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Hunger Strikers' Health Rapidly Deteriorating

By Eming Piansay, Jul 16, 2011 10:00 AM

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According to the Marilyn McMahon, the Executive Director of California Prison Focus, many of the prisoners at Pelican Bay State prison are on a hunger strike. “Conditions are so bad they have preferred to starve themselves to death rather than live another week in such torturous conditions and let future prisoners endure the same conditions,” she wrote in today’s San Francisco BayView.

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College-Bound African-American Men to Be Honored

By Eming Piansay, Jun 15, 2011 10:32 AM

The San Francisco-based Mitchell Kapor Foundation is honoring a group of young male African-American students from the Bay Area as they head off to college, reports the San Francisco BayView. The event, which is being held at 5:30 tonight at the Oakland Museum of California, is part of the foundation’s College Bound Brotherhood program, which aims to increase the numbers of young black men from the Bay Area who are prepared for a college education.

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Prison Release or Prison Reform?

By Eming Piansay, May 25, 2011 4:21 PM

The announcement this week that 30,000 low-level offenders would be released from California state prisons as a result of overcrowding has some advocates pushing for reforms for those who are still behind bars.

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The Chick Flick Comedy Diaspora

By Eming Piansay, May 17, 2011 2:52 PM

When the first wave of teaser trailers for Judd Apatow’s Bridesmaids hit the airwaves offering the world a female version to the hilarious, drug induced Hang Over series all I could think was: finally!

Finally, Hollywood got with the program that women have a raunchy side that doesn’t necessary include getting in touch with our emotions 24/7 or running around in airbrushed leather outfits.

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Ladies Tea Party in Oakland Fights HIV and AIDS

By Eming Piansay, May 14, 2011 1:00 AM

On Saturday, Kaiser Permanente is partnering with the DIVA (Divinely Inspired Victoriously Aware) Foundation to host the First Ladies Tea Party in Oakland, a free event that aims to provide information on mental health, heart disease, cancer, HIV/AIDS and other issues affecting African-American women.

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Michelle Rhee Speaks at SF Commonwealth Club

By Eming Piansay, Apr 22, 2011 4:15 PM

There is a lot to be said for the way the educational system has become the archetype for a classics Hollywood End of the World disaster movie. While there is not an obvious evil villain, the victims are obvious: the teachers, the students and their parents.

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My Ah-Ha Moment: Why the Youth Vote Failed

By Eming Piansay, Nov 2, 2010 2:35 PM

When I was covering the U.S. presidential race in 2008, I was knee deep in youth vote- driven mania. Which isn’t to say I understood it. All I knew was every liberal-ish high school and college student became the poster child for President Obama’s campaign. But that wasn’t necessarily our fault. Blame gets spilt right down the center on that one, 50-50. Obama needed a youthful, wide-eyed following of people that could relate to the idea that change was in fact a good thing.

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Love in the Time of Twilight

By Eming Piansay, Jul 7, 2010 3:52 PM

After going through the stressful progress of moving my life out of my parents’ house and into my new pad, and then getting my wallet snatched, I really needed to turn my brain onto autopilot. Thankfully, I figured the new flick Eclipse would satisfy my mind-numbing needs.

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4G Jealousy and the New iPhone

By Eming Piansay, Jun 24, 2010 1:32 PM

On a quick errand run to San Francisco Stonestown mall last night, I stumbled upon a short line of folks standing up against the outside wall of the Apple store building.
I discovered that the line was only the beginning of the swarm of fans who would be making their way over to the nearest Apple store to get their hands on the new 4G iPhone.

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Japanese Workers Get 'Heartache Leave'

By Eming Piansay, Dec 16, 2009 11:24 AM

Heartbreak typically makes you want to crawl under a floorboard and never see the light of day. At least, that’s my initial reaction. Hope has left the building and misery has begun rising like the tide around my ankles.

The story about a Japanese marketing agency allowing their workers time off to deal with their heartache couldn’t have made news at the better (or worse) time. The guy who I have been in love with for the past year found himself a girlfriend, and everything my little brain had been clinging on to got ripped out from under me.

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Friend and Foe: Richmond Rape Victim Betrayed by Attacker

By Eming Piansay, Nov 6, 2009 12:03 PM

The San Francisco Chronicle reported that the Richmond High student that was gang raped at her Homecoming dance has told police that one of her attackers was a “trusted friend”.

As if what happened to this poor girl could get any worse. Not only was she attacked by the group of abusers and not helped by those gawking as the rape took place, but this person was a “trusted friend”.

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Richmond Rape Victim Releases Statement at Vigil

By Eming Piansay, Nov 4, 2009 10:51 AM

Last night at the candlelight vigil held in Richmond in support of the 15-year-old student who was brutally gang raped outside of her Homecoming dance, the victim herself released a statement to the public which read by her church pastor.

“We realize people are angry about this. But let the anger cause change, change that is necessary to keep our children, our neighbors and our friends safe.”

She also wrote in her statement, “violence is always the wrong choice.”

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Bay Bridge Breaks, Shuts Down

By Eming Piansay, Oct 28, 2009 3:22 PM

Editor's note: This YO! blog was written by Walter Lopez.

The problems with the Bay Bridge have not gone unnoticed, and the potential dismay that hovered above our heads came to fruition on Tuesday at roughly 5:30 PM.

Two of the pieces from the Labor Day repairs fell and struck three vehicles, injuring no one but assuring that the bridge will be closed for further repairs. The bridge was evacuated and closed shortly after the collapse of the rods, and CHP took appropriate measures to close off the bridge with maximum efficiency at approximately 7 PM.

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Lil' Wayne Goes to Jail

By Eming Piansay, Oct 22, 2009 1:09 PM

Editor's note: YO!Blogger discusses the news that Lil' Wayne has been found guilty of gun possession and will be headed to jail.

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There's No Place Like Home: College Grads Move Back

By Eming Piansay, Oct 21, 2009 4:06 PM

Editor's note: This piece originally appeared as a YO! Youth Outlook blog, here.

The hype has died. The whimsical fairy dust glamour of getting that cushy, case that stores the paper worth the four plus years of your life you will never see again has vanished. The pinnacle of moment excitement of finishing college and becoming an “adult” has dissipated into the stratosphere.

Now what?

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YM Blog-a-Thon: Private Health Care -- a Public Nightmare

By Eming Piansay, Oct 9, 2009 9:36 AM

Editor's note: The YO! Youth Media Blog-a-Thon on health care continues with this guest contributor, Nick Lee.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune recently published an article saying that young people don’t have an opinion about healthcare debate, and I couldn’t disagree more. The majority of young people do have an opinion and simply aren’t heard due to the fact that none of us have the means (i.e. giant bags of money) to make our opinions heard. CNN and Fox News and all those other giant media corporations aren’t there to cover people like us; they want to cover more important things like David Letterman’s sex life. Unfortunately for young people, this means that there’s no room left for us in the very tiny spotlight. You could say that none of them really have that much to say simply because most of them are on their parents’ plan, or perhaps they’re too wrapped up in school to realize they have a problem with it. However, I’m sure that a lot of them will have a story somewhat like mine. It’s nothing special, quite average in fact.

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YM Blog-a-Thon: Where Kaiser Left Off, Free Clinics Pick Up

By Eming Piansay, Oct 1, 2009 3:03 PM

Editor's note: YO! Youth Outlook blogger Eming Piansay relates her recent experiences with health care as part of YO!'s week-long blog-a-thon on health care reform.  To learn more about the blog-a-thon, and to read other health care blogs, visit YO! here.

I stood outside the Members Service office at Kaiser, with my heart wedged uncomfortably in my throat. The helpful people at the pharmacy had informed me I was no longer listed as a Kaiser member.

For the past twenty-three years I have been consistently secure through my father's health coverage by his work.  Doctor's visits became so regular and easy that it never once dawned on me that I wouldn't have the luxury of them anymore.

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American Apparel CEO Dov Charney Speaks Out on Immigration

By Eming Piansay, Oct 1, 2009 11:08 AM

Editor's note: This blog post was reprinted from b-listed: people building human rights culture.  You can view the original post here.

American Apparel is one of the most controversial mainstream companies with the CEO Dov Charney being slapped with numerous sex suits. This isn’t much of a surprise when one looks at the stores’ ads - many of AA employees are in all-sorts of revealing/compromising positions. But one thing that can be said about the company is that they have actually taken a stance on immigration when many refuse to go there, which includes their “Legalize LA” campaign calling for a legalization of undocumented immigrants in Los Angeles. (With that said, having the most sexualized company taking a stance on immigration is another post for another day). But AA has been known for paying well-above average, and giving healthcare and stocks to employees.

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Calling All Youth Media Bloggers! Young People Weigh in on the Health Care Debate

By Eming Piansay, Sep 21, 2009 3:00 PM

September 21, 2009
Contact: Eming Piansay
Co-Editor, YO! Youth Outlook Multimedia
Calling all Youth/ Youth Media Bloggers
Participate in the Eighth Youth Media Blog-a-Thon
Topic: Yes, We Care!
Young People Weigh in on the Health Care Debate

YO! Youth Outlook Multimedia and WireTap Magazine are proud to present the eighth Youth Media
Blog-a-Thon, set to kick off on October 1st and going on till October 8th.
Yes, We Care!: Young People Weigh in on the Health Care Debate.

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Jenna Bush Trumps J-School Graduates for Spot on Today Show

By Eming Piansay, Sep 1, 2009 2:13 PM

Editor's note: Who are all these celebrities taking our journalism jobs?  Eming Piansay of YO! and the EthnoBlog wants to know, and she wants Jenna Bush and her fake resume off the Today show.

Earlier this year, approximately 200 of my peers and I crossed the stage at San Francisco State University and obtained our undergraduate degrees in Journalism. It should have been a glorious moment, but I’m sure every one of us, including the audience, couldn’t gauge the worth of the degrees we held in our hands. Journalism as a whole is suffering from a lack of funding, a drop in print newspaper popularity, and the movement of the news audience to the online format.