The Guerilla Girls are anonymous avengers who use extreme visuals, provocative text, facts, and humor to expose sexism, racism and corruption in politics, art, film and pop culture since 1985. They mainly focus on issues of feminism in the arts and their goal is to encourage social change. The Guerilla girls serve as model activists for an entire world of supporters who get down and dirty to challenge the conventional common consensus and call them out on unfairness.

For over 20 years, The Guerilla Girls have contributed to worldwide communities through tours, appearances, projects, exhibitions, posters, books, videos, and interviews.
One of their most recent books is The Guerrilla Girls’ Hysterical Herstory of Hysteria and How it Was Cured, from Ancient times Until Now. Within 2001- 2005 one poster that circulated was the Free Women Artists of Europe poster. An action took place in the early 1990’s called Sorry Sweetie. You won’t get a job because most art departments don’t hire women/ Way to go, dude! Men dominate almost every art department in the U.S. You’re sure to get a job! at the CAA conference in New York. One sticker that was created in the very beginning of the Guerilla Girls campaign was the Women in America earn only 2/3 of what men do. Women artists earn only 1/3 of what men artists do. sticker. Throughout the 27 years they have lectures, performances and workshops and Universities such as NYU. Guerilla Girls do actions in front of Museums, such as the BRAINSTORMERS AND GUERRILLA GIRLS “GET MAD” OUTSIDE THE BRONX MUSEUM MAY 17, 2008, where it was an anti-feminist action as well portraying their representation of sexism not only feminism. They have been featured in several books, college newspapers, international press, in print and on radio and television. They won many awards such as the 1996 “Courageous Resister Award,” Refuse and Resist in New York City.

            People should know about them because they tell the mainstream “Official” story of the arts and then reveal the “Unofficial” story, which is often over looked. Most people consider the discrimination issues that the Guerilla Girls stand up for, hopeless. No one in power takes the blame for the inequality that occurs in places such as museums as they display the works of men more often than women’s. Guerillas Girls bring out the cold hard facts into the public eye.

The campaign uses creative visuals. Gorillas are portrayed in many which is a symbol originated by an insider accident or joke and for the purpose of concealing identities of protesters for career issues in the art world.

1. This picture degrades women just by its visual and the text adds depth to it by alluding specifically to the world of the Arts. This poster reminds me of our Media Lectures when we were introduced to ideas of Adam, Eve and Lilith. This image may have been more provocative if it portrayed a missionary position. But either way it works to portray the message that female artists are being discriminated against.

2. This image has a story behind it. This is an ad for a movie portraying sex symbols of that time that play ironic roles in a film which numerous symbolic allusions. For instance, Halle Berry plays an African-American civil rights activist, who founded the Feminist Party in 1971.

3. This visual not only includes a naked woman, but a headless woman. It is perfect for the Guerilla Girls cause. But this also reminded me of lecture when we addressed the fact that women’s heads are often left out of images as to say that is isn’t more important than their bodies.

Guerilla Girl addresses the people with power in the arts industry to aim for change and equality. They do this by also addressing the public to join their cause to promote change with increasing numbers. They use various strategies since they are a campaign group of nearly 30 years in existence.  Some of the earlier strategies were posters and lectures. They have expanded to a wide array of outreach strategies such as tours, appearances, projects, exhibitions, posters, books, videos, and interviews. They appeal to emotions of inequality and discrimination. They try to be proactive, raunchy, colorful, creative, and mysterious to grab attention and they find that this strategy actually works because it is what people remember (From an interview with Guerilla Girl). Definitely visits to Universities are successful because typically, youths of the future, education hungry, opinionated, people who are concerned about their world, innovators, activists, attend higher education. By spreading the Guerilla Girl cause to such a place, they are educated and recruiting to their cause. Many students are in the arts industry at these universities and can become victims of the discrimination Guerilla Girl is fighting against in the near future and students at universities feel motivated to join the campaign with their self-interests and future in mind. The posters are also successful in terms of easily reaching a broad audience across the world. Their posters are very creative and catchy.

        Personally, I would not become a Guerilla Girl because I do not have a firm stand on any one opinion. I am indifferent about many issues that they address. I am surely not a feminist either. I do like that they have been incorporating ideas pertaining to Men as well such as the MAD exhibition. I do think if the campaign was focusing more on general inequality and discrimination without a huge focus on feminism I would probably be more intrigued to join. I do love their creativity and raunchiness, both things that I do not consider my strong point in campaigning on such a controversial topic.

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A general strike is a strike action by a critical mass of the labour force aimed at extracting concessions by paralyzing the economy of a city, region, or country.

The two major general strikes in American history are the Seattle General Strike of 1919 and the Oakland General Strike of 1946. In 1919, the workers of Seattle began the strike to gain higher wages and engaged in a three-day mass action calling all city workers onto the streets. This was the first citywide collective action in American history known as a general strike.

I think that people decide to go to strike because they want to have a choice for an alternative, which is better wage, better working condition etc.. The action like a general strike is an option for the labor to expect what they want, and give a chance to make it happen.

General strike is a group action, and more effective than actions by individuals, because group actions can give more influence to someone who those group actions are taken against. However, individual actions could give a similar influence if those actions are conducted under certain circumstances. An example is self-improvement of Benjamin Franklin which we studied at the class. His idea of self-improvement extended to America, and helped the people to think to live in the better life. The world he occupied was to guide the people improve the work and the life. The strike is one of the way to guide the people improve the work and the life like his self-improvement. From long time ago to now days, people have desire to live nicer, but they didn’t know what to do. If they have some guide to make them lead, they can have power to be. When I worked at the company 15 years ago, the Union led us to make better life. I was very young at that time, so I didn’t know why the Union exists in the bank? For what? However, now I know the reason why it exists and they gave us the chance to make movement for our better life.

 Only one person can’t make the General Strike, however, the specific guiding principle must lead something better by group.  Those three strike image are all different types such as illustration, photo, and words,  however, all three give us the emotion that we feel to need to do something. The way as strike, which is refusal of working, seems to do nothing, but it definitely the action to make the employer to do something. Sometimes, in the society, we don’t realize the truth, which are hard for workers, but I realize when the strike is held, and I face the inconvenient life. I’d like to participate in the strike, because I want to advocate what I want. The action I make would not buy nor use the things as one of consumers.

http://occupywallst.org/article/why-and-how-strike-may-day/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dku-MFnIxaU(youtube)

The goal for our campaign is not only to inform people about leading a healthy lifestyle, which they know they alread need to do. We want to provide people with quick, easy, achievable methods to attain these lifestyles. In our campaign we will set up a stand in the Hunter College lobby during peak hours (probably from 12 to 4 or something of the like). For the informative aspect of our project we will provide students with basic facts about weight, exercise and eating healthy. (BMI, Aerobic vs Anerobic exercise, Saturated Fat etc.) For the not-informative part we will be handing out freebies and giving people handy quick tips to lead healthier lives. We will provide healthy snack options such as cut up veggies, 100 calorie snacks, and fruit. As a method of outreach and distribution we would like to get a zumba class together to show people that exercising can be fun.

Sari Ades, Linda Khezrie, Della Mizrahi

Topic: Racial awareness

This project strives to complete the following goals:  

1. Educate different race about:   

         a. Self-confidence   

         b. How to prevent crime     

         c. Where to find support   

         d. Racial hate crimes history  

 2. Educate the community at large about:   

         a. Importance of respecting others   

         b. Why this is important/ Why they should care   

         c. How to prevent crime   

         d. How to help  

 3. Earn money to help the victims  

4. Get acknowledgement from community about this particular issue.

Since our project is going to be on Racial awareness. We would first create a website to make our name more readily available on the world wide net. Our domain will be called (BlocktheHate.org) This website will give a brief history of what racial hate crimes have occured and why it is important to have people know about this type of problem. This website will also include the following:

a. Blog – We want to include all raise that feels as if they have been discriminated or have been involved in hate crime to share their stories as well as feel comfortable to seek help through us. We will include the blog to chronicle our activities in raising awareness for race-based crimes. The blog will include articles posted by members of our team or any guest writer who may be interested in contributing an article. This will provide a primary record and a chance to for those interested to follow our movements and find out more about what we do.

b. Social Networking – We will have an official Facebook and Twitter page so that people can follow our activities on a day-to-day basis. This will also earn us an internet-based network of people of all ages especially those who may be interested in reaching out for our help.

c. Tips and Suggestions – We will teach visitors of our website tips on how to avoid confrontations that may lead to a criminal act and how to prevent hate crimes from occurring. We will provide suggestions for those who may be or know someone who may be a victim of a crime what to do, what to expect, and how to act accordingly.

e. Contact information – We will include contact information for people who may be victims or know someone who may be a victim of a hate crime. We will also have a separate contact for those interested in joining us in our cause or want to help us in any way. We will have a donation option for those who wish to provide monetary donations to help us on our victim fund.

f. Forums for Discussion – We will create a forum for people to share their experiences with others and discuss their issues and problems. We will have moderators to provide advice and moderate the forums.

Most importantly, we will have educational seminars to teach the community about different race and the racial prejudice that may lead to hate-motivated crimes.

a. Staff – We will need more people to help us educate. We propose to recruit volunteers in colleges, targeting students studying for example, African Studies, Asian American studies, Jewish studies etc. An incentive for the students may be extra credit, or just a required field experience for higher-leveled students. We will have scholars of different racial community develop a curriculum.

c. Community at Large- We will begin by first targeting elementary or middle schools in poor neighborhoods or developing communities, where there is a significant presence of racial minorities. We will begin teaching in summer school programs and summer camps. We will teach these young students with learning games, skits, and interactive activities to teach the importance of respecting peers and looking beyond skin color. We will infiltrate the high schools

by advocating a few different ethnic history classes as an extra-curricular activity. We will convince history teachers to provide extra credit to students who attend these extra-curricular activities. It will also be a good incentive for students looking to attend college, as this would be a good opportunity for students to use their participation as means to building a good college resume. If the students are interested, they may reach out to us or find us through our website for more information. Finally, we will hold college seminars that are free for anyone attending the sponsoring college. In order to attract listeners, we will provide free pizza and refreshments.

3. In order to raise money to fund our program, we will hold festivals and fairs through the help of our partnering church groups and other ethnic communities around NYC.

a. Relief Fund – We will use the money earned to help out victims or family members of victims of hate crimes who may need the financial aid.

b. Sponsors – Through the fairs, we will gain many supporters who may want to sponsor our program. We will host an auction in order to auction donated items (with the help of our church connections) so that we may earn more funds from sponsors and other supporters.

c. Advertisement – By participating in the festivals and fairs, will be in a way advertising out cause while at the same time informing a large audience and earning supporters on the way.

[TIME LINE FOR EXECUTION] (hypothetically speaking)

June 1st-June 30th, 2012 –    

-Establish network (contact other organizations with similar causes)  

 -Contact victims and family of victims of Racially Motivated Crimes 

 -Meet with different ethnic Community (churches, religious leaders)  

 -Find volunteer staff from colleges  

-Create Website

July 1st-August 15th, 2012- 

-Begin education seminars in churches/community centers/after school programs  

-Begin educating elementary/junior high level students in summer schools 

August 15th-31th, 2012-  

-Begin fundraising activities  

-Participate in fairs where we can distribute flyers   

-Invite possible Sponsors  

-Host an Auction to raise money

September1-October 31st, 2012  

 -Infiltrate High schools, encourage students to participate in our extra-curricular program before they have to submit their college applications.

November 1st- December 10th, 2012  

-Infiltrate colleges, target different ethnic studies classes to participate for extra-credit in order to raise their GPA, to meet the community and their peers, and to make a difference from their campus.  

 -Invite Guest speakers from other organizations and possibly from victims who may be interested in spreading the word on a more personal level.

We will be conducting interviews with hunter students during the day in between classes. We will be showing hunter students both males and females the same images from magazines and short commercial clips and asking them questions about how they feel about the images. We will be video taping our interviews, handing out surveys, and calling companies like Dove and Calvin Klein to ask questions such as why they choose the images they do for you their campaigns. We will be using the information we receive to inform other students at Hunter College about how the media portrays both men and women and how their peers feel about it. We were thinking of presenting our campaign through a short video clip or news report. Our goal is to inform students about the dark side of the media and help them understand you do not need to look like the model you see in magazines or on television. There is no such thing as perfect, the models themselves do not even look like that.

Group members: Tina, Alverneq, Monika, Haruyo, Abe

Objective: Our objective is to help children make better choices in their health life and prevent obesity. Our goal is to educate children about the relationship between calories and activity in order to promote a healthier lifestyle.

Strategy: We will be going to a classroom in an elementary school and teaching children the concept of calories and how to keep it under control. This will start off our campaign as our test group of children.

Our lesson will consist of the information from the video below:

Approach: Our form of media will be a video campaign. The video will consist of the following:

1. Record us going into a school classroom and teaching the children about calorie intake and how to stay active.

2. Interview children about the foods that they like and how the lesson has changed how they look at food.

3. Use this video as our media format to go viral and fight obesity.

We will use sites such as: Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Foursquare, and Vimeo, and we will also be e-mailing family and friends, our own schools, and we will hand out links to the people who are on their laptops in the libraries at Hunter College.

The Video below is an example of how our campaign video will look:

Research, hard evidence to support our case

Interviews – We will be interviewing students and parents about their views of the education system.
For instance, one question would be
To a student:  “What is the current goal of most of your classes”?
To a parent: “How inspirational do you feel your child’s courses are towards them efficiently learning?”
We are narrowing down interviews to family and friends in the NY public school system.

Surveys – We will survey all public school students and parents we know on aimed issues, topics and questions to gather information, opinions, and show how many people are really concerned with the education system.

Campaigning, raising awareness by presenting facts & opinions for change

Pamphlets –
We will be handing out pamphlets to parents select Middle Schools in Bronx (Jaida & Vanessa) Brooklyn (Nour) and Queens (Geetanjali) after school dismisses students around 2-4 pm.
We hope this will help to reach various areas and activate reform.
Our goal is to raise awareness to parents that they are not alone when it comes to critiquing the education system and that they should be the ones to get involved toward change.
We want to raise awareness in middle school mostly for various reasons.
1- Parents are students are usually proactive together at this stage. In other words both parents and students would have opinions that matter on the education system, rather than just involved parents in elementary school, or overbearing, highly bias, opinionated high school students.
2- This is a critical time for most teens where they need to be inspired, influenced in the right way and develop interests through education.
3- This is a specific and targeting audience to enhance chances of change.

E-mails-
We will be reaching out to NYBOE and DEP through e-mail or phone calls to state our concerns and rebuttals about the current education system.

                 – PTA – We will inform the PTA of select schools through online sources or phone calls of our campaign to see if they are interested in spreading awareness and rooting for reform.

Our campaign will be documented by a slideshow with captions.

~ Geetanjali, Vanessa Lopez, Jaida Samuels, Nour Saudi