Post by studentloandebt on Nov 22, 2019 19:01:26 GMT
The Capital Post is a Ministry of Role-Play news group that publishes In-Character news about the Capital of the DSA, the city-state that holds the capital city of the Democratic Socialist Assembly. It can be through news reports, interviews, and other ways that help better flush out what is happening in the Capital.
Post by studentloandebt on Nov 22, 2019 19:02:53 GMT
Originally Published June 19th, 2019
Mayor McCheddar Dead
Tragic news coming out of the Capital this evening. Mayor McCheddar, Cuscatlanian Mayor of the DSA Capital, has died after a tragic incident where they choked on a chorizo and died. With the death of the Mayor, an interim Mayor needs to be appointed and as such elections have reopened.
Post by studentloandebt on Nov 22, 2019 19:05:47 GMT
Originally Published July 21st, 2019
Heat Wave Hits DSA Capital
The DSA Capital is prepping for a week of excessive heat and hazardous weather, with the Regional Weather Service reporting that today’s heat index will top 38 degrees. Senior citizens, children and anyone with a compromising medical condition such as diabetes or heart and respiratory problems are particularly at risk, said Arcomo Medical Center spokesman Mary Rutabaga. Rutabaga advises the public to wear loose clothing, stay hydrated and avoid both strenuous and outdoor activities during peak hours.
“If you feel lightheaded or dizzy even after getting to a cool place, go to the emergency room or call emergency services immediately,” said Rutabaga.
Rutabaga also detailed the differences between heat stroke, when a patient stops sweating and has a high body temperature, and heat exhaustion, when a patient feels light-headed. DSA Capital City is setting up cooling centers around the city. The centers will be open this week from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The city's park sprinkler systems and municipal pools will also be open this week for those seeking refuge from the summer heat. For a full listing of cooling centers, visit the city's website at www.dsacapital.com/beat_your_heat.
Though cooling centers, pools, and sprinklers are features for residents to enjoy, health officials still encourage the public to stay indoors when possible except for early morning and late evening hours. Alongside cooling centers, Mary Rutabaga will also be selling her bathwater for all you thirsty gamers at each cooling center.
Post by studentloandebt on Nov 22, 2019 19:07:46 GMT
Originally Published August 23rd, 2019
The Zodiac and Ted Cruz Movement
Warning; this interview contains mention of homophobia, self-harm, and suicidal thoughts
The DSA Capital is home to many religions, from Jeb!ism to Big Chungism. However, now there is a new religious movement that is rising and rising fast; Cruzism and Zodiac, the worship of Ted Cruz. In Jeb!ian theology, Ted Cruz, also nicknamed The Zodiac Killer, is the enemy of Jeb! Bush who seeks to rule himself instead of Jeb! Bush. Most Jeb!ians see him as an evil spirit, but Cruzians and Zodiacs see in a less harsh light as a spirit of freedom and self-love.
Cruzism has been around for almost as long as Jeb!ism. However, it has recently began rising more in prominence alongside Zodiac. The two groups both hold Ted Cruz at the center of their groups. However, while Cruzism is made up largely of theists who worship the deity as real, Zodiac is largely made up of atheists. While both groups may hold different beliefs regarding theism, they both are groups that praise humanism, self-improvement, intelligence, community, and independence. With recent trends away from social conservatism and an increasing number of youths trying to find their place in a world of institutions they reject, these traits are found favorable to many.
Below is an interview I conducted with 27 year old Garret Reynolds, High Priest of the DSA Capital branch of the group Cruzian International that seeks to expand Cruzian beliefs around the world. Garret Reynolds is nicknamed "Ted Cruz On Earth" from his contributions to the religious movement of increasing awareness of the group globally, mass increase in numbers, and international cooperation between different Cruzian groups. Reynolds use to be a Jeb!ian, but his is religion coming into conflict with his homosexuality pushed him away from Jeb!ism and towards Cruzism.
“When did you discover that you were gay?”
It was around the time I turned 12 years old. I was noticing that all my friends were talking about which girls they like and I felt left out because there weren’t any I liked. The only people I ever really noticed were other boys. Eventually I would learn that this was called homosexuality and I freaked out. I grew up in a Jeb!ian fundamentalist household, knowing full well from my family that gay people will burn for eternity in Oustin Tuxis for being seduced by Ted Cruz. I was horrified by the idea of eternal damnation. I prayed every night to Jeb! to make me straight, which were some dark nights and I would cry sometimes during it. I tried to be quiet so that no one would know what I was doing, sometimes almost getting caught. Years go by and I’m 14 at this point and it still hasn’t left. Eventually I had to tell my family and see if they could help me.
“How did your family react?”
As expected, with disgust and concern. They knew I didn’t want to be gay and tried to genuinely help me. We got more involved with church, prayed a lot more, talked with our Jeb!ian priest, pretty much everything. However, it wasn’t going away. Talking with our priest, he said there was one last thing we could try and he handed my parents a paper advertising a conversion therapy camp not too far from where we lived called “Floridian Ministries ”. He said they had a 87% success rate at “turning men back to the light of Jeb!”.
“What was it like in the camp?”
It wasn’t fun, I can tell you that. I spent over 2 years at that camp. While there, I met lots of other guys who were also gay and sent there by their families, some wanting to be cured and some being forced there. What was odd was that the guy in charge of the camp who we all called “Mr. Flenigan” had so much sex appeal to him, like this was very ironic for a camp that is trying to not get you to think about hot guys. I would spend 10 hours there every Saturday. Each time we had prayer circles, work outs to try and get our testosterone flowing and encourage us to be manly.
Mr. Flenigan noticed that the treatments were working for others, but not me. We began having one-on-one talks together. Each time I came out of those sessions hating myself more and more, which was the goal of his in an attempt to make me hate my sexuality. This goes on for over a year and they find that I was still not attracted to girls. In a last-ditch effort, they began doing electroshock therapy to make me associate homosexuality with pain. I wanted to die at that point.
For months, people at school knew I was going to Flordian Ministries and I was bullied a lot by homophobic bullies. Combine that with my self-hatred and the pain I was going through every day, I would hurt myself and I contemplated suicide a lot. Luckily, the knowledge that I would go to Oustin Tuxis and face even worse pain forever there kept me from ending it all. The shock therapy went on for 3 months before I stopped going to camp all together
“Your parents just let you stop going?”
No, I ran away. During the time I was going to the camp, I was also all over the internet trying to find ways to cure my homosexuality. I kept finding the same stuff they told me at camp, but I also started reading science journals about the issue. Over and over they kept telling me that this was a natural thing that one can’t change. I rejected this, of course, but over time I eventually embraced the truth about it. That was a very hard thing for me to do because of what that meant. If homosexuality truly is something one cannot change and something that one is born with, then my actions do not matter. It does not matter how morally good I am, how much I pray, how much I believe, how much of the Jeb!ble I read, I am gay. As the Jeb!ble says, gay people go to Oustin Tuxis. I’ve been cursed since birth. I have no chance because I am destined for Tuxis. It does not matter that I was born this way, Jeb! will punish me with eternal damnation. I realized this at 16 years old and was horribly traumatized by the realization, at such a young age.
“Was this when you began to look into becoming a Zodiac?”
Well, firstly, I am not a Zodiac, but a Cruzian. Yes, Ted Cruz is the Zodiac Killer, but Zodiac refers more to our atheistic siblings while Cruzian is the term for those who follow Ted Cruz theistically and truly believe in his existence. Yes, this was the time I began looking into it. With the realization that I was destined for Tuxis, there was nothing else that Jeb! could do for me. Clearly I was forsaken by him and there would be no point in having anything to do with him anymore. I began looking at the other side and began to seek out help from whom I saw as the only one who could help me now; Ted Cruz. He oversees Oustin Tuxis and, if you want to try the best out of Tuxis that you can get, best bet is to work with the big guy and he may make Tuxis not so…Tuxian.
I began reading Cruzian literature, going on forums and websites about Cruzian teachings and philosophies. The more I read, the more hope I had of not suffering horribly in the afterlife. I found out that there was a small Cruzian Temple in the DSA Capital not too far from where I lived. I got in contact with their priest and we were talking for a few weeks together about Cruzism. I would soon come to covert from Jeb!ism to Cruz. That day was the day I stopped going to Floridian Ministries and decided to tell my parents my thoughts on the matter.
They didn’t take it well. They thought I was getting worse, that Ted Cruz had a stronger hold on me than ever. My dad said he wanted to perform an Jeb!orcism to try and get Ted Cruz out of my body. I knew they wouldn’t accept it. My mother cried, my father yelled, and I ran to my room to avoid possibly being assaulted. My dad was banging on the door. By the time he got it open, I was already out my window with some bags packed with essentials to leave. There was nothing left there for me. My family wasn't going to accept me, my community wasn't going to accept me, and only pain remained there.
“Where did you go?”
The only place I could think; The Capital Cruzian Temple. I hitchhiked most of the way there, had to walk for a while sometimes. There were times I wasn’t near any buildings and had to find somewhere in the forests to sleep for the night. However, I eventually made it to the temple in the Debtian District of the Capital. I didn’t go there expecting the temple to give me a place to live, only to try and talk to people who could help me better my afterlife. The building was okay looking, finding out that it was the Priest’s house, Joshua Youngman. There were 7 other Cruzians who attended their weekly meetings, youngest one being 38 years old. They’re really nice people and I’m still friends with them today. After finding out that I was a run away due to my religious beliefs and sexuality, Youngman let me stay at his house.
“How did you come to lead the Capital Cruzian Temple?”
After coming to the CCT, I found a lot of resources on Cruzian belief and teachings that I couldn’t find online. I got really involved in the group and soon became the Priest’s right-hand man in the services. To try and pay my way, I got a job at a local grocery-store. I would eventually get involved in the local queer community in the Capital and making friends there. I would sometimes get into deep discussions with my friends at work and outside of work about religion, most of my friends in the queer community not having good experiences with Jeb!ism, same as myself. A lot of them were atheistic but found my beliefs interesting none the less. One of my friends named Henrietta, a great person to talk with who now heads our downtown chapter, wanted to know more about Cruzism and I took her back to the Temple to see a service. She liked it and would come back for more. She was also inviting friends to come to the service, people liking the teachings of self-improvement, human development, and especially the embracing of sexual minorities into the group. After a year of attending the services, I was able increase our regular numbers by 5 people, all of whom were under 35.
The Cruzian Temple became my new home with a new family. The Jeb!ian Church I used to attend with my parents was not a family. They were hateful, angry, repressed, regressive, and the priest was a little racist I might add. The Cruzian Temple was none of this. They were loving, accepting, progressive, and promoted you being a better human instead of being a better slave. I was proud to be a Cruzian and I wasn’t afraid to show it. Youngman was excited by what I was bringing to the Temple and we soon became more public. Our first public outing was at the Capital Pride Festival in 2010. He had a stall set up with information about our Temple and our beliefs. There were people there who were not too happy to see us, mainly those in the LGBTQ+ community who didn’t want to associate with Cruzism. However, I was able to have some personal conversations with a few people who would choose to start coming to services. While it was mainly only about 3 more people, we most certainly raised awareness of our cause. In fact, we raised enough awareness that the First Jeb!ian Church of the DSA Capital began talking about us, which was some nice free advertising.
Two years after I first started coming to services, I was 18 years old, our numbers grew from 9 to 20 people, and Joshua Youngman ended up murdered. A Jeb!ian fundamentalist came after him and killed him for supporting Ted Cruz. This ended up on the news. We were without a Priest, although there was some good that came out of it of the Jeb!ian Church being cast in a dark light and making people more aware of and sympathetic to the Cruzian Temple. Youngman had a will and wrote that I should head the Capital Cruzian Temple. He liked my enthusiasm, my ability to connect with people, how I was bringing more people into the Church, putting our name out there, and thought I was the best in our group to keep us going. I accepted. His murder had more people become aware of us and we started getting more people attending meetings, including other Cruzians who didn’t know we existed. Ever since, we done nothing but grow.
We started doing fund raisers to try and buy and actual temple that wasn't a house, eventually getting the money and buying this building. We were supporting local causes and businesses, helping out at local schools. Eventually there were so many people coming to our Temple that we had to start a chapter in the Bazlantis District.
Post by studentloandebt on Nov 22, 2019 19:25:00 GMT
Originally Published October 11th
Ghoul Fish Warning
The Mayor's Office of the DSA Capital has issued a warning for all residents and tourists to the Capital of the DSA. Lowering seasonal temperatures has resulted in an increase presence of Ghoul Fish in Capital waters. If you see a Ghoul Fish, avoid it and do not touch it. If one comes into contact with a Ghoul Fish, it may attempt to enter the victim's body to create a nest. This can result in injury, mutilation, massive blood loss, and death. If you see a person being attacked by a Ghoul Fish, do not interact for the Ghoul Fish may attack you. If you find a body near, at, or in the water, do not approach for a Ghoul Fish could be inside and may attack you. Call emergency services.
All residents are warned to stay away from the ocean shore and the shore of South Jarvis Bay until the warning has been lifted.
Originally Published October 18th
Ghoul Fish Breakout
-Downtown Capital is currently under lock down. This comes after an infestation of ghoul fish attacked a large crowd that gathered near the ocean side. The ghoul fish had entered the bodies of many people in the crowd, a known characteristic of this animal that they do to seek food and shelter. Many of those who became infested with ghoul fish begun to attack others and having ghoul fish enter the bodies of other people. To prevent more attacks, police have shut down the downtown area. Our correspondent, Jack Slapper, is at the border for more detail. Jack, what is happening down there?
"Police have shut down the area as crowds of people infested with ghoul fish wonder the streets. We are told that the crowd was next to the water when a large number of ghoul fish had climbed onto the pier they were located at and attacked the crowd. Ghoul fish climbed into people through whatever orifice they could access and dug into them. Witnesses say it was a horror show, seeing these creatures climb into people, blood erupting from many, screams of terror and excruciating pain. Some people fell into the water only to be swarmed by more ghoul fish, some fell down and died right away.
The main threat to the rest of the city came from those who were being forced to move by the ghoul fish. Something ghoul fish can do is slide into the limbs of creatures they inhabit and make them move, usually in a sluggish and staggered manner. They approach other people and constrain them. Any number of ghoul fish, from one to many, will climb out of the host's mouth and attack the other person, seeking to be inside them. Right now you can hear behind me the scream of pain that the hosts make as the ghoul fish force them to wonder around, looking for more people to infest."
-And where are you right now?
"I am currently at Arcomo Hospital where a border has been made of police cars. Police have quarantined the ar-"
*a gunshot is heard next to the camera. The camera man redirects the camera to look beyond the police barricade to show police firing at a stumbling person. The person is shot and falls over*
-Is that an infected person?
"I am not sure but they could possibly be". Originally Published October 20th
Kiptoke Neighborhood Evacuation
The Kiptoke Neighborhood has been evacuated and quarantined after Ghoul Fish suddenly appeared in the area. The suburban area on the corner of the city is far away from the downtown area. However, residents began seeing Ghoul Fish enter their homes through the sinks and toilets. This shows that Ghoul Fish have now began moving through the sewers and water pipes of the city.
In an emergency decision, Mayor Jeffy Fresh has shut off all water in the city and has called on the Capital Guard, the city-state’s military forces, to assist in the elimination of Ghoul Fish from the city.
Originally Published October 23rd
End In Sight?
The Ghoul Fish invasion appears to be coming to an end. After days of water being cut off and entire sections of city being closed, the remaining area of Ghoul Fish has been reduced to a few blocks in the downtown area. However, Mayor Jeffy Fresh is continuing the policy of shutting off water. He says it is to make sure that there are no more Ghoul Fish in the pipes that could cause more death.
There has already been thousands of LC in damage across the city from the invasion. Current number of fatalities is around 450 sapients, with many more hospitalized.
Post by studentloandebt on Nov 22, 2019 19:27:22 GMT
Originally Published October 28th
DSA Capital Ghost Tour
You ever feel like something is near your head and you try and swat it, but nothing is there? Like you think there's a bug, but there isn't any. What if those are the ghosts of the bugs you killed?
If you're spooked already, you're gonna be spooked even more with the DSA Capital Ghost Tour! The DSA Capital; center of DSA culture, beliefs, and one of the most haunted places in the world. Come join Dr. Esteban Julio Ricardo Montoyo de la Rosario Ramirez has he takes you on a tour around the city to some of the spookiest places around! Explores the bloodied halls of La Sagezza Castle, the long forgotten underground tunnels of The Black Line, the misty waters of Pier 126, the wails of the disturbed spirits of Arcomo Hospital, and many more. Just beware; you're in for a scare!
Tickets are open now and the tours will be conducted starting at 6:30 PM on October 29th-31st. Get them while you can.
Everything you need to know about the tour can be found below under the "Ghost Tour" tab.
Post by studentloandebt on Nov 22, 2019 19:37:20 GMT
Destruction of Communities After Disaster By Samson Rotterdam | @samrot | @cappost.com November 22nd, 2019, 8:07 pm CST
Herresburgh is one of the many neighborhoods in the DSA Capital with a rich history and culture. For decades it had served as a spot for immigrants and minority citizens who couldn't afford to live in higher value neighborhoods. Herresburgh was one of the neighborhoods most impacted by the Clean Streets Initiative under Mayor Gregory Pennicoth in the 1960s. With the CSI inspiring mass graffiti with the well known "Fungus Lord" art that became a graffiti art style unique to Herresburgh, the neighborhood soon developed a stronger mixed culture, with artists becoming a major part. The diversity, culture, art, and experiences of this neighborhood made it a treasured area in our city. However, this may all soon end.
The terrible events of the Ghoul Fish Breakout in October caused a lot of damage to the DSA Capital. Many people were injured, many has painful deaths, and there was also a lot of destruction from both victims and armed forces. Herresburgh was one of the most hit neighborhoods of the Breakout, with 14% of the residents, 1 in 7, dead. Some of this was from being attacked by ghoul fish, some from being attacked by ghoul fish victims, and a lot from armed forces. Many shops were attacks, fires started, and the streets looked like a war zone after armed forces cleared out the area.
Mayor Jeffy Fresh signed into order a new program right after the Breakout ended called the Downtown Revitalization Program. The program is made to fix and reconstruct the destroyed neighborhoods of the downtown area. Since then, construction crews have been working every day in these areas to not only fixed them, but to improve them. The DRP has the city buying properties from local residents as compensation for their loses and renovating buildings and in some cases tearing them down and building new ones. The Ghoul Fish Breakout has left many residents in desperate situations to where they are choosing the government buyout over staying.
While some residents are choosing to buyout, some, however, are being left with no other choice than to buyout.
The DRP's provision on improving the neighborhoods is not a new idea, but one that has been lobbied by many more well off residents of the city for a while now who sought to lower the crime and raise the (economic) value of the less affluent neighborhoods. Under previous mayors, this did not occur. However, Mayor Jeffy Fresh is supportive of this idea and has implemented it in the DRP. Already people have started taking notice of these areas and the (economic) value of the neighborhood getting higher. New and outside businesses are being attracted to the area. There's even already corporate giant coffee shops on 2 different corners.
The increasing value of the area has already begun the process of gentrification on downtown neighborhoods that had resisted these changes for years. The increasing value is not just bringing in new businesses, but pushing out local ones. There was a a small Slotherian restaurant popular with locals that served authentic Slotherian dishes called "The Mawnan's Iolpé". Going there once before, they served amazing food like Tolti and Kaikorm that you couldn't find anywhere else in the city. However, it's been forced to closed it's doors after Giraffe Dish, a cheap Slotherian-themed corporate fast food chain, out competed them. Arcodu Suns, a local Bayar clothing and jewelry shop, has declared bankruptcy after a Margret's Department Store was build across the street from it, selling cheap and generic clothing that appeals to newer residents.
Alongside the new businesses comes new houses with modern designs. While this appeals to the affluent residents of the city that have started buying them up as either primary or secondary residences, it comes at the expense of the historical feeling of the architectural styles of the buildings that had remained up for decades, a century even. Red bricks are replaced with black steel. Intricate stained-glass windows are replaced with flat square sheets of glass. The neighborhoods that felt rich in history and preservation are losing that feeling for modern luxury. And this new look doesn't come cheap. Prices are rising for goods and services. Land value is increasing, which means rent is as well. Many of the original residents who survived the Breakout were not well off people and some were going paycheck-to-paycheck. With rising prices, they can't afford to stay in the homes that their families bought decades ago, live in the neighborhoods that their ancestors moved to and lived in and added to over a century ago. For many, their only option is to take the government buyout and move out.
Residents have started a petition to the mayor to stop the gentrification of the neighborhoods that is pricing out residents and removing minority culture. Only time will tell if the mayor will chose to listen.
Post by studentloandebt on Nov 28, 2019 7:16:22 GMT
The Psychosis Down Memory Lane By Jonnah Harris| @jonahh| @cappost.com November 28th, 2019, 8:15 AM CST
A new drug has been rolling through the Capital of the DSA. Known as Nostal, this drug has been appearing around the state, from the countryside to the inner-city.
The drug directly interacts with the central nervous system of the taker, disrupting the reuptake of neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin to enhance memories and make them more vivid, inducing the taker into a hallucinatory trance of memories. In small amounts, this helps the taker in remembering events and has shown some beginning medical uses in preventing memory loss and slowing the effects of diseases like dementia and Alzheimer's. However, the street drug is in higher doses and fully returns users to previous moments in their lives in strong flashbacks. The drug is still too new to gauge the long term effects, but patients in hospitals have shown early signs of downregulation as well as cognitive disruptions like psychosis, with some drug takers being unable to differentiate reality from the flashbacks.
It is currently unknown where this drug came from and where it is continually being imported from. Police believe that the drug may have first arrived in the state about a month ago. Some dealers have been arrested, but it is difficult to track where sellers are and where their sources of Nostal are coming from.
Post by studentloandebt on Dec 2, 2019 7:58:46 GMT
Police Chase, Drug Mules, and Rise in Organized Crime By Cassandra Vardinogiannis | @cassyv| @cappost.com December 2nd, 2019, 10:00 AM CST
A large shipment of the drug Nostal has been found in the back of a semi trailer driving through the Capital of the DSA yesterday morning. The driver, Gordon Bonley, was speeding on the highway and refused to pull over after police had attempted to have him do so. This resulted in a chase that lasted 1 hour and 38 minutes, ending after the truck ran over a spike strip set up at a police barricade. Bonley drove through the police cars, injuring 2 and killing one, Sergeant James Hoffman. Bonley is currently in police custody.
The back of his truck contains 40 crates of Nostal, an addictive drugs that causes strong hallucinatory flashbacks to the user. Police have released no official information, but that has never stopped me before. From an anonymous source, I was able to get some audio relating to the incident. While in questioning, Gordon Bonley was asked many questions and presented quite a unique story;
"I got a message on my phone while at work. There was no number on it. It told me to go this area in the middle of no where outside the state borders at exactly 1:00 AM. It was GPS and I had to figure out how to do that. The message said that if I didn't do as they said or if I tried to call the police that they would go after my family. Then they sent me a picture of my kids sleeping in their beds while the person was in their room. I had no choice. I went to the place and found the tractor trailer with a note on it saying to drive to a certain place on the other side of the state before sunrise, leave the truck there, walk away, and then I would be done. *Gordon Bonley begins to cry* I never made it. What if they do something terrible to my family? To my kids? They have to know that the police took me in and that it wasn't my fault!"
From his interrogation, it is implied that the recent influx of Nostal is a lot more organized than previously thought, including forcing civilians to be drug mules. It is currently unknown why Gordon Bonley was chosen to transport the drugs and who forced him to do so. Currently Bonley is being held for evading arrest, reckless driving, assault and murder of police officers, and drug smuggling.
Post by studentloandebt on Dec 15, 2019 19:27:37 GMT
City Hall Cracks Down on Nostal Epidemic By Jonnah Harris| @jonahh | @cappost.com December 15th, 2019, 9:29 PM CST
The Capital City Council has passed a bill introduced by Mayor Jeffy Fresh that criminalizes possession of the drug Nostal by a vote of 5-5 with Jeffy Fresh ending the tie with a For vote. The bill, called the Family and Neighborhoods Protection Act (F.A.N.P.A.), was made in response to the rising presence of the psychoactive drug Nostal on city streets. It makes possession of the drug punishable by 2 years minimum jail sentence and a fine of 2,000℄. Drug dealing receives harsher sentencing where having just one gram can result in between 5-10 years in jail and a fine of 10,000℄. Mayor Jeffy Fresh says he believes a "strong and firm punishment is needed to deter people from taking the drug and from selling it". Already arrests are being made of both dealers and buyers.
The passing of the bill is celebrated by lobbyist groups like Jeb!ist Moms Against Dabbing, the most active supporters of the bill. Allison Adams, a Herresburgh resident and member of JMAD had this to say:
"I did not move my family to the city to be surrounded by drugies, criminals, and predators. This bill is a blessing of Jeb! and we can keep our streets free from these undesirables".
However, the bill has not come without backlash. Protesters outside City Hall see the bill as targeting minorities and as having too harsh of punishments. Protester Derick Bayer had this to say;
"People who are buying Nostal are not committing violent crimes. The bill treats them like stone hearted murderers but they're not. They're people with an addiction that need treatment, not fines and jail".
Post by studentloandebt on Mar 22, 2020 2:30:40 GMT
Trans Day of Visibility In The Capital By Cassandra Vardinogiannis | @cassyv | @cappost.com March 21st, 2020, 5:28 PM CST
On March 31st, the world will undergo an event of recognition and celebration. This will be of those of the transgender community and bringing visibility to them on International Transgender Day of Visibility. As with previous years, DSA Capital Pride will be hosting a week of events leading up to the day.
The Day of Action on March 25th will be a day to promote organizations, charities, and groups that are trans-supportive and affirmative groups that help to improve the lives of transgender people. The Day of Lights on March 26th will feature a film festival to present films created by trans film makers as well as acknowledging films that accurately portray the lives of transgender peoples. The Day of Writing on March 27th will celebrate transgender authors and poets, have live readings, and book signings by trans writers. The Day of Sound on March 28th will feature a music festival, showcasing music and performances by trans musicians. The Day of Arts on March 29th will present works by transgender painters, sculptors, architects, photographers, and other visual artists in celebration of their contributions. The Day of Style on March 30th will showcase fashion and clothing design by trans designers as well as being featured in fashion shows by trans models. And lastly, on March 31st will be International Trans Day of Visibility when Capital Pride's Trans Day of Visibility Parade will happen on the Capital streets.
March 25th - Day of Action March 26th - Day of Lights March 27th - Day of Writing March 28th - Day of Sound March 29th - Day of Arts March 30th - Day of Style March 31st - Day of Visibility
Post by studentloandebt on Apr 10, 2020 19:57:31 GMT
Ignacy Walzak Dies at 91 By Samson Rotterdam | @samrot | @cappost.com April 10th, 2020, 9:57 pm CST
Haltari Park is an well frequented and old park, one of the first reserved recreation areas of the DSA Capital. The northeast corner of the park is a well shaded area with large trees hanging above and making a hot summer day feel light and cool. If you were to enter the park from this corner between 5 and 7 PM, you might have heard a soft voice ask "Anyone like to play?". At one of the chess tables nearby you could find an older man sitting there. He always had his signature look; worn-out brown penny loafers, baggy pants, an unbuttoned cardigan, a flat cap, and a warm smile. Everyday, people would play a game of chess with him, hear him tell stories about many topics, and laugh at a few well placed jokes with him. He didn't always win the chess games, but he always had fun playing. When the game was done, he would say "That was a fun game. Thank you for playing with me." This man was named Ignacy Walzak.
Born in 1929 in Sorsluth, Walzak was born into a Govoyin family. Translating to "Bovine", Govoyin is a lower class of people in Sorsluth society designated for hard labor and jobs that higher classes don't want. Regularly discriminated against, Walzak's family lived a hard life. When he was 19, he and his older sister Marcelina gathered enough money to move out of the country together and they migrated to the DSA Capital, where many immigrants were moving to at the time. Like most migrants, the Walzaks lived in the Herresburgh neighborhood that had become a popular location for migrants moving into the city. With very little money and no knowledge of DSA Basic language, they both struggled to get by. Ignacy found employment at a warehouse dock while Marcelina operated a day care for the children of immigrant workers.
In 1951, Ignacy, after learning how to speak DSA Basic, was able to get a job at the DSA Capital District building. He worked in the Capital Legislative Services's Procurement department with loading and unloading supplies. It was during these years that he had a growing interest in city government, learning about the structure, the legislative process, and coming into contact with people involved in the city-state's government. He and his sister also became more involved with the Herresburgh immigrant community.
Marcelina's daycare service made her well known to immigrant families in the area and allowed her to establish more connections with people. In 1953, she and her brother developed a neighborhood watch to try and combat local crime that had been an issue for a while, Marcelina being the head of the group. She also assisted her neighbors in learning DSA Basic to better integrate into society. Ignacy had a growing interest in organized labor and had a liking to forming coalitions. He helped organize boycotts of products sold by businesses that treated their workers badly, many of them being successful, and encouraged companies to hire more immigrant workers. The Walzaks became a fairly well known name in Herresburgh around this time.
In the late 50s, local politicians, seeing the growing presence of Herresburgh, began reaching out to the Walzaks to try and have them help grow their support among immigrants. The Walzaks became more involved in the political process, helping new immigrants become citizens and encouraging the community to vote for immigrant-friendly officials. The city-state saw an increase in the political activism and presence of immigrants due to their work. With the number of citizenship in Herresburg increasing, the neighborhood and surrounding blocks soon became its own electoral district and was able to elect their own representative in 1960.
Friends encouraged Ignacy to run for the position and, after hesitation, agreed. 12 people ran for Council Member of the district, with Ignacy coming in 2nd place and not winning the spot. However, this significantly raised his presence in both the immigrant community as well as the DSA Capital at large. In the following 4 years, Ignacy became more involved in organize labor, organizing talks between businesses and workers, securing better conditions, pay, and treatment of workers, and assisted in raising awareness of and lobbying for multiple bills that were before the Capital Council. In those years, he began facing harassment, mainly from xenophobic citizens. There were a few nights he would say that he felt like he was being followed home. He received death threats multiple times, one in a letter that he always kept in his wallet as inspiration.
In 1964, a new election was around and he ran to represent the Herresburg community, winning 1st and securing the spot. In his first term, he helped raise awareness to the struggles of being an immigrant in the DSA Capital. The presence of an immigrant in the legislature also resulted in an increase of political activism among immigrant communities.
What Ignacy is most well known in his life is his opposition to the now infamous Clean Street Initiative. Following reports from a group of teenagers about supposedly seeing the Capital Sewer Monster, then-mayor Gregory Pennicoth supported a belief that the teens were most likely taking drugs when they "saw" the monster. He put forward the Clean Streets Initiative (CSI) in 1967 that aimed at reducing drug use in the city. This included increased profiling, harsher punishments for drug use, and encouraging citizens to report drug use or suspicious activity in the city.
While some saw this as beneficial, Ignacy witnessed the opposite. He saw disproportionate arrests of immigrants, people of color, and low income residents as well as an increase in discrimination and hostility against these groups by the population at large. He was a vocal opponent to the bill throughout its entire time in use. Critics of his stance said that he was only defending a dangerous activity while some even accused him of using drugs himself. He recounted that, before one floor session, he was stopped on the street by police asking if he was carrying drugs with him. He railed against the Policy that day in session saying that he was stopped merely because he was a migrant. The officer who stopped him later said that he actually didn't know that Ignacy was on the Council and wouldn't have stopped him if he knew, which further supported his stance that he was stopped just for being a migrant and a political outsider. This made headlines and people began to question the legitimacy of this policy.
His strong stance against the CSI gained him great support from not just the immigrant community but also communities of color and low income communities. He easily won his reelection to the Council by a wide margin. In 1972 the next election for mayorship was underway and he is considered an essential part as to why Gregory Pennicoth lost to Connor Nieslen, who won a large percentage of the communities affected by the CSI and overturned the policy on his second day in office. In the following years, Ignacy and Marcelina both continued to serve their communities and help the migrants in the city in their rights. Marcelina became a community organizer, assisted in many protests and legal movements, and helped support local businesses through investments until her death in 2003. Ignacy continued to be the main voice of the immigrant community in the DSA Capital throughout the rest of the 20th century.
In 1970, he married his partner Roxana Reiter with whom he had 3 children. In 1999, at the age of 70, he announced that he would not seek re-election and would be retiring after spending 35 years in office. In the years following, he would still be involved with the immigrant community, supporting their rights and helping organizations that assist migrants. He was always a very social person, willing to make friends with almost anyone and loved to talk. One of his favorite things to do was to meet new people and one way he did that was to invite strangers to play chess with him at the park.
On April 8th, at 8:32 AM, he suffered a heart attack and was rushed to the hospital. After two days of receiving medical treatment, he was pronounced dead on April 10th at 12:31 AM. He is survived by his 89 year old wife of 50 years, his three children, and 8 grandchildren.