Archive for May, 2014

2014 Resolutions 2 of 5

Monday, May 19th, 2014

Submitted by the Chicana Caucus; Co-Sponsors: Tejas Foco; Compas-Rene Nuñez Political Action Caucus; So Cal Foco.
Resolution to establish an Ad Hoc Committee on Institutional Violence

Whereas NACCS at the 2013 Conference passed the resolution that called for the “2014 Chicana Plenary’s theme to address and initiate structured processes toward the elimination of Institutional Violence against Chicanas, Chicana feminists, Queer and Trans Chican@s ;”

Whereas, the 2013 resolution marked the 30th anniversary of the Chicana Plenary created to address these issues, and recognized that there are still “unsettled issues” before us;

Whereas, the 2013 resolution recognized that the 2014 Chicana Plenary on Institutional Violence would address the need for assessment, community organizing, curricula development and academic research;

Whereas the 2013 resolution recognized gender-based violence within our communities and homophobia are rampant in academic institutions including Chican@ Studies Departments;

Whereas the resolution called upon NACCS as a professional body to assist NACCS, its membership, and Chican@ Studies Departments to address misogynist and homo/transphobic violence;

Whereas the 2013 resolution called for creating space for public discussion as well as provide the educational foundation to intervene and prevent violence against Chican@ Feminist, Lesbian, Queer, Jota, and Trans Chican@ people and politics;

Whereas the 2013 resolution recognized the developing theory, praxis, and values of community accountability that offer an approach by which we can address, respond to, and transform the violence;

Therefore be it resolved that the National Board establish an Ad Hoc Committee that would put into action the 2013 resolution;

Be it further resolved, that the Ad Hoc Committee be comprised of representatives nominated or picked from each FOCO and caucus;

Be it further resolved, that the Ad Hoc Committee be comprised of a simple majority of representatives from the FOCOs and Caucus.

Be it further resolved that the Ad Hoc Committee on Institutional Violence be placed under the charge of the past chair of NACCS;

  • that the past chair will convene the Ad Hoc Committee at least four times a year; that one of those meetings be held at NACCS annual conference.
  • Be it further resolved that the responsibilities of the Ad Hoc Committee on Institutional Violence

  • conduct an assessment of Chican@ Studies Departments to collect data ascertaining inequalities of sex, gender and sexualities, inclusive of confidential and anonymous responses from Chicana, Queer and TransChican@ students, faculty, and staff;
  • determine priorities of the assessment collection.

  • Be it further resolved
    , that the National Board commit NACCS to following up on the 2013 items that were voted upon:

  • continue to build bridges between NACCS and MALCS in jointly addressing institutional violence with dialogue and action leading toward its eradication;
  • that NACCS Board develop guiding policies, practices and structures that create cultures of community accountability;
  • that NACCS Board call on the entire NACCS community to take action to end the violence that divides us.
  • Sponsor: Chicana Caucus
    Co-Sponsors: Tejas Foco; Compas-Rene Nuñez Political Action Caucus; So Cal Foco.
    Contact: Patricia Trujillo 505-747-5448, patriciatrujillo@nnmc.edu ; Marisol Moreno 323-610-5371, Marisol.moreno@csulb.edu

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    Pros:

      1. Provides information about Institutional Violence on various campuses.

    Cons:

      1. NACCS does not have paid Staff to conduct the research, develop and analyze the database.
      2. Doing the work and developing the database has financial implications.
      3. The Chicana Caucus membership can conduct the research.
      4. The Caucus does not need Board approval to take action.
      5. Space for panels is always available by submitting proposals for the annual conference