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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

Considerations on an emancipatory handling of discrimination and violence

Next weekend in Leipzig, you can visit the first part of our workshop Considerations on an emancipatory handling of discrimination and violence.
Our view doesn‘t end with legal equality or the eternal existence of police and bourgeois lawmaking. But where are the alternative possibilities? We want to search for emancipatory practices and options for dealing with assaults, our goal is the liberation of all individuals. We‘re looking for the right life in the wrong one – the impossible, which often merely ends in misery management of capitalist circumstances. In this undertaking, entanglement in contradicitions has to be expected.

12th and 13th of July, each day 1 to 7 o‘clock pm.
Location: Meuterei Leipzig

Language is german, please sign up directly at reclaim utopia.

No means No!

6000 „No means No“ – Flyer will be printed in cooperation with the Student Council of the University of Dresden.
1000 will be in English. The Layout, if you wanna print some as well, can be found here.

++Cafém News++


cafém goes quear!
Since there isn´t an announcement in English yet we try to summ the content up.
cafém in November is about queer, female and trans interventions. We will have different radio and audio plays to different topics. At least two will be in English and one in Spanish.
We still need some techniqual stuff, like mp3 Players. If you wanna help us out just come by on Saturday around 12am/1pm at kosmotique. We will be preparing the cafém around that time.
Also we are still looking for people who feeld like baking or cooking something for the brunch


As well a short summary of the conent first.
In December we invited people to do a workshop on
„Learing stereotypes – A Workshop about forms of discrimination in children and youth literature“.
It wil be hold in German, but there will be a translation into English. Even so we have to admid that maybe not all methods will be translatable a 100%, ´cause maybe there will be an audio play in German.
Anyway you are heartily welcome to join. Just register, ´cause of the limited places. You can register during the cafém in November or just by writing us an email or private message.

Also we wanna start a small book circle in December. Unfortunately the book is in German. Texts will be available during the November and December cafém.

In general. We would be really happy about new people wanting to be part of the cafém group or e*vibes (this aren´t exact the same groups and people). So if you feel like getting to know the groups better and maybe attending a plenum or so, just talk to us at the cafém or write an email.

Feminism from Ukraine

In December, Phase 2 (a German magazine) will publish an article about Femen, which we wrote during the last months. This article will be published in English on this blog, too.

In advance we wanna welcome you to listen to some audiofiles. Unfortunately only the last one is in English.
It is a panel discussion: From Kyiv with Love – Queer lifeworlds in Ukraine with Nina Potarska, Tamara Martsenyuk and Maria Teteriuk.

Thoughts on an emancipatory handling of discrimination and violence

In case you’re interested we (e*space) offer this workshop: 
At parties you organize there have been incidents of sexual assault and you don’t know how to deal with this?
The group you’re in is almost exclusively male* and/or the few women* don’t engage much? You ask yourself how to point out discrimination at your summercamp? Another disruptive discussion with your friends about normative power? When you have a hard time dealing with such questions or are looking for further ideas, you might want to visit our workshop:
Thoughts on an emancipatory handling of discrimination and violence
Power relations structure our thoughts and acts. It is necessary to analyze and criticize this on a level which addresses society as a whole. In concrete situations we’re going to ask for possibilities to take action and –alternatives. Discrimination and violence are often dealt with – albeit often in an ignorant, disorganized and irrational way. Even a reasonable wish to „do things completely different“ can fail.

We are no anti-discrimination organization whose focus is limited to equal treatment under the law and can’t picure the world without police and civil law. But where are the alternatives?
We’re looking for an emancipatory approach, going for individual liberation. For us, it’s about the right life in the wrong one – so basically a mission impossible that all too often ends in bare management of capitalist misery. A mission in which you’re bound to become entangled in contradictions.
We consider ourselves distributors sharing our experiences, put them in the bin, keep on thinking, developing strategies and concepts and we would like to spur on public controversy.

We are not a supporters’- or awareness-group, no mediators or conflict managers. We do not have „the solution“. We discuss WITH you, not FOR you. We do not hand out antisexism-certificates.

The content of our workshop will roughly look like this:
- Discrimination and violence (How do we define them? Where do they happen?)
- Strategies for dealing with discrimination and violence (are there progressive alternatives to penal law?)
- Awareness raising (what is this? What is it for? How could that look like?)
- Support for victims of discrimination and/or violence, as well as working with discriminating and/or violent persons (open talk, confrontation, de-escalation, personal boundaries)
- Possible recapitulation with practical exercises (role-playing)
- Discussions about normative power
- Input on traumatic experiences

We’re open for suggestions concerning the main focus. The workshop will take about 2-4 days, depending on your emphasis and thematic priorities.

It was important to us to translate this workshopannouncement, but we think we won´t be able to hold it in English. But maybe we would find a solution to make it possible.

New Tape

Yeah! Finally we will get new tape.
It is the first time we gonna print it in English and you will have the chance to get to versions.

Sexist Crap
Sexist Crap

Racist Crap
Racist Crap

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!.

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.

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.)*

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.

Here we go..

eh! – 2.7 Emancipatory Days
27th – 29th of April 2012
AZ Conni Dresden (R.-Leonhard-Str. 39)

“Mom – women’s libber types are those women who want to seize world domination aren’t they?”

In our days the word “women’s libber” is used as swearword, although emancipation as liberation from dependencies and suppressions to real self-determination is definitely nothing to be berated. This liberation doesn’t work if single persons or groups try it on their own. This liberation only becomes possible if different mechanisms of rule and discrimination are reflected and combated jointly.
The group e*vibes – founded in Dresden in 2011 stands for an emancipatory practise, deals full-time with emancipation especially with sexism as mechanism of rule. In cooperation with “DieSeR – Independent Club” and “squeerdance Dresden” we shout “eh!” from the 27th to the 29th of April 2012.
We are going to start with an insight into the interaction of categories like sex, race and class in capitalism, deal with some identities and standardisation, hear about the fight for physical self-determination in the inter*movement or learn how art can be used as an instrument of self-empowerment. Apart from lectures and workshops, film, concert, theatre and party are waiting for you. In addition, but there will also be enough time for joint discussions and networking. Don’t be afraid – there will be tasty food as well!

Some more: If we can’t dance (without annoying glances or comments) it is not our revolution. We are aware that discrimination as ever-present phenomenon will also appear at “eh!”. We do our very best to create a setting and a space as much protected as possible to make all those who are interested in the theme feeling welcome and safe. For this purpose a safety concept is going to be developed. Something that is very important to us: Our dealing with each other is as much part of the event as the “programme” itself.

Emancipation is a process which takes more than 2.7 days, but this weekend won’t be the last. We call on you “eh!” – Emancipation is not a bed of roses!

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