I hope you are all doing well. As for myself... Well, I'm doing the "panic over graduate school funding" dance. I have to choose to accept or decline my admission into grad school by mid-April, but I don't actually find out if I am funded until late April or early May. This is terrifying. I can't fund grad school. I already have thousands in student loans. Taking out private loans is impossible for someone who has my kind of credit. Working while you are in grad school is near impossible as well. I thought getting into grad school was the scary part, what with waiting for letters and the like. This is much worse. What kind of country do we live in when a good student has to live in fear that they may not be able to afford to further their education?
Not much I can do but wait.
Here's the news.
-- The AIPAC (American Israeli Public Affairs Committee) conference began on Sunday, and Occupiers were on site to protest the war rhetoric that seems to be quickly growing against Iran. The roughly 400 demonstrators carried signs reading things like "No War on Iran," and "They lied about Iraq, They're lying about Iran." Some protested the treatment of Palestinians by Israel as well. The conference is scheduled to continue until Tuesday, and Occupiers say they will be protesting up until that point.
-- Occupiers in Oklahoma interrupted a Santorum speech yesterday, chanting "Get your hate out of our state," and "Pro-life, Pro-war, what are you fighting for," as attendees tried to shout them down by yelling back "We pick Rick." Santorum was mostly calm, but did suggest that the protesters should "let both sides be heard," and that maybe they should "be working a little bit instead of coming to these events and screaming at people." One Occupier was shoved during the protest, but it otherwise remained peaceful.
-- The roughly 50 Occupy Oakland members marching to UC Davis arrived last night, after a week on foot and roughly 99 miles. Occupy Davis had prepared food and sleeping arrangements for the new arrivals. Around 10,000 people are expected to be rallying at the Capitol today, with major concerns about education. Their primary objections with education include rising tuition and fees for state schools, and massive budget cuts to education.
-- Occupy West Palm Beach was raided early this morning by police, Fire Rescue crews, and the Sheriff's Office. Occupiers knew the eviction was coming, but many chose to hold their ground. Some used PVC pipe and duct tape to secure themselves to a railing of the second floor balcony, leading to fire crews cutting them out. Several were arrested and led away by police, but the ecaxt number is not yet known.
-- AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka has found himself in hot water for a video in which several protesters say they were paid by the unions to come out and protest. The union leader says the allegations are untrue, and that the unions would never pay people to protest. You can watch a video and read more about this here:
-- On March 1st, the NDAA went into effect, and one group decided to use street theatre to display how it may change our country. You can read about what happened, and why this could affect everyone, here:
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