Sunday, March 15, 2009

Responses: March 15, 2009

So far, there has been no official reaction or response to the Town Hall meeting that happened on March 13, 2009.

Some time on March 15, various important pieces of our protest were taken down by anonymous person/s.
Our Open Letter on the window-walls was taken down.
Our Statement on White Walls on the office door was taken down.
Both the anonymous questions someone posted on the front doors to the Barker, and our signed response to those questions were taken down.
The statement "You are now entering a space of privilege and power" on the back entrance door was taken down.

We do not know if the removed material has been stored, or thrown away.
We have not been contacted by anyone about the removal.

1 comment:

  1. I'm not sure if the members of THIS read emails, but this was my response, and the emailing of it to staff, faculty, and students made it official.

    This is my response to THIS and the town hall. I'm sorry if you did not see it as such.

    Email from Brent Radeke March 13th:

    So, I was sifting through my hundreds of emails today, and i came across something I thought might be of interest.

    Today's Town Hall made me think of the different ways this university is already working on creating safe spaces for different marginalized groups, different minorities, and I thought, although the discussion today centered around anti-racist work, there is still a great deal which needs to be done in regards to the GLBT Social Movement. I've been encouraged by fellow students, possibly working on THIS, to contribute to a sexuality portion of the protest in the Barker. Instead, I'm requesting that everyone receive Ally training. I offer this resource as a way to educate, to understand homophobia (including internalized homophobia), and to begin to break down the institutionalized heterormativity which permeates even the Barker.

    Please go, please attend. I dare not hope to speak for all the GLBTQ identified or non-identified members of the dance program, but please, in concert with many of the goals of the groups at the town hall, be proactive in educating yourself about GLBTQ issues.

    Your queer friend,

    Brent Radeke

    University of Minnesota
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    GLBTA Programs Office E-Blast
    Friday, March 13, 2009

    Bridging Our Communities

    RSVP for Spring 2009 GLBT Ally Trainings!
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    The GLBTA Programs Office presents free Ally Trainings at the St. Paul Student Center (March 24) and Coffman Union (April 13)! These are important, no-cost opportunities to gain knowledge and skills about gender & sexual diversity, and to ask questions and engage in conversations we don't often have the chance to explore -- please spread the word, and encourage your staff, class, dept, organization, etc, to attend!

    Ally Training participants learn about GLBTA communities, think critically about gender and sexuality, discuss language and privilege, and explore how we can be allies to each other. Attendees hopefully leave the training with newfound awareness and concrete steps they can take to help make our campus and larger communities more welcoming and affirming for everyone.

    We will also be debuting our new Ally stickers and buttons, featuring the new logo seen above!

    GLBT Ally Training: St. Paul Campus
    Tues, March 24, 2:00-5:00 PM
    St. Paul Student Center, MN Commons Room (1st floor)

    GLBT Ally Training: Minneapolis Campus
    Mon, April 13, 2:00-5:00 PM
    Coffman Union, Presidents Room (332)

    We are currently planning a series of Ally Training follow-up sessions for folks who want to continue to build their skills and explore issues of gender and sexuality, entitled ACE: Ally Continuing Education. The following is the first informal discussion session:

    Ally Lunch Discussion: Training Follow-Up
    Wed, April 29, Noon-1:30 PM
    Coffman Union 324

    Bring your lunch and your thoughts about being a GLBT community ally to this informal, interactive discussion about how it feels to be out as an ally at home, at work, in the classroom, and within GLBTA organizations -- and how we can support each other to overcome challenges and use our privilege to work for social justice. Conversation will be geared toward the experiences of hetero-identified and/or gender-conforming people, but everyone is welcome! First session in a series of open dialogues.

    These events are free and open to the public. Cookies and beverages will be served.

    For all sessions, please RSVP to
    (RSVPs are not required, but very helpful for planning.) Thank you!

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