A to ZEE Weekly

by Allison Lantagne

Hey all, and welcome back to A to ZEE Weekly. Today is Friday, March 2nd, 2018. Happy Friday!

On Monday, the Supreme Court refused to review a key case in Trump’s crusade to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which granted a legal form of residency for children illegally brought into the United States by their parents. The program was instituted via an executive order by President Barack Obama in 2012. Trump revoked this executive order in September of 2017.

Many universities, including UConn, MIT, and Brown, have committed this week not to penalize applicants who have received disciplinary action from their current schools for choosing to partake in walkouts or peaceful protests against gun violence. This adds strength to the surge of Gen Z power that has been at the forefront of the media in the wake of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida.

The Oscars are this weekend! Jimmy Kimmel will host again, and hopefully this time will leave the racially insensitive jokes at home, especially for an awards show at which Get Out, a thriller which challenged the genre’s racial conventions and stereotype, is up for four awards.  

The California Democratic Party will not endorse Dianne Feinstein as she seeks her fifth term as the state’s Senator. They attempted to prop up challenger Kevin de Leon, who holds more progressive views, but neither candidate received enough primary votes to earn the party’s backing ahead of the midterm elections.

Hope Hicks resigned this week, making her the third White House Communications Director to resign in the one year of the Trump administration. She resigned one day after admitting to the House Intelligence Committee to telling some “white lies” in defense of Trump. She also leaves soon after accused domestic abuser Rob Porter, who lost his security clearance and resigned. She and Porter were romantically involved amid the scandal.

As of Tuesday, Democrats have won 39 special elections since Trump’s election in 2016.  Two special State House of Representatives elections this week led to major wins. In New Hampshire, Philip Spagnuolo won by 7 points in a district Trump won by almost 13 points. In Connecticut, Philip Young won a district not held by Democrats in over 40 years.

A teacher at Dalton High School in Dalton, Georgia, barricaded himself in his classroom this week before shooting off a gun. No students were injured, but many have pointed to the event as a case-in-point scenario explaining why it is dangerous to arm teachers.

Similarly, Trump surprised many on Wednesday by claiming that the government should “take the guns first, go through due process second.” Oh, and he was so close to getting me to agree with him on something!

It has become clear this week that the National Rifle Association does not represent the average American, with citizens nationwide boycotting companies like Amazon and FedEx, who have refused to cut ties with the NRA, and flocking towards companies like Dick’s Sporting Goods, who committed this week to stop selling automatic rifles in their stores.

However, due process is a right protected for all Americans by the Fourth Amendment. For as much as any person might want to rid the world of every highly-powered rifle, there is no way to take away someone’s Fourth Amendment rights without opening up a Pandora’s box. If the government can take away your right to due process, what is there to stop them from taking away the rights of freedom of expression? Or of the Free Press, which Trump so openly disdains? Unalienable rights are just that, unalienable. Treating them as anything else is dangerous.

That’ll wrap up this week for us! Your pop culture plug is La La Land, because the Oscars being this weekend reminded me of last year’s total fiasco. Go forth and be news savvy. I’ll see you on Friday.

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