Monthly archives: March, 2017

Know Your Rights 2

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The UIC Centers for Cultural Understanding and Social Change, hosted their second Know Your Rights program of the semester, a panel conversation with a diverse group of speakers, this time on west campus. Those attending were able to get a better understanding of what to do during difficult situations from different perspectives. In addition, panelists provided suggestions on what to do better to help those who may not face the same difficulties. Panelists acknowledged the limitations of the formal legal and justice system, and each touched on the importance of Knowing your Power, including community organizing and activism to support individuals beyond the legal system. It is often difficult to be inclusive to all the different identities of people. However this program was able to expand the idea of knowing your rights and how it can apply to you and your identity or how we can do better to help those that are often overlooked. 

Find some resources for Knowing Your Rights at the ACLU website here or for information from the Illinois Coalition on Immigrant and Refugee Rights go here.

The CCUSC Know Your Rights working group is hosting a third program at the end of the semester, a more hands-on workshop facilitated by folks from Asian Americans Advancing Justice and Invisible to Invincible community groups. Find more information here or here

Aztec Calendars Under a New Sun

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In 1999, Pilsen set 20 bronze medallions in a 5-block stretch of sidewalk. The medallions are replicas of the monumental Aztec sculpture known as the Calendar Stone or Piedra del Sol, but how much do you know of this indigenous symbol? Attendees of the public program “Zona Abierta Politics of Space: The Aztec Calendar Stone in Pilsen” on Tuesday, March 28 had a short glimpse to the history behind the stone, which brought many questions of Mexican identity and space within Pilsen. Delia Cosentino, an Associate Professor of History of Art & Architecture at DePaul University, lead the discussion around the embraced symbol deconstructing what we knew of Mexico’s indigenous history.  

“The Environment Isn’t Just the Things, It’s the People”

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As a member of the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, the LCC has been working with museums, historic sites, and cultural centers around the world to share resources in connecting heritage to contemporary challenges. As part of a network addressing environmental and climate issues, the center was recently featured by the Sites for our work here in Chicago, as it connects with conversations around the world.

Talk about global citizenship!

Check out the article here or find out more about the Coalition here.

Joint Statement in Rebuke of…

This week the UIC campus has been reeling from the discovery of a series of posters left in the UIC library and other spaces. In response, several units on campus, including the LCC, have put together this statement:

JOINT STATEMENT in REBUKE of the Anti-Semitic, Anti-Black, Anti-Muslim and Anti-Arab Posters on UIC’s campus,

March 20, 2017.

On March 16, a series of flyers was posted on UIC’s campus that exploit social justice issues to spread anti-Semitic views. First and foremost, as units on campus that work at the forefront of UIC’s commitment to diversity and social justice, we condemn all forms of racism, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, anti-Blackness or any forms of hatred, phobia, or dehumanization.

Secondly, the damaging and hurtful nature of these posters is that they seek to malign and divide some of the very groups that are fighting injustice and xenophobia in the first place. They erroneously depict the groups “Black Lives Matter” and “We are Muslims” as authors of the anti-Semitic hateful flyers. No specific group takes credit but hashtags are added to suggest authorship of the incendiary flyers by Black and Muslim/Arab organizations. If real groups authored these flyers, why not take credit? If they did not want to be associated, why incriminate their movements? It makes no sense. Moreover, the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag is not even the # most commonly used by either the national or Chicago chapter, neither of which know anything about the origin of these flyers.

Many of us either work with or have students involved with Chicago’s Black Lives Matter, Palestine solidarity and Muslim organizations on campus and in the city. These groups would never circulate anti-semitic or hateful literature like this. It is antithetical to their mission and work. These fake posters are consistent with a long history whereby hate groups have cited marginalized communities as authors of hate speech to smear them and incite mistrust between them. They serve the goals of both provoking anti-Semitic hatred and justifying the targeting of Palestine solidarity and Black Lives Matter movements, wrongly indicting them as purveyors of hate.

We stand united against hatred and discrimination against all communities.

We condemn these anti-Semitic assaults as well as the divisive suggestion that Black and Muslim students are the source of this racism.

We disavow any attempt to use the painful realities of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict or the Holocaust as fodder for anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, and anti-Blackness.

We will not allow this or any incident to pit one of our communities against the other.

We the undersigned stand together:

African-American Cultural Center

African American Studies

Arab American Cultural Center

Asian American and Native American Pacific-Islander (AANAPISI) Initiative

Asian American Resource and Cultural Center

Career Services

Chair of the Department of Philosophy

Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Asian Americans (CCSAA)

Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Blacks

Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Latinos

Collaborative for Equity and Justice in Education, College of Education

Disability Resource Center

Gender and Sexuality Center

Gender and Women’s Studies Program

Germanic Studies Department

Global Asian Studies Program

Hispanic and Italian Studies Department

Head of the Department of English

Honors College

Institute for the Humanities

Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement (IPCE)

Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy

International Studies Program

Jane Addams Hull-House Museum

Jewish Studies Program

Latin American and Latino Studies Program

Latin American Recruitment and Educational Services (LARES) Program

Middle East and Muslim Societies Cluster

Moving Image Arts Minor

Museum and Exhibition Studies Program

Office of the Dean of Students

Office of Undergraduate Research

Rafael Cintrón Ortiz Latino Cultural Center

Religious Studies Program

School of Art & Art History

School of Literatures, Cultural Studies & Linguistics

School of Theatre and Music

Social Foundations of Education Program

Social Justice Initiative

UIC United Faculty (UICUF)

Women’s Leadership and Resource Center

MeSA’s Escucha Mi Grito Conference 2017

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In an annual tradition, UIC student organization Mexican Students de Aztlan (MeSA) hosted a conference titled “Escucha Mi Grito” on Friday, March 17th. The closing of this year’s conference was a reception held at the Latino Cultural center that included visits from alumna of the organization, and concluded with a performance by a Mexican folk dancing ensemble.