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Jewish Resistance at Aipac: Wesleyan Community Action Meeting

Matilda Ostow ’17 and Josh Bloom ’17 write in:

hello Wesleyan community!! we (matilda & josh) just completed a two day training with IfNotNow–a movement led by young Jews leading a Jewish resistance and seeking to end American Jewish support for the occupation.

we think the goals of this movement match up with a lot of feelings that young people across our country and on this campus specifically are feeling right now: the desire to fight for freedom and dignity for all! If you’re interested in learning more about this amazing organization that is fighting for the rights of palestinians, jews, and oppressed people’s all over the world and the HUGE action that they will be doing protesting outside of the annual AIPAC conference on March 26th, come to this event! It will be an inclusive space for learning, discussing, and understanding how we can develop our desires for resistance into organizing and action.

email jpbloom[at]wesleyan[dot]edu or mostow[at]wesleyan[dot]edu for any thoughts/inquiries/questions/comments/feelings ?

Date: Thursday, March 2
Time: 4:30-6 PM
Place: Albritton 311

Polyamorous Social

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Polyamorous? Interested in exploring an open relationship? Want to meet new friends and learn more about ethical non-monogamy?
Please join us for the Polyamorous Social, a social event for folks interested in polyamory and non-monogamy. This is an opportunity to learn more about these relationship styles, get advice and support, and make new friends and connections! Snacks will be provided.

Date: Thursday, March 2
Time: 7-9 PM
Place: Albritton 311

VIDEO: Wesleyan Students Protest #MuslimBan at Bradley International Airport

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On Sunday afternoon, Wesleyan students joined over 1,000 protesters at Bradley International Airport in The Council on American-Islamic Relations – Connecticut‘s protest against President Trump‘s Executive Order banning Muslim immigrants from 7 countries and halting immigration from Syria.

The President signed the order at 4:42 PM on Saturday, January 28th, to the dismay of millions of people worldwide. Just before 9 PM on Saturday, a federal judge ruled to block parts of the Executive Order preventing some of those detained from being immediately deported. However, the ruling failed to free those detained as a result of the ban, leaving many travellers unable to leave the airport or government custody despite having proper green cards and visas.

Wesleyan Students Protest Dakota Access Pipeline in New Haven

Photo Credit: Liberation News

Photo Credit: Kirill Lebedev for Liberation News

On Friday afternoon, a cohort of Wesleyan activists drove down to New Haven’s financial district to protest three major banks’ investments in the Dakota Access Pipeline. Students from Wesleyan Democratic Socialists and Fossil Fuel Divest joined other protestors on the march, which began at Wells Fargo, moved to Bank of America and the Federal Courthouse, and ended at TD Bank. At each stop, organizers and indigenous activists made speeches and led chants demanding a halt to pipeline construction and that the banks divest from the project. Read past the jump for more information about the march and specific calls to action from the protest’s organizers.

Wesleyan Hunger Banquet

screen_shot_2015-10-22_at_11-46-57_amFred Ayres ’17 writes in:

How many times have you heard the phrase, “I’m starving!” before going to eat dinner at Usdan? Is that what hunger really looks like? What about on a global scale?
Are you ready to find out?

Join us for a Hunger Banquet sponsored by the Hunger and Homelessness Program, and the Interfaith Council!

A Hunger Banquet is an interactive simulation of global inequality related to food, hunger, and income. Attendees will share a meal and participate in a discussion facilitated by fellow Wesleyan students.

Tickets or non-perishable items are required for admittance. Tickets will be available for a minimum $2 donation at Usdan during lunch on 10/27, 10/31, 11/1, and 11/2. You can also RSVP on Facebook.

Will you be one of the lucky ones? Or will you leave hungry?

Date: Wednesday, November 2
Time: 5:00-6:30 PM
Place: Albritton 311
Cost: $2+ donation or non-perishable items

Home Demolitions, Susya, and You

susyaAnna Fox ’19 writes in:

Susya is a Palestinian village in the South Hebron Hills of the West Bank that is currently under threat of demolition in order to expand the Israeli settlement next door. Join J Street U to learn how you can take action in your communities and stop the demolition of Susya!

This event will discuss the relationship between Israel, Palestine, and the settlement enterprise and their connection to Susya. This is a great opportunity to gain a nuanced insight on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. All voices, backgrounds, and perspectives are welcome and encouraged.

Date: Sunday, October 30
Time: 1:00-2:00 PM
Place: Albritton 304

Songwriting Workshop with Jess Best

jess-best-workshopExciting opportunity for all you aspiring musicians:

Join Wes Alum Jess Best at Alpha Delt for a Songwriting Workshop this Saturday 4pm-6pm. She will be there with her seven-piece band talking about the songwriting process and sharing the evolution of the songs off her recent EP Kid Again. Be sure to come with any songs you’re working on because there will be time built in to share your work with the group and then workshop your songs with her full band!

Date: Saturday, October 29
Time: 4:00-6:00 PM
Place: Alpha Delt

Artist talk by Nancy Ottmann Albert – “Documents in Black and White”

hillcrest-orchardsNancy Ottmann Albert (MALS ’94) will speak about her photographic exhibition “Documents in Black and White,” currently on display in the Special Collections & Archives exhibit cases. The works are selected from the Nancy Ottmann Albert Collection, which she recently donated to Wesleyan, and span the thirty years she spent documenting New England’s built environment. In 1981, inspired by Walker Evans and the FSA photographers, Albert began to photograph textile mills and industrial sites throughout New England. She returned over the years to record their decline and disappearance, shooting black and white film in a medium format camera. Further exploration led her to seek out other endangered structures and landscapes. These include mental institutions emptied by changing philosophies of treatment and a commissioned study of Long River Village, Middletown’s oldest housing project, prior to its demolition. The exhibition also contains images of roadside and urban vernacular architecture; barns and abandoned homesteads; filling stations; drive-in theaters. All of the work, which includes gelatin silver photographs, was printed by the artist. The exhibition will be open through Friday, December 16, 2016.

The talk and event are free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by Special Collections & Archives, Wesleyan Library, and the Friends of the Wesleyan Library. For more information, email libfriends[at]wesleyan[dot]edu.

Date: Friday, October 28
Time: 7:00 PM
Place: 
Develin Room, 2nd floor, Olin Library