Standing Rock Solidarity Network: Resources Packet

Excerpts from here: http://www.standingrocksolidaritynetwork.org/resource-packet.html

If You’re Thinking About Going to Standing Rock

First of all, thank you! The whole world has been moved and inspired by the water protectors at Standing Rock and many people feel called to go there. It’s important to think through whether you will be able to contribute best by going in person or by doing support work from home.

Good reasons to go:

  • To commit civil disobedience blocking construction of the pipeline
  • To do needed physical labor
  • To deliver supplies
  • To bring a necessary skill
  • To bring messages
    of support from your national or tribal group and share your traditional ceremony and culture
  • To support the presence of young people or elders
  • To provide media coverage and documentation

Not good enough reasons:

  • To experience indigenous culture and wisdom
  • Because it seems cool
  • Curiosity

Do not go to Standing Rock “just to see.” Every person in camp needs to pull their weight and contribute in substantial ways.

READ MORE: http://www.standingrocksolidaritynetwork.org/uploads/4/2/9/2/4292077/if_you%E2%80%99re_thinking_about_going_to_standing_rock_final.pdf


Joining Standing Rock

WELCOME to Standing Rock. Thank you for coming to be part of this powerful moment in history. The fight to stop the pipeline is part of our global struggle for liberation, to protect our planet from extractive capitalism, and to heal the devastation of oppression on all our lives. We are winning, and we still have a long way to go. We need everybody. That includes you. This is an indigenous led struggle, on indigenous lands, rooted in centuries of resistance and the specific cultural strengths of the Native peoples gathered here. This means it will look and feel different from non-Native activism.

We understand this moment in the context of settler colonialism

  • Settler colonialism is a process of “destroying to replace.” A colonizing power exports resources and people, and seizes and settles on land, exercising violent control over the original inhabitants. Indigenous versions of governance, land management, cultural practices, etc. are destroyed through conquest, disease, land theft, and cultural genocide, and are replaced with the settler versions of those things. Settler colonialism is not an event that we can neatly box into the past, but rather a persistent form of violence that impacts every aspect of life in settler states. Settler colonialism is still happening.
  • Indigenous history in the Americas is one of uninterrupted resistance to colonization, from 1492 to today. You may be unaware of this history, or not recognize the forms it takes in indigenous cultures. Be curious.
  • We do this work as ourselves. We bring all of who we are and where we come from. This includes gender identity, race, class, sexual orientation, age, body/mind ability, culture and place of origin. We all have inherited historical relationships to sort out in order to become more powerful, effective and whole.
    • As white allies we must figure out how to shift out of European cultural modes, unlearn and interrupt settler colonial patterns and develop anti-racist awareness and skills.
    • As Non-Native People of Color we have many different historical relationships to settler colonialism and Indigenous struggles, and may have unconsciously internalized settler attitudes toward this land and indigenous people. Native leaders and scholars have asked us to recognize that although we are targeted by white supremacy, we also participate in settler colonization, and are settlers in relationship to Indigenous people.

READ MORE:  http://www.standingrocksolidaritynetwork.org/uploads/4/2/9/2/4292077/joining_camp_culture_final.pdf

**NOTICE TO ALL INVOLVED IN COMMUNITY ORGANIZING/SOCIAL JUSTICE/RESISTANCE WORK**

TW & CW: trans antagonism, TERF, SWERF

TERF = trans exclusionary radical feminism/feminist
SWERF = sex worker exclusionary radical feminism/feminist

hello there,

we are responding to the TERF/SWERF activity that transpired over the weekend at the 2016 Victoria Anarchist Bookfair for your information.

we are at a point in time where we are seeing a resurgence of TERFs/SWERFs networking and organizing particularly here on the West Coast (victoria/vancouver – though not exclusively.) local community organizers who identify as trans/transgender/gender nonconforming have been and continue to be targeted online by TERFs/SWERFs both local and not local to the region.

four months ago, May 2016, TERF(s) hiding behind an online handle from Victoria tweeted photos of Tami, misgendering her and accusing her of not being indigenous and also posted it on tumblr. when this was brought to our attention, we discovered the person had also been posting photos of a local community organizer in Victoria, who also identifies as trans, spreading lies and inciting hate. we have identified at least one of these people to be Zoe Blunt, who spearheads Wild Coast Caravan to Unis’tot’en camp and organizes with Deep Green Resistance, a well known eco-fascist group who have been publicly boycotted by a number of local community organizers. for details: https://www.facebook.com/buivanessa/media_set?set=a.10153701530308230.1073741833.503683229&type=3
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and our local call out regarding TERF/SWERF’s in victoria area: https://www.facebook.com/TheAntiONetwork/photos/a.368631213212023.86686.214262228648923/918563874885418/

recently, in the summer, another online handle emerged on twitter and facebook in response to Thirdspace (formerly known as the University of Victoria’s Women’s Centre) for their inclusion of trans and gender nonconforming people at the centre. the individuals responsible for the twitter handle have been producing pamphlets filled with anti-trans, gender essentialist, biological determinist rhetoric and distributing them throughout the campus of the University of Victoria. one of them showed up to the collective meeting of Thirdspace and live-tweeted the meeting. this person has been identified as Alexis / Rad Lexi / Ana Hesse (fake facebook name).

weeks later, during the music shows leading up to the Victoria Anarchist Bookfair they also live-tweeted at an event and posted disparaging remarks about the trans artists and organized to show up at the Anarchist Bookfair on September 10th, 2016. Alexis has admitted to being responsible for at least one of the tweets. they continue to attack the aforementioned local community organizer via facebook, posting photos of her without her consent and spewing anti-trans women rhetoric.

this is about sharing information so the community knows what’s happening and the sorted details. there are a lot of people with various levels of experience and social agency who either are on the front lines of this issue, are allies of various forms or are very complicit and silent.

– this is the Victoria Anarchist Bookfair’s response: https://www.facebook.com/TheAntiONetwork/photos/a.368631213212023.86686.214262228648923/1181719461903190/

– this is Wulfgang Zapf’s response to the events: https://www.facebook.com/beyonisbeyon/posts/1167738526619653

Please share
Reflections on the Anarchist Bookfair

I want to acknowledge and hold up every queer, trans and non-binary person who held it down at the 2016 anarchist bookfair against the violence enacted by a transphobic hate group.

When violence was happening we spoke. When people in positions of power and responsibility refused to act or offer meaningful solidarity we shared with our friends who then rose their voices to fill the space and be visible and vulnerable as Trans in a space where before we were not seen.

We did the work to show up prepared the next day and held space for one another. We waded through the words of violence littering the internet and found out who the TERFS were, prepared and shared this information to keep ourselves safe. We did the work of talking to other tablers so to be transparent about this threat of violence against ourselves and our friends, lovers, and families.

We took control of the room when TERF organizers were identified and we did not back down from confrontation. We risked our safety for the safety of each other. We physically put our bodies between those who want us dead and our friends and family. Because we know what happens to the people we love when we are silent and inactive.

And then we did the emotional labour of education cis onlookers, who sat and watched us remove the TERFs. We did this while still physically vibrating with the fear and power of confronting the ones filled with hate.

We also lovingly did the emotional labour for each other. We watched each other’s tables, we checked in, and listened and held each other and brought our friends to the trees and sunshine when they needed it. We brought one another food and tea and coffee. We gave everything we had and there is much to be proud of in the ways we protected ourselves and confronted violence. And I am grateful. And I see each an every one of us queers, trans peeps and non-binary humans who are still doing this work right now and each day you are not invisible to me.

We did all of this while everyone around us submerged themselves in silence and inaction. We weathered the sympathetic looks from cis people afraid to act or even speak or even check in. We swallowed our anger as we did the work of holding space when no organizer would even speak to us or ask if we needed anything… if we were okay. We continue to support one another in the silence and fear and guilt of the cis people who still blanket the event. Do we need support from the book fair collective? No, we held it down without a single one of them doing a damn thing.

The erasure that continues by the bookfair collective’s statement through the theft of our words that we spoke in that room with our vulnerable spontaneity is disgusting and we can banish it from our hearts with the knowledge that their stolen words fell from the lips and out of the hearts of the trans and queer and non-binary people who filled the repulsive silence and hand wringing with their vibrant powerful voices. Because we were there and active and witnesses and know how shit played out.

So let all those cis anarchists continue in their futility and relieve their guilt through saying ‘the right things’ after the fact.

It is us who are powerful and I will love and protect the queer and trans loves of my heart with my own trans non-binary ferocity until the end.

Wulfgang Zapf

with the support and love and feedback of my fam as always

So in conclusion.
We, the anti oppression network, are working to organize with the victoria/lekwungen/wsanec territories trans/queer and general community, along with other interested community members, a “community dialogue on TERFs/SWERFs and the need for intersectionality/anti oppression and decolonization”.

This notice is an opportunity for community organizers and those doing resistance work to dismantle the oppressive status quo, dysfunction and oppressions within our own communities. This challenging and unfortunate set of circumstances are an opportunity for communities across so-called Canada and Turtle Island to grow and learn from (not just ignore because its convenient.) In a time where trans people are still facing various forms and degrees of violence and a rise in extremism, fundamentalism, and white supremacy, it is imperative that we come together to address the particular issues of TERFs and SWERFs in our organizing spaces and take on the responsibility that belongs to ALL. trans antagonism, trans misogyny, anti-sex work, and the colonial patriarchal understandings of gender, gender identity, and gender expression HAS NO PLACE IN SOCIAL JUSTICE WORK OR OUR COLLECTIVE LIBERATION.

information on TERFs: http://transadvocate.com/you-might-be-a-terf-if_n_10226.htm
http://transadvocate.com/is-sadism-popular-with-terfs-a-chat-with-an-ex-gendercrit_n_18568.htm

contact info: https://theantioppressionnetwork.wordpress.com/contact-us/

Decolonize & Anti-Oppression Workshop In Lekwungen & W̱SÁNEĆ territory (victoria, bc)

we will be holding a workshop at this years 11th annual Victoria Anarchist Bookfair and we hope to see you there!

FREE
Friday, September 9th, 2016
University of Victoria Students’ Society (UVSS), Student Union Building, Room B025, 3800 Finnerty Road, victoria, bc
2:00pm – 3:50pm

Accessibility:
– ASL interpretation is currently being secured
– the building entrance, workshop space, and washrooms are wheelchair accessible
– the workshop space is a scent-free/scent-reduced space; please refrain from wearing perfumes, colognes and/or other scents
– accessibility and safety guidelines for the bookfair can be found here: http://victoriaanarchistbookfair.ca/index.php/accessibility-and-safer-space-policy/
– if there are accessibility needs that must be met to ensure meaningful participation in this workshop please email bookfair organizers: info@victoriaanarchistbookfair.ca and workshop facilitators: theantioppressionnetwork@gmail.com

The workshop will be a facilitated circle discussion about colonization from an Indigenous context within Canada and include an exploration of anti-oppression terminology. Will be focusing on grassroots community organizing, meaningful solidarity building, & horizontal group/community structures.

facebook event page for workshop: https://www.facebook.com/events/529915343879835/
facebook event page for bookfair: https://www.facebook.com/events/1611723889141685/
The Anti-Oppression Network on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheAntiONetwork/
Victoria Anarchist Bookfair: http://victoriaanarchistbookfair.ca

National Organizing Call Out!

Privilege is when you think something is not a problem because it's not a problem to you personally.
PRIVILEGE IS WHEN YOU THINK SOMETHING IS NOT A PROBLEM BECAUSE IT’S NOT A PROBLEM TO YOU PERSONALLY

hello folks!

we hope the new year (gregorian calendar) has been good for you so far. has been quiet on our end, however we are now working to organize a web-dialogue and we hope to see you there!


Organized on the unceded territories of the Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh, & Musqueam peoples / Vancouver.

A “canadian” national (coast-to-coast-to-coast) call out for communities to engage and launch their own respective Anti-Oppression Network collectives.

The western HQ of the Anti Oppression Network will guide this process. The HQ out west has a basic framework to work within respectively and this work will inspire us to build and move forward together.

Sunday, January 24, 2016 (please note it is NOT Jan 17)
3pm Pacific Time
4pm Mountain Time
5pm Central Time
6pm Eastern Time
7pm Atlantic Time
7:30pm Newfoundland & Labrador Time

We will be using the web-broadcasting platform Spreecast.
To access the web-dialogue click here:
http://www.spreecast.com/events/taon-national-organizing-call-out

– this service is free
– we recommend signing up in order to participate in the video chat, to participate in the text chat and to ask questions (a working email address is required)
– otherwise, sign up is not required to watch

Accessibility:
– ASL interpretation has been secured for this event. If you require this service please email us by January 22nd, 2016: theantioppressionnetwork@gmail.com
– The content of this conversation will be in English; translators are welcome (please email us if you can offer services)
– For any other accessibility requests you can reach us at: theantioppressionnetwork@gmail.com

Agenda Items: (forthcoming)
1. Territorial Acknowledgement
2. Protocol / Housekeeping / Safer space agreements
3. Local check in
4. National check in
5. Approving the agenda
6. Structure and policy discussion
7. TBD (To Be Determined)
8. TBD
9. TBD

facebook event page:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1392428234397644/

For questions, accessibility requests and to communicate your / your community’s interest, please email: theantioppressionnetwork@gmail.com

Follow us on Spreecast:
http://www.spreecast.com/users/the-anti-oppression

Decolonize & Anti-Oppression Community Workshop in Tk’emlups (Kamloops), Secwepemc territory

DnA CommWS Poster_Kamloops
a black and white hand drawn poster for a community workshop in Tk’emlups (Kamloops) February 28th, 2015

thank you Kristy Tremblay for the poster. image description of it is at the bottom of the post.

Taking place on occupied & unceded Secwepemc territory.

Hosted by Femme For All Collective.
In solidarity with the grassroots community actions of Idle No More.

Tami Starlight – 2-Spirit Nehiyawak (also known as Cree) elder from the Peguis Nation (Manitoba)
vanessa bui – first-generation Vietnamese youth born on traditional Lekwungen & WSANEC territory (Victoria, BC)
– both currently reside on unceded Coast Salish territory (Vancouver, BC)

Donation page for those who cannot make it. Please donate and pass it on. (every bit helps)
https://theantioppressionnetwork.wordpress.com/donate-now/

-WHEN/WHERE-

Cost: by donation (no one turned away due to lack of funds)
Location: 225 7th Ave, Smorgasbord, Kamloops BC
Date: Saturday, February 28, 2015 (gregorian calendar)
Time: 5:00pm – 8:00pm

-WHAT-

– discussion about colonization from an indigenous context within Canada
– anti-oppression terminology investigation & circle discussion
– grassroots community organizing, meaningful solidarity building, & horizontal group/community structures
– catered vegan/vegetarian/gluten-free snacks & tea

-ACCESSIBILITY INFO-

– the building, workshop space, and nearby washrooms are wheelchair accessible.
– ASL interpretation is not available for this event.
– Please leave your scents/perfumes at home, this is a scent-free/scent-reduced event. For more information on Multiple Chemical Sensitivities: http://dualpowerproductions.com/2011/03/14/multiple-chemical-sensitivities-mcs-accessibility-basics/
– This space is also safer space = anti-oppressive.

-CONTACT INFO-

for more information or accessibility requests please email: decolonizeantioppression@gmail.com

https://www.facebook.com/events/403301773169354/

[image description: a black and white hand drawn poster. at the top it says IN TEXT: DECOLONIZATION AND ANTI-OPPRESSION COMMUNAL WORKSHOP end text. off to the left below the title it says IN TEXT: WITH TAMI STARLIGHT AND VANESSA BUI BY DONATION SAFER SPACE GUIDELINES end text.

in the middle of the poster is a persyn wearing a headdress with their palms up facing outward. there is an oval on their body that goes around their palms. in the chest area is an infinity symbol and has the oval going through the loops on each side. on top of the palms of the hands it says IN TEXT: FEMME FOR ALL COLLECTIVE end text. below the palms is a circle with a cross dividing the circle into even quadrants.

at the bottom of the poster it says IN TEXT: 225 7th Ave, Smorgasbord, Tk’emlups (Kamloops), Unceded Occupied Secwepemc Territory @ 5:00PM
discussion about colonization from an Indigenous context
anti-oppression terminology investigation and circle discussion
grassroots community organizing, meaningful solidarity building
catered vegan/vegetarian/gluten-free snacks & tea

Saturday, February 28, 2015
(gregorian calendar) END TEXT. end description.]

Decolonize & Anti-Oppression Community Workshop at Gallery Gachet (Vancouver)

a poster with details on the workshop at Gallery Gachet in Vancouver
colour poster for community workshop at Gallery Gachet, February 7th, 2015

Taking place on unceded Coast Salish territory – Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh, & Musqueam nations.

Hosted by Gallery Gachet.
In solidarity with the grassroots community actions of Idle No More.

Tami Starlight – 2-Spirit Nehiyawak (also known as Cree) elder from the Peguis Nation (Manitoba)
vanessa bui – first-generation Vietnamese youth born on traditional Lekwungen & WSANEC territory (Victoria, BC)
– both currently reside on unceded Coast Salish territory (Vancouver, BC)

Donation page for those who cannot make it. Please donate and pass it on. (every bit helps)
https://theantioppressionnetwork.wordpress.com/donate-now/

WHEN/WHERE

Cost: by donation (no one turned away due to lack of funds)
Location: Gallery Gachet, 88 East Cordova Street, Vancouver BC
Date: Saturday, February 7th, 2015
Time: 6:30pm – 9:00pm

WHAT

– discussion about colonization from an indigenous context within Canada
– anti-oppression terminology investigation & circle discussion
– grassroots community organizing, meaningful solidarity building, & horizontal group/community structures

ACCESSIBILITY INFO

– the building, workshop space, and nearby washrooms are wheelchair accessible.
– ASL interpretation has been secured for this event.
– Please leave your scents/perfumes at home, this is a scent-free/scent-reduced event. For more information on Multiple Chemical Sensitivities: http://dualpowerproductions.com/2011/03/14/multiple-chemical-sensitivities-mcs-accessibility-basics/
– This space is also safer space = anti-oppressive.

CONTACT INFO

For more information or accessibility requests please email: decolonizeantioppression@gmail.com / contact@gachet.org

POSTERS

PLEASE HELP PRINT & DISTRIBUTE!
– 11×17 colour poster: http://tinyurl.com/pxercl3
– 11×17 B&W poster: http://tinyurl.com/n9lmjog
– 8.5×11 B&W flyers: http://tinyurl.com/odksfoa

we are pleased to be facilitating a workshop at this year’s Victoria Anarchist Bookfair!

taking place on unceded Coast Salish territory (WSANEC & Lekwungen nations)

free
Saturday, September 6th, 2014
Fernwood Community Centre, Multi-Purpose Room, 1240 Gladstone Ave, Victoria, BC
11:30am – 12:50pm

Safety and accessibility guidelines:
http://victoriaanarchistbookfair.ca/safety-and-accessibility

ASL interpretation is not available for this workshop.

A facilitated circle discussion about colonization from an Indigenous context within Canada and an exploration of anti-oppression terminology. Will be focusing on grassroots community organizing, meaningful solidarity building, & horizontal group/community structures.

*workshop fb event page

*victoria anarchist bookfair fb event page

*decolonize & anti-oppression workshop tour with tami starlight

*anti-oppression network tumblr

another world is possible