Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Plan of Action for Anti-Queer/Anti-Feminist Phylis Schlafly

We reported on this story a while back, here are the details about the upcoming protest that students/faculty, alumni, and concerned activists can help take part in.

"School Recognition Ceremonies:

After consulting with faculty, we have decided to not wear our armbands at these individual ceremonies. Mrs. Schlafly will not be present at any of these ceremonies, and in the interest of maintaining some perspective on this issue, we wish to keep our protest limited to Commencement. So save up all of your protest passion for Friday morning.

Before Commencement: Mike Murphy ( has volunteered to head up this effort, so specific logistical questions should be directed to him.

o If you are participating in the ceremony, either as a graduate, or faculty member: Come to the Women's Studies office in Busch Hall 225 at 7:00 a.m. You will be distributing flyers and armbands within your own school.
o If you are a part of the WU "community" (i.e. faculty, staff, student) but will not be participating in the ceremony meet in Busch Hall 225 at 7:00 a.m. You will be distributing flyers and armbands to parents and other visitors. We will have specific positions for you Friday morning.
o If you are not a part of the WU community we ask that you join the protest in a respectful manner in public/off campus areas. This is our graduation, and it means a lot to a lot of people, we don't want it to be disrupted for our colleagues and families.

During Commencement:

o Wear your armband. (and instruct others to do the same).
o [There have been suggestions to outline a specific plan for the "stand and turn" part, so this is a rough outline, but don't feel as if you must do exactly this] Give a standing ovation to the person who is being honored before Mrs. Schlafly (This should be Jessie L Ternberg). Continue standing and turn away from the stage as Mrs. Schlafly is being honored. When the next person is mentioned, please take a seat. Remember to be silent during this whole process.

* If you took armbands to cut and will not be passing them out on the morning of Commencement, please drop them off at the Women and Gender studies office (Busch 225). If the door is locked, just put them in front of the door. Otherwise, just bring them with you on Friday.

Any questions or if you want to sign up to help, e-mail"

Further resources for action:

1. Join the (Facebook Group), No honorary doctorate for anti-feminist Phyllis Schlafly, and ask others to join as well.

2. Contact and try to organize alumni. An emailer familiar with the situation has written that this is likely to be the most effective route, because money talks. The university does not want to alienate the one donor base they rely on most heavily.

3. Contact Chancellor Wrighton,

4. Contact, Jane Stone, coordinator of the Board of Trustees:

*Photo courtesy of facebook group.


CrackerLilo said...

I completely understand this. Schafly has always thought that every woman but herself and a select few whom she agrees with should be denied opportunities. This honorary degree business is a hard slap in the face to all the women who have worked so hard to graduate. I hope this comes off well.

Queers United said...

It just strikes me as so odd that an institution which prides itself on education and the advancement of people would honor someone who is anti female and anti queer. So odd to me.

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