January 9, 2009 § Leave a comment
PERFORMANCE, WORKSHOPS & SLAM
FOR GAY, LESBIAN, BISEXUAL & TRANSGENDER YOUTH
JOIN us for a weeklong residency with nationally recognized Jamaican lesbian spoken word poet STACEYANN CHIN that includes workshops and an open mic for GLBT youth. Chin’s poetry is a bracing, no-holds-barred yet tender examination of her own life and the world around her that locates itself at the complex intersection of sexual, gender and racial identities. She co-wrote and performed in the Tony Award-nominated Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam and presented her own one-woman shows Off-Broadway.
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February 15, 2008 § 2 Comments
November 7, 2007 § 1 Comment
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Why We Strike…
We are on hunger strike because we want change and because we believe that change is worth sacrifice. We strike against a university that seems not to care for the well-being of its students or of its community. We strike because we feel the urgency of a student voice that is continually being marginalized. We strike because we don’t want students in the future to have to resort to drastic measures to affect change in this institution.
We strike because student input on these issues in meetings, through protests, and through other avenues of vocalization has been ignored or patronized, and the response to our demands for change has been woefully insufficient. We strike because we abhor, viscerally, the failure of current administrators to address student concerns on these issues and because this failure constitutes violence against our intellect. We strike because these are not matters that will, nor can, wait . . .(more on the website)
What are we demanding?
We demand that Columbia expand ethically, support Ethnic Studies, reform the Core Curriculum, and improve administrative support for students of color, students of faith, and LGBTQ students:
Because our cause is multi-faceted, our demands call for change on all levels and ask for a spectrum of responsibility:
• a more systematic response to hate crimes from Public Safety
• a more collaborative expansion effort from the administration
• a revision of the Core that encourages critical engagement with issues of racism and colonialism
• more resources and support for the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race (CSER), the Institute for Research in African-American Studies (IRAAS), and the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA).
We don’t just want new programs or changes and improvements to existing programs. We want lasting changes in the power dynamics between the university, its students, and its community.
More on their blogspot page.
August 10, 2007 § 4 Comments
I guess I should’ve posted the announcement for the forum before it actually happened. I think the Presidential Forum hosted by the Human Rights Campaign, which aired live on LOGO last night, was only advertised on LOGO. In a way it makes sense to cater to the viewing audience of LOGO, but what about folks who don’t have or don’t watch LOGO? Good thing for the internet, where nowadays you are bound to be able to find a replay of the whole thing. So, if you missed last night’s forum, watch it here.
The main topics of discussion included: gay marriage, civil unions, and domestic partnerships; don’t ask, don’t tell; HIV/AIDS treatment and awareness; universal health care; GLBT inclusion in anti-discrimination laws; and questions about what it means to be GLBT identified (i.e. choice v biology). The main points of contention were the candidates’ positions on 1) unions v marriages (only Gavel and Kucinich say yes, while Obama and Clinton skirted “marriage” by claiming that strategically unions should be fought for first), and 2) Richardson’s blundered answer to Melissa Etheridge’s question on whether or not he thinks being gay is a choice. He immediately answered that it is a choice, and spent a couple of minutes trying to recover explaining that he just doesn’t understand science, and doesn’t want to get technical with definitions. As for the rest of the issues, all of these candidates pretty much agreed that there should be less discrimination, more inclusion, and expanded health care for all.
Oh, and by the way, all the Republican candidates were invited to speak, but declined.