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

Excerpt From UMD Disorientation Guide – Coming Wednesday at First Look Fair

Did you generally get the impression there was something missing from your new student orientation? Well your intuition served you well because there is a lot more to campus and campus-life than meets the eye. This is an excerpt from the upcoming 2014-15 UMD! Look for them at UMD’s First Look Fair tomorrow (Wednesday) and Thursday Sept. 17th-18th on McKeldin Mall.

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If you want to make sure you and your friends get copies. Please consider making a donation to our online fundraiser so we can keep printing! Indiegogo/UMD_Disorientation.

Follow ACT_UMD on twitter or RadicalRushUMD on facebook for more information on where to find a physical copy and when the online version is released. #disorient2K14

Students organizing with If Not Now, When? D.C. to call for Peace in Gaza

University of Maryland students are organizing with students and activists across the D.C. area to call for Peace in Gaza and an end to the occupation of Palestine and oppression of Palestinian people. Today, nearly 1,500 people have been killed and over 7,000 people injured in Israel’s ongoing military operation against Hamas. Most of the dead are civilians, hundreds of children have been killed, and recently, dozens of U.N. schools, hospitals, and shelters have been bombed by Israeli Defense Forces.

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D.C. JCC July 30, 2014

If Not Now, When? D.C. is the local branch of a national movement of the Jewish Community harkening the famous questions posed by the first century Jewish sage, Hillel. Across the country Jews are coming together to demand that the American Jewish community support an end to the war on Gaza, an end to the siege, an end to the occupation, and freedom and dignity for all in Israel and Palestine.

They are protesting the Jewish institutions that claim to represent all American Jews when they defend the profound injustice Israel inflicts on Palestinians. It ignores the growing number of voices in this community who are troubled by Israeli aggression and occupation.

Join them next Tuesday August 5, on Tisha B’Av, the traditional day of mourning, as they remember the innocents who have died and call for an end to this senseless war at the Jewish Federations of North America Washington Office. Click this link to see the FB event page -> Mourning Destruction in Israel and Palestine

 

Days of Action! University of Maryland Students Demonstrate for Workers in Bangladesh!

Students DEMAND University of Maryland Brands Sign the Bangladesh Fire and Building Safety Accord – In Coordination with USAS Day of Action 

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On Wednesday April 23, 2014, UMD students honored the 1,129 Bangledeshi workers who died in the Rana Plaza factory collapse the day before the one-year-anniversary of the disaster on April 24, 2013.  United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS) and UMD students are joining together to pay their respects to the families and victims of the collapse and to demand companies like JanSport take action to prevent disasters like this in the future. 150 brands have signed the Accord including American Eagle, H&M, and Adidas, but VF Corporation, owner of JanSport, VF Imagewear, and other affiliates, have thus far evaded responsibility for the safety of their workers. 18 schools across the nation have already required their licensees to sign the Accord, including American University just yesterday!—it’s time for UMD to join them.

USAS organizers and Bangladesh workers met with University of Maryland Administration officials to discuss suspending JanSport licenses in a bid to pressure them to sign the Accord, however university representatives indicated they would not take action on this issue. So students groups Justice at Maryland and Community Roots teamed up to take the message directly to the UMD students and consumers to boycott JanSport products. The event turned out really well and the reception from the UMD community was fantastic. We had so many great conversations, words of support, and got connected to more students and faculty who want to become involved. On Thursday April 24 2014 – the one-year-anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse – we are delivering a letter addressed to University of Maryland President Loh to ask him to suspend the license agreement with JanSport and affiliates if they do not sign the Accord and comply with UMD business ethics standards.  Also, a second demonstration is planned to coincide the the USAS National Day of Action TODAY (Thursday 4/24) at 12:30PM in STAMP Student Union.

How will signing the Accord prevent this catastrophe from happening again?

While no legislation can guarantee this could never happen again as long as sweatshops exist, the Accord requires collaboration with workers’ protection groups, rigorous inspections and public transparency, and it’s legally binding to the companies that sign it.

What can you do to help?

  • BOYCOTT JANSPORT PRODUCTS
  • sign our online petition at change.org
  • Share information about the Accord and talk to other people about it!
  • Demand that University of Maryland President Wallace Loh cut ties with VF Corporation, owner of JanSport and VF Imagewear, and its affiliates.
  • Demand that President Loh require current and future licensees at the University of Maryland to sign onto the Bangladesh Safety Accord.

University of Maryland Students – “TUITION FREEZE, NOW!”

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NEW STUDENT GROUP SET TO LAUNCH CAMPAIGN ON STUDENT DEBT AND FINANCIAL TRANSPARENCY AT UMD

DEMANDS:
We are demanding (1) the University of Maryland Administration publicly support a 3- year tuition freeze, and (2) make public the financial relationship to CAPITAL ONE FINANCIAL CORPORATION to ensure financial transparency and accountability, particularly as it pertains to student loans.

Their FIRST DIRECT ACTION is 11AM FRIDAY APRIL 25th in front of the Administration Building!

Come out and SLAP the hikes!

See their facebook link for more information:
https://www.facebook.com/events/441048006026921/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming