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

Saul Landau Film Series: Paul Jacobs and the Nuclear Gang, Wednesday 6pm

This Landau film for the month of August exposes the government’s suppression of the health hazards of low-level radiation.

Paul Jacobs and the Nuclear Gang is a poignant and potent political documentary that exposes the government’s suppression of the health hazards of low-level radiation. Paul Jacobs is himself a victim of lung cancer, that would kill him before this picture was finished and which his doctors believe he contracted while he was investigating nuclear policies in 1957. He interviews civilians and soldiers, survivors of nuclear experiments in the 50s and 60s, testing the effects of radiation. By the time this film was made, a lot of them had died from the radiation. Color. 60 minutes.

These screenings are free and open to the public but a suggested $5 donation will be appreciated. Popcorn and beverages will be provided.
When: Wednesday 8/22, 6:00pm- 8:00pm
Where: Institute for Policy Studies, 1112 16th St. NW Suite 600, Washington DC

Cover of Paul Jacobs and the Nuclear Gang, picture of nuclear explosion. Film by Saul Landua, Jack Willis, and Penny Bernstein.

Disorientation Guide Kick-Off, Monday August 20

Every year the UMD social justice community creates a zine, the Disorientation Guide, about the different ways to get involved.  Come help your group be a part of this community!  Together we can outreach to new students and empower more people!

Click here for examples of other Disorientation Guides, and here for more information on the meeting, Monday at 5pm.

Cover of last year’s UMD Disorientation Guide, with picture of Testudo.

Free syphilis and HIV testing, Nov 17

Free syphilis and HIV testing. Thursday, November 17, 11AM-3PM, first floor of the Health Center.

Top 5 reasons to get HIV tested:

1. Early intervention means a healthier life
The key to living a healthy life with HIV is being diagnosed early. Getting into the care of an HIV specialist is an essential part of staying healthy. Get tested and if you are positive, find an HIV specialist. This feature will help.
2. Knowing your status protects you both
Knowing your status allows you to protect your partner as well as yourself. Even if you are both positive, safer sex techniques are a must. Why you ask? This feature explains.
3. Knowing your status allows you to make informed decisions
Knowing your status allows you to make informed decisions regarding your future and your life. Women living with HIV can have the family they always wanted. Knowing you are HIV positive allows you to take steps to protect your unborn baby. This feature explains what you need to know before starting a family.
4. Now you can ask the right questions
Knowing your body is an important part of living a healthy life. Get tested for HIV and if you are positive ask the right questions. Here are a few.
5. Know your status…get the most of your doctor visits
When you’re not feeling well, your doctor will be better able to treat you if he has all the facts. If he knows your status, he can address the special needs your HIV demands. And it’s up to you to get the most of your doctor visits. Here is a guide to making each doctor visit count.

Actress Scarlett Johansson takes 2 HIV tests every year.

Actress Scarlet Johansson takes two HIV tests every year, read this article to find out more.

When: Thursday, November 17, 11AM-3PM

Where: first floor of the Health Center, UMD

Triple Threats: Homelessness, Healthcare, and Oppression, Nov 16

A Dialogue about Advocacy, Organizing, and Creating Change

At least 3,000 people will experience homelessness on any given night in Baltimore – more than 30,000 over the course of a year. The experience of homelessness causes health problems, exacerbates existing illnesses, and seriously complicates treatment. Adam Schneider is Coordinator of Community Relations at Health Care for the Homeless (HCH), where he works on state and local public policy and community initiatives related to issues of health and homelessness. We invite you to join Adam in exploring the complexities of homeless, healthcare, policy, advocacy, and democracy in organizing.

For more information, contact Daniel Ostick at or click here for the facebook event.

When: Wednesday, November 16 · 5:30pm – 7:00pm

Where: Juan Ramon Jimenez Room, the Stamp, UMD

Sign for homeless health care center

ASPAC general body meeting (Sex education in Africa, Continued) Oct 31

This Monday, the African Students Progressive Action Committee is going to continue our discussion on Sex education in Africa. We will discuss ways in which ASPAC members can help educate African Students about sex.

questions to think about before meeting
– which country should we focus on?
– which age groups are most affected?
– which age group should we target?
– how should we deliver this message? (videos, traveling to different schools in Africa, pamphlets etc…)
-what aspects of sex education should we discuss?

please come ready to discuss and organize our project of the year. Click here for the facebook event!

When: Monday, October 31 · 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Where: Art Socy 3203, UMD

Chalkboard with words "Sex education"

Out of Our Silos – Into the Streets! A Call to APHA Members and Friends, Oct 31

The Metropolitan Washington Public Health Association’s Health Disparities Committee invites you to a solidarity rally for workers, students, and health practitioners!


Jobs with good pay, benefits and working conditions.
Stable housing
Optimal conditions to be healthy
Opportunities to make meaningful contributions to the world
Health care for everyone – nobody out!


Let’s move beyond research and health services to action.
Get back on the front lines fighting for better social conditions.
Demand universal health care and civil rights.
Protect the civil rights of all people.

"Got public health?"


The jobless rate for Latinos and African Americans is 30% in some parts of the United States.
Share the message that inequality hurts everyone’s health, not only those at the bottom.
Fighting injustice and defending one another improves health.


Ally with workers from all countries – not politicians
US capitalists and their politicians use cutbacks and racism to strengthen their profitability.
US CEOs make over 350 times the income of workers, yet businesses and Congress are slashing worker benefits and social programs to increase profitability and maintain their competitive
Public health workers must refuse to withhold or offer substandard care to anyone based on race, socio-economic class or immigration status.

For more information: or 202-994-3623

When: Monday, October 31 · 12:00pm – 1:30pm

Where: Washington Convention Center – March to the Verizon Center to support Verizon workers fighting for jobs and healthcare

Gather at New York Ave & 7th St NW
Washington, DC