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My degree is a two-year MPhil in Political Theory, total tuition is £28,030.
I am black, broke and trans. Help someone from my background achieve success as I seek to represent the needs of the ever-expanding population of marginalized youth. There is a desperate need for more young left-wing women in politics who truly stand for the rights of the working wage-laboured class, the rights of ethnic minorities, fighting facism, and supporting the LGBTQQIA community. I seek to empower people, not repress them. I believe I represent the future of politics in the UK.
I already have a crowdfunding profile elsewhere and have raised £745. I have also been given a £6000 scholarship from Soka University of America, my Alma Mater. Thus, so far I have already raised £6745.
I work three jobs to support my family. Unlike most Oxford students, I don't have mummy's money to ask for and my daddy doesn't have a trust fund in place for me. I don't have people in the media to elevate and publicise my cause.
My REWARDS will be paper roses. Those paper roses will make them feel better and improve their lives.
- I am mixed-race: Black, Turkish and European white. I am transgendered.
- I speak/read/write four languages fluently: English, Turkish, Azerbaijani and Chinese Mandarin
- My undergraduate degree at Soka University of America was fully funded as a part of an SOS scheme to provide low-income students access to education. I thus moved from London to Southern California in 2010 upon receiving this wonderful offer of a place at a humanistic institution that seeks to "foster a steady stream of global citizens leading a contributing life."
- I graduated with GPA 4.0 at the undergraduate level, with over 41 A's and A+'s. I finished first in my class.
- In 2013, my term paper was accepted to the Marxist Sociology section panel, "Marxist Analysis of Intersectionalities, Margins and Challenges to the Status Quo: Class, Gender, Identity, Race and Sexualities" at the American Sociological Association (ASA,) the first ever undergraduate to be honored with a place on the panel.
- My work mainly focuses on the intersectionality of Marxist theory with issues of race, gender, sex and sexuality. My research focuses on: womens rights, queer theory, the British political system and the history of labour movements, black youth organisations in the UK/ black power, brown queer movements, international law pertaining to women, women and the Middle East, the growing facist right in Europe, inequality and critiques of capitalism, socialism/marxism and of course my idol, and academic great-grandfather, Karl Marx.
I have encountered numerous challenges as a transgendered woman of colour and have worked tirelessly to get to this point. I began 'transitioning' so to speak (hormones), at the age of 18 and have come to a point where I embrace and my body and my identity. I have experienced wide range systematic racism, classicism and gender prejudice. I was raised in a low-income household to two wonderful parents.
In terms of my inspiration for my application to Oxford, the London Riots from 2011 proved a lack of organisation and political ideology amongst youth in Britain today. I reject the claims that these individuals simply sought disorder. Indeed, many were engaged in misguided criminal activities. However, the marginalization of the rioting youth, the treatment of black youths by the police during those riots and the level of desperation that exists amongst youth, resulted from the structural denial of access to capital and exclusions from political representation.
Excluded from political representation, many youth are continuing to grow in anger and frustration. This anger must be channeled into productive social activity by offering youth the ability to voice their views within this system from which they feel so alienated. Only then, will the UK be truly democratic and can we achieve true representation of the masses. Therefore, my current interests lie with those rejected as vital to the construction of British social fabric, as I work to create change and work with them in the process of political participation.
My goal is to engage in interdisciplinary projects pertaining to the right to life, fair distribution of resources, education, and equal protection by and from the law, projects that will contribute to the betterment of British society at large. I am therefore concerned with young women from ethnic minority backgrounds and young black males, both of whom experience systematic denial and exclusion.
My aim is to become a Member of Parliament in the UK and work hard within the British political system as part of a new era of political activists and representatives, a new generation of politically active youth. We desperately need new, aspiring, young scholars and activists who are working to formulate a new vision of the future and uphold a new ideal of what society could become. In order to do this, we must rethink the notion of democracy, society, community, gender and gender categorization, as well as how we engage with political theory.
Please empower me by donating today and help me to become one of maybe a handful of transgender Oxford graduates and the first ever prominent transgender British political activist and politician.
With love, appreciation, gratitude and thanks.
The total requested covers my full tuition for two years, college fees, room & board, as outlined by Oxford University.
Tuition and College Fees per year - £28,030
Room & Board- £31,962
I will donate paper roses towards these projects that I wish to establish and support. I will be making the paper roses myself.
Raising £14,015 will just cover my first year of tuition fees. As long as I make my first year's tuition, I can attend.
Hence why the minimum required and the target have such a wide gap between them, as the target amount is the TOTAL for EVERYTHING, for two years. Homeless or not, at least I will be able to enrol, go to class and fulfill my REWARDS.
* 3.5% Paypal fees are included
[ My professor, Dr Ryan Caldwell and I at the ASA 2013, New York: "Marxist Analysis of Intersectionalities, Margins and Challenges to the Status Quo: Class, Gender, Identity, Race and Sexualities"]
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I will run an exclusive blog for the duration of my degree which will highlight all the struggles I face (two years). I'll be publishing easily digestible summaries of all the essays I write (there should be between one and two per week), discussions about ideas I am introduced to, debates I have or witness, ideas I pick up from lectures, thought-provoking quotes I find, and anything else I think you'll find interesting, educational or entertaining. Moreover, you will get the real insight into what it means to be broke, black and trans at Oxford. The blog will be not be searchable via Google, and will only be available to donors.
Estimated delivery: 1 November 2014
You will have access to the exclusive blog, plus a handmade badge (made by me of course) using sustainable materials. This will be an exclusive piece of art and will centre around a political theme or issue I am passionate about from issues of race to questions of sexuality, from EU politics to environmental issues. The badges will be lighthearted and fun.
Estimated delivery: 1 August 2015
ALL of the above, plus you will be invited to the PRIVATE VIDEO BLOG, documenting how it all goes down including those I challenge head-on. It's Zu Barbie versus the Conservative-club - LIVE. (starting from Nov 2014). And receive, via email, a picture of me in a parking lot, holding a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice (OK, it'll be organic), taken on the day that I finish my final exam, with an accompanying thank-you message. I will be wearing a handmade art piece comprising pictures and names of children killed in Gaza to remind you all that this donation page was created on 25 July 2014, the day after Israel massacred children in Gaza and enacted a genocide on the Palestinian people. Because some people were not given the right to live and obtain an education.
Estimated delivery: 1 August 2016
to receive ALL of the above, plus a progress report at the end of each term, to let you know how things are going and what plans are emerging over the horizon.
Estimated delivery: 1 August 2015
For every £100, I will donate 10 paper roses to another struggling Oxford student who I find on another course, also from a working class background. I will surprise them in September 2015, at the start of the new academic year with their bunch of paper roses. You will receive a report and photographic evidence. I will also film the moment I hand over the paper roses. PLUS receive a hand-written thank-you message on an Oxford postcard. Except these won't be any old postcards - I will handmake them myself using my own photos depicting the "real" Oxford.
Estimated delivery: 1 October 2015
For every £250, I will donate 25 paper roses to another Master's Degree applicant/candidate from an ethnic minority AND sexuality/gender minority from East London. I went to Craven Park Primary school, Hackney, so East London has a very special place in my heart. The paper roses will be given to them at the start of the the 2016/17 academic year. You will receive a report and photographic evidence.
Estimated delivery: 1 October 2015
For every £500, I will donate 50 paper roses to one Palestinian teenager about to embark on a period of study at the University of Oxford. This will be for the undergraduate intake of 2016/17. I will work with charities, NGOs and other organisations so we can identify one Palestinian student coming to Oxford and see how best and when to donate my paper roses. You will receive a report and photographic evidence.
Estimated delivery: 1 August 2016
ALL OF THE ABOVE, with me giving an equal numbers of paper roses to each of the students 1] The current 2014/15 Oxford student who will recieve 15 paper roses 2] The East London ethnic and sexuality minority student who will receive 30 paper roses 3] The Palestinian student, who will receive 55 paper roses. Plus I will make you a private youtube video message thanking you personally, and you will get in-depth reports about how all is progressing. You will receive a report and photographic evidence. --PLUS-- you will get a hard bound copy of my final THESIS. Finally, I will make you an abstract oil-painted canvas. Each canvas will be different and can be kept as a memento of the project you have funded and the experience you have been a part of.
Estimated delivery: 1 September 2015