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CONGRATS!
by foxyjo09 (foxyjo09)
at April 26th, 2006 (07:53 pm)
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current location: My house.
current mood: accomplished
current song: Then I Did-Rascal Flatts.

Hey everyone-
Just wanted to post a congratulations. Pat yourselves on the back, we carried ourselves really well and in a very classy manner today. I think we educated many, many people, and we've started something here at MSHS that will last. You all did really awesome ignoring the negative comments and keeping your silence. I'm so proud of everyone, and I think Diversity Club is going to be a blast, I can't wait until we're established so we can really get some great things going. We've got such a good/fun group of people :)

AWESOME job today guys!

-Janelle

PS-Don't forget to thank Mr. Pirtle, Megan, and Erin for all their work!

PSS-Meeting on Friday, Mr. Pirtle's room :)

Tucker [userpic]
An overdue update
by Tucker (m1sstuck3r)
at April 16th, 2006 (02:04 am)
cold

current location: Erin Ruprecht's basement
current mood: cold
current song: The Beard of Sibohan by Devendra Bandhart

Sorry I've kind of been slacking off on the updating.

In case you missed the meeting on Thursday (it was kind of planned last minute, so I was encouraged by the turnout), here is a summary of some of the main points (plus some things that I may have forgotten):

  • We are not going to be buying the official National Day of Silence t-shirt (as previously planned) but, instead, we are going to make our own t-shirts that say "Love Thy Neighbor".
  • We really need to get established as a club... I take full responsibility for not instigating that like I should be.
  • There are some middle school students from Franklin (I think...) who are interested in meeting with our group of students to talk about Sundown Towns with us (don't know what it is?  Look it up!).  I am really excited about this.  Also, Kimberlie Kranich would like to document the event.  Mr. Ryan, true to form, is making the execution of said event as difficult as possible.
  • In case you didn't get a letter in the mail, we're having a meeting on Tuesday, April 25th and it is very important that you attend.
  • If you want to participate in the National Day of Silence, you need to get a permission slip from me as soon as possible.  If you do not fill out a permission slip and turn it back into me in time then you cannot participate.  I will not support your participation and it will give the cause a bad image.  Be responsible; find me, get the permission slip in.  You have no excuse.
If I forgot anything, comment and let me know.

- As Always -
Tucker

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Display Case
by Tucker (m1sstuck3r)
at April 7th, 2006 (03:26 pm)
amused

current location: Urbana Public Library
current mood: amused
current song: The Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Hi, kids! I just stopped by Mahomet-Seymour High School to get a book that I had forgotten and I saw the display case!!!

I normally don't go out the front entrance so this was the first time that I have seen it and I'm really happy to see it up there. My little sister was with me so I got to show it to her and stress the importance of activism, etc. to her.

And one more thing:

Whoever put the gnome there, you're my best friend.

- As Always -
Tucker

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I need input!!!
by Tucker (m1sstuck3r)
at April 4th, 2006 (07:23 pm)
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current location: Cara Skotten's house
current mood: organizing
current song: Take the Money and Run by Steve Miller

I just got an e-mail from Kimberlie Kranich saying that the students interested in researching the "Sundown Towns" thing would like to record the conversation that they have with us in May.

There wouldn't be any cameras, but that would require a bunch of radio equipment to be brought over to the school; therefore, if all the students are okay with this idea, you need to get permission slips signed by your parents to be recorded (since this stuff might get played on WEFT).

I'm going to talk to Mr. Ryan about it as he will probably want to talk to Kimberlie. Hopefully he won't object to it and we'll be alright!!!

So TELL ME WHAT YOU THINK!!! COMMENT!!! We're not having a meeting this Friday so I NEED TO KNOW!!!

- As Always -
Tucker

Tucker [userpic]
If you missed it, you missed out!
by Tucker (m1sstuck3r)
at April 3rd, 2006 (11:12 pm)
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current location: Mahomet-Seymour Public Library (oh the joy...)
current mood: gathering information
current song: Cheech Music

"Janelle, you're on the radio!!!"

That's just one of the responses (I must admit, one of the funnier ones) that Erin, Janelle, and I have heard since Sunday.

In case you missed it, in which case it was most definitely your loss; Erin, Janelle, and I were on WEFT 90.1 this last Sunday at 2:00 PM. We were interviewed by our good friend, Kimberlie Kranich (who, I'm happy to reassure you, is actually very smart) and Erin got to introduce a few good songs over the air that her and I picked out together.

Not only was it exciting for Kimberlie (which she reminded us about numerous times) but it was, of course, very rewarding for us to be in the WEFT studio again. We confirmed with her, over the air, that the University of Illinois students were observing the National Day of Silence on Wednesday, April 26, 2006. We also talked about the administration and all the things that everyone has watched happen so far.

Some of you may remember Kimberlie talking about something called "Sundown Towns" yesterday. "Sundown Towns" are towns that required all African-American individuals to stay out of public areas after sundown. There were many towns in central Illinois that practiced this. These towns included, but were not limited to, Paxton, Villa Grove (who didn't stop practicing this disgusting discrimination until the year 2000), and our own Mahomet. This is one of the obvious reasons why there is such a lack of diversity in Mahomet, Illinois.

As it turns out, there are a group of five or six female middle schoolers who are interested in talking with some students who attend a school in a previous "Sundown Town". Of course, we are such students; therefore, Erin, Janelle, and I are going to talk to some community figures to get as much information as we can about "Sundown Towns" and why ours stopped practicing, etc., and then we hope to have these students attend one of our meetings (either of the first two Fridays in May are in consideration right now) and we intend to share our information with them and be, in turn, educated by them.

So... tell me what you think of the idea! I'll also present this concept to the students at the next meeting but, seeing as that isn't going to be until next Friday (as we're off school this Friday) I figured I'd go ahead and post it up here on our blogging site.

See all of you soon!!!

- As Always -
Tucker

foxyjo09 [userpic]
This was fairly intelligent for a myspace bulletin.
by foxyjo09 (foxyjo09)
at March 29th, 2006 (08:26 pm)
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current location: My house
current mood: accomplished
current song: American Idol

Standing Up!

A white woman, about 51 years old, was seated next to a black man on an airplane. Obviously disturbed by this, she called the airhostess. "Madam, what is the matter?" the hostess asked.

"You obviously do not see it," she responded. "You placed me next to a black man. I do not agree to sit next to someone from such a repugnant group. Give me an alternative seat."

"Be calm please," the hostess replied. "Almost all the places on this flight are taken. I will go to see if another place is available." The Hostess went away and then came back a few minutes later. "Madam, just as I thought, there is no other available seats in the economy class. I spoke to the captain and he informed me that there is also no seat in the business class. All the same, we still have one place in the first class." Before the woman could say anything, the hostess continued, "It is not usual for our company to permit someone from the economy class to sit in the first class. However, given the circumstances, the captain feels that it would be scandalous to make someone sit next to someone so disgusting." The hostess turned to the black man and said "Therefore, Sir, if you would like to, please collect your hand luggage, a seat awaits you in first class." At that moment, the other passengers who were shocked by what they had just witnessed stood up and applauded.


-I found this really, really cool. I know it doesn't have to do with The Day of Silence or GLBT rights, but it is discrimination-related.
I'll be reading it at the meeting & maybe on the air Sunday if it'll fit & such.

Thanks so much :)

Janelle

Tucker [userpic]
Papers
by Tucker (m1sstuck3r)
at March 28th, 2006 (07:36 pm)
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current mood: making lists, checking twice
current song: the dishwasher and the laundry machine going @ the same time

Alright so I just got a bunch of papers printed out. Some of them are e-mailed updates from GLSEN and HRC and websites like that that I think I'll share sections at the meeting this Friday. Additionally, I got a list of all the people who've attended Day of Silence meetings so far and I hope to get ahold of people who came the first time but haven't come since in order to get some renewed interest going. Finally, I have a contact information sheet (which I hope to do a mass print out of in the school library tomorrow) that I'll ask students to fill out at the meeting this Friday.

Remember; Erin, Janelle and I are going to be speaking on Womyn Making Waves 90.1 at 2:00 PM this Sunday, so tune in while you're on the computer or in the car and hear us! If anyone is really, really interested or just didn't get a chance to hear us we might get copies on CDs which I'll be glad to copy over for students to listen to.

Also, don't forget the meeting this Friday. I know sometimes it's hard to get back into the swing of things once spring break has done it's work, so make sure you're up-to-date and don't be late to the meetings if you can help it, but if you have to choose between being late and not coming at all: by all means, be late!!!

Have a good one!!!

- As Always -
Tucker

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Kimberlie Kranich
by Tucker (m1sstuck3r)
at March 23rd, 2006 (09:57 pm)
content

current mood: content
current song: La Vie Bohemme by Johnathon Larson

Hi, kiddos!

Just letting everyone know that I e-mailed Kimberlie Kranich yesterday (she's the one in charge of Womyn Making Waves on WEFT 90.1; the radio station that Janelle, Erin and I are going to speak on at 2:00 PM on April 2nd) and updated her on the new developments concerning Mr. Ryan and Mahomet-Seymour High School in general.

She was very happy to hear of the "compromise".  Being that she was one of the adults to hear/see what went on last year, she was very appreciative of the drastic difference between the way the administration and faculty handled it last year and the way it appears they're going to handle it this year.  Remember, April 2nd at 2:00 PM on WEFT 90.1; Erin, Janelle and I will be speaking about The National Day of Silence and the development of our administration "compromising" through the entirety of it.

Keep thinking of ideas for the display case and everyone have a great rest of spring break (I'm not sure that last bit was grammatically correct... oh well).

- As Always -
Tucker

Tucker [userpic]
Brief Reminder
by Tucker (m1sstuck3r)
at March 15th, 2006 (10:23 am)
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current mood: cramming for end of the 1/4
current song: The East Village Opera Company

Just a brief reminder for everyone:

There's a meeting in Mr. Pirtle's room (A01) this Friday immediately after school (we'll probably actually start around 3:30 PM) and I hope to see a lot of people there!

Also, I just wanted to let everyone know that we have the unabashed support of Vicki Niswander, a leader in rights advocacy for individuals with special needs in the educational system and an overall amazing person. Many of you might know her as Kathy Niswander's mother.

Hope to see all of you, soon!!!

- As Always -
Tucker

Tucker [userpic]
And so it begins...
by Tucker (m1sstuck3r)
at March 9th, 2006 (05:21 pm)
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current mood: accomplished
current song: Coin Operated Boy by The Dresden Dolls

Hey, everyone.

So I finally got this community set up! If you want to join I've got to give you the "okay". And, if you want to post I've got to give you the "okay" as well.

I'm excited about expanding this group.

Remember, there's a meeting tomorrow right after school in Mr. Pirtle's room. See you then!!!

- As Always -
Tucker

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