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-The Miami Shores Community Church has started a conversation in South Florida over tolerance in the age of Trumpism with a simple act.
-The church has created a yard sign declaring, “No Matter Where You Are From, We’re Glad You’re Our Neighbor” in four languages. The sign is being put in the front yards of church members.
-Jon Ise, a church member who is also active in Miami civic life pitched the idea after he saw a similar idea employed by Mennonite churches in the northeast.
-Pastor Meg Watson approved the plan to sell the signs to people living in Miami Shores for $10. Church staffer Harold Marrero designed the look of them and translated the message into Spanish, Creole and Portuguese.
-The church hopes to spark conversations with neighbors about what type of society they want to live in. And Marrero told RISE NEWS that his life at the church showed why diversity is a powerful force for innovation and change.
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Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) and dozens of elected Democrats are currently “occupying” the floor of the House of Representatives
Democrats said that they will not leave the House chamber until the body takes a vote on a proposal that would ban people on the no fly list from purchasing a weapon.
“We truly believe that if there was a vote, then we would win the vote,” Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said in a press conference on the steps of the Capital.
“No fly, no buy” seems to be the rallying cry for supporters of the movement.
The Atlantic reports that at least 70 Democratic House members are participating in the protest.
Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL) spoke to gathered reporters on the Capital steps about his personal connection to the issue of gun violence. His son was murdered with a gun.
“Only a mother could scream, that primal screen, I will never forget the primal scream of my son’s mother,” Rush said. “Shot down in cold blood on the streets of Chicago.”
The sit in started just shy of noon Wednesday.
Rep. John Larson (D-CT) gave an impassioned plea as fellows members started to sit on the floor around him.
“We have to occupy the floor of the House until there is action,” Larson said. “Rise up Democrats, rise up Americans, this cannot stand.”
Soon after, the C-SPAN cameras in the House chamber were turned off.
The only video coming out of the chamber is from members themselves via the use of cell phones and other mobile devices, a violation of House rules.
According to C-SPAN, the House is scheduled to break for the Fourth of July holiday on July 1.
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By Taylor Neuman
By human nature, we like to make judgements on other humans based on their appearance. This takes place anywhere and everywhere you go, and it turns out it happens in the classroom as well.
Do you ever find yourself in class thinking, “my professor is pretty good looking?”
Students from all over the country have taken the time to use Rate My Professor to rate their professor’s in various areas from overall quality, curriculum used in the course, fairness, quantity of assignments and yes, even their looks.
This function is a chili pepper icon that is displayed on all of the professor’s individual pages. If the chili pepper is red that means students consider that professor to be attractive. If the chili pepper is red with flames that means that a bunch of students think that the teacher is incredibly attractive. Not exactly rocket science, although there are probably some hot rocket scientists out there.
Don’t get me wrong, people mainly use this website as a tool when it comes to selecting classes based off of the professor teaching it, but that doesn’t stop students from giving their teachers a little boost in their egos.
But how important is it to students that they have an attractive professor?
“The chill pepper isn’t important for me but it’s a bonus if the teacher happens to not be bad looking,” Cory Diamond, a student at The University of Alabama said. “It helps me pay attention more and actually be more involved in the class.”
According to two researchers at the University of North Carolina Pembroke who conducted a study on the topic found that, “students reported believing they would learn the most from the attractive teacher.”
“If I had an attractive teacher I would be like a model student,” Morgan Hearns a student at University of Central Florida said in a interview. “I wouldn’t miss a class, would sit front row, and take good notes.”
That isn’t the case for all students, however.
Bennett Kobos is a student at UNC Charlotte.
“I don’t feel like it would change my attention too much, I’m typically very focused,” Kobos said.
“When selecting a teacher the main things I look for are a high score on easiness and read the reviews to make sure attendance isn’t mandatory,” Diamond said. “I also check to see if any of the reviews say anything about hard tests or tricky questions on the tests.”
Many college students would agree that they mostly use Rate My Professor as a tool to find the best professor, but they would also agree that they wouldn’t mind an attractive professor.
“I am glad to know students enjoy my classes and am sure their reviews are based solely on the course content,” Steven Davis, a professor in the business department at Florida International University said.
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By Leslie Ovalle
In 1977, after one year in prison for discussing his political beliefs, Jean-Claude Exulien—a secondary school history professor—decided to flee his home in Haiti.
Exulien said that there are times in history when a government cannot be criticized, but he is also quick to remind that as an intellectual and educator, it is impossible to suppress critical discussions.
Exulien fled Haiti during the rule of the dictator “Baby Doc”, or Jean-Claude Duvalier, seeking his own and his family’s safety. He said that if it hadn’t been for Haiti’s suppressive regime many Haitians, including himself, would not have fled the land they feel such patriotism for.
His office in North Miami, decorated with Haitian flags and cultural photographs, is evidence to his love of country.
“I’m a big witness, I would say, of what happened in Haiti during the dictatorship of Francois Duvalier and Jean-Claude Duvalier,” said Exulien, “Haitian intellectuals were obliged to leave the country to save their lives.”
Many Haitians fleeing the regime of the time decided to migrate to Montreal, Canada. This is something that crossed Exulien’s mind, but a summer school teaching opportunity and family here in South Florida is what pushed him to make this city his new home.
“Some friend told me one time ‘it’s not difficult for you, because you used to teach at a higher level.’ I said ‘no it’s not a problem because I love these people, they are my people’. Until today that is my job, to teach them how to write in French, Creole, and English,” explains Exulien.
Knowing Creole, French, English, and Spanish, Exulien embodies the importance of knowing multiple languages in a place as diverse as South Florida.
On his office desk lays an ocean of newspapers—which he refers to as his tools—and in this ocean you can find all four languages. He jokes, although in a serious manner, saying that nowadays if you speak only one language you are handicap.
“Sometimes there are news in El Nuevo Herald or Las Americas and you cannot find the same news in The Herald, for example, so we have to read more than one newspaper and in more than one language,” he said.On the side of his office cabinet hangs a quote by John Dewey, the liberal philosopher that reads, in all caps: “education is not a preparation for life; education is life itself.”
Exulien takes education beyond the classroom, besides teaching literacy, history, and anthropology he has a radio show on 1700 AM Radio Mega every Saturday at 11am.
“This is a class, it’s not a radio show,” Exulien said.
His radio segment is 90% Creole and 10% English; where he discusses current events, ideas, and history with his listeners.
A very proud man of his country’s history, he is one of the founders of the Haitian American Historical Society—a non-profit organization seeking the recognition and accuracy of historical events pertaining to Haitians and those of Haitian descent.
In 2007, the organization erected a monument of Les Chasseurs Volontaires de Saint Domingue in Savannah, Gerogia. Les Chasseurs Volontaires de Saint Domingue was a group of Haitian free men who volunteered to fight in The Siege of Savannah on October 9th, 1779 against the British.
“Haitian people died there, in Franklin Square, for the independence of the United States,” said Exulien.
The organization is now working on erecting yet another monument, in St. Augustine, Florida, commemorating General Georges Biassou—a Haitian forefather who fought with Spanish royalists.
Exulien is also the president of the organization Haitian League for Human Rights, INC.
“We created this organization one year ago, because of the situation of [our Haitian] brothers and sisters in Santo Domingo,” said Exulien.
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