Smart Girls Are Armed, Conservative, and Fabulous: My “Youth in Action” Interview

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Teen conservative and Smart Girl Politics activist Bethany Bowra (@bethanybowra) interviewed me for the latest installment of Smart Girl Politics’ “Youth in Action” series profiling young conservative female activists. Those of you who know me are familiar with my hold-no-prisoners approach to conservative politics, anti-Communist tendencies, and desire to lure in more young people to our movement.

I hope my thoughts and sentiments in this interview inspire other freedom-loving youngsters to speak out and reject collectivism. Without a doubt, we must encourage more young conservatives…especially young conservative females.

Enjoy!

While Planned Parenthood and Democrat women in Congress claim to speak for all women, these young women have something to say about that. Contrary to popular belief, those groups do not speak for all young women— many young women my age have views that are quite the opposite. Below is my interview with conservative activist, Gabriella Hoffman!

Why did you get involved in politics?

I got involved in conservative politics because of my parents. My mother and my father are Lithuanian immigrants who escaped from Soviet communism 27 years ago. The Left’s policies remind them too much of the Old Country, so conservatism came naturally to them. Their stories and perspective on life really brought me to conservatism. Both sides of my family suffered immensely in the former Soviet Union. I’m in this fight to honor their memories and remind people that freedom must be safeguarded for future generations to come.

How did you get involved?

In 2006 when I was 15, I started writing a column in a local Orange County, CA community paper, The Coto Voice, called “Teen Beat.” I maintained this column for three years. I primarily focused on topics ranging from volunteering in high school to upholding traditional values. After I graduated from high school and moved onto college, I began to write about politics for The California Review, the conservative paper at UC-San Diego. From there, I went onto running a YAF chapter and hosting David Horowitz on campus- an event which landed on national news. After the event garnered a lot of attention, I started working for The Rick Amato Show as an Executive Assistant and landed a coveted role at Eagle Forum of San Diego as the Director of Youth Outreach.  I also started blogging for various websites and publications.

What issues have you been focused on since you became active?

I’m a firm believer in sound conservatism (social and fiscal conservatism), and I also believe in strong national defense. During my time at UC-San Diego, I heavily focused on support for Israel (I have family there and support a healthy U.S.-Israel relationship) and exposing militant leftists on campus. I also exposed radical feminism and openly condemned the Vagina Monologues. Now, I concentrate on a plethora of issues ranging from traditional values to Israel advocacy to media/leftist/campus bias to free enterprise.

Continue reading at Smart Girl Politics Action.

San Diego City Beat Announces ‘Watch List’, Lists Me as Person to Look Out for in 2012

This morning, someone sent me news about San Diego City Beat’s “Watch List.” Apparently, I am one of 19 people to look out for in San Diego this year. Below is a caricature the resident sketch artist drew of me.

Here is the  blurb they wrote describing my efforts:

Gabriella Hoffman: If county Republican boss Tony Krvaric had been born with double-X chromosomes, he’d be UCSD senior Hoffman. Already, this socialist-bashing young conservative brought David Horowitz to campus, organized a national event to celebrate a Glenn Beck TV special and has begun blogging for, like, a hundred different local and national right-wing websites. This year, Hoffman will be released into the real world, where she will no doubt become the next Ann Coulter.

Military hero, and congressional candidate Nick Popaditch also made the list, along with several liberal activists. Interestingly enough, I am the youngest person profiled.

It is an honor to be recognized for my efforts. Let’s hope they don’t go KGB on me…

 

New Freedom Center Video Confirms Obama Hates Israel

It is undeniable that President Obama is the most anti-Israel president in American history.

He has snubbed PM Benjamin Netanyahu on numerous occasions, called for Israel to return to pre-1967 borders, and recently referred to Jews as “Jew-janitors.”

It is imperative that come 2012, we elect a conservative Republican president that supports Israel, the Jewish people, and a healthy U.S.-Israel relationship.

Watch the video below and please share it with your friends.

H/T: David Horowitz Freedom Center

 

How Conservative Activists Can Support Israel on Campus

Cross-posted from Young America’s Foundation’s The Quad Blog:

“For the people of Israel and America are historic partners in the global quest for human dignity and freedom. We will always remain at each other’s side.” – President Ronald Reagan

Israel continues to face attacks here in the United States and abroad.  In May 2011, President Obama declared that Israel return to her pre-1967 borders—a move that would make the nation’s borders indefensible.  Virulent anti-Semitism is on the rise at our nation’s universities. Furthermore, Israelis are constantly attacked by “Palestinian” terrorists.

The question beckons: how should young people stand with Israel on campus?

Conservative activists, compelled to challenge the status quo, can present alternative viewpoints to their student peers. Here are three ways to be an Israel advocate on your campus:

1) Bring a YAF speaker to campus

The best way to stand with Israel on campus is to bring a pro-Israel speaker to campus. Young America’s Foundation boasts a fantastic speaker list, including pro-Israel speakers like David Horowitz​, Nonie Darwish​, Dennis Prager​, and Robert Spencer.

With the help of Young America’s Foundation, I hosted David Horowitz to campus (UC-San Diego) in May 2010. The  famous exchange between Horowitz and a female member of the Muslim Students Association made Fox News’ Beck and Hannity shows.

2) Host a ‘Stand With Israel Week’

If you really want to impact your campus, host a week dedicated to Israel in March or May. Events for the week can include: building a Wall of Lies to counter your campus’ “Apartheid” wall, inviting Israeli Consulate Generals or IDF soldiers to speak on campus, and showing the documentary “Iranium.”

Foundation activist Mike Cunningham held a weeklong event at Purdue University and succeeded in delivering a pro-Israel message to campus.  Amid criticism, he persevered and held great events. Watch the video  here.

3) Write a pro-Israel Op-Ed

Holding a successful pro-Israel event cannot be accomplished without good press. Write a column for your campus paper or local newspaper to promote pro-Israel events on campus.

Foundation activist Aaron Marcus has been a tireless fighter for Israel at Rutgers University. As the “Marcus My Words” columnist for the Daily Targum, Marcus has challenged and equally succeeded in countering anti-Semitic, anti-Israel views on campus.

There are many ways to be an Israel advocate on campus. Start a CUFI chapter, work with Zionist Organization of America, or go to an AIPAC conference. The possibilities are endless.

Be sure to stand with Israel this school year!

Gabriella Hoffman is a student at the University of California in San Diego and a blogger for the Washington Times. Gabriella has hosted numerous conservative events on her campus and attended many of the Foundation’s conferences and seminars. Follow her on Twitter @Gabby_Hoffman.

Campus Jihadists’ “Hitler Youth Week” Strikes Again at UCSD

It’s that unfortunate time of year again for pro-Israel students, faculty, and community members here at UCSD.

Last year, I was fortunate enough to host David Horowitz to shed light on the dangers of falling prey to the Muslim Students Association and Students for Justice in Palestine.

Enjoy the following clip below if you haven’t seen it yet. After being featured on Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, and the conservative blogosphere, the video is close to 1.4 million views. It is a testament to the dangers of groups like SJP and MSA on campus.

I urge everyone to be aware of that imposing, blatantly hurtful wall on display next week. Here’s an example of the racist, anti-Semitic material featured on this wall. It is brought to you courtesy of your tax dollars:

Here’s how much AS  appropriated to the MSA this 2010-2011 school year:

[Muslim Student Association] | [MSA Basketball Tournament] Funded $1720.00
[Muslim Student Association] | [Graduation Banquet] Funded $975.00
[Muslim Student Association] | [Justice in Palestine Week 2011] Funded $9991.82
[Muslim Student Association] | [MSA Women's Conference] Funded $810.00
[Muslim Student Association] | [Fast-a-Thon] Funded $180.00
[Muslim Student Association] | [MSA Men's Football Tournament] Funded $1510.00
[Muslim Student Association] | [MSA Women's Dodgeball Tournament] Funded $105.00
[Muslim Student Association] | [Self-Development Week] Funded $264.50

Total: $15,451.32

Here’s the total allotted to SJP for the 2010-2011 school year:

[Students for Justice in Palestine] | [Fundraiser Banquet] Funded $2313.00
[Students for Justice in Palestine] | [Fundraising Banquet] Funded $2638.03

Total: $4951.03

It’s important to note that $20, 402.35 of your taxing paying dollars are going to pay for anti-Israel, anti-American activities.

Here’s a glimpse into the hateful week from the Muslim Students Association’s Justice in Palestine Week Event from May 9th to May 13th, 2011: 

For more information please visit TheApartheid.comJustice in Palestine Week 2011: “Time for Accountability”

—– Monday, May 9 to Thursday, May 12 —–
ALL DAY- Come visit the replica of the apartheid wall on Library Walk.

—– Monday, May 9 —–
12 P.M. – Spoken Word
Student Performers
Place: Library Walk

6:30 P.M. – “Palestine: Past, Present, and Future”
Prof. Hatem Bazian (UC Berkeley)
Place: PC West Ballroom

—– Wednesday, May 11 —–
12 P.M. – Speakout
Place: Library Walk

6:30 P.M. – “What Every American Should Know”
Allison Weir (Founder of ifamericansknew.org)
Place: PC West Ballroom

—– Thursday, May 12 —–
6:30 P.M. – “Palestine Under Siege”
Place: PC West Ballroom

Must Watch Video: Purdue U College Republicans Stand With Israel

Israel’s legitimacy and the Jewish people are constantly under attack from the militant Muslim Students Association and their Students for Justice in Palestine compatriots.

Out of fear or ostracism, pro-Israel groups fail to defend themselves to the fullest extent. As a result, their conservative, Christian and/or Republican allies come to their defense when they are too afraid to openly challenge the MSA and the SJP.

My friend and fellow activist Mike Cunningham, a junior at Purdue University, had the audacity to showcase support for Israel with a week-long celebration at his campus. He brought David Horowitz‘s “Wall of Lies” and subsequently hosted the Deputy Israeli Consulate of Chicago.

Be sure to watch the following video and circulate it:

Must-See Video: Wall of Lies Will Combat MSA on Campus

Horowitz Freedom Center unveiled its Palestinian “Wall of Lies” several months ago for students to display on campus during “Israel Apartheid Week” this year.

Here is the promo video detailing the disturbing nature of that crazy week:

According to the Wall of Lies website, these are the schools that have jumped on board this effort:

These are the schools where campus organizations have signed up to participate in our campaign by either hosting film screenings, a speaker, displaying the Wall of Lies, or a combination of all three.  (note – while there are Israel Apartheid Weeks going on at some of these schools, this list refers to the schools that we are working with to promote the truth about the middle east conflict and is not indicative of all the anti-Israel activity on campus.) :

Bowdoin College

Brandeis University

Brooklyn College

Dartmouth

DePaul

Florida Atlantic University

Michigan State University

Penn State University

Rutgers University

UC Irvine

UCLA

UNC – Chapel Hill

University of Pennsylvania

USC

Yeshiva University

YOU can host a “Wall of Lies” on your university! Contact Jeffrey Wiener of Horowitz Freedom Center at 818-849-3470 ext 206 to learn how you can get involved and repel the Muslim Students Association and Students for Justice in Palestine this Spring!

Teaching Diversity Conference will divide, not unify, UC-San Diego

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Taken from SFPA on January 27th, 2011.

Following last year’s free speech debacle and backlash from the ‘Compton Cookout‘, UC-San Diego vowed to combat hate and discrimination while promoting diversity, social justice, and equality. Along those lines, UCSD will host its Teaching Diversity Conference today.

Chancellor Marye Anne Fox praised the conference:

“Diversity is an integral part of UC San Diego’s excellence and this event helps illustrate the university’s commitment to social justice and equality,” said Chancellor Marye Anne Fox. “As we celebrate UC San Diego’s 50th Anniversary, we continue to focus on programs and policies that enhance the campus climate and broaden the richness and diversity of our community and curriculum.”

Interestingly enough, the press release mentioned this:

The Teaching Diversity Conference, hosted by UC San Diego’s John Muir College and the Cross Cultural Center, is an all-day event where educators, students and alumni will discuss how to create and sustain a community that acknowledges and respects the diversity of all students.

“Many of the people attending the conference want to know how to be more effective in teaching diversity,” Lin said.  “We will be asking students how their perspectives changed as a result of having taken diversity courses.  Teachers will share their best practices and alumni will describe how they how they used knowledge about diversity in the work world. Our goal is to help UC San Diego sustain a culture of inclusion, respect and excellence.”

The university’s claim that it wants to respect the diversity of all students is blatantly false. It certainly does not extend to those who espouse conservative or pro-Israel views on campus.

I have seen firsthand how the administration fails to promote equality and diversity since hosting David Horowitz last May during  Israel Apartheid Week. My cohorts in Tritons for Israel see inconsistency in this rhetoric as well, as the administration has been reluctant to admit the growing threat of anti-Semitism here, at other UC’s, and at campuses nationwide.

While conservative students and Israel advocates see a double standard, many at this campus dismiss it. The Guardian published an editorial last May trivializing the aftermath of the Horowitz-Albarhi exchange:

In retaliation, Young Americans for Freedom, an otherwise unknown, politically conservative student org, invited slimeball pro-Israel commentator David Horowitz to speak on campus that same week. During a question-and-answer session, Horowitz dodged a legitimate request from MSA member Jumanah Albahri to back his claim that terrorists fund her organization. He also bullied Albahri into agreeing she would support a mass genocide of Jews, simplifying the issue into “for or against” language. …

Of course, Jewish students are entitled to feel threatened or upset by recent events on our campus, but it takes quite an imagination to believe that MSA members are out to kill off UCSD’s Jewish population.

But when the Black Student Union and Native American Student Alliance are threatened, the university jumps in to rescue them, even at the expense of free-speech and promotion of well-being for all students. If a conservative or pro-Israel group is being threatened, officials shield themselves off  to their concerns.

Students need to wise up about conferences like this one. We are all unique and diverse in our genetic make-up, talents, preferences, viewpoints, and hobbies. It is common sense that everyone is different and diverse.  Labels that place us into broad racial categories are demeaning and unnecessary.

Instead of identifying–and thus dividing–people among racial and class lines, why not embrace intellectual diversity–the true diversity that exists in society?

Gabriella Hoffman is the Advertising Manager at The California Review. She studies at the University of California, San Diego,  and is a member of the Student Free Press Association

Wikipedia Page On Yours Truly

When I was checking blog stats one day, I came across a link to what is my own wikipedia page.

For one thing, I have no idea why it would appear all of the sudden. I’m just a college student and conservative activist in San Diego.

Yet, I think my efforts with David Horowitz and The Rick Amato Show caught someone’s eye.

To whomever created the page, thank you from the bottom of my heart. Please continue to support my efforts.

 

UC-Irvine MSA Suspended: A Milestone in the Battle Against Islamo-fascism

Read my NewsReal Blog debut piece here!

UC-Irvine MSA Suspended: A Milestone in the Battle Against Islamo-fascism

http://www.newsrealblog.com/2010/06/15/uc-irvine-msa-suspended-a-milestone-in-the-battle-against-islamo-fascism/

After a year filled with anti-Israel sentiments at University of California campuses, society can find solace in UC-Irvine’s decision to punish its Muslim Student Union. On June 14th, 2010, an AP piece revealed that the infamous UCI “11,” MSU hecklers that disrupted Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren’s speech in February, were convicted of charges ranging from disorderly conduct to obstruction of university activities. The MSU’s antics subsequently resulted in their year-long suspension at the University of California campus effective till August 31st, 2011.

An action like that taken by University of California at Irvine’s administration allows other pro-Israel proponents to gain confidence that influence by a radical Muslim group will be repelled. My campus, University of California at San Diego (UCSD), arguably faced similar, if not worse, attacks as well. UCSD toiled with a divestment bill brought before the Associated Students by Students for Justice in Palestine, which propagated divestment from companies investing in Israel for its “human rights violations” and “occupier status.” Matters only got worse as this group partnered with the Muslim Student Association to hold their annual “Apartheid Week.”

Prior to hosting David Horowitz at UC-San Diego, I did not know that his scheduled appearance would coincidence with “Hitler Youth Week.” This opportunity would allow for conservatives and pro-Israel advocates alike to have their perspective presented during this despicable week. With Horowitz’s visit to a “politically-apathetic campus” like UCSD, the hidden liberal bias emerged before the populace there during the Q&A section of Horowitz’s lecture. The spine-chilling remark made by former UCSD MSA officer Jumanah Albarhi confirmed her support of Hamas, a sentiment shared by other radical Muslim groups nationwide. As a result, the Islamofascists running rampant at UCSD were exposed on national television through Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity, as with commentary from conservative newspapers, magazines, and blogs.

Outcry to this girl’s comment is necessary, as the incident has been taken lightly by the university’s administration. To agree with the notion of rounding up all the Jews to Israel to have them meet their untimely death justifies that people like Albahri should be monitored. She later wrote a letter-to-the editor to UCSD’s The Guardian, whining that my organization, Young Americans for Freedom and our ally Tritons for Israel—a group that reneged their support for Horowitz’s appearance—owed her an apology for causing her distress. On May 27th, the editorial board of this “esteemed” newspaper claimed that Jewish students have every right to feel threatened on campus by the Muslim Student Association.

Ignorance of radical Islam will breed contempt and the continual appeasement to groups that counteract the United States, its allies, and its principles. More must follow suit to expose these groups.

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