This Thursday, April 14th, Take Back the Night is having their annual march and speak out to end sexual violence and rape culture. The rally starts at 7:45pm right outside of Barnard Hall and will last until 10pm. The guest speaker will be Morgaine Gooding-Silverwood, a Columbia University student and activist.
The Speak Out is after the rally at 10pm in the Event Oval in the Diana Center (LL1). This is a safe space for the students and community to anonymously share their stories.
For more information, check out the FaceBook event: http://tinyurl.com/TBTN2014
See you all there!!!
photo courtesy of Columbia-Barnard Take Back the Night
Add this to your calendars!!! On April 16 the BCRW will host Historical Perspectives on Domestic Worker Organizing, featuring Elizabeth Quay Hutchison and Premilla Nadasen. They will look at the changing labor relations of domestic service over the course of the 20th century.
Check out the event here!
From C-SJP’s facebook group:
Columbia Students for Justice in Palestine Statement Regarding Barnard Banner Removal
On March 10th, Columbia Students for Justice in Palestine hung a banner on Barnard Hall. The banner was placed after members of C-SJP went through the required bureaucratic channels and processes in order to give voice and presence to our week-long events as part of Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW), a global period of action and awareness-raising that has been occurring throughout the world for the past ten years. This morning we awoke to find that our banner – which simply read “Stand for Justice, Stand for Palestine,” and featured the logo of our group (the silhouette of historic Palestine) – has been taken down by the administration of Barnard College after they caved to pressure from other groups. Barnard administration offered no explanation, and no warning that they planned to remove our banner.
Columbia SJP is a student group at this university—no different from any other group—and has equal access to the same platforms and resources that are made available to all students. Barnard College students went through the necessary banner placement review process, which included clearly stating the banner’s message in advance. Had our request been rejected, it would have been an act of censorship and an infringement on our freedom of expression as a student group at this university. The fact that our banner has been taken down now is a direct violation of our freedom of expression. The removal of our banner this morning has left members of Columbia SJP, Palestinian students on campus and other students that are often marginalized and silenced, feeling that Barnard College does not follow its own anti-discrimination policies. We are alarmed to know that ‘Palestine’ and ‘justice’ are not acceptable in Barnard’s educational space and that certain voices are discriminated against by the College.
We do not equate the State of Israel with all Jewish people, and we staunchly believe that making such a conflation is anti-Semitic itself. Not only does the population of Israel include many non-Jews, but increasingly Jews across the world (and in SJPs) affirm that the state of Israel’s discriminatory policies do not speak for them. Oppressive and violent policies of any regime, particularly one as closely and lucratively supported by the US as the Israeli regime of military occupation, should be criticized freely without censorship or backlash. As a group with members from multiple ethnic and religious backgrounds, what we are speaking of and calling for is justice and equality for all peoples. Students for Justice in Palestine is a diverse anti-racist group; our national movement’s platform states that we are against all forms of discrimination, which includes anti-Semitism. However, on this campus we are unable to even utter the word ‘Palestine’ without being called anti-Semitic. This kind of accusation only works to silence our voices and to silence our respectful engagement with our community. It tells Palestinian students on campus that their university discriminates against the presence of the name of their country in its public space.
We have seen President Deborah Spar’s recent statement, which attempts to explain Barnard’s actions: “We are removing the banner from Barnard Hall at this time and will be re-examining our policy for student banners going forward […] Barnard has been and will remain committed to free speech and student groups will still have the ability to flyer and promote their events throughout campus, but until we have had time as a community to discuss the banner placements on Barnard Hall and better define a policy we will not be hanging student banners on Barnard Hall.” Lionpac has stated that they “believe that the banner space is not appropriate for any political message, by any student group,” and that “the banner was not taken down in order to suppress a particular political viewpoint.” These explanations are not consistent with Barnard’s previous record. It is disturbing that it has not been Barnard’s policy to remove political messages in the past and that it elects to remove only this particular political message, and changes rules only in response to this banner. This behavior suggests that there is, in fact, a suppression of our voice.
Our banner aimed to publicize the events and conversations we are having this week as a student group, and we are outraged that our attempt to engage in meaningful and productive conversation about justice and solidarity with Palestine was faced with such backlash. Claiming that the existence of this banner is unacceptable is tantamount to declaring that Columbia Students for Justice in Palestine as a group should not exist, since the content in question is nothing that is not already part of our name and in our logo, as we have already stated. This does not stray so far from saying we should not be able to book Low Plaza or that we should not be able to organize events. This attack denies our voices and space as students on this campus, and we will not stand by as this happens.
It is our hope that Barnard College understands the great importance of protecting students’ freedom of expression. For years our group has contributed to the richness of this campus, provoking critical thought and conversation. We insist that Barnard Administration hear our voices and return the banner to its place. We also ask for a meeting with the administration in order to discuss the repercussions of this act of silencing on our community.
Columbia LionPAC released a statement earlier today in response to C-SJP and other students’ allegations of discrimination.
LionPAC strongly believes in freedom of speech and respects that SJP has the right to freedom of speech and the right to demonstrate and advocate their political viewpoint on college walk, or through posters on campus. We respect that SJP followed the proper protocols to book the banner space, and we recognize their respect for the policy. We believe that the banner space is not appropriate for any political message, by any student group. The hanging of a banner on Barnard Hall advocating a specific political message gives the impression that Barnard as a school publicly endorses the banner’s message. In this case, SJP’s banner depicts a map of Israel as one unified State for Palestine. It is a completely green map with no internal boarders, annihilating the existence of any Jewish state or the possibility of a two-state solution. The location of the banner makes it appear as if Barnard as a school is publicly endorsing SJP’s message that Israel as a Jewish state does not have the right to exist. The banner was not taken down in order to suppress a particular political viewpoint, but rather to ensure that people feel comfortable walking into Barnard Campus and do not feel as is Barnard is endorsing SJP’s message.
Stay tuned for more updates!
In a controversial move, the Barnard College administration took down a banner put up by the anti-apartheid group Columbia Students for Justice in Palestine (C-SJP). The decision has caused allegations of discrimination by Barnard College against pro-Palestine groups on the heavily Zionist influenced Columbia University campus.
A number of pro-apartheid and Zionist organizations, including Columbia’s Hillel and LionPAC, were outraged at the posting of the banner on the front of Barnard Hall. LionPAC’s facebook page thanked Barnard President Deborah Spar’s (DSpar) for her “swift and thoughtful response to our concerns about the SJP banner outside Barnard Hall.”
DSpar’s response was as follows:
"Thank you for your thoughtful email and for bringing this matter to our attention. We are removing the banner from Barnard Hall at this time and will be reexamining our policy for student banners going forward. It has been a long-standing tradition to allow any recognized Barnard or Columbia student group to reserve a space and hang a banner promoting their event. However, we understand your concern that in hanging the C-SJP banner next to the official Barnard College banner it inadvertently gave the impression that the College sanctions and supports these events. These Barnard Hall banners have always been student-created and, as such, reflect the diversity of student interests and concerns, but are not meant to convey an endorsement. Barnard has been and will remain committed to free speech and student groups will still have the ability to flyer and promote their events throughout campus, but until we have had time as a community to discuss the banner placements on Barnard Hall and better define a policy we will not be hanging student banners on Barnard Hall.”
TALKmag is hosting our first ever ZINE launch party tonight, at 9pm, at the IRC (552 W 114th St).
Our zine aficionados and fellow talkistas Justina Walker and Troy Frost have compiled and edited an amazing zine around catcalling *meow*.
We’ll have PG-rated wine (sparkling cider) and cheese (mac n’ cheese), so bring ya kids, bring ya friends, cuz we’re gonna be launching up in here.
facebook event here.
See ya soon!
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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