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An African Arts Festival Downtown Grand Forks To encourage a knowledge of one's own history - A generous benefactor has donated tickets to the first 10 arriving students who identify as Black/African-American.
6:30PM Empire Arts Center
$20|General Public $12|Students/Military
SOLIDARITY SATURDAYS: January 31, 2015
Three cities, one time, one common purpose!
Solidarity Saturdays (1:00-2:00-pm) will be informal gatherings of multiple organizations and people to talk about our shared concerns in North Dakota and to keep tabs on bills that come up during legislative session.
These gatherings seek to foster a place for us to further our knowledge, conversation, and understanding of each of our affiliated organizations and underscore our shared values.
Bismarck: Unitarian Universalist Church: 818 East Divide Avenue
Grand Forks: Archives Coffee House: 3012 University Ave.
Fargo: Red Raven: 916 Main Ave
Multicultural Student Services
Dear White People
A satire about being a black face in a white place
7:00pm- 9:00 pm
UND Memorial Union Loading Dock
Grand Forks, ND 58203
Dining Center Black History Month Meal
A meal chosen to represent the Black/African American community and history. An educational table will give historical information on food and the community.
4:00pm-Close of Dining Center
Squires Dining Center
W. Kaumu Bell
A comedian who uses comedy to address the issues surrounding race and ethnicity to unpack the discussion in understandable ways.
UND Memorial Chester Fritz Auditorium
Slam Poet Workshop
Bruce George will be holding a poetry writing workshop with a focus on educating the attendee about slam poetry.
UND Memorial Union Lecture Bowl
Bruce George and Student’s Poetry Reading
A presentation of poetry by students and Bruce George.
UND Memorial Union Loading Dock
Backstage Project at the Empire Arts Center. Reception begins at 6:30 PM; program begins at 7:00. All of the programs will be informal and welcome discussion. The first of these monthly presentations will be held next Wednesday, February 4, and will focus on “Transnational and Grassroots Human Rights Organizing.”
February 4: Transnational and Grassroots Human Rights Organizing by Paul Sum and Brian Urlacher, UND Political Science and Public Administration
Human rights organizations have become increasingly active over the last 40 years both at the transnational and grass roots level. Evidence shows that these organizations can have
a positive impact on the human rights situation of a country when they apply resources. What is less clear, however, is what motivates the decision for an organization to direct attention and resources to a particular situation? We find that grass roots organizations play a pivotal role in drawing transnational organizations into a situation. We also find an interactive between transnational organizations and United Nations Security Council resolutions condemning a situation. Our findings support the assertion that transnational organizations are sensitive to local organizing efforts and help pull the UN toward increased involvement.
We are asking you to join Sing Our Rivers Red (SORR) events, aimed at bringing awareness to the epidemic of missing and murdered Indigenous women and colonial gender based violence in the United States and Canada. In February 2015, several events will strive to raise consciousness, unite ideas and demand action for Indigenous women, girls, Two Spirit and LGBTQQIA people who have been murdered or gone missing, tortured, raped, trafficked, and assaulted, who have not had the proper attention or justice.
There has been a movement in Canada raising consciousness and dialogue about the issue. Since 1980, over 1,181 Native women and girls in Canada have been reported missing or have been murdered. For over 20 years, there have been marches and events each year throughout Canada on Valentine’s Day to bring awareness to this issue such as the Women’s Memorial March. Initiatives listed on #ItStartsWithUs, including the Stolen Sisters movement, Sisters in Spirit, Families of Sisters in Spirit, #ItEndsHere, the Walking With Our Sis-ters exhibit, creating a community-led database and map, such as the Highway of Tears, and using media via the #MMIW (murdered and missing Indigenous hashtag) have helped bring attention to this issue. Efforts supporting awareness and unity in the U.S. include the Missing Sisters Crowd Map started by The Save Wįyąbi Project in collaboration with Anonymous’ Operation ThunderBird. This Map currently shows over 350 MMIW in the United States. Ryan Red Corn of the 1491’s comedy troupe released a picture of a Native woman with her mouth covered to symbolize the silence, or lack of dialogue, about the issue. Additionally, groups are also taking up marches on Valentine’s Day and other actions around the States.
The (Lack of) Numbers
While there isn’t a comprehensive estimate, there are many factors that contribute to the disproportionated number of Indigenous women who are missing and murdered in the United States. Indigenous women have incurred devastating levels of violence in the US. “According to the US Department of Justice, nearly half of all Native American women have been raped, beaten, or stalked by an intimate partner; one in three will be raped in their lifetime; and on some reservations, women are murdered at a rate 10 times higher than the na-tional average.” But many factors complicate the reporting and recording of these numbers, including fear, stigma, legal barriers, racism, sexism, amongst others. Additionally, there is perpetuation of Native women as sexual objects in the mainstream media.
We hope to support the efforts built in Canada in the week leading up to Feb 14th, as well as highlight the need for awareness and action to address colonial gender violence in the United States. We in no way in-tend or mean to draw any attention away from the events in Canada or the Women’s Memorial March and ceremony that is held on February 14th. Rather we are holding these events in solidarity with No More Silence, the Women’s Memorial March and many others who are taking action everyday in their own ways. The in-justices against Indigenous women don’t stop at the border; they affect us all. It is important to hold these events in the U.S. to show our support and solidarity for Indigenous women across Turtle Island. Because we are not murdered and we are not missing, we have a responsibility to speak out for those who cannot speak for themselves, because they were taken from our communities and families.
Events will take place in the Fargo/Moorhead area, which the Red River Valley runs through. The Red River runs down from Winnipeg, Canada where volunteers have led an effort to search for missing Indigenous women on its riverbed, an effort dubbed Drag the Red. The effort was started by the family of an Indigenous woman missing since 2008, after an Indigenous 15 year old girl was found there in August of 2014. Sing Our Rivers Red events recognize that each of us has a voice to not only speak out about the injustices against our sisters, but also use the strength of those voices to sing for our healing. Water is the source of life and so are women. We need to Sing Our Rivers Red to remember the missing and murdered and those who are metaphorically drowning in injustices. We are connecting our support through the land and waters across the border.
NEW AMERICANS IN NORTH DAKOTA
Sabrina Balgamwalla, UND School of Law. Professor Balgamwalla’s expertise is in immigration, gender, and labor; she has worked throughout the country as an immigrant rights activist.
Nabil Suleiman, UND Associate Professor of Civil Engineering. Dr. Suleiman is also the president of the Grand Forks Islamic Center and works with Muslims living in Grand Forks
Darcie Asche, Grand Forks Refugee Resettlement, Lutheran Social Services. Ms. Asche is the Community Liaison for the organization in Grand Forks that works with refugees and immigrants in helping them to transition to life in Grand Forks.
Reggie Tarr, Case Worker, Grand Forks Refugee Resettlement, Lutheran Social Services. As a New American and case-worker himself, Mr. Tarr has personal experience with the human dimensions of what it means to be an immigrant and New American.
Cynthia Shabb, Director of the Global Friends Coalition. Dr. Shabb oversees the efforts of Global Friends to bring together people and organizations in working with immigrants and New Americans through mentoring programs and community events.
In light of recent events in Grand Forks the next event in the International Studies Speaker Series is especially timely. Exploring “International Human Rights on the Local and Global Stage,” the third event of the Spring 2015 series focuses on Grand Forks as an international community. The roundtable discussion will feature speakers who work with immigrants and New Americans on a daily basis. Their direct experiences with the people who leave their homes, arrive in a new location, and transition to new ways of life provide the speaker series with the viewpoints of individuals as they experience one of the overriding human rights issues facing the United States today.
APRIL 1, CATERED RECEPTION AT 6:30 (CASH BAR);
ROUNDTABLE BEGINS AT 7:00 AT THE BACKSTAGE PROJECT AT THE EMPIRE ARTS COMPLEX