Texas Representative Giovanni Capriglione (R) and Texas Senator Patrick (R) have both proposed bills that would essentially end ethnic studies in Texas by September 2013 unless we do something about it.
Did you know that the International Space Apps Challenge has a Global Mainstage – kind of like a mission control for intergalactic space collaborations? Last year we were based in San Francisco, and this year we are excited to announce that the 2013 Global Mainstage will be in Philadelphia!
We invited Philadelphia local lead Andrew Thompson, Community Evangelist from Azavea, to share about why he and his team got involved in Space Apps and their plans to lead the global event.
We feel that Philadelphia is an ideal place for this year’s Space Apps Challenge. The event will be part of PhillyTechWeek 2013 and the Philadelphia Science Festival in late April, and hosting Space Apps is our way of contributing to our local science and technology community. So save April 20th and 21st on your calendar, and come join us in Philadelphia or any one of the over 25 other Space Apps cities worldwide!
Come learn how Philly bookstores, libraries, zine fests, archives, and media artists are creating and preserving Philly queer and transgender histories, and making them available to the public in creative ways.
- HELYX CHASE, Director of the Philadelphia Trans Oral History Project. Hailing from Philadelphia, Helyx is a gender queer dyke video artist, activist and media literacy educator. Ze is a Hampshire College graduate with a degree in Video, Social Justice, Youth Empowerment and Global Power Dynamics. Hir work focuses on extending tools and promoting media creation, specifically for those who are systematically excluded from methods of media production.
- SARAH ROSE, Co-Director of the Philly Feminist Zine Fest. The Zine Fest showcases some of the awesome zines Philly folks are making, and explores how zine making and DIY media in relation to social justice.
- CHE GOSSETT, writer and activist who is a contributor to Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex (eds. , Trans Studies Reader Volume II (eds. Susan Stryker and Aren Aziura) and the forthcoming anthology Queer Necropolitics (eds. Jin Haritaworn, Adi Kuntsman, Silvia Posocco). Che is currently working on a biography of AIDS activist Kiyoshi Kuromiya.
- BOB SKIBA, Archivist at the William Way LGBT Community Center. The William Way Archives are Philadelphia’s most extensive collection of rare books, periodicals, video and audio tapes, periodicals, personal correspondence, and other ephemera documenting the rich history of our LGBT communities.
So here’s the link to the actual letter. There is this thing about arguments - you can always win them in the future tense. This is a solid list of hopes for the girls who are right now thinking about what they want to be when they grow up. More female programmers is a win for everyone.
This one made my heart dance and weep at the same time:
‘I hope that your initial interactions involve an immediate transfer of trust in your abilities, rather than starting off by always having to prove yourself.’
We write good books, don’t we?I mean, I don’t write good books and maybe you don’t, but there are people here who do.And yeah, sure, maybe we get bashful about not being able to come out with a new billion dollar Avengers movie or something every summer like some countries do (not to name names) but when it comes to popular culture that’s purely made by Rock Hard Talent, like (and imagine I’m making that rock ‘n roll symbol with my fist as I say this) writing stories or creating music or even drawing comics, we puff up our chests and strut around like peacocks all like don’t you even try to step up, don’t you even try! High-fiving each other and being jerks about it.
Just making a scene.
Anyway, merciful Suzuki, we love seeing other Canadians be amazing and talented, we do.
I have gotten behind a project I think you will like, knowing now that we both have been lying about being humble this whole time and just want to plaster how cool we are all over the place. Project Bookmark Canada is a charitable organization that has a pretty interesting idea. Let them explain:
Project Bookmark Canada marks the places where the real and imagined landscapes meet by placing text from imagined stories and poems in the exact, physical locations where literary scenes take place.
To engage Canadians by placing literal bookmarks at locations where literary events happened? Amazing! I love it. Participating is simple:
You click on this link, and donate $20, and boom! You’re a “Page Turner,” as they say. For every day in April, a new champion will be asking people the same thing. Today is my day, and I am proud to be a part of it. If you donate today (April 4), you’re also put in a draw to win my book Hark! A Vagrant! I’m no Margaret Atwood but who doesn’t like free books? And what were you doing with that $20 anyway? The last twenty dollars I spent was on a cab ride I could have easily walked. Sheesh.
Take a look at the twelve bookmarks they’ve already put up. Discover places and books you didn’t know before. Share your own favorites. Be a part of an awesome cerebration of literature!