Laverne Cox on Bullying, Street Harassment, and the Revolutionary Act of Love

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Trigger Warning: violence and bullying

“If anyone ever has a problem with someone else, I ask you to look at yourselves. What is about you that you have a problem with?”

Trans advocate, Huffington Post Contributor, and actress Laverne Cox asks folks to recognize and dissect intersecting oppressions, like transphobia, misogyny, and racism to better understand and end violence against transwomen.

Some UIUC students turn to sexist and racist tweets after chancellor declares classes in session

Disclaimer: This article contains strong language.
Much like UW-Madison, UIUC remained open regardless of weather advisories and plummeting temperatures. Sunday night, Chancellor Phyllis Wise sent an email to students notifying them that UIUC would have class the following day.

After receiving the news, some students decided to voice their outrage with their chancellor in the form of racist and sexist tweets.

To read the full article check out Buzzfeed.com. To catch more of the conversation follow Suey Park on Twitter.

Job Board: January 24, 2014

PEOPLE Urban Agriculture Coordinator at The PEOPLE Program

Application Due: January 31, 2014

Description: The PEOPLE Program is a pre-college pipeline for students of color and low-income students, most of whom are the first in their families to potentially attend college.  Spring responsibilities include preparing for the summer program by leading the steps outlined in the Program Guidebook, including the search for program instructors, tour arrangements, curriculum review and improvement, making arrangements for the urban AG internships, and communication with PEOPLE Program staff.  Summer responsibilities include supervising the overall program, co-teaching the 1- or 3-week course, evaluating the 2014 program and updating the Program Guidebook for 2015.  If interested, send a *brief* email introduction explaining your interest in this position along your resume to greg.lawless@ces.uwex.edu by January 31, 2014. Continue reading

Moving the Race Conversation Forward

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Moving the Race Conversation Forward is a report by Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation that aims to reshape and reform the way we talk about race and racism in our country. The paper includes content analysis of mainstream media (finding two-thirds of race-focused media coverage fails to consider systemic racism), analysis of seven harmful racial discourse practices, and case studies of successful interventions to counteract these trends.

The accompanying video, produced by Jay Smooth, expands in an accessible way on the report’s analysis of media’s failure to consider systemic racism. Smooth is the founder of New York’s longest running hip-hop radio show, WBAI’s Underground Railroad, and Race Forward Video & Multimedia Producer.

Brown Boi Project now accepting Applications for 2014!

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The Brown Boi Project is a leadership development and organizing project for young masculine of center womyn of color and trans/straight/queer men of color (35 and under). We work to develop deep skills and life experiences that we can draw on to build collective power within our communities to achieve social justice.

(‘masculine of center’ is a term that recognizes the breadth and depth of identity for lesbian/queer/ womyn who tilt toward the masculine side of the gender scale and includes a wide range of identities such as butch, stud, aggressive/AG, dom, macha, etc.)

During our 5-day training retreat you will have the opportunity to work across issues and communities, talk about race, class, culture, gender and sexuality, and explore whether the social justice sector might be the right place for you to help your community. These retreats bring participants from across the country to experience an intensive introduction to community organizing while doing important personal leadership development. 

What we are looking for…

Our Brown Bois come from all walks of life. Some are clothing designers, aspiring police officers, social justice leaders, culinary wizards, and social entrepreneurs. What sets them apart is a vision to make the world a better place than they found it. They each demonstrate leadership potential, whether that is on the streets, online, or within an organization. 

Brown bois all have a strong commitment to becoming their best self. They are willing to stretch themselves, learn new things, and be a teacher to others. They might not know how to get where they want to go but they come into this experience with openness to getting closer on their own path. They are looking for a community of brown bois to support them on their own journey and are excited to be a resource to that community in return. Knowing what you can bring to the Brown Boi Project community is important. 

The Brown Boi Project Leadership Retreats are designed for young leaders (35 and under) that have fewer than 7 years of experience in their field and are looking to reinforce their potential with a strong foundation of skills and self-awareness.

The first Brown Boi Project retreat in 2014 will take place March 5th-9th in Oakland, CA. If you are selected your travel costs, food, and lodging (even if you are local to the Bay Area lodging is provided) will all be covered. All applicants to the Brown Boi Project retreat will be reviewed and you will be notified if you are invited to a phone interview by January 29th. 

Click here to apply online.

Job Board: January 17, 2014

Student Service Coordinator, Assistant Director at Multicultural Student Center

Application Due: January 24, 2014

Description: The primary mission of the Multicultural Student Center is: To collaboratively strengthen and sustain an inclusive campus where all students, particularly students of color and other historically underserved students, are engaged and can realize an authentic Wisconsin Experience. The applicant must be committed to social justice and work in collaboration with students and staff in the development of a more inclusive environment. Responsibilities include managing and supervising MSC Leadership and Involvement Staff and collaborating with related outreach programs.

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“Explaining White Privilege to a Broke White Person…”

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Gina Crosley-Corcoran, a white feminist and activist, uses her background in an attempt to answer the question, “how do you begin to explain the realities of white privilege to white people who are economically disadvantaged.”  She refers to the impoverished conditions that she experienced firsthand as a child and how those hardships initially shaped her perspective on white privilege being something that she personally did not benefit from.  Her blog post takes the reader on her journey of coming to terms with her white privilege, understanding that she had better access to upward mobility because of her skin color, understanding that there is no such thing as upward mobility in regards to skin color, how undeserved societal privileges intersect with one another, and how she has helped other white people identify their privileges.

You can read her blog post, originally posted on November 20, 2013, “Explaining White Privilege to a Broke White Person…” here:

http://thefeministbreeder.com/explaining-white-privilege-broke-white-person/