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An elderly woman tells the story of her life to a young alcoholic in this lyrical, thought-provoking tale which thumbs its nose at narrative conventionIf there is a conclusion to be drawn from the last year, it might be that the capacity to listen is the most persistently undervalued human gift. John Burnside’s thought-provoking new novel is a book of wintry landscapes, family secrets and alcoholism, but it’s also a paean to the art of listening well that is especially welcome after the last 12 months of stridency.The opening finds narrator and protagonist Kate Lambert, a young film student, drifting through her life in a midwestern college town. Estranged since childhood from her mother, recently bereaved by the loss of her father, Kate is drinking heavily and involved in a spiky relationship with Laurits, a domineering academic in the film studies department. Continue reading...
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The final open enrollment period of this Administration started on November 1, and since then, more than 11.5 million people nationwide have signed up for health insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace. As part of our Administration’s ongoing efforts to reach the remaining uninsured, the White House launched the Healthy Campus Challenge in September, hoping to engage college and university campuses in enrollment efforts. Campuses opted in by agreeing to undertake a series of best practices, like emailing all students and faculty with information about open enrollment, amplifying deadlines on social media, holding enrollment events, and producing creative online content to reach community members. White House staff members worked with administrators, students, faculty, staff, alumni, local community leaders, and elected officials across the country to spread the word about open enrollment and the Marketplace, sharing best practices with them honed over the last four years. More than 350 campuses from all 50 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico participated in the Challenge and carried out some enrollment activities, with nearly 100 campuses completing all the criteria. Today, leaders from nearly 60 of those campuses will attend Healthy Campus Challenge Day at the White House. We can’t wait to congratulate them for their hard work during the ongoing open enrollment period, hear creative ideas from these schools, and brainstorm ways for them to work together moving forward. Our hope in holding the Challenge was to institutionalize these enrollment practices on campuses nationwide for future open enrollments. Healthy Campus Challenge Day will be streamed live from South Court Auditorium at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, January 13 at www.whitehouse.gov/live, and here’s the program agenda, if you’re tuning in from afar: Welcome Remarks Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President, the White House Panel I: Healthy Campuses Share What Works Moderator: Bess Evans, Senior Associate Director and Senior Policy Advisor, White House Office of Public Engagement and Domestic Policy Council Stephanie Blaisdell, Ph.D, Assistant Vice President, University of Memphis Jessica Koscelnak, Director of Health Services, Keystone College Jessica Lauritsen, Director of Student Life & Career Development, Hennepin Technical College Alyssa Padilla, Special Projects Coordinator, University of Arizona Susan Quinn, Director of Student Health Services, Santa Rosa Junior College Jodi A. Ray, Director of the College of Public Health, University of South Florida Brett Rowlett, Director of Governmental & Community Relations, Lane Community College Presentation of Certificates Kristie Canegallo, Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff for Implementation, the White House Panel II: National Organizations Working to Impact Local Efforts Moderator: Bess Evans, Senior Associate Director and Senior Policy Advisor, White House Office of Public Engagement and Domestic Policy Council Amaris Bradley, MPH, RD, Senior Manager of Partnerships, Partnership for a Healthier America Erin Hemlin, National Director of Training and Consumer Education, Young Invincibles Kyle Lierman, Senior Associate Director and Senior Policy Advisor, White House Office of Public Engagement and Domestic Policy Council Ebonee Rice, National Director of Strategic Partnerships, Enroll America Closing Remarks Bess Evans, Senior Associate Director and Senior Policy Advisor, White House Office of Public Engagement and Domestic Policy Council The following schools will attend Healthy Campus Challenge Day: Ashland University (Ashland, OH) Augsburg College (Minneapolis, MN) Bakersfield College (Bakersfield, CA) Bethune-Cookman University (Daytona Beach, FL) Bowie State University (Bowie, MD) Bunker Hill Community College (Boston, MA) California State University, Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA) Concord University (Athens, WV) Cottey College (Nevada, MO) Delta College (University Center, MI) DePaul University (Chicago, IL) Durham Technical Community College (Durham, NC) Florida Memorial University (Miami Gardens, FL) George Mason University (Fairfax, VA) Harold Washington College (Chicago, IL) Hennepin Technical College (Brooklyn Park, MN) Kean University (Union, NJ) Keystone College (Factoryville, PA) Los Angeles Pierce College (Los Angeles, CA) Lane Community College (Eugene, OR) Livingstone College (Salisbury, NC) Long Beach City College (Long Beach, CA) Mansfield University of Pennsylvania (Mansfield, PA) Mercy College (Dobbs Ferry, NY) Millersville University of Pennsylvania (Millersville, PA) Missouri State University (Springfield, MO) Monroe Community College (Rochester, NY) Nash Community College (Rocky Mount, NC) Norwalk Community College (Norwalk, CT) Notre Dame De Namur University (Belmont, CA) Orange Coast College (Costa Mesa, CA) Pacific Lutheran University (Tacoma, WA) Pierpont Community & Technical College (Fairmont, WV) Princeton University (Princeton, NJ) Rider University (Lawrence Township, NJ) Santa Rosa Junior College (Santa Rosa, CA) Southern California University of Health Sciences (Whittier, CA) Spencerian College (Louisville, KY) Sullivan University (Louisville, KY) The University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ) The University of New Orleans (New Orleans, LA) The University of Southern Mississippi (Hattiesburg, MS) Trocaire College (Buffalo, NY) United Tribes Technical College (Bismarck, ND) University of Delaware (Newark, DE) University of Hawaii at Hilo (Hilo, HI) University of Memphis (Memphis, TN) University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI) University of South Florida (Tampa, FL) University of Wisconsin - River Falls (River Falls, WI) University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (Milwaukee, WI) Upper Iowa University (Fayette, IA) Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond, VA) Western Michigan University (Kalamazoo, MI) Western Washington University (Bellingham, WA) William Rainey Harper College (Palatine, IL) Xavier University of Louisiana (New Orleans, LA) Kristie Canegallo is the White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Implementation.
Urban Appalachians are people from Appalachia who are living in metropolitan areas outside of the region. Because migration has been occurring for decades, most are not first generation migrants from the region but are long-term city dwellers. People have been migrating from Appalachia to cities outside the region ever since many of these cities were founded. It was not until the period following World War II, however, that Appalachians became one of the major population groups in these metropolitan centers. During the course of the late 19th and 20th century (the trend slowed down since 1970, but continues up to the 2000s), an estimated 40 million people from Appalachia migrated into newer industrial areas of the region (i.e. Atlanta, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati) and others relocated farther up into urban states of the Northeast, Midwest and the West Coast. In terms of national origin urban Appalachians reflect the varied heritage of the Appalachian region. They are Scots-Irish, English, Scottish, Irish and Welsh. Some are African-American or Native American. Many have a German ancestry. Others are descended from people of Central Europe and Southern Europe who were recruited to work in the coal and steel industries. Most Appalachians have a mixture of these heritages. Urban Appalachians are also diverse in terms of the kind of places they lived in before migration. Many came from coal camps in the Cumberland Plateau or Allegheny Mountains. Others came from cities (rural people may moved into them) such as Knoxville; Charleston, West Virginia; the Huntington-Ashland area; or Pittsburgh. Most, however, came from a rural area or small town. Urban Appalachians might be white, black, or Native American, and they might be Protestant, Catholic or Jewish, or possess a sectarian heritage that defies denominational classification. They might be rich or poor, live in the inner city or in an affluent suburb. Most are employed in blue collar and service jobs, but urban Appalachians are also professionals, owners of businesses and managers. Some are artists, engineers, or architects. Many are educators and health care workers. During the period of the nation's industrial expansion the majority worked in factories. More recently work in the service economy is becoming more predominant. All of this diversity, however, does not mean there is no such thing as an Appalachian heritage. A shared history and the common experience of living in the hills, the towns, the valleys or the foothill sections of the Appalachian region did produce a sense of regional culture that many urban Appalachians celebrate today. Appalachians by the thousands came to the cities under a great variety of circumstances during the 19th and 20th centuries. Early migrants came in trickles one family at a time over many decades. They came in response to specific opportunities such as the opening of a factory. They came during World War I and during the prosperous twenties. They were sometimes recruited to work in a specific factory and, during World War II, thousands of Appalachians came to work in defense plants. Thousands more left the region in response to layoffs in the coal industry. When the mines shut down, some coal towns were entirely depopulated. During the 1950s, special bus runs were made to transport laid off miners and their families to metropolitan areas. It was during this 1940 to 1970 period that entire neighborhoods in the nation's cities became Appalachian, but the foundations of those communities were often laid much earlier in the century. The period from 1940 to 1970 is often referred to as "The Great Migration". For many Appalachians, factory work was what attracted them to urban areas — Wright Aeronautical (later General Electric), Armco (later AK Steel), U.S. Shoe, General Motors, Chrysler, Frigidaire, Ford, Champion Paper, Nutone, National Cash Register (now NCR Corporation), Delco, and Newport Steel, to name a few. These and many other factories large and small drew people to the cities from Appalachia. The location of these factories often determined the location of Appalachian neighborhoods. Concentrations of low cost housing became temporary "ports of entry" for some families and long term homes for others. Layoffs, changeovers, plant shutdowns and long stretches of unemployment were common experiences. Some faced discrimination in hiring or in their search for housing. For some black or white Appalachians, doors to good jobs or good neighborhoods were closed. Banks did not always want to make mortgage loans to Appalachian families in certain areas, and insurance companies often refused them coverage through the practice of redlining. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urban_Appalachians
Stephen Colbert's Show Is Rigged, Hillary Clinton Is Vulgar, And Other Election Complaints To The FCC
WASHINGTON ― Sometime in the near future, the 2016 presidential race will be retold in hefty books by the winning operatives, the losing strategists and some of the sharp campaign embeds. They will dish fly-on-the-wall details about President-Elect Donald Trump’s reaction to the airing of the infamous “Access Hollywood” tape and Hillary Clinton’s bout with pneumonia. Perhaps even more will be revealed about Anthony Weiner’s seedy exploits on the internet. But it’s not just the operatives who have a story to tell. The voters do, too. They were on the receiving end of the onslaught of attack ads and obsessive news coverage of every Trump tweet and rally. Voters living in battleground states had to endure near-constant noise from the campaigns, whether over the airwaves or through their internet routers. Their stories may never end up in history books. But they did submit their own narratives in the form of complaints to the Federal Communications Commission. The Huffington Post obtained the more than 800 election-related complaints through a Freedom of Information Act request and sifted through them. These living room dispatches are candid, emotional and, at times, maddening ― just like the election itself. My friend signed me up to receive emails from Trump’s campaign as a joke. We had a laugh and unsubscribed. But ever since I’ve still been receiving emails from his campaign. I’ve just today unsubscribed again for the sixth time! FCC complaint from Brooklyn, New York, Aug. 24, 2016 The complaints came from small towns in swing states like Florida and Ohio, and from places like Utah that were not used to much attention during presidential campaigns until this year. Some raged for just a sentence or two. Others riffed for several paragraphs, and many complaints were flecked with exclamation points and words in all-caps. They had the tone of the battle-weary and the shell-shocked. They mourned a simpler time when the news didn’t feature silver-haired anchormen dropping the word “pussy” at the top of their newscasts. They condemned Clinton for running vulgar ads that quoted her opponent’s vulgar speech. You sense paranoia taking hold. In two separate complaints, voters questioned whether late night talk shows hosted by the likes of Charlie Rose and Stephen Colbert were somehow rigged. But mostly, Americans seemed overwhelmed by their inability to escape the presidential race. Trump, Clinton and their friendly super PACs, had invaded their homes through television ads and robocalls, wormed their way into their text messages and spammed their email accounts. There was no way to just hit “unsubscribe” to all of it. All people could do was type up a quick rant and send it to the FCC. Below are just some of the dispatches. A few contain language that some readers may find, well, vulgar. Hillary Clinton Is The Real Vulgarian “I think it’s extremely offensive to air the anti-Trump commercial (this is not a political issue), talking about blood and guts, flat-chested women, and using the word ‘fuck’ at the end of the commercial. It is aired on public TV! I have seen it on various channels, BOTH cable and regular channels. This is vile and wrong, and people (no matter what age) do not need to be exposed to such language and imagery. Thank you.” – Tarpon Springs, Florida, May 25, 2016 “Trump commercial mouthing F-bombs. The grandkids are snickering. I’m NOT amused.” – Mount Clemens, Michigan, Sept. 1, 2016 “The TV ads they are running against Trump are so inappropriate and disgusting. They are worse than anything Trump may have said.” – Ellicott City, Maryland, April 25, 2016 Heinous Misbehavior By The Press “Chris Matthews, representing MSNBC asked Donald Trump an inappropriate question in a bullying and badgering way. He introduced the idea of punishment for abortion to deliberately arouse controversy where none existed previously to undermine and destroy a candidate. He put Donald Trump and his supporters and the general public at risk by inciting violence. Could you please protect the public by enforcing your rules against heinous misbehavior by the press? Thank you.” – Kettering, Ohio, March 31, 2016 “I cannot have a TV on in my house anymore, even at 9 am on a Sunday because the ‘journalist’ Chuck Todd on NBC cannot stop from using vulgar terms and salacious speech, he cannot call them accusations or stay on topics like the National Debt and is so dead set on being obsessed with sexual topics, that I cannot have children in the room.” – Fort Worth, Texas, Oct. 16, 2016 “CNN news kept repeating the footage of Mr. Trump saying the word ‘pussy’ many times. It was early in the day when I heard the word pussy, and all throughout the day that was all I could think about…” – Doral, Florida, Oct. 13, 2016. White Nationalist Demands Equal Time “Entercom inc refuses to allow White Nationalists at least an hour every night during talk radio prime time. The Republicans and Democrats have many shows dedicated to them, all day long, on WILK. None of the areas radio stations will allow us to broadcast our message and interact with listeners. We have a lot of Trump supporters and it is wrong for the Republican talk radio shows to just wrap us up in their group. Our reasons for supporting Trump are different than what the republican talk radio people claim. We deserve our own hour on either WILK or public radio but neither will let us on. We want our own radio show. Respectfully, [Name withheld]” – Hazleton, Pennsylvania, Sept. 16, 2016 White Supremacists Discover The Robocall “I received a call today from 213 ― which showed as ‘California.’ They left a very racially offensive message on my answering machine regarding supporting Donald Trump. The message indicated that this call was not supported by Donald Trump himself. However, the message was not nice and I found it to be very offensive. I Googled the phone number and found it to be from a White Supremacist Group. How do they have my number and how can they call me??” – Duluth, Minnesota, Feb. 25, 2016 Donald Trump keeps calling me telling me to go to his website and then plays Never Gonna Give You Up by Rick Astley. FCC complaint from McKinney, Texas, Oct. 26, 2016 ‘This Election Can’t End Fast Enough’ “I keep getting robocalls from 646―. It does not give me an option to remove myself. Last night it called me at 11 pm. All it says it’s for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and tells me to vote for him to get rid of all the immigrants that are destroying this country. I just want the calls to stop.” – Bothell, Washington, March 13, 2016 “As of 7:50 pm (PDT) we have received eleven Robocalls from Donald Trump at approximately 15 minute intervals.” – Ashland, Oregon, June 15, 2016 “I received a robo call from 941―- where after pressing 1 to speak to someone I received a male on the phone. After stating I was on the Do Not Call list he started swearing at me calling me a ‘bitch,’ a ‘snitch’ and telling me that I was ‘beat up in high school’ and that I hated Trump. When I asked to speak to his manager he said that his manager was ‘busy jacking off.’” – Clearwater, Minnesota, April 27, 2016 “I never signed up for PreserveFreedom.org in the first place and now [they] keep sending me emails. When I try to unsubscribe, it sends me to a dead link. This is especially irritating because I REALLY DON’T LIKE DONALD TRUMP, and don’t want to get stupid emails telling me how great he is. Please help, this election can’t end fast enough.” – Mount Airy, Maryland, Sept. 29, 2016 “Caller goes silent and says ‘Donald Trump,’ then hangs up.” – Wheeling, Illinois, Aug. 8, 2016 “Donald Trump keeps calling me telling me to go to his website and then plays Never Gonna Give You Up by Rick Astley.” – McKinney, Texas, Oct. 26, 2016 “Have received two robo calls from Donald Trump. The first one I hung up on. The second I tried to stay on the line to get them to stop calling and they hung up on me. The second call was threatening saying that Clinton and Obama were going to open the prisons and jails, let everyone out, and our safety was at risk, our community, and home. He was almost yelling over the phone. It was frightening and I was left shaking and crying.” – San Diego, California, Aug. 22, 2016 Don’t Joke Around With The Trump Train “My colleagues at work submitted my email to the Donald Trump presidential campaign as a joke. I have emailed multiple times to have them, as well as the RNC, to remove my email address from their lists, and despite multiple emails, I continue to receive emails. This is bordering on harassment … Also, when I clicked the link to ‘unsubscribe’ it tells me the address provided by the link, isn’t real.” – Chicago, Illinois, Aug. 11, 2016 “Got an auto call from this number saying I had won a cruise. I hung up right away and blocked the number. I am pretty sure that my number is being pulled from a Donald Trump email list (I signed up to attend a rally as a joke; did not go; probably all around worst decision of my life) as since then I have received spam texts and phone calls. I’ve had the same cell number for a decade and never had problems before Trump.” – Carrboro, North Carolina, June 30, 2016 “My friend signed me up to receive emails from Trump’s campaign as a joke. We had a laugh and unsubscribed. But ever since I’ve still been receiving emails from his campaign. I’ve just today unsubscribed again for the sixth time!” – Brooklyn, New York, Aug. 24, 2016 Not Falling For It “I keep getting phone calls from the same number telling me that I’ve won a free cruise. They ask questions about Donald Trump, security systems, and credit card balances. (Interest rate) there is no option to remove from call list, there is no way to speak to someone. These calls are frequent and annoying.” – Lafayette, Louisiana, May 27, 2016 “This caller, who he said his name was ‘John Kennedy’ (according to my records, from Kingston, Jamaica) said he was from the Publisher’s Clearing House, and that I won $850,000. He continued asking me questions, all of which I either avoided or gave false information. He stated the Donald Trump was involved in the delivery of my money etc.” – Erie, Pennsylvania, March 5, 2015 This Election Makes Me Paranoid “I have attached pictures of Neil Cavuto on FOX News the day before the 11/10/15 Republican Debate. Neil Cavuto odd looks somewhat like Donald Trump, like he and Donald are related. I got the impression that he and FOX News wanted to influence people to support Mr. Trump.” – Mesa, Arizona, Dec. 2, 2015 “MTV has aired a clip of Donald Trump and immediately afterward Miley Cyrus appears with both middle fingers up. It is clear that they are putting the clips back to back to relay a message.” – Bel Air, Maryland, Aug. 14, 2015 “All pro-Hillary emails go into inbox. All pro-Trump emails go into spam. Why? How dare they censor my mail?” – Staten Island, New York, July 22, 2016 “I saw subliminal advertising on ABC, channel 7, Los Angeles, news broadcast today about 8:30 AM. It was ‘TRUMP’ flashed across the screen in a box during a report of a fire. The screen showed a helicopter view of the extensive brush fire. My husband who was also watching did not see it. It was so fast that he must have blinked when the word appeared in the screen.” – Mission Viejo, California, July 23, 2016 Where Are The Pro-Trump People? “New Match Game on ABC (6-26-2016) question on a panel of six pro-Hillary celebrities. Answers might be biased. No Pro Trump panelists. No anti-Hillary questions about integrity.” – Midland, Texas, June 27, 2016 “Every night Charlie Rose has ALL ANTI-TRUMP guests on his show with RARE to NO PRO-Trump guests! It is disgusting!” – Staten Island, New York, Sept. 27, 2016 The Boos Are Fake, The Laughter Can’t Be Real “Here is a clear case in point where NBC and other large media outlets put in a title and fake Boos for Donald Trump. Please see link here which shows the real video of what happened, then click on the other three to see how the media is lying about it…” – Irvine, California, Sept. 27, 2015 “I can only address the CBS late-night shows as I do not watch any of the others. Steven Colbert and James [Corden] each opens their show with a stand-up monologue. In recent weeks, both have continuously attacked Donald Trump. I am unable to ascertain whether the laughter is truly that loud or if it is electronically enhanced. I suspect the latter to be the case.” – Marietta, Georgia, Aug. 19, 2016 Stephen Colbert Lacks Seriousness “In an interview between Steven Colbert and Sean Penn Tuesday, September 27. 2016 during the Late Show on channel 62 in Detroit during 11:30 pm – 12:23 am show, the two engaged in a discourse referring to Presidential Candidate Donald Trump ‘masturbating’ with ‘small hands’ and a ‘small penis.’ This discourse is obscene pursuant to the ‘three prong test’ and clearly lacks SERIOUS political content.” – Livonia, Michigan, Sept. 28 2016 Weeks Later, The Election Won’t Stop “Consumer was hit with a threatening phone call on the 19th. The consumer was verbally harassed because the call said ‘you voted for Donald Trump and now you will be killed.’” – Surprise, Arizona, Nov. 21, 2016 -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose, By any other word would smell as sweet.” Thus wrote Shakespeare in Romeo and Juliet, but names have power as the play’s macabre ending demonstrates. The campus sanctuary movement that has spread across the country since the election has been confronting a question: Does the declaring a “sanctuary” help to protect undocumented students or does it create confusion and misleading promises? The debate about this question is one of strategy and not goals. Students, faculty, staff and administrators across the country overwhelmingly support undocumented students as various petitions and statements can attest. This is a debate among supporters of immigrant students and there are good people on all sides. Some argue that using the term “sanctuary” is misleading given that no campus can truly provide protection from federal immigration authorities, and that declaring a sanctuary may in fact heighten the danger faced by undocumented students by indicating that such students are present on a particular campus. Others point to the civil disobedience in the 1980s sanctuary movement or the nineteenth-century Underground Railroad, arguing that such a history confuses people who believe the campus and city sanctuary movements of today imply a similar flouting of the law. They do not. As Michael Olivas, a law professor and current president of the University of Houston, Downtown who has spent his life defending undocumented students has put it in Inside Higher Ed, sanctuary “has no legal meaning and the admonitions are vague and impossible to implement, which will only frustrate people more.” Some argue that using the term 'sanctuary' is misleading given that no campus can truly provide protection from federal immigration authorities, So why hold on to the sanctuary terminology if it has a confusing history, no legal definition and promises more than it can deliver? The answer lies not in the law or in history, but in our common sense understanding of a sanctuary as a place of refuge and a place to be safe. It is true that college and university campuses do not provide absolute refuge and safety from all danger, as we saw this last week with the brutal knife attack at Ohio State University, but we still think of our campuses as places that should be a refuge from the kinds of crime that are all too common in our cities. A 2011 Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) memo reaffirmed that schools, just like hospitals and churches, should be seen as “sensitive locations” in which enforcement activities should be avoided. In essence, ICE already treats campuses as sanctuaries where immigration enforcement should be handled with extreme caution. Declaring a campus a sanctuary does not promise students that they will not face danger, nor does a city’s sanctuary proclamation prevent ICE enforcement. Rather, such a designation is a declaration that these are places where immigrants, even those in the country without authorization, should be respected and treated like brothers and sisters and not criminals. Sanctuary is an aspiration, a statement of values rather than a statement of fact. Sanctuary is a powerful idea that has mobilized hundreds of thousands of people to sign petitions at more than 115 colleges and universities. Sanctuary is an idea that has convinced 26 college and university presidents to issue statements of support for undocumented students and led the presidents at Portland State University, Reed College and Wesleyan to take the added step of declaring “sanctuary” campuses. Sanctuary is an idea that has motivated almost 300 cities, counties and states to limit their cooperation with federal immigration authorities. The idea of sanctuary has resonated with county sheriffs across the country who have also proclaimed they would not cooperate with federal immigration enforcement. As Chief Tighe O’Meara recently posted on the Ashland Police Department Facebook page, “I offer this up to clarify a concern that has been brought up, not as a political statement, but as a statement of fact, and of re-assurance to the community: The entire State of Oregon is a ‘sanctuary’ state.” What Chief O’Meara is saying is that Oregon state law prevents local police from doing the work of federal immigration officers. It’s not at all civil disobedience, but the opposite. The county sheriffs are upholding our state law, declaring that they will not be cajoled into unconstitutionally detaining people simply based on their immigration status. The message is clear: We are upholding the law against unconstitutional enforcement of cruel and unusual immigration regulations. And what’s so wrong about holding up the banner of sanctuary on a college and university campus? College campuses have long been thought of as sanctuaries from the market-forces of society, as a refuge where diverse people can come together and discuss challenging ideas without coming to fisticuffs. Colleges and universities should be spaces where a student’s class, race, gender and sexual orientation does not limit their access to classes or their ability to succeed. This idea of colleges as “safe spaces” has been lampooned by the press, and sometimes students’ excessive zeal leaves them open to such accusations, such as when Oberlin students protested the Bahn Mi sandwich in their cafeteria as an inauthentic cultural appropriation. However, most students are not demanding more “authentic” cuisine, but rather campuses where they don’t have to confront racist, sexist and homophobic hate on a daily basis because that is the prerequisite for being able to have the kind of stimulating and controversial conversations that we promise as a hallmark of a liberal arts education. Colleges and universities should be spaces where a student’s class, race, gender and sexual orientation does not limit their access to classes or their ability to succeed. Too often our campuses reflect the bigotry and hierarchies of our society rather than offer a utopian alternative to them. But that doesn’t mean we should not always strive to be our best selves, to be a sanctuary. There was once a country that fashioned itself as a sanctuary to the poor and wretched of the rest of the world. In 1883, Emma Lazarus wrote the poem that was emblazoned on the Statue of Liberty: Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame. “Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” If the Statue of Liberty is Mother Exile, then sanctuary is at the heart of our country’s highest ideals. We should embrace sanctuary in our cities, counties, states, churches, synagogues and mosques. And yes, colleges and universities should represent the best ideals of America: sanctuary for the poor, the vulnerable, the wretched of the earth. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.