communities conference

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.

The Black Panther in the 1970’s

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. Enjoy! 

The 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.

Their 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 Black Panther.

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:

Left: From The Black Panther (10/4/1969), a reprint of a cartoon by Harlem Renaissance political artist Oliver Harrington Right: 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 Panthers merchandise.

The 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.

-Maureen Jones, Archival Scholars Research Awardee ‘17

100 Acts of Resistance

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: 

  1. Follow all your representatives on social media, esp on Twitter and Facebook
  2. Save all the numbers of your elected officials on your phone & designate a schedule within your day or week to call them
  3. Visit your elected officials’ website, subscribe to their newsletter/events calendar/follow their bills
  4. Call your Senator #1
  5. Call your Senator #2
  6. Call the Senate Leader (Mitch McConnell)
  7. Call your Congressperson
  8. Call the House Speaker (Paul Ryan)
  9. Call the VP office (Mike Pence)
  10. Call the White House Call Donald Trump Hotels
  11. Call your Governor
  12. Call your Mayor/County Executive
  13. Call your City/County Council Member
  14. Call your State Senator
  15. Call your State Representative
  16. Write* your Senator #1
  17. Write* your Senator #2
  18. Write* your Congressperson
  19. Write* your Governor
  20. Write* your Mayor/County Executive
  21. Write* your City/County Council Member
  22. Write* your State Senator
  23. Write* your State Representative
  24. Write the House Speaker
  25. Write the Senate Leader
  26. Write the VP office
  27. Write the White House
  28. After initial letter or call, follow up with your elected officials
  29. Write letters to editors of local newspapers
  30. Attend a protest in your area
  31. Plan/organize a protest in your area
  32. Attend a townhall (with your representatives)
  33. Attend a city/county council meeting
  34. Attend a legislative hearing
  35. Attend a school board meeting
  36. Attend your rep’s public event
  37. Attend a neighborhood community meeting (esp with law enforcement)
  38. Attend a community event (with community leaders & grassroots orgs)
  39. Participate in a community conference call/grassroots webinar
  40. Plan/Host a community event
  41. Sign a petition
  42. Get at least five other people to sign a petition
  43. Start a petition on a local issue
  44. Invite a friend to participate in a protest
  45. Invite a friend to attend a townhall
  46. Invite a friend to a community event
  47. Invite a friend to community call/grassroots webinar
  48. Get a friend to write a letter to the editor of a local paper
  49. Get at least one friend or family member to call/write their elected official, esp those with GOP reps
  50. Schedule a meeting with one of your elected officials
  51. Read and Share news articles (help spread facts, not propaganda news!)
  52. Follow reputable journalists on social media, esp on Twitter & FB
  53. Follow local, regional and national newspapers on social media
  54. Follow government agencies on social media
  55. Follow activists on social media
  56. Follow civil rights organizations on social media
  57. Subscribe to text alerts and newsletters from civil rights organizations
  58. Participate in an online campaign to spread public awareness or get attention of Congress
  59. Volunteer for local affiliates of nationwide civil rights organizations
  60. Volunteer for local democratic party
  61. Volunteer for a local progressive organization
  62. Volunteer in a political campaign
  63. Volunteer for a local community service project (
  64. Volunteer for a civil rights organization (local & national)
  65. Volunteer for an immigrant and refugee organization (local & international)
  66. Volunteer for an LGBT rights organization (local & national)
  67. Volunteer for reproductive rights organization (local & national)
  68. Volunteer for a healthcare/public health organization (local & national)
  69. Volunteer for an anti-poverty/hunger organization (domestic or international)
  70. Volunteer for an anti-homeless organization (local & national)
  71. Volunteer for an anti-trafficking/anti-slavery organization (domestic & int’l)
  72. Volunteer for an humanitarian organization (domestic or international)
  73. Volunteer for a voting rights organization (local & national)
  74. Volunteer for a veterans organization (local & national)
  75. Volunteer for a disabilities organization (local & national)
  76. Volunteer for a climate change organization (domestic & international)
  77. Volunteer for a non-partisan organization (local or international)
  78. Volunteer for a non-governmental organization of your choosing
  79. Donate to a civil rights organization (local & national)
  80. Donate to an immigrant and refugee organization (local & international)
  81. Donate to an LGBT rights organization (local & national)
  82. Donate to a reproductive rights organization (local & national)
  83. Donate to a healthcare/public health organization (local & national)
  84. Donate to an anti-poverty/hunger organization (domestic or international)
  85. Donate to an anti-homelessness organization (local & national)
  86. Donate to an anti-trafficking/anti-slavery organization (domestic & int’l)
  87. Donate to an humanitarian organization (domestic or international)
  88. Donate to a voting rights organization (local & national)
  89. Donate to a veterans organization (local & national)
  90. Donate to a disabilities organization (local & national)
  91. Donate to a climate change organization (domestic & international)
  92. Donate to a non-partisan organization (local or international)
  93. Donate to a non-governmental organization of your choosing
  94. Donate to a local democratic party
  95. Donate to a political campaign
  96. Register to Vote
  97. Get at least one friend or family member to register to vote
  98. Vote on municipal, state and national elections
  99. Get at least one friend or family member to vote
  100. 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.
—  Daniel R., GCN Conference attendee

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
  • Fat sexuality
  • 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

Fat Visibility

  • 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

Proposals are due March 2nd, 2015 at midnight. Submit YOURS by filling out the form linked here. The deadline has been extended to March 5th at midnight.

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

**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.

Photograph: Stephen Shames/Polaris

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.[1][2][3]

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.[4] She has been the subject of articles[5] 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.[6][7] 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[citation needed] 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.

More Information on Rosa Clemente


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!

Their Kickstarter message:

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

Check out their Kickstarter here: A Tribute to Women of the Diaspora

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 :)

regretsuo  asked:

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.
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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. 

From Raven. 

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BREAKING: Oregon Native Americans Call For End Of Armed Militia Occupation
"We have no sympathy for those who are trying to take the land from its rightful owners."
By Salvador Hernandez, Ema O'Connor

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.