The Line Up:
Taína Asili is a Puerto Rican singer, songwriter and bandleader combining powerful vocals with an energetic fusion of Afro-Latin, reggae and rock. Residing in Albany, NY, Taína Asili performs her social justice songs as a solo artist, and also with her a six-piece band, Taína Asili y la Banda Rebelde, bringing love, resistance, and ancestral remembrance to venues, festivals, conferences and political events across the globe. During Taína Asili’s 20-year career of creating music for social change she has toured the country many times, toured Europe from Ireland to Germany, and has performed in Canada, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. Taína Asili has performed at many well-known festivals and venues, sharing the stage with renowned artists such as Talib Kweli, Ursula Rucker, Sonia Sanchez, Paula Cole, Pamela Means, and The Sierra Leone Refugee All-Stars. Taína Asili’s voice exudes strength of Spirit, filling its listeners with the fervor for freedom and inspiring audiences to dance to the rhythm of rebellion.
Evan Greer is a trans/genderqueer activist singer/songwriter, parent, and organizer based in Boston. She writes and performs high-energy acoustic songs that inspire hope, build community, and incite resistance! Evan tours internationally as a musician and speaker, and facilitates interactive workshops to support movements for justice and liberation. Wielding an arsenal of fiercely radical songs that vary in style from pop-punk poetry to foot-stompin’ bluegrass singalongs. She’s currently the campaign director for Fight for the Future, the viral digital rights nonprofit. Evan writes regularly for The Guardian and Huffington Post, has been a guest on All Things Considered, and has been interviewed about her activism by the New York Times, Rolling Stone, TIME Magazine, NBC, the Wall Street Journal, CBS News, Democracy Now!, The Atlantic, CNN, Mother Jones, and even Fox News.
When Nikole Potulsky starts to sing, the audience quiets into a focused attention that she deftly holds until she leaves the stage. With sincerity and ease, Nikole will take you to visit people you’ve never met and places you’ve never been. Strippers, fortune tellers, rural queer folks and fierce southern women. Strike lines, kitchen tables, house fires and deathbeds. Sometimes you can hear her Alabama drawl or her Great Lakes vowel shift. After a few tunes, you start to feel like you have been where she has been and you recognize yourself in her songs. Somehow by the end of the show, you feel like old friends. Nikole has performed on over 100 stages across the United States and is currently producing her debut album in Portland, Oregon.
The Mischief Mistress Jane is a 23 year old musician from Eugene, OR. Queer & trans feminist, dirty punk, dedicated basement producer. Jane does it all, she does not need your help, only your ears!
Saffron is a Eugene based rock and grunge band. Formed in 2014 when Australian guitarist/singer Alex Jackson moved permanently to Oregon. Featuring Graham Thirkil on the bass and backing vocals and Matt Kaplowitz on drums. They have played frequent shows around the Eugene area and love to entertain with original compositions and solid grooves.
OUT/LOUD is Eugene’s queer and trans women’s music festival, celebrating the music, culture, and art of queer women, transwomen, non-binary folks, femme identifying people, and AFAB individuals. This year we will be celebrating our 16th anniversary of the festival on May 20th with a musically diverse crew of locals and out of town artists on the Queer and Trans spectrum and from many cultures and backgrounds. This event is important to the University of Oregon’s vibrant LGBTQ scene as a space where we are not only validating the work of some of some of the most underrepresented groups, but also engaging in liberating play and enjoying community. In the wake of political unrest around Mississippi’s and North Carolina’s homophobic and transphobic policies, and concerning the reality of female queer and transwomen artists being paid historically less than their cisgender and/or male/masculine counterparts, supporting events like OUT/LOUD is fundamental to helping queer and trans women safely express their personhood. While we must honor the struggles of queer and transwomen of all races, ethnicities, abilities, and ages, OUT/LOUD offers us the opportunity to also celebrate this resilient group.
Sing Our Rivers Red traveling art exhibit features 1,200 single earrings to symbolize Indigenous women, girls, Two Spirit and LGBTQQIA people who have been murdered or gone missing, tortured, raped, trafficked, and assaulted, who have not had the proper attention or justice. This art exhibit will remain at the UO Many Nation Longhouse until April 28th 2015.
Although yesterday was the last day of the exhibit, we want to extent an invitation for you to donate single earrings during the Take Back the Night-Eugene OR Rally which will be happening on Thursday April 30th @6:-7:15p.m at the EMU Amphitheater. We will be receiving donations at the ASUO Women’s Center booth/table.
The injustices against Indigenous women don’t stop at the border; they affect us all. It is important to hold these events in the U.S. to show our support and solidarity for Indigenous women across Turtle Island. Because we are not murdered and we are not missing, we have a responsibility to speak out for those who cannot speak for themselves, because they were taken from our communities and families. Sing Our Rivers Red traveling art exhibit features 1,200 single earrings to symbolize those women. This art exhibit will remain at the UO Many Nation Longhouse until April 28th 2015.
This art piece strive to raise consciousness, unite ideas and demand action for Indigenous women, girls, Two Spirit and LGBTQQIA people who have been murdered or gone missing, tortured, raped, trafficked, and assaulted, who have not had the proper attention or justice.
While there isn’t a comprehensive estimate, there are many factors that contribute to the disproportionated number of Indigenous women who are missing and murdered in the United States. Indigenous women have incurred devastating levels of violence in the US. “According to the US Department of Justice, nearly half of all Native American women have been raped, beaten, or stalked by an intimate partner; one in three will be raped in their lifetime; and on some reservations, women are murdered at a rate 10 times higher than the national average.” But many factors complicate the reporting and recording of these numbers, including fear, stigma, legal barriers, racism, sexism, amongst others. Additionally, there is perpetuation of Native women as sexual objects in the mainstream media.
The Bandana Project @ UO will be hosted by the ASUO Women’s Center at the 21st Coalition Against Environmental Justice Conference Restorative Justice: Healing the Spirit, Protecting the Sacred at the Many Nations Long House on April 25th.
The Bandana Project will be displayed at the Take Back the Night Rally on Thursday April 30th. They will also be displayed at the May Day Rally on Salem.
The Bandana Project launched in 2007 is a national campaign that adopted the bandana as a symbol of solidarity to end sexual violence against women farmworkers because many of them use bandanas in their workplaces to cover their faces and bodies in their attempts to prevent sexual harassment in the fields. The bandana project exhibits have been displayed in the United States, Canada, and Mexico during April which is Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
In 2009, legendary farmworker leader Dolores Huerta at a press conference promoted the Bandana Project as a national campaign to raise awareness and educate farmworker women about their rights in a gathering held at the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago as part of a national day of action to end farmworker sexual exploitation. “This project is aimed to inspire and empower women farmworkers to speak out, Huerta said. “Women need to be able to go to work without feeling intimidated, and this applies to all workers.”
Sexual exploitation has received little attention but is known in depth by rural women, many of whom received silent sexual harassment at work. William R. Tamayo, regional attorney for the Committee on Equal Employment Opportunity San Francisco, wrote in a 2000 report that “the sexual harassment of women farmers is a problem that is expanding.” In an informal survey made in 2008, 77 percent of rural women and immigrant women with low incomes in the southeast confirmed that sexual harassment is a big problem at work. In addition, an investigation in California by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission found that hundreds, if not thousands, of farmworker women have been forced to trade sex to get or keep jobs. Other forms of sexual harassment such as constant grabbing or inappropriate touching by supervisors were also highlighted.
Esperanza Program’s Director Monica Ramirez from the Immigrant Women’s Legal Initiative with the Southern Poverty Law Center, said that “supervisors, crew leaders and co-workers frequently sexually abuse women farmworkers. Although undocumented women farmworkers are the most vulnerable, farmworker men and children are also victims, said Ramirez. Women who work at hotels, restaurants and factories also suffer sexual exploitation.”
“These bandanas offer a message of hope and solidarity for women who often suffer in silence. It’s an opportunity we have to bring this problem to light and to encourage women to keep their abusers accountable,” Ramirez said.
“No woman should be forced to give up their dignity and security of a paycheck, we can put an end to sexual violence in the workplace. We need to talk,” Dolores Huerta emphasized.
SWAT will be returning again this year for the rally with an original piece created just for Take Back The Night 2015! This piece includes story weaving of SWAT members personal experiences related to sexual violence, identities, and oppression. Don’t miss your one and only opportunity to check it out! (Rally begins this Thurs, 4/30, 6 – 7:15 pm at EMU Amphiteater!)
SWAT is a group of students from the University of Oregon that are committed to ending sexual and dating violence and promoting sex-positivity. They utilize theater and facilitation to create interactive workshops for student groups at the UO and other campuses, as well as regional and national conferences. Topics covered include consent, relationships, how to support (and not support) survivors, healthy communication, resources, and bystander intervention strategies.
“It Can’t Be Rape” is a play performed for the incoming UO students during IntroDUCKtion that is run through the Sexual Wellness Advocacy Team (S.W.A.T). Auditions are Tuesday, May 5th from 4:30 to 6:00 PM in Villard Hall, Room 104.
The audition will include a cold reading of the script. No monologue preparation is necessary. We are looking for seven dedicated and excited actors. Please be aware that this is a commitment for most of the summer (June, July & Early August, with commitment again late September). There are 4 male presenting and 3 female presenting roles.
The Sexual Wellness Advocacy Team (S.W.A.T.) is a group of students on the University of Oregon campus who use theatre and other interactive activities to start conversations about sexual and dating violence, consent, and healthy relationships.
Contact Abigail Leeder: firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
There are less than 200 so get them while you can! Sizes small, medium, large, XL, and XXL in crew or v-neck available while they last. $10 minimum per shirt (you’re welcome to donate more if you’re feeling generous!)
We look forward to seeing them on you all at the rally!