Status is not some universal scalar that’s neatly comprised of its component factors like a math expression. Different types of communities value different things at different times. Sometimes communities confer lots of status for being able to act in an exemplary way in certain uncommon scenarios. Sometimes the status is conferred for playing a particular, necessary role competently.
Either way, there’s no universal pecking order and it’s sometimes actively harmful to think of group dynamics using one, because groups don’t work like that.
Remembering Our Dead:AIDS Quilt Panels of Bisexual People who had passed from AIDS. A ceremony of love and remembrance held during the US Bisexual Conference held in June 1990 in San Francisco CA USA.
AIDS had a profound effect on the bisexual movement. Bi men were stigmatized as spreaders of HIV from homosexuals to the “general population.” In the late 1980s, as awareness of AIDS in women increased, bisexual women began be to stigmatized as spreaders of HIV to lesbians.
These developments spurred discussions about the distinction between sexual behavior and sexual identity (for example, many self-identified bisexual women did not have sex with men, while many self-identified lesbians did). Activists and public health officials alike began to emphasize behavior, not identity, as a risk factor for HIV infection. Many men who had been leaders in the bisexual movement became ill or died, and many other bi men and women turned their attention to AIDS-related activism and service work…
In the late 1980s and early 1990s, students and youth became more active in the bisexual movement. College students began to include bisexuals by name in campus gay and lesbian organizations, with over 100 such groups in existence by the end of the decade…
At the same time, a new “queer movement” had begun to take shape. Young activists, many of whom were involved with the AIDS activist group ACT UP, formed Queer Nation in the summer of 1990 … Parts of the new movement emphasize the inclusion of bisexuals, transgender and other sexual minorities under the queer umbrella; other parts are less welcoming to those who are not exclusively homosexual…
In June 1990, BiPOL organized a US National Bisexual Conference in San Francisco, with over 400 attendees. The conference was comprised of over eighty workshops on a broad range of subjects.
~excerpt from pamphlet “A Brief History of the Bisexual Movement” Liz Highleyman with editorial assistance from M Beer, S Berger, D Berry, W Bryant, A Hamilton and R Ochs, originally published by the Bisexual Resource Center late 1990’s last updates in 2001.
Every spring semester the University Library System,
in collaboration with Pitt’s Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR), award ten
students with the Archival Scholars Research Award (ASRA). This semester, seven
of those students are working in Special Collections. Each month, we ask the
scholars to submit blog posts demonstrating the discoveries they are making.
Black Panther Black Community News Service was
hardly a static publication. Its design changed throughout its issuance, not
unlike the changes undertaken by the Party itself.
most visual iteration is in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. This period was
marked, in particular, by the colorful multimedia collages and
photomanipulations often seen on the front cover, and corresponding artwork on
the back covers. Minister of Culture Emory Douglas was most frequently
responsible for the original artwork on the back covers, and his work was also
frequently seen on the inner pages of The
Left: The front cover of The
Black Panther (4/3/1971). Right: The back cover of The Black Panther (6/18/1972)
Other artists in the Party contributed many of the smaller
pieces on the innermost pages, and the paper often ran comics from more
widely-known professional cartoonists, such as the following:
From The Black Panther (10/4/1969), a
reprint of a cartoon by Harlem Renaissance political artist Oliver Harrington
From The Black Panther (12/26/1970),
a drawing by Brad Brewer about the trial of the New York 21.
As the years progressed, the paper included fewer and fewer
pieces in its inner pages. There continued to be photographs accompanying many
pieces, though fewer of the earlier multimedia collages. When there was additional artwork, it was almost
always an Emory Douglas contribution, but even he was seen less frequently: by
1977, the back covers that were once devoted to his work were more often than
not spaces that featured photographs of community events or advertised official
content itself also pivoted. The early days of The Black Panther focused on housing themes, police brutality, and
the exposure of legal and social injustices. These issues continued to be
covered, but as the 1970’s progressed, there was a notable shift in tone, and
the paper contained more along the lines of community uplift. There was
frequent coverage of the programs the Party facilitated, including the
children’s breakfast programs, as well as free clinics for sickle cell anemia
testing, the Oakland Community School, and conferences. By 1976, each
publication included a section entitled ‘This Week In Black History,’ which
documented significant events such as Union victories, Civil Rights Protests,
and the births and deaths of black leaders and artists. Additionally, while
continuing to advertise official Panthers merchandise, the paper regularly featured
small black-owned businesses and products.
Left: An advertisement for the Oakland Community School,
printed on August 7, 1976. Right: From 2-7-1976, an advertisement for Elaine
Brown’s album and a black history film series.
Archival Scholars Research Awardee ‘17
The first 100 days of Trump regime is critical and where he has the best chances to push for his agenda in the next four years. In townhalls I’ve attended and questions i see people always ask online is wanting specific directions and what concrete things can we do to resist Trump and GOP.
Below are 100 basic action items you can take to resist the Trump and GOP agenda in his first 100 days and in the next four years. These generic action items can be applied to take action on any current issue or on any specific issue you’ve been passionate about for a long time.
While it’s encouraged to do as many of these as you can, especially in Trump’s first 100 days, the point of the list is to give you different options on actions you can take that will fit within your time and abilities, and it is by no means exhaustive. The goal is to motivate you to take an action no matter how small, and hopefully provide a jumpstart to take bolder actions in resisting fascism:
Follow all your representatives on social media, esp on Twitter and Facebook
Save all the numbers of your elected officials on your phone & designate a schedule within your day or week to call them
Visit your elected officials’ website, subscribe to their newsletter/events calendar/follow their bills
Call your Senator #1
Call your Senator #2
Call the Senate Leader (Mitch McConnell)
Call your Congressperson
Call the House Speaker (Paul Ryan)
Call the VP office (Mike Pence)
Call the White House Call Donald Trump Hotels
Call your Governor
Call your Mayor/County Executive
Call your City/County Council Member
Call your State Senator
Call your State Representative
Write* your Senator #1
Write* your Senator #2
Write* your Congressperson
Write* your Governor
Write* your Mayor/County Executive
Write* your City/County Council Member
Write* your State Senator
Write* your State Representative
Write the House Speaker
Write the Senate Leader
Write the VP office
Write the White House
After initial letter or call, follow up with your elected officials
Write letters to editors of local newspapers
Attend a protest in your area
Plan/organize a protest in your area
Attend a townhall (with your representatives)
Attend a city/county council meeting
Attend a legislative hearing
Attend a school board meeting
Attend your rep’s public event
Attend a neighborhood community meeting (esp with law enforcement)
Attend a community event (with community leaders & grassroots orgs)
Participate in a community conference call/grassroots webinar
Plan/Host a community event
Sign a petition
Get at least five other people to sign a petition
Start a petition on a local issue
Invite a friend to participate in a protest
Invite a friend to attend a townhall
Invite a friend to a community event
Invite a friend to community call/grassroots webinar
Get a friend to write a letter to the editor of a local paper
Get at least one friend or family member to call/write their elected official, esp those with GOP reps
Schedule a meeting with one of your elected officials
Read and Share news articles (help spread facts, not propaganda news!)
Follow reputable journalists on social media, esp on Twitter & FB
Follow local, regional and national newspapers on social media
Follow government agencies on social media
Follow activists on social media
Follow civil rights organizations on social media
Subscribe to text alerts and newsletters from civil rights organizations
Participate in an online campaign to spread public awareness or get attention of Congress
Volunteer for local affiliates of nationwide civil rights organizations
Volunteer for local democratic party
Volunteer for a local progressive organization
Volunteer in a political campaign
Volunteer for a local community service project (serve.gov)
a civil rights organization (local & national)
an immigrant and refugee organization (local & international)
an LGBT rights organization (local & national)
reproductive rights organization (local & national)
a healthcare/public health organization (local & national)
an anti-poverty/hunger organization (domestic or international)
an anti-homeless organization (local & national)
an anti-trafficking/anti-slavery organization (domestic & int’l)
an humanitarian organization (domestic or international)
a voting rights organization (local & national)
a veterans organization (local & national)
a disabilities organization (local & national)
a climate change organization (domestic & international)
a non-partisan organization (local or international)
a non-governmental organization of your choosing
Donate to a civil rights organization (local & national)
Donate to an immigrant and refugee organization (local & international)
Donate to an LGBT rights organization (local & national)
Donate to a reproductive rights organization (local & national)
Donate to a healthcare/public health organization (local & national)
Donate to an anti-poverty/hunger organization (domestic or international)
Donate to an anti-homelessness organization (local & national)
Donate to an anti-trafficking/anti-slavery organization (domestic & int’l)
Donate to an humanitarian organization (domestic or international)
Donate to a voting rights organization (local & national)
Donate to a veterans organization (local & national)
Donate to a disabilities organization (local & national)
Donate to a climate change organization (domestic & international)
Donate to a non-partisan organization (local or international)
Donate to a non-governmental organization of your choosing
Donate to a local democratic party
Donate to a political campaign
Register to Vote
Get at least one friend or family member to register to vote
Vote on municipal, state and national elections
Get at least one friend or family member to vote
Run for office
*letters, postcards, fax, email, open letters on newspapers
The thing about being a gay person of faith is that you’re forced to search that much harder for love, answers, and community. When God finally leads you to those things, it makes you grateful you didn’t settle for cheap substitutes.
true story: at this communication studies conference i commented that Once Upon a Time is so bad at fan management and the room was loud and so someone didn’t really hear it and was like “so bad at what? everything? being a show?” people know.
Calling All Abundant, Fat, Plus Sized, Succulent, and Thick Peoples From All Over!
This year at the Allied Media Conference 2015 (June 18-21 in Detroit, MI) we are coming back together to continue our conversations, share skills, experiences, stories, media, knowledge and strategies to build a more beautiful, body accepting and abundant loving future!
ln this track we will gather, share and celebrate the wisdom and abundance of our bodies. Abundant / thick / fat bodies are the target of so much hate, policing and negativity, even in our organizing communities. How do we unlearn mainstream ideas of what a body should look like and (re)-learn to celebrate the diversity, resilience, wisdom and beauty of all bodies? How can we work together to deconstruct fat stigma and other forms of marginalization while building a stronger inclusive fat community? How can we challenge ourselves to decenter whiteness, capitalism, ableism, cissexism, heterosexism and classism while we explore what it means to be fat?
This track will explore these questions and create spaces to challenge the ongoing ways mainstream media shames and harms abundant bodies. Our goal in our organizing and activism is to create media and practical strategies for resistance, healing and community building. We will broaden the conversation around fat activism by centering this track on the voices of Indigenous, Black, People of Color, Dis/abled, Super-sized, Trans and Queer fat folks. Through workshops, panels and skillshares we will transform mainstream ideas around abundant bodies and create resilient communities utilizing different forms of media such as zines, theater, oral histories, poetry, social media, dance, comics, and art.
We are looking for sessions that speak to but are not limited by the following types of themes and proposals:
Fat Community 101
How to love your body
Ally building for thin folks and privileged fat folks
Body Autonomy and Social Media
Anti-racist fat activism for white fat activists
Skillshares/tools for surviving and thriving
Bodies, Health and Movement
Breaking down the connection between health and weight
Body movement / dance / practice for all bodies
Super-sized community members
Fatness at its intersections
Fatness and Femme identity
Fatness and masculinity
Sci-Fi Bodies as fat and queer and People of Color
Physical and mental disabilities and fatness
History of Indigenous / People of Color / Black / Trans / Dis/ability / Supersize fat activism
Tools for young fat folks
Breaking down discussions about obesity through race, class, gender and other identities
Constructing the fat body through collaborative media projects
Demystifying media around fat bodies
Cyber space/futurity and fat bodies
Challenging mainstream media
Rethinking Fat Fashion
Older fat bodies and visibility
Fat bodies and desirability
Oral history, poetry and other creative forms of resistance
If you have any questions regarding your proposal or this track, please contact us via on the Abundant Bodies Discussion Page on AMP Talk or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
**Abundant Bodies and the Allied Media Conference is committed to creating a space that allows for access to all community members regardless of economics. We will be fundraising in the near future to make sure we can support all of the session coordinators who need it in order to give as many voices in fat community the platform they deserve.
USA. California. Oakland. March 31, 1972. Black Panther Central Committee Member Ericka Huggins laughs after a Black Community Survival Conference rally. Ericka is the widow of slain Panther John Huggins. She later headed the New Haven branch of the party.
I love mixing my cottage witchcraft with my intense desire to be a mother and home-maker. And, having grown up in white suburbia, I know that whether I want it to or not, it’s going to become like… Soccer-Mom Witchcraft.
“What’s that? A bake sale to raise funds for your club? Oh, well let me see what money-drawing magics I can pop into the mixer…”
“What’s that pouch in your pocket?” “It’s a spell for communication clarity. Parent-teacher conferences are tonight.”
“Sweetie, I made you a hot-chocolate potion to help you study!”
“Honey, what are you sewing into our daughter’s sports uniform?” “It’s just a sigil for luck and conquest…”
Rosa Alicia Clemente (born April 18, 1972) is a United States community organizer, independent journalist and hip-hop activist. She was the vice presidential running mate of 2008 Green Party Presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney in the 2008 U.S. Presidential election.
Clemente was born and raised in South Bronx, New York. She is a graduate of the University of Albany and Cornell University.
Clemente’s academic work has focused on research of national liberation struggles within the United States, with a specific focus on the Young Lords Party and the Black Liberation Army. While a student at SUNY Albany, she was President of the Albany State University Black Alliance (ASUBA) and Director of Multicultural Affairs for the Student Association. At Cornell she was a founding member of La Voz Boriken, a social/political organization dedicated to supporting Puerto Rican political prisoners and the independence of Puerto Rico.
Clemente has written for Clamor Magazine, The Ave. magazine, The Black World Today, The Final Call and numerous websites. She has been the subject of articles in the Village Voice, The New York Times, Urban Latino and The Source magazines. She has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, C-SPAN, Democracy Now! and Street Soldiers. In 2001, she was a youth representative at the United Nations World Conference against Xenophobia, Racism and Related Intolerance in South Africa and in 2002 was named by Red Eye Magazine as one of the top 50 Hip Hop Activists to look out for.
In 1995, she developed Know Thy Self Productions (KTSP), a full-service speakers bureau, production company and media consulting service. Seeing a need for young people of color to be heard and taken seriously, she began presenting workshops and lectures at colleges, universities, high schools, and prisons. Since 1995, Clemente has presented at over 200 colleges, conferences and community centers on topics such as “African-American and Latino/a Intercultural Relations”, “Hip-Hop Activism”, “The History of the Young Lords Party”, and “Women, Feminism and Hip Hop”. KTSP now includes an expanded college speakers bureau which has produced three major Hip Hop activism tours, “Dare to Struggle, Dare to Win” with M1 of dead prez and Fred Hampton Jr.; “The ACLU College Freedom Tour” with dead prez, DJ Kuttin Kandi, Mystic and comedian Dave Chappelle; and the “Speak Truth to Power” Tour a collaborative tour of award winning youth activists.
They have 7 Days to go for their campaign - Afro-Latino Festival of NYC 2017 is fundraising to support their fifth edition. Priscilla and I will both be attending on Saturday, July 8th and we would love see y’all there too!
To commemorate our 5th year we celebrate the contributions of women throughout the diaspora. This summer cultural event continues to attract a wide array of artists, both local and international, as well as entrepreneurs, academics, and community leaders. With conferences, culinary presentations, and artistic showcases, the Festival highlights the work, values, and issues important to the Afro-Latino community.
When buying your tickets you can expect a weekend full of fun, you will jump and dance to the rhythms of soca, merengue, salsa, reggae and Baile Funk under a giant and colorful tent in the Heart of BedStuy, Brooklyn.
You’ll be served crafty Afro-Latin cocktails and delicious food. You will be surrounded by vendors in the African/Latino arts & crafts market in our outdoor space. You will make friends and community connections. This event promises to show you so much more about the music, flavors, and people of African-descent from Latin America…Afro-Latinos.
You can also attend the AfrolatinTalks Conference and Liberación Film Festival. These events will connect you with the realities and possible solutions to the issues that affect, unite and divide our communities.
The weekend pass includes:
Day 1 AfrolatinTalks Conference & Liberación Film Festival Day 2 Concert Series & Outdoor Market
Tfw you spend the most of a decade having people tell you that if you don’t like how you get treated in spaces/conferences/communities, you should just make yr own, and then when you do, you get told that separatism is a reactionary, stupid, and harmful approach
Am I the only one who thought that when Trump told Jorge “Go back to Univision” he really meant “Go back to Mexico”
I’m just curious to know how Trump is going to do it. How is he going to deport 11 million immigrants? How will he take citizenship from children that have undocumented parents? Does he not know that it’s the 14th amendment to grand citizenship to all persons born in the U.S.? I’m not a politician but I don’t have to be one to know that this strategy Trump has will never work. I am NOT a U.S. Citizen. But I pay my taxes, I work full time, I go to school, I’ve never been in trouble with the police before, and I am LATINA. So before someone wants to come at me and my latino community please check yourself because we probably built that house you live in and we will not hesitate to tear it down and everything else we built :)
Hey! Would you be able to write a Robrae thingy where Raven is trying to seduce robin by sending risqué photos to him?
Yessssss. Yes I would. NSFW-ish. - - -
Jesus Christ, this meeting was boring. Boring. There were not enough words in the English language to express how fucking boring this meeting with the mayor was. He had been here for a total of ten fucking hours and absolutely nothing had been decided on. Nightwing didn’t even know why in the world he was here.
He itched the back of his head and casually dropped his hand to his pocket, pulling out his phone. Email. Email. Email… text.
Days after a group of armed anti-government protesters took over a federal building in Oregon — demanding the land be returned to ranchers — the nearby Paiute Tribe called for an end to the occupation of what they said was their “ancestral territory.”
The Burns Paiute Tribe, who live on a reservation near the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge that Ammon Bundy and his fellow armed protestors are occupying, held a press conference Wednesday morning to call for an end to the protest.
“Armed protestors don’t belong here,” Burns Pauite Tribal Chair Charlotte Rodrique was quoted in the written release given to press at the conference. “By their actions they are desecrating one of our sacred traditional cultural properties, …. endangering our children and the safety of our community.”
In the conference, held in the Paiute Tribe headquarters in Burns, Oregon, Rodrique reiterated the tribe’s disapproval of the armed protest.
When asked by a reporter what she thought of the militiamen claiming their protest was for the purpose of “returning the land to its rightful owners,” Rodrique laughed and said, “I don’t think so.”
She responded to a follow up question saying she would not “dignify the protesters” by meeting with them.
The Burns Paiute Tribe is a federally recognized Indian tribe that spans four states, including California, Nevada, and Idaho. The Oregon reservation is home to about 200 people. The Paiute tribe “were there before the settlers,” Rodrique said.