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Clubs Cross Membership to Form Radical Student Union

A mixture of on-campus organizations are uniting with each other to amplify their voices. They aren’t merging with each other, but rather forming a temporary bond during their respective events.

The Environmental Club, LGBTA, Radical Students Union (RSU), Social Justice Alliance and THiNK Magazine are some of the organizations joining hands with each other. Some of their members have their feet in at least a couple camps.

“We have about five members in THiNK Magazine and around five to ten members in RSU,” said LGBTA’s Event Coordinator Rebecca Slape, a senior psychology major, who estimates LGBTA has fifty core members.

Members of one club supporting another are not affiliating themselves with that club.

“There is a strong element of cross-membership among the groups we work with, but they typically represent themselves as individuals and not as their organizations,” said the three core RSU members: Mike Carley, Zandy Homer and Jes Rybak.

Recently, the RSU has participated in the Environmental Club’s anti-university-hotel protest. RSU was there to support the Environmental Club’s adamancy over the administration destroying acres of land to erect a hotel – and so was the Social Justice Alliance and the LGBTA.

RSU has also participated in the “Die-In” – an event held by the Social Justice Alliance bringing attention to homophobia – and their Gender Revolutionaries discussion on transcending the gender binary.

Slape says the difference between collaborating with other groups does not differ much versus an LGBTA-oriented event.

“When you’re doing it with other clubs, you’re focused because it’s big and you’re coming together for a specific reason. When we do it solo, we tend to focus on queer issues and the interaction with that,” she said. She also references RSU’s political-themed protests and notes that LGBTA is “not a political organization.”

Cross-membership allows clubs to publicize events to other clubs and help achieve similar goals.

“It’s a goal of ours to reinforce the spirit of activism and student solidarity on the Stony Brook campus. Aiding other activist groups with our own participation or by holding workshops on activism and organizing strategies is a way of obtaining that goal,” RSU said of collaborating with other groups.

–This article has been corrected from it’s original version. Rebecca Slape’s name was incorrectly spelt Slate and the Social Justice Alliance held the Die-In event, not the LGBTA.–

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    NickDec 21, 2010 at 11:06 pm

    The Radical Student Union is an independent group, not an amalgamation of the other groups. What you’re referring to is the SUNY Stony Brook Progressive Coalition. The RSU is a stand alone group, like the SJA or the LGBTA. Thanks :]