Am I Suspicious?

You’ve probably heard a lot about Trayvon Martin in the past month. The 17-year-old black male was shot on February 26th allegedly in self-defense. Minutes before shooting Martin, George Zimmerman had called 911 to report a suspicious person in the neighborhood.

What happened between Zimmerman’s phone call and Martin’s death? While Zimmerman maintains that Martin attacked him, why would he have? Why did Zimmerman find Martin “suspicious” in the first place?

In the month since the shooting, a community has built around this incident of racial profiling. What is inherently suspicious about a black male wearing a hoodie? A group of students at Howard University begs this exact question in their online campaign to increase awareness about racial profiling.

What do you think? How can our society decrease instances of racial profiling?

For more information, please visit Howard Students for Justice.

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Up Next for Women’s History Month

We hope everyone is enjoying Spring as much as we are! Although we can’t believe how quickly Spring Break has flown by. It’s Thursday already?! The end of break is bittersweet for us because as great as a week off from classes has been, next will is FULL of fun stuff happening at the WRC!

All week, Monday to Friday, we’ll be hosting t-shirt making for The Clothesline Project. The Clothesline Project, which seeks to “bear witness to violence against women,” asks participants to decorate t-shirts which will then be displayed in the Tivoli throughout April. Anyone and everyone is asked to participate; we hope to see you here decorating next week! (Mon-Fri 9am-4pm). 

At noon on Tuesday we’ll be hosting a discussion about interpersonal violence: how to spot it, what you can do and what resources are available to help. We’ll be joined by The Phoenix Center and Students Against Interpersonal Violence. The conversation should last about an hour and snacks will be served. Feel free to bring your lunch and come chat with us!

Also on Tuesday the WRC will be presenting the Women in Public Health Panel “Building Your Future.” If you’re interested in a career in public health, this event is for you! Listen to professionals share their stories and network, network, network! This event is from 3 to 4:30 in Tivoli 320A. (Refreshments will be served!)

We hope to see you at some– or all!– of these events. Come enjoy the last week of Women’s History Month with us! (Remember, we are located in the North Classroom Room 2008). 

Tomorrow, March…

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Tomorrow, March 12th, the Rally to Protect Women’s Health will take place on the west steps of the capital in Denver. Join the ‘Protect Families, Protect Choices’ coalition and stand up for your health rights! For more information please visit the event page

How hard is the U.S. citizenship test?

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One of the hot topics in this year’s election is sure to be immigration, which got us wondering– how hard is it to become a documented U.S. citizen? Luckily there’s an online quiz version of the official citizenship test. How many questions can you get right? Do you think this test is too hard? too easy? just right? Let us know what you think! Take the quiz here.

“You Can Play” Campaign Targets LGBT Athletes

We’re so happy to see the athletic world striving to become more accepting of LGBT players. Of course there’s still a long way to go but progress is certainly being made! The SF Giants recorded their own “It Gets Better” video last year; shortly afterward the NFL finally added sexual orientation to its anti-discrimination rules.

Of course, these examples (and this video) are pretty male-centric. What progress can women’s sports make to include LGBT players, too? Or- better yet– what can all sports do to better include all genders and orientations?

“8”

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This past Saturday, Dustin Lance Black’s (Milk, J. Edgar) play “8” premiered in Los Angeles and via YouTube. The story follows the 2010 California court case Perry v. Schwarzenegger in which two same-sex couples protest Proposition 8 (which banned gay marriage in California in 2008). 

The play consists mostly of word-for-word testimony from the actual court case, expertly spliced for maximum impact from both sides. Also included between scenes are actual campaign ads for Prop 8.

Backed by an all-star cast, the one-night-only performance served as a fundraiser for American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER). It will continue to be available in full on YouTube until March 11th. If you’re interested, watch it soon (and please consider donating to AFER)!

Busy March!

Things have been slow for us on the internet these past few weeks because we’ve been so busy on campus! The WRC is sponsoring and co-sponsoring a number of events on campus this month in honor of Women’s History Month. Here’s what’s up:

Last Friday we attended the Women’s Leadership Conference, featuring Ameena Mathews as a key-note speaker. We were so honored to see her speak; what a brave and amazing woman! If you haven’t seen it yet, check out the PBS Frontline documentary The Interrupters (online for free!) to learn more about Mathews’ work against violence. 

On Monday we hosted Tiona M. and her film black.womyn. conversations with lesbians of African descent. The film was great, as was the conversation afterward! We can’t wait to see Tiona’s new project, due to come out early next year. Check out her website here

For International Women’s Day (TOMORROW!) we’ll be at the Women + Film VOICES Film Festival for a screening of Poster Girl. The short starts at 6pm and will be followed by a Q&A with director Sara Nesson. Learn more here. & If you’re interested in going stop by Metro’s Institute for Women’s Studies and Services to get a free ticket! 

Stay tuned for more updates on what’s we’re up to this month! We hope to see you around.