UMD AASU Presents – FUEL The Legacy: The Life and Activism of Yuri Kochiyama

The Asian American Student Union is proud to present FUEL The Legacy!

The conference will be held on Saturday, November 8th from 9am to 4pm in the Atrium in the Stamp Student Union. This year’s theme is commemorating the life and activism of Yuri Kochiyama. FUEL aims to educate and develop leadership among UMD’s Asian American Pacific Islander community. We will have open discussions about the problems of pervasive racism and patriarchy. We will also highlight the achievements of Black and Asian solidarity, of intersectional feminism, and of effective campaigning and organizing.


FUEL Legacy Flyer for Fall 2014

The official FUEL the Legacy web site is now live! Visit to register!
View the program line-up, speaker bios, and events here! FUEL Legacy 2014
Check out the Facebook event for any updates:
If you have any questions, please contact AASU’s co-Vice Presidents of Advocacy:
Andrew Mayton:
Kalyn Cai:

LATIN@ Monologues – Tuesday October 14th



Latin@ Monologues is an open mic event where we provide a stage for anyone who would like to share their stories and experiences in regards to Latino issues and/or Latino identity through just about any medium. Whether it be poetry, dance, music, theater, paint, or any other art. Come share your story as an individual, couple, or group! *This event is NOT exclusive to Latinos. Please come, bring your friends, and share in identity, self-discovery, and empowerment with us! – Presented by PLUMAS – Political Latinos United Movement for Action in Society, UMD

TUESDAY OCTOBER 14th 6-8PM in the Prince George’s Room of Stamp Student Union University of Maryland College Park

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

Multiculturalism and Social Justice Double-Header at College Park


University of Maryland Student Government (UMDSGA) Diversity CommitteeUMD Office of Diversity and Inclusion (UMD ODI),Multicultural Involvement and Community Advocacy (MICA), and the Nyumburu Cultural Center are co-hosting a DIVERSITY SUMMIT starting 2PM FRIDAY APRIL 18th in the STAMP Student Union Colony BallroomThe goal of the Diversity Summit is to promote solidarity, cooperation, and support between students of diverse backgrounds by providing a platform for students to connect, inspire, educate, organize, and demonstrate their abilities to enhance the campus community and motivate others to take reciprocal action. This will be a rewarding opportunity for students from all aspects of campus life to come together and build towards a basis of mutual understanding and inclusion. 

Some of the challenges that they hope to address include:

  • Communication breakdown that draws attention to our differences
  • Unwillingness to speak out and ignoring the issues at hand
  • Divided campus with only the appearance of diversity
  • An apathetic campus

By creating avenues for communication and a safe space for open dialogue the purpose of the Diversity Summit is to:
[C]onnect with one another 
[R]espond to an issue 
[E]mpower ourselves and others
[D]iversify our campus community 

Everyone is welcome!
This is a FREE event including LUNCH courtesy of the Office of Multicultural Involvement and Community Advocacy (MICA) and many special performances and presentations!

See the facebook page bellow to RSVP, get directions, or get more details on the event:

Multicultural event to increase inter-group discussion and solidarity organized by the SGA Diversity Committee, Spring 2014

Multicultural event to increase inter-group discussion and solidarity organized by the SGA Diversity Committee, Spring 2014


Looking to bring social into the world of social change, Community Roots – a University of Maryland College Park student group that hosts student led discussion on contemporary civil rights and social justice issues – is hosting it’s annual celebration of hip hop, resistance, and social justice – Move The Movement 2014!!!
FREE LIVE Performances by a wide range of socially conscious artists -> 18+ SHOW, OPEN TO PUBLIC -> MOVE-THE-MOVEMENT -> Friday April 18, From 6-9PM in the Nyumburu Cultural Center in College Park, Maryland (right next to the STAMP Student Union). See the facebook page for more information:

Community Roots event at Nyumburu Spring 2014

Community Roots event at Nyumburu Spring 2014

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.

Labor Documentary Screening at the Maryland Food CoOp


Scene from the movie "The Take" ~ A labor organizing documentary based in Argentina

Scene from the movie “The Take” ~ A labor organizing documentary based in Argentina

Justice at Maryland – a student coalition advocating for fair treatment and fair pay of campus workers – and the Maryland Food Cooperative are co-hosting a Workers’ Rights Movie Night, screening of the labor organizing documentary “The Take.” The film documents the efforts of factory workers in Argentina who take reclaim closed down factories and restart them as worker-owned cooperatives!

The Movie starts at 5PM Friday, April 4th 2014 inside the Maryland Food CoOp in the basement of STAMP Student Union at the University of Maryland College Park campus. FREE Popcorn and Beverages will be provided!


The Facebook event page link is below:

Forum with Loh, Nov 3

There will be an open mic forum with President Loh Thursday.  All students can enter through the main doors of Oakland Hall.  Make your issues known!

Come be the voice of North Campus! All North Campus Residents are welcome!

Pizza will be served at 6:15pm for all who attend!

When: Thursday, November 3, 5:30pm

Where: Oakland Hall Multipurpose Room
(located on the ground floor of Oakland)

President Loh, UMD

6th Solidarity Forum – Next steps to fight UMD worker abuse, Oct 14

Join us this Friday as community members discuss next steps in the JAM campaign for a safe and respectful workplace. In particular, come hear UMD staff talk about their personal experiences with ongoing workplace issues that still need to be resolved.

The administration has released their final report, and it is sorely lacking. Check out the Diamondback editorial board’s take on it here.

The Justice at Maryland coalition will also have a worker solidarity action at the UMD homecoming game.


Hand holding microphone

Some of the problems:

NO mention of how they will end retaliations: Despite admitting that there is a widespread fear of speaking out, they offer no means to end this climate of intimidation.

NO mention of what will happen to abusive managers: It’s not enough to transfer people around; these people still have free reign on campus.

NO mention of any workplaces outside of facilities management and housekeeping: Many of the worst abuses happen in these departments, but all the abuses in workplaces across campus deserve attention.

NO mention of broader patterns of abuse: These problems go deeper than any particular incident. We need to discuss what systemic problems allow these abuses to continue, and what we can do to end them.

When: Friday, October 14 · 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Where: Nyumburu Cultural Center multipurpose room, UMD

(Homecoming rally Saturday, October 15th 11:30am, Nyumburu amphitheater)

Forum on the DREAM Act and Education, Oct 4

In May 2011, Maryland passed the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act and became the eleventh state in the nation to grant undocumented students in-state tuition at state institutions of higher learning. The Act has been challenged by a petition drive calling for a referendum on the law in November 2012. In August, Casa de Maryland, a non-profit organization devoted to advancing the rights of Latino and Latina immigrants, challenged the legality of the petition drive.

This Forum will address the significance of the Dream Act for Latin American immigrants and for the people of Maryland in general as well as the relevance of the Act for local and national discussions on immigration. Click here for the facebook event.

When: Tuesday, October 4 · 4:00pm – 6:00pm

Where: Prince George’s Room, on the first floor of the Stamp Student Union, UMD

"I support the Dream Act" button

Disorientation Guide 2011

THE DISORIENTATION GUIDE 2011 IS HERE.  A zine about many of the activist groups at UMD, a guide to Radical Rush events, and awesome info on dumpster diving, gender-neutral bathrooms, fixing flat tires and more.

Click here to download a copy of the zine (and here for the printable version).

Disorientation Guide 2011 cover page with Testudo