Results of JAMNESTY 2017

According to members of Amnesty, JAMNESTY was a complete success. The theme this year was Intersectional Feminism, so the idea was that everything would somehow be related to or benefit feminism in some way. They had trouble recruiting enough members to participate with the set up and clean up, which is further evidence of the apathy within the group. However, they sold a lot of cookies, and those proceeds went to a group called “Austin Tan Cerca de la Frontera”. While this is a fantastic group and it is great that Amnesty donated to them, they are not directly related to feminism. According to the group’s website (atcf.org), their goal is to “raise awareness about conditions of social and economic injustice along the Texas/Mexico border particularly as they affect displaced and disenfranchised communities and supports community-driven resistance to injustice through transnational solidarity and fair trade”. Again, this is a great cause, but it is not directly tied to intersectional feminism. Amnesty also claimed to have gotten many people to sign petitions. It would be interesting to know the content of these petitions and whether they were directly tied to intersectional feminism or not. All in all, the event was very good-natured. Amnesty seems to have done a lot of good through it with signing petitions and raising money to donate to other organizations. However, I don’t think it makes a lot of sense to have a central theme if not everything is going to relate back to it. It would be interesting to see if JAMNESTY would be as successful without using a single cause as a focus. Does it attract more attention because it claims to focus on one cause, or would it do just as well by claiming to benefit many different causes?

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