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Kelly how do we find out our assignment # 3 grades??


1. Our group topic revolves around the idea of what is really going on in the Palestine/Israel conflict. We want to show the public the truth and facts coming from the Palestine side.

2. Our group members are:  Ali Sumani, Polina Isakova, Ahmed Rezwan, Rishi Jumani, Faizan Mahmood

3. We will be talking to many Arab and Israeli people all over New York City to see if they even have any idea what the controversy is really about.

4. Our goal as a group is to make the Hunter College student body more aware of the Palestine/Israel conflict and what the Arab people have to say regarding this matter.

5. Using iMovie, we will create a news video interviewing many people (particualry Arabs/Israelis) in a Ny1 format with the anchor on scene. Our intended audience is all the people who are clueless about this ongoing struggle between Israelis and Palestinians that began in the early 20th century.

Legalizing Marijuana in the United States has been an issue of debate for quite a while, dating back to the mid 1990s. 16 states and Washington DC already have enacted to legalize the use of medical marijuana. Medicinal Marijuana being legal at the state level and illegal at the Federal level is where the problem arises. Federal and state laws conflict when dealing with the use of medical marijuana. There are quite a few reasons why i believe marijuana should be legal nationwide.

The most important reason is how marijuana isn’t a lethal drug and is safer than alcohol. Marijuana overdoses are nearly impossible and marijuana is not nearly as addictive as alcohol or tobacco. Marijuana has many positive attributes such as its medicinal use and as a recreational drug with nearly no side effects. The use of marijuana provides relief from pain, nausea and other symptoms for many individuals who have not been treated successfully with “real pharmacy” medications. Many American adults also prefer marijuana to the use of alcohol as a mild and moderate way to relax.

Marijuana’s legalization would turn the hemp plant as a valuable and diverse agricultural crop in the United States, which includes developing it as a new bio-fuel to reduce carbon emissions. Canada and other European countries support legal hemp cultivation without legalizing marijuana, but United State’s opposition to legalize marijuana remains the biggest obstacle to development of industrial hemp as a valuable agricultural commodity.

If marijuana is legal, it would reduce its sales and use among teenagers, as well as reduce their exposure to other drugs in the illegal market. Finally prohibition has not stopped the use and production of marijuana in the United States. The government has its own system of laws to prevent the use of marijuana for over 75 years yet it is used by over 25 million people annually. Cannabis is also currently the largest cash crop in the United States.


NORML is a nonprofit lobbying organization working to legalize marijuana, stop arrests of smokers, provide educational research and legal information on Marijuana.

Legalized in which STATES?

Top 10 reasons why


— Faizan Mahmood (008)

After reading Ewen’s “The Ends Justify the Jeans,” I realized that time has definitely taken its toll on who wears jeans. In Ewen’s article he says jeans “were the clothes of hard-laboring people. They were loose and ill fitting and mass produced for men separated from their homes.” It just amazes me how denim was specifically worn by a certain type of people back in the days. But as time passes, different people come along with different means of thinking. I believe time equals change.

Today all types of people wear jeans from a homeless person to a college student to a person making millions. In Ewens article only the labor working people wore jeans. Today everyone wears jeans but different brands. Jeans can range from a $40 pair of Levis to a $250 and up pair of 7 For All Mankind, Rock and Republic or True Religion jeans. So the brand you wear defines who you are and only you define who you are.

As i grew up i noticed that my wardrobe has drastically changed, especially now that i think about it after reading this article, my choice of jeans has drastically changed. In high school and junior high school i didn’t really care for the kind of jeans i owned. They were “loose and ill-fitting” and would be stuck in my sneakers as i would walk. As i grew up i decided to buy more expensive jeans like 7 For All Mankind, Buffalo Bitton, True Religions, and Armani Exchange. These jeans were much more fitted and adjusted to my height. Things just change as one grows up. People go thru different phases, changing their style as well. You only live once and i dress to impress with fine threads. Winning best dressed in Highschool i just had to go out and buy myself some nice pair of jeans that not everyone owns like a pair of Levis, Calvin Klein or DKNY. I absolutely love jeans not only because their comfortable and can be worn almost anywhere except to some formal occasions, but also because they look super sexy on a woman with the right assets.

Expensive JANES


Faizan Mahmood (008)

Looking through the keywords on the blog I believe these two pictures sent to me from my partner represent “Post World War II America: Suburbs and Consumerism as a way of life.”After the end of World War II in 1945, many American soldiers returned home very eager to spend because the lack of consumer goods during the war. The post World War II baby boom era was beginning and many young couples were getting married and having plenty of children. Federal programs such as the G.I. Bill of Rights allowed many young families to purchase their own homes in rapidly expanding suburbs.

Rise of American Consumerism

Faizan Mahmood (008)

Frederick Douglass, Jose Yglesias and Frankie Mae all had one thing in common. They all had someone overlooking them whether it be a slave master, plantation owner or simply the owners of the workplace. All 3 of these overseers made them feel inferior by taking away their rights and trying to control a bit of their lives. These overseers is what made the main characters of each story come to realize that they were oppressed. At that point one has two choices in life, either to fight the oppression and come out on top or become depressed in the oppression and let it get the best of you.

Frederick Douglass talks about what he experienced as he was enslaved down south in Maryland by Mr. and Mrs. Auld. Douglass’ frequent hearing of his mistress reading the bible aloud “awakened [his] curiosity in respect to this mystery of reading and roused in [him] the desire to learn.” His mistress gladly consented to teach him how to read and soon enough Douglass was spelling words of 3 or 4 letters. So proud of Douglass as if he were her own son, she informed he husband of her accomplishment. This is where it all turned dark and gloomy. Douglass was forbidden to read and further lessons from Mrs. Auld. Mr. Auld believed “if you give a nigger an inch he will take an ell. Learning will spoil the best nigger in the world.” Douglass was already given an inch by learning the English alphabet and now he wanted the ell. Just because he was forbidden to read didn’t stop him from doing so. When he was sent on errands or when playtime was allowed he would step aside with his young white playmates and take occasional spelling lessons with his Webster’s spelling book in his pocket. Deep down he knew education would help himself out of the institution of slavery. He also knew that there had to be a reason as to why Master Auld was forbidding him to learn how to read and write. From that moment on Douglass knew the key to his freedom was educating himself. Douglass chose to fight the oppression and in the end he came out on top, becoming a free man and a successful abolitionist.

The same is not the case in Jean Wheeler Smith’s Frankie Mae. Frankie Mae was the daughter of an African American slave who worked on a plantation as timekeeper for Mr. Junior White. Mae, clever at a very early age when she handled the situation with stove money collector very smoothly, her father didn’t want her working on the plantation. Mae had a very strong desire to go to school and get educated. But that all changed when the plantation owner wanted as many hands on the field to chop the cotton. She was not able to attend school full time missing several days or even months. She was not promoted from 4th to 5th grade because she had missed so much school and couldn’t keep up with the rest of the class. One year she decided to keep a record of what they made and what they spent for her father. When her figures differed from Junior White’s she decided to speak up at the yearly end payout. White didn’t care for what she had to say and simply made her seem like a liar. “Long as you live, bitch, I’m gonna be right and you gonna be wrong. Now get your black ass outta here,” were White’s words to Frankie Mae after she tried disputing his word. From that day she lost interest in school, numbers and education. Being 15 and still in 4th grade she bore her first child. Over the next four years she had 3 more children and died giving birth to the fifth one because she bled to death and her father was short $40 to deposit at the county hospital. Frankie Mae knew from the payout day that no matter how educated she was, she was going to have no power, especially being a female and black simultaneously. That day was the death of her and her inspirations to go to school and get educated. She was oppressed and unfortunately didn’t come out on top and died in depression.

Jose Yglesias’ story is similar to Douglass’ because he stood up for what he believed. Yglesias, a cigar maker in the city of Tampa, Florida around the time of the Great Depression went on strike with his fellow workers for a one of a kind cause. They didnt go on strike beause they will “illpaid or dissatisfied with the tedium of rolling fine cigars all day in the hot sun,” but because their employers had forbidden Los Lectores from reading to the workers from the works of famous writers. They went on a 3-month strike all because no one was reading to them while they were working hard in the sun all day long. Yglesias stood up for what he believed in during very hard times. Eventually he had to go back to work because everyone was struggling to make ends meet without the Lectores reading to them.

The Digital Divide has become a topic of much interest as we emerge with new media tools everyday. The Digital Divide has one main cause: MONEY. If every country was like the United States and other countries like in Europe, there wouldn’t be a so called “Digital Divide.” But since this isn’t a golden age with prosperity throughout the world, some countries will be ahead of other countries like the developing nations and third world countries in Africa and South America. Certain countries have an advantage over others because of their specific Gross Domestic Product which is an indicator of a country’s standard of living. If every nation was rich we would all be well connected with each other. Money makes the world go round and if you don’t have money you probably cant even turn on a computer in a village in Africa. Ok maybe you might be able to turn it on but what if you in such an undeveloped area that you cant connect to the internet. So there is definitely a digital divide in the 21st century on planet Earth.

Digital Divide

– Faizan Mahmood (008)