Support Dr. Hayes

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PROGRESSIVE PUPIL FOUNDER DR. ROBIN J. HAYES

SUES FORMER EMPLOYER THE NEW SCHOOL

OVER BEING FIRED AFTER REPORTING DISCRIMINATION

AND BEING TOLD TO “DO LESS AROUND DIVERSITY”

While Robin was a tenure track professor at The New School, she directed the award-winning documentary Black and Cuba, produced the prize-winning play 9 GRAMS, and collaborated with community-based organizations throughout the US, Great Britain, and Germany. The lawsuit her attorneys filed today alleges the university’s senior leadership subjected Robin to years of harassment, disparate treatment, and inequitable compensation because of her race, gender, color and sexual orientation.

After she reported this discrimination to Human Resources, she was fired.

With this action, The New School destroyed Robin’s future prospects for tenure as well as her ability to teach and mentor students full time. Since Progressive Pupil was also headquartered at the university, the organization’s community engagement and creative work has been negatively impacted by the loss of office space and other administrative and academic support.

Unfortunately, Robin’s lawsuit is just the most recent in a string of discrimination allegations against the The New School. The New York Post reported that university administrators refused to investigate or fire a straight White male professor who was accused of repeatedly raping and kidnapping students. No, we’re not exaggerating. Recently via Twitter, an African American student claimed administrators at The New School pressured her to leave the university after she was attacked by white supremacists on campus.

The university claims to be a bastion for social justice and dissent, while its senior officials repeatedly refuse to address discrimination within its ranks.

This hypocrisy is The New School Hate. Don’t let them get away with it.

  1. Share graphics from this link – http://bit.ly/SupportDrHayes – on Twitter, Instagram, and/or Facebook with the hashtags #TheNewSchoolHate #SupportDrHayes Tag @TheNewSchool @davidvanzandt.
  2. Tell university president David Van Zandt to Stop The New School Hate and Support Dr. Hayes  dvz@newschool.edu  212-229-5656 
  3. Share this post with a friend.

You can read the complete lawsuit at http://progressivepupil.org/thenewschoolhate/.

#TBT Podcast: Why do I Care About Intersectionality?

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In this episode of Breaking Down Racism, model/TV presenter Michelle De Swarte discusses intersectionality and the importance of embracing all our identities.

Written by: Melissa Bautista, Bryan Counts and Ebony Wiggins.
Executive Producer: Robin J. Hayes, PhD
Produced by: Bryan Counts and Pascal Rosenast.
Directed by: Pascal Rosenast.
Narrated by: Bryan Counts.
Co-narration by: Mesha Byrd, Ebony Wiggins, Melissa Bautista, and Pascal Rosenast.
Production Help by: Kristal Lindo

5 Requirements for White Allies of Feminists of Color

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"We ALL Can Do It," by soirart.
“We ALL Can Do It,” by soirart.

I identify as a woman, but I move through the world not only as a woman, but also as a white woman, a woman from a middle-class family, an American woman, an able-bodied woman, and a young woman (I could go on). These identities, many of them granting me daily privileges in society, make my experience as a woman vastly different from the experiences of other women.

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For Patsey and Her Descendants

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(L.) Patsey from 12 Years a Slave Francois Duhamel/Fox Searchlight (R.) Lupita Nyong’o Kevin Winter/Getty Images
(L.) Patsey from 12 Years a Slave Francois Duhamel/Fox Searchlight
(R.) Lupita Nyong’o Kevin Winter/Getty Images


Happy Women’s Empowerment Month!
In Lupita Nyong’o’s inspiring speech accepting the 2013 Best Supporting Actress “Oscar” for her impressive performance in 12 Years a Slave, she acknowledged the presence of the true life Patsey (whom she portrayed in the film) and asserted powerfully “no matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid.”  Her Academy Award show statements culminated an overwhelmingly successful international run on red carpets and award show stages in which she wowed the world with her graceful beauty, impeccable style and stunning intelligence.  Joyful, cosmopolitan, and Ivy League educated, Ms. Nyong’o fulfills a durable wish we have as the descendants of Patsey and the vicious dehumanization by the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade that her character embodies.

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Give Against Transphobia

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People gather at the vigil for Islan Nettles, pictured on poster. Photo by Teresa Guitierrez, via workers.org
People gather at the vigil for Islan Nettles, pictured on poster. Photo by Teresa Gutierrez, via workers.org

This holiday season, I ask that rather than giving gifts we give against. Specifically, I would ask that you give against homophobia and transphobia. This year, as in years past, homophobia and transphobia are alive and well. Many Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans* and Queer Americans saw the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) struck down this year and rejoiced in expanded marriage rights and growing federal protections. Important yes, but cold comfort to trans* people who live under threat of violence and murder every day. Most acts of homophobia are actually based on gender expression. Individuals who do not conform to socially accepted standards of masculinity and femininity or who intentionally subvert these norms are at increased risk of harm. Thus, homophobia is directly linked to transphobia.

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