Leah’s Dybbuk Talk-Back: Activism and UMBC Theatre

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For my activism project, I wanted to do something that would spread awareness of the UMBC Department of Theatre, and increase attendance at our shows. As a Theatre major and a GWST major, I often see a lot of overlap with the things I learn in class with the work we are producing for the stage. And yet, I have observed a lack of attendance to the shows that the Theatre Department produces, and a lack of participation in the arts in general. Continue reading

More Than A Number

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A few months ago I began teaching classes at the Baltimore City jail for a brand new program focusing on rehabilitation.  I saw how often inmates were defined by their offenses, and I wondered more about their lives. I wondered if anyone had even asked about them.

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Unequal Pay in the U.S.

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My activist project during the semester was to set out on an attempt to spread awareness on inequality regarding gender within institutions and workplaces in the United States. Over the course of completing my project, my actual focus changed several times. Initially my goal was to look at inequalities within the legal system. I changed this focused because I felt it was too narrow and I changed it to focus on a broader scope of inequalities within the United States. Continue reading

Clean Up Baltimore!

For my project I focused on Baltimore’s ever growing trash and litter pollution problem. The reasoning behind my choice was that littering is a problem that I have noticed on a firsthand basis daily. Whether it was the simple act of watching somebody throw trash out of the window, or a parent littering in front of their child I realized that there was a need for prevention as well as restoration. I decided to put together a Facebook page titled Clean Up Baltimore that now has 58 group members. So far we have only had 2 cleanups, however I do intend to keep the once a month tradition alive during the Summer. During our first event I noticed that just by having a group clean up, it sparked members of the community to come out and ask what we were doing and sometimes even attempt to get involved. This in itself was informational and influential because it allowed one more person know the effects that littering can have in their own community. There are a few reasons on why people litter, sometimes it is a lack of knowledge, other times it is laziness, and occasionally it is accidental. However, these few reasons are outnumbered by large in the effects that littering has on the environment.

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#EndTheSilence

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The National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) estimates that one in four adults experience mental illness any given year. And yet most of their struggles go unheard or unrecognized due to the taboo nature of speaking out about mental health disorders. With #EndTheSilence, we set out to change that stigma on the UMBC campus.

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Native American: Occupation of Alcatraz

Nailah Johnson, Bernard Little, Christian Kuhn

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Occupation of Alcatraz was the most pertinent Indian movement in history. The movement began with the Treaty of Fort Laramie being broken by the U.S. The Treaty of Fort Laramie was an agreement guaranteeing Indians the right to their land. Unfortunately, the U.S. federal laws went against this agreement and decided to take the aboriginal land from the American Indians. The U.S. government were aiming to destroy American Indian culture. The American Indians decided to retaliate and take action into getting their land back. A number of Red Power activist protested in regaining Alcatraz Island back from the U.S. government. The group of Indians stayed on the island, occupying and refusing to leave, until they got their rightful property back. The occupation lasted for nineteen months, from November 20, 1969, to June 11, 1971, but was forcibly ended by the U.S.

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