The Trafficking Debate: Between Moralism and Reality

-By Cassandra Gonzalez, student volunteer

There has been a heavy amount of media and feminist-oriented outlets criticizing the GOP on their fight against full women’s health and reproductive care coverage that is now a part of the Affordable Care Act and provisions for the recently signed into law Violence Against Women Act. However, there has been another hurdle that is GOP and Republican led that focuses on complete health and reproductive care for women—since 2011 there has been an internal struggle on Capitol Hill about renewing the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) since the Obama administration proposed: 1) limiting funding to anti-trafficking organizations that do not provide “inclusive health care needs for women,” and priority funding for organizations that do provide a full range of accessible care 2) equally allocating funding for organizations that do not focus exclusively on trafficking for sexual exploitation. Salon has published a more in-depth analysis of this injustice, which can be found here.

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Today’s Pondering: Human Trafficking

– by Cassy Gonzalez, student volunteer

January is coming to its natural end and so is the symbolic remembrance with it: January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness Month, with January 11th declared Human Trafficking Awareness Day. By U.S. estimates there lie anywhere between 27 and 25 million for the number of people currently “enslaved” throughout the world. U.S. domestic estimates vary from 100,000 to less than 60,000 depending on what source you are currently looking at. I would like to dedicate a small portion of the internet to pondering human trafficking like many have done before me, and many will do after me.

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Kasandra Perkins, In Memorium

Saturday, December 1, Kasandra Perkins, a young Black mother lost her life, allegedly at the hands of her partner, Jovan Belcher.  Belcher, a linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs, then took his own life.  Many issues are at play in this conversation: interpersonal violence, guns, the NFL, traumatic brain injury.  While there are still uncertainties to be uncovered,  we can be sure that Kasandra is not to blame and there is much work to be done in preventing gendered violence.  Rest in Peace, Kasandra.

How does healing happen? Remembering the Sand Creek Massacre

It is vital that we as Coloradans remember the history of our state, not only the accomplishments but also the tragedies.  As we gather with friends and loved ones to share food and build community, we can take a moment to honor the lives lost at Sand Creek and to consider both our privilege and the ways in which we can use our privilege to build a world with more justice, more equity and more peace for all.

Title IX celebrates 40 years

-By Morgan Aguilar, student staff

Female athletes have several reasons to celebrate this year, especially at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

2012 marks the 40th anniversary of Title IX. The act states that “No person in the U.S. shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.”

The title’s main purpose was to end discrimination in all extra curricular activities in education. For women, it had the most impact on athletics.

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Just A Reminder…

As Halloween is this week, keep in mind any messages your costume might be sending. Here’s the Ohio University student group Students Teaching About Racism in Society‘s message on that topic, an update of their “Culture, not a Costume” campaign from last year:

We’re A Culture Not A Costume

You can see more of S*T*A*R*S campaign here.

Additionally, the Women’s Resource Center is holding a conversation on the topic of Halloween costumes today, October 29th:

Ponchos, Pocahontas, and Push-Up Bras: Why Finding The Perfect Halloween Costume Is Tricky

What were you thinking of dressing up as for Halloween? Don’t know yet? No problem! Join us at the Women and Gender Studies Cottage to share Halloween treats over a discussion about the sexualization and cultural appropriation of Halloween costumes in retail and on our campus. Before you leave we’ll brainstorm a list of sweet Halloween costumes so you’ll be set for Wednesday!

Speakers: Seema Sohi, Renee Roberts, and Sophia Surage
Time: 3:00pm-4:30pm
Location: Women and Gender Studies Cottage