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Center for Parcipant Education - Fall 2013 Catalog 1

Our
Mission

CPE shall be a forum for progressive and alternative


ideas on education, politics and the arts.
CPE shall provide an area where students and
local citizens can initiate and enact new programs
which interest them.
CPE shall provide guest lectures, movies, classes and
other alternative programs to traditional programs.
CPE shall provide these educational classes and
programs without charging a fee for instruction.

Guiding
Principles

We fight against the subjugation of oppressed peoples everywhere


We aim towards progressive inclusivity
We strive to reflect the needs of the community
We fight to build power that can make lasting and real change

Message
from the Director
I would like to start off by
welcoming those of you who arent
familiar with CPE. As one of the oldest
student organizations on FSUs campus
we have a long and complicated history.
In the past, CPE was one of the biggest
student groups on campus, boasting
hundreds of students. At its height, CPE
taught over 100 classes, some of which
were actually accredited courses. As
one of the few free universities in the
South, CPE focused heavily on holding

classes and programming that were


taught by anyone to anyone. Over time
CPE grew to focus on politics, social
activism and the arts. Our aim is to
bring CPE back to its former glory.
There is a good chance that
many of our readers are fairly new
to FSU. Many of you may be unaware
of the many creative and powerful
student organizations that exist on
our campus. Consider this catalog
a Primer to the city of Tallahassee,

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Tallahassee activism as well as some


of the baddest groups on campus. The
groups of students showcased in this
catalog share many common beliefs,
passions and interests. Whether its a
passion for the arts and entertainment
or the never ending drive to seek social
justice, these groups have shown to be
amazing assets to the FSU student body.
We truly hope you enjoy this
catalog and we look forward to seeing
you at our classes, events and socials.

fall 2013
courses and events

Sept.

19

The Psychedelic Experience


Facilitated by Bryan Ellis

In a funky, facilitated group discussion, well talk about a number of far out things, such as: our personal experiences, the social
and political dimensions of the psychedelic movement, various squirrelly visionaries, safety and responsibility, the future of
civilization, and whatever other wacky, freaked up notions we care to ponder.

Union 315 @7PM

Sept.

24

What you Dont Know about North Korea


Facilitated by Dave Schneider
Every two or three years, like clockwork, politicians and the media in the U.S. get hysterical about an attack by North Korea,
yet nothing ever happens. Though there are many documentaries about exposing the horrors of life in the DPRK people in
the U.S. know very little about North Korea. This class seeks to set the record straight on the DPRK, Kim Jong Un, socialism, the
Korean War and prospects for peace and unity.

Union 314 @7PM


Oct.

Bad Allies
Facilitated by John Saullo and Rosie Richeson
Learn about the white left in the 70 s-80s and how they failed at combating white chauvinism, patriarchy and white supremacy.
Learn how modern activist groups have been good allies to black and brown movements and how you can be a good ally.

Globe 2400 @7pm


Oct.

11

Party in the USA: Red, White and Blue American Communism


Facilitated by Dave Schneider
Learn about the struggles of early communists in the South, the attempts at party-building in the 70s and 80s.

Globe 2400 @7pm


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Oct.

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Oct.

17

How to Drag Workshop


Facilitated by Aidan Justus
Join Pride and CPE as we offer up an informational workshop on the art of drag. This workshop will equip you with the tools to gender bend and dismantle the binary!

SSB 208 @7pm


Sports and Politics: When the Peoples Struggle and Sports Collide
Facilitated by A.V.
Within US history, many of the biggest peoples movements have played out within the venue of sports. From Jackie Robinsons fight for racial
justice, Muhammad Alis stance against the Vietnam War, and todays LGBT struggle. This class will discuss the intersections of sports and politics.

Globe 2400 @7pm

Oct.

22

Vogue Workshop
Facilitated by Shantel Moten
Join Pride and CPE for this movement workshop that will focus on both the foundations of the dance style of new way vogue and key points
in the history of the ballroom scene. We will use vogue dance as a means of better understanding history as Black and Brown queer people,
poor and working folks, homeless people, sex workers, and trans people.

SSB 208 @7pm


Oct.

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Nov.

Black Revolutionary Ideology


Facilitated by Michael Sampson
A brief history and analysis of black revolutionary leaders, ideologies, and the movements that sprung from their theoretical analyses.

Globe 2400 @7pm


The Soothing Power of Touch
Facilitated by Suzzane Hodgkins and Kelly Stegmeyer
This class will feature a short lecture on why friendly, comforting touch in platonic non-family relationships has become taboo in
our culture, how this is harmful, and reasons why we would all benefit from eliminating this taboo. The lecture will be followed
by a workshop where we will practice and enjoy some positive, non-sexualized touching exercises. We will conclude with an
open discussion and/or group cuddle.

Globe 2500 @7pm


Nov.

14

A Brief History of Race


Facilitated by Regina Joseph
Race is a social construct but it has very real consequences. This class sheds light on the history of racial formations beginning
with colonization. Also discussed: biophysical differences, scientific racism, and the evolution of the concept of race.

Union 314 @7pm


Nov.

15

Origins of the Exotic Other


Facilitated by Catherine Gonzalez
Where is the line between cultural appreciation and appropriation? Join us as we deconstruct a series of images and understand the western gaze
on the colonized rest. This class will draw from schools of critical theory to study mass culture and the ongoing commoditization of people of color.

Union 311C @7pm

Nov.

20

Hallucinations
Facilitated by Sarah Klim
Are hallucinations a deviant and avoidable perceptual occurrence, or are they an important aspect of life experience? Virtually
everyone has experienced a hallucination, such as hearing ones name called while alone or seeing faces and geometrical
patterns while on the verge of sleep. The class discusses the processes, circumstances, and Western controversies of hallucinations.

Union 311B @7pm


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Disorientation Guide

ALL SAINTS

BLACK DOG CAF

24/7 hours, vegan snacks, free wi-fi, and arcades make


for a sweet spot to do homework. Vegan brunch at
noon every Sunday changes every week and its always
something interesting.

Located on scenic Lake Ella, this little coffee shop features


tasty and fancy drinks like blooming flower teas.

903 Railroad Ave

CALVINS

ATOMIC COFFEE

Located on campus, on Copeland under the church. All


coffee is donation-based. Its close to FSU campus, providing
an alternative oasis away from Club Stroz.

They have a unique selection of flavored coffee drinks,


teas, as well as breakfast sandwiches that are served until
4PM. Call-in for their bike delivery service!

625 West Tennessee Street


106 East College Ave (Downtown)

229 Lake Ella Dr

548 West Park Ave

Art by Elijah Anderson

Coffee

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Food

BAMBOO HOUSE
A Chinese Buffet, but you can also order off the menu. The
buffet is smaller than some but has several types of tofu
and vegetable dishes. Try the orange tofu!

BAMBOO HOUSE
A Chinese Buffet, but you can also order off the menu. The
buffet is smaller than some but has several types of tofu
and vegetable dishes. Try the orange tofu!

112 East 6th Ave

112 East 6th Ave

SOUL VEGETARIAN

DECENT PIZZA

The name says it all: vegan and vegetarian soul food. Try
their vegan macncheez or tasty smoothies. On Sundays
the platters are half off!

This is one of Tallahassees brilliant pizza palaces. Try the


vegan slice. Its basically a personal pizza with amazing
on top.

1026 N Monroe St
LATIN XPRESS CAF
Family-owned business, reminds you of Mami and Abuelitas
home-cooked meals. Try their combo platters for rice and
beans, plantains and your choice of meat.

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2121 W Pensacola St, Unit E


LITTLE ATHENS
The falafel is tasty and there is a combo that includes
baklava! Convenient for a just off campus dinner (before
a CPE meeting perhaps?)

666 West Tennessee St


LOFTY PURSUITS
An adorable ice cream parlor and toy store, with tons of
flavors, toppings, milkshakes, and even vegan options! Owned
by a former CPE member. Definitely a drive, but worth it!

1415 Timberlane Rd
LUCY AND LEOS CUPCAKERY
These cupcakes are the bomb, often given out at big on
campus events. They offer vegan options on Wednesdays.
Locally made at the shop.

1123 Thomasville Rd
MOMOS PIZZA
Slices as big as your head and a great selection of beers
makes this a Tallahassee institution.

1416 W Tennessee St
MONKS (WELLS BROTHERS BAR AND GRILL)
This place has a variety of really good food, including
a build your own burger section. There is also a good
selection of vegetarian options.

1710 West Tharpe St

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1205D S Adams St
SWEET PEA CAF
All vegan sandwiches of funky and traditional varieties
made with local and organic ingredients. Sandwiches
come with sides, make sure to try the poutineand their
cookies! Lunch and dinner on weekdays, brunch and late
lunch on weekends.

832 W Tharpe St
TASTY EATS BEER GARDEN
Yummy Asian fusion, Vietnamese and Vegan at that chill
caboose tucked in Railroad Square. Dip your amazing
spring rolls in peanut sauce as you enjoy the breeze and
chirping birds, and maybe even watch the magical train
roll by a few feet from you!

602 Industrial Dr
VOODOO DOG
They have about 10 different creative hot dog styles.
Veggie dogs also available. Arguably the best fries in
town. Great for veggies and carnivores alike!

805S Macomb St
1414 W Tennessee St
WILD GREENS COMMUNITY CAF
A vegetarian and vegan restaurant located next to Bread
& Roses on Railroad Ave. They try to have local music on
the weekends and their menu changes often. Super new
and super tasty!

915-2 Railroad Ave

Venues

CLUB DOWNUNDER
A venue run by FSU students on campus. Hosts many
performances throughout the semester and is free for
FSU students. Your best bet for hot new indie music in
Oglesby Union.

unionproductions.org

HOUSE SHOWS

KRANK IT UP

Tallahassee has given birth to one of the best house show


scenes in Florida. Keep on top of it through online means
and flyers around town and especially at local coffee shops.
Houses to look out for: the Charles Mansion, Cuddlepunx
Riot House, Shark Tank

Tallahassees bicycle collective. A full donation-based


workshop of tools and bike parts and volunteers all dedicated
to helping equip you with the knowledge on how to fix
your bike or build a new one. Located in Railroad Square.

THE MICKEE FAUST ACADEMY FOR THE


REALLY DRAMATIC ARTS
Community Theater for the Really Weird Community
This is a tongue-in-cheek answer to a certain unctuous
rodent living in Orlando. Rallying around this rebellious
rat bastard are the three-dozen members of the club who
call themselves the Mickee Faustkateers. The Faustkateers
are a diverse bunch. In every Faust show youll find a mix
of political and socio-sexual satire, literary and cinematic
parodies, old vaudeville, new vaudeville, original and
adapted songs and some fully-staged bad jokes thrown
in for good measure.

mickeefaust.com
RETROFIT RECORDS
Gaines St. start-up record store! Time for Tallahassee to
repent for allowing Vinyl Fever to close down. Run by
former V89 DJs and staples in the local music community.
They also have shows n kegs sometimes.

krankitup.info
JOES BIKE SHOP
Cool bike shop located on Lake Ella, free bike adjustments
for life on new bikes bought here.

1637 North Monroe St


TALLAHASSEE BIKE POLO
It is what it sounds like. Cool kids in Tally playing polo on
their bicycles.

facebook.com/groups/144868472243584

Books

LEON COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY


Your FSU card works at Leon County Libraries. The main
branch of the library is at 200 W Park Ave, downtown.

co.leon.us/library

439 W Gaines St

CPE LIBRARY

ROXYS

Check out our library, located in the office. No late fees,


and youre not required to be a student to check something
out. Open from 9-5 every weekday.

Saturdays this spot becomes a club for queer people,


predominantly queer people of color. It is one of the safest
spaces in Tallahassee for queer people as the community is
accepting of trans* and gender non-conforming individuals.
Cover is $10, but club stays open until 3AM!

A303K in Oglesby Union


COSMIC CAT COMICS

3489 S Monroe St

Comics, manga, DVD Rentals, artwork, toys, card games,


in-store gaming and more. Located in Railroad Square.

WILLIAMS READING NIGHT

LOUD VOICE BOOKS

A group of writers, artists, and creative enthusiasts who


share a common belief that community is an integral part
of expression. Meetings are every Friday, in Florida State
Universitys Williams Building, Common Room 13. Sign-in
@ 6:30 PM, reading @ 7 PM.

Used and super cheap new books. Locally owned and in


Railroad Square art park. They sell slingshot organizers
in the winter. A great independent bookstore in town.

facebook.com/groups/kafkaphony

Bikes

BICYCLE HOUSE

675 Industrial Dr
STROZIER LIBRARY
Hands down the best selection of radical literature in town.
Open to TCC and FAMU with guest pass. Located on Dewey
St. north of Landis Green. Wish they had free printing!

Not for profit bicycle repair place run by volunteers.


Scot is super friendly and will help you with your bike in
a pinch and let you know what can be done to make it
safer in the long run.

1317 Jackson Bluff Rd


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Movies

THE SLC (STUDENT LIFE CINEMA)


Located on campus. Free for students. Shows classics
and new releases year-round. Keep an eye out for their
midnightstheyre always interesting.

movie.fsu.edu
MOVIES 8
Our local cheaper movie theater that plays movies that
just went out of theaters. Pay as little as $3.75. Be aware
that they kick you out for bringing your own food.

2810 Sharer Rd
VIDEO 21
Best rental store in town. Carries 20,000 different titles.
Play trivia for free rentals.

1449 E Lafayette St

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Radio
V89.7

FSUs own radio station, featuring music you cant hear


anywhere else, like 2-hr long punk show Better Off Dead.

wvfs.fsu.edu
88.9 WFSU
NPR Tallahassee

wfsu.org
90.5
FAMU radio, featuring the best in hip-hop, reggae, jazz,
neo-soul, gospel and R&B.

LAKE ELLA
A quaint and relaxing place to shop local boutiques, drink
coffee, and take a stroll with a lover or friend. Farmers
market here Wednesday from 3PM to dusk.

Located near the intersection of Tharpe and Monroe


LAKE JACKSON MOUNDS
ARCHAEOLOGICAL STATE PARK
Before colonization, Native Americans inhabited the area
around Lake Jackson, just north of Tallahassee. The park
site was part of what is now known as the Southeastern
Ceremonial Complex. Today, it encompasses six earthern
temple mounds and one possible burial mound.

floridastateparks.org/lakejackson/
LEON SINKS GEOLOGICAL AREA
You cant swim in em, but you can sure look at em! If
youre really hankering for terrain that rain and groundwater have changed by dissolving underlying limestone
bedrock, youre in luck.

dep.state.fl.us/gwt/guide/regions/
panhandlee-ast/trails/leon_sinks.htm
LETCHWORTH-LOVE MOUNDS
ARCHAEOLOGICAL STATE PARK
Floridas tallest Native American ceremonial mound,
belonging to members of the Weeden Island Culture, a
group of Native Americans who lived in North Florida
between 200 and 800 A.D. The park offers picnicking,
birding, and hiking and a nature trail winds around the
perimeter of the ceremonial mound.

floridastateparks.org/letchworth/
MACLAY GARDENS

Get Outside
THE GREENWAYS

A beautiful one hundred year old garden. The Blooming


season is January through April, which means there are
more flowers but there is a garden fee per person in
addition to the car fee. A great place for a date or to
take your parents when they visit.

Lovely places to hike, picnic, and enjoy the fresh air while riding your bike.

floridastateparks.org/maclaygardens/

leoncountyfl.gov/parks/greenways.asp
FLORIDA CAVERNS STATE PARK

SAN MARCOS DE APALACHE HISTORIC


STATE PARK

Floridas only state park to offer cave tours to the public.


The cave has dazzling formations of limestone stalactites,
stalagmites, soda straws, flowstones and draperies. Florida
Caverns is also popular for camping, swimming, fishing,
picnicking, canoeing, boating, hiking, bicycling and horseback
riding. Cave tour lasts approximately 45 minutes and are
considered to be moderately strenuous.

The many different flags welcoming visitors demonstrate


the abundant history of this site, from the first Spanish
colonizers to the present day. The history of this National
Landmark began in 1528 when Panfilo de Narvaez arrived
in the area with 300 men. Ambrister and Arbuthnot were
lynched here by Andrew Jackson which almost caused a
war with Britain.

floridastateparks.org/floridacaverns/

tinyurl.com/Baxter-San-Marcos

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SINKHOLES
Tallahassee is surrounded by sinkholes that formed on top of the
Floridian aquifer, and allow for swimming and fun. To keep them a
secret, were going to leave the directions out. Ask a tally townie.

ST. GEORGE ISLAND


About two hours away, but worth it for the pristine beaches.
But be careful of mosquitos in the summertime!

visitflorida.com/st_george_island
ST. MARKS TRAIL
A nice biking trail that runs from Floridas capital city, through the Apalachicola
National Forest, and ends in the coastal community of St. Marks.

dep.state.fl.us/gwt/state/PDF
ST. MARKS NATIONAL WILDLIFE
REFUGE & ST MARKS LIGHTHOUSE
The lighthouse, uplands forests, forested swamps, fresh and
brackish water marshes and a pristine salt water estuary
ecosystem compose this unique area of Floridas Gulf Coast,
making the St. Marks Unit a favorite for outdoor enthusiasts.

fws.gov/saintmarks
TORREYA STATE PARK
High bluffs overlooking the Apalachicola River make Toreya
one of Floridas most scenic places. The park is named for an
extremely rare species of Torreya tree that only grows on the
bluffs along the Apalachicola River. Developed by the Civilian
Conservation Corps in the 1930s, Torreya is popular for camping,
hiking, and picnicking. Bird-watching is also a popular activity.
Its about an hour west of town, but the view from the top of the
rockbluff campsite is worth the drive. Look out for bald eagles here!

For the Rainy Days


GULF SPECIMEN AQUARIUM AND
MARINE LABORATORY

Gulf Specimen Marine Laboratory houses a collection of


seawater tanks and aquarium. Water bubbles and flows
in a swirl that sustains unique collections of the bizarre and
beautiful. Unlike most big public aquariums that emphasize
porpoises and big fishes, they focus on seahorses and hermit
crabs, emerald eyed spiny boxfish, electric rays and red
and white spotted calico crabs all the endless living.

gulfspecimen.org
MOFA
FSUs Museum of Fine Arts, featuring collections of all kinds.
On campus and free for students.

mofa.fsu.edu
MUSEUM OF FLORIDA HISTORY
The Museum of Florida History collects, preserves, exhibits,
and interprets evidence of past and present cultures in
Florida, and promotes knowledge and appreciation of
this heritage. As the state history museum, it focuses on
artifacts and eras unique to Floridas development and on
roles that Floridians have played in national and global
events. For an all-about-Florida adventure, youll want to
visit the Florida History Museum. Its free for everyone!

museumoffloridahistory.com
SOUTHEASTERN REGIONAL BLACK
ARCHIVES RESEARCH CENTER & MUSEUM

floridastateparks.org/torreya/

A specialty museum that archives and houses regalia and


printed material relevant to the history of Africans and
African Americans.

THE WACISSA RIVER

cis.famu.edu/BlackArchives/qfacts.html

A beautiful tributary of the Wakulla river in Monticello. A few years


back some CPE members helped the locals fight off Nestle when
they were trying to bottle water out of it! You can rent a canoe,
and head down to the Big Blue spring to have your mind blown.

WAKULLA SPRINGS
Home of one of the largest and deepest freshwater springs
in the world, this park plays host to an abundance of wildlife,
including alligators, turtles, deer, and birds. Daily guided riverboat
tours provide a closer view of wildlife, and glass bottom boat
tours are offered when the water is clear. A nature trail offers
a leisurely walk along the unplanned wooded areas of the
park. The water is always cool and refreshing for swimming.
Amenities include floating docks and a diving platform. Been
around since before the beginning of Tallahassee time, and
is of Tarzan and Creatures from the Black Lagoon fame.

THE REAL TALLAHASSEE


An extensive list of events going on everyday in Tallahassee

therealtallahassee.blogspot.com
THE ETERNAL ANTIWAR VIGIL
Vigils against the United States wars in Afghanistan, Iraq
and Iran started almost a decade ago in front of Floridas
Old Capitol Sundays 12:30PM - 2:30PM and Thursdays
4PM - 6PM.

floridastateparks.org/wakullasprings
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Hotlines

VICTIM ADVOCACY
Leon County Sheriffs Victim Advocacy number: (850) 922-3300

2-1-1 BIG BEND


A free, confidential hotline available 24/7 and 365 days
a year. They offer telephone counseling, crisis intervention,
and community referals.

Dial 2-1-1 or (850) 617-6333


www.211bigbend.org
REFUGE HOUSE
Refuge House, Inc., provides direct services to abused
women, their children and sexual assault survivors. They
also provide shelter where their residents participate in
counseling, support groups and case management.

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For immediate service call their hotline:


(850) 681-2111 or (850) 500-1119

Womens Health

NORTH FLORIDA WOMENS HEALTH &


COUNSELING SERVICES
Tallahassees only abortion clinic offering safe and legal
procedures as well as compassionate doctors and counselors.

(850) 877-3183
PLANNED PARENTHOOD
They offer lots of health services to women, including
annual pap smears. There are two Tallahassee locations.

Pensacola St: (850) 574-7455


East Park Ave: (850) 201-0516
BEWARE!
There are fake reproductive health clinics and crisis centers!
They often mislead women into thinking they are scheduling
abortions, when in fact the clinic is using delay tactics to
further Anti-Choice agendas. These include: A Womans
Pregnancy Center and Open Door Womens Clinic.

Etc.

All public transit is FREE with student ID


Check out www.morethanyouthought.com for cultural events.

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Allies

Black Student Union

The Black Student Union has been a mainstay at Florida State University since its
conception in 1968. Our mission is to offer black students and those into black culture
a voice and environment for them to thrive in while still continuing their responsibilities
as Seminoles. We host monthly meetings, organize Black History Month, as well as
host fundraisers, scholarship balls, community service, mentoring opportunities and
our annual Black Student Union Pageant.
However its important to remember our origins in the advocacy for black issues and
the well being of black students. Through CPE, there are educational benefits and
opportunities to enlighten students about the black community. We hope to partner
with them in the future in order to establish classes outside of the FSU curriculum to
benefit each of our communities.
Location: 206 Woodward Ave (Open Monday to Friday 8AM-5PM)
Twitter: @FSU_BSU
Instagram: FSU_BSU
Facebook: FSU BSU
Email: fsublackstudentunion@gmail.com

Pride Student Union

Pride Student Union at FSU supports lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer
students across campus no matter their sexual orientation or gender identity. It creates
a safe and positive environment through addressing students needs and increasing
awareness of issues pertinent to them. Pride offers a wide range of programs and
socials for everyone along with workshops and panels that address social issues
facing the LGBTQ+ on campus and globally. Pride also has a LGBTQ+ student
resource center for students to hang out, meet others and learn more.
Location: Oglesby Union Rm. A211 (Take the stairs across the Kaplan Testing Center to the second floor)
Tweeter: @PrideFSU
Instagram: #PrideFSU
Facebook: fsupride
Tumblr: pridefsu
Email: pride@admin.fsu.edu
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The Hispanic/Latino Student Union


The Hispanic/Latino Student Union serves as an
institution dedicated to unifying, informing, and serving the
Hispanic/Latino community at the Florida State University. The
HLSU functions as an educational and cultural learning instrument
for all students, faculty and staff. It provides a centralized
coordination of resources and services for the Hispanic/Latino
community. It is within the Hispanic/Latino Student Unions mission
that every academic year we aim to serve as a nucleus for
a network with other national institutes and organizations to
improve the opportunities and living conditions of the Hispanic/
Latino community.
Each academic year, HLSU focuses on how we, as
an agency, can reach out to the student body and provide a
space where students can explore their individual interests and
passions. We do so by hosting events and providing leadership
opportunities where students are encouraged to seek a better
understanding of themselves and their community. We hope that
this initiative and collaboration between HLSU and CPE allows
students to discover new opportunities and connections within
Florida State. The Hispanic/Latino Student Union is excited to
work alongside the Center for Participant Education to better
serve the Florida State University as a whole and we look forward
to provide a place where students can share their ideas and

expertise on education, politics and the arts. With this initiative


in mind, we hope that we can better educate students on the
resources that are readily available to them, while teaching them
about the diversity the Florida State University prides itself on.
Location: El Centro, A303 Oglesby Union
Twitter: @FSU_HLSU
Instagram: HLSU_FSU
Facebook: Hispanic Latino Student Union
Email: hlsu@admin.fsu.edu

The Women Student Union


The Women
Student Union at Florida
State University is a
student government
agency dedicated
to developing a
greater awareness
regarding the nature
of womens problems
and their relationship to
the economic, social, and
political nature of society.

Allies

Poetic Lyricism

Poetic Lyricism is a performing


arts organization, focusing mainly on
poetry but inclusive to all other forms of
art such as visual art, singing, dancing,
rapping, MC-ing and many others. Our
goal is to cultivate and sharpen the artistic
talents of individuals and showcase their
talents to the community.
Together, CPE and Poetic Lyricism can work together to

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Our purpose is to build a spirit of camaraderie among women


so that a feeling of strength and solidarity can be fostered and
to develop programs, services, and activities that will reach
out to the FSU community. The Women Student Union fosters
the growth of women personally, professionally and politically
through educational programs, social events, community service,
and a network of women leaders.
Location: The Womens Center, Oglesby Union Room
323 and 324
Twitter: FSU_WSU
Facebook: FSU Women Student Union
Email: fsuwsu@gmail.com

empower our members to grow and express


their individual talents; whether it is through
performance, activism, or simply sharing ideas.
Twitter: @poeticlyricism
Facebook: Poetic Lyricism: Spoken Word for
Words Unspoken
Website: poeticlyricism.weebly.com
Email: poeticlyricism@gmail.com

Asian American Student Union


The Asian American Student Union was created in
1996 to better represent the Asian American community at
The Florida State University and to spread awareness about
Asian heritage and culture. Our mission is to inspire, educate,
and empower those interested in Asian American and Pacific
Islander issues and promote unity within the Asian cultures. We
achieve these goals by educating students and promoting Asian
culture through seminars, workshops, guest speakers, and social
events. Our agency is extended to 8 other Asian orientated
organizations: Chinese Language and Culture Association (CLCA),
Filipino Student Association (FSA), Japanese Student Association
(JSA), Korean American Student Association (KASA), Indian
Student Association (ISA), Vietnamese Student Association (ViSA),
Alpha Kappa Delta Phi (K), and Sigma Beta Rho (BP).
The Center for Participant Education strives to teach
students by putting on free classes for anyone to attend. Seeing
that one of the Asian American Student Unions missions is
to educate, we are hoping to work together on making this
happen in the near future. Many different languages, historical

The Outlet

The first meeting for what is now a state non-profit,


The Outlet Mental Health Community Center, took place in the
heat of the summer of 2012.
The idea of a non-traditional, mental health community
center attracted multiple past, current, and (hopefully!) future
members of the Center for Participant Education.
The parallels between CPE and The Outlet span far
beyond the individuals involved.
Similar to CPE, The Outlet seeks to empower individuals
through the community.
CPEs Anyone can teach-Anyone can learn philosophy
has undoubtedly informed The Outlets belief that our community
can work together better each others mental health via an
exchange of individual ideas and experiences- that everyones
experiences are valuable to someone. The Outlet will soon
provide weekly peer-to-peer discussion groups to exchange
stories of struggles as well as coping methods. We want to invite

The F Word

This group is called The F Word


because feminism has become a dirty
word. The purpose of The F Word is
to combat these myths. Our goal is to
change the distorted vision of what
feminism is so that people stop
saying, Im not a feminist, but and
start saying, Im a feminist, because
Through group discussions, consciousness
raising and actions that heighten awareness
in the community, we aim to develop, articulate, and enact a

backgrounds, and cultures could be taught to interested students.


Our upcoming 4-WORDS lecture series could be an excellent
opportunity for those trying to learn more about APIA issues as
well. Using a combined effort from AASU and CPE, an ultimate
goal of providing education without cost can be attained.
Twitter: @fsuaasu
Facebook: Asian American Student Union at The Florida
State University
Email: fsuaasu.director@gmail.com

individuals to host workshops,


discussion groups, or movie
screenings of their choice with
the intent of strengthening
mental health in our community.
The Outlet is still
constructing our vision for
a community mental health
resource. Were working on
getting a permanent space
to function out of as well as
federal non-profit status.
If youre interested in attending organizational
meetings, leading a workshop, facilitating a peer to peer
counseling session, or coming to any of our events, like us on
facebook and/or e-mail TheOutletTallahassee@gmail.com.

feminist consciousness.
The F Word is a constantly evolving group, based on
grassroots policy and above all our own experiences. A priority
is the flexibility to be inclusive of many different progressive
philosophies and to understand the intersecting identities within
our community. We seek to reach out to those not necessarily
aware of feminism and to provide a common space for other
feminists to share ideas, questions, problems, and solutions.
Facebook: the f-word
Tumblr: fyeahfword
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WVFS Tallahassee (V89)

V89 is FSUs student radio station. Since 1987, WVFS


has--much like CPE, sought to provide an alternative--in our case
to commercially dominated radio. WVFS plays music of quality,
regardless of genre, airing diverse programming and taking
requests 24/7/365. Broadcasting at 7000 watts, V89 serves
as a top-notch training facility, with nearly 200 volunteers from

Advocates for
Immigrant and
Refugee Rights

Allies

AIRR is dedicated to bringing awareness


and education to the Florida State campus about
issues affecting immigrants and refugees in
the United States. We work to advocate for
all immigrant populations, documented or
undocumented, and work on a wide
range of issues affecting immigrants
including farmworkers rights, policy
and legislation such as Comprehensive
Immigration Reform, the DREAM Act,
Deferred Action, Tuition and Education
for Undocumented Students, etc.
Twitter: @AIRR_FSU
Facebook: AIRR @ FSU
Email: brs11@my.fsu.edu

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every corner of campus and the community. Youll find us on the


left end of the dial at 89.7FM, and streaming worldwide at
wvfs.fsu.edu. To get involved, tune in or check the website for
recruitment dates--everyone welcome, no experience necessary!

Dream Defenders is a new progressive


organization to the Tallahassee area. Dream
Defenders is an organization directed by
black and brown youth who confront systemic
racism while building our collective power. First
and foremost our mission strives for equality.
Although Dream Defenders has been around
for less than 2 years, student organizers have
made unbelievable progress in the realm of
social activism. Dream Defenders spear headed
the Justice for Trayvon Martin movement shortly
after the murder of Trayvon Martin. Shortly
after George Zimmermans acquittal, the Florida
State University chapter led a 350-person
midnight march to the capitol so that people

could reflect on the system of injustice that let


George Zimmerman walk free.
Dream Defenders activism ranges
from immigration reform in the United States
to fighting for the protection of voting rights.
Within a few months, Dream Defenders proved its
dedication to fight for justice. Dream Defenders
recently sent shock waves across the country
as they organized a continuous sit-in at Rick
Scotts office. Dream Defenders are currently
demanding that Florida Governor Rick Scott
call a special session to repeal the Stand Your
Ground Law, pass legislation to eliminate
racial profiling by law enforcement and end
the school to prison pipeline in Florida. These

set of reforms are known as Trayvons Law.


With support coming promptly from
areas around the United States (New York, D.C.,
California, to name a few), it is clear that
the movement is on the rise. Dream Defenders
have been actively involved in CPE for the short
time they have existed, even teaching classes
through CPE and providing co-sponsorships. The
progressive community in Tallahassee continues
on the steady uphill slope towards strength,
justice, and unity. As youth utilize the power of
grassroots organizing and the national media,
they work hard to build a movement that sees
itself on a dark path with a bright mission.

Email: tallahassee.dream.defenders@gmail.com | fsu@dreamdefenders.org


Facebook: facebook.com/TallahasseeDreamDefenders
Twitter: @DDODFSU
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45 Days.
Imagine you waited patiently
as the killer of your child resided
outside of a jail cell. Proper
justice has slipped through the
hands of the system. Every second
seems to reaffirm what 500 years
of racism has told us: you are
not important, you are invisible.
We are Invisible, yet we are
accused of being dangerous, a
thug, a delinquent. A label
designated to you because of the
color of your skin. A sentence
handed to you and later convicted
at first glance by society, because
of a hoodie and the audacity to
be treated--- with benefit of a
doubt like any other human being.

45 Days.

The murder of Trayvon Martin


reminds us of the daily pangs
of being a person of color in
America. His murder resonates with
us because we see ourselves in
him, the humanity in a teenager
who had potential, who had the
capacity to love and feel, but
was blindly robbed of it by a
ruthless vigilante.
How many other Trayvons
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perished at the hands of injustice


within that time span. How many
innocent black and brown lives
were arraigned and later sentenced
guilty. The crime?
Existence.
But we should not be afraid to live.

I am not
afraid
to live.
The only way to exist is to resist.
We must resist comforting pessimism
that tells us that its too much
to change. Addressing the root
problems the school to prison
pipeline, zero tolerance laws and
an oppressive criminal justice
system. It seems so overwhelming.
Overwhelming to the point that
we would assume that our world
is destined to remain like this
forever, unchanged. But this isnt
true. The world changes, and our
actions- or lack thereof has an

effect on everything. The biggest,


most magnificent valleys were first
carved out of just a trickle of
water. Change happens, but it is
only by our collective actions
that we can hope to become truly
unchained. Its not easy, but
before I was born, before any of
us even existed, someone tried to
break their chains and escape the
slave ship.
The drive to exist is a basic
physiological need fueled by- and
it may sound optimistic or too
liberal- love.
Anger may be the starting point
that awakens our consciousness- as
many of us felt it every passing
day of the 45 that Zimmerman never
faced a trial, but it is the love
that we have for our fellow brothers
and sisters that sustains our
movement. No government, no state,
not even the shackles of white
supremacy and patriarchy can limit
the power of our movement.
Its the collective people
that are the key players of social
change. It is love that makes us
look into the eyes of humanity
and make us sacrifice what we have
to save it. It is a sacrifice,
and it is not easy. There is no
shortcut; no amount of picking
between R and D on a ballot can
stop the continuing massacre and
criminalization of black and brown
youths in this country.
The prescription seems hard
to swallow only because of the
sheer magnitude of an entire
system that needs to be abolished.

But if your dreams dont scare


you, they arent big enough. We
dream because we know of other
possibilities. And we dream for our
mothers and fathers and pray that
their sacrifices are to never be in
vain. We dream for our brothers
and sisters and hope they never
have to feel the paradoxical pain
of being invisible, yet a walking
target at the same time. And we
dream for our children because
innocence is lost on those who are
brought into a society who views
them as lesser beings.
But I am something and I am
not afraid to make sacrifices. I
am not afraid to dream, to live,
to love. We must defend our dreams
because without them, there is
nothing. Never again will our
children have to worry for their
safety simply due to the color of
their skin.

Never
forget
Trayvon.
Spoken by Regina Joseph
Center for Parcipant Education - Fall 2013 Catalog 17

Across the country, we find our


communities trapped in a vicious cycle of

prison pipeline, or voter suppression all roads

ground up, in the form of organized opposition.

lead to the private prison menace.

Since the victories of the civil rights movement, we

disenfranchisement, discrimination and depression.

Corporations such as the Geo Group

have seen our social framework deteriorate. Our

The dream has not been realized for many

and Corrections Corporation of America earn

schools are falling apart, our job prospects are

who have fallen through the cracks of our social

record profit as they lobby the political class to

low, and our communities are caught in a cycle

and economic order. Millions of children in this

expand criminalization and ensnare our communities.

of incarceration. All to satisfy the greed of a

country come of age in poverty, confronted with

For a human being coming out of this system

corporate class seeking to further disfranchise

an increasingly underfunded education system

they often face the prospects of being labeled

us at every turn.

and society that criminalizes them.

second-class for the rest of their life: being denied

A new generation of youth, leaders, and

In every corner of our country, we find

the right to vote, the ability to get a job with a

organizers for social change, must be identified,

the cancer of an unchecked correctional system.

living wage, becoming endlessly trapped in the

engaged, trained, and sent back to their communities

It is ravaging our state, our communities, and our

cycle of poverty and incarceration that limits the

to build. Few in Florida are willing to invest in true

youth in particular. No matter the perspective

power we know we hold.

leadership for black and brown youth. Ignited

the war on drugs, immigration, the school to


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Movements are always built from the

by the unjust death of one of our own one spring

DREAM DEFENDERS
AT THE CAPITOL
night in Sanford, we have dedicated our lives to

Trayvons Law to repeal Stand Your Ground,

occupation in the Florida capitol of its kind. We

battling the criminalization of a generation. We

ban racial profiling, and end the school to prison

were able to pressure the Republican Speaker

are building concrete power and committed to

pipeline. On July 18th, the Gov. Scott met with the

of the Florida House Will Weatherford to call

defending the dreams of our community and our

Dream Defenders, but provided no real leadership.

house committee meetings on stand your ground

generation.

Rather than calling for a special session, he called for

law. As well, we received visits and support from

a statewide day of prayer to end racial profiling.

high level civil rights advocates such as Harry

However, faith without words is not justice.

Belafonte, Reverend Jesse Jackson, celebrities

After the verdict of George Zimmerman


was released, Dream Defenders at FSU sprang
into action and organized a 350-person march

We took a stand not only in Trayvons

like Jamie Foxx and hip hop artists Talib Kweli

at midnight just hours after the verdict was read.

memory, but also for our worth as people and

and Nas. Executive Director of Dream Defenders

That action and mass mobilization gave rise to

citizens of Florida. We cannot allow Gov. Scott

Phillip Agnew received an invitation to speak at the

something much bigger.

to neglect his responsibility to protect the safety

50th Anniversary Commemoration of the March

and well being of all Floridians.

on Washington.

On July 16, we occupied Gov. Scotts


office in the state capitol. We called on the governor

We spent 30 days and 31 nights

to convene a special session of the legislature for

occupying the Governors office, the longest

We believe that we will win.


-Dream Defenders

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The following is a reprinted interview with veteran


Chicano Rights activist Carlos Montes with Fight Back News, an
online progressive radical publication. CPE looks forward to

FIGHT BACK

host Carlos Montes as a speaker this year.

Fight Back!: Why is the struggle for legalization

movement needs to continue to put forward the

Angeles we organized, protested and forced

for the undocumented so important right now?

most principled, advanced and progressive

the L.A. city chief of police and mayor to

Carlos Montes: The struggle for legalization

demands, such as legalization for all, no

change the car confiscation policy by police

is very important now because immigrants,

more repression on the border and in the

who targeted immigrants without licenses.

especially Mexicans and Central Americans,

workplace, and no guest worker program.

Real genuine reform has historically only

have been suffering tremendous hardships.

We cannot let the politicians set the agenda

come about when the people demanded it

The deportations, long detentions, police-ICE

and the platform of reform, because they will

and took action. As in the historic Chicano

harassment and raids have caused extreme

vacillate and compromise for a weak reform

movement when we organized the East L.A.

hardship for the masses of families who

that serves the interests of big business and

walkouts demanding quality public education,

live in daily fear. These attacks have been

not the community.

an end to racism in the schools and Chicano

exceptionally focused and hard on Mexicans

Fight Back!: What is the connection between

Studies, and the mass anti-war protest of the

and Central Americans, since they count for

the struggle for immigrant rights and the

Chicano Moratorium against the Vietnam War.

more than 90% of all deportations, and have

struggle of Chicanos for self-determination

More recently undocumented youth, the

high rates of incarceration and deaths on the

and full equality?

so-called Dreamers, took militant actions

border. On top of all this they face oppressive

Montes: The fight for immigrant rights is

that pushed the Obama administration to

conditions in public schools, oppression in

a fundamental part of our struggle for

grant temporary residency known as DACA

the work place, with low pay for long hours

self-determination and full equality. We

[Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals].

and poor working conditions, often without

dont just want a green card, we want our

Now is the time to unite and move into action.

benefits or health care.

freedom! The history of the U.S. is a history of

Many forces are already moving and taking

Fight Back!: There is growing discussion of

oppression and annexation of the Chicano/

action, everyone should do something in their

so-called Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Mexicano people, our land, labor and culture!

community. But the key is to base our work

by politicians in Washington D.C. Is this what

Fighting for immigrants rights is just a step

among the poor and working class as they

the community needs? If not, what demands

in our ongoing fight for self-determination,

are the ones who will stand firm. They should

does the immigrant rights movement need

economic and political power and freedom

lead this movement - not the politicians,

to put forward?

from the chains of U.S. imperialism.

nonprofits, or intellectuals. What poor and

Montes: The community needs a fundamental

Fight Back!: How can the movement win the

working class will unite and fight for is full

change to the current oppressive immigration

struggle for immigrant rights?

legalization for all and not a compromise

situation. The large Latino vote turnout showed

Montes: Mass organizing, mass protests, civil

that puts up barriers to legalization while

that Latino voters want Obama to work

disobedience and every tactic and form of

increasing the repression of immigrants.

on immigration along with job and other

protest is valid. Change will only come about

bread and butter issues. The immigrant rights

if we force the politicians to change. In Los

http://www.fightbacknews.org

Center for Parcipant Education - Fall 2013 Catalog 21

INTRODUCING

WOMYN OF

COLOR CAUCUS

Written by: Xatherin Lizette | Art by: Adrienne Tabet


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I am the daughter of US imperialism, extraction,


gentrification, white male chauvinism, single
mothers of color, the cleaning lady, the cashier
at Walmart, white men marrying immigrant women,
sweatshop labor, brown women dating white men
to cover rent, Mami who tells me that she can
cut and paste the images in my book report
(ya que no entiendo el ingles), the product
of revolutions, invasions, agricultural labor,
pura sepa, and the money and hours spent
straightening hair in Dominican beauty salons.

I am the brown daughter of a


working class woman of color
surviving in a white patriarchal
imperialist world.

My story of self is complex, such as many

of genocide towards black, brown, indigenous

who share a similar identity of exclusion. Fused

other young womyn sharing similar or worse

women, working class peoples, and I snarl at

together by our assorted subjectivities, Womyn

experiences of exclusion. We have been barred

the dominant ideology of whiteness and finance

of Color arise to create our own vacuum, outside

from hegemonic spaces because we are taught

capitalism. My existence is a contradiction in

of the gaze, dominance, and ideology of white

to be submissive, passive putas, disregarded as

this world. I am a little brown girl mastering

capitalist hetero-patriarchy. Together our stories

angry and irrational, violent even, or just plain

the tongue and rhetoric of my colonizer to

will form an army of resistance. Together we

lazy. I am the queer brown daughter being

ideologically castrate his phallogocentrism.

will decolonize minds and subdue the privileged

educated in a white supremacist institution of

Within these alabaster walls, I found family

narratives of our white conquerors.

learning. I cry because of five hundred plus years

with other queer womyn and womyn of color


Center for Parcipant Education - Fall 2013 Catalog 23

W H AT I S
WOMYN
OF COLOR
C AU C U S
(WOCC)?

SHANTEL MOTEN: The dominant culture

KRISTEN BONNER: Women of Color

under which we live is so psychologically,

Caucus arose out of the contradiction of

emotionally, and physically draining that to

being a part of progressive spaces that

be in a space designed for queer womyn

in all actuality were just as committed to

of color is something of a fantasy. Its self-

upholding dominant culture standards and

care at its finest because we can unpack

ideology when issues that are particularly

our feelings and experiences about violent

unique to women of color were discussed

power inequalities without the gaze or

or raised. We were constantly branded as

judgment of aforementioned dominant

race-baiters, trying to mangle our beloved

culture. Its necessary because we contribute

community we shared with white feminist

to each others survival as a result of our

allies by bringing up our struggles with

shared struggle. The space thats created

their privilege and white supremacy. We

isnt just a forum or webpage. Its something

were told we were creating conflict where

more powerful and meaningful. The white

there was none, by speaking our truth and

ROSANNA RIZO: Living in a society

supremacist capitalist heteropatriarchy

calling out our allies on their privilege,

that constantly dehumanizes and sexualizes

dictates that WOC navigate the world in

cultural appropriation, and racism.

womyn of color, having a safe space where

fear and self-loathing, we actively resist

we can share our experiences and feelings

that through our safe spaces.

without being policed on how we look, what


we do, or what we say is a very powerful
thing. We are able to give each other the
strength, love and support that some of us
may not be able to get from anywhere

Out of all of our hurt and disillusionment


arose Women of Color Caucus, a space where
women, trans*, gender non-conforming, and

...we contribute to each


others survival as a result
of our shared struggle...

else. For myself, the WOCC has been a

otherwise, queer and otherwise, of color can


talk about issues both very personal and
political that affect us on a deep emotional
level without being told that we are too
sensitive or causing conflict. It is a conscious

healing ground after living my whole life by

HELEN VIDAL: The moment I realized

raising space that other groups strive for,

those I thought cared that my emotions and

I was unable to come to my own home and

as we talk about issues concerning white

experiences are not valid. Not only have I

confess to people dear to me (white roommates)

supremacy, colorism, trans*misogyny, capitalism,

been able to engage, connect and learn from

about how much racism/capitalism/white

and patriarchy that educate and inform

womyn of color that get it. Ive been able

privilege affected me without being scolded

each other on things we do not know. But it

to also learn about myself in my journey of

about how white privilege didnt benefit

is also a deeply personal space where we

consciousness and continuing to navigate and

the person I confided in, was the moment I

talk about things concerning our perception

fight against this oppressive society.

realized not even my home was safe. The

with race, white-passing privilege or the lack

WOCC is a place where I know my voice is

thereof, issues with friends, family, depression,

heard and understood. It is a place where

social anxiety, and more. Through the ashes

The Womyn of Color Caucus will function

a shared negative experience with the

of dominant culture ideology, privilege, and

as a safe space to encourage and build

dominant culture has given us the ability to

denial from white feminist/progressives/

creativity, support, resources and community

motivate each other and build one another

radicals arose the Phoenix that is the WOCC.

among other progressive womyn of color.

up. It has been such a blessing to form these

And the Phoenix that we have crafted and

If you are interested in joining the caucus,

friendships with people I probably would

built continues to grow stronger and burn

contact us at wocrising@gmail.com

have never met otherwise.

brighter day after day.

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The Killing Fields


of Multi-National
Corporations
Pesticides, Pollution and the
Economies of Genocide
by Vandana Shiva

No more Bhopals, plant a neem. The neem

profits, lies are told about how, without pesticides

The Bhopal gas tragedy was the worst

campaign led to challenging the biopiracy of

and genetically-modified organisms (GMOs),

industrial disaster in human history. Twenty-five

neem in 1994 when I found that a US multinational,

there will be no food. In fact, the conclusions of

thousand people died, 500,000 were injured,

W.R. Grace, had patented neem for use as

International Assessment of Agricultural Science

and the injustice done to the victims of Bhopal

pesticide and fungicide and was setting up a

and Technology for Development, undertaken

over the past 25 years will go down as the

neem oil extraction plant in Tumkur, Karnataka.

by the United Nations, shows that ecologically

worst case of jurisprudence ever.

We fought the biopiracy case for 11 years and

organic agriculture produces more food and

were eventually successful in striking down the

better food at lower cost than either chemical

biopiracy patent.

agriculture or GMOs.

The gas leak in Bhopal in December 1984


was from the Union Carbide pesticide plant which
manufactured carabaryl (trade name sevin)

Meanwhile, the old pesticide industry was

The agrochemical industry and its new

- a pesticide used mostly in cotton plants. It was,

mutating into the biotechnology and genetic

avatar, the biotechnology industry, do not merely

in fact, because of the Bhopal gas tragedy and

engineering industry. While genetic engineering

distort and manipulate knowledge, science and

the tragedy of extremist violence in Punjab that I

was promoted as an alternative to pesticides, Bt

public policy. They also manipulate the law

woke up to the fact that agriculture had become

cotton was introduced to end pesticide use. But

and the justice system. The reason justice has

a war zone. Pesticides are war chemicals that

Bt cotton has failed to control the bollworm and

been denied to the victims of Bhopal is because

kill - every year 220,000 people are killed by

has instead created major new pests, leading

corporations want to escape liability. Freedom

pesticides worldwide.

to an increase in pesticide use.

from liability is, in fact, the real meaning of

After research I realised that we do not

The high costs of genetically-modified (GM)

free trade. The tragedy of Bhopal is dual.

need toxic pesticides that kill humans and other

seeds and pesticides are pushing farmers into debt,

Interestingly, the Bhopal disaster happened

species which maintain the web of life. Pesticides

and indebted farmers are committing suicide. If

precisely when corporations were seeking

do not control pests, they create pests by killing

one adds the 200,000 farmer suicides in India to

deregulation and freedom from liability through the

beneficial species. We have safer, non-violent

the 25,000 killed in Bhopal, we are witnessing

instruments of free trade, trade liberalisation

alternatives such as neem. That is why at the time

a massive corporate genocide - the killing of

and globalisation, both through bilateral

of the Bhopal disaster I started the campaign

people for super profits. To maintain these super

pressure and through the Uruguay Round of

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General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT)

As a result of public hearings across the country, a

Third World. This is at the heart of globalisation

which led to the creation of the World Trade

moratorium has been put on its commercialisation.

- the economies of genocide.

Organisation.

Immediately after the moratorium a bill was

Lawrence Summers, who was the World

Injustice for Bhopal has been used to tell

introduced for a Biotechnology Regulatory

Banks chief economist and is now chief economic

corporations that they can get away with murder.

Authority of India -the bill does not only leave

adviser to the Obama government, in a memo

This is what senior politicians communicated to Dow

the biotechnology industry free of liability,

dated December 12, 1991, to senior World

Chemical. This is what the US-India Commission

but it also has a clause which empowers the

Bank staff, wrote, Just between you and me,

for Environmental Cooperation forum stated on

government to arrest and fine those of us who

shouldnt the World Bank be encouraging more

June 11, 2010, in the context of the call from

question the need and safety of GMOs.

migration of the dirty industries to the less

across India for justice for Bhopal victims. As one

From Bhopal to pesticides to GMOs to

newspaper commented, Bhopal is being seen as

nuclear plants, there are two lessons we can draw.

Since wages are low in the Third World,

a road block and impediment to trade... the

One is that corporations introduce hazardous

economic costs of pollution arising from increased

recommendations include removing road blocks

technologies like pesticides and GMOs for profits,

illness and death are least in the poorest countries.

to commercial trade by (India), and adoption

and profits alone. And second lesson, related

According to Mr Summers, the logic of relocation

of a nuclear liability regime.

to trade, is that corporations are seeking to

of pollutants in the lowest wage country is

Denial of justice to Bhopal has been the

expand markets and relocate hazardous and

impeccable and we should face up to that.

basis of all toxic investments since Bhopal, be

environmentally costly technologies to countries

it Bt cotton, DuPonts nylon plant or the Civil

like India.

Nuclear Liability Bill.

developed countries?

All this and Bhopal must teach us to reclaim


our universal and common humanity and build

Corporates seek to globalise production

an Earth Democracy in which all are equal,

Just as Bhopal victims were paid a mere Rs

but they do not want to globalise justice and

and corporations are not allowed to get away

12,000 (approximately $250) each, the proposed

rights. The difference in the treatment of Union

with crimes against people and the planet.

Nuclear Liability Bill also seeks to put a ceiling

Carbide and Dow Chemical in the context of

Shiva, Vandana.

on liability of a mere $100 million on private

Bhopal, and of BP in the context of the oil spill

operations of a nuclear power plant in case of

in the Gulf of Mexico shows how an apartheid

a nuclear accident. Once again, people can be

is being created. The devaluation of the life of

The Killing Fields of Multi-National Corporations.

killed but corporations should not have to pay.

people of the Third World and ecosystems is built

Common Dreams. The Asian Age, 19 July 2010.


Web. 06 Sept. 2013.

There has also been an intense debate

into the project of globalisation. Globalisation

in India on GMOs. An attempt was made by

is leading to the outsourcing of pollution -

Monsanto/Mahyco to introduce Bt brinjal in 2009.

hazardous substances and technologies - to the

2010 Asian Age

Dr. Vandana Shiva is a philosopher, environmental

Women, Ecology, and Development. Shiva has also

activist and eco feminist. She is the founder/director

served as an adviser to governments in India and

of Navdanya Research Foundation for Science,

abroad as well as NGOs, including the International

Technology, and Ecology. She is author of numerous

Forum on Globalization, the Womens Environment

books including, Soil Not Oil: Environmental Justice

and Development Organization and the Third World

in an Age of Climate Crisis; Stolen Harvest: The

Network. She has received numerous awards, including

Hijacking of the Global Food Supply; Earth Democracy:

1993 Right Livelihood Award (Alternative Nobel

Justice, Sustainability, and Peace; and Staying Alive:

Prize) and the 2010 Sydney Peace Prize.

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Students for

Democratic
Society
by Andrew Arachakavitz

Students who learned from traditional labor

on a campaign to End Rape Culture as well as

and civil rights organizing traditions originally

working as an allied force with organizations

founded Students for a Democratic Society in the

such as the Dream Defenders and the Coalition

1960s. They built chapters around the country

For Justice For Trayvon Martin. Regionally,

and created the largest student movement in

we have chapters in Tampa, Gainesville, and

our nations history. Their contributions helped

Tallahassee.

end the Vietnam War, bolster the Civil Rights

Here in Tallahassee, we are building to

Movement, build student control in universities,

redefine the left community at FSU. For too long

struggle for free speech in times of great

leftist student organizations at Florida State

government repression, and inspire a generation

University have splintered apart. We aim to

to change the course of United States History.

unify both likely and unlikely student groups in

Sadly, due to immense government

order to accomplish our collective goals on FSUs

repression and destructive internal behavior like

campus. There must be a greater sense of unity.

sexism and racism, the old SDS disbanded, and

This fall, Students for a Democratic

it wasnt until several decades later that SDS

Society are moving FSU students around a

was reformed (new SDS) with a commitment to

campaign to end rape culture on campus. We

learn from the mistakes of the past.

realize that many groups have already been

In 2006, a group of high school and

working around this issue for some time. It is

college students worked with members of the

for this very reason that SDS wishes to act in

old SDS to re-launch the organization. Seeing

conjunction with other student groups who feel

the pressing need for a broad based activist

passionately about ending rape culture. This is an

group, they called for a new generation of

issue that transcends rhetoric or agenda; this is a

SDS to build a radical multi-issue organization

social issue that directly and disproportionately

grounded in the principle of participatory

affects women, so overwhelmingly so that there

democracy. Since then SDS has been growing

are very few people, especially within the current

across the country.

and ever evolving left community, who would

More specifically, SDS has been making


large strides within the state of Florida by focusing

be against creating a united front to accomplish


real wins and real change on campus.

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Fall 2013 Schedule


9/19 - The Psychedelic Experience - 7pm - Union 315

9/17 - CPE General Body Meeting - 7pm - ASLC 101D

9/24 - What you Dont Know about North Korea- 7pm - Union 314

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10/1 - CPE General Body Meeting - 7pm - ASLC 101D

October

9/3 - CPE General Body Meeting - 7pm - SSB 208

10/17 - Sports and Politics: When the Peoples Struggle and

10/3 - Bad Allies - 7pm - Globe 2400

Sports Collide - 7pm - Globe 2400

10/11 - Party in the USA: Red, White and Blue American

10/18 - How to Drag Workshop - 7pm - SSB 208

Communism - 7pm - Globe 2400

10/22 - Vogue Workshop - 7pm - SSB 208

10/15 - CPE General Body Meeting - 7pm - ASLC 101D

10/29 - CPE General Body Meeting - 7pm - ASLC 101D

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10/30 - Black Revolutionary Ideology - 7pm - Globe 2400

11/5 - The Soothing Power of Touch - 7pm - Globe 2500

11/15 - Origins of the Exotic Other - 7pm - Union 311C

11/12 - CPE General Body Meeting - 7pm - ASLC 101D

11/20 - Hallucinations - 7pm - Union 311B

11/14 - A Brief History of Race - 7pm - Union 314

11/26 - CPE General Body Meeting - 7pm - ASLC 101D


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CPE Board of Directors


John Saullo - Director

Michael Sampson - Assistant Director


Catherine Gonzalez - Treasurer
Katie Laurie - Secretary
Lydia Tortorici - Public Relations Coordinator
Andreina Granado - Public Relations Coordinator
Giovanni Rocco - Class Coordinator
Regina Joseph - Outreach Coordinator
A.V. Ramathan - Outreach Coordinator

Contact Us

Its as easy as paying a visit to the CPE office (see map on right). Make yourself coffee, read from our library, and talk about life or the latest
buzz on your feed. CPE E-board office hours are located on the front door. They are very nice and always helpful!
Too shy to stop by?
Facebook: FSU CPE: Center for Participant Education
Twitter: @FSUCPE
Gmail: fsucpe@gmail.com
Web: fsucpe.com

Special Thanks

Cover and Catalog Artwork - Abigail Lucien


Layout and Design - Tony Nguyen

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