This week is Israeli Apartheid Week, a week dedicated to raising awareness about the apartheid in Israel of Palestinians, and to the growing campaigns against it, including boycotts, divestment, and sanctions campaigns.There are many events going on in New York City this week, so we’ve provided a rundown of IAW events in the City!
Read more about Israeli Apartheid Week here.
Tuesday March 4th at 6:30pm
Presented by John Jay SJP
Film screening and discussion with director Alice Rothchild: Voices Across the Divide: a film exploring the Israeli/Palestinian conflict through rarely heard personal stories from 1948 that tell the other narrative of “the birth of Israel”—al Nakba.
John Jay College-East End of Cafeteria of the New Building at John Jay College of Criminal Justice
899 10th Avenue
RSVP is REQUIRED - click below
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Wednesday March 5th at 6PM
Presented by CUNY LAW SJP
Challenging Apartheid and Repression from the US to Palestine
Speakers: Bina Ahmad, Radhika Sainath, Hazem Jamjoum, Diala Shamas
Event Description: “Apartheid” refers to a regime of violent, institutionalized racial segregation that contravenes international law. The continuous dispossession of Palestinian refugees, policies of colonization and restricted movement within the Occupied Territories, and legally-sanctioned discrimination within Israel proper are but a few examples of Israel’s transgressions that are reminiscent of South Africa’s apartheid era. As members of the progressive legal community, we have a role to play in reversing the US’s role in perpetuating repression and violence, both in Palestine/Israel and here at home. Join CUNY Law Students for Justice in Palestine for an exciting panel discussion with attorney-activists and scholars to examine the roots of Israel’s apartheid system and how people of conscience around the world are challenging Israel’s systemic oppression.
CUNY School of Law-Room 1/202
2 Court Square, Long Island City, NY 11101
RSVP is not required
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by Raquel Chavez
In light of the recent **Campus Controversy** consuming the Facebookasphere, otherwise known as Sombrero-Mustache-Down2FiestaGate, bear with me: I think it’s time for you to explain to me, yet again, just what you mean when you accuse me, so severely, of being “too politically correct”. After being seriously distressed by the derogatory costume choices of my peers that humorously caricature a part of my Mexican identity for the sake of another saturday night party, I indulged my emotions and let them get the better of me, bringing out my one true identity: that of the Political Correct Police (PCP). That’s it, you got me. The identity that trumps all my other identities, being a member of the PCP. I guess I didn’t really realize how my opinions could have offended you as someone that does not identify as being PC and that my assumption and that sees PCness as a tiresome and offensive trope of our campus discourse.
First of all, I want to acknowledge and thank you for sharing your truly unique perspective: I’m really sorry to make you do this again, because I know you’re probably tired of explaining yourself to other people who don’t understand you. It’s just that when you use the term “PC”, it’s beyond the stretch of my normative vocabulary and I cannot reconcile it with how I am made to feel. I personally don’t consider myself to be “PC”, but maybe that’s because I just don’t know what it means. I would gladly appreciate it you spelled it out for me in terms that I understand! Because I don’t normally come into contact with others that identify as a member of the PCP, I made the assumption that my opinions actually counted for something, instead of their being a warped byproduct of my own smugness. Now I realize these generalizations are unfair to the lived experience of my accuser, who takes offense at my being “PC”.
Political correctness seems too fancy of a term to describe what I am feeling, let alone call me a member of the police squad! Is it really applicable to me and my situation? I didn’t even realize I was a member! How flattering! For me, my feelings are rather based in personal experiences of racism that have impacted the way I react to these “bias-related incidents”, rather than this duty you speak up to uphold overscrupulous values that to you seem excessive. Perhaps my membership in the PCP is derived from the intensity of my reactions to these situations. I become frustrated, infuriated, weary, and anxious, so much so that at times I am blinded from realizing that I actively disrupt other people’s spaces, and maybe sense of safety, with my choosing emotionality over rationality. For that, I apologize for offending you and your sanctioning of “political incorrectness”. It seems important to me to call out the choices of these party peoples, because perhaps I mistakenly took it as a reflection of greater historical and societal acceptance of degrading racial and ethnic mimicry instead of keeping my head and being cautious not to irritate others by invoking my “PCness”.
The problem with privilege is an essay by Andrea Smith. In this essay she critiques a politics and form of activism based on confessing privilege, explaining how this only works to reinstantiate the “white majority subject” as the one capable of self-reflexivity, and the the colonized/oppressed as “the occasion for self-reflexivity.” She argues that though such confessions come with an intention that is indeed important, they do not actually work towards a dismantling of these structures of privilege. What Smith calls for is the following: in order to “undermine those privileges, we must change the structures within which we live so that we become different peoples in the process.” Here is the rest of this amazing article:
"In my experience working with a multitude of anti-racist organizing projects over the years, I frequently found myself participating in various workshops in which participants were asked to reflect on their gender/race/sexuality/class/etc. privilege. These workshops had a bit of a self-help orientation to them: “I am so and so, and I have x privilege.” It was never quite clear what the point of these confessions were. It was not as if other participants did not know the confessor in question had her/his proclaimed privilege. It did not appear that these individual confessions actually led to any political projects to dismantle the structures of domination that enabled their privilege. Rather, the confessions became the political project themselves. The benefits of these confessions seemed to be ephemeral. For the instant the confession took place, those who do not have that privilege in daily life would have a temporary position of power as the hearer of the confession who could grant absolution and forgiveness. The sayer of the confession could then be granted temporary forgiveness for her/his abuses of power and relief from white/male/heterosexual/etc guilt. Because of the perceived benefits of this ritual, there was generally little critique of the fact that in the end, it primarily served to reinstantiate the structures of domination it was supposed to resist. One of the reasons there was little critique of this practice is that it bestowed cultural capital to those who seemed to be the “most oppressed.” Those who had little privilege did not have to confess and were in the position to be the judge of those who did have privilege. Consequently, people aspired to be oppressed. Inevitably, those with more privilege would develop new heretofore unknown forms of oppression from which they suffered. “I may be white, but my best friend was a person of color, which caused me to be oppressed when we played together.” Consequently, the goal became not to actually end oppression but to be as oppressed as possible. These rituals often substituted confession for political movement-building. And despite the cultural capital that was, at least temporarily, bestowed to those who seemed to be the most oppressed, these rituals ultimately reinstantiated the white majority subject as the subject capable of self-reflexivity and the colonized/racialized subject as the occasion for self-reflexivity.
Today marks the 49th anniversary of the assassination of El Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, otherwise known as Malcolm X. In honor of his work, his martyrdom, his inspiration, his radical politics and his dashing style, today we’ll be presenting snapshots from his life. Our contributor for these emotive snapshots and this post is courtesy of our star entrepreneur,Samiha Rahman. Check out her delicious company, Faydah Pies.
Today and throughout the weekend, there will be a series of events going on at the Malcom X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center, up on 168th and Broadway. You can read more about the events here.
TALK can’t really imagine a week with more amazing events: The all self-identified women of color Vagina Monologues on Thursday and Friday, the Indigenous New Media Symposium at the New School on Friday, the Muslim Protagonist on Saturday and Sunday, which we are so happy is back after its first super successful run in 2012, and the annual, incredible, and all-around dope Scholar and Feminist Conference, hosted by The Barnard Center for Research on Women, on Friday. While it’ll be hard to keep up with all of this, and we’ll have to make some difficult decisions, TALK will be live tweeting many of the events this week. We feel #blessed.
Wednesday, February 19
- 9:00 pm. Discussion: “Side Chicks Get Popeyes.” Caribbean Students’ Association (CSA). Malcom X Lounge, Hartley Hall.
- 9:00 pm. "An Exploration of Identity.: The Conversation Continues" CU Sewa. Lerner 502.
Thursday, February 20
- 8:00 pm. The Vagina Monologues. Barnard/Columbia V-Day. Roone Arledge Auditorium. Lerner Hall. $5-10.
- 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm. CUSH Presents: The Anniversary Cypher. Columbia University Society of Hip-Hop (CUSH).
Friday, February 21
- 5:30 - 8:30 pm. Indigenous New Media Symposium. (facebook). School of Media Studies at The New School. The Auditorium at The New School, 66 W 12th St. Free.
- 7:00 pm. The G[ENDER] SPOT. Postcrypt Art Gallery. 531 W 113th St Brownstone.
- 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm. Native Tongue: A Muslim American Story Slam at Columbia University. The Muslim Protagonist. Held Auditorium, Barnard Hall, Barnard College. Free.
- 7:30 - 9:30 pm. ROOTS: A Night of Stories.CU Taiwanese Students Association, Japan Society, and Asian American Alliance. Lerner Party Space.
Weekend of February 22-23
- All Day: The Muslim Protagonist. 417 Altschul Hall, School of Internaional and Public Affairs (SIPA), Columbia University. $
- 10:00 am - 7:00 pm. BCRW’s The Scholar and Feminist Conference, “Locations of Learning: Transnational Feminist Practices.” Diana Center, Barnard College. Free.
TALK is currently in the process of making a zine (a small circulation self-published not-for-profit text) that is centered around catcalling. Our aim is to make this experience visible and ignite conversations around gender-based harassment. We are asking that people from our community who have experienced this behavior on the street, over the internet and etc, to share their stories. FIll out the google form below to submit!
Tuesday, February 11
- 8:00pm: Finding Love In a Hopeless Place: What do you want romance at Columbia to look like?Student Wellness Project, Veritas Forum, and Andscombe Society. Broadway Hall, 14th Floor Lounge.
- 9:00 pm. Discussion: Socioecnomic Status + Asian Americans. Asian American Alliance and Quest Scholar’s Network. Malcom X Lounge, Hartley Hall.
- 8:00pm. Open Workshop for Policy Proposals. CU Democrats. Basement of Potluck House 606 114th St.
Wenesday, February 12
- 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm. TALKmag Study Break. TALKmag. The Intercultural Resource Center Conference Room, 552 W 114th St, 2nd Fl.
- 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm. Columbia University Muslim Student Organization General Body Meeting. MSA. Diana LL2.
- 9:00 pm. Black Love Week: Nature vs. Nurture. Caribbean Students Association. Malcom X Lounge, Hartley Hall.
Thursday, February 13
- 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm. The CUSH Discussion Series: Good Kid, B.A.A.D. Grammys: A Conversation About Hip Hop and Identity. Columbia University Society of HIp Hop (CUSH). Post Crypt Art Gallery, basement of St. Paul’s Chapel.
- 7:00 pm. Salaam, Love: American Muslim Men on Love, Sex, and Intimacy Book Reading. South Asian Journalists Association. Journalism Building.
- 7:00 pm. Countering Gentrification in New York: A Forum for Reading and Brainstorming. The Base, 1302 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn.
Friday, February 14
- 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm. CUNTS and Hearts: Concepts of Romance in Pop Culture. Radical CUNTS. Malcom X Lounge, Hartley Hall.
- 8:00 pm. The Dating Game. Black Students Organization. Lerner C555.
Weekend, February 15-16
- 8:30 pm. BLACK LOVE WEEK: Family Dinner & Dialogue/ “Don’t Phront” - The All Black Love vs Lust Affair. Big City Alphas, Barnard Organisation of Soul Sisters (BOSS), the NYC Divine Nine. The Black House, 113 W. 116th St. RSVP Required. $.
Monday, February 17
- 8:30 pm - 10:00pm. Sex as a Game: Alternatives to Dominant Understandings of Sex. Men’s Peer Education. Location TBD.
- 9:00 pm - 11:00pm. Sundaes on Mondays. RootED. The Intercultural Resource Center Conference Room, 552 W 114th St, 2nd Fl.
Hello beautimous people!!
We, TALKmag, are having our first informal study break/ information session of the year (or, actually, ever)!
Come through this WEDNESDAY, February 11 2014, at 8pm in the Intercultural Resource Center (IRC), 552 W. 114th St.
Come learn about what it’s like to be part of a campus publication that practices a new kind of journalism, focused on listening more than speaking, on providing a platform for voices that speak often but are often unheard, on being caring and careful about our journalistic practice, and on writing and interacting with issues relating to social justice.
Learn about our plans for the year, how to get involved, and how to contribute and submit to us! We’ll have snacks, good music, and good people, so don’t miss us!
If you can’t make it, email us at email@example.com for any questions or concerns you may have about TALKmag.
Hope to see you there!