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June 9th, 2006

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10:02 am - idea
for the last two years, i have had an idea that has come to various stages of fruition but never quite materialized into something meaningful. despite the risks and reasons to keep it a dream kicking around in my mind, i think it is finally time for me to make it a reality.

i'd like to revive the defunct chapter of the national organization for women (NOW) at umd. ideally, it would be an official chapter with direct association to the d.c. office. our issues would reflect NOW's campaigns in the context of local women's lives, seeking to establish a network for mobilizing a umd and greater detroit network with the greater membership of NOW. the key issues/activities may be, for example, choice advocacy, alliances with organized labor (an untapped resource at umd), prison reform campaigns, marriage rights campaigns, anti-domestic violence campaigns, political campaigns (especially as 2008 approaches), affirmative action, global women's health, etc. the chapter would represent a currently absent leftist voice on our campus that would reinforce the projects of other campus orgs and help to strengthen the resultant progressive network, including but not limited to WILL, Amnesty International, SOAR, and possibly HOPE. this is what i envision as a successful chapter.

any thoughts, livejournal friends? i am sure that the only way to get this off the ground is by finding a few other students willing to commit to some meetings and a few preliminary planning things, though i am prepared to take on the bulk of the work in cutting through bureacracy and getting the word out. is anyone interested in joining a revived chapter of NOW on our fair campus?

(2 comments | ca ne suffit pas?)


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Date:June 9th, 2006 07:56 pm (UTC)
I'd be down.
Date:July 26th, 2006 01:28 pm (UTC)
One of my good friends from high school was Amnesty International president at Oakland - any interest with working with their program to coordinate events?

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