Student Rights

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Here’s a few snapshots of my book! There’s more but Tumblr will only let me upload so many images at a time.

My concept was animal rights (obviously). I wanted to take a mostly typographic approach, and to be more informative than preachy. Yes, my foreword and my essay (an excerpt from Gary L. Francione and Robert Garner’s book The Animal Rights Debate: Abolition or Regulation?) are arguing in favor of animal rights, but later on in the book there are statistics that back up why we hold that point of view. The front cover is made up of quotes about animal rights wrapping from the back, around the spine, and to the front, set in a 50% black to make them subtle, to show that this is an issue that’s being largely ignored. The title, For The Voiceless, is integrated within that text, and highlighted in bright white to draw attention to what those words are saying. My end sheets are made of transparency paper, inverted with animal textures such as eyes, teeth, and paws to get that play between the imagery and the text. When the essay ends, there are statistics set in big, splashy text to intrigue the reader and provoke a conversation on the matter, supported by imagery about animal rights. The entire book is set in Univers because it’s extremely versatile, with many different styles and weights, and has very well-designed numbers. My biggest inspiration for this was Bruce Mau’s typographic design practice Massive Change.

This was a very engaging and fun project, but also very challenging. I had problems with finding content on such a general subject that was high enough resolution for print, typesetting Francione’s long essay, typesetting the text on the cover so that the title words were all on the same page and near each other and that there weren’t any weird rags or gaps, and typesetting the statistics so that they looked visually interesting without losing their informative character. The hardest part was the binding; it’s holding together, but it’s not perfect. For my graduation portfolio, I’ll probably get it reprinted and then professionally bound.

Overall, though, I’m super happy with how it came out. I worked really hard on it, and I feel that my concept really shows and makes an impact on the viewer. Yay!

  • me: I got spoiled on this one anime that's coming out now
  • student popping up from another class: I KNOW WHAT ANIME YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT
  • me: y-you do?
  • student: YURI ON ICE RIGHT
  • me: YEAH
  • *commence our fangirling rants for like ten minute straight*
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Do you Know what is happening in Venezuela? This is what is happening. This is what has been happening during a week. The students have been protesting in a pacific way against the repressive and tyrant government that we have since 1999 (yes, 15 years living with insecurity, food and medicine shortages, deprivation of liberty, and media blackout) and what is the police and the army doing? Beating us, shooting us, and recently some students were condemned to jail for 13 years!! For what crime? For claiming justice and democracy. Please, share this post, the world needs to know.

#PrayForVenezuela

#SOSVenezuela

seventeen.com
Unsurprisingly, Trans Students Have Caused Zero Incidents in Public Bathrooms
Not a single inappropriate act, harassment, or "negative consequence" has been reported.

While critics have tried to claim that allowing transgendered students to use same-sex school facilities is some kind of safety or privacy concern (we’re looking at you Mike Huckabee), a new report shows that there’s actually zero evidence of that being true. None of the 17 largest US school districts’ schools with trans-inclusive nondiscrimination policies have reported a single inappropriate act, harassment, or “negative consequence,” according to a report by Media Matters for America.

In these schools, trans students are allowed into the bathrooms, locker rooms and sports teams of their choice. 

In fact, many of the schools within Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Washington, D.C., Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Colorado, California, Oregon and Washington State say their trans-inclusive policies have improved school safety.

Hopefully this report will push other states to follow suit.

Yes

Trans Student Educational Resources Official Website

Trans Student Educational Resources is a youth-led organization dedicated to transforming the educational environment for trans and gender nonconforming students through advocacy and empowerment. In addition to our focus on creating a more trans-friendly education system, our mission is to educate the public and teach trans activists how to be effective organizers. We believe that justice for trans and gender nonconforming youth is contingent on an intersectional framework of activism. Ending oppression is a long-term process that can only be achieved through collaborative action. 

If you want to learn more about us, click on the About section.

If you are interested in creating a transgender policy at your school, click here.”

buzzfeed.com
Texas LGBT Students Say They Don't Feel Safe Now That People Can Carry Guns On Campus
“I feel like I can’t speak up for myself anymore."
By Ema O'Connor

Many LGBT students at the University of Houston say they feel like they can no longer express themselves safely now that a law allowing people to carry concealed weapons on campus is in effect and classes have begun.

“I feel like I can’t speak up for myself anymore,” Robyn Foley, 22, a transgender and intersex student who majors in anthropology, told BuzzFeed News. “I can’t correct someone on my pronouns” — Robyn’s pronoun is “they” — “I can’t stand up for my transgender friends, because if I do and someone gets pissed off all they have to do is pull out a gun.”

A number of other students eating lunch at the campus LGBTQ Resource Center nodded in agreement.

CLICK THE HEADER LINK TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE.

Mexico’s search for bodies reveals a history of hidden deaths

Forty-three students went missing in Mexico in September, and for all the attention that received, they were hardly the first. Their abduction by police has loosed a flood of new accusations and begun to reveal a history of hidden deaths.

By the official government count, about 22,300 people are missing in Mexico, a figure human rights officials think understates the problem.