SPOHP intern Chelsey Hendry Simmons attended the Defend DACA/Save TPS Rally at Orlando City Hall. The rally was held just one hour after Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Trump Administration would be rescinding DACA, the Obama-era executive order protecting over 800,000 undocumented immigrants who entered the United States as children from deportation. The rally was one of many across the nation held in solidarity with those affected by the decision. Beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals executive order, recipients of Temporary Protected Status, and supporters gathered to listen to speakers discuss the threatened immigration policies. Attendees discussed the uncertain future of both programs, and encouraged all to work towards a long-term solution for over one million people currently receiving DACA and TPS.

 

 

 

 

MCDA is proud to present: Anti-Racism Education Week.
Come join us as we engage in an event series on anti-racism education, self-care, and education on the first amendment. This is a great opportunity to interact with faculty, staff, and peers on how to challenge racism and bigotry on our campus and in our community.

TUESDAY 9/5: “Café con Self-Care: An interactive Panel Discussion on how to take care of ourselves in times of crisis”
5:30-7:30pm, Reitz Union 2201
Co-sponsors: GatorWell, Counseling and Wellness Center

WEDNESDAY 9/6: “Our Collective Responsibility: What can we do to challenge racism on our campus and in our community?”
5:30-7pm, Reitz Union 2201
Co-Sponsors: STARR (Students Taking Action Against Racism), Student Government, UF Hillel

THURSDAY 9/7: “Origins of Totalitarianism” Lecture by Dr. Paul Ortiz and post-lecture discussion
6pm-7:30pm, Reitz Union 2201
Co-Sponsors: UF Hillel, Samuel Proctor Oral History Program

FRIDAY 9/8: “A Conversation on the First Amendment”
5pm-6:30pm, Rion Ballroom

An event by the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs.
Co-sponsored by: Multicultural DIversity Affairs, the Bob Graham Center for Public Service, The Brechner Center for Freedom of Information, and the Center for the Study of Race and Race Relations (Levin College of Law).

Print and/or share MCDA’s Anti-Racism Education Week program flier below:

“Since 2005, the Gainesville Latino Film Festival has featured hundreds of groundbreaking, highly acclaimed and thought-provoking films from Latin America. In 2017, our mission continues: to afford Gainesville the unique opportunity to see world-class cinema, innovative shorts, international award winners, and foster diverse experiences that link people
through the art of cinema- launching Gainesville as a cultural destination. This year’s amazing line-up includes films from Brazil, Peru, Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, Bolivia, Mexico, US, and Guatemala. Join us for Gainesville’s most thrilling movie event of the year!”

Check out the event page for the lineup on Facebook

For the past three years, a team of student researchers has traveled with SPOHP to the Tidewater region of Virginia to gather over 150 oral histories from watermen, veterans, and other residents of the region to document and preserve the traditions and culture of this once isolated part of the country. We have collaborated with local churches, historical societies, and foundations to establish a lasting relationship with the communities that we engage. Students should expect to encounter topics such as the fishing industry in the Chesapeake, environmental preservation, historic preservation, traditional crafts, civil rights, ghost stories, foodways, Native American history, colonial history, and more! If any of these sound interesting to you, feel free to apply!

Applications are due Friday, Sept. 15th.

Things to Expect:

  • Conduct anywhere from two to four individual/group interviews
  • Participate in a dig at a historical site with a professional archaeological team
  • Visit one of the many historically significant sites in the area (Jamestown, Yorktown,
    Williamsburg, etc.)

Trip Requirements:

  • Attend an informational meeting and a trip orientation (to be determined!)
  • Review provided readings prior to the trip
  • Conduct fieldwork in Mathews County and Lancaster County, Virginia
  • Submit a one-page reflection on the trip within one month of the trip’s conclusion

Information for students with disabilities:

The University of Florida is committed to providing academic accommodations for students with disabilities. Students with disabilities requesting accommodations should first register with the Disability Resource Center (352-392- 8565) by providing appropriate documentation. Once registered, students should present their accommodation letter to the internship coordinator supporting a request for accommodations. The University encourages students with disabilities to follow these procedures as early as possible within the semester.

We realize that many students will have to miss a few days of classes in order to attend this trip. With this in mind we are willing to provide an official letter from our program excusing you from class. We also can provide ample time to students during the trip (if needed) to study or complete any assignments they may have due. We strive to ensure that this trip will supplement each student’s college experience and not negatively impact their semester. If you have any questions or concerns about this or anything else concerning the trip, contact Patrick Daglaris.

Please email application to Patrick Daglaris or return the application to 243 Pugh
Hall.

Download the application below!

Virginia application 2017

On June 10th a group of researchers set out to document Pride weekend events in Washington, D.C. Once again in partnership with the UF Center for Gender, Sexualities, and Women Studies Research, students and staff were able to capture a wide scope of events happening throughout the nation’s capital. During the first evening, researchers set out to document queer perspectives at QT Night of Healing and Resistance hosted by Resist This and Trans Women of Color Collective. The following morning, researchers interviewed the founder and several nation co-chairs of the Equality March for Unity and Pride. Later that afternoon, researchers interviewed an organizer from No Justice, No Pride, in addition to interviewing a plethora of participants in the Equality March and Capital Pride Festival attendees. As we move forward with processing the interviews we collected, we are excited to share our work with the UF and Gainesville communities through public events, as well as to share our work with an international audience through forthcoming digital humanities projects.

This trip was featured in the Gainesville Sun in an article found here.

The Gainesville Sun also promoted SPOHP’s EMUP fieldwork in a video found below.

https://www.facebook.com/GainesvilleSun/videos/10154481866616022/?hc_ref=ARS3LnkaI9yltDbKRVt0cmiBCpTleo1QHO7q-RjgA3NURx6Mzaz5-DLLctcgGHDwdmA/


On June 8th, 1967, Israeli warplanes and torpedo boats launched a ferocious two-hour attack on and attempted to sink the USS Liberty as she sailed under a U.S. Flag in International waters. Of the 294 men aboard the vessel, 34 were killed and 174 were wounded by a well-coordinated, multi-wave assault that included the use of napalm. Rescue aircraft had been launched but were recalled in mid-flight by direct orders from President Lyndon B. Johnson, but why? The October 2003 Independent Commission of Inquiry found that “Israel committed acts of murder against American servicemen and an act of war against the United States.”

  • Why after 50 years are the USS Liberty survivors still seeking justice?
  • What: USS Liberty Remembrance Day Petition Drive (Volunteers Needed)
  • When: Thursday, June 8th, 2017 from 12 Noon to 4:00 PM
  • Where: Volusia County Administration Center, 123 W. Indiana Ave, DeLand
  • Who: Proudly presented by the Dr. Bob Bowman Memorial Chapter of WeAreChange.org (We Are Change Central Florida)
  • Contact: Phil Restino of We Are Change Central Florida
  • Cell: (386) 235-3268; email: WeAreChangeCFL@gmail.com

2017 USS Liberty Remembrance Day Flyer-Mailer (PDF)
 

Know Their Story

BBC Documentary USS Liberty Dead in the Water

“They took out all of our transmitting antennas, and shortly thereafter deposited napalm there on the deck. It appeared to me that it was the intent of the attacker to take out all communications and keep all people off deck so they couldn’t re-establish any sort of antennas or communication system. If it was an accident, it was the best planned accident I ever heard of. The only reason we got the SOS out was because my crazy troops were climbing the antenna string and long wire while they were being shot at.” -Dave Lewis, USS Liberty Survivor Veteran

The BBC documentary USS Liberty Dead in the Water  follows the story of the attack moment by moment.

Watch it here now.

 

USS Liberty Veterans Association

“The War Crimes Report we filed lists allegations of acts committed during the attack on our ship, including:

  • The jamming of our radios on both US Navy tactical and international maritime distress frequencies;
  • The use of unmarked aircraft by the forces attacking the USS Liberty;
  • The deliberate machine gunning of life rafts we had dropped over the side in anticipation of abandoning ship; and
  • The recall of two flights of rescue aircraft that had een launched from Sixth Fleet aircraft carriers.  After those flights were recalled, Sixth Fleet personnel listened to our calls for help as the attack continued knowing they were forbidden to come to our assistance.” —USS Liberty Veterans Association Website

 

The Veterans’ Mission 

The crew of the USS Liberty is the most decorated crew since World War II. It is among the most decorated crews for a single engagement in the entire history of the United States Navy. Yet, the attack has never received a full investigation, as required by law.

Learn more about the survivors and sign their electronic petition on the Honor USS Liberty Vets Survivors Website here

 

Ray McGovern’s Article Not Remembering the USS Liberty:

“It is safe to assume that when President Donald Trump lands in Israel Monday, he will not have been briefed on the irrefutable evidence that, nearly 50 years ago – on June 8, 1967 – Israel deliberately attacked the USS Liberty in international waters, killing 34 U.S. sailors and wounding more than 170 other crew. All of Trump’s predecessors – Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama – have refused to address the ugly reality and/or covered up the attack on the Liberty.” -Ray McGovern, Not Remembering the USS Liberty

Veteran CIA officer Ray McGovern’s article Not Remembering the USS Liberty addresses the cover-up of the Israeli attack of the USS Liberty.

Read the article here.

The Fall 2017 Internship Application is now open!  SPOHP’s semester-long academic internship is available to graduate and undergraduate students for credit as an introduction to the field of oral history.

The Fall 2017 Social Justice Initiatives internship offers a space for students to pursue their own interests in social justice research through training and mentoring in oral history and digital humanities methodologies. Interns may develop skills in interviewing and fieldwork methods; Transcription and interview processing; Podcasting and audio editing; Social media and event promotion; Short documentaries and video editing; Public and community engagement. Final projects involve conducting one or more oral history interviews and creating digital presentation for the public.

For more information, contact the Internship Graduate Coordinator Raja Rahim. Applications are due by May 1st, 2017. Please email applications to Raja Rahim or deliver to SPOHP offices, Pugh Hall 241.

 

Filmmaker Michael Honey raves about a successful turn out at a screening of Love and Solidarity at The Grand Cinema in Tacoma, Washington.

 

Friends,

In Tacoma last night, the Grand Cinema theater was packed with about 120 people  and 20 or more lined up outside and unable to get a seat. “Love and Solidarity” looks great on a movie screen, and the audience gave an electric response to its intertwined themes of civil and labor rights, immigrant and community organizing and Dream Act students. We had a great half hour conversation afterwards, including voices from the Nation of Islam, unions, young Latinos, Black Student Union activists, and a range of ages and opinions. We finished by singing “Keep my mind on freedom.” It gave us a break of solidarity in opposition to the relentless onslaught of ignorance and violent rhetoric from D.C. Last week we had a similarly enthusiastic audience at UC-Santa Barbara, and thanks to Eileen Boris and friends there for organizing it. Next week we will show it in Portland on behalf of the Labor Education and Research Center, with veteran organizer Bill Lucy to comment.

Below is an advance article about the film from the Tacoma News Tribune.

Yours for peace and freedom,

Mike
“UWT professor brings the Rev. James Lawson’s nonviolence lessons into the present,” by Matt Driscoll, The News Tribune Feb. 6, 2017
 

Don’t Miss UF Pugh Hall’s Public Screening of Love and Solidarity

The Samuel Proctor Oral History Program will be hosting a screening of Love and Solidarity at Pugh Hall Tuesday, February 28th at 7PM followed by a Q & A with filmmaker Mike Honey.

Below is a splendid summary of the work of UWT’s Mike Honey and how it intersects with that of Rev. James Lawson, the subject of Honey’s recent Fetzer-Institute-funded documentary, being screened at The Grand Cinema tomorrow night. Honey points out the ongoing relevance of the lessons to be learned from Lawson’s life land work.

Michael Honey’s New Article on Poverty and Race in Memphis