Fake News

Excellent job Team 7!  I don’t believe the colon after Service in title is necessary (for future reference).  Good writing, editing, photos, content!

 

Chick-fil-A Facing Homophobic Backlash After Denying a Gay Couple Service: 

With Pride month currently underway and the message of equality and acceptance at the forefront of this celebration, American fast food giant Chick-fil-A is under fire for an incident that brings to light the company’s archaic morals and how they influence its employees.

A worker at a Chick-fil-A branch is accused of denying service to a gay couple that came in to one of its Miami, Florida establishments wanting to order lunch on Saturday. Jake Gomez told the Miami Herald that he and his partner, Adam Kingsley, went to a nearby Chick-fil-A for “a midday snack”.

The couple was seen showing public displays of affection while waiting in line and when it came time to order, the employee working the counter told them that he would not serve them and that they needed to leave the establishment.

Gomez said he called the manager, who apologized for the employees behavior and offered a $25 gift card.

The couple, not satisfied with that response, went to twitter to leave a complaint with the company.

The couple received thousands of retweets and replies supporting their love and in return, shaming the American food chain for their homophobic behavior.

The news has spread like wildfire amongst the LGBTQ community and the rest of the United States. This event occurred at a tense and meaningful time for LGBTQ supporters and it is being used as an example for why pride month is so important. The reason being, in order to recognize and value individuals who are constantly receiving oppression when attempting to live a casual life. Other fast food restaurants, like McDonald’s, have reached out to the couple offering support in return.


The Miami location has also suffered a loss of business and the company has been receiving a large number of protesters outside many Chick-fil-A locations. This picture was taken only two days after the incident:

“I like to eat Chick-fil-A a lot, at least twice a week, but after this situation I am boycotting the restaurant because I do not agree with its position on sexual orientation.” said Jason Larson, a Miami native and Chick-fil-A customer.

While many are protesting Chick-fil-A for its actions there are others who are in support of the company. “It’s good to see a company that has strong Christian values.” said Mary Beth Stuart, another Chick-fil-A customer. “I think gay marriage is an abomination and I don’t think we should keep encouraging it.”

In June 2012, Chick-Fil-A came under fire from gay rights supporters after their CEO, Dan Cathay, made public comments opposing gay marriage. Since then, they have become subject of political controversy for their stance on “traditional marriage” as well as their biases in donating millions of dollars to business and groups with anti-gay agendas.

In response to the public’s reaction, Cathay issued a statement saying, “The Chick-fil-A culture and service tradition in our restaurants is to treat every person with honor, dignity and respect — regardless of their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender. We will continue this tradition in the over 1,600 Restaurants run by independent owner/operators. Going forward, our intent is to leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena.”

While this statement means well, it is clear that independent owners and employees of this unabashedly Christian establishment still hold firmly to their religious beliefs.

We reached out to Chick-fil-A headquarters for a statement on this issue but thus far there has been no response. It is still uncertain whether the Chick-fil-A business chain will apologize for their actions or will continue to remain silent throughout this backlash.

 

Reflection

With the end of pride month wrapping up, we decided to write about something that has always been controversial in our country, which is LGBTQ rights. We chose Chick-fil-A as our subject because of their history as a religious company based on “traditional family values”. Our intended audience is primarily the LGBTQ community, but also those who support their rights and equality for everyone. We used an appeal to pathos to capture our audience by telling a convincing and sensitive story of a young gay couple who was turned down because of their sexual orientation, something we believe the public can strongly empathize with. We appealed to ethos by using a photo from a protest that broke out from the restaurant’s initial controversial statement made in 2012. Using this photo gave (false) evidence to our story that Chick-fil-A was receiving protests for this issue, when in reality it was from a different story that occurred a while back. Logos is used by stating the facts and history of Chick-fil-A’s opposition on same-sex marriage. This is perfect because it made our fake news story seem more credible to the public, given the company’s anti-gay beliefs. Despite its controversial past, Chick-fil-A is recognized today as one of the best fast food restaurants, providing customers with great food quality and outstanding customer service. A restaurant of their reputation denying a gay couple service during pride month is ultimately what captures the audience’s attention and lures them in, causing the story to go viral.

 

Team 07:

Alani: Writing, Editing, Reflection

Melissa: Writing, Editing

Isaac: Editing, Adding sentences, Grammar

Rolando: Editing, Writing

Sheila: Photos/Content creation

 

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Thesis

Good job Alani, I look forward to reading your essay!

Alani Batson

Team 7

Annotated Bibliography

 

For years, Saudi Arabia has prosecuted and deprived women of their right to drive. With the lift of this ban approaching in June, women in Saudi Arabia gain the freedom to move around in society. Although this is a major milestone in the country’s history, they still have a long way to come in their women’s liberation movement.  

 

Source 1: Book

S.harif, Manal. Daring to Drive: A Saudi Woman’s Awakening. , 2017. PrintThis book is a memoir from a Saudi woman that started off as a strict follower of Islamic law and then became a radical, speaking out against the kingdoms rulings. Her story highlights the making of an accidental activist who was daring and stood up to the men in the kingdom despite facing backlash.

 

Source 2: Journal article

Jarbou, Rana. “Know Your Enemy: The Saudi Women’s Driving Campaign from Flyers and Faxes to Youtube and Hashtags.” Feminist Media Studies, vol. 18, no. 2, Apr. 2018, pp. 321-325. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1080/14680777.2018.1436902.

 

This journal is about the history of the Saudi Arabia women’s driving campaign since its initiation in the 1990s leading to the lift of the driving ban in 2018. The campaign was sparked by “The ladies of November” who were 47 women that were stopped by traffic and religious police for practicing their right to drive. The Ministry of Interior issued a religious fatwa (ruling) justifying why women should not drive and the 47 women were defamed with flyers and faxes intended to slander the women. This article discusses how the role of media (or the lack of) contributed to the absence of domestic and global coverage on this event and the Ministry’s attempt to prevent any interviews or reports from being documented. Despite trying to be silenced, through poetry and archived defamatory flyers, woman were able to bring their situation to light. This brought on a wave of activists and campaigns for women’s right to drive in Saudi Arabia, one that still exist today and is reframed through the use of social media.

 

Source 4: Newspaper

International Business, Times. “Saudi Arabia: Kuwaiti Woman Arrested for Driving Father to Hospital.” International Business Times, 04 Nov. 2013. EBSCOhost, ezproxy.fiu.edu/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=bwh&AN=519381.20131104&site=ehost-live&scope=site.

 

In October 2013, the Kuwait Times reported the arrest of a woman in Saudi Arabia driving her diabetic father to the hospital. On the day of her arrest, a protest was held where women with international drivers licenses were asked to drive in honor of those who couldn’t, At least 14 women were arrested and fined for taking part in the protest.  

 

Source 5: Good website

HUBBARD, BEN. “Before the Kingdom Gives Them the Keys: As Saudi Arabia Prepares to Lift a Ban, Women Head to Driving-Safety Classes.” New York Times, vol. 167, no. 57893, 06 Mar. 2018, p. A4. EBSCOhost, ezproxy.fiu.edu/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=bwh&AN=128299830&site=ehost-live&scope=site.

 

This article, written in March, talks about the country’s preparation of its flood of new-coming drivers. Woman universities announced plans to open driving schools and companies have shifted their ads towards their new audience. Companies like Uber have even planned to recruit women to train them to be Uber drivers. This article also goes more into depth by taking us inside one of the first driving workshops in Saudi Arabia for woman.

 

Source 6: Source of Choice

“Saudi Arabia Warns Women Not To Protest Driving Ban.” Legal Monitor Worldwide. (October 25, 2014 Saturday ): 445 words. LexisNexis Academic. Web. Date Accessed: 2018/06/19

 

A year after the October 26 protests that led to the arrest of 14 Saudi women for driving, the Interior Ministry for Saudi Arabia warned that they would punish women who attempt to drive in their country as well as the men who allowed them to do so. Major General Mansour Al-Turki warned women not to drive because it would “undermine the Kingdom’s social cohesion by spreading discord.”

Annotated Bibliography

Great job Rolando, well-done! I look forward to reading your essay.

Urbina, Rolando (Group 7)

Thesis: Protest against social security reform in Nicaragua by university students was met with violence, now a national rebellion has risen to oust President Daniel Ortega.

  • Vanden, Harry E, and Gary Prevost. Democarcy And Socialism In Sandinista Nicaragua. Lynne Rienner Publishers, 1993.

This book analyses the ideology of the Sandinista movement and how it could serve as a model for other Third World countries.  The authors talk about how even though there is still residual impact from the revolution against the ousted President Somoza, the country has seen an establishment of three different forms of democracy.

    This article talks about how religious rhetoric helped spread the Sandinista revolution through out Nicaragua in the late 1970’s. This article relates to my essay because this was a rebellion to oust the then president Anastasio Somoza. It analyzes an interview of 15 people in the Nicaraguan government who were christians in the revolution.

  • Galeano, Luis Manuel. “Strike Paralyzes Nicaragua Capital as Talks to Resume Friday.” The Canadian Press, 14 June 2018. (Nexis Uni)

This article is about the national strike against Daniel Ortega on Thursday. The streets were empty and economists estimate that the one-day strike might cost more than $30 million in lost activity. People interviewed in the article seem to agree that it is time for Daniel Ortega to be taken out of office.

Protest detainees have said that they were tortured in prison. This article is an example of the horrible way the Nicaraguan government is treating protesters. It tells the story of Javier Munguia and how cops told his mother he died of a heart attack. But witnesses say he was in the jail with him and further autopsy show he was beaten and choked.

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, IACHR, is part of the Organization of American States, OAS, who protect human rights in the American hemisphere. The IACHR visited Nicaragua to observe the human rights situation since April 18th. The results were “…dozens of persons killed and hundreds wounded; illegal and arbitrary detentions; practices of torture, cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment; censorship and attacks on the press; and other forms of intimidation such as threats, harassment and persecution, all aimed at dissolving the protests and inhibiting citizen participation.”

This article talks about the situation in Nicaragua since protests began on the 19th of April. It explains how it began with university students protesting recent changes to social security and how they were met with attacks and violence against them. From then protest rallies sprang to oust the President Daniel Ortega. This article also talks about the attack on the march on Nicaraguans mothers day.

Annotated Bibliography

Hi Rolando,  I don’t see a book listed. I found this one for you. Please include it.  It doesn’t have to be a book on specifically your topic, just one about the topic (the country, the idea of reform, etc). I went to the library catalog and typed Nicaragua and social reform. Good job!

https://fiu.catalog.fcla.edu/fi.jsp?ix=kw&st=nicaragua+and+social+reform&x=0&y=0&so=pn&of=10&V=D&S=1211529339994537&I=4#top

Urbina, Rolando (Group 7)

Thesis: Protest against social security reform in Nicaragua by university students was met with violence, now a national rebellion has risen to oust President Daniel Ortega.

    This article talks about how religious rhetoric helped spread the Sandinista revolution through out Nicaragua in the late 1970’s. This article relates to my essay because this was a rebellion to oust the then president Anastasio Somoza. It analyzes an interview of 15 people in the Nicaraguan government who were christians in the revolution.

  • Galeano, Luis Manuel. “Strike Paralyzes Nicaragua Capital as Talks to Resume Friday.” The Canadian Press, 14 June 2018. (Nexis Uni)

This article is about the national strike against Daniel Ortega on Thursday June 14th. The streets were empty and economists estimate that the one-day strike might cost more than $30 million in lost activity. People interviewed in the article seem to agree that it is time for Daniel Ortega to be taken out of office.

Protest detainees have said that they were tortured in prison. This article is an example of the horrible way the Nicaraguan government is treating protesters. It tells the story of Javier Munguia and how cops told his mother he died of a heart attack. But witnesses say he was in the jail with him and further autopsy show he was beaten and choked.

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, IACHR, is part of the Organization of American States, OAS, who protect human rights in the American hemisphere. The IACHR visited Nicaragua to observe the human rights situation since April 18th. The results were “…dozens of persons killed and hundreds wounded; illegal and arbitrary detentions; practices of torture, cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment; censorship and attacks on the press; and other forms of intimidation such as threats, harassment and persecution, all aimed at dissolving the protests and inhibiting citizen participation.”

This article talks about the situation in Nicaragua since protests began on the 19th of April. It explains how it began with university students protesting recent changes to social security and how they were met with attacks and violence against them. From then protest rallies sprang to oust the President Daniel Ortega. This article also talks about the attack on the march on Nicaraguans mothers day.

Annotated Bibliography

Good job Melissa!  catholic in #3 and #5 should be capitalized. It is a proper noun. Catholic, Protestant, Hindu, Islamic, etc. I would have like to see more language in the annotations however.

Melissa Gil – Team 7

Thesis statement: Ireland’s vote to overturn the abortion ban has increased women’s rights by allowing them to take charge of their own health care.

 

  1. Book:

McCormick, Leanne. “Jennifer Schweppe, ed.: The Unborn Child, Article 40.3.3[degrees] and Abortion in Ireland: Twenty-five Years of Protection?” Journal of British Studies, vol. 48, no. 4, 2009, p. 1042+. Academic OneFile, http://link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/A212545515/AONE?u=miam11506&sid=AONE&xid=ef50fab0. Accessed 17 June 2018.

 

This book talks about what the view of Ireland with protecting the rights of an unborn child. This source could be useful for my paper because it talks about the underlying reasons why this law has been in place for so long.

 

  1. Journal article:

Hogan, Fergus. “In Search of Forgiveness: Men and Abortion in Post-Catholic Ireland.” At the Interface / Probing the Boundaries, vol. 66, July 2010, pp. 139-157. EBSCOhost, ezproxy.fiu.edu/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=ufh&AN=70457450&site=ehost-live&scope=site.

 

This article talks about the role of the catholic church in Ireland and how it is changing. This is a good article to show the ideals of the church and how they would feel about this overturn on abortion. This could show a good point in contrast to the overturning.

 

  1. One article in a popular or trade magazine:

Christopherson, Sarah. “Is the Pope in Charge of Your Hospital Bed?” The Women’s Health Activist, vol. 41, no. 4, Jul, 2016, pp. 4-5,7. ProQuest, http://ezproxy.fiu.edu/login?url=https://search-proquest-com.ezproxy.fiu.edu/docview/1806426117?accountid=10901.

 

This article talks about a few cases where women were denied abortions and the consequences of that. This source helps show one of the reasons behind the overturn. This article also shows the view of the church in this situation.

 

  1. One article about your topic from a newspaper published in the country of your topic

Swindon, Peter. “Anti-Abortion Office Opened by Catholic Church.” Anti-Abortion Office Opened by Catholic Church, 10 June 2018, pp. 1–2. The Sunday Herald .

 

This article talks about the anti-abortion office opened in Scotland after the ban on abortion was lifted in Ireland. This source can help with showing the backlash of the overturning. This could help with showing one of the many parts of this decision.

 

  1. A good website

nytimes.com

The New York Times is the website I will try to pull a lot of information out of. The original article from where I pulled my thesis statement from and there are a couple articles that are similar to the one I chose in this website. This is also a reputable source.

 

  1. One good source of your choice

“Pope Calls Abortion ‘White Glove’ Equivalent of Nazi Crimes.”ProQuest, Jun 16, 2018, http://ezproxy.fiu.edu/login?url=https://search-proquest-com.ezproxy.fiu.edu/docview/2056013268?accountid=10901.

 

This article talks about the Pope’s stance and opinions on the overturning of the abortion ban in Ireland. This could possibly be a great source to show the backlash from this decision. This offers a refutation to the abortion ban overturn and how the catholic church feels about it.

The Gaza Border Protests- Annotated Bibliography

PLease put name and team # on top of all assignments!  Good job on biblio, however I would have like to see more writing on the annotations.

Thesis: The United States Embassy’s move to Jerusalem under President Trump’s administration has sparked violent protests organized by Palestinians in Gaza resulting in a large number of critical and deadly injuries.

  1. Ozacky-Lazar, Sara. “Education under Continuous Violent Conflict.” Developing Strategies to Deal with Trauma in Children, vol. 1, no. 1, Sept. 2005, pp. 15-18. EBSCOhost, ezproxy.fiu.edu/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=31840835&site=ehost-live&scope=site.

 

This source is primarily to take a look at how Palestinians and Israelis look at and act towards each other as well as themselves and observe the relationship between the two sides. For example, the book discusses how they feel identified in a Jewish State and if they feel equal or not. It also discusses how much mutual respect they have each other’s languages.

 

  1. Skorecki, Karl and A. Mark Clarfield. “The Palestinian March: Return to Dialogue.” Lancet, vol. 391, no. 10134, 19 May 2018, pp. 1993-1995. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(18)30989-9.

 

This source shows the Israeli and Palestinian government reactions to the protests occurring. It gives a background of the type of operations that Palestinians take part in. It also discusses the politics that the two governments have towards each other.

 

  1.  Samuelson, Kate. “What to Know about the Jerusalem Embassy Opening and the Palestinian Protests.” Time.Com, 14 May 2018, p. 1. EBSCOhost, ezproxy.fiu.edu/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=129609878&site=ehost-live&scope=site.

 

This next source brings up what action sparked the Palestinian protests in Gaza. President’s Trump decision to move the United States Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem has been the blame for why the Palestinians are causing this. The article presents background info about Jerusalem and how international law doesn’t see it as belonging to Israel nor Gaza, as well as the politics between the United States and Israel.

 

  1. Kubovich, Yaniv, and Jack Khoury. “Fourth Gaza Strike: Israel Goes on the Attack against Palestinians Launching Burning Balloons.” Haaretz.com, Haaretz Com, 18 June 2018, www.haaretz.com/israel-news/third-gaza-strike-israel-on-the-attack-palestinians-burning-kits-balloons-rockets-launched-1.6179846.

 

This source is an Israeli news publication called the Haaretz magazine. It is the longest running newspaper still running in Israel. The article discusses the type of violence that Palestinians are causing at the border, like burning kites and how the Israeli troops are sending drones to intercept them.

 

  1. Kershner, Isabel, and Iyad Abuheweila. “Israeli Military Kills 15 Palestinians in Confrontations on Gaza Border.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 30 Mar. 2018, www.nytimes.com/2018/03/30/world/middleeast/gaza-israel-protest-clashes.html.

 

The following source is from a recognized news media, The New York Times. This particular article discusses the early events of the Palestinian protests, which was supposed to be billed as peaceful early on. They interviewed several Palestinians and reported Israel’s message for Palestinians to stay away from the border for safety reasons.

 

  1. “IAF Strikes Car of Leader of Cell Launching Incendiary Kites and Balloons.” The Jerusalem Post | JPost.com, 18 June 2018, www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/IAF-strikes-car-of-leader-of-cell-launching-incendiary-kites-and-balloons-560160.

 

This last source deals with how the Israeli Air Force is responding to the threats the Palestinians are making on the frontlines for flying lit up kites. It also mentions how the Israeli Defense Forces are going to continue to fight against the violence and doesn’t plan on giving up any time soon.

Secrets and Revelations

Hi Alani, Excellent and well-written  post! You really brought in many of the points discussed in the slide/lecture. Good job!

Alani Batson

Team 7

A few years ago, my best friend called telling me that she had a huge secret that she wanted me to keep private. Given that she had just got married a few months ago and moved to Texas to be with her husband, my first guess was that she was expecting a baby. But instead she told me that he was abusing her and that she was going to file for a divorce.

 

After class discussions and watching Professor Blevens lecture, I was able to recognize the dynamics of secrecy, lying, and confidentiality. For one, keeping this situation private was important to Shavanna (my best friend) because she wanted to protect herself against ridicule. Her decision to marry so young after high school and uproot her life in Florida to move to another state with a man resulted in unfair judgments from family, friends, and outsiders. She felt that if she told other people, they’d tell her “I told you so” and count her as another statistic of young abused and divorced women. In the lecture, Blevens describes secrecy as an intentional concealment to protect our thoughts, space, names, and identity. Even though her husband hit her, giving her a good enough reason to leave, she was still unsure about going through with divorce. This was a big decision to make and she wanted to do it on her own without the background noise of others. She also did not want to paint herself as a battered victim, which is the opposite of her usual fearless self. Her wanting to protect her thoughts, space, and identity is ultimately what prolonged the secret.

 

As Blevens mentioned, humans have a longing for knowing things. Although I was not yearning for any new information, when Shavanna told me she had a secret I got an overwhelming pinch of excitement. Of course that changed once the unpleasant secret was revealed. Being best friends for five years, we both played the role as intimates, sharing a close bond and a hold on each other’s secrets. As her intimate, I felt obligated to guard her secret as best as I could. Keeping this secret didn’t empower either of us individually, but it legitimized our friendship. Her brother reached out to me multiple times asking about her well-being and even though it hurt me to lie, I did it to protect her secret. I knew that if I breached confidentiality that she’d never trust me again. As her best friend and an insider (keeper of secrets) it was my responsibility to uphold the prima facie duty.

 

But holding on to this secret came with many dangers. During this time I was the only one she could talk to about her problems, which was not healthy for either of us. She’d open up to me and I’d either tell her things that she didn’t want to hear or not have any advice at all. This left her with very biased viewpoints and hurt her judgement by excluding other feedback. Keeping this secret also put a burden on me. I became something like her therapists and was buried with secrets that I had to lie to her family about to keep. In the end it was worth it, I was able to keep the secret and Shavanna ended up going through with the divorce.