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

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:

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.

OCCUPY DC, ongoing

After watching the uprisings in the Arab Spring, people in the United States are pissed off and taking back power over their own lives.  The occupation has spread to 245 cities across the country, including in Baltimore and DC.

New York:

5,000 people have taken to the streets in New York to Occupy Wallstreet since September 17.  In the Declaration of the Occupation of New York, the General Assembly proclaimed:

our system must protect our rights, and upon corruption of that system, it is up to the individuals to protect their own rights, and those of their neighbors; that a democratic government derives its just power from the people, but corporations do not seek consent to extract wealth from the people and the Earth; and that no true democracy is attainable when the process is determined by economic power.

Occupy Wall St. takes the Brooklyn Bridge (Oct 1), 700 arrested


Baltimore began their occupation yesterday at McKeldin Fountain (the corner of Pratt and Light) and has been going strong!

Washington, DC:

Occupy DC began on Sunday at McPherson Square.  There are daily General Assemblies (open to everyone!) at 12PM & 6PM, as well as marches at 9AM & 5PM.

Tomorrow, a second occupation begins in DC as part of Stop the Machine! Create a New World!  This occupation marks the end of the first decade of the latest US invasion of Afghanistan.  They are meeting Thursday noon at Freedom Plaza (across from the white house) for a rally and concert.  OccupyDC will be joining together for this action!  Cmon y’all, lets get free!!

DC VegFest, Sept 24

The DC VegFest is  FREE outdoor festival celebrating the very best of everything vegetarian in and around the nation’s capital.  There are so many reasons to choose vegetarian foods- for our health, the planet, and animals- and Washington, DC offers wonderful opportunities to explore meatless cuisine.  The DC VegFest has something for everyone to enjoy, so bring along your family and friends, including your furry four-legged companions!  New for 2011: We’ll have ASL interpreteres at every presentation! Click here for more info, including the schedule!

When: Saturday, September 24th, 11am- 6pm

Where: George Washington University, DC

DC VegFest logo, Capitol building with plant on top