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UCSB Sociology grads Christina Awadallah and Zach Rosenberg hold a banner at the Manhattan protest.

John Foran

UCSB Sociology grads Christina Awadallah and Zach Rosenberg hold a banner at the Manhattan protest.


Climate Change Protests


The People’s Climate March on 9/21 gathered about 100 people in Santa Barbara’s Vera Cruz Park while hundreds of thousands of protesters marched worldwide, including UCSB sociology professor John Foran in Manhattan, who described the march on the UN as massive, radical, and inspiring. President Obama was among the heads of state talking to the UN General Assembly on 9/23 about climate change, just days after starting air strikes over Syrian soil. The attacks on ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) and al-Qaeda affiliate Khorasan follow a decade after the U.S. toppled Iraq’s Saddam Hussein ​— ​ironically a war that opponents accused the Bush administration of waging ultimately over Iraq’s oil supply ​— ​causing a power vacuum into which ISIS has swept.



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