Of Friends and Whirlwinds: Movement, Movements and Creating Communities of Care and Self-Reproduction
Friday August 15th, 6pm
Red & Black Cafe - 400 SE 12 Ave. & Oak Portland, OR - www.redandblackcafe.com
How to radical movements respond to personal crises, trauma, care as well as issues that flow through our everyday lives? Beyond seeing politics as a simply a set of issues and positions, how do we begin to construct new relationships, activities and projects that address issues such as mental health, care, trauma and grief, sexual assault, and interpersonal violence?
This discussion seeks to address some of these questions in two ways: in the specific sense of developing harm intervention systems, creating communities of care, addressing sexual assault and organizing around issues of mental health; and in the general sense of creating movements that don't see such projects as appendages but rather as a core element in reconstructing our lives, creating movements that self-reproduce themselves, and to forge projects that challenge the social reproduction of capital and the state-apparatus by constructing new forms of life and new social relations.
- Kevin Van Meter: Team Colors Collective & In the Middle of a Whirlwind Journal; speaking on creating communities of care and self-reproduction.
- Kristi: Counterbalance Zine (Seattle); speaking about trauma and burnout in the activist community.
- Kristyn Leach: from "I Want To Do This All Day: Redefining Learning and Reinventing Education " audio documentary and Stonewall Youth (Olympia); speaking about community organizing, leadership development and developing political relationships and institutions.
- Esteban Lance Kelly: Philly's Pissed (Philadelphia); speaking about sexual assault in radical communities.
- Stevie Peace: Restorative Justice Community Action (Minneapolis); speaking about restorative justice.
Donations requested for those traveling; no one turned away for lack of funds. And buying coffee, beer and awesome food from R&B is strongly encouraged, plus they have beer on tap now!
Part of the events for "In the Middle of a Whirlwind: 2008 Convention Protests, Movement and Movements" - a one-off line journal of theory, art, activism and organizing available at: www.inthemiddleofawhirlwind.info