Laila Sadat

Laila Sadat is a graduate from Columbia College Chicago where she studied Marketing Communications and Advertising. As a humanitarian and activist at heart, she intends to get a M.A. in both Journalism and Human Rights Advocacy where she will be able to impact the world through her writing.

Standing Rock Resistance More than a Victory

December marked eight months since resistance arose in Standing Rock, N.D., concerning the 1,172-mile-long underground oil pipeline project that was set to run through sacred burial grounds and other Native American reservation sites. It was a blueprint that not only violates an 1868 Treaty between Native Americans and the U.S. government but also threatens the sanitation of human water...

UC Berkeley Suspends Class on Colonialism in Palestine

The University of California, Berkeley sparked widespread debate about academic freedom after suspending a DeCal course dedicated to learning Palestine’s past and present “through the lens of settler colonialism.” DeCal stands for "Democratic Education at Cal", a tradition at Berkeley where undergraduate students have the opportunity to teach 1 or 2 unit courses to their colleagues. The courses are independently planned...

Standing Rock Sioux Continue Dakota Access Pipeline Protest

While some Americans continue to dispute Colin Kaepernick’s patriotism, other Americans across the nation join in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to protest construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline – a $3.7 billion investment designed to run through four states as well as across the tribe's sacred lands. Energy Transfer, a Texas based gas pipeline company, says there are major national...

Protesting Beyoncé Because Pro-Black is Anti-White?

Beyoncé’s performance during the Pepsi Super Bowl 50 halftime show at Levi’s Stadium has created controversy across the nation. Critics, viewers, and even some fans argue that her show was equivalent to race baiting and not a reflection of creativity but instead a clear political message against white supremacy and a statement that echoes solidarity with the Black Lives...

San Bernardino Shooting Categorized as Terrorism…But Where Do We Draw the Line?

On Wednesday, December 2, 2015, Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, 27, carried out what is now known as the nation’s most deadly mass shooting since the Sandy Hook Massacre in 2011. Killing 14 of Farook’s coworkers and injuring at least 21 others at a social service facility, both Farook and Malik were gunned down by policemen...

Columbia College Chicago Professor Faces Round Two in Fight for Academic Freedom

In 2014 Columbia College Chicago was found guilty of an academic freedom violation when a course taught by Iymen Chehade was withdrawn after a student allegation of bias regarding the showing of an Academy Award nominated documentary called “Five Broken Cameras.” The college cited class enrollment and rotating curriculum as reasons for cutting the section until the American Association...




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