Section A6 – 9:05am

Works Cited:

Vaidyanathan, Gayathri. “Big Gap between What Scientists Say and Americans Think about Climate Change.” Scientific American, ClimateWire, 30 Jan. 2015, www.scientificamerican.com/article/big-gap-between-what-scientists-say-and-americans-think-about-climate-change/. Accessed 27 Mar. 2017.

Walking down the destroyed wreck that used to be Van Ness Street in San Francisco, I look for people alive in rubble that fell from the buildings when they collapsed. The last time something like this happened to the city was in 1906 with the big quake. This time though was different. Very different.
This time, there was no quake.
Instead, it was missiles.
That’s right, the military bombed us. No, not North Korea’s warheads. It was our own. It’s the start of the Second American Civil War. You see, two years ago in 2018, the CNP (California National Party) won the gubernatorial election and many local elections as well as a majority of of California’s House and Senate seats up on Capitol Hill. They ran on a platform of secession from the United States of America. And you know, who could blame them? California was made a sanctuary state which was kind of like a giant middle finger to the Trump administration. For every dollar we gave to the federal government for taxes, we only ever saw seventy-eight cents of it in federal funding, and even that measly amount kept going down before we were cut off completely. So we stopped paying taxes. They didn’t like that very much. So they flooded the streets with ICE agents and mercenaries who raided, searched out, and deported every illegal immigrant, and sometimes even the legal ones. Families were separated, everyone was held in overcrowded, miserable, makeshift detention centers. The ACLU had a field day with that. They started restricting our economies, the travel of everyday Californians, and our access to national services. The partisanship in Washington was so intense that the government couldn’t function, and the legislature was shut down because the upstanding, moral elected officials couldn’t stop themselves from hurling obscenities, threats, and sometimes even fists at each other. So the CNP called for secession.
It seemed crazy at first. California seceding from the Union. But then others joined. First, it was those closest: Oregon, Nevada, and Washington. Then Colorado, New Mexico, Hawaii and Illinois. We got ten more from the Northeast. Seventeen states in total. Not so crazy anymore.
But thing was, we thought they’d keep it civil. Fighting, pain, and death to soldiers and combatants only. They did that at least until this morning. Then the missiles came down. New York City. Los Angeles. The Big Island in Hawaii. Seattle. Boston. Denver. San Francisco. They weren’t targeting armies. They were targeting us, normal civilians. I was on my way home from school with my friend Misha. She is, no was 16. Now, I search the rubble for her body in the ruins of the BART station she disappeared into moments before the missiles hit.
The labeled us enemies. We could have had cooperation on Capitol Hill. Immigration reform that kept our country and economy safe without creating terror in the streets. We could have had a government that listened to and worked with us instead of one who decided to oppress and punish us instead.
Look what it has gotten us.
A bloody civil war. They’ve hurt us but not our missiles. Next, we will fire back. Perhaps we will win, or maybe they will. But none will get away without feeling the pain of this war.


Although this story may be fake, it is based off the current partisanship, a recent bill to make California a sanctuary states, and the immigration debate. It’s brutality is based off of brutality seen in past and current ongoing civil wars around the globe. The numbers cited about how much California pays and receives in terms of federal taxes and funding is accurate according to a study from 2007 by the Tax Foundation. Below you will find the CNP’s platform (I do not endorse or support them).
California National Party
California’s federal tax and funding study

Today, we discussed the end of Ship Breaker in a fishbowl!

We also discussed the Netflix series 3%, covering episodes 1, 2, and 4 (no spoilers if you finished the series over the weekend! We’ll watch a clip from the final episode and discuss it next class!) We started with a close reading of the introduction to The Process and what it means to have a society based on separation.

Once we completed our discussion, I gave you the remaining time to work in your teams on the propaganda project. We will discuss the group presentation and using Mahara to compile your propaganda artifacts on Wednesday, so for now continue working on the actual artifacts and your team presentation.

HOMEWORK:

  1. Read the IndieWire article about the show’s “twist” ending
  2. Log into Mahara.gatech.edu and explore
  3. Continue working on the propaganda project with your team

Friday is a team work day. You have options but you must MEET AS A TEAM during the 50 minutes of our class (if you do not attend your team meeting, it will count as an absence).

Your options include:

  1. Schedule a team meeting with Dr. Fitz between 8:05-11:55am
  2. Schedule a time to use the sound recording booth in Hall between 8:05-11:55am
  3. Meet in the Homer Rice classroom and work with Alison Valk (she has offered her expertise in a wide range of digital platforms including Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, iMovie, and more)
    • Please send Alison an email letting her know if your team plans to work in Homer Rice and if you know of specific issues you are having or want help with, give her a heads up on that too (her contact info is on TSquare ->Announcements)
  4. Meet in another location (multimedia studio, Paper and Clay, Invention Studio, Communication Center, our classroom) and work together as a team

You are welcome to mix and match these options (for example, schedule a meeting with Dr. Fitz at 8:05, then go to Paper and Clay OR schedule a time to meet with a tutor at the Communication Center and then go to the multimedia studio to finish and print your materials). Meetings with me and time in the sound booth will be first come first serve, so plan to sign up ASAP.