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RAFFMA’s Festival de Calaveras at CSUSB featured on Spectrum News 1 (video clip)

Spectrum News 1 (San Fernando Valley)

Oct. 14, 2020

Spectrum News 1 featured the Cal State San Bernardino Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art (RAFFMA) and its virtual Festival de Calaveras, where campus and community participants decorated a calavera (skull), which will be auctioned to raise money for the university’s Association of Faculty, Staff and Students scholarship fund.

CSUSB theater arts alumna Lee Barrow ’18, who decorated a calavera for the event, was interviewed, where she described her piece and explained where she found her inspiration. “I’m an artist, so any opportunity to do art, I jump on. And I thought it was a really cool idea,” said Barrow, who named her calavera after her grandmother.

“Seeing all them come back – some with sequins, some with colors, some with flowers, some with significant meaning to their personal life – we were really amazed,” said Miranda Canseco, RAFFMA’s marketing, membership and engagement coordinator.

The clip starts around 5:49.

CSUSB professor says comments made by California’s 50th District Congressional Candidate ‘raises red flags’

The San Diego-Union Tribune

Oct. 13, 2020

Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino, said recent comments made by Darrell Issa, California’s 50th District Congressional Candidate, about the group Defend East County and other “citizen-formed and citizen-led groups to defend and protect their communities” raises red flags.

Levin said Issa’s comment is correct about some aspects of the Second Amendment, but it is “dangerously close to the insurrectionist view of the Second Amendment,” which is being promoted by groups seeking to foment a civil war. Levin said such rhetoric emboldens bad actors and provides potential vigilantes a sense of legitimacy.

“Bottom line: the insurrectionist view of the Second Amendment — the idea that somehow if the government is tyrannical it gives armed citizenry a right to rebellion — is, I think, a dangerous one because we actually now have what we didn’t have back before, the ability to throw out elected officials through the power of the ballot, not the bullet,” said Levin, who wrote a book about armed civilian militias.

Read the whole article at "Candidates for 50th District stir controversy with Defend Est County group."

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