Monday, May 17, 2010

'Why We Rage' Wednesday at 7:30

Wednesday, May 19th, at 7:30pm
In the Student Recreation Center Bonus Room
7:30 PM - Doors open
8:00 PM - Student acts start
9:00 PM - Athens Boys Choir



"Why We Rage" is an event spawned from the the printed publication that shares the same name.

The print version of "Why We Rage" originated with the creative and frustrated energies of students exercising their passions in the face of blind cultural ignorance and oppression. Seeking an outlet for their grievances, student poets, writers, commentators, embarked on expressing their feelings through cultural work as a way to educate others and enact change.

The "Why We Rage" event is a way for students to come together to express their passions for social justice, peace, equity, and sustainability.

Read the full letter from Alex Esparza (ASUO Multicultural Advocate, LGBTQA Co-Director, OSERA Co-Chair) after the jump.


Letter From Alex Esparza:
Hello all!

The week of the event has finally arrived!! This Wednesday, May 19th, at 7:30pm in the SRC Bonus Rm is the Why We Rage event! This is being put on by myself as the ASUO MCA, the MCC, MEChA, the LGBTQA, and the student unions as a whole. Its going to be an amazing event and a really unique opportunity to hear student pieces--spoken word, poetry, music, and artwork--as well as Athens Boys Choir. Please attend and show support! Below is an explanation of Why We Rage and Athens Boys Choir.

Why We Rage originated with the creative and frustrated energies of students exercising their passions for social justice, peace, equity, and sustainability in the face of unknowing, often blind cultural ignorance, willful denial, institutional, and intersectional oppression. Seeking a positive outlet for their legitimate grievances, student poets, writers, commentators, embark on expressing their feelings through cultural work as a healthy way to share their experiences and further educate a broader audience with the goal of encouraging all people to step up and develop plans of action to achieve genuine coalitional solidarity and community.

A page of "Explanation of the Publication" states: "Why We Rage is a space for student voices to be presented in a manner that reflects their opinions and values concerning various social issues. For many students, activism is an integral part of their lives along with their studies. Through their quest for social justice, many students encounter some form of resistance and find it difficult to express their anger. Often times, the anger of people of color is considered unproductive" or is devalued. In reality, this anger is an indicator of unjust social conditions that are harmful to everyone. This concerns issues such as racism (institutional, systemic, interpersonal, and otherwise), discrimination on various levels, and misunderstanding of gender, class, and sexuality."

Katz, aka Athens Boys Choir, is a spoken word artist from Athens, Georgia. He is a trans activist, often speaking to issues of marginalization of the trans and Queer communities. He was one of the lead performers of Out/Loud last year, and was widely received.

So please, save the date!!

In solidarity,

Alex

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