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Peralta Community College District's only student-run publication.

The Citizen

Peralta Community College District's only student-run publication.

The Citizen

Abigail McMurry, Acting President of Associated Students of Laney College, spoke against last-minute class cancellations at the May 14 Board of Trustees meeting.
Class cancellations, basic needs, and 'flying pigs' at 5/14 meeting for PCCD Trustees
Ian Waters, News Editor • June 1, 2024
Student Trustee Natasha Masand believes her voice has the power to impact the PCCD community.
Student Trustee Natasha Masand finds her voice
Isabelly Sabô Barbosa, Social Media Editor • March 19, 2024
Melanie Dixon appointed CoA President
Melanie Dixon appointed CoA President
After two years of acting appointments, the College of Alameda will finally fill the presidency with a permanent hire this summer
Ivan Saravia, Staff Writer • May 23, 2024
College of Alameda jazz professor Glen Pearson demonstrates his musical talent on his classroom piano. Hes one of the newest members of the Count Basie Orchestra, a historic 18-piece jazz ensemble that took home a Grammy this year.
The humble Grammy-winning pianist leading CoA’s music program
Desmond Meagley, Staff Writer • March 4, 2024

    Students march for their lives

    By Saskia Hatvany

    Members of the “Young Gifted and Black” community organization protest gun laws by performing at the March for Our Lives on March 24 in Oakland. Thousands gathered at the marches to demand stricter gun policies, and to show support for the families and friends of the victims of the Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. (Photo by Michelle Snider)

    A local high school speaker wears a “MSD Strong” t-shirt honoring the victims of the Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School mass shooting. She was one of the many student speakers at the Oakland March for Our lives March 24. (Photo by Toni Cervantes)

    On March 24, the Bay Area joined the nation in protest against gun violence.

    March for Our Lives gathered an estimated 1.2 million students, teachers and supporters across the country.

    Oakland Police estimated that 2,000 people attended the march, which started next to City Hall at Frank Ogawa Plaza before the crowd made its way down 14th Street to Lake Merritt.

    March for Our Lives was organized by Never Again MSD, a student-led gun control organization that advocates for tighter gun restrictions.

    A young protester holds up a sign at the Oakland March for Our Lives on March 24. Thousands of protesters attended the marches to advocate for tighter gun restrictions. (Photo by Toni Cervantes)

    The group, also known for their hashtags #NeverAgain and #EnoughisEnough, was formed in response to the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

    On Feb. 14, a former student later identified as Nikolas Cruz fatally shot 17 students and staff members with an AR-15 style semi-automatic rifle.

    According to Vox News, March for Our Lives was one of the biggest youth protests since the Vietnam war. The biggest turnout, in Washington, D.C., drew between 200,000 and 800,000 people.

    In the Bay Area, there were marches in several cities including San Francisco, Alameda and Richmond.

    Lyft, the popular commuting app based in San Francisco, offered free rides in 50 U.S. cities hosting March for Our Lives events, including San Jose, Oakland and San Francisco.

    On March 14, thousands of schools participated in a national student walk-out, which was organized in honor of the Parkland victims.

    Saskia Hatvany is a writer and photographer for The Laney Tower

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    About the Contributor
    In the fall of 2019, The Laney Tower rebranded as The Citizen and launched a new website. These stories were ported over from the old Laney Tower website, but byline metadata was lost in the port. However, many of these stories credit the authors in the text of the story. Some articles may also suffer from formatting issues. Future archival efforts may fix these issues.  
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