First Meeting Fun

Hello fellow feminists!

Tuesday was our first meeting of the semester, and whether you missed it and want to get caught up, or want some information on some of the events mentioned at the meeting, this is where you want to be!

First, Seileach Corleigh from the Columbia Area NOW (National Organization for Women) invited us to some upcoming events with the organization! Contact Columbia Area NOW at 573-445-7144 or at columbiamonow@yahoo.com or http://www.missourinow.org if you have further questions.

• One Billion Rising Dance! Worldwide women and allies rise against violence on Feb. 14 from 6-8 pm at Rock Quarry House, Columbia MO

• Pro-choice Actions at Planned Parenthood! Daily 4:30-6:30 pm March 5 – April 13 at 711 N. Providence, Columbia MO (Planned Parenthood Health Center)

• Women’s Equality Lobby Day and March. April 8 at 8am in Hearing Rm 7, 12:30 pm Rally in Rotunda in the State Capitol, Jefferson City MO

• Lastly, NOW meets every third Thursday of each month at 7 pm in the Hy-Vee Deli on Broadway and Fairview, Columbia MO

To start off the meeting, we introduced our brand new advisor, Theresa, who you can find in the Women’s Center during the week. We also introduced our exec for the semester. You can find out more about exec in our “about” section.

FSU will be meeting EVERY Tuesday at 6 pm in the Women’s Center this semester, alternating between Feminist Student Union meetings and Feminism Speaks. FSU meetings will generally have a speaker and be a little more structured, while Feminism Speaks will be a discussion revolving around what feminism is and what it means to different groups of people or individuals.

We will also begin Feminist Film Friday’s! The dates are Feb 7th, March 7th, April 11th, and May 2nd at 5 pm in the Women’s Center. We will keep you all updated on what these films will be when it gets closer to the date they’re being shown.

FSU is also starting up a book club for this semester! This will be separate from FSU meetings and Feminism speaks. The first book being read for book club is Feminism is for Everybody by bell hooks. If you’re interested in book club, email Emma or Bethany for more information on when the meetings will be and how to get a book! erbvfb@mail.missouri.edu or brbmb7@mail.missouri.edu

Vagina Monologues is right around the corner! Many FSU members will be performing in Vagina Monologues on Saturday, February 15, at 7 pm in Jesse Auditorium. If you would like to attend Vagina Monologues with some awesome feminists, email mizzoufsu@gmail.com to learn how to buy group tickets!

Next week’s Feminism Speaks (Tuesday, February 4th) meeting will be “Our Feminism, Our Stories”. This will give people a chance to discuss what feminism is to them, the struggles one faces’ as a feminist, and more! Our co-president, Caitlyn, will also be giving us some information about True/False film festival.

On Wednesday, January 22nd, the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, FSU started an amazing photo campaign, “#WeNeedRoe”, that pictured feminists from Mizzou holding signs on why they need Roe. You can still submit your picture to mizzoufsu@gmail.com!

We asked some of members if they had any upcoming events we should know about, and here are their responses!

• Women’s Leadership conference – registration opens up next week (week of Feb. 3rd) Conference date: Saturday, March 18th.

• People’s visionary meeting – Tuesday, Feb. 18th @ 6:30 pm in the library

To end the meeting we did a new activity called “Feminist Speed-Friending” which gave our members and exec an opportunity to better get to know one another. Afterwards, some of us went to Shakespeare’s downtown to support our local Planned Parenthood.

If anyone has any questions, suggestions, or comments, please let us know at mizzoufsu@gmail.com!

Thanks to everyone who came out to our first meeting and made it a blast! We hope to see everyone and more at our next meeting (Tuesday, February 4th –> https://www.facebook.com/events/1456946911184961/) at 6 pm in the Women’s Center. Don’t forget to like our Facebook page (Feminist Student Union), follow us on Twitter (@MU_FSU), and follow us on Instagram (@mu_fsu).

In feminism,

Ellie Busch

Secretary

 

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