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#ENDSARS: Nigerians protest police brutality

November 5, 2020

On Saturday, Oct. 3, a video of a Nigerian Police Force Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) officer robbing and killing a young man went viral. Young Nigerians immediately took to social media to spread...

A reckoning and a celebration: IPECC and PIC host Indigenous Peoples’ Day town hall

Photo contributed by Whitman IPECC.
October 22, 2020

In celebration of Indigenous Peoples’ Day on Monday, Oct. 12, leaders of Whitman’s Indigenous People's Education and Culture Club (IPECC) and Pacific Islander's Club (PIC) hosted a town hall that discussed...

No new vandalism, even amid calls to remove Columbus and Whitman statues

Photo by Carson Jones.
October 22, 2020

This past summer saw renewed efforts to remove Walla Walla’s Christopher Columbus and Marcus Whitman statues. Breaking what has become something of a tradition, neither statue was vandalized during last...

Sunrise Walla Walla: “The plan to win”

The leaders of the Sunrise Movement in Walla Walla engage with Walla Walla and Whitman community members. Photos by James Baker
February 6, 2020

This Monday, Feb. 3, Sunrise Walla Walla hosted their 2020 Kickoff Party at Reid Campus Center with the hopes of drawing in new activists from the Whitman and Walla Walla communities.  The Walla Walla...

Inaugural Unity Week promotes engagement in activism

Walla Walla and Whitman communities celebrate Unity Week with the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Peace March, civil rights display, social justice training and a keynote address followed by a discussion.
February 6, 2020

Whitman College, in coordination with Walla Walla University, Walla Walla Community College and Walla Walla residents, hosted its inaugural Unity Week – a week of events in honor of Dr. Martin Luther...

Continuing the conversation on the Marcus Whitman statue

Seniors Andy Burnstein, Emma Patterson, Laura Jessich and Hope Giddings were a few of the students leading the discussion on the Marcus Whitman statue on Wednesday, Nov. 6.
November 11, 2019

Last Wednesday, Nov. 6, in the Jewett Cafe, Whitman Teaches the Movement (WTTM) and Continuing the Conversation co-hosted a student-led discussion on the Marcus Whitman statue and activism surrounding...

Reconsidering Sustainability

November 2, 2018

A few weeks ago, the Wire published a letter written by a former Whitman student, Vivian Voth, in which Voth details why she left Whitman. In her view, the college is not as sustainable as it could be,...

Student and Community Activists Respond to Limits in Contraceptive Care

With the closure of Walla Walla General, Providence St. Mary Medical Center is the only remaining hospital in Walla Walla.
April 12, 2018

The closure of Walla Walla General Hospital (WWGH) in July of 2017 left a hole in the healthcare system of the Walla Walla Valley. Beyond increased waiting times at other facilities, WWGH's closure also...

“Trial of the Catonsville Nine” Connects Past and Present

March 8, 2018

Activist and poet Reverend Daniel Berrigan visited Whitman campus twice, once in the 1970s and again in the early 1980s. Each time, he directed a dramatic reading of “The Trial of the Catonsville Nine.”...

Professor Menjívar Visits Whitman

Professor MenjÍvar spoke with The Wire in addition to giving a publicly attend- ed talk titled “Law, Media, and the Criminalization of Immigrants: Constructions and Consequences” on February 28.
March 1, 2018

Cecilia Menjívar is the co-director of the Center for Migration Research and professor in the sociology department at the University of Kansas. She studies immigration, migration and how immigration laws...

Women in Leadership Symposium Honors Legacy of Student Activism

Women in Leadership Symposium Honors Legacy of Student Activism
February 8, 2018

Whitman’s annual Women in Leadership Symposium will take on an expanded form this year. Centered around the theme “Identity and Leadership” the event will include a networking lunch and the opportunity...

Narcissa Whitman Painting Defaced

Before restoration. Contributed by The Cultured Pearl
October 31, 2017

On the morning of Monday, Oct. 9, Prentiss Hall custodians arrived at work to find that the portrait of Narcissa Whitman hanging in the Great Room had been defaced overnight. Accompanying the black spray-paint...

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