Emma Goldman Society For Queer Liberation

...because the most violent element in society is ignorance

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Emma notes 10/27

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Opening words—Ben (words from gawker.com)



  • Jeff—AIDS, Love, (and the Secret Life of College Students)
    • Scott Fried will present
    • Friday October 30th, 8:30 PM, after Shabbat Services and dinner
    • 2nd floor of Koret Pavilion



  • Phonebanking
    • Sunday 12-5
    • In the LGBT Center/ Women’s Community Center
    • Recruit like crazy!  The election is coming up and we really need this win—it will be the first time that same-sex marriage will win by popular vote
    • Training will be on the hour, debriefs on the half hour


  • Hip Hop and Riot-Folk
    • Tomorrow (Wednesday)! 
    • 8:00 PM at Synergy
    • Performance by Steel Strings and Break Beats—will be performing social justice music


  • Travel for Change
    • Free plane tickets to go to Maine this weekend and free hotel room
    • Go for the weekend of October 30th through the election – help out Travel for Change


  • Arrange a rally for November 4th
    • 1 year anniversary of Prop 8
    • Outcome of Maine election—either a protest or a celebration
    • 6:45 or 7—gather at Old Union
    • Spoken Word may perform


  • Blood restrictions
    • Even if you are in the hospital and it’s an emergency, you can’t get a blood transfusion from a man who has had sex with a man or from a woman who has had sex with a man who has had sex with a man
    • We will come back to this issue after the election on November 4th

Emma meeting notes 10/13

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Opening words—Laura

NEM Stories

Sarah—Four hours of speeches, was exhausting but every speech was intelligent and empowering.  The speeches addressed the youth and challenged the audience.

Bethany—The beginning of the march at 15th and 9th; youth led the march.  Richard, another person working on the youth event, led the cheers.  There was a rainbow in the sky while they were marching.

Rebecca—The trip home.  First time being “out” in public; when a man made a disparaging remark she yelled at him

Kenzie—Standing on capital hill was life-changing.  Also, a random person had heard about NMB because her aunt joined it—NMB is really spreading!

Laura—She was backstage with the organizers and they looked down Pennsylvania Avenue and there were people as far as the eye could see.  She thanked Cleve Jones for organizing, and gave him a ring, and it fit perfectly.  Cleve Jones later said that because of that moment, he “knows that the torch has been passed (to the youth)”.

Criticism of the Obama speech—same old rhetoric, no timetables, didn’t use the word “marriage”.  When Obama said, “You are our neighbors, our spouses, etc” he left out any words that could refer to youth. 


Phone-banking – Ben

  • First phone-banking this Saturday from 11-3 in the LGBT center
  • Every Saturday for the next 3 Saturdays until the election from 11-3
  • Bring your cell phone (and charger) and your laptop
  • Chris Riley from Equality California will help us out


  • Equality California is going to Maine to work against Prop 1
  • We need to win—first time winning by popular vote
  • The wording of Prop 1 is really confusing so that is why phone-banking is really important; even people who are pro-gay rights might read the proposition and not know which way to vote


  • Documentary about a girl who drove her vandalized VW Bug across the country
  • Ali—will screen the movie after Terra Happy Hour in the Game Room so we can decide how to proceed with bringing the movie to campus for a larger audience

Trans Awareness Vigil

  • November 20th
  • Candlelight vigil with a possible drum circle afterwards

Community Organizing

  • November 7th and 8th
  • Camp Wellstone
  • Sign-ups through Emma list


  • Kyle, a freshman, wants to start an awareness newsletter about homophobia
  • There has been a lot of homophobia in the freshman class this year, possibly because of the all-frosh setting


Laura—Laura was misquoted in a USA Today article; Laura used the word “queer” a lot and did not use “gay” or “lesbian” and the USA Today article used the words “gay” and “lesbian” exclusively

  • Obama’s speech was trans-inclusive but reports did not cover this
  • Media is not very inclusive
  • “Queer” encompasses everything in the LGBT community, plus we need to reclaim derogatory words and use them how we want
  • To them it’s just words, but it does leave out part of our community
  • On the other hand, we sometimes only have a very short amount of time to convince people to support our cause, and getting into all the distinctions of the LGBT community can make that more difficult
  • Laura plans to call the reporter and ask her what happened


Closing Words—Chris


Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 October 2009 07:55

Meeting Notes 9/28

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  • Where we came from & history of Emma

    • Organized a “No on Prop 8” campaign last year

    • After Prop 8 passed, organized blockade of Circle of Death

    • One week later, formed Emma Goldman Society

    • Events from last year

      • Rallies—one in four queer youth attempts suicide; response to Supreme Court decision on Prop 8

      • National Marriage Boycott

      • Inauguration day letters (“Change”)

      • Went to Meet in the Middle for Equality

  • Agenda Items & Ideas for this quarter

      • Fly out to Natl March for Equality on Oct 11 (Washington DC)

        • Point people: Kenzie, Bethany, Laura

        • Contact Kenzie if you want to go ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

        • Emma Goldman has some money to subsidize cost of plane ticket (about $100 per person right now, but could go up or down if people sign up or drop out)

        • Need to commit by this weekend

        • Emma Goldman has been organizing a youth event

      • Support Community-Organizing Training planning

        • Emma Goldman went to Camp Courage—community organizing

        • Camp Wellstone will be at Stanford on November 7th and 8th

      • Volunteering with Maine campaign?

        • Ben is trying to organize a phone bank to fight Question 1 through Equality California

        • Question 1 – would repeal gay marriage rights

        • Email Ben if you want to help out ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

      • FagBug

        • Erin Davies' car was vandalized with anti-gay slogans; she drove it around the country to raise awareness of anti-gay hate crimes. She has made a movie called FagBug and wishes to show it to Stanford students

        • Asking for $1500 to come to campus

          • We can ask for funding from art groups, activist groups, etc.

        • Contact Ali at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you want to help out

  • Group Brainstorm on new projects/issues

    • Trans awareness events

      • Last year—members wore pins saying “Ask me about Trans rights”

      • Ideas for this year

        • Bring Dragonsani Renteria to campus to speak

          • He is deaf, trans, and Chicano

        • Trans Week – movie screenings, awareness activities, panel

    • Raise awareness for queer homeless youth

      • Chloe Noble

        • “Operation Shine”

        • She is walking across the country for homeless queer youth

        • People who go to D.C. might be able to see her and potentially get her to come to campus

    • Hate crime legislation

    • STAMP – Stanford Theatre Activist Mobilization Project

      • If you have any ideas for guerilla theatre, run it by us and by STAMP and we can potentially collaborate with them

      • Guerilla theatre – surprise street theatre performed for an unsuspecting audience that raises awareness of an issue

      • STAMP is very queer friendly

    • Collaborate with local GSAs

    • Admit Weekend

    • Rally in response to Maine vote

    • Rally on the same day as March on Washington

      • Solidarity event

      • Focus on hate crimes, homelessness, marriage

    • Something to focus on latent homophobia in freshman class

      • Not as comfortable with the issue as the older, more mature classes

      • Homophobia seems to be getting worse because freshman are more cloistered in all-freshman dorms

      • Freshmen can do flyers to put in the bathroom stalls

    • Something to focus on the Athletic Department

      • There is a lot of homophobia on the athletic teams

      • Emma Goldman sent a letter to the athletic director asking for major changes to be made in the department already but did not receive a satisfactory response

      • Amping up the campaign—but we want to do it right so we need your help!

    • Host some kind of party hosted by the queer community

      • Terra Party

      • QSA hosts a queer formal in the winter

      • GenderFuck

      • Maybe do something for the freshmen?

Next meeting: Tuesday, October 6th at 7:30 PM in the Terra Lounge


Meeting notes from 10/6

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Emma Goldman Meeting Notes 10/6
  • Opening words – The Impossible Will Take A Little While


  • National Coming Out Day – Monday October 12
  • Washington DC—8 people are going from Stanford
  • Solidarity event for Saturday October 10th– Imani is the point person; email her if you want to help out ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )
  • Community organizing training—Camp Wellstone (November 7th  (12-6) and 8th (12-4))
    • Email Laura if you want to help out or attend
    • You can attend only Saturday or both days (Sunday is more advanced training)
  • Maine Phonebanking –Ben is point person ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )
    • Thursday October 6 at 2:30—going to San Jose to get trained in phone banking (this will last about 2.5 hours)
    • You can help out even if you can’t attend training – just let Ben know how much time you can commit
  • Trans awareness week
    • November 20th is national Transgender Remembrance Day–solemn event
    • We can do an awareness week separately or do something for the official national event
    • Candlelight vigil on Transgender Remembrance Day
  • Queer Homeless Youth
    • People who are going to DC will be learning a lot about queer homeless youth
    • When they get back, we will discuss how we can help
  • Disorientation Guide
    • Series of stories written by Stanford students
    • Jenna ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )—wants us to write stories about queer activism on Stanford campus
    • 300-500 words written within the next week (by around October 13th)
    • Jenna will email out a PDF of the old guide
  • October 30th—JSA is inviting Scott Freed to speak
    • He will be speaking about his life coming out and his experience with HIV
    • JSA is looking for co-sponsorship – Total cost is $1000
    • Our presence there would be very valuable because it is a discussion type event
    • Friday 8:30 Hillel Center
    • Emma Goldman and JQ will apply for money together from ASSU
    • Jihad for Love – about being queer and Muslim
    • Also looking for co-sponsor – but no money involved, we just need to attend
    • Will be screened on a Thursday in the next few weeks
  • Amanda Gelender is doing a play about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and student activism
    • It is relevant because it involves direct action and marginalized people
    • We can have a table outside and get a bio during the play
  • Closing words—also from The Impossible Will Take Awhile
Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 October 2009 07:49

Fall Quarter Mtg. Schedule

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Everyone (everyone! allies, queers, bisexuals, trans folks, qpoc, apoc, religious peeps, & you too) is(are) welcome to any one of our many meetings this quarter.  

We always have open meetings and there's no meeting quota in order to be a member.  Even if you just attend any of our events, hopefully you'll consider yourself part of the Emma Goldman Society.  And just a reminder, Emma Goldman Society is a radically inclusive group & we promote activism with an emphasis on marginalized members of the queer community.  Learn more here

 Our 1st meeting of the year is...

Tues, Sept. 29th


Terra Lounge

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Mtgs for Fall Quarter will be...

Tuesdays (excluding university holidays)


Terra Lounge


 If you have any questions, email this year's meeting leader, Laura: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

Last Updated on Saturday, 19 September 2009 09:39

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