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Writing as Guest Author to Maura Cullen’s ‘The Diversity Speaker Newsletter,’ Brian Shimamoto discussed the issues regarding the lack of conversation when it comes to responding to discriminatory behavior. In particular, Shimamoto’s piece in the newsletter makes reference to the YouTube video which went viral of which a UCLA student made racist and bigoted anti-Asian commentary. This video was made a few hours after the devastating earthquake in Japan, and so the reponses made towards this student were quite violent, discriminatory, and hateful in themselves. Brian uses this example to discuss the problem of increasing hate, racism, sexism, and bigotry within retaliation. Its a good read.
April 6, 2011 § Leave a comment
“An activist training and Interactive Skype conference devoted to promoting equality in hiring and housing policies in Indiana, along with mobilizing public opinion to overturn the recent passage of the bill banning gay marriage and civil unions in the state of Indiana will be held at IUPUI Saturday, April 9, 2011.
The event begins at noon in Main Lecture Hall, 325 University Boulevard. Planned by students in the IUPUI Department of Communication Studies in the IU School of Liberal Arts, it is sponsored by SAGE – Straight Americans for Gay Equality – Indiana and IUPUI chapters -in cooperation with the IUPUI Department of Communication Studies, Alliance for Sexual Equality, and IUPUI’s Communication Club and Democracy Plaza.”
To read this article in full at the IUPUI News Center site, please click here!
March 18, 2011 § Leave a comment
Time Action Vision by Christian Holler
In Time Action Vision, Christian Holler, of the interdisciplinary Critical Curatorial Cybermedia program at the University of Art and Design in Geneva, conducts 12 conversations on the topics of cultural studies, post-colonialism, globalization, activism and cultural participation. His interlocutors are some of the most respected theoreticians and activists working today: groundbreaking Black Atlantic author Paul Gilroy, Birmingham School founder Stuart Hall (Resistance Through Rituals: Youth Subcultures in Postwar Britain), prolific author Tariq Ali (The Clash of Fundamentalisms), former Weather Underground member (and famed Obama associate) Bill Ayers, Marxist geography scholar David Harvey (Social Justice and the City), London-based art theorist and critic Irit Rogoff, Israeli-born scholar of post-colonialism and transnationalism Ella Shohat, South African post-colonial theorist Achille Mbembe, French filmmaker (and Godard collaborator) Jean-Pierre Gorin, cultural studies scholar Lawrence Grossberg, Australian cultural studies scholar Meaghan Morris and Polish sociologist Zygmunt Bauman.
March 18, 2011 § 4 Comments
Right now, Japan is facing a crisis described as one of the worst in decades. The people need absolutely everything from medicine, to food, to water – everything. Here are some legit organizations and links in which you can go through to make any donation amount.
LivingSocial Deals – $5.00 Donations: Ending in the next 22 hours, the city coupon company LivingSocial Deals offered up a low incentive of donating $5.00, and they would match such donation 100%.
Doctors Without Borders: Doctors Without Borders/Medicin Sans Frontieres is using funds raised to support their government-led earthquake and tsunami relief in Japan, through their mobile-clinics and conducting needs assessments.
Japan-America Society of Indiana: The Japan-America Society of Indiana is collecting any numerical sized donations for disaster relief in Japan.
To find more charities accepting donations for the tsunami and earthquake relief, you can check out Charity Navigator, which provides a long list of organizations currently accepting donations for Japan.
A lot of the mentioned organizations above are also accepting ongoing donations for other disaster stricken areas, such as Chile, and Haiti, amongst many others.