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Support the UChicago Clothesline Project: Tell Student Government that Zero is Unacceptable

    1. Petition by

      The UChicago Clothesline Project


The UChicago Clothesline Project is a student-run effort on campus that seeks to recognize sexual assault survivors within our campus community. We do this by giving survivors the opportunity to tell their stories through art rendered onto a t-shirt, and then displaying all of these shirts and stories for the community to see. While this process may sound simple, it is anything but--it requires incredible amounts of time and resources. And that's why we need your help.

This past year, our campus community has been amazingly generous: so many have volunteered to help, and we have received financial assistance from sources including RSVP, Gender Studies, and the Dean's Fund. Unfortunately, when we applied to Student Government for funding during the next academic year, our total request for $1000 to run t-shirt making sessions (this includes only what is necessary to make the shirts and some food for the artists that spend hours doing so), we were met with a firm refusal: no funding. Not $500. Not $100. Not even 50 cents. We were given $0.00, and the opportunity to come back with more stories and petition SGFC for each of the 9 sessions.

The problem with this decision is that our t-shirt making sessions are the story-telling impetus for the majority of the survivors that choose to share them. Whenever we advertise our sessions, we get more stories than at any other point during the year, despite the fact that we advertise continuously. Not only that, but survivors will often come to the sessions without submitting a story in order to make their own shirts, and we are perfectly happy for them to do that: we want to be a resource, an open door, and a safe space. We do not want survivors to feel hindered by a bureaucratic process when they share what is often a painful experience. All of this we communicated to SG in our appeal of their decision. We were denied again: $0.00.

What does this mean? This means that, if nothing changes, we will have to ask survivors to let us know that they are submitting, or risk not being able to show that we have sufficient stories, as we will have to wait until SG thinks that we have "enough" stories before we can receive funding for the materials to make them. Even then, we are not guaranteed any funds. Ultimately, all of this means that we will not be able to serve the survivors in our community as well as we should, because we will be putting yet another barrier between a survivor and the ability to tell his or her story.

What can you do? Help us create the campus environment that sexual assault survivors deserve by signing today and telling Student Government that they need to do better than nothing.

The University of Chicago Student Government
The University of Chicago student body supports the UChicago Clothesline Project: zero financial support is unacceptable.

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Recent signatures


    1. Today's Meeting to Review Annual Allocations Decision

      Hi everyone!

      As you may have heard, today we met with the ORCSA Associate Director of Administration and Financial Advising, as well as the Chair of the Annual Allocations Committee and Student Government Finance Committee. There are a number of things that came out of this meeting, and I will summarize them for you under subcategories. If you would like more specific information at any point, please feel free to email teatimeandsexchats@gmail.com.

      1) Clothesline's best option right now is to apply to Summer SGFC, with the full budget and the assurance (on the part of their advisor) that they will be able to fund the full set of t-shirt making sessions requested, even though that is not the precedent they have set.

      2) Our directors gave some suggestions for improving the procedures for applications so that we are not put in a position where we feel like we are not listened to, and where the response we get to our application is more thoughtful.

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    Reasons for signing

    • Judith Stanton CHICAGO, IL
      • over 1 year ago

      I support the clothesline project because every survivor's story counts. I wish that the Clothesline Project had existed when I was a student so that the survivors I know could have communicated their stories safely on campus.

    • Jessie Jackson HOLMDEL, NJ
      • over 1 year ago

      Becaus it's a meaningful project and i would like to see it continue

    • Katherine Thibodeaux SAN MATEO, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      UofC alum and supporter of all sexual assault survivors.

    • Audrey King SAINT LOUIS, MO
      • over 1 year ago

      My friend helped run this event. Also, I have many friends who are survivors.

    • Daniel Benner CHICAGO, IL
      • over 1 year ago

      I know survivors.


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