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Students participate in Women’s March

By Deandra Du

Editor In Chief

On Jan. 21, several Gabrielino High School students participated in the Women’s March Los Angeles, a city-wide protest for the human rights of women, LGBTQ individuals, immigrants, and people of color.

The event, held in downtown Los Angeles, attracted at least 750,000 people, according to NBC Southern California. Political scientists estimate that, nationwide, the protests made up the largest demonstration in United States history.

The morning of the march, senior Natalie Lee witnessed the magnitude of the occasion while traveling downtown via the Metro Gold Line. According to Lee, the trains were so crowded, people could not get on or off at the stops.

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PTSA Safe Driving Meeting

By Kelly Wong

Staff Writer

On Jan. 17, the Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) and San Gabriel Police Department (SGPD) held their annual Teen Safe Driving meeting at 7 p.m. in the Goodson Theatre at Gabrielino High School. The meeting served to educate both parents and their teens about driving and the risks involved.

After starting off the meeting, Russell Martin, PTSA president, followed up with a PowerPoint, which included tips on how to prepare a student driver for the road, a worksheet to keep record of the student’s progress, and various resources to conduct further research. Martin cited teendriver.nsc.org, calif.aaa. com, safecar.gov, and iihs.org.

Following Martin’s presentation, junior Rodin Batcheller delivered a speech about his experience with Be Responsible And Keep Everyone Safe (BRAKES), a driving school founded by a former race car driver.

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Cheer squad qualifies for USA Nationals

By Garrett Gallego

Staff Writer

On Jan. 21, at the second of two Regional Cheer rounds, Gabrielino High School’s Cheer Competition Squad solidified its qualification for the United Spirit Association (USA) Nationals.

Gabrielino was scheduled to compete against Century High School and Santiago High School in the second round of Regionals, held at Yorba Linda High School. However, Century dropped out of the competition, leaving Santiago as the only other competitor in the Co-Ed Novice Varsity division.

The Co-Ed Novice Varsity is a rare division, as not many schools have both boys and girls on their team, and it is one of the more difficult divisions at the competition.

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Staff Editorial: Planned Parenthood essential for all, should not be defunded

Planned Parenthood is a nonprofit organization that provides health services related to reproduction and sexual education. However, it is greatly opposed by those against abortion and who advise retracting funds to support the organization. Planned Parenthood should not be de-
funded because it provides basic healthcare services that are beneficial, and in most cases, essential to many people.

Congress is dominated by Republicans, many of whom will take advantage of Trump’s presidency to cease federal funding for Planned Parenthood. Former President Barack Obama vetoed this proposal last January.

National Public Radio (NPR) stated that in order for the measure to pass, 60 votes in the Senate are required to overpower the Democratic vote. There are currently 52 Republican votes.

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Reform views of public breastfeeding

By Marleld Duran 

Staff Writer

Mothers breastfeed their newborn babies for the health of both their baby and themselves. While this process may make individuals feel uncomfortable, society needs to acknowledge that feeding a newborn child in public is a nonsexual, legal act.

According to March of Dimes, breastfeeding a baby provides them with essential nutrients that protect them from illnesses and help them grow healthy and strong.

In a study conducted by the Federal University of Pelotas in Brazil, Dr. Bernardo Lessa Horta concluded that babies that are breastfed are scientifically more intelligent when they are older.

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Viewpoints: Should U.S soldiers be allowed to wear religious accessories?

By Cassandra Gallegos

Entertainment Editor

According to The Independent, Sikh and Muslim soldiers are authorized to wear hijabs and turbans as part of their military uniforms. Approval for bearing these religious head coverings can now be given by lower-level brigade commanders, rather than only by the United States Secretary of the Army.

However, even with more lax regulation on religious attire in the military, it is still difficult for soldiers to obtain religious accommodations for headwear and beards. The Department of Defense stated, “Requests for religious accommodation [from soldiers] will be resolved in a timely manner and will be approved when accommodation would not adversely affect mission accomplishment.” While the military has made multiple strides toward religious equality, its waiver policy is strictly granted to individuals rather than entire religious groups. Thus, potential soldiers are increasingly restricted from serving both their faith and country equally.

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Viewpoints: Should U.S soldiers be allowed to wear religious accessories?

Markings disrupt unit cohesion

By Linus Chhun

Staff Writer

Earlier this month, new regulations were passed to allow soldiers to more easily attain accommodations to wear identifiable religious markings. Such markings include turbans and hijabs, which are worn by Muslims and Sikhs, skullcaps, which are worn by Jews, and beards, which are required by the Sikh, Amish, and Muslims.

While some say that inclusive attire is a step towards unity and peace in the military, it will only increase the chances of those with religious attire to be targeted by racial hate crimes and mistaken on battlefields as the enemy. Not only that, but bearing religious markings also disrupts unit cohesion, making it more difficult for soldiers to stay alive during the time spent on the battlefield.

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