Blog posts by Lauren Steffes

  • Conservatives Target Athens Ben & Jerry's Over 'Hands Up, Don't Shoot' Shirt

    Blog: In the Loop

    Landon Bubb, a manager at the downtown Athens Ben & Jerry’s, posted a picture to the store's Facebook page on Saturday featuring company co-founder Ben Cohen wearing a “Hands Up Don’t Shoot” t-shirt. 

    The University of Georgia graduate posted the photo in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Hoping to spark a positive discussion about police brutality, he was met with hateful backlash. The photo went viral overnight, gaining upwards of 300,000 views, more than 3,000 shares and more than 1,600 comments. Supporters chimed in here and there, but the discussion is dominated by personal attacks and threats of a boycott. 

  • Nine Arrested in Undocumented Student Protest

    Blog: In the Loop

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    Undocumented students wearing hand-painted butterfly wings were arrested Friday evening while protesting University System of Georgia policies that prevent them from attending Georgia’s top-tier colleges. 

    Police received a call around 6:30 p.m. after approximately 50 student protestors refused to leave the building after it closed at 5 p.m. After several warnings, protestors begrudgingly dispersed upon the police’s arrival, except for nine students who refused to comply and were arrested, said protester Jacqueline Delgadillo. The group consisted of four undocumented student leaders and five documented allies from the University of Georgia, Kennesaw State and Freedom University. Each student was charged with one count of criminal trespassing. 

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