Monday September 29th – Migrant Children Vigil and Call to Action!

On Monday, September 29th, University of Maryland students are organizing a vigil and march on the White House for the migrant children of Central America imprisoned in detention centers here in the United States.

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A vigil is a somber space to express support on an issue or person/s in need of assistance. The vigil in support of the child migrants has been ongoing at St. John’s Church since early July, and different organizations and universities host a vigil every Monday. Starting at 6:30PM, we will have a series of guest speakers including student testimonies, music, and performances to show our solidarity with migrant children. See the facebook event page here – > UMD Unity Quilt, Vigil and March

These children are being detained in facilities that resemble dog kennels, without adequate access to food, healthcare, blankets, or books. These conditions are dehumanizing! not only metaphorically, but literally. We didn’t cross the border, the border crossed us and no person is illegal simply based on where they were born. People have been moving across the Americas for thousands of years. Movement is a part of life and freedom, and this event is part of the movement to address this injustice. We will also proudly present our growing quilt that expresses solidarity of all UMD students, faculty, and staff that stand behind the migrant children.

A UMD Charter Bus is leaving STAMP Student Union at 5:00PM and returning to campus by 8:30PM (contact plumas.umd@gmail.com to reserve your seat!). The students will be assembling at St. John’s Episcopal Church (1525 H St NW DC) at 6:00PM and the vigil starts at 6:30PM.

Check out the month of action planned by PLUMAS (A Latino Social Justice Student Group)!

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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!

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.

D.C. JCC July 30, 2014

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

 

CHUM Presents: The Economics of Cooperatives

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 CHUM Presents: The Economics of Cooperatives

Cooperative Housing University of Maryland is hosting a workshop and discussion on the economic of cooperatives, 7PM Friday, April 11th 2014 in the Nanticoke (Rm: 1238) of STAMP Student Union in College Park, Maryland. The workshop is being led by Jessica Gordon Nembhard (She’s CHUM President Susan’s mom!), an associate professor of community justice and social economic development in the Department of African-American Studies at John Jay College, CUNY. She is author of the book “Collective Courage: A History of African American Cooperative Economic Thought and Practice,” and she has conducted extensive research in the fields of race, economic inequality, and cooperative economics. This event is FREE and open to the public so everyone come join us in learning more about cooperative economics!

You can see the facebook page and RSVP for the event here! https://www.facebook.com/events/674122069310914/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

You can read more about the Speaker Jessica Nembhard here: http://socialeconomyaz.org/research/video/jessica-gordon-nembhard-ph-d/

 

 

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

American University CASJ ~ Radical Rush Week

American University CASJ ~ Radical Rush Week

An events list for Community Action and Social Justice (CASJ) Coalition’s Radical Rush week, Thursday March 27th – Thursday April 3rd at American University. 7 Days of workshops on radical organizing, intersection of struggle, awareness, and anti-oppression.