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So fucking over the moon to have met & introduce @MeTooMVMT founder @TaranaBurke tonight for her @WUD_DLS lecture at @UWMadison. My voice broke as I read my intro bc of how powerful & important Ms. Burke’s work is to me & the world.
Tonight Ms. Burke told us about her origins working with black girl survivors. She reminded us that the work has ALWAYS about survivors, healing & ending sexual violence NOT merely about “bringing down powerful men”
Her talk was moving. She encouraged all @UWMadison students to claim this space. She said this is YOUR campus. You DESERVE to be safe here & free from sexual & racial violence. Until we are all safe here the university is not living up to its mission.
Ms. Burke encourages #UWMadison students to organize, to act, to demand change, to refuse to be silent. She said she would be watching us & our campus after hearing so many survivor stories from students here today.
As a member of the @UW_GndrWomenSt department I want all students here to know I am with you. I believe in changing the culture on campus & beyond. Take my classes. Come to my office hours. Help me learn about the things I don’t see as faculty. Let’s do this together.
As @TaranaBurke said in the Q&A: You need to find your people on this big campus. Remember:
Students of color you are not alone. Queer students you are not alone. Disabled students you are not alone.
Survivor students you are not alone. Organize. Act. Resist.
Ms. Burke also said don’t get kicked out of school though! Get creative to resist despite the rules here that limit your ability to protest sometimes. Find multiple ways to create change.
Yall @TaranaBurke is FIRE here. She is honest & fierce & unflinching. I hope someone is recording this. I am so glad I am here. So glad I got to meet her. So honored to have introduced & hugged her!
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