The votes are in, and the planning meeting for ACiD will be at 8 p.m this Sunday, April 24th, at Founding Fathers on Edward Street.
Please refer to the previous post for a general agenda, and feel free to bring any issues or plans you'd like to discuss with you!
See you Sunday!
Hello ACiD members! As our semester comes to a close, we'd like to invite all of you to join us for an end-of-the-year planning meeting! This meeting is open to all, no matter how much or how little you've been involved in ACiD so far, and we especially encourage those of you who are interested in getting more involved in the organizing process of ACiD.
Some things this meeting will address are:
-future ACiD events, including (but not limited to!) workshops, teach-ins, film screenings and discussion groups.
-the Teaching Assistant "training" (or workshops? We can discuss this when we meet!) that had been proposed by an ACiD member at our Allies Workshop earlier this year. We have some great faculty that are really excited to help us map out a TA training for all incoming TAs - now we just need to get the ideas down, petition department chairs to participate and make sure this gets moving!
-anything else that's on your mind or you're itching to get involved in.
In the interest of making this as accessible as possible, I'd like to propose we meet this Sunday, April 24th at a location off-campus and near public transportation (Founding Fathers on 75 Edward Street). Please leave a comment on this post with your choice of the time that would work best for you out of the options below. Of course, if you need to come late or leave early, please don't let that stop you from coming!
I look forward to seeing you all this weekend. Bring something to write with and write on, and let's get to work!
Meeting time options for Sunday, April 24th:
- 5:30 - 7 p.m.
- 6:30 - 8 p.m.
- 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
- 8 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Where: CFA Basement Gallery (B45) [Meeting point]
When: Wednesday, April 6th (TODAY!) at 11 a.m.
Join us for a funeral march from the CFA to Capen Hall. Eulogies will be delivered at Capen Hall and mourners will have a chance to pay their last respects to our late, great friend: public higher education. Kazoos and other noisemakers will be provided. Please wear black, purple, or blue out of the respect for the dead.
Public higher education has had a fantastic career in this country, empowering people from all walks of life to become better citizens and creating opportunities for students from underprivileged backgrounds to achieve their dreams of attending college.
The death of public higher education is especially keenly felt in Western New York, where it represented one of the main attractions for young people to move to the region. Other mourners across New York State will offer outpourings of condolences for UB’s tragic loss.
"An organized conspiracy to disrupt"?? Does the Orange County District Attorney's office understand what protests are?
Remember, tomorrow Academics of Color in Dialogue will be hosting a teach-in on the Irvine 11 at 1 p.m. in 1004 Clemens Hall! Please spread the word and come late/leave early if you have a scheduling conflict!
Speak Up -- Throw Down -- Organize!
From this Egyptian member of Academics of Color in Dialogue to you all:
Congratulations to Egyptians on this day! We have our first post-Mubarak election in the new Egypt! I am personally in the Vote No! to the referendum camp, but hearing that the streets are packed with people waiting to vote for the first time in their lives... nothing could be better!
For some background on this exciting time:
Until the results come out, MUCH love. These revolutions are all about love - let's make sure we honor that by loving and respecting each other (big picture style!). We all have enough room in our hearts - it's just our (obstinate) heads that need to be worked on.
Thank you Egypt! -Sophia
Inspired by a teach-in on the Irvine 11 (http://www.irvine11.com/) organized for the recent (and amazing) Critical Ethnic Studies Conference at the University of California, Riverside, a few members of ACiD would like to recreate this event in order to draw more attention and support to this critical issue of academic and political freedom on university campuses.
At the teach-in we will briefly go over the events which occurred at UC Irvine, updates on the case against these 11 students, and throw around ideas on how we in the SUNY system can help out and speak up. For now, please refer to the website dedicated to the Irvine 11 to catch up and prepare: http://www.irvine11.com/
What: Irvine 11 Teach-In
When: Tuesday, March 29th at 1:00 pm
Remember - all are welcome to suggest, moderate and coordinate future events, teach-ins, workshops and meetings!
Until we meet for the teach-in, please enjoy this brilliant piece by Lila Abu-Lughod:
Notes from our workshop on Being an Anti-Racist Ally will be up on the website soon! Thank you all who attended and contributed to our discussion on developing tactics to being an anti-racist ally.
In the meantime, we'd like to share an inspiration piece submitted by a faculty member involved with Academics of Color in Dialogue. The author of this piece, Dr. Andrea Smith, is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Media and Cultural Studies at UC Riverside and a co-founder of INCITE! Woman of Color Against Violence (just to name one!). Dr. Smith's academic and activist work - which are not mutually exclusive - provides us with a model of resistance to consider in our own activism.
Welcome all new ACiD participants! After our very successful first meeting, during which introductions were made, the mission statement was read, and some excellent ideas for future events and actions were contributed, we are very excited to announce our next event.
On Tuesday, March 1st at 1:00 p.m. in 1004 Clemens, ACiD participants Theresa Warburton and Sophia Azeb will be facilitating a workshop on Being an Anti-Racist Ally.
Intended to discuss the attached readings, their relevance to our work in the academy and in our lives, this workshop is open to all. All of ACiD's workshops will be interactive discussions, and as this our first one, we hope to make it a success!
WHEN: Tuesday, March 1, 1:00 p.m.
WHERE: 1004 Clemens Hall
The first meeting of Academics of Color in Dialogue (ACiD) is tomorrow!
We are extremely excited to launch this organization, and are especially looking forward to coordinating with graduate students of color from multiple departments, disciplines, and perspectives. Of course, undergraduate students, faculty, staff and white allies are also welcome.
We will be meeting at 3 p.m. in 1004 Clemens Hall and refreshments will be provided.
Attached to this post is a piece by damali ayo outlining specific strategies for anti-racist activism. We encourage all those planning to attend our meeting tomorrow to take a few minutes to digest her piece.
See you tomorrow!