LATIN@ Monologues – Tuesday October 14th

LATIN@ MONOLOGUES IS BACK THIS YEAR FOR THE SECOND TIME!

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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

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)!

Closing University of Maryland’s Art Library – Teachers, Students Petition to Stop It!

“Captain! UMD is closing the Art Library! What should we do?!”

“Engage maximum snark!”

Surprise! Surprise. The University of Maryland is being neo-liberal again. In their drive to make College Park the model commodified-liberal-consumerist campus, our glorious all-powerful campus leaders are now closing the Art Library without so much as consulting the Department of Art, the Department of Art History and Archeology, or the campus community at large.

“We don’t have enough money to keep it open” they say, yet is this really the case? President Loh recently sent the terp community an email regarding UMD’s single largest donation ever  – $40 million! We also learned of plans to build a $140 million dollar state-of-the-art education and innovation center with this money – where the other $100 million is coming from is still unclear. While this is a huge and generous gift, and that’s really awesome, wouldn’t it be nice if the university spent $100 million on lowering tuition and making education more accessible? or wouldn’t be nice if even a fraction of this kind of money was spent raising campus workers’ and adjunct professors’ wages and benefits?

Isn’t it funny that at the same time high-tech $100+ million buildings associated with computer science, entrepreneurship, technology and innovation, and national security, spring up maniacally all around campus, we have to close down Arts and Humanities facilities because we “don’t have enough money?”

The prioritization of profit over humanities, arts, and culture, means a campus with a lot of STEMs but no roots. Terrapins who want to keep art and culture alive at UMD are organizing to halt the closing of this awesome library.

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The first step you can take to help save the Art Library is by signing the petition below.

http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/save-the-university-of-1.fb51?source=s.icn.fb&r_by=11342799

The second step is to follow @SaveUMDArtLib on twitter for more information on the campaign. #SaveTheLibrary

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

Excerpt From UMD Disorientation Guide – Coming Wednesday at First Look Fair

Did you generally get the impression there was something missing from your new student orientation? Well your intuition served you well because there is a lot more to campus and campus-life than meets the eye. This is an excerpt from the upcoming 2014-15 UMD! Look for them at UMD’s First Look Fair tomorrow (Wednesday) and Thursday Sept. 17th-18th on McKeldin Mall.

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If you want to make sure you and your friends get copies. Please consider making a donation to our online fundraiser so we can keep printing! Indiegogo/UMD_Disorientation.

Follow ACT_UMD on twitter or RadicalRushUMD on facebook for more information on where to find a physical copy and when the online version is released. #disorient2K14

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

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:

https://www.facebook.com/events/592453717508705/