Earlier today, thousands gathered at JFK International Airport to protest the detaining of 12 people from the list of seven majority-Muslim countries covered in Trump’s executive order from yesterday. This order has suspended all immigration from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Yemen, Libya and Somalia for the next 90 days, regardless of visa and permanent resident status. The order also bans entry of all refugees for the next 120 days and the entry of Syrian refugees indefinitely.
Among those at JFK earlier today was Casey Smith ’17, who gives more information about what’s going on there:
At least a dozen refugees and immigrants from the now-banned Muslim-majority countries were detained by Customs and Border Patrol inside JFK and more–unclear how many–were detained at airports around the country. The protests were posted on Facebook by immigrants’ rights and human rights activists, including Linda Sarsour. Lawyers from the International Refugee Assistance Project and the ACLU were inside the airport, by the arrivals gate, working to get in touch with the detained refugees. At the time of writing one Iraqi refugee had been released but the others were still detained. Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez (NY-7) was inside the airport and at the protests all day to advocate for CBP to release the refugees. Protestors shouted “no ban, no wall” and that immigrants/refugees/Muslims are welcome here.
Smith also said that it is important that those who are directly affected by the ban be centered in conversations about the policy. Read past the jump for reactions to the news:
From the American Studies Department:
Come hear Wesleyan students publicly present their research from the American Studies course, Anarchy in America: From Haymarket to Occupy Wall Street, taught by Professor of American Studies J. Kehaulani Kauanui. The course focused on anarchism as a political philosophy and practice—a little known aspect of American culture and society. Students examined select aspects of anarchist political thought and praxis in the United States and the ways that anarchism has been represented positively, vilified, or dismissed. The class included histories, philosophies and theories, and activism; it explored a range of diverse political traditions including individualist anarchism, socialist anarchism, anarcha-feminism, black anarchism, queer anarchism, indigenous influences and critiques, and other schools of thought. Professor Kauanui will moderate the following two panels.
10 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Historical Genealogies & Radical Analysis
“Free Love, Motherhood, and Spiritism: Reading Anarchy Through the Writings of Luisa Capetillo,” Iryelis López ’17
“Love as Prefigurative Politics: A Critical Examination of the Revolutionary Potentials of Non-Monogamy,” Sarah Lurie ’17
“Black Feminist Resonances: The Overlaps and Intersections With Anarchist Principles,” Kaiyana Cervera ’19
Noon to 1:30 p.m. Community Resistance and Diverse Forms of Direct Action
“Encrypted But Not Cryptic: An Intro to Crypto Anarchy and Practical Resistance of the Modern Surveillance State,” Kate Pappas ’18
“Threads of Anarchism: A Look at Flint Community Action Amidst a State Crime,” Aura Ochoa ’17
“Power to the People! Energy Democracy and the Socialization of our Energy Infrastructure,” Joshua Nodiff ’19
Date: Saturday, October 1
Place: Russell Library (NOT Russell House!), 123 Broad Street, Middletown, CT 06457
“Our politicians are turning a blind eye to the protesters and to the native peoples as a new tyranny of oil is taking over our government” – Josh Nodiff ’19
On Friday, September 9, Dragonfly Climate Collective, a local anti-capitalist environmental justice group, organized an action outside of TD Bank on Washington Street to protest the bank’s investment in the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). Over 125 people from Wesleyan, Middletown, and greater Connecticut area turned out in response to a call for solidarity actions from the Camp of the Sacred Stones and the Red Warrior Camp, the two camps that have been leading the resistance against the DAPL. The Dragonfly Climate Collective report on the action can be found here.
After playing Spring Fling last year, the rad alumnae of Overcoats return to campus after an impressive year of touring, recording, and general badassery:
Folktronica duo Overcoats (Hana Elion and JJ Mitchell ’15) will share their experiences as female musicians at Wesleyan and beyond. After graduating in 2015, the duo headed to Ireland and the UK to tour their debut EP. Now back in New York, they’ve been playing shows and recording new music. The duo has had a lot of success in the past 10 months, playing festivals alongside Leon Bridges and Ibeyi, performing at NPR’s Mountain Stage, and showcasing at SXSW in Austin in March.
They wish to return to their alma mater to speak about the music they make and their experience of gender dynamics in the industry (especially within electronic music). They aim to facilitate a discussion on the power dynamics of gender within the music scene. They will talk about themes like strength and vulnerability, knowledge as power, technology and skill, and more. The forum discussion will be followed by a performance of their original music.
They will also be performing with Old Soles, Ives, and DJ Kfeelz at Earth House: they go on at 10:30 Saturday night !
Date: Saturday, April 23
Time: Talk – 4 PM // Concert – 10:30 PM
Place: Earth House
We are (only) a week back from break, so hopefully everyone’s stopped asking what you did during it. These questions can be genuine…or loaded and empty. They can also be opportunities for class privilege to shine strong. However, every year, a few student groups and Wes departments help facilitate some truly dope spring break trips that bring students from around campus together and get them out of central Connecticut for a few days. Doing spring break with a student group or academic department often lifts organizational (and sometimes financial) burdens off of individual students and also tends to be hella fulfilling and really fun.
So, we’ve reached out to a few groups who did cool shit over break and put together a roundup post of some cool Wes spring breaks. We apologize to any thesis writers who may have been here all break nibbling on a Twizzler in their thesis carrel every day, but we promise we’ll make it up to you. But for now, take a look at these folks’ fun times:
From Aviv Rau ’19:
Interested in worker’s rights? Want higher wages for
students, Sun Services staff, construction workers, and others both on and off campus? Wesleyan’s United Student Labor Action Coalition is
definitely the student group for you. Come check out this week’s
meeting and get involved! *Snacks will be served.*
Date: Tuesday, March 29
Time: 9:00 PM
From Caroline Monahan ’16:
This spring break, work to end mass incarceration.
Come to 41 Wyllys Room 113 for an info session on a Wesleyan lobbying trip to DC from March 12-15. On this trip led by Wes for Peace, we’ll lobby our Congress members with over 200 other college students on the Sentencing Reforms and Corrections Act of 2015 (http://fcnl.org/events/slw/FCNL_SentAct2015_Sum.pdf).
Come lobby with us. Tell your representatives to make the right choice about mass incarceration. Come find out more at our info session, or email cmonahan[at]wesleyan[dot]edu if you can’t make it.
“We could choose to be a nation that extends care, compassion, and concern to those who are locked up and locked out or headed for prison before they are old enough to vote. We could seek for them the same opportunities we seek for our own children; we could treat them like one of “us.” We could do that. Or we can choose to be a nation that shames and blames its most vulnerable, affixes badges of dishonor upon them at young ages, and then relegates them to a permanent second-class status for life.”
— Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow
Date: Monday, February 15
Time: 8:00 – 9:00 PM
Place: 41 Wyllys Room 113
Confession: I spent my Friday night watching Rebel Wilson try to make “dicksand” happen in the new movie How To Be Single, but it was all in the name of Wesleyan-related ~journalism~.
For those of you who don’t know, How To Be Single is the tale of a recent graduate (played by fake pubes-wearing Dakota Johnson) after she breaks up with her college sweetheart and has a quarter-life crisis (so eccentric!). Luckily, her rambunctious gal pal Rebel Wilson is there to make as many phallic jokes as possible in under two hours, and a lot of debauchery sets in as these ladies and their friends Leslie Mann and Alison Brie deal with the dudebro-infested waters of modern dating.
I don’t think it was possible for me to want to see this movie less, until this mysterious tweet popped up:
WHAT THE GODDAMN HELL?? We obviously followed up and this conversation ensued:
From Emily Murphy ’18:
Hate food waste? Looking to be involved in the Middletown community?
Food Rescue needs your help! Sign up for a once-a-week, 20 minute night time shift to drive food from the Wesleyan dining halls to a local homeless shelter.
*Volunteers with and without cars needed!!*
Please email wesfoodrescue[at]gmail[dot]com for any questions and further instructions before shifts start!
Date: From Sunday, February 7 to Sunday, May 8
Time: 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Cosby meeting with the Director of University Relations and John Woodhouse ’53 during a 2010 fundraising event for Green Street Arts Center. (Photo by Olivia Drake)
Content warning: This article discusses allegations of sexual assault. Community and official support resources can be accessed here, here, and here.
Conversations and actions regarding sexual assault at Wesleyan are nothing new. Hookup culture at this University has extensively been written about on Wesleying and elsewhere. Wesleyan was featured in Kirby Dick’s The Hunting Ground, a 2015 documentary about rape on college campuses. Wesleyan also has a longstanding history of association with Bill Cosby.
It is news to none that there is strong evidence to suggest that Bill Cosby is a serial rapist. Cosby has now been formally charged with three felony accounts of aggravated indecent assault, which comes after more than 40 women have come forward publicly stating that they are survivors of instances in which Bill Cosby sexually assaulted them. In the cultural dialogue that followed the bringing-forth of these stories, attention began to turn to the 37 colleges and universities, Wesleyan being one, that have granted Cosby an honorary degree, a symbol of institutional support. Questions were being raised as to whether these degrees should be rescinded as a means to destroy this symbolism in college environments already plagued with rape culture.
In 1987, Wesleyan granted Cosby an honorary doctorate of letters. That same year, Cosby gave the commencement address, the full-text of which can be found here. Cosby’s daughter, Erika Ranee Cosby ’87, received a bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan that day as well.
In April 2015, the Argus published an article on whether Wesleyan would rescind Cosby’s honorary doctorate, and in it, President Roth stated: