Meeting #2 Notes

Here are some notes from last Thursday’s meeting:
We watched the Adam Ruins Immigration video which aimed to dispel common myths about illegal or undocumented immigrants. You can read the main points with some listed sources here.
I’m reaching out to some groups to figure out when we can team up for an event or multi-org meeting. I will be reaching out to professors soon, so if you have suggestions for panelists, please feel free to shoot me their names and their email address if you have it.
This week we will delve further into the argument on immigration and discuss the question: Is illegal¬†immigration solely a problem because it’s illegal?

Notes from First Official Meeting

3/9/17

During this meeting, we discussed marketing techniques, topics for future discussions, and possible events we can hold.

We’re going to work on creating flyers to distribute and hang up around campus. We’re going to market this organization as a lax learning environment where we can openly discuss issues relevant to us and learn about new things without the rigid format of the classroom setting.

Next week’s meeting will consist of an episode of the TV show Adam Ruins Everything. It will be focused on immigration reform and the idea of “the wall.” There will also be an event held by LASO during common hour called “Policing our People” about immigrants and ICE/law enforcement. That will be taking place on March 16th in Marillac room 225.

I also handed out a list of topics we could choose from so that we can get a head start on creating a schedule with professors for panels and presentations. This will also help us determine which events we can partner up with other campus organizations for.

We also started discussing activities we can hold off campus on weekends, including trips to see documentaries, attending protests, and going to other information sessions and lectures around the city.

International Women’s Day Statement

While I, as a non-binary identifying person, have a really hard time connecting to my own sense of womanhood, the people around me still view me and treat me as they would a woman. Thus, I understand the oppression. Being treated like I don’t know as much; like I can’t go as far; like I can’t be as strong. We have to remember to make room not just for women’s bodies, but for their minds, their hearts, their passions. We need to make room for them to have muscles and body hair; to study math and science; to play in the dirt and like G.I. Joe more than Barbie. We need to make room for the women who have dyed blonde hair and read Cosmopolitan just as much as the women who go into politics. We need to make room for the unashamed housewife and mother who chose not to work, and we need to make room for the women who choose careers before family. We need to stop allowing the word “woman” to define what we

We have to remember to make room not just for women’s bodies, but for their minds, their hearts, their passions. We need to make room for them to have muscles and body hair; to study math and science; to play in the dirt and like G.I. Joe more than Barbie. We need to make room for the women and girls who have dyed blonde hair and read Cosmopolitan and Vogue just as much as the women who go into politics. We need to make room for the unashamed housewife and mother who chose not to work, and we need to make room for the women who choose careers before family. We need room for the Hillary Clintons, the Elle Woodses, the Serena Williamses, the Oprah Winfreys, the Ellen Degenereses, the Janet Mocks, the Laverne Coxes, the Madeline Stuarts, and so many more. We need to stop allowing the word “woman” to define what we should be, and start defining it by what we strive to be.

We must also begin to make room in feminism for our sisters of color, for our sisters who are religious and modest, for our sisters who are sex workers, for our trans sisters, for our sisters who still have some learning to do, for our sisters with disabilities, and for our family members who identify now as men but were socialized as women and experienced the plight of womanhood firsthand. There is no time for party lines, divisions, ignorance, or hatred. The patriarchy is at work constantly, and the only way we can truly do something about it is if we stop letting things divide us and we form a united front against ALL FORMS OF OPPRESSION. We don’t fight just for white women, just for cishet women, just for middle class and wealthy women, just for English-speaking or American-born women, but women everywhere. Starting today, starting right now, starting with me and you.

With power,

LJ

Food Desert Lesson Plans

On Wednesday morning I was called into my old junior high school to teach a few classes. I’d done that a few times before and it’s always a pleasure to get to talk to young students about how they can make a difference in the world. I was unsure of what to discuss with the three classes because there is so much political turmoil right now, but I decided to discuss the concepts of food deserts and access to food.

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