Over the past week, universities have shown support and been inspired to act because of the demonstrators from University of Missouri. Widespread reports of what the demonstrators methods and racial climate of the school have been in the media.
But in this widespread fascination and admiration for this group’s success, people have spoken of their demands finally being met after the the university’s football team joined their action. The Concerned Student 1950’s demands go beyond the resignation of the school president and provost or acknowledgement of the racial climate: these students are demanding structural change to their university. From professors to mental support staff they are trying to make sure their campus is more accommodating not only for black students but all racially marginalized groups.
So for those who go to or went to Western Michigan University, or any other educational institution, ask yourself:
How many of your professors look like? If you are white, how many of your professors don’t?
How many safe places are there for marginalized students?
Classrooms and curricula that reflect your people’s experiences and history?
Mental Health Support that acknowledges you and your identities?
How does your institution works to serve you?
Well at least to start travelling to protest the School Of Americas (more recently known as the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation) at Fort Benning near Columbus Georgia. The SOA/WHINSEC has been connected to the brutal acts committed by many military leaders and dictators in Latin America to stop grassroots organizing and unionization of respective countries populations starting in the 1940s . The School of Americas began 25 years ago and exists today as a show of solidarity with Latin America. There are vigils, marches, breakout sessions and workshops that all work to bring people together to honor lives lost to the SOA Graduates. Collective members have gone to this vigil every year to learn, share knowledge and stand in solidarity with attendees against Militarism in the Western Hemisphere. Upon their return, some collective members will share what they experiences, so stay tuned.
Another Feminist luncheon is upon us today, November 4, 2015. We will be discussing Black Cool: The appropriation of black culture and mannerisms with collective members Dee and Den. This topic ties into a lot of intersecting identities but namely black women & their features, being praised when worn by some but not by the originator. This is a pervasive matter in US society that branches into many facets of life and the world that many aren’t aware of. Hopefully we can see you today but if not, we’re having another discussion on November 18th and our last one for 2015 December 2nd. If you have a topic you want to discuss or a speaker that you would like us to invite, please email us at email@example.com, it’s never too early to plan for next year.
Until next time,
Good Afternoon, amazing people!
When you first think when you hear the words “The Peace Center”, you might think of a tiny place that probably tries to spread peace through out the world. Well, it’s a place that has a passion for change written all over our office walls and hearts. You feel the peace and love when you walk in the door. We live to serve where we are needed. We talk about what everyone else is scared to talk about… an equal and fair world for all everyone. We accept all walks of life. We walk all our talk; in fact, we have meetings every Wednesday at 7pm, and all are welcome to join. We believe the more people that are willing to change the world, the more it will change. It will be everyone’s world not just some. We can change the world with more views, lives, hearts, thoughts, and minds. We need YOU. All are welcome to join us. We are located at 2101 Wilbur Ave, Kalamazoo, Michigan 49008. Your zeal for change is welcome here.
– Janea Wayne
Want to learn about the Peace Center, local social justice projects, play games, get free stuff and have a good time? Come find the Kalamazoo Peace Center’s table at Bronco Bash, right in front of the Wesley Foundation! Hope to see you there!
Monday, June 29, 5-8pm @ Fire Historical and Cultural Arts Collaborative, 1249 Portage street, Kalamazoo, MI, 49001
Come join us as we build and organize together to dismantle the oppressive patriarchal system/s of Colonialism, Capitalism, Racism-White Supremacy. As we look at local issues related to the criminal in-justice system, education, and environmental/health.
Help in growing the movement in Kalamazoo toward a more “Just” community. Build solutions strategies and action items.
Hear about our Social Justice Leadership and Organizing program and how you can help be involved in getting it up and running.
Food and Childcare provided.