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1000 Crosses – March of Anti-Abortion Acitivsts

29th of September. Berlin.
Another march of anti-abortion activist will take place.
Protest against it is themed „Marsch für das Leben [Pro Life March]? What the fuck“. At this presentation you will get more information about the event and a joint travel to Berlin could be planed as well.

When: September 10th; 8pm
Where: AZ Conni

Social relations/ Togetherness/ Interpersonal dynamics

We are looking forward to a relaxed and exciting camp with brilliant, sensitive and thoughtful people.

In an idyllic atmosphere we want to debate critically about ourselves and society. Fundamentally we welcome a respectful togetherness, mututal consideration and a common transfer of responsibility. We want all people to feel comfortable and to be able to develop freely without exceeding the boundaries of others, even if those boundaries are not obvious. It’s about a more true life amidst wrongs.

Discrimination and the exceeding of personal limits are daily occurrences in our society. Therefore it can not be ruled out that displeasing situations might occur. Appropriate responses to these situations are then required, so the camp space can be as pleasant and as safe as possible. However these responses should neither be unplanned nor arbitrary, and so we wanted to give some thoughts about social interactions on the camp. We consider limits to be exceeded once the humanity of someone is not being acknowledged. We will not allow any space for such attitudes.

We distinguish various actions: in our view an assault or a discriminating affront is different to a frivolous use of a term with discriminating implications. How we will deal with such incidents, we will decide in the moment of the particular situation. If people, however, are resistant to respectful interaction we will expel them/ the person from the camp.

Our priority: respecting personal boundaries. In the case of limits being passed, the decision of if and how support is needed is up to the affected person themselves. The power of defining what has happened to a person, rests alone with her_thim/ them.

A matter that often leads, especially on summercamps, to a conflict is the exposure to nakedness. For a variety of reasons some humans do not want to have to see naked bodies unasked. This shall apply particularly to the bare male upper bodies, which are socially accepted. This acceptance frequently results in men* taking off their shirt quickly as it gets hot. On the other hand getting undressed can also be empowering e. g. for women* or trans*persons, who are exposed to quite different viewers‘ gazes or comments in public. Therefore we decided to not frame any common rules concerning the exposure to nakedness. Nevertheless we would like to ask you to bear this set of problems in mind and not to take off your shirt without reflection.

The issue of desire is a broad area of conflict – getting to know each other, gabbing, getting attached to one another, flirting is all well and good as long as it remains a mutual agreement. In general it would be ideal, if all actions be based on respectful decision-making by consensus by the people involved. However consent given in one situation does not mean it is given for all situations.

Discussions and debates are important and encouraged, but are most productive with respect, without domination over another person.

In case it still gets down to discrimination, disrespecting of personal boundaries or you feel uncomfortable because of other reasons, we thought about the following possibilities:

Support/ Backup
The backers can be contacted on the following number: 01577-77 13 102
What the support can look like is up to you – we won‘t do anything that you don‘t want.

Transformative work
Our attention will focus on the support of the people that are affected by disrespecting of personal boundaries, discrimination and/ or violence. Nonetheless it is our standard to support the offending person to reflect on and change their behaviour. We are fully conscious, however, of the fact that the duration of the camp can not create an all-encompassing change. This matter is the main responsibility to the offending person themsleves and his/their/her environment.

Safer spaces
„Safer space“ (more safe, more secure space/room) is what we would like the entire camp to be. Yet there will still be extra secure areas:

Inside
There will be two rooms on the camp which are tagged as “safer space” from Friday to Monday. These rooms, marked with a sign, are located in the „White House“ on the second floor. There you can retire, be alone, or be just with the persons that you are in need of right in that moment.

Outside
There will be a tent on the camp with 24-hour access, where you may also withdraw or read some information on awareness and support in a calm atmosphere.

Further spaces
Social relationships of domination/influence make an impact on spaces. In order to counteract these, it may be wise to create exclusionary spaces. For the moment there are a sleeping rooms and sanitary facilities for women*.

Domestic authority/ Sanctity of the home
The sanctity of the home falls to the preperation group during the entire camp.

Critique
With our thoughts on „social relations“ we want to contribute to a relaxed and respectful atmosphere on the camp. We try to shape our basics principals and lines of action as transparently as possible. If there is resentment or critique we will provide a framework to discuss them together.

With this in mind: let us try a more true life amidst wrongs.

The * shall visualize the social construction of „men“ and „women“.

Translation

If you need translation during the camp, please contact us before the camp. We will also announce before the camp and on the different language pages, which languages we will have folks to do translation for. If you would like to do translation, please contact us!
The translations will be as whisper translations. This means that folks needing translation, i.e. from German to English, are sitting together with the translator. The translator will summarize the content of the workshop or presentation while whispering. There will be no simultaneous translation – except for German sign language.

Transport

The camp will take place at some kind of castle called “Burg Lohra” that is situated in the free state of Thuringia (region of Nordhausen). The easiest way to come by car is to take the highway A38. If you prefer to take the train instead, the nearest station called “Gebra/Hainleite” is located on the railway track between Halle/Saale and Kassel. From the station, you would have to walk about five kilometers or to take a car or bike for the last 6 kilometers. Please note that you would have to challenge about 250m difference in altitude. Unfortunately, there are no bus connections between the castle and the train station but we are trying to make a shuttle possible (see Shuttle). Several times per day, there are buses from Bleicherode via Gebra/Hainleite that stop in Großlohra. There will be enough parking space at the castle if you come by car.

Wheelchair accessibility

We are sorry: because of incorrect information we have to announce that neither the castle nor the entire site and community places/buildings are wheelchair accessible.

We are looking forward to spending amazing, but also relaxing days with you!

No means No!

No means No

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Debate: „How to treat one another at the Camp“

Invitation: Debate about „How to treat one another at the Camp““

We are currently thinking about how we want to treat one another at the e*camp and how we can react to possibly occurring transgressions, discriminations and violence or much better even avoid or thwart them.

Many great, regardful, and sensible people will come to the e*camp. But it is impossible to obviate disagreeable situations to occur and it has to be reacted to them – and the best way is doing it in a planned way.

At our recent event the “eh!” which also lasted several days we had a so called “safety concept” (you can read about it here). Later on we had an evaluation and a summary of it exists but unfortunately not in English.

Actually a subgroup of e*vibes the so called e*space is working out strategies for the e*camp; how do we want to deal with each other at the camp? How can we realize what we want? And apart from that: What is absolutely impossible? How do we interact with people who do not share our opinion about being togehter? What can be done to prevent transgressions, discriminations and violence? How can people who are/were affected by something like that be strengthened and supported? Which “power” should a sensitization/ awareness or supporting group have during the camp? How can decisions be taken? Etc, etc.….

We would like to present you our ideas and inferences about it – that is why we would like to invite you to a meeting on:

Saturday, 05-11; 13:00 – Kosmoqtique e.V.

On the one hand the aim is to get a feedback: what do you think about it? How do our formulations sound to you? Is there something that urgently needs to be changed? Is something totally missing – is there something we haven’t had on the screen so far?
On the other hand our aim is to find out if and who among you can probably imagine to work on the realization of certain intentions during the camp (support of affected people in the case of transgression or discrimination, interaction with transgressing or discriminating people, different possibilities of sensitization)

We will prepare the meeting with a collection of the reflections. Unfortunately we will not be able to translate the paper before the meeting, but we
will do so directly afterwards.

For those who would like to share the process but who can’t be in Dresden on the 11th we are going to post a link for a time to live protocol.

Safety Concept

Discrimination and the violation of personal boundaries are everyday occurrences in our society. Sexist cat-calling, heteronormative pick-up lines, “only” touching, and the like are just a few examples of such behavior.
This is something we cannot and will not accept. Instead we are trying to create a space that is as safe as possible for everyone here at the eh!. Therefore, we have drawn up a safety concept.

Generally, we ask all of you to be considerate toward each other during the entire weekend and to take responsibility for one another (community accountability). We want everybody to feel welcome and to have the opportunity to express themselves freely without violating someone else’s boundaries. In doing so, only each person can determine individually whether their boundaries were transgressed, and if and how support is necessary. The power of naming lies hereby within the authority of the person who experienced said transgression/ violation. Our most basic principle is partiality with the afflicted person.

We most certainly would like to proclaim the entire event a safe space in which no transgressions or violations are allowed. However, we are aware that this is rather impossible under the current societal circumstances. For this reason, there will be the following three groups and a Safer Space available for you at the eh!.

Awareness
The awareness team are people whom you can contact directly during the event. This is in regard to all general questions, as well as to situations in which help becomes necessary. They can also direct you to other persons (for example the support group). You can find the awareness-team visibly marked at the information desk, the bar, or the admissions desk.

Support
The support group are there for you, when you feel like your boundaries have been violated and you are in need of help. You determine what this help and support include (whether having a chat, going for a walk, sitting in silence for a while,…)—we will not do anything that you do not want us to. Of course, all information given to us will be treated with the utmost confidentiality.

- On principle, we will try to support everyone who is looking for help.
- However, we also need to be aware of our own boundaries.
- Our empathy is limited by our current position in society and by our own level of experience: we are young, Caucasian people holding the German citizenship, who are most acutely aware of and sensitized towards sexism.
- We are no professional therapists or counselors.

The support group is not visibly marked, but you can be put into contact with them through an awareness person. You can also contact a person of the support group using the phone number that is distributed throughout the AZ Conni and can also be found at the bar, the admissions desk, and the information desk. You can also find a mobile phone in the Safer Space with which you can contact support staff at all times. (English speaking supporters are available.)*

Security
The security staff is responsible to react in a preventative and interventionist fashion to cases in which boundaries are violated. As the organizers, the group e*vibes are enabled to exercise property rights. This right can be executed by the security staff if need arises.

Safer Space
The Safer Space serves as a safe space and a room to retreat to. It is located above the Infoladen (Info Shop). You can visit the Safer Space at all times and you can decide if you would like to be alone or whether someone else can have access to the room and what group this person should belong to. This will be made visible via a “traffic signal” located at the door. In the room you can find a cell phone with which you can call a person from the support group or a person of your trust. In case the Safer Space is being used exclusively at the time, you can contact someone at the information desk.