Help The UMD 2015-16 Disorientation Guide Become a Reality

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Please support our project to publish and print the 2015-16 UMD Disorientation Guide. This zine holds the keys to information about our campus and our communities that university-directed orientations don’t want students to see. Help students get the information that really counts by making a small contribution or sharing our fundraising link with friends. All $$$ collected will go to printing costs for the guide which will be handed out free!

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Disabled Inclusion on the March: Say Solidarity and Give Me Solidarity

A disabled trans woman’s perspective on marches and collective liberation following Ferguson protests and a summer of protest and civil disobedience.

When I’m using my crutches to get around during a march like last night’s Ferguson Solidarity rally, people marching next to me sometimes think that it’s appropriate tell me what an inspiration I am for walking all this way for “the cause,” or “justice,” or something along those lines. I never have enough time, breath, or energy to stop and explain to them that I’m not okay with that, especially in terms of protesting. I’m not out there to inspire you to fight harder, this issue is much bigger than me. I am not your mascot. Being told that I’m an inspiration is being objectified. I am sore, tired, and I need to watch where I’m going so that I can keep up and hopefully not get hurt. There is so much more at stake here than how awful you must think it is to be in my body. I’m there because there are Mike Browns whose names you don’t know as well because they were people with physical and/or mental disabilities. Unless we organize and fight police brutality and legal injustice with an understanding of how disability, age, race, class, and gender affect each of us, we will be nowhere. Don’t say solidarity and give me pity, say solidarity and give me solidarity. – Tyler Vile

Follow her blog here! http://tylervile.wordpress.com/
and twitterz! https://twitter.com/tylervile

Presenting the 2014-15 UMD Disorientation Guide! (color-print version)

Now presenting . . . (drum roll ….wait, drum roll! not “drum circle”) THE 2014-15 UMD Disorientation Guide!

This year’s Guide is the product of the work of dozens of students, workers, activists, artists, writers, poets, collaborators, comrades, and friends – from the University of Maryland and beyond – organized by RadicalRush and students in Co-op Housing University of Maryland, with support of dozens more mentors, housemates, friends, and family.

An extended online version with more articles and original content is coming soon! THANKS SO MUCH to all the people that made this possible and to every contributor who sent content, ideas, love, and support to make this zine great!

Disorientation Guide Cover by Savannah Staubs, 2014

Disorientation Guide Cover by Savannah Staubs, 2014

Click on the image above or click here to read our zine! 2014-15 UMD Disorientation Guide (Color – Print Version) #disorient2K14

Shout-out to all of our amazing people who made donations: Abishek Gopal, Avid Antonelli, Charles Imwold, Cici Bisogno, Corey Rennolds, Tim Dawson, and our anonymous contributors as well! Immortals will appear in the upcoming extended version online guide! 😀
If you would like to contribute to help us print hard-copy zines for incoming students at the First Look Fair or make future disorientation guides possible, please click on our link and make a donation. We have neat personalized prizes for donators too! Have a radical year! – UMD Radical Rush and Disorientation Guide

War on Drugs – Excerpt from the UMD Disorientation Guide

We finished the disorientation guide and we’re so excited to share our zine with all our friends we can barely contain it!!! Pick up a copy at the University of Maryland, College Park First Look Fair Wednesday and Thursday (September 17-18) ^_^ The full print version will be posted online on the Radical Rush facebook and reposted here on ACT_UMD.

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If you would like to help us print physical copies at the first look fair, please (pretty please) donate or share are fundraising page!

Association of Minority Future Educators – D.C. Books to Prisons Drive

 

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It’s time for spring cleaning!! Old books you haven’t read for years laying around your house?? Heavy dictionaries and textbooks taking up precious storage space? DONATE!

This April, AMFE is making a commitment to community-wide literacy by serving the community through a series of events. Please join us for our first annual April book drive!! All books donated will be delivered to the DC Books to Prisons Project.

The U.S. has less than five percent of the world’s population, yet more than 25 percent of the world’s prisoners. Nearly one percent of American adults are incarcerated; the highest rate in the world. However, many prisoners have little access to books or educational material. Usually, prisoners are not allowed to receive books from friends or family. While some prisons have libraries, many do not. Of prisons that do, access and selection can be extremely limited. Programs like Books to Prisions are one of the few options available to prisoners seeking books.

WHERE TO DONATE BOOKS?
1. Drop the books off in the Nyumburu Cultural Center
2. Drop the books off in the Student Involvement Suite (Stamp Student Union)
3. Arrange a Pick-up by calling (301) 807-0788

Facebook Event Page:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1436016516644517/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

Organizing in the Inner Harbor: Hyatt workers with UNITE HERE tell their stories, Thursday 7pm

Baltimore was once a thriving industrial city with a strong working class base. Today, Baltimore is built around tourism and the medical industry, where it is not unusual for a person to work two jobs just to get by. What has lead us to this point and what can we do as a community to take control of the direction and the movement of the city and our lives? Join us in a conversation lead by workers from the Hyatt Regency who have decided to take an active role in changing their workplace.

For background on the struggle at the Hyatt, click here and here.

When: Thursday 9/6, 7pm
Where: Red Emma’s Bookstore Coffeehouse, 800 Saint Paul Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21218

Floating Hyatt Hurts banner (on weather balloons) in front of the Hyatt Regency in Baltimore

Femme2012: Pulling the Pieces Together

Femme2012: Pulling the Pieces Together is a multi-threaded conference and forum for those who think about, talk about, and create Femme as a queer gender and identity.

Following our Femme2006, 2008 & 2010 conferences in San Francisco, Chicago & Oakland, where hundreds of femmes and allies gathered for workshops, panels, films, visual art galleries and performances, we again invite community members, artists, academics, homemakers, geeks, techies, activists, femmes of all kinds, and their allies to continue the conversation by participating in Femme 2012 as presenters and participants.

We are invested in having Femme2012 continue to reflect the diversity and complexity of femme gender, identity and contributions. We hope for this conference to be a community building event, as well as an exploration and celebration of what it means to build and live queer femme identities.

Click here for the website or here for the facebook!

When: Friday 8/17 9:00am- Sunday 8/19 7:00pm

Where: Inn at The Colonnade Baltimore, 4 West University Parkway, Baltimore, Maryland 21218

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Femme2012 flier reading “The 4th Femme Conference is this summer!” with jigsaw heart and mermaid cats.