There seems to be a petition going around asking students to support bringing solar panels to our Queens campus. I spoke to Carissa Herb, environmental science major and president of the Earth Club, about why this initiative is so important, and the importance of making changes to help the Earth. Read the interview under the cut.
Portrait of a Millennial will be a new series featured on the website where we interview other students around the world about race, religion, dating, education, homophobia, sexism, and much more. We’ve been getting ready for a while now to put this content out into the world and we really hope you enjoy it.
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.
This is in response to this post. In essence, this Christian mother is boycotting Disney and the new Beauty and the Beast film because she thinks they are pushing an “LGBT Agenda” and Jesus told her she isn’t allowed to spend money on things that show queer people as being normal.
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.
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.
Since Trump was elected president, I’ve been hearing a lot of conversations about his wall, deportations, and undocumented citizens in general. People claim that this wall would keep Mexican people out; that deporting undocumented citizens works and that we only deport undocumented criminals; that these criminals depress wages and take American jobs; and that all of the people here who are unauthorized are here because they snuck across the border. These views are shared by many conservatives and are a large reason conservative people voted for Trump. Under the cut, I explore these arguments and address them individually with rebuttals and citations.