January 1, 2012
General Membership Application

Below is the official General Membership Application for One Aggieland. Provide your information and answer the questions below to apply for one of the fastest growing organizations at Texas A&M. Applications need to be sent to oneaggieland@gmail.com by 5pm on January 27th.


Name: ____________________________ Email: _____________________________________

Phone: _________________ Major: _____________Classification (i.e. U3): ___________

One Aggieland believes that there is a large community of Social Justice advocates at Texas A&M (students, faculty, staff, admin) we exist to bring them together to be more effective at accomplishing their mission of making Texas A&M and the world more socially just. We are looking for students who believe in advancing human rights, hunger, poverty and sustainability and are willing to lead and be led by their peers.

Let the questions below show who you are and how you are committed to supporting the mission of One Aggieland and the Social Justice Community at Texas A&M.

1. What does social justice mean to you, and what areas of social justice are you interested in (i.e. hunger, poverty, human rights, sustainability)? Please be specific.

2. What other commitments will you have in the coming year? Examples include job, other organizations, course load, big tests etc.

3. Why have you decided to apply to One Aggieland?

Please answer these questions in a total of 1-page or less.

To submit your application send an email with the application attached to oneaggieland@gmail.com by Jan 27 @ 5pm.

You will be sent a confirmation email when you submit your application and will be invited to an interview at the beginning of the Spring semester.

If you have questions send us an email!


Robbie Cimmino
Executive Director | One Aggieland 

November 21, 2011
News Updates! Nov 14 – Nov 20, 2011

by: Ryan Knauber


BIG Events of the Week:

1.       The military rulers of Egypt are trying contain mass amounts of protesters pushing through Tahrir Square; as the demonstrators voice their discontent with the government’s reformation and the continued gap between Liberals and Islamists. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/22/world/middleeast/facing-calls-to-give-up-power-egypts-military-battles-crowds.html?_r=1&ref=middleeast

2.       The Arab League continued to stand against the demands of the Syrian government to change its stance on the current unrest. President Bashar al-Assad has stated “The conflict will continue and the pressure to subjugate Syria will continue.” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-15810579

3.       In a promising turn of events after conflict and bloodshed have ravaged Yemen, 400 military troops vowed to halt attacks on unarmed protesters and support the movement themselves. http://edition.cnn.com/2011/11/19/world/meast/yemen-unrest/index.html?hpt=imi_c2

4.       At the University of California (Davis), two officers were placed on leave after videos of them pepper-spraying seated protesters were released. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/21/us/police-officers-involved-in-pepper-spraying-placed-on-leave.html?ref=us

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November 6, 2011
News Updates! Oct 31 – Nov 6, 2011

by: Ryan Knauber


BIG Events of the Week: 

1.       At least 67 people died in a wave of bombings and shootings carried out in northeast Nigeria on Friday and overnight, officials said Saturday, as frightened mourners left their homes to begin burying their dead. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/06/world/africa/nigeria-attacks-kill-67-sect-claims-responsibility.html?_r=1&ref=africa

2.       Twenty-one North Koreans, some of them children, have been found adrift in a boat off the west coast of South Korea, the authorities there say. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-15607677

3.       Prime Minister George Papandreou and the Greek opposition leader agreed to create a new unity government that will not be led by Mr. Papandreou. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/07/world/europe/pressure-mounts-on-greek-premier-to-resign.html?ref=europe

4.       At least 19 people die in continuing violence in Syria, activists say, as the Arab League announces plans to meet again to discuss to crisis. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-15612294

5.       Details leaking out about an imminent report by United Nations weapons inspectors suggest they have the strongest evidence yet that Iran has worked in recent years on a kind of sophisticated explosives technology that is primarily used to trigger a nuclear weapon, according to Western officials who have been briefed on the intelligence. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/07/world/middleeast/united-states-hangs-back-as-inspectors-prepare-report-on-irans-nuclear-program.html?ref=middleeast

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October 30, 2011
News Updates! Oct 24 – Oct 30, 2011

by: Ryan Knauber


BIG Events of the Week: 

1.       Shabab rebels, armed with grenades, bazookas and suicide vests, attacked an African Union peacekeeping base in Mogadishu, Somalia, where government troops are also based. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/30/world/africa/shabab-rebels-attack-troops-at-base-in-somali-capital.html?ref=africa

2.       The United States is relying on Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence to help broker a peace deal in Afghanistan with the same militants the agency has been accused of supporting. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/31/world/asia/united-states-seeks-pakistan-spy-agencys-help-for-afghan-talks.html?ref=asia

3.       Many Kurds are caught between guerrillas seeking minority rights and local autonomy and a central government that says it wants to make peace but fears carving up the country. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/30/world/europe/kurds-in-turkey-rended-by-war-that-haunts-country.html?ref=europe


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October 17, 2011
Child Rights and You America is Hosting Bollywood Nights This Friday (October 21)

Bollywood Nights 2011 is going to be Friday, October 21, from 7:00pm-11:00pm at the Archery Room in the REC. Presale tickets are $10 and include:

  • performances by two DJs and a rock band
  • belly dance performers
  •  Starbucks coffee
  •  Freebirds coupons
  • henna tattoo artists
  • and a full Indian dinner

Doors open at 7pm and the first 50 to enter are automatically entered in a drawing to win fabulous door prizes.

All proceeds go to supporting the fight for child rights in India.

To inquire about volunteer opportunities with CRY now and in the future, please contact http://cry.tamu.edu/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=266652640036415

October 17, 2011
News Updates! Oct 10 – Oct 16, 2011

by: Ryan Knauber—Apologies for the delay, I’ve been held up in China :)


BIG Events of the Week: 

1.       US President Barack Obama says he is sending about 100 US soldiers to Uganda to help regional forces battle the notorious Lord’s Resistance Army. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-15317684

2.       Since September 17th, demonstrations have been seen around the country for something called “Occupy Wall Street”. It is based on discontent with the causes of the recession, as well as the current income gap. http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/organizations/o/occupy_wall_street/index.html?scp=1-spot&sq=occupy%20wall%20street&st=cse

3.       An increase in rocket fire into Afghanistan from Pakistani territory has fed suspicion and resentment among American troops. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/17/world/asia/cross-border-fire-frustrates-american-troops-in-afghanistan.html?ref=asia

4.       Days after a prominent Yemeni human rights activist became the first Arab woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize, dozens of women were injured after gangs attacked during a march in her honor, witnesses in the city of Taiz said Monday. http://edition.cnn.com/2011/10/10/world/meast/yemen-women-injured/index.html?hpt=wo_bn11

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September 26, 2011
News Updates! Sep 19 - Sep 25, 2011

by: Ryan Knauber

BIG Events of the Week: 

1.       Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas has submitted his bid to the United Nations for recognition of a Palestinian state and made a speech, to rapturous applause, to the General Assembly. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-15043422 

2.       King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia on Sunday granted women the right to vote and run for elected office, the biggest change in a decade for women in the puritanical kingdom. http://www.nytimes.com/pages/world/middleeast/index.html

3.       A suicide bomber blew himself up inside an Indonesian church as hundreds of worshippers were filing out after the Sunday service, injuring at least 22 people, police said. http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2011/09/25/world/asia/AP-AS-Indonesia-Church-Explosion.html?ref=asia


additional events to note:


The World Bank announces it is increasing funding for the drought in the Horn of Africa to nearly $2bn as the UN estimates 10,000 people have died. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-15050694

A shadowy Islamist insurgency that has haunted northern Nigeria appears to be branching out and collaborating with Al Qaeda’s affiliates. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/18/world/africa/18nigeria.html?_r=1&ref=africa

An English tourist kidnapped from a remote Kenyan resort is being held by pirates in a remote corner of Somalia, according to experts and security analysts in Nairobi. http://edition.cnn.com/2011/09/19/world/africa/somalia-tourist-kidnapped/index.html?hpt=wo_bn10

Kenya’s Nobel laureate Wangari Maathai dies in Nairobi while undergoing cancer treatment. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-15056502

The Americas:

Venezuelan opposition politician Leopoldo Lopez launches his bid for the presidency, after a court rules that he should be allowed to stand. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-15050728

Extortion is a booming industry in Mexico, and teachers in Acapulco, who are receiving anonymous threats to either give half their pay or be killed, are protesting in large numbers. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/26/world/americas/mexican-teachers-push-back-against-gangs-extortion-attempts.html?ref=americas

An ad produced by a Canadian oil sands advocacy group attacking Saudi Arabia’s human rights record has prompted threats of legal action from the Saudi government. They are touting it as a more “ethical” energy source. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/26/business/global/a-canadian-oil-ad-vexes-the-saudis.html?ref=americas

The body of Maria Elizabeth Macias, the editor of Primera Hora newspaper, was found next to a message from a criminal gang. Two weeks ago, the bodies of a man and a woman were hung from a bridge with a message warning people not to report drug violence on social networks. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-15055458


Chinese authorities will investigate government land sales that prompted several days of sometimes violent public protests. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-15054044

Thirteen suspected Islamic militants and two soldiers are killed in a clash in the southern Philippines, according to the army. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-15051829

Europe/Central Asia:

Six men have been charged with terrorism offences, including a suspected suicide bombing campaign, West Midlands Police have said. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-15054790

Turkey has seized a Syrian-flagged ship loaded with weapons, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-15044314

Middle East/N. Africa:

Violence continues in Syria, as Syrian tanks have bombarded the strategic central town of al-Rastan, injuring three people, activists and residents say. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-15057515

A vacuum at the top is hampering efforts to unify Libya, as the civilian authority is trying to get control of the weapons that now flood the streets. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/26/world/africa/rivalries-impede-government-formation-in-libya.html?ref=middleeast

A mass grave which Libya’s interim authorities believe could contain up to 1,270 bodies is found at the notorious Abu Salim prison in Tripoli. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world/middle_east/

The hikers that had been trapped in Iran for two years have been released, and will soon return to the U.S. http://edition.cnn.com/2011/09/25/us/us-iran-hikers/index.html?hpt=imi_c2

September 13, 2011
Homestays needed for TAMU Hosting South African Delegation

Texas A&M will be hosting a delegation from the University of the Free State in South Africa and we are looking for students to host them during their stay! The delegation will be here from Sep 25 - Oct. 6 and we are looking for 5 male and 7 female hosts.

Here’s what we’re looking for with the hosts:

·         Pick up your student on Sunday 25 September (we’ll have a central meeting place, likely Hensel Park)

·         Take your student to the grocery store to purchase breakfast items and snacks for their stay

·         Provide a bed for the student, and access to your bathroom, etc.

·         Drive the student to campus and pick them up (will have a designated location) OR Show them how to use the TAMU bus route system

·         Visit with your student about their culture, beliefs, interests, etc.

·         Participate in group events, as you’re available

·         Same sex roommates

This is obviously very short notice, but if you could please contact Chris Koym - ckoym@ipomail.tamu.edu - ASAP and let him know you would be interested in hosting our guests from the University of the Free State from South Africa!

August 22, 2011
News Updates! Aug 14 – Aug 22, 2011

by: Ryan Knauber

Hey there OA members,

Along with the new semester comes new updates! These will be coming in weekly so check them out to stay up-to-date on all the happenings around the world.

BIG Events of the Week: 

1.       Based on reports from rebels in Libya and a statement by Barack Obama, the rule of Muammar Gaddafi is now over. At the time of these updates, the rebels are currently searching for Gaddafi himself. http://edition.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/africa/08/22/libya.war/index.html 

2.        Ethnic clashes in the new state of South Sudan leave 500 dead. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-14595368 

3.       The U.N. Human Rights Council is scheduled to meet Monday in Geneva, Switzerland, to discuss allegations of human rights violations in Syria as the death toll tops 2,200. http://edition.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/meast/08/22/syria.unrest/index.html


additional events to note:


Somalia’s Starvation: How to End Famine and Weaken Insurgents. An interesting article by Ken Menkhaus http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/68221/ken-menkhaus/somalias-starvation 

A shadowy Islamist insurgency that has haunted northern Nigeria appears to be branching out and collaborating with Al Qaeda’s affiliates. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/18/world/africa/18nigeria.html?ref=africa

Public health officials say nearly 500 people have died of cholera in Cameroon this month, and 13,000 cases have been reported in the country this year. http://edition.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/africa/08/17/cameroon.cholera/index.html

The Americas:

The number of women incarcerated for federal crimes in Mexico has grown by 400 percent since 2007, pushing the total female prison population past 10,000. The rise can partly be attributed to the long reach of drug cartels, which have expanded into organized crime, and drawn in nearly everyone they can. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/14/sunday-review/mexicos-drug-war-draws-in-women.html?ref=americas

Tropical Storm Irene has turned into a hurricane over Puerto Rico and is next set to hit the Dominican Republic. It may also affect the northern coast of Haiti. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-14614929 



The death toll in a Pakistani mosque attack has risen to at least 51, a local government official said Saturday, a day after the bombing during prayers. http://edition.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/asiapcf/08/20/pakistan.mosque.attack/index.html

In India, Anna Hazare has begun the sixth day of his hunger strike to protest corruption and graft, with supporters in several cities voicing their frustration with politicians. Many are making strong comparisons with Gandhi, calling his fast a “second freedom struggle”. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/22/world/asia/22india.html?ref=asia

Thousands of bullet-riddled bodies are buried in dozens of unmarked graves across Kashmir, a state human rights commission inquiry has concluded. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/23/world/asia/23kashmir.html?ref=asia


Europe/Central Asia:

Former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn will no longer face criminal charges related to allegations he sexually assaulted a hotel housekeeper.  http://edition.cnn.com/2011/CRIME/08/22/new.york.dsk.case/index.html

Western countries and their allies are now scrambling to put together a post-conflict plan for Libya. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/23/world/europe/23europe.html?_r=1&ref=europe

Police are investigating almost 3,300 offences following the riots and looting in London. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-14601604


Middle East/N. Africa:

Israel and Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist group which governs the Gaza Strip, say they have agreed to a ceasefire after five days of violence. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-14614731

Seven Iraqis traveling in a civilian pickup truck were killed in an airstrike in Kurdistan, local officials said. Two of the victims were children. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/22/world/middleeast/22iraq.html?ref=middleeast 

July 29, 2011
Japan Tsunami Relief: The Fight Continues

This summer I’ve had the amazing opportunity to work at Snow Mountain Ranch in the Rocky Mountains in Colorado.  The mountain air is refreshingly cool and apparently oblivious to the fact that it’s mid July and should be boiling hot. The scenery isn’t half bad either  :P

When I first arrived I was pleasantly surprised to find that there was a big group of students from all over the country that are here as part of the Navigators summer training program. The Navigators are a college ministry dedicated to “knowing Christ and making him known”. As part of their summer training program every Tuesday night here is Super Tuesday, a weekly bible study and worship service presented by the Navs. Each week they bring in a guest speaker to deliver a message and this past week the guest speakers were three staff from the Navigators program in Japan. I wasn’t aware of who would be speaking that night and ended up wearing my Aggie Japan Project shirt!

The National Director of Japan Navigators, Takahisa Kusuda, the Administrative Director, Yoichi Suzuki and the Campus Minister, all shared their stories of the March 11th earthquake.

They talked about not being able to communicate with their families living in Sendai city for weeks after the earthquake, not knowing if they were even alive. In spite of this, they along with many students from the Japan Navigators immediately went into the tsunami ravaged areas without hesitation, preparing meals, passing out supplies and making sure the tsunami victims had a place to sleep. After hearing them speak I had an opportunity to talk with them and they were beyond excited and grateful to hear that students at Texas A&M cared about what happened to the people of Japan, a half a world away.  I asked what they thought of the Red Cross (since all the money we have been raising has been going to them) and whether monetary donations were being used efficiently and correctly and if they were still present on the ground in Japan. They had nothing but good things to say about the Red Cross. They said that they have been a huge source of immediate relief for families in desperate need of food, water and shelter and they are still on the ground today, working to help the people of Japan rebuild their lives.

So, if you ever wonder if all your time, effort and money is really making a difference in the life of someone on the other side of the world rest assured, the people of Japan are eternally grateful for what you’re doing for them.

Keep up the great work and remember, even though you may never meet or see the people you are helping you are saving lives and giving hope to those who have nothing left.

I was also really impressed with their leadership abilities and unwavering confidence in their cause, despite the fact that the odds are and have been stacked against them for a long time. Japan currently has a Christian following of less than 1% of the total population and the few pastors they do have are aging, some are still preaching into their 80’s! Yet the Japan Navigators haven’t given up, they continue with their mission to “know Christ and make him known” and you can see how passionate they are about their cause the first time you speak with them.

 I know sometimes those of us working in social justice in College Station, TX can sometimes get discouraged. We often feel like the underdogs and sometimes people think we’re nuts for wanting to end world poverty or recycle (what a crazy idea!) But don’t give up. There is a reason why you’re here instead of in Austin or Denton where you’re ideas would probably be more readily accepted. You’re here fighting for your cause because College Station and Texas A&M need you! If you believe in your cause then fight for it with everything you’ve got, no matter what the odds are. If you don’t believe in your cause well then it’s time to find one that you’re passionate about. :)

Here is a link to the Japan Navigators website as well as to a video they showed about their tsunami relief efforts.

Keep up the good work!



Erin Ponsonby