#BleedforEquality

Hi everyone!

We want to update you on our latest blood drive on campus. We are having our very 1st protest drive regarding the MSM policy on Monday, March 25, from 12-6pm in the Vandenberg room of the Michigan League.

You can sign up here to make an appointment (sponsor code: goblue).

Read on to find out more about the MSM policy and what we’re doing:

The FDA currently has a lifetime deferral from giving blood on men who have had sex with other men since 1977. Blood Drives United, a student organization, is in the midst of planning a movement regarding this current blood donation policy. The particular issue has not been ignored, and we are often the targets of attacks from dissenters. We want to state firmly that we believe the policy is discriminatory, and have begun to look for support from students, student leaders on campus, and the administration over the past two years.

In order implement a change in the pre donation questionnaire we suggest that the inherently discriminatory question with one that states “Have you had unprotected sexual contact with a new sexual partner in the past 12 weeks?” hereby eliminating the deferral base on sexual orientation, but on behavior alone. A petition will be created in order to record the number of supporters of this initiative. The petition will be available at all blood drives on campus along with various events on campus in the fall.

Our hope is to take this student driven initiative nationwide, with the help of the blood drive competitions; Blood Battle against the Ohio State University in the fall semester, and the Big Ten Blood Challenge in the winter semester, to increase the availability of the petition. We are excited by the potential to make a change with this initiative starting at the University of Michigan.

Tweet at us with #BleedforEquality and/or upload a photo of you to Facebook showing your support!

Escapade!

Come on out to Escapade! tonight in the Michigan Union from 7-11.Join 6,000 of your closest friends to do such fun activities as a roller coaster simulator, arts and crafts, try a TON of free food, check out the student organizations, and listen to live bands and student performers.Blood Battle will be in the basement of the Union, so stop by and say hi to Chelsea and other Blood Battle Fanatics.

New Donation Opportunity!

Hello Wolverines and Ann Arborites!

There is a brand new donation opportunity coming up in August. On August 17th, there will be a blood drive in the Anderson Room on the 1st floor of the Michigan Union from 10 am – 4 pm. All donors have the opportunity to win a $500 gas card (but you don’t need more of an incentive than saving lives, do you?). Don’t worry! There are 76 days in between this drive and the start of Blood Battle, so you won’t have to miss out on donating during Blood Battle (don’t forget, it runs from November 1st to 16th this year).

Bleeding Maize and Blue,

BB12

Looking to get involved with Blood Battle this fall? Email bb12chairs@umich.edu, and start making a difference.

Emergency Need

The American Red Cross has recently announced that blood donations are at the lowest levels they have been in 15 years. Appeals to the public have provided a temporary stopgap, but have not eliminated the need. The situation is critical, and there is an ongoing emergency need for donors. Please donate if you are eligible, even if you never have before. It is a very rewarding experience and you can save up to three lives every time you donate.

Bleed Maize and Blue!

Hello World!

Welcome to Blood Battle at the University of Michigan! Blood Battle is an annual blood drive competition between Ohio State and the University of Michigan that takes place in the weeks leading up to the Game.

The final score of the 2011 edition of Blood Battle was:

UM = 2628                                              OSU = 2402

Thanks to everybody who made this year’s version of Blood Battle a success! We have now beaten them 4 years in a row, and we will look to make it 5 years in a row next fall!

Our focus now turns to the 2012 Blood Battle! This past winter during the Face-Off Blood Challenge, we collected 1,281 pints of blood, and we are very grateful for those who volunteered their time or donated during Face-Off! Check our Facebook page and our twitter page to get the most up to date information!

Here is a video to show you a little bit more about Blood Battle.