October 22, 2012

October 22, 2012

When we speak about white people today in America we bring together a hodge-podge combination of biological, geographical, and social characteristics that we have come to accept and take for granted. More often than not we understand someone to be white simply because of their skin color and their ancestry. However, as Lawrence Grandpre argues, with a critical look into history we see “whiteness” as a political tool, not necessarily a color or a racialized culture.

Concerned citizens gathered outside City Hall on October 17, 2012 to protest the hiring of Anthony W. Batts as Baltimore’s new police commissioner.

War on Women at Solidarity Concert for Pussy Riot. Photo By: Joe Flood

On February 21, 2012,  five members of an all female Russian feminist punk rock band called Pussy Riot (Пусси Райот) performed a peaceful but illegal show on the soleas, priests only section, of Moscow's Cathedral of Christ the Saviour.

Lisa Fithian organizing at G20. Photo By: Justin Merriman

This September 2012, The Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and the Maryland American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) brought the city another symposium to honor Constitution Day. This year's symposium was titled "We The People: Freedom of Assembly and Political Speech." The panelists included: Dr. Cornel West, Lisa Fithian, and Lize Mogel. It was moderated by co-creator and producer of WYPR's radio arts program, The Signal, Aaron Henkin.

SGA member Samantha Hubbard marches around campus with fellow Dreamers. Photo by: Glenn Daniels, Jr.

Immigration reform is undoubtedly needed, and the DREAM Act is said to be a step in the right direction. Recently, students at Towson University launched their own campaign to increase awareness, encourage voter registration, and dispel myths about immigration. Indyreader video editor Glenn Daniels, Jr. discusses the MD DREAM Act and Question 4 on this November's election ballot.

Radical Feminist Symbol. Image from: http://academic.depauw.edu/

This is an introduction. I’ve had an eating disorder for nearly sixteen years. As I write this, I’m just entering into my sixth year of recovery. When I say “recovery” I mean a six year process of consciously struggling to progress. It does not mean that I have been “recovered” for this period of time. Twice I’ve tried to concretely write about eating disorders. The first time was in school, about five years ago. The second was in a zine that I wrote in a day, presented on, and never finalized or distributed.