NYU student Hillary Dworkoski has created a petition on change.org to remove Chick-fil-A from campus, and in doing so she has created a discussion about our university, its values and how it can and should be promoting those values through its selection of corporate partnerships.
For me, that discussion leads to the following two questions: How can a university with one of the leading departments of psychology and a fantastic school of social work direct its dollars and its students’ dollars towards an organization that directly counters the aims of both of these departments? How can a university committed to tolerance and diversity direct its dollars and its students’ dollars towards an organization that directly counters that philosophy?
Sign the petition and contact Hilary if you want to get involved today. The QU facebook page will have frequent updates regarding activism around this issue.
I want to thank everyone who came out to the Queer Self Defense event on Monday! We had some great moments, picked up some new knowledge, and there are ridiculous polaroids of Tovah attacking like a spider-mokey forthcoming. Here is a recap of important self-defense tips.
Before a Fight Happens:
Once your in a fight:
Turning your purse into a weapon:
More information: http://www.ehow.com/about_4571255_new-york-selfdefense-laws.html
Speaking of the afterparty, JJ Bishop Boros and Lisa Smith found a few things left in their apartment in the aftermath.
If you’re missing (1) a bag of Drumm tobacco or (2) a black cell phone charger, please contact one of us via email, the tumblr ask box, or facebook to get your stuff back!
Join us for the opening night event of Pride Month 2011!!
This year we are taking the traditional Diva Ball to a N E W L E V E L. This two-part inter-borough party will feature bands, djs, vendors, prizes, and much more!
PART 1: DIVA BALL
8pm: CONCERT @ NYU
Featuring Performances by:
PEOPLE WITH TEETH
Rock out to the sounds of TENDER FOREVER and PEOPLE WITH TEETH, Two queer-friendly bands guaranteed to own the crowd, only to be followed by a set by Dj Dziga, whose only purpose in life is to make you dance. Refreshments will be provided and special after-party give-aways will happen.
11:30pm: AFTER PARTY ft. special guests….
The party doesn’t stop at NYU! Hop on the L and head over to Brooklyn to keep the dance going all night long on the rooftop of a 6 story building with an amazing view of the Manhattan skyline! The view will be much classier than the drinks guaranteed!
Bring snacks, drinks, and anything else you would like to consume. There will be snacks and some mixers but the goal is for everyone to bring what they need to get them where they want to be ;) The building has an elevator but there is one short flight of stairs to get from the 6th floor to the roof. And bring a coat and/or attractive friend to stay warm, it’s going to get cold at night :)
We are off of the Morgan Stop on the L. Head down Morgan to Flushing and turn left. Our building is the only tall one in the area on the right hand side about a block down flushing.
ALL EVENTS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
About the bands:
People With Teeth is a hip-hop/punk outfit based out of Brooklyn, NY. Signature songs like “Glenn Beck is Dead” have earned the group a reputation as an aggressive, satirically political trio combining hip-hop music with punk attitude and spoken word elements. Comprised of accomplished spoken word artists, emcees and performers, People With Teeth has made a splash in certain NYC hip-hop, spoken word and comedy circles as a daring, eclectic and wildly fun collective.
Melanie Valera is an autodidact performing artist and a pop music maker residing in Portland, OR – USA. She was born in 1977 in South West France where she spent her formative years. She left her native ground for an incredible transatlantic adventure from where she will never return. A laptop, a long mic cord and almost too much enthusiasm was all it took. 3 successful opuses (K RECORDS) and 800 international shows later, she has worked on multimedia projects, including collaborations with film maker Ted Passon, Multimedia artist Nick Lally and producer Christopher Doulgeris. She has shared the stage with Cocorosie, Men, Deerhoof, The Blow, Calvin Johnson, Mirah and Electrelane. Most recently, she performed at the TBA FESTIVAL 2010 in Portland-OR, the Whitney Museum in New York City and La Cité Internationale in Paris. She has composed scores for multiple shorts, video games and advertisement. Melanie Valera’s multimedia pop projects explore and challenge spaces, overlap realities, tell you stories, span nationalities and leaps forward towards a world where we can close the gaps between countries, ideologies and ultimately hearts. She is currently recording a 4th album and has just received the RAAC Grant to complete a collaborative project called “MAZED” with Peter Burr.
Also, NYUers will be meeting at West 4th St and University Place today from 3:30 to 4:30 to speak out against the slaying of Troy Davis, and will go together to the Day of Outrage Rally in Union Square after. Please attend if you can.
Come out to help plan our first event of the year, Queer Out Your Closet: a genderfucked clothing swap! Dinner provided! :-O
6:30 p.m. on the 7th Floor Lounge in Kimmel