Bad Picture Monday

On the page “The body is not apology”, we do bad picture Monday. Bad picture Monday is every Monday! The purpose of it is to post a photo of yourself that you find unflattering or unattractive. That might seem a bit strange.Why would you post a photo of yourself that you DON’T like? Because,

The purpose is to love ourselves and our bodies unconditionally, no matter what. That INCLUDES “bad” pictures, because it encourages us to remember that we have nothing to apologize for or be ashamed of. The point is to practice radical self love !

I LOVE bad picture Monday now! Here are some Bad Picture Monday Photos:

 

Yeahahha!! What do you think about Bad Picture Monday? Comment below and let me know!

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Day of Silence Reflection

For the Day of Silence on Friday, I didn’t speak for the whole day, to represent the silence that the LGBT community faces. Being silent for the whole day was a bit difficult, but I’m glad I did it. At the end of the day, at about 4:00, I attended LGBT youthgroup, where we broke the silence and discussed our experience taking part in this day. After, we went to the Day of Silence March. Here are some pictures:

This is what we did to end the silence, to show our opressers what we stand for. What did you do to end the silence? Comment below and let me know!

Day of Silence!

As some of you may know, today, April 20, is the day of silence. The Day of Silence is a national youth movement bringing attention to the silence faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (etc) people and their allies. My deliberate silence echos that silence, which is caused by anti-LGBT bullying, name calling, and harassment. This is my 4th hour of silence, and so far so good! Later on I am going to a meeting where the silence will be broken and we will discuss our expiriences today, and then I am attending a day of silence march. What will YOU do to end the silence? Comment below and let me know!

Photo from google images!

Student Panel!

Today, I took part in a student panel for new teachers in the school district. Me and another girl that goes to my school participated in the panel. We arrived at around 4:50 and the panel started at 5:00. There were several new teachers that took part in it, who were shown statistics of grades based off of race, gender, and more. Next, we (the 2 students) were asked to respond to the following questions:

  • What helps you feel connected to teachers and school? Please give examples.
  • What makes it hard to feel connected to teachers and school? Please give examples.
  • What kind of expectations do your teachers have for you? How do you know?
  • How can teachers best support you and be an ally to you in relation to issues of oppression and equity, especially when they don’t share the same identities , i.e a white teacher supporting a student of color?
  • How would you like teachers to respond when someone says something offensive in class or makes a joke that reinforces negative stereotypes ( for example, makes a joke about immigration, someone’s accent, or refers to Read 180 as “Mexican English”?) What are the best responses you’ve seen from teachers?
  • What other advice would you give to teachers who want to create equitable learning environments?

The purpose of us answering these questions was to give the teacher’s a student’s prospective on these kind of issues. Some things I talked about in my responses were:

  • Some teachers expect us to have no life outside of school, and they don’t understand when we are having a rough time emotionally, and its hard to be “present” in class.
  • When teachers laugh along with offensive jokes, it makes the classroom feel like an unsafe space.
  • Teachers tend to have higher expectations for white students. Which is pretty much flat out racist.
  • When someone says something offensive, I would prefer the teacher to stop the class and directly talk about why the comment was rude or disrespectful.
  • I have had teachers call a friend of mine, who is transgender, an “it” when she identifies as female. So ignorant, rude, and unprofessional.
  • It helps when teachers are educated and informed about issues of oppression.
  • I wish teachers understood that everyone learns differently.

The panel was a really powerful expirience! I’m glad I got to get my voice heard! I will be attending another one in about 2 weeks! I’ll keep ya’ll updated! What would you respond with if you were asked these questions? Comment below and let me know (:

Just Communities 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY!

Today, at about 10 in the morning, I arrived at a honey and milk farm to help set up for Just Communities 10 year anniversary party! What is Just Communities? It is a local organization that works towards dismantling oppression in the community and making it a better place for everyone. Just Communities is the organization that provides CLI, the camp I went to over the summer. When I heard about the event, I decided to volunteer to set it up. I was there from 10, until about 5. Since I helped set up, I got to stay at the event for free, where there was coffee, desserts, raffles, and music. This is a picture I took when I first arrived of the farm outside (: This is a horse on the farm (:And a bunny (:

Overall, it was a really awesome event! Ya’ll should look into similar organizations in your town and get involved! Check out Just Communities at http://www.just-communities.org/ (:

Occupy Festival!

Today, the Occupy Festival occurred. It was a festival in celebration of the Occupy movement and the resistance to corporate rule for 4 months! It was awesome! There was a free market, live music and performances, workshops, free food, face painting, art, and more. It was at De la Guerra plaza! I got there around 12:00 and started looking around.

This is a picture of the festival when I first got there (:

Here are some more pictures I took throughout the day of things that I thought were cool at the festival (:

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This is some chalk art people did on the sidewalk (:

This is a free zine I got!

I also got 2 free patches:

I also got 2 free shirts, a bracelet, and lots of posters and pamphlets! At about 1:30 I attended a workshop about Cultural Appropration, so that was really interesting. If any of you don’t know what it is, Cultural appropriation is the adoption of some specific elements of one culture by a different cultural group. It describes acculturation or assimilation , but can imply a negative view towards acculturation from a minority culture by a dominant culture. It can include the introduction of forms of dress or personal adornment, music and art, religion,dress, or social behavior. We talked about how certain halloween costumes are offensive. We also talked about clothing which imitates the clothing of a specific culture, when the person wearing the clothing knows nothing about the culture. To learn more about this issue, go to:

Overall, the festival was awesome! It brought people together and educated us as well. I had a lot of fun, and if there is ever another one I will let ya’ll know! Thanks (:

Upcoming events in Santa Barbara!

There are some local events coming up soon if anyone is interested! This Saturday, February 18th, there will be a GSA (Gay straight alliance) picnic at Goleta Beach starting at 12:00 pm. Anyone is welcome! It will be a great way to have fun and get to know each other!

Another upcoming event is the Occupy festival at De La Guerra Plaza! It is also on Saturday, February 18th and it will start at 11 am and end at 9! It will be a celebration of direct democracy and 4 months of resistance to the corporate rule. There will be live music and performances, free food and coffee, and workshops! There will be a free market and we will be playing games! We will be creating banners, signs, and more! It will be a LOT of fun so I hope to see all of you there!

There will also be the 5th Annual Women’s Fesival on March 9 and 10th at Santa Barbara City College. It is in honor of Women’s Day on March 8th! The event takes place to celebrate the accomplishments of women and the rights we have gained over the years! Remember, you don’t have to be a woman to be a supporter of equal rights! I hope ya’ll can make it! It will be 9 am-6 pm.

I will let you all know about any other upcoming events in the community! Thank you!