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Opening words: “I want to live in a world where the words male and female are flexible and subjective, even redundant. A world of perpetual transformation, where sexuality and gender become obsolete as people begin to question why they should be the same person, day in, day out. A world where the overriding ethos is to question and explore your sexuality and gender without the restrictions prevalent in 'normal' society. Questioning what is masculine and what is feminine is about redrawing the boundaries (or removing them altogether) surrounding activities that are seen as inherently male or female. I long for a world where the old oppositions of male/female, masculine/feminine, heterosexual/homosexual have dissolved. I want to live in a world where I am free to be whoever I want to be, whenever I want to be, male, female, other or neither” ~Anonymous

 

Trans Awareness Week

  • February 8-12
  • Educational campaign—emails and “tents” for dining room tables –Ronny, Kenzie, Bethany, Jenna
    • Tents on tables—maybe hide them in the plastic holders that are already on the table
    • Or—ask them first if we can put them up and not have them get cleaned up right away
    • Green library book event
  • STAMP bathroom guerrilla theater idea--Alok
    • By Sunday 1/10—Alok will talk to STAMP
    • Next meeting—we will write the script
  • Discussion with LGBT community about how to be a Trans ally--Laura
    • Really encourage RA’s to come
    • Have trans people speak about their experiences
    • Talk about:
      • Current legislation
      • How to be more of a trans-ally
      • Maybe J-Ro RA can speak?
      • Aaron Hans
    • This will evolve at the next meeting when we have more people here
  • Guerilla Spoken Word Poems--Alok
    • Leaving poems in classrooms
    • Alok will email Spoken Word by Sunday
  • Movie screenings—Holly and Alok
    • Movie screening of TransGeneration—8 episodes about trans people in college
    • Trans people in prison
    • Movie screening with Stanford Beyond Bars?
    • Cruel and Unusual
    • Different times—one day could be about the justice system
  • Legislation action—letter writing campaign—Ronny and Kenzie
  • Political Action within Stanford--Gender neutral housing—contact Charlie Sims, David Gobaud--Cathy
  • Celebrate Fabulousness—intimate celebration of gender—Laura and Sarah
    • Tea party? (“T-party”)
    • Just within queer community
    • Either express a gender you don’t normally express, or express the gender you currently express and express it as fully as possible
    • Terra Happy Hour can also be Trans-themed
    • Friday 4-5
    • Sarah will email Matt Bush to find out what the Terra schedule is (if they are having parties Friday)
    • Facebook event
  • Trans-ally buttons—Alok
    • LGBT center can possibly pay for them?
    • Last year—“Ask me about Trans issues”
    • We will order 250 (Alok will order and be reimbursed)
      • 70% will say “Trans Ally”
      • 30% “Ask me about Trans Issues”
  • Publicity—Bethany
    • Events.stanford.edu
    • Daily
    • Stanford main page (“Stanford is hosting Trans Awareness Week!”)
  • Collaborations--Laura
    • MAAN—Men Against Abuse Now
    • Feminist studies
    • PSRE—Public Service
    • QSA
    • Blaqs
    • Stanford Beyond Bars

 

Social M Movement—can win $25,000—Noemi will look into it

 

 

 

Mon

Tues

Wed

Thurs

Fri

Sat

Sun

This week

 

 

Laura will email Jenna to get educational materials

 

Sarah will talk to Matt Bush

 

Alok will email STAMP about bathroom theater

1/11

 

Write bathroom theater script at/after meeting

 

 

 

 

 

 

1/18

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1/25

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2/1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2/8

Bathroom theater

Dining hall tents

Green library event

Educational email

 

Movie screening: Transgeneration 8:00

Educational email

Movie screening: 8:00 Cruel and Unusual

Guerilla Poems

Educational email

Informational session with LGBT center

Educational email

T-party

4-5

Educational email

 

 

 

 

Emma notes 12/1

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Outros—one thing that we did well this quarter and one thing that we should improve upon next quarter

 

International Queer Rights Project

  • Put off until next quarter

 

International Women’s Week

  • Holly—different groups put on different events
  • Maybe we could do something about lesbians and how they can’t take a big part in many economies
  • March or April
  • SAGE—Students Advocating Gender Equality
  • Holly will be point person

 

Trans Awareness Week (actually 2 weeks)

  • Weeks 6 and 7 of winter quarter (February 8-19th)
  • Each person will have a project
  • Educational campaign—emails and “tents” for dining room tables –Ronny, Kenzie, Bethany, Jenna
    • Tents on tables—maybe hide them in the plastic holders that are already on the table
    • Or—ask them first if we can put them up and not have them get cleaned up right away
    • Green library book event
      • Email them over break
      • If anyone has good books that they would like to include, email them to Bethany
  • STAMP bathroom guerrilla theater idea—2 hour training and event--Alok
  • Discussion with LGBT community about how to be a Trans ally--Laura
    • RFs in J-Ro
    • Meeting next week? Will be sent to the list
    • In conjunction with LGBT center
  • Guerilla Spoken Word Poems--Alok
    • Leaving poems in classrooms
  • Movie screenings—Holly and Alok
    • Movie screening of TransGeneration—8 episodes about trans people in college
    • Trans people in prison
    • Movie screening with Stanford Beyond Bars?
    • Cruel and Unusual
  • Legislation action—letter writing campaign—Ronny and Kenzie
  • Political Action within Stanford--Gender neutral housing—contact Charlie, David Gobaud--Cathy
  • Celebrate Fabulousness—intimate celebration of gender—Laura and Sarah
    • Tea party? (“T-party”)
    • Just within queer community
    • Either express a gender you don’t normally express, or express the gender you currently express and express it as fully as possible
    • Terra Happy Hour can also be Trans-themed
    • Bi-veristy
  • Trans-ally buttons—Alok
    • Ask Cris Bautista about possibly designing them again?  Or using same one from last year?—Jenna will email
    • LGBT center can possibly pay for them?
    • Last year—“Ask me about Trans issues”
  • Publicity—Bethany
    • Events.stanford.edu
    • Daily
  • Collaborations--Laura
    • MAAN—Men Against Abuse Now
    • Feminist studies
    • PSRE—Public Service
    • QSA
    • Blaqs
    • Stanford Beyond Bars

 

 

Sib Families!!

 

 

Emma notes 11/17

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Emma Goldman Meeting Notes 11/17

 

Town Hall—some of the issues discussed

  • People who won’t sleep with other people because of their race
    • Are people racist if they won’t sleep with people of a certain race?
  • If you are an activist should you be an activist for everything?
  • Issue: “If you care about queer rights, show up to phone bank”
    • People felt guilty if they didn’t come
    • But—maybe that is effective advertising?
  • Lots of people saying that marriage doesn’t matter
    • But, it legitimizes homophobia
    • We need to get our argument together for marriage—lots of people think the argument is only about marriage, when it is really about a lot more
    • We need to make a stronger argument for why marriage rights are important, even for people who don’t want to get married

 

 

Importance of Marriage Event

·     Cosponsor with Blaq House?

·     Talk about why marriage is important

·     Talk about homophobia, queer youth homelessness, etc.

·     Soon?  Target people who have interest (people from town hall), allies

 

 

Trans Awareness Week

  • Need to contact STAMP to do the bathroom event
  • Book event at Green—can’t happen this quarter because the lady was out of town
  • Tanya Mitchell may help us plan events
  • Move to winter quarter? 
  • Email campaign over winter quarter
    • People are bored and don’t get as many emails
    • Raise awareness and raise interest in the events we do after winter break

 

“Gay is not the new black”

  • More thoughtful than the town hall
  • Queer activists need to make an effort to coalition build with communities of color, and vice versa
  • People of color in the queer community—sometimes feel like they have to choose a community—we need to work harder to make the communities overlap
  • Maybe we could do a project with Blaqs about queer people of color?
  • Also, work with Q&A?  Even less represented than African American queer people

 

 

Maybe we can do a project about something that is external to all of us

  • International LGBT rights
  • Project where people can leave their own biases and focus on cross-cultural homophobia
  • Event with lots of cosponsors with a showcase of these issues—each group researches one international issue
  • Also will help us heal our own community
  • This can also bring together people who are not in the queer community
  • Raise money for human rights/queer rights organizations that operate in the countries that have gross violations of human rights
  • Political pressure on the government to pressure Uganda to reject their new legislation to make homosexuality punishable by death or life in prison
  • Next meeting—map the world and map our campus (map which student groups would have an interest in each country/issue)
  • We can do initial research, then go to their meeting and present to them and ask for their support in x, y, z ways

 

Big Sib/ Little Sib!!

  • For those of you who went to Camp Wellstone, you know the importance of community building within activist communities
  • Send Cathy ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) an email if you want to sign up
  • Include your name and whether you want to be a big or little sib
  • This will be really chill, you will just hang out with your sib(s) a couple times per quarter (go to coffee or whatever)—not a huge time commitment
 

Notes from 11/10

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Intros

 

Camp Wellstone

  • Importance of relationships in activism
    • Do speed one-on-ones during meeting?
  • Power map—map groups in terms of power

 

Ground rules for Emma Goldman (meeting AND emails)

  • No personal attacks
  • Stick to the issue
  • Assume good intentions
  • Open-mindedness
  • Respect yourself and others
  • You are a member of
    • Emma Goldman
    • Stanford
    • Queer community
  • Do NOT expect people to represent their entire identity
    • Do not ask people to represent their group

 

Goals of Rules

  • Promoting dialogue
  • Life in general
  • Credibility

 

Goal

  • Make agenda for meetings more open for discussion

 

Trans email thread

  • Trans-friendly = someone who is really friendly to trans and outspoken about trans issues
  • Trans-allies = one step further—lots of education required
  • Trans awareness week
    • No vigil—last year only had trans people from outside Stanford and really strong trans allies—sad and depressing and not too productive
    • Focus on education
    • STAMP project
      • Pairs of Emma people go into the opposite bathroom than what they would be “assigned”
      • Two women go into men’s bathroom
      • A man (in drag) and a woman go into women’s bathroom—talk about how women’s bathroom can be a safer space
      • Talk about
      • Tuesday of Dead Week—training on Monday
    • Email campaign
      • Employment
      • Medical care
      • Public bathrooms
      • Housing
      • Day of Remembrance
    • Flyering campaign
    • Education based exhibit in Old Union
    • Monday at 9—meet in Terra

 

 

Co-Sponsorship Email Thread (note: These notes represent things people suggested, not necessarily a consensus in the group)

  • Should we co-sponsor other groups to form an activist community?
  • Pro: Marginalized groups have a lot of things in common—systems of oppression are similar
  • But, we only seem to be building a coalition with STAMP
  • Con: Sponsoring a politically charged event can alienate people
  • We need a degree of transparency in our co-sponsorships so that we are clear that we are not only sponsoring STAMP because of our relationship with them
  • Possibly get potential sponsors to come a week before to ask for money so we can discuss without them there
  • Question:  Was Emma Goldman founded with a political agenda in mind?
    • Should Emma Goldman’s affiliations with other groups depend on who is in it during that particular year?
  • Maybe we should not align ourselves with political causes that do not have to do with queer rights—keep in mind potential alienation
  • Proposal: Tuesday we think through our issues and our values and talk about how to make good policies
  • How can we make it clear why we are sponsoring something?  On email list, write a few sentences before e-flyer explaining
  • How can we deal with people who want to vote but can’t be present at meeting?
    • Proxy?
    •  Send out an email with agenda beforehand

 

 

Race and Queer Rights

  • LGBT center is hosting a discussion next Sunday about this issue

 

Next Tuesday:

Talk about Tran Remembrance Week

Facebook discussion

 

 

 

 

Emma notes 11/3

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Maine

  • Speak-Out – 9 poets will be in dining halls at 6:15
  • 7:00 meet at Old Union
  • Sarah will be in charge of outreach—but everyone needs to forward to their dorm lists
  • Emcee—Laura, backup Ben
  • Ben will contact the Daily

 

Maine Rally

  • Meet at Women’s Center at Noon
  • Laura will speak in lectures—make an official announcement
 
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