Weekly Newsletters, Fall 2008-Spring 2009

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Campus Crime Alert!

Dear Campus Community,

Last evening, an incident occurred on campus that should be brought to your attention.

At about 7:45 p.m., a female student was getting an item out of her car in Parking Lot 14C near the residence halls when a male suspect jumped out of a car and grabbed her by the arm. When she pulled away and made eye contact with the suspect, he let go of her, returned to the car and left the scene.

The female student immediately went to her residence hall and reported the incident to her R.A., who then contacted University Police. As soon as the report was called in, the determination was made to increase the number of police officers and CSOs on campus, and the Long Beach Police Department was notified. Additionally, information about the incident was provided to supervisors in the residence halls so that it could be shared with campus residents.

The suspect is described as a male of light skin tone in his mid-20s; between 5’5” and 6’ in height and of stocky build; with light-colored eyes and dark hair with a grown-out buzz cut; and with a mole on the right lower cheek and either acne or razor burn in the neck and chin area. The car in which he was a passenger is described as an early 1990s black Honda Civic.

If you have information helpful to this case, please call Detective John Leyva with the University Police at 562-985-4101.

While last evening’s incident ended quickly without injury to the victim, and even though Cal State Long Beach has an overall reputation for safety, it is important that we all remember to look out for our personal safety at all times.

Please, do not walk alone on campus. If you are alone in the evening, call for an escort at University Police or by using one of the Code Blue telephones on campus. Take a moment to program your cell phone with the number for University Police, 562-985-4101. If you see or hear something that doesn’t seem right, call that number. Stay focused and observant on everything and everyone around you.

By looking out for each other, as well as for ourselves, we can keep CSULB a safe campus for all of us.


Jack Pearson
Chief of Police


Wednesday, September 19, 2007

We need your help!

Hello FORCErs!

We need to know what your
favorite feminist movies, books, magazines, CDs, graphic novels, recipes [you get the picture] are.

Wandie and I have decided to add a list of feminist media suggestions for anyone who wants to surround themselves with feminist love, or is simply new to F.O.R.C.E.. We've added some great stuff to an Amazon list in the form of a wishlist, but you by no means have to buy anything.

I'm also looking for any glossary words you'd like to add to the F.O.R.C.E. blog.

A link to the media list and glossary can be found on the right sidebar.
However, if you want to add your genius contributions to the lists, simply go to http://forceclub.proboards57.com/

When you get there, go under F.O.R.C.E. news, and click on "Glossary words and media contributions".

...and while you're at the message board, make an account, and reply to other threads too. :D

Feminist love!

- Mariana & Wandie

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

OUTlist 2007!

There’s a new way to celebrate you… whether you identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, fluid, transgender, transsexual, genderqueer, intersex, queer, questioning – or a heterosexual ally of an LGBT friend or family member!

To recognize you and other LGBT/ally individuals at Cal State Long Beach, the LGBT Resource Center is taking out a full-page ad in the campus newspapers on Thursday, October 11, 2007 featuring OUTlist 2007. This list is a way for CSULB students, staff, faculty, alumni, and friends to come out as LGBT or heterosexual allies of LGBT individuals, should they choose to do so. This is our way of honoring out and proud LGBT individuals and their allies in the CSULB community.

The full-page advertisement will include the following introduction to explain OUTlist 2007:

“We are students, professors, coworkers, roommates, teammates, alumni/ae, friends, and family, and we are just a few of the intelligent, creative, and supportive lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals—or allies of LGBT individuals—who are part of the diverse Cal State Long Beach community. We invite you to join us in celebrating National Coming Out Day.”

Following this statement will appear hundreds of names of LGBT or ally students, staff, faculty, and alumni/ae who have chosen to be on OUTlist 2007.

We totally get that not everyone feels comfortable coming out, especially in the school newspaper! So if OUTlist 2007 is not for you… no worries, just forward this email to someone else who may be interested and stay tuned for our other events.

For those of you who do want to be on OUTlist 2007 this year, know that your courage inspires other students.

If you are a student, please send an email to lgbtrc@csulb.edu (or reply in this thread) with the following information:

• First Name:
• Last Name:
• Verification Phone #:
• Verification Email:
• Affiliation with CSULB (student, faculty, staff, alum,
or friend of the LGBTRC):
• Major/Department/Office:

If faculty, staff, and alumni/ae would like to join OUTList 2007 and are able, a donation of $5 to help offset
the cost of the full-page ad is appreciated. Online donations are accepted at https://karl.papubs.csulb.edu/giving/index.cfm. Be sure to designate the LGBT Resource Center as the recipient. Please remember to email your contact information separately so your name is included in OUTlist 2007.

The submission deadline is October 1, 2007.

In the spirit of other activist organizations, please send this email to 10 of your friends… even if you think they
are already on this email list.

Thanks for all your help in making OUTlist 2007 a success!

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Resource Center
California State University, Long Beach
Faculty Office 4, Room 165

Sign up for OUTlist 2007!
Visit www.csulb.edu/centers/lgbtrc for more information.

Join us for the Fall Open House...
Thursday, September 20th from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.

F.O.R.C.E. Minutes 9/18/07


I. Reports

II. Old Business

_A. F Word Event

__1. Oct 2nd @ 3:30 PM

__2. Possible speakers

___a. Tarrant

___b. Musto

___c. Moore

___d. Abbott

II. New Business

_A. Coming Out Day

__1. Added names to list a. Published in Newspapers (49er and Union)

_B. FORCE Shirts/Banner/Pamphlet

__1. DIY Parties (later dates announced at meetings)

__2. Budget

___a. Katie and Megan to do paperwork

____i. Apply

____ii. Book-keeping skills, more accurate accounting on reimbursements

_C. Love Your Body Project

__1. Oct 18th a. Film Screening/Discussion @ 7 PM

___i. "Real Women have Curves"

___ii. Nicoal to ask about Uni. Theatre

___iii. Look for speaker iv. Permission (if outside) for projection

_D. Feminist Rag--Zine

__1. Academic vs. Fun? [who's to say academia isn't fun? ^^;;]

__2. Need more contributors

__3. Once a semester

__4. Conact Wandie or Desiree about submissions/help-out

_F. DIY Festival

__1. Nikki/Katie to table Sept 29th

___a. Earlier time (Katie to LA that night)

_G. Inga Musico

__1. Speaking Oct 23rd 11 AM -12:15 PM

III. Announcements

_A. DIY Festival Benefit show this Sat. (sept 22)

_B. DIY Festival Sept 29th (next weekend) Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

Thanks Nicoal!

Monday, September 17, 2007

D.I.Y. Festival in Santa Ana

Everyone should come out to the D.I.Y. festival on the 29th. It promises to be an awesome learning and sharing experience, as well as an opportunity for anyone who wants to be more self-sufficient to meet other like-minded people.

F.O.R.C.E. will be there doing a workshop, alongside other amazing people who will teach you about self defense, D.I.Y. Crafts, Deep Earth/Radical Ecology, Food Not Bombs, and so much more!

FOR MORE info please visit


Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Changes to the FORCE group e-mail

Hello FORCErs,

As you all know, having FORCE as an open email list has been problematic in terms of spam and messages unnecessarily sent to all 100+ members. For this reason, we have decided to change the group settings so that only the moderator can send emails to the entire list. If someone has an announcement or event or anything related to FORCE or feminism, please send it to force4change@ yahoo.com and after checking it for relevancy (i.e. making sure it is not spam) we will then forward it to the entire group. While we don't want it to seem as though we are policing the group messages, we want to ensure that people are not bothered unnecessarily to the point that they begin ignoring all FORCE emails.

So again, if you have something you would like the entire group to know about, send us an email and include your contact information if necessary and we will be sure to forward it as soon as possible. We are still working out the glitches but we will give this a try for a while and hopefully this will greatly improve the email system. Also, we will be maintaining the MySpace page, Facebook group, blog, and message board so you all pretty much have your choice of preferred form of communication.

Thanks for your patience as we try to make things as efficient as possible. And don't forget to stop by the FORCE meetings in the WRC Tuesdays 3:30-4:30pm.

Megan Adams & Katie Sipes
Force4change@ yahoo.com

Monday, September 10, 2007

The official meeting time!

By popular demand, this fall semester FORCE will be meeting in the WRC on Tuesdays from 3:30pm to 4:30pm. Come to our first meeting next week to discuss Week of Welcome, Domestic Violence Awareness Month, revamping the email list, the zine, and lots more. If you are available to volunteer any time for tabling during Week of Welcome, which is next Monday through Thursday from 11am to 2pm, please email me directly or let Katie know in the WRC.

Megan Adams

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Meeting Times

**** this is originally from the yahoo groups email, so please respond that way! *****

Hello FORCE !

Welcome the a new year of FORCE :) Megan Adams and I (Katie Sipes) are Co-Chairing this year and are very excited about seeing you all again.

So it's time to decide when our meetings should be. I know it's hard to get everyone's schedule to match up and it's possible that not everyone will be able to attend these meetings, but we're going to do our best. Minutes of the meetings will be posted on the FORCE myspace page [and blog] every week (or just about!), and I work in the Women's Resource Center most of the time so if you miss something, just ask me!

The choices for the new meeting time for this semester are:
Mondays @ 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Tuesdays @ 3:30 - 4:30pm
Thursdays @ 3:30 - 4:30pm
Fridays@ 6:30pm - 7:30pm

We can only have one meeting time this semester, so please email me back by this Friday the 7th and let me know what works for you. We will pick the time that works for the most people.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you all this year!

Katie Sipes
Megan Adams

Sunday, September 2, 2007

F.O.R.C.E. is here!

Hello FORCE Womyn!

It’s that time again! Time for million page articles, thousand page papers, no sleep, and too much caffeine. It’s also time for us feminist womyn to get together and make our mark in this movement.

I would like to have a meeting sometime in the first week of classes. This first meeting is for, but certainly not limited to, the womyn that will be serving as officers in this organization. We will be deciding a meeting time for the fall semester, as well as talking about Nicoal’s DIY festival, and Week of Welcome. I am in the WRC most of the time, excluding Tues/Thurs from 2pm on. Please let me know what a good time for you would be to meet this next week.

I also just want to put it out there that even though I am serving as Co-Chair of FORCE, I am determined to keep this group inclusive, non-hierarchical, and welcoming to all.

Take Care,

Katie Sipes