Anti-Trump Rallies Take Boston

Four days after the election results that shocked (half) of the nation, no one can quite relax. All over the country, there have been anti-Trump rallies. Boston is not an exception to this.

Massachusetts is known as a deep-blue state, especially in terms of social issues. Not a single county in Massachusetts voted Republican (including the historically Republican town of Boxford who have backed every Republican candidate since 1972. Clinton won with 49.3% to Trump’s 44.1%.) Wednesday, following the election, roughly 4,000 people rallied through downtown Boston, complete with signs and anti-Trump chants to voice their concerns regarding Trump as leader of the free world.

I will say that by the time I woke up Wednesday morning, two different individuals associated with Northeastern had already invited me to the Facebook event for the rally. The event was “hosted by” Boston Socialist Students, Boston Movement for the 99%, and Boston Socialist Alternative. At noon on Wednesday, the event has already been shared with 20,000 people. At my anxious mother’s request, I declined to attend.

Screenshot from my Facebook page of the anti-Trump rally
Screenshot from my Facebook page of the anti-Trump rally.
Screenshot from my Facebook page of the anti-Trump rally
Screenshot from my Facebook page of the anti-Trump rally. Event details

These chants varied, but “Love Trumps Hate”, “Trump is racism”, and “Impeach Trump” were all used according to the Boston Globe. Vice President-elect Mike Pence was also not safe from chants.

A second, less-attended rally was held on Saturday, with a similar message. The Boston Globe mentioned that a rally cry was “Not my president”, however there were some who abstained, as with the case of Dawn Dreisbach.

I am completely in favor of speaking your opinion, and wanting the best for the country. However, the main drawback of these rallies is that life before the rally is the same as life after the rally. Since protests like these are so wide-spread, it’s very clear that there is a long road to inauguration day, and an even longer road for Trump to earn the trust of the 53% of the world who did not vote for him.

 

Ballot Question Results

Last night was a historic night ending perhaps the most aggressive election cycle ever. For the purpose of this blog post, I’m going to ignore the presidential election for my own sanity, and focus on the outcomes of Massachusetts’s four ballot questions.

Question 1

Question 1 would allow Massachusetts would allow the gaming commission to issue another slots parlor license. MA residents voted against the measure 60.9% to 39.1%.

Question 2

Question 2 would allow Massachusetts to expand the charter school cap by 12 schools. MA residents voted against the measure 62.1% to 37.9%.

Question 3

Question 3 would prohibit certain forms of farm animal containment. MA residents voted for the measure, 77% to 22.3%.

Question 4

Question 4 would legalize marijuana for individuals 21 and older. MA residents voted for the measure 53.5% to 46.5%.

One Final Push of Hate

Tomorrow is the day we’ve all been waiting for (or dreading, rather) for almost two years. We will finally know which direction we, as a country, will head in.

There is still time for craziness however. Over the weekend, anti-Donald Trump graffiti was found on the side of a building at 170 St. Alphonsus Street according to a Boston Globe article. This part of Mission Hill is a common area for Northeastern students to live. The building in question belongs to the School of the Museum of Fine Arts.

It was reported to police on Sunday morning, but was quickly covered. While the Boston Globe did not confirm what the graffiti said, the Boston Herald did, with a photo. The graffiti in question said “Kill Your Local Trump Supporter”.

Hateful rhetoric is par for the course this election cycle, however its unusual for something like this around Boston. Around the country, Trump campaign offices and signs have been repeatedly vandalized. There is little chance that Massachusetts with vote Republican tomorrow, with or without the threatening message. The unfortunate thing is that, even when the election is finally over, this type of speech is likely to linger, inspired by Trump’s non-PC/polite attitude.

Final Projects

For my final project, I plan to talk to members of SGA for my video, asking them about what their initiatives have been for the past semester, and what they are planning to do in the future. I am lining up interviews with executive board in order to get a head start, and am also going to ask about what other events they have left in the semester, so I can use one of these for my photo story.

For my written story, I want to focus on how no one really knows what SGA does, and how much effort goes into each week/event. I want to ask people on campus what they think SGA is responsible for, and how students think SGA could better market their ideas.

My overall goal with these stories is for students to understand SGA better. If they understand how their student government works, they can take advantage of what is offered to them more, and potentially enhance their Northeastern experience. Students often complain about issues on campus, but most times no one takes any action to solve the problems. SGA is an under utilized resource, and hopefully this can change it.

Emack & Bolio’s

Today I visited Emack & Bolio’s Newbury Street location to get myself a cool treat on a 60-degree November day. The store specializes in ice cream, sorbet, yogurt, and smoothies, and their colorful menu does not disappoint.

Their 290 Newbury Street store is relatively small (most likely since square footage is at a premium here), but is bright and exciting, and almost everywhere is painted. For those thinking about coming here, make sure to come on a nice day, since there it zero seating indoors, thus forcing their customers outside to eat.

The real instagram-worthy food is their unique cone toppings such as Rice Krispies, chocolate Rice Krispies, and some loaded with sprinkles. The store is definitely a must-visit, however it is too pricey to be a weekly treat, my cone & single scoop ice cream cost about $7.50.

While I was there, I spoke to another customer (the only one there) about her experiences.

“I’ve come to the store maybe three or four times before,” said Northeastern junior Anne Klauck. “The cones are really the main reason why I keep coming back. The ice cream is fine, but not really worth the price.”

Since this was my first time, I asked for recommendations.

“The Salted Caramel Chocolate Pretzel flavor is a top choice for sure, but my favorite has to be the Heaven flavor [vanilla, marshmallows, and white chocolate chips),” said Klauck.

Emack & Bolio’s At a Glance

290 Newbury Street

Open Daily 12 pm- 11 pm

617-536-7127

Closest T Stops: Hynes and Copley//Green Line Back Bay and Mass Ave//Orange Line

Not Wheelchair Accessible

Accepts Credit Cards

Charter School Problems

One of my earlier posts was regarding Massachusetts’s Question 2 ballot question lifting the charter school cap to allow another 12 schools. Initially many expected this to pass without an issue, however the tide quickly turned and create a close race.

I also spoke a bit to the amount of money being spent both for and against this question. Many big players have donated like Shari Redstone, Partners Healthcare, and Kraft Group, among others. Now, teacher’s unions want authorities to investigate donations stemming from hedge fund managers for the pro-charter school side.

The unions say that these donations are the manager’s way to get around the law than bans finance and securities execs who deal with public pension funds from donating to political figures who oversee these public funds.

“Retirees need to know that investment decisions are being made based on their financial security, not to curry favor with Governor Baker and his pension board appointees,’’ said Tom Gosnell, president of the American Federation of Teachers Massachusetts told the Globe. Since the money is going towards a ballot question however, this doesn’t violate the law.

Baker is in favor of lifting the charter school cap.

While it’s unlikely anything will come out of this since there are no broken laws, it’s hard to not view this allegation in a negative light for the teacher’s unions. Polls show voters are split 45 percent/45 percent, with 9 percent undecided. It looks like a last-ditch effort for their cause, and a bad one at that.

 

Cornhole Goes Philanthropic

On Saturday October 15th, Northeastern sorority Delta Zeta held their semesterly philanthropy event supporting Starkey, which provides hearing aids to those hard of hearing domestically and throughout the world.

With 96 teams of 2 competing, all entry fees went towards the organization. I spent the day talking to those involved, and watching the competition. I also spoke to one sister in particular who was able to go on a mission trip to Mexico with Starkey, and help fit hearing aids for a week.

For a game that is usually low-key and good natured, everyone involved got very competitive and aimed to win. After a few hours of games and barbecue, one team was finally crowned Cornhole Classic Champion.