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This week is San Luis Obispo Pride, a celebration of the Central Coast LGBTQ+ community. Over the weekend there will be parties, drag performances and Pride in the Plaza, a free festival for the public with live entertainment. Some will also be using the opportunity to raise awareness about issues that continue to impact all communities—including the queer community—such as deportation, racism and gentrification.

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Students and members of local activists groups gathered outside Cal Poly’s Winter Career Fair Thursday in San Luis Obispo. They were protesting the campus presence of U.S. defense contractors—like Raytheon—who recruit at the fair. The demonstrators shouted, sang, and held signs that read “Peace Over Profit" and "Divest From War."

But at previous career fairs, a much smaller group of students went inside to protest the same companies. They sat on the ground and sang songs. This handful of students was later investigated for disrupting university activities. The investigation was later dropped, and no one got in trouble. But it raised questions about what is and is not free speech at Cal Poly.

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About a dozen United States postal workers and their supporters gathered in San Luis Obispo Monday, joining their colleagues across the country on a day of rallies, chanting, “U.S. Mail, not for sale.”

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On the same day Americans demonstrated across the country to protest migrant family separations, hundreds of protesters gathered in a Santa Maria industrial area, about a block away from a residential neighborhood. The group was chanting and singing in front of a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facility opened in the summer of 2015.

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Cal Poly students are planning a protest rally for this coming Monday in concert with students on several other CSU campuses. 

Brittany Graham

Several Cal Poly faculty members and students picketed on campus in front of the President's Administration building Thursday morning. 

They voiced concerns over the number of administrators hired in recent years at the rally. Dr. Belinda Morril is a temporary lecturer and serves as the Academic Senate Representative for part-time faculty. She said that something needs to change.

"We had people there who have been here for 30 years. They're ready to retire. They're not going to get anything out of this, other than to say...this is not the 'Mustang Way,' " said Morril.