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Feminist Majority Alliance takes aim at #BlackLivesMatter

Feminist Majority Alliance takes aim at #BlackLivesMatter

David Montalvo, a senior sociology, history and integrative studies student and Feminist Majority Leadership Association member, speaks about his life-changing experience with the organization. Paulina De Alva | Staff Photographer

Feminist Majority Alliance takes aim at #BlackLivesMatter
August 27
01:45 2015

Chelsea Watkins | Staff Writer

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In an era when episodes of injustice travel through social media, staying informed on the latest social issues seems to be second nature for a young generation of Internet users. But getting involved in combating such issues takes extra effort.

At universities across the nation, Twitter and Facebook are alive and well. UNT is no exception.

Cell phone footage of white police encountering black citizens has embroiled the nation in a debate over police brutality. Deaths at the hands of police, including Michael Brown, Sandra Bland and Eric Garner, have increased exposure to the Black Lives Matter movement, which began in 2012 when Trayvon Martin was killed in Florida.

The Feminist Majority Alliance Group is one organization at UNT that has been a voice to the movement.

FMLA is an intersectional group, meaning they frame gender oppression within other forms of oppression in order to be inclusive to all marginalized people, co-president David Montalvo said.

“While we do a lot of work with gender-equity issues, we also understand that we have to be as wholeheartedly anti-racist, anti-homophobia, anti-transphobia, anti-classist, all of that,” Montalvo said.

Co-president Autumn Tyler said the organization is devoted to certain issues within the Black Lives Matter movement.

Sociology junior Autumn Tyler speaks about the importance of the organization's representation in today's society. Paulina De Alva | Staff Photographer

Sociology junior Autumn Tyler speaks about the importance of the organization’s representation in today’s society. Paulina De Alva | Staff Photographer

Last February, they hosted a #BlackWomenMatter event on campus.

“We find that even within Black Lives Matter, black women are many times shoved to the margins even in that,” Montalvo said. “So we thought it would be appropriate to do a black women centered event.”

Over the summer, FMLA members participated in protests in McKinney, Texas, after an incident was recorded and posted on social media showing a young black girl pinned to the ground by a white police officer outside a neighborhood pool. They also protested in downtown Dallas to show support for Sandra Bland, another incident some attribute to police brutality.

Tyler is also involved in reproductive justice issues. She and a few other members were allowed the opportunity to visit Washington, D.C., this past summer to lobby against an abortion ban.

During the school year, FMLA hosts “Love Your Body” week, where they raise awareness about body image issues, fat phobia and sizeism. Additionally, they present the Vagina Monologues, a production that showcases various issues women face.

Students can attend weekly meetings to learn more about how to join the conversation. They are held on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. in the Business Leadership Building 005. Meetings for the fall semester will begin Wednesday, Sept. 2. There are no fees or special requirements for students to join.

Editor’s Note: In the original post of this story, which also ran in print on Thursday, August 27, we incorrectly identified David Montalvo as Daniel Montalvo. We’ve made the proper revision.

Featured Image: Integrative studies senior David Montalvo speaks about his life-changing experience with the Feminist Majority Alliance Group Tuesday afternoon. Paulina De Alva | Staff Photographer

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