I’ll take “Things a white person says” for $500, Alex.
Tell that to John Crawford who wasn’t even given time to put the air rifle he was holding down.
I’ve been bouncing around the idea of a free mini-conference in the Twin Cities (also aiming for internet connectivity so as to involve those that can’t travel) for Millennials, and I’d like some input for panel ideas!
**The conference would be focused around providing Millennials a safe community space to discuss issues affecting our generation, specifically relating to the economy and job market. The goal of the conference would be to brainstorm action-oriented ideas to enact change to better the circumstances we find ourselves in, and to provide a sense of agency to replace the hopelessness and powerlessness a lot of us feel right now.**
I’m looking for potential venues right now in the Twin Cities, and the basic idea is three rooms that can fit maybe 25-50 people each. Either a half or a full-day conference, depending on the level of interest and what upfront costs would be for the venue. 40 minute panels with a 15-20 minute break between.
This would break it down into three tracks with 4 (half-day) or 8 (full-day) panels each.
I think it’s important to focus on intersectionality in this conference, because the media image of Millennials tends to skew very strongly Gold Star Ambassador* Upper-Middle Class White People. I don’t just want there to be panels on intersectionality (though there definitely need to be), but I want to attempt to build a committee to join me in the planning process so I’m not the White Girl trying to direct things I’m not qualified to.
Here are some of my panel ideas, for starters:
- Mental health and the workplace
- Race and job-hunting
- Tattoos, piercings, haircuts, other nontraditional appearances and the workplace
- Financial independence and stigma against returning home
- Cost of education, free education alternatives
- Your value as a person based on economic productivity, and whether this will change in our society in the future
- Changing public perception of low-wage/service industry jobs
- Utilizing the “overeducation” problem in unique ways
- Parents unwilling and/or unable to help financially when you’re underemployed or unemployed
- Homelessness and near-homelessness in our generation, and housing alternatives
- Providing goods/services that are valuable to society as a whole, but not getting paid for them
- Side gigs: Making ends meet while un/underemployed
- Organized community action: Where Occupy Wall Street failed and what could be done better to enact policy changes
- Social media and societal change/community organizing
- Various ways to combat the media image of Millennials as lazy, unproductive, apathetic, money-obsessed, unprofessional, etc
- Fandom as a tool for social change?
Please reblog to spread the word! To add ideas, please comment, reblog, message me, whatever you’d like. I’m so excited about this, and I hope other people will find it to be a useful tool.
*Gold Star Ambassador: Usually upper-middle class, neurotypical, straight, white or white-passing, cisgender, no criminal record, excessively polite when reacting to problematic comments, able-bodied, highly educated, English-speaking, etc.
I think this is a cool idea, and I can personally vouch for Jackie’s conference-planning chops.
If you try to justify shooting an unarmed kid in the face because he allegedly stole a cigar, we need to have a little talk.
Or maybe you’re not worth talking to.
Not to mention that he’s a SUSPECT, not definitely guilty of a crime, and that if that had anything to actually do with what happened last weekend, we would have heard more about it before now.
And we would have heard if he actually had the cigars on him.
And we would have heard because they would have arrested his companion on the spot.
But more than anything else, this is the goddamn United States of America. There is no death penalty for property crimes. And even if there were, police don’t get to make that decision.
Even if Brown had stolen 1,000 cigars—and right now, no one has proved that he even stole one—it doesn’t change the fact that a police officer shot an unarmed black man in the street. It doesn’t change the fact that when his community expressed shock, outrage, and grief at his death the police responded with armored cars, riot shields, tear gas, and rubber bullets.
I hope that a lot of people learned something about the way criminal justice happens—or doesn’t happen—in the U.S., but more than that, I hope we don’t forget what we learned in a month, or in six months, or in a year.
Yes, FFS, stop deliberately misunderstanding what is meant by the term “privilege” when used in the context of racism/sexism/etc.
via The Huffington Post.
Described as ‘fine person’
If you think it’s odd that people might get violent when met with violence,
in spite of “the teachings of Martin Luther King, Jr.”,
then obviously you don’t remember what happened to MLK.
I’m not saying violence is the answer,
but usually when people feel their lives are threatened
they stand their ground.