Guest post by Jenn Polish, Queens College STAND
Good music, good company, a dance floor, and – oh yeah – awareness raising, fundraising, and pledging against genocide – made for an AMAZING night at Queens College in Flushing, New York. What we’ve lovingly dubbed our Peace Jam was held the night of Thursday December 3rd in the fourth floor ballroom of our Student Union Building from 6 to 10 PM.
Our amazing student hosts, DJ Toni Yo and DJ Nimo Iero, mixed up tunes from all across the Globe, facilitating amazing dancing all night. Interspersed in the frivolity was gender-illusionist performer MilDRED (www.dredlove.com), while student performers raised consciousness about the genocide in Sudan, the DRC, and the situation in Zimbabwe. We canvassed as people came in, and raised funds for Kids for Kids UK and Jewish World Watch’s Solar Cooker Project, which helps families from Darfur help themselves in culturally-sensitive and environmentally sound ways.
The next night, December 4th, QC STAND was at it again, with a special guest appearance from our SOC Josh Gwin from Hofstra University. He presented current information about the genocide in Sudan in a night dubbed "Darfur Today: Whose Tomorrow?" Thanks to everyone who came by, met fellow activists, learned, and canvassed!