt to re-enlist him, but tradition dictated that he could remain at home so long as he was sorely needed on the farm. Immediately after the officers departed, Albert’s father gave him his brother’s travel documents and instructed him to immigrate to the Uni...

Open Mic Night Centers Immigrant Narratives

Open Mic Night Centers Immigrant Narratives

February 10, 2017

Since President Donald Trump’s inauguration, immigration has been at the forefront of his administration’s policy agenda. Trump seems to have every intention of fulfilling his campaign promise of building a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico with little regard to economic or logistical practicalities, let alone the humanitarian impact of this endeavor. When Trump signed his executive order banning immigrants and refugees from seven predominantly Muslim, protesters and lawyers rallied at ai...

Interfaith Students Offer Solidarity

210 people of diverse faiths, and counting

February 3, 2017

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: We the undersigned, representing a wide spectrum of worldviews and campuses all across the country, wish to express our support for refugees and immigrants all over the world impacted by the executive order issued Jan. 27 that bars them from entering the United States. We are especially disheartened as the order was signed on Holocaust Remembrance Day, a day dedicated to remembering what happens when we close our doors to innocent people because of our fears. Barring refugees and immigrants from certain Muslim-majority countries is a direct assault on religious freedom and disrespects foundational American values. Out of 3.3 million Muslims who live in America, only 11 have committed a crime of ter...

Executive Order Threatens U.S.

Booker C. Peek, Emeritus Associate Professor of Africana Studies

February 3, 2017

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: To date, it has been American citizens who have slaughtered masses of people in this country, except on 9/11 when 19 foreigners, mostly Saudis, attacked the U.S. Because of the Internet, those outside the U.S. wishing to do us harm do not have to travel here; they can from anywhere in the world inspire Americans to kill Americans, and they have succeeded. All agree that we must do everything legally possible to reduce the chances that more Americans will be radicalized; it’s the lone wolf, an American citizen among us, that poses the greatest threat to our security. We are much safer if American citizens band together to notify authorities of those among us who might hurt us. The Presidential ban ...

Administration Should Back Sanctuary Petition

Editorial Board

November 18, 2016

Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

The symbolic solidarity of declaring Oberlin College a sanctuary campus for undocumented students is reason enough for President Marvin Krislov and his administration to take action, but the actual impact that creating such a policy could have is invaluable. Amid a growing national movement for colleges to become sanctuaries in the wake of President-elect Donald Trump’s nomination last week, it is critical that Oberlin take the necessary steps to protect its undocumented students. There are three crucial questions that naturally follow requests to declare Oberlin’s campus a sanctuary: What does it mean to be a sanctuary for undocumented people? What kinds of policies can be enacted? And what are the effects of bec...

Clinton Proposes Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Nathan Carpenter, Contributing Writer

October 28, 2016

Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

A defining issue of the presidential election has been immigration, largely due to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s controversial proposal to halt illegal immigration to the U.S. by building a wall on the Mexico–U.S. border. Immigration is an issue that the Oberlin community has also made a priority, though in a far different direction than Trump: In 2014, Oberlin made the decision to consider undocumented students as domestic, rather than international, applicants, making an Oberlin education far more accessible to them. Oberlin students understand the importance of a multicultural society and embrace opportunities to engage with people of different identities and backgrounds. Democratic presidential nominee Hillar...

Off the Cuff: Gabe Schivone, co-coordinator of UNIDOS youth group and volunteer at No Más Muertes/No More Deaths

Off the Cuff: Gabe Schivone, co-coordinator of UNIDOS youth group and volunteer at No Más Muertes/No More Deaths

May 1, 2015

Gabe Schivone is a U.S.-Mexico border activist, volunteer at No Más Muertes/No More Deaths and co-coordinator of UNIDOS ethnic studies youth group in Tucson, AZ. He has written articles for The Huffington Post opposing the violence on the U.S.-Mexico border and in Palestinian territories. This week, Schivone visited Oberlin to give a talk titled Gaza in Arizona: Colonial Technologies and the Transnational Military Industrial Complex and to join Amanda Rose, OC ’13, in leading Environmental Justice...

Immigration Coverage Ignores Racialized History

Sam White, Opinions Editor

October 10, 2014

Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

In the time since August, when 18-year-old Michael Brown joined the rapidly growing ranks of Black men unlawfully killed by police, several long-overdue discussion topics have graced the media’s spotlight: police brutality, institutional diversity and representation, officer accountability and, above all, the prevalence of systemic racism in 21st-century America. When a disturbingly similar shooting in nearby St. Louis took the life of Vonderrit Myers on Wednesday, many news outlets were quick off the mark in continuing these crucial conversations. Yet the mainstream media has largely failed to extend these analytical frameworks to another primetime news context where they’re no less necessary: immigration reform. For...

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