Activist Cecile Richards encourages civic involvement among women at dean’s lecture series

by Brenda Wintrode Former Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards declared Thursday that since stepping down from the reproductive rights organization, she’s shifted her focus to turning out more women voters for the upcoming election.  The activist and author told a crowd of over 100 people at the Dean’s Lecture Series that she has partnered with other non-profit leaders to create a women’s power-building organization called … Continue reading Activist Cecile Richards encourages civic involvement among women at dean’s lecture series

Pakistani activists talk transgender rights and the long road to equality 

By Sarah Elbeshbishi Pakistani transgender and khwaja sira (a traditional “third gender” in Pakistani culture) youth activists had a round-table discussion with University of Maryland students, alumni and faulty members at the LGBT Equity Center on Oct. 25.  The activists shared what it’s like to be transgender in Pakistan and what their work aims to accomplish.  “The two major goals revolves around education and economic … Continue reading Pakistani activists talk transgender rights and the long road to equality 

“Free Angela and Political Prisoners” educates audience on prolific activist

By Vanessa Reis Nonprofit organization Current Movements hosted a screening of Shola Lynch’s Free Angela and Political Prisoners Saturday night at the Eaton Workshop in Washington, D.C., documenting Angela Davis’ transformation into a revolutionary icon in this film directed by Shola Lynch. According to their Facebook page, Current Movements aims to connect grassroots activists, movements and organizations through art, film and technology. This screening marked … Continue reading “Free Angela and Political Prisoners” educates audience on prolific activist

Hillel talks refugee crisis at annual Global Justice Shabbat

by Lynsey Jeffery Maryland Hillel sponsored its fifth annual Global Justice Shabbat Friday and Saturday. This year’s topic was the Syrian Refugee Crisis. The event consisted of several gatherings: a Shabbat dinner Friday night, a ‘Lunch and Learn’ Saturday afternoon and a closing dinner Saturday evening. The featured guests were Rabbi Marc Gopin of George Mason University, his colleague Christel Beldin and Qutaiba Idlbi, a … Continue reading Hillel talks refugee crisis at annual Global Justice Shabbat

Student activists discuss mental health care at PLUMAS workshop

KARLA CASIQUE Student activists discussed how they can practice self-care in a event hosted by Political Latinxs United for Movement and Action in Society (PLUMAS) on Dec. 8. Facilitated by counselors Maria Luz Berbery and Chandni Shah from the Counseling Center at the University of Maryland, the self-care workshop addressed how student activists do not focus enough on self-care, especially since the election. “I think it’s … Continue reading Student activists discuss mental health care at PLUMAS workshop