May 15, 2013 § Leave a Comment
This is edited… just to show how far I’ve come from being a pimply little teenager who was seriously awkward…
What is your full name?
Maxwell J. Love
What name would you rather have?
How old are you?
What’s one thing in life you don’t have, but wish you did?
My life’s pretty good. Complete unbias is decent.
Are you “always right”?
I tend to come off as that to my family. Sometimes I let them win though.
Do you cry easily?
What’s your biggest love in life?
What’s your greatest fear?
Leading an unsuccessful life… but define that.
Do you anger easily?
I have anger problems.
Do you yell a lot?
Never. (Unless I’m yelling at soccer players or the TV or the useful idiots)
Does it hurt your feelings when you get yelled at by someone you love?
Do you give people the “silent treatment?”
Do you hold a grudge?
Yes, easily. Unfortunately.
What do you think about rap music?
Some is decent but only that with meaning.
What about rock?
Yes it’s nice.
Beautiful and illustrious.
I used to be obsessed.
Yeah that’s iffy.
Favorite alcoholic beverage?
Never tried. (Does non-alcoholic champagne count?)
Have you ever been drunk?
Not even close.
Have you ever smoked anything?
Yes. Oregano. Or at least it looked like that. (Editor’s note: this was a joke)
Ever stayed out all night partying?
Middle school lockin.
Wild night out? Or a quiet night in?
I switch on and off ever night.
How’s your sex life?
Farthest you’ve ever traveled from home?
Ireland but I’ve traveled farther in my dreams.
Do you attend church?
Do you enjoy church?
Depends on how attractive the attendees are.
What’s your day to day schedule like?
Anything exciting coming up?
Do you have any voicemails on your cellphone?
Don’t have one.
How many times a day do you shower?
Hmm depends on the day. Anywhere from 1-4.
When you wake up what’s the first thing you do?
Well I don’t have a clock so usually I think… I’m up.
Are you a high school drop out?
Will be in approximately three months.
Left handed or right handed?
I can use both.
Do you read gossip magazines?
Only at Dungeons and Dragon’s Piggly Wiggly.
Do you like to sing or dance in the shower?
Yes. Sing. Weird. Who the hell dances?
How do you like your eggs?
Are you a friendly person?
Have you ever met a famous person?
My cousin was on Beauty on the Geek.
Do you look like anyone famous?
Do you have a criminal record?
None. I dreamt I had one once.
What really annoys you?
The fact that I’m not who I could be.
What are you listening to?
Do you have a SocialSplash account?
What’s your favorite TV show?
Are you down with the clown?
What the hell?
When your in the shower, what’s the first thing you wash?
Can’t remember. And by the way it’s “you’re” that really irritates me.
Where is the strangest place you’ve slept?
I’ve slept in some pretty weird places.
Do you howl on full moons?
I’m starting tonight.
Have you ever been hit on by somebody 10 years older than you?
Yes on multiple occasions. This was in my other life though.
May 13, 2013 § 2 Comments
Wow! Four years just flew by. I came into school thinking I wanted to be a mechanical engineer or do international studies and I ended up getting interested in Afro-American studies as well as Chicana/Latina studies. I ended up doing some version of an ethnic studies major with an emphasis on race politics as I like to tell people.
Moving from little old Lodi to the Multicultural Learning Community was one of the best decisions of my life. I went into college not ever thinking about my own race to thinking about race on the daily.
I had some great professors including Friedman, Lindsay, Thornton, Werner, Shashko, Higgins, Shelef, Ringe, Loewenstein, Marquez, and some others who I didn’t have that I met throughout my four years: Goldrick-Rab, Ibarra… there are some great faculty at this university.
I took some great classes: Soul Music, Black Music, Black Feminist Theory, Politics of the World Economy, Politics of Revolution, Politics in a Multicultural Society, Intro to Latin America, Arabic, Spanish, I feel totally privileged and blessed to have been here.
I made some great friends. I lived in some great places. I saw some great sights. I heard great poetry and slam poetry and rap and world music. I fell in and out of love. I want to reflect on a few specific things I did and present some advice (take it or leave it) to whoever stumbles upon it.
I was involved with several different community and campus organizations. From reclaiming foreclosed houses with Operation Welcome Home and Take Back the Land (with the visionary Max Rameau), to working with the Student Labor Action Coalition, the Teaching Assistants Association, Associated Students of Madison, United Council, United States Student Association, and the Learning for the Empowerment and Advancement of Palestinians, to All Hands on Deck and Vote Mob, to the National Student Power Convergence, to Opportunity Nation and Young People For. I’ve seen a lot of community, campus, state, and national organizations at work.
I hope to someday work for one or several of them. I want to do political organizing in some way, shape, or form for the rest of my life.
The advice: I feel the need to tell people to get involved! Just do it! We only have, like 6o more years on this Earth and things ain’t getting any better for most people out there. In fact, I’d argue they’re getting a hell of a lot worse.
As a first year I listened to everything everyone I knew said and tried to absorb as much of it. My opinions are still malleable but they were extra-malleable back then. Now I think I am more comfortable with who I am, my race, my dedication to justice, equity, and freedom for all people regardless of how they identify, that I can not only listen, but be assertive in my own opinions.
Something that has really begun to irk me is the way that campus organizations are so seemingly divided. We are working for roughly the same thing–acknowledging that there is a great amount of racism on this campus and that white privilege does really limit the ability of people who are white to work with folks of other races because they unintentionally and intentionally oppress others–on campus at least I don’t think everyone can work together and I’m not sure it will ever work. I am hoping UW-Madison will be graced and uplifted by a model of interracial organizing we have yet to truly see.
Nationally, I see a lot of organizations trying to work on the same thing. Take student debt for example. There are organizations with millions of dollars and millions of people who are working on it and I don’t think we’ve even made a dent on the issue! Do we need to align our campaigns to make sure we are all at least using the same messaging? I’d say yes. But honestly, let’s take it a step further, and create a campaign with the same messaging, visuals, let’s share resources and connect our membership! Let’s devote research to new economic models, let’s fundraise collectively to support young interns and treat them with respect and dignity and pay them right.
Okay this is just starting to spew all over the place, the last thing I want to say is that lately I have been challenged a lot by the way people talk about the work we do. I don’t have any issue with people critiquing the work I do personally (in fact, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, right?).
I love a good challenge. I can’t really stand hearing people talk about me behind my back but such is life, life is too short, this shouldn’t be read as frustration or even an accusation it’s just something I’ve been meaning to say.
I’m going to keep doing the same damn thing I’ve been doing this last four years: reading, writing, doing art, figuring out who I am and why I’m on this planet, trying to fight for climate justice, fighting for justice, equity, and freedom in race relations and for gender and sexuality justice, the whole nine yards.
One of the coolest privileges I had was traveling: going to a Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon and traveling to Mexico to meet with #YoSoy132 were not only huge privileges but also incredibly humbling and transformative. I miss those kids in Lebanon so much and I hope to go back as soon as I can. When I think about how terrible things are in the United States that always puts it in more perspective. To my friends in the movement in Mexico, I am blessed to call you friends and I hope we can continue to work in global solidarity for more just and dignified immigration policy and generally for better living conditions for everyone world-wide.
Taking Astronomy was also a sobering experience this semester. What was at first just a routine way to fill a science requirement really opened my eyes to how expansive the Universe really is. It speaks to my experiences on Earth too: there’s a whole planet out there, and although sometimes my own conditions and others’ seem dire, there are lots of people facing incredibly rough situations out there too. Let’s do what we can to work to change the real conditions of everyones’ lives while at the same time having a little bit of fun and living a fulfilling life despite the fact we are just ants on another anthill in the entire Universe.
If you have questions or comments holler below. I didn’t set out trying to say much in this post I just want to thank everyone who has given me so much and allowed me to be the best I think I can be. I look forward to the next few years, hopefully traveling as much as I can, working for some organizations if possible, graduate school if I can raise the funds, and hopefully running for office in the near or distant future.
May 8, 2013 § Leave a Comment
April 26, 2013 § Leave a Comment
Here’s my testimony from the press conference on WISPIRG the other day:
My name is Maxwell Love and I’m a representative with the Associated Students of Madison student council. As a member of student government I believe that we are fiscally responsible with how we allocate our funds and it is disappointing to see the Chancellor has no faith in students’ decision making capability.
I know that the SSFC takes their role in allocating over 42 million of seg fees seriously and that they strive to be responsible and go through a rigorous process of determining where to allocate seg fees in order to best serve students.
A few weeks ago SSFC unanimously voted to submit an appeal to the Regents to defend their decision to grant WISPIRG funding including their professional staff. As a member of the student government I am concerned with the Chancellor’s refusal to respect our decision regarding the allocation of these fees without consulting us.
I hope the regents will recognize that unless we are making a policy or legal error the Regents should reinstate the professional staff funding. Also I hope they recognize that we are simply students trying to exercise our responsibility in shared governance by funding awesome programs to make campus a better place and we are being told: no.
Lastly, as part of this university where we claim to cherish the Wisconsin Idea the notion that we take what we learn from the classroom and roll up our sleeves and apply it to problems spanning to the bounds of this state, this decision by the Chancellor does NOT further this idea instead it squashes a program like WISPIRG that embodies everything I hold dear at UW-Madison.
April 25, 2013 § Leave a Comment
This is a quote on what mental health is from the article “Women and Mental Health” by Marian Murphy:
“A healthy and growing person can be described as moving towards increased acceptance of and openness to herself and others; increased self-support and self-esteem; growing capacity to give and receive love; increased intellectual competence and creativity; greater freshness of perception and richness of feelings (both joy and pain); a more aware, autonomous, and caring value system; a growing sense of closeness to the natural world; a greater frequency of moments of transcendence; a growing enjoyment of living in her present experience.”
“Using this kind of standard most people live in a state of permanent mental ill health. At the very least it is estimated that on average we each fulfill less than 10 per cent of our potential for this kind of growth.”
April 15, 2013 § Leave a Comment
Around 11 and a half years ago I was sitting in Mr. Knueve’s 5th grade classroom when he rushed out of the room and grabbed a T.V.
Our class sat there in mild disbelief–we were young–as we watched buildings come down that were mostly unfamiliar to us.
The times have changed. I got an update from the New York Times app on my iPhone early this afternoon that there were two bomb blasts at the end of the Boston Marathon.
I quickly pulled up my mobile browser, which confirmed that two had died and 20 had been wounded. Now, the reports seem to be unclear as to how many have died.
The reason why I am writing this post isn’t to recount the day’s events, a million others are doing that right now. Rather, I am writing to remember September 11th.
I didn’t necessarily have a word for it at the time, but what America’s growing sickness post-9/11 could only be described as racism and Islamophobia.
Islamophobia dominated my academic interest for years after. In 7th grade I wrote a speech about the French hijab ban that stopped little Muslim girls from going to school with their religious headdress.
Now, with reports on Facebook that a 20-year-old Saudi suspect has been detained, I again worry that our country will measure our patriotism post-attack by our hatred of Muslims and Arabs. It is a slippery slope.
This tweet suggests that Boston PD doesn’t have anyone in custody.
As we move forward, it is worth noting that the news often develops too quickly, and that rumors can spread faster than a wildfire, especially with the advent of the Internet.
April 14, 2013 § Leave a Comment
There’s a bunch of stuff going on this week, next week, and throughout the rest of the semester that you’re not going to want to miss!
Here’s a small calendar of events for this week:
- 12:00PM Thursday at the Memorial Union Rathskellar: Nelini Stamp (formerly of Dream Defenders, now Working Families Party) will speak on her involvement in the student movement and the issue of student loan debt
- 4:00PM Thursday on Bascom Hill: rally with Palermo’s workers to tell Chancellor Ward to cut the contract
- 12:00PM Friday at Memorial Union Rath: Felipe Matos (formerly Trail of DREAMs, Presente.org, now GetEQUAL) will speak on his walk from Florida to Washington D.C. with three DREAMers to talk about immigration
- 6:30PM Friday at Memorial Union Tripp Commons: students will speak on their experiences organizing on campus and more
- 7:15PM (same): breakout session with Max Berger (Occupy), Molly Shack (Ohio Student Association), and Nelini
- 8:00PM: Felipe will keynote State of the Student Movement in the Rest of the Decade
And next week is the April Convention for United Council of UW Students where next year’s leadership will be selected!