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Injustice breeds social change

Injustice breeds social change

By Denis Perez, Creative Director

December 5, 2018


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California and the Bay Area, specifically, is the birthplace to an infinite of number of activist movements and figures representing various causes. Through time, consistent injustices between government officials and their constituencies have persisted, beginning with the removal of Native American...

Environment slowly dies

Environment slowly dies

By Michael Santone, Editor-In-Chief

December 5, 2018


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From the conservation efforts set in the forested foothills to the pollution police in the lowlands by the bay, the San Francisco Bay Area is steep in environmental activism history. Since the early 1960s, concerns over air, sea and land pollution from the newly coined environmentalists spearheaded...

Communal actions heal

Communal actions heal

By Joel Umanzor, Sports Editor

December 5, 2018


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Many people view community activism as a term that solely focuses on the political movement that occurs within a community. Many view advocacy through a lens that often colors actions as “radical” or “unconventional.” Ultimately, what community activism entails is the tying of unique individuals...

Political organizers express democracy

Political organizers express democracy

By Jose Arebalo, Scene Editor

December 5, 2018


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The strength of a democracy lies in how the masses utilize their voice and presence to keep those in power accountable. Societies across the globe have varying degrees of freedom of speech and in many places, authoritarian regimes simply strip that power away from the public. Political activism is a...

Civil engineer discusses STEM

Civil engineer discusses STEM

By Jose Arebalo, Scene Editor

November 14, 2018


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Students with Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) majors gathered in GE-225 on Friday afternoon to listen to an informational seminar from civil engineer Tawfic Halaby. Halaby has 17 years of experience as a civil engineer and is currently the senior civil engineer for the city of...

Fortunate circumstances direct journey, passions

Fortunate circumstances direct journey, passions

By Xavier Johnson, Web Editor

October 24, 2018


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On the final day of the drama department’s production “Vengeance: A Ghost Story” in the Knox Center Sunday, Silvia Sobal got the opportunity to perform on stage with her son Oz Herrera-Sobal for the first time. Herrera-Sobal was filling in for an absent cast member and the character he was playing,...

Undocumented existence

Undocumented existence

By Denis Perez, Creative Director

October 24, 2018


Filed under Showcase, Spotlight

Contra Costa College’s undocumented immigrant community is prideful about its heritage, its history and its people. The Advocate recognizes the efforts of the multitudes of groups who work to effect change on campus and outside of it. Many in the campus community participated in a week-long event...

Coaching enables personal growth

Coaching enables personal growth

By Efrain Valdez, Sports Editor

October 24, 2018


Filed under Showcase, Sports, Spotlight

In the span of a student-athlete’s career, almost every single one will tell you about an instance when they found themselves changing their outlook on the field and in life. After coming to Contra Costa College over the summer, 20-year-old linebacker R.J. Ma’ae found himself changing the way he...

Nursing major, wife finds inspiration in helping others

Nursing major, wife finds inspiration in helping others

By Jessica Suico, News Editor

October 17, 2018


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Few women can bear the burden of being a student and mom while a military spouse is on duty. Maintaining normalcy through uncertainty becomes second nature, especially with family support as a backbone. Nursing major Lalina Binaley believes her passion in life is to help people in need. She loves hearing...

STD cases in the U.S. exacerbate health crisis

By Michael Santone

October 14, 2018


Filed under Showcase, Spotlight

From the fall of Sodom and Gomorrah to the sexual revolution of the 1960s, sex has been an intoxicating, yet risky, source of pleasure. Naked bodies immersed in fits of passion and ecstasy have long been chronicled in folklore, history books and religious manuscripts as different cultures cultivate...

Program helps clear criminal records, renews confidence

Program helps clear criminal records, renews confidence

By Michael Santone, Editor-In-Chief

October 3, 2018


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RICHMOND — When Joe Williams arrived at the Richmond Memorial Auditorium he had hope in his heart and determination in his eyes. Williams, like many others who showed up for Contra Costa County’s Clean Slate Day on Saturday, had one goal in mind — to have their criminal record cleared. “I’m...

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