Saturday July 14th
11:00-12:00 - Dating Violence and Healthy Relationships
11:00-12:15 - Gender Identity, Expressions, Bias and Filters
12:15-1:30- Behind Enemy Lines – The political and economic use of prisons
12:15-1:15- Art & Labor
1:30- 2:30- Transgender / Gender Variant / Queer Punk Arts Activism
1. Conspire to Resist: The Main Toronto G20 Conspiracy Case and the Criminalization of Dissent
In June 2010 thousands of people took to the streets of Toronto to show their opposition to the G20. Over 1000 people were arrested and approximately 300 charged. Twenty-one people were charged with conspiracy to commit indictable acts, as a result of a lengthy and costly undercover operation stretching from Fall 2008 to June 2010.
This workshop will focus on the police infiltration of radical
organizing in southern Ontario and the criminalization of dissent. It will explain the case that the prosecution calls the “G20 Main Conspiracy Group”, and detail the arrests, punitive bail conditions (including house arrest and non-association), the political prosecution,plea deal, and ways to support those who remain incarcerated.
For more information see conspiretoresist.wordpress.com
Presented by Sterling Stutz, whose charges were withdrawn as a resultof the plea deal on November 22, 2011
2. Transgender / Gender Variant / Queer Punk Arts Activism
Dedicated to increasing visibility of trans*/gender variant/queer individuals in punk communities as well as any environments we can realistically get to, the Gender EDGE collective (based out of Philly) will be hosting this workshop focused on reachable radical arts responses and how being consistently militant fights the constant nature of the repression, oppression, harassment, discrimination, and violence affecting our communities. Please join us in an open discussion about how shows, zines, quarterly events, materials distribution, and radical arts displays can aid T/GV/Q individuals and communities in showcasing our ferocity and care for one another.
3. Dating Violence and Healthy Relationships
Dating Violence occurs when one person in the relationship tries to have power and control over the other person by being physically, emotionally, sexually or financially abuse. Dating violence occurs among many different groups without regard to race, economic levels, and social status. In order to understand and prevent dating violence, we must understand what violence is and the purpose of the abusive act, which is to make the victim afraid, control the victim, and increase the victim’s dependency on the abuser.
Lynn Kelly is employed by the lead comprehensive domestic violence agency of Middlesex County, Women Aware. As the Community Educator, Lynn educates the community on the issues of domestic violence. Her background as an educator and a survivor of domestic violence gives her great joy in spreading awareness of the implications of domestic violence.
32 years ago, Women Aware, Inc. was founded on the belief that every human being has the right to live free from violence and the fear of violence. At present Women Aware serves up to ten families in a nine bedroom, twenty-one bed facility. In addition, we now also provide a comprehensive continuum of care that improves the health and well being of the families who look to us for safety, strength and hope, and in the process, we are changing lives.
4. Gender Identity, Expressions, Bias and Filters
Learning to understand our gender filters and how we apply them in our daily lives towards others is a lifelong process. Come take a stroll down the rabbit hole with Allison & Debbie and discover if you are exercising unknown filters that Lewis Carroll could never have conceived.
Allison Woolbert: Allison is an educator, speaker, writer and advocate in
the field of gender bias, gender identity, gender expression, erasure, human rights equality and religious abuse. She provides guidance as an interfaith organizer balancing events that honor all religious beliefs as a spiritual pathway to respect and dignity of all. She is founder of the newly forming Phoenix Gender Education Foundation.
Debbie Duncan: Debbie has educated young and old in personal and spiritual development. Her proudest accomplishments is creating the 1997 Interfaith Service for Gay Pride Week, still an annual event, to demonstrate that there are affirming religious homes for the GLBTIQ community. She currently serves as Director of Communications and Member Services at the Center for Non-Profits in New Jersey.
5. Art Labor: A Discussion of Art Practice, Presence, Preservation and Perseverance
Creating a work of art is just the beginning. What to do next, where, how, and who to speak to are queries that arise as an emerging artist tries to make a name for themselves. These questions reference positions that exist in the art world, including but not limited to critics, bloggers, gallerists, conservators, framers and art handlers. ‘Art Labor’ seeks to demystify the oft-intimidating ART WORLD for emerging artists. The discussion relays panelists’ personal experiences within the art industry, providing insight for artists that seek to embark on their own art-related careers and those who create for their own pleasure.
Simone Meltesen is a Brooklyn based painter who will begin her MFA at Hunter College this Fall. Currently she is the Director of the Fellowship Program for Emerging and Underrepresented Women Artists at A.I.R. Gallery in New York.
Kate Wadkins is a Brooklyn-based writer and artist who recently graduated Sarah Lawrence College with an MA in Women’s and Gender History. She was the gallery manager of Storefront (a space for emerging and established artists in Bushwick, Brooklyn) for its two-year lifespan. Currently, she curates BRAIN WAVES, a zine and print collection recently relocated to Recession Art CultureFix. Kate has worked with feminist creatives since 2003, alongside grassroots collectives and world-renowned feminist artists alike.
Cait McLaughlin is a Highland Park resident who works at the B. Beamesderfer Gallery and was at one time a ‘long term’ intern A.I.R. Gallery in New York city. She has experience in hanging exhibits, handling works paper and photography, and fine art framing.
6. Thou Shalt Not Talk About the White Boys’ Club: Challenging Sexism in the Punk Scene
Touted as being a home for society’s rejects, outcasts, and ‘alternative’ political stances, punk unfortunately often ends up reinforcing oppressive mindsets and ideals by setting up numerous unwritten rules for dress, behavior, personal choices, identifications, and so much more. This workshop aims to direct conscious attention to the nuances of being a Gender and Sexuality Minority (GSM) in the punk community by talking about seven unwritten punk rules with special focus on: gendered expectations, girl hate and misogyny, punk’s demographics, the cult of masculinity and normalized physical assault, issues of “purity”, and ways we can incite positive change in the scene.
Sari has had a love/hate relationship with punk for over 10 years. They co-edit the queer feminist compilation zineHoax, write the perzine You’ve Got a Friend in Pennsylvania, and regularly think/talk about their intersecting identities as a queer, gender variant/trans* punk survivor.
7. Winging It: Nurturing Authentic Communication in Feminist Organizing
In this workshop, For the Birds (a New York-based feminist collective and distro) will guide a community discussion about internal and external struggles in feminist cultural and social justice organizing, creating feminist spaces, and coalition building. The Collective maintains that it is imperative to communicate authentically in order to bridge gaps, and to grow, both interpersonally and between groups. The workshop will discuss commonalities, such as the way that the efforts of many marginalized groups coalesce around issues like safer spaces, grassroots modes of organizing, and artistic and political visibility. For the Birds invites questions about their own processes, and seeks to find out how other feminists work through these issues and towards similar goals in their own groups and communities. This is a participatory workshop.
FOR THE BIRDS is a New York City-based feminist collective. We work towards establishing alternative spaces that promote the creative interests of women-identified, trans, and queer community members all over the spectrum. For the Birds is a collaborative group of organizers with backgrounds in feminism, social justice work, and various artistic pursuits. Through DIY feminist cultural activism, For The Birds aims to empower and support radical women of action.
8. Behind Enemy Lines – The political and economic use of prisons
Presenter Bonnie Kerness, will provide a historical framework of US prisons and their use of torture. Former political prisoner and presenter; Ojore Lutalo will present the collages he created during his 22 years of enforced political isolation. A dialogue will follow. (The collages will be for sale.)
The artist and presenter ; Ojore Lutalo, was released from Trenton State Penitentiary August 26th, 2009 by way of a court order. He maxed out after 28 year. 22 of which were spent in the Management Control Unit (Solitary Confinement). In order to keep his sanity during his internment Ojore abided by a strict regiment of physical exercise, mediation, and study.
Over the years Ojore was asked repeatedly to describe the conditions that he faced on a daily basis. These requests ranged from simple curiosity as to the physical particulars of his cell and surroundings to the profound emotional pressures and struggles associated with long term solitary confinement.
Ojore began creating his political propoganda both as a way to maintain his sanity and to more adequately convey to his friends the physical and emotional reality he experienced within solitary confinement. For the last 22 years of his confinement Ojore created a wide range of art pieces offering his unique perspective.
Since his release is 2009, Ojore dedicates himself to assisting the American Friends Service Committee in its attempt to expose the true nature and extent of long term isolation, its effect both on the prisoner individually as well as society at large. This outreach often involves speaking engagements in which he uses artwork to re-enforce his text, finding visuals often communicate more effectively than a purely oral presentation.
Presenter Bonnie Kerness has been an anti-racist activist since she was 14, working at the University Settlement House as a volunteer on issues of housing, neighborhood and gangs. In 1961, at the age of 19, she moved to Tennessee to participate in the Civil Rights Movement. In Memphis she was trained as a community organizer by the NAACP.
She continued her work and training at Highlander Training School in Knoxville, where organizers from throughout the Civil Rights movement met for training and brainstorming. Bonnie moved back North in 1970 and became active with welfare rights, tenants rights and anti-war issues. Bonnie gained her Masters in Social Work and has served as a human rights advocate on behalf of prisoners since 1975, working as coordinator of the American Friends Service Committee’s re-entry services project for over 15 years.
Since currently serves as coordinator of AFSC’s Prison Watch Project. She has served as Associate Director and Acting Director of the AFSC Criminal Justice Program in Newark, the National Coordinator of the Campaign to Stop Control Unit Prisons and formerly served on the Board of Directors of the World Organization For Human Rights, USA. She currently serves on the Advisory Board of California Prison Focus; Women Who Never Give Up, and Solitary Watch, a blog on the use of isolation and torture in US prisons. She has helped publish, “Our Children’s House”; the pamphlet and from that has written a play wiby, the same name with the late Bill Witherop. She has also helped publish “Torture in US Prisons – Evidence of US Human Rights Violations; “The Prison Inside the Prison: Control Units, Supermax Prisons and Devices of Torture”, the Survivor’s Manual and “Inalienable Rights: An AFSC Resource Guide.
9. DIY Gynecology
Ever have a bad experience at the doctor’s office? Curious about alternatives to the “feminine hygiene” industry? Wanna learn more about contraceptive options beyond the pill? Ever wonder what it is like to have an abortion? This workshop is designed to teach participants more about sexual and reproductive health for female bodied people. Topics to be discussed are self-advocacy in medical settings, alternative menstrual products, solutions for menstrual issues, honest and sex positive STI treatment and prevention, consent, contraception and fertility, and pleasure. Participants can make their own cloth menstrual pad and will receive a plastic speculum. This workshop will be facilitated by a long time sexual health educator, with experience as a birth labor assistant and as a counselor and hand-holder at an abortion clinic. The information shared in this workshop is not meant to replace medical care, but is meant to help participants to become active agents in their own sexual health. This workshop is pro-choice, sex positive, and welcomes participants of all sexes, genders, and sexual orientations to attend.
10. “…And Then There Was One…”: Autonomy and Self- Care
As activists and feminists it is sometimes easy to immerse ourselves in our politics. The personal is political and the political is personal, right? As we all know though, our politics can be influenced by those we choose to surround ourselves with. Interwoven throughout our beliefs are people who sustain us and keep us going. When our politics intertwine with our friendships, romantic relationships and familial ones how does codependency come into play? And what happens when this co-dependence becomes toxic? How do we stand by ourselves after being solely known as being part of a couple or a group? How do you continue to define your autonomy when you feel like all your social relationships may stem from this person or group? How do you reassert yourself? This workshop will be an open discussion about these things and more.
Jess Wadkins is a new brunswick based feminist who has worked in the antifascist, feminist, and punk community. After living in New York and organizing there for a while she moved out to new brunswick. She is a co-organizer of clit fest and girl gang gig new brunswick and has been living in new jersey for three years.
Khristina Acosta is a New Jersey based feminist who has worked in the mental health field for the past 5 years. She is also a fellow clit fest organizer and is currently working on projects that promote the visibility of POC in the punk/hardcore scenes.
11. D.I.Y. Subcultures and Ethics by Rachel Levy and Jamie Varriale Velez
Many creative people gravitate towards D.I.Y. communities because there are few set standards about what can and cannot be expressed, and how. However, because there are no official ethical codes, it is imperative or for us to think in depth about the values we hold as artists. This workshop will focus on the ethics of D.I.Y. subcultures and how various creative mediums influence what we choose to write about. We will collectively explore the following topics: setting boundaries about disclosing personal information, how to address ethical disagreements with other artists and activists, censorship & trigger warnings, how privilege impacts what we choose to express, crediting other people’s work & much more. Please come prepared with a writing utensil and a critical mind.
12. Demystifying (?) the Immigrants of the New Millenium in the U.S.
Marisol Conde-Hernandez, Rutgers alum and co-founder of the New Jersey DREAM Act Coalition, will offer an interactive presentation that examines stereotypes of “modern-day” immigrants and shatters them with personal testimony, an overview of the complexities of U.S. immigration law and history, and a review of current national and state-level immigration policies.
Marisol, a proud feminist, has presented on topics of immigration, most notably, the DREAM Act, for seven years and is often labeled the “face” of the DREAM Act and the In-State Tuition bill in NJ.