CTM Everyday Activism
Centering the Margins betters our understanding of how oppressions interact with one another which creates additional barriers for marginalized survivors. Thus, part of everyday activism is not only ending rape culture and supporting survivors, but also actively abolishing racism, homophobia, transphobia, classism, ableism, and xenophobia on college campuses and universities as well. Some forms of everyday activism are as follows:
Write an OpEd in your school paper using Know Your IX Toolkits
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Statistics Chalk Walk
- Show chalk drawings and stats students can use to raise awareness about intersectionality in sexual violence
“If your university allows students to write in chalk on school grounds, try doing different chalk campaigns. For example, for Sexual Assault Awareness Month write down statistics of sexual assault prevalence rates by race and gender. Write out statistics of violence against trans people, trans women of color, and gender nonconforming people. Ideally, you should chalk high traffic areas, such as the quad and outside dining halls.”
- Explain the importance of university presidents and educators upholding evidence-based practices in schools, despites recent presidential administration discussions to repeal the civil and human rights of survivors, LGBTQ, undocumented, and Muslim students, students with disabilities and students of color.
- Demonstrate how marginalized survivors are less likely to be believed by law enforcement and school officials. Encourage students to sign petitions or write an open letter to administrators bringing attention to this discrepancy.
- Provide shareable graphics/videos with auto-populated text
Create and sendpre-populated emails to:
- Trauma informed police officers
- Local policy makers
- School Administrators
- Uplift voices of marginalized survivors. Make signs focusing on how marginalized survivors (ie. people of color, LGBTQ folks, people with disabilities, male survivors) are treated differently when they come forward. Use the hashtag #CenterTheMargins to share your experiences on social media.
- Create a local or campus hashtag to mobilize students and community members to call on school administrations to actively protect students with disabilities, students of color, undocumented students, Muslim students, LGBTQ students, and survivors.