The Third World and Native American Students Press Collective (TWANAS) is a publication that works to actively change the UCSC community through its journalistic work. We envision a world where diversity is truly respected and honored so that peoples of all races and ethnicities will feel free to speak.
TWANAS acknowledges that right now that in the UCSC community, people have historically been silenced along boundaries of race, sexuality, citizenship, gender, and class. As part of our vision to change UCSC we have a list of goals to realize that vision. They are as follows:
1) Provide a space to exchange media that is created & recreated through (y)our own eyes, mind & heart, and challenges both the readers and the writers to rethink our own thoughts and feelings.
2) Report, discuss, and analyze issues affecting people of color, from the perspectives of people of color, taking direct notice that they are important to all peoples.
3) Publish meaningful articles from both the TWANAS Press Collective and the community that humanize issues and representations of people in media. This is one of our ways of challenging the mainstream standards of journalism.
4) Acknowledge and draw on the love we have for the communities we identify with as a source of inspiration and commitment to justice.
We hope that whoever may read TWANAS will engage with it critically and be inspired to seek their own critical voice. The publication is a living opportunity for students of color to document current events so that the knowledge and wisdom we have can remain here for future generations. In short, we see our writing and publication as activism.
What’s in a Name?
“Third World and Native American Students” Press, derived from the 1979 struggle for a Third World and Native American Studies Department at UCSC, during which TWANAS founders went on hunger strike. To this day, this mission has not been completed.