Saturday, February 6, 2010

Another Pacifica Forum Protest

The student led protest against the Pacifica Forum proved to be another effective means for students to voice their concern against hosting the group on campus.

We want to thank KVAL for the video footage.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Freedom Fighter of the Year Award Goes to John Walsh

The Oregon branch of the  National Organization for the Reformation of Marijuana Laws (NORML) awarded longtime Survival Center volunteer and activist John Walsh with the 2009 Freedom Fighter of the Year Award.

John helped found the new UO chapter of Students for a Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) and has been gathering signatures for ballot measures since as long as I can remember. For more information about the Oregon Cannabis Tax Act or the new SSDP chapter you can ask John in person most days of the week at his table in the EMU food court area. While you are there you should probably sign his petition too.

SSDP meets Tuesdays at 7pm in the Survival Center (in the EMU next to the Craft Center).

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Our Website is Almost Complete: Hello 1994

We think this World Wide Web thing could really take off. If you have any input about the site, or have any more cool links, let us know by sending an electronic mail to: studentinsurgent(at)

Visit again the day after tomorrow for. We have a calender and more photos in the tubes (and the site may work better overall).

Also check out Hampster Dance for a funny link we received via electronic mail.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

LGBTQA Solidarity March Unites Campus Community

Around 300 people came together Tuesday night for a vigil in support of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans Queer Alliance.  On Feb 1st cleaning staff entered the LGBTQA office in the EMU to find a large swastika spray-painted on the carpet. This event is just one of many this week to build solidarity against hate in the community. An attack on one is an attack on all. For a list of related upcoming events click 'read more'.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Responding to hate crime

The LGBTQA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Transgender, Queer, Alliance), was broken into and tagged over the weekend with a swastika spray-painted on the carpet and paint on the computer. 

"I locked the door on Friday", said one member, but the door was unlocked when the Swastika was discovered in the office at 1am on Monday by janitors.  The building is open during the weekend, "It looks like someone had a key".

The University President sent out a letter responding to it. The attack comes three  weeks after Pacifica Forum held a discussion promoting the swastika. While form members may not have committed the act of act of violence and vandalism, they most certainly did promote it with their hate speech- in that lecture Billly Rojas, speaker, is quoted as saying "Homosexuality is a mental disorder". No surprise the LGBTQA office was targeted. 

In response a candle light vigil will be held on Tuesday at 6 pm in the amphitheatre.

On Wednesday, there will be a march at 12 noon. from the amphitheatre, this will be symbolic of taking back the campus as a safe space.

On Friday, in response to the Pacifica forum, a protest will begin at Johnson hall at 2pm. 

Pacifica Forum meets weekly at the U of O

The Insurgent Stands in Solidarity with the LGBTQ community. Hate crime is unacceptable, but it would be ignorant to assume hate crime exists in a vacuum. The Pacifica Forum and other hate groups exist in our community, it is necessary to repel these groups and maintain a community we can all remain safe in.