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Help a Queer WOC study and do research in Brazil!
Hey everybody! I’m in a bit of a tight spot.
I study History and Latin American & Caribbean Studies. I focus on Black Women in both the US and Latin America in my studies, primarily black women’s organizing.
I was awarded 10,000 dollars to go study abroad in Bahia, Brazil for next semester. It wasn’t enough, but it was significant enough since I had 3000 saved and was expecting 3,000 more dollars from my university’s study abroad office (they actually told me it was guaranteed as they have to provide aid that is significant enough to make an impact on my budget). I also applied for other groups that could give me aid, like my uni’s Honors Program (in which the director told me I would be granted admission as long as my grades each semester were good [because I received poor grades doing STEM freshman and sophomore year]).
Of course, those two didn’t pan out. Both groups backtracked on their earlier statements and either provided me a reduced amount of funding or rejected me outright because I didn’t not have an overall GPA of 3.8 or higher (which will never happen, even though my GPAs in History and Latin American studies are 4.0s).
I have looked for other sources of funding, but also run into other problems:
- scholarships that I can apply to (which are only three) award the funding money while I’m abroad, which is after the money is due (if I’m able to get them).
- there aren’t that many scholarships in my area (Latin America) because Spanish and Portuguese are no longer deemed critical languages by the State Dept and CIA, in contrast to languages in Central, South, and East Asia.
- my deptartments have tried their hardest to find ways for me, but they are also cash-strapped themselves.
- The program that I applied to (CIEE) has me on a waitlist for scholarship money, so I don’t know if I will get anything from them.
- I also saved money myself, about 3,000, but had to use all of it to go to Ghana this summer when my grandmother passed away.
So I’m resorting to the internet for help. I’m the only one on my trip (I’m going through CIEE because my uni doesn’t have a program for Brazil) who isn’t going to a well-funded Ivy League or University of California school, so I don’t have much to fall back on. My parents are also struggling financially (especially after my grandma’s funeral) and paying my sister’s tuition (usually they don’t pay mine since I get scholarships).
I need your help! I specifically need to go because:
- I’m doing research for my senior thesis on black women’s organizing in Brazil.
- Salvador, Bahia has a wealth of primary and secondary sources that will help with that research.
- I can finish the large bulk of my degree in Latin American studies there.
- It also helps that it is a majority poc city in a majority poc state.
But this would help immensely with my future goals too: I want to go to grad school and do Brazilian studies.
Please donate! I have lots of prizes for people who donate:
- 10 dollars: a personalized thank you email, digital photo, and the url to my study abroad blog.
- 15 dollars: a digital copy of a photo zine based on my travels and observations in Brazil (PDF format, will be sent out in September), and the url to my study abroad blog. - 30 dollars: two postcards sent (in March and May) from Bahia!
- 50 dollars: Detailed, monthly e-mail updates (5 total), and one postcard from Bahia.
- 100 dollars: Skype date! Connect with me in real time and listen to my stories. Plus, a neat souvenir and a physical version of my zine.
I also can do stuff for your organization, including giving talks and mentoring, if you’re in one and have some many to spare!
I have until December 5th to raise this money, so please help me! Besides the academic benefits, I rarely see other black woc go abroad at my uni, and I don’t think it’s fair that other people get to go abroad because they can take a subsidized trip to Europe and I’m not interested in Europe.
Even if you can’t donate, please pass this around! The more, the merrier. Every little bit counts! Thank you!
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Not guilty but still in prison: Justice denied to Marissa Alexander
An appalling injustice took place today in Jacksonville, Florida when Judge James Daniel failed to grant Marissa Alexander’s request to be released on bond until a verdict…
There has been a lot of discussion about hollaing and racism when women imitate it. Here to offer a not so American centric view.
When guys holla at me, they are generally white. I can say I have never had a black guy holla at me. So when I imitate then/ repeat through tears to my mother or friends I repeat word for word. And they talk street.
AAVE has infiltrated society, even in Australia, due to music, TV, movies etc. Therefore, it should come to no surprise that a lot of people use it, especially in poorer areas.
So when we are criticising, from a non US centric POV, I always hear ‘street talk’. And honestly if you grow up in a ‘ghetto’, and also walk there the only people who holla at you are going to be from there as well, so due to socioeconomic boundaries, they will most likely be POC, with an emphasis on black, who from my understanding, were the people who invented AAVE.
I apologise if this is badly worded, and thought out. I don’t ean offense, but as a mixed black girl, y’know.