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
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
NEW STUDENT GROUP SET TO LAUNCH CAMPAIGN ON STUDENT DEBT AND FINANCIAL TRANSPARENCY AT UMD
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 25thin front of the Administration Building!
Look out! This Tuesday, Occupy activists (that’s you!) will be swooping down on DC to take a stand against Congressional inaction and ineffectiveness. For more information, check out http://www.occupyyourcongress.info/.
Here’s the schedule for the day:
09:00 am – Converge at West Front Lawn (Meetings with Representatives concurrent)
10:00 am – Training on De-escalation, Legal Observing, Medical, Direct Action
11:00 am – Teach-ins and Open Mic start and go all day
12:00 pm – Multi-Occupation General Assembly
02:00 pm – Open Activities and Idea Sharing Sessions
06:00 pm – Occupy Congress Rally and Protestand DC Voting Rights Vigil
Occupy UMD‘s first Thursday night student teach-in will open with a brief presentation on the history of the Treasury department, the founding of the Federal Reserve, and the effects of their activities on our economic system. Afterword, American Studies Professor Asim Ali will facilitate a discussion and Q&A session on economics in modern America. Click here for the facebook event.
When: Thursday, November 17 · 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Where: Hozapfel Rm 0106, UMD
Cartoon of white man in business suit saying "As a matter of fact, we do believe in redistributing the world's wealth... It's just that we believe in redistributing it from the poor to the rich."
Join OccupyDC on Wednesday, November 2nd at 4 pm to march to the Department of Justice to demand justice for Occupy Oakland in the wake of horrific police brutality unleashed against hundreds of American citizens exercising their First Amendment right to peaceably assemble.
MARCH because the police brutality unleashed on Occupy Oakland and in Occupy communities everywhere is unacceptable.
MARCH because we refuse to bear the burden of the economic crisis, while the banks and the financial firms that caused it get bailed out with over a trillion dollars of taxpayer money.
MARCH for an economy that prioritizes the needs of the 99%, not the greed and profit of the 1%.
MARCH to end corporate donation and fulfill the promise of true democracy in our world.
Bring your family, coworkers, and friends to McPherson Square (15th and K st NW) at 4 pm on Wednesday November 2nd to demand justice and an end to police brutality! Click here for the facebook event!
When: Wednesday, November 2 · 4:00pm – 7:00pm
Where: From McPherson Square to the Department of Justice
Occupy protesters run from tear gas deployed by police at 14th Street and Broadway in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday. Darryl Bush/AP.
Our world has recently seen some big changes during our lifetimes. The explosion of tuition and fees at institutions of higher learning, the tightening of student aid, and the spectre of a life in debt are the mere beginning. We have got to do better by ourselves, our children, and our world. And we’re starting to fight back.
Over the past few weeks, students from all over the country have been organizing themselves in alliance with local Occupy groups and we are no different here in Washington, D.C. Students from the University of Maryland at College Park, the George Washington University, Howard University, Georgetown University, American University, George Mason University, the University of the District of Columbia and the Community College of the District of Columbia have organized a JOINT ACTION for THIS FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28th.
We want to stand up against the enormous profit extracted from our labors as students and demand a change. We are planning a march against an organization that we all know can make the lives of millions of students and future workers better by adhering to justice. And Occupy DC has our backs: Sunday evening, they signed on to help us out with their wealth of resources and knowledge.
Student with hand-written "I am the 99%" sign
University of Maryland at College Park: Dennis Frostbutter, firstname.lastname@example.org, (443) 624-4814
George Washington University: Samuel Nelson, email@example.com, (757) 646-8036
Howard University: Corryn Freeman, firstname.lastname@example.org, (443) 538-6615
In light of the #occupy movement sweeping the nation, we’re talking about capitalism and the state of our economy this week! Join us in Tydings 1102 at 6 this Thursday to discuss your thoughts on the way the system is run and where your money actually goes. Click here for the facebook event!