See below for ways to learn more or get involved with the causes we have covered in the UM MLK Symposium Commemorative Booklet and mobile app. We offer some resources of local, regional, and national organizations, classes at UM, and other platforms advocating and fighting for the eradication of these injustices. If you have suggestions for organizations you think are also noteworthy, please use the form below and we will review them. Thank you for engaging in the 2018 UM MLK Symposium!
Discrimination and Bias on Our Campus (local)
Discrimination and bias on our campus mirror the challenges that beset our nation since its founding. The university community has a reputation for championing and working toward diversity. Several student activist movements starting in 1930 led to the establishment of housing, offices, initiatives and departments that support diverse groups. The university continues to create structures and fund initiatives to effect institutional change (The Michigan Mandate (1987), Strategic Plan for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (2016)). However, there has been an uptick in events of bias over the past year. Micro and macro-aggressions demonstrate the need for students and university officials to press further to make the campus more diverse, equitable, safe and inclusive for everyone.
|The History of Race at U-M|
|Michigan’s LGBT Heritage|
|UM DEI Strategic Plan|
|Initiatives on Disability Studies|
Flint Water Crisis (regional)
In 2011, the State changed Flint’s water supply to the Flint River. The water was not properly treated and was contaminated with lead. Residents got sick and raised concerns but officials maintained the water was safe. The emergency manager overruled the city council vote to stop using Flint river as the water supply in March 2015. Flint has received support from around the nation, yet the residents still do not have a long-term source of drinking water. Pipes leading to homes and the piping in some homes will need to be replaced before the crisis ends.
|Topics in Environmental Social Science|
|Flint Restoration and Revival Campaign|
|Students for Flint|
|United Against Inequities in Disease|
|ACLU of Michigan|
|Community Foundation for Greater Flint|
|Genesee United Way|
Discourse on Police Violence (National)
The 1992 acquittal of four LAPD officers, for beating Rodney King, ignited riots in Los Angeles which heightened media attention on racial injustice and police brutality in America. This public discourse returned with the acquittals of police involved in the on-camera murders and/or brutality of Oscar Grant (2009), Tamir Rice (2014), Eric Garner (2014), Sandra Bland (2015) and more. The Black Lives Matter movement began with the acquittal of George Zimmerman who murdered unarmed African American teenager, Trayvon Martin (2012). These events increased national attention on anti-black violence. In 2016 (then San Fransisco 49er’s quarterback), Colin Kaepernick made a conscious decision to stage silent protest against the oppression of people of color. In 2017, the public discourse shifted away from oppression of people of color and Black Lives Matter to a Free Speech Debate.
|The Writing of History|
|The Genre Studies|
|Issues in Afro American Development|
|Latin American & Latino Film Studies|
|Social Science Topics in History|
|Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality|
|ACLU of Michigan|
|Black Youth Project 100|
|Ann Arbor Alliance for Black Lives|
|Black Lives Matter Lansing|
|Black Lives Matter|
Climate Change and Global Warming (global)
Ninety-seven percent of climate scientists agree that global warming is likely due to human activities. Climate change includes global warming (upward temperature trends across the earth), extreme weather events, and other global phenomena created primarily by burning fossil fuels. Increases in extreme weather events makes it more difficult to predict the seasons and has societal implications such as food security and water supply. Visit nasa.gov for evidence of global warming https://climate.nasa.gov/evidence/ and solutions https://climate.nasa.gov/solutions/resources/.
|Topics in Culture and Environment|
|The Genre Studies|
|Students for Clean Energy|
|Public Health Sustainibility Initiative|
|Interdisciplinary Health Club|
|Environmental Law Society|
|Michigan Climate Action|
|Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice|
|Sierra Club Michigan|
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