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Forum Post: American Studies Association asks for help to counter Zionist pressure

Posted 3 months ago on March 30, 2014, 10:40 a.m. EST by gmxusa (274)
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Dear ASA members:

To say the least, the past several months have been eventful for the Association. Since the boycott resolution passed over 600 new members have joined the ASA and we have garnered strong support from opinion pieces in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, and the Chicago Tribune, as well as from numerous organizations and individuals in the US and the world. Moreover, based on the large number of excellent submissions, the 2014 ASA Convention promises to be as big and exciting as always.

At the same time, however, the ASA has been condemned in the press and by college presidents, smeared as anti-Semitic, and threatened with lawsuits. Lawmakers have also joined in, sponsoring legislation in the US House of Representatives and in a number of state legislatures aimed at cutting funding for ASA members, including those who decide not to honor the boycott.

In this context, we ask you to stand with the ASA by making a donation.

We invite everyone who has supported the boycott as well as those who are in solidarity with the ASA, despite our political or strategic differences, to join in financially supporting our principled response to these attacks and our continued growth and impact as an association.

The ASA call for boycott is protected by the first amendment, and we have excellent, pro-bono legal help, as well as the help of ally organizations that are joining with the ASA in fighting against legislation attacking freedom of speech and freedom of association.

While the financial state of the ASA is sound and our trust fund remains stable, we need to raise more funds to defend the ASA against attacks in the media and promote the Association; to invite Israeli and Palestinian scholars to our annual meetings; and to support graduate student travel to the convention in the context of threatened cuts.

The Executive Committee has set a fund-raising target of $100,000. Donations from allies are coming in, some for $50 and others for $5,000 and $10,000! We are planning a major online fund-raising appeal to all of those who have signed petitions, sent us letters of support, or been recommended by ally organizations. We have a lot in the works but your financial participation is critical.

To make a donation, please follow this link:

http://standwiththeasa.org/contribution/

And please share this appeal with sympathetic friends and colleagues.

Looking forward to your support and to making our next convention the most successful ever.

Sincerely,

Curtis Marez President American Studies Association

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[-] 0 points by ZenDog (13354) from South Burlington, VT 3 months ago

This is interesting. What is the ASA?

And who are they? I mean, what do they do? What do they study within American Culture and how do they do it? With an interdisciplinary approach, of course, they said so . . . but here, lets have a closer look:

from under the heading: WHAT'S NEW IN THE COMMUNITY ASA 2014: Sports Studies Caucus Lineup

  • Views on the Peanut Gallery: An Open Forum on What it Means to Study Sports Fans

    • Dan Gilbert (chair), Amy Bass, John Bloom, Noah Cohan, Mack Lacy, Thabiti Lewis, Pellom McDaniels III, Dan Nathan, Samuel O. Regalado
  • Examining the Somatic Pleasure and Pain of Mixed Martial Arts Fighting

    • Kyle Green (chair/comment), D. Travers Scott, Jennifer McClearen, Alexander Antonopoulos, Matthew A. Masucci

It's them isn't it? behavioral hackers and brain crackers? Isn't that them? or their academic minions? We don't see the intersection with complexity theorists at this stage . . . .< and apply whatever he said to people, give it a little spin, and learn to be afraid >

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Where were we? Oh yes . . . the ASA . . . Now, didn't I call for an examination of a segment of American Culture? Yes I did - a very specific segment . . .

So where am I going with all of this? you wonder . . .

No where really. I just think perhaps conservatronation is in trouble . . . they are, they are in trouble . . . they have been oh so bad and now they must be spanked.

get ready boyz. Your day is here. This is my happy dance. fukers