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In Recognition of Indigenous People’s Day
Monday, October 10th, was Indigenous People’s Day. To honor this, IME would like to bring awareness to an Indigenous historical event taking place today: the protests at Standing Rock. It is our hope that students, faculty, and administration discuss the protests, and reflect upon issues such as: water access, land access, Native American rights, oil spills, free speech, violence versus peaceful civil disobedience, and media coverage. In the spirit of learning, here are some quick facts about the Pipeline and protests:
-The Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) is being built to carry large amounts of oil from North Dakota to Illinois by crossing the Missouri River and Native American/American Indian land.
-Protesters and opponents of DAPL say that it will disturb sacred Sioux sites and contaminate their drinking water.
-In August, 2016, members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe gathered in North Dakota to protest the construction of DAPL.
-Many other Native American/American Indian tribes have joined the Sioux in protest, making it one of the largest protests by Native Americans/American Indians in history.
-Early in September, 2016, the Department of Justice, the Department of the Army, and the Department of the Interior denied the construction company authorization to continue, but only in the Lake Oahe region.
-On October 9th, 2016, a U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that the construction of the Pipeline can continue on privately owned land.
-Protestors continue to gather in North Dakota, calling for environmental justice and justice for Native Americans and their land.
As always IME is here for you if you need help processing or would like to discuss this, and other, current events.
January 20th, 2017
8:30am - 2:50pm:
Inauguration Day Teach-In: Learn • Discuss • Act
Learn and discuss issues we will be confronting under a Trump presidency and make plans to take action. Panels and discussion will immediately follow the Inauguration viewing at 8:30 a.m.
January 21st, 2017
12:00pm - 5:00pm:
MLK Service Day 2017
Join us in honoring Dr. King through service and learning!
January 23rd, 2017
2017 Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture: Marcilynn Burke
Marcilynn Burke, Associate Dean and Professor of Law, University of Houston Professor Burke’s expertise is in environmental, natural resources, land use, and property law. She has served at the U.S Department of the Interior and as the Acting Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management helping develop federal land use, resource management, and regulatory oversight policies.
January 24th, 2017
3:30pm - 5:00pm:
Organizing for Change: Stories from the Undocumented Student Movement
Which strategies do you use to build awareness and effect change on or off campus? Come to this workshop to explore tactics utilized by undocumented students at Freedom University - Georgia.
January 25th, 2017
Fighting for Racial Justice During the Trump Presidency: MLK Week Keynote Lecture by James Forman
Professor James Forman Jr. is a noted legal authority on the mass incarceration of black men in the U.S. criminal justice system. He will give our Chamberlin Social Justice lecture for MLK Week 2017, speaking on “Fighting for Racial Justice During the Trump Presidency.” Inspired by Dr. King and other civil rights activists, Forman will offer concrete strategies for improving schools and eliminating the mass incarceration of black men.
Professor Forman teaches at Yale Law School and writes in the areas of criminal procedure and criminal law policy, constitutional law, juvenile justice, and education law and policy. His particular interests are schools, prisons, and police, and those institutions’ race and class dimensions. Professor Forman’s book, titled Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America, will be published in the spring of 2017.