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Gender Jam Needs You!

I sat down at an organizing meeting for Gender Jam and I’m so impressed with this coming event (November 20-22)! They will have free workshops, music, and food–a veritable STONE SOUP story!

You’d be the berries (hurr) if you helped this Olympia DIY festival, centered around female-, fluid-, and trans-identified folks!

What is Gender Jam?

*GenderJam Mission Statement*

GenderJam is a not-for-profit radical community event. We recognize that
we live in a society full of power imbalances along lines of race, class,
gender, sex, sexuality, age, physical ability, size and other diverse
identities. Though these differences can feel intimidating, we also affirm
that we share common experience that inspires us to fight these norms. As
we work towards ending sexism in our society, we feel it is essential to
build community and experience each other in new ways, loving and supporting
one another. GenderJam’s intention is to build community and empower women,
female-bodied or identified people, transfolk, queers, ladies, and
genderqueer people. We hope to do this by sharing skills, listening to each
other, performing for each other, working together, learning from one
another, and affirming and lifting each other up. We hope to create spaces
for dialogue, motivation and creativity, and to practice open communication
and love for one another in the process.

We welcome the greater Olympia community to join with us in this effort. While
the GenderJam festival itself will occupy just one weekend, our intention is
to make it an anuual event, and more importantly to re-create our community
to be as safe, inclusive and supportive as possible for people who are
woman, female, gender queer, and/or trans-identified. We hope to be a
permanent visible, irrepressible and positive force now and in the future.

What kind of standards do they have?

GenderJam Anti-Oppression Statement

Welcome to GenderJam!  We seek to create a space that is as safe, inclusive and supportive as possible for people who are woman, female, gender queer, and/or trans-identified.  We recognize that we live in a society full of power imbalances along lines of race, class, gender, sex, sexuality, age, physical ability, size and other diverse identities.  Though these differences can feel intimidating, we also affirm that we share common experience that inspires us to fight these norms.  As we work towards ending sexism (SMASHING PATRIARCHY) in our society, we feel it is essential to build community and experience each other in new ways, loving and supporting one another.  In order to create this space, we ask the following of all:

1)    Please do not use oppressive language.  “Gay” should not be used as a derogatory term; neither should “lame” or “retarded.”  Challenge yourself to be aware of your words.

2)    Be aware of how you use your body.  Everyone has a different history, comfort level and personal space needs.  Please make sure all touch, casual or not, is consensual.

3)    Not all space at GenderJam is for everyone—there will be events for people of a particular identity group.  Please respect these safe spaces.

Our assumptions sometimes get us into trouble.  If we assume we know someone’s gender, national origin, sexuality, or preferred pronouns, for example, it can result in hurt feelings all around.  Sometimes people suggest that we shouldn’t assume things about people.  If you can do that, great!  Teach us sometime.  For the rest of us, let us start simple:  When you assume something about someone, recognize that it is an assumption and try not to cling to it.  Be prepared for your assumptions to be shattered!

Keep in mind:  It is okay to ask people about WHO they are.  It is not okay to ask people about WHAT they are.  It is not anyone’s job to educate you about themselves or their identity.  If you are curious, do some research on your own!  That being said, if you treat people with respect and listen when they talk about their experiences, they will generally do the same.

But wait!  I’ve never met a trans person before!  I don’t know anything about trans issues!

…Well, actually, you probably have met a trans person before, even if they didn’t introduce themselves as such.  Don’t panic: other people’s ignorance about trans issues is nothing new to most trans people.  There are, however, some things you should know that will generally help us all get along and hopefully save trans people a lot of grief from always having to answer the same questions.

A word about pronouns:

A person’s pronouns, like their name, belong to them and them alone.   When you ask someone for their name, also ask them what pronouns they use.  If you call someone by the wrong name or pronoun, most people prefer it if you correct yourself by repeating the entire sentence correctly and not apologizing.

Anti-Cop Clause

Much of the oppression GenderJam is working to eliminate is rooted in and reinforced by established societal institutions.  One of these institutions is policing or the police. There has been and continues to be a great deal of violence perpetrated by the police towards trans, queer, women, lad.i.y., femayle bodied and/or identified peoples, poor people and people of color. Though we cannot legally choose to dismiss, ignore or act against the police, we do not agree with their actions or involvement in our lives.

If a GenderJam participant, volunteer or organizer is approached by the police, we ask that you do not speak with them or aid their investigation. Instead, please look for a mediator with a blue armband and let them know that the police are interested in you or your activity.

In this situation, a Gender Jam mediator(s) will approach the police and ask them to leave. Our intention is to limit their access to our space to keep all participants as safe as possible.  However, we respect that it is your choice to respond to the police as you see fit.

If you do come in contact with the police, know your rights!

  1. Do not talk to the police.
  2. If the police approach you and begin to ask questions, ask if you are being detained: “Am I being detained?”
  • If you are not being detained:

a.     Leave immediately.

b.     Let a GJ mediator know that the cops were interested in you or your activity.

  • If you are being detained:

a.     You must (legally) remain in their presence.

b.     You do not, however, have to say anything. Say, “I’m going to remain silent,” and “I want to speak to my lawyer.”

c.     Make it clear, if you are being detained, that you do not consent to a search: “I DO NOT consent to this search.” The police will search you and your belongings with or without probable cause.

  1. Do not invite the police into your house.  If they try to come in, have one sober person talk to them outside, or do not answer the door.
  2. Cops are trained to lie, trick and manipulate you. However, you cannot lie to them (legally).
  3. Whether you are being harassed, detained or arrested, GJ recommends that remaining silent is the best decision to make in the face of police harassment and intimidation.  According to the Miranda Rights, “Anything you say can and will be used against you…”

GenderJam Respects a Diversity of Tactics

GJ recognizes that people need to exercise different forms of communication and reclamation in order to attain their desires, as well as address their dissatisfaction with the oppressive societal structure in which we live.  GJ believes in autonomy and affinity.

GJ has set out to create spaces for dialogue, motivation, and creativity. GJ hopes to aid the manifestation of your inspiration. But please remember to be responsible for your actions and the safety of others; the actions you take are autonomous of GJ spaces and vice versa.

And WHAT do they need?

Here’s the rest:

Gender Jam Wish-List

Items:
food
sound system
 -pre-amp
 -microphones and stands

 -cords
 -speakers (main/monitors/sub)
 -mixing board
 -power supplies
masking tape
duct tape
lighting for performances
film projector & screen
money to help with travel and other misc. costs

craft supplies and games for childcare
Gender jam merch
 - buttons
 - patches
 - shirts
Workshop-specific supplies:
- bras
- hair gel
- condoms
- pens
- paper
- chairs
- Mirrors
- scissors

- make-up
- chalk/ dry erase board
- bike tools!
- rubber gloves
- cardboard
- long sewing needles
Child-Care
- tables
- chairs
- toys
- cd player
- art activites

Services:

conflict resolution/mediation
medical/healthcare
childcare
translators
transportation
printing
 -photocopies
 -screenprinting
sound engineers
volunteers to run lighting if needed for performances
Please let us know if you can contribute any of the above mentioned.
la.diy.festoly@gmail.com

GenderJam Anti-Oppression Statement

Welcome to GenderJam!  We seek to create a space that is as safe, inclusive and supportive as possible for people who are woman, female, gender queer, and/or trans-identified.  We recognize that we live in a society full of power imbalances along lines of race, class, gender, sex, sexuality, age, physical ability, size and other diverse identities.  Though these differences can feel intimidating, we also affirm that we share common experience that inspires us to fight these norms.  As we work towards ending sexism (SMASHING PATRIARCHY) in our society, we feel it is essential to build community and experience each other in new ways, loving and supporting one another.  In order to create this space, we ask the following of all:

1)    Please do not use oppressive language.  “Gay” should not be used as a derogatory term; neither should “lame” or “retarded.”  Challenge yourself to be aware of your words.

2)    Be aware of how you use your body.  Everyone has a different history, comfort level and personal space needs.  Please make sure all touch, casual or not, is consensual.

3)    Not all space at GenderJam is for everyone—there will be events for people of a particular identity group.  Please respect these safe spaces.

Our assumptions sometimes get us into trouble.  If we assume we know someone’s gender, national origin, sexuality, or preferred pronouns, for example, it can result in hurt feelings all around.  Sometimes people suggest that we shouldn’t assume things about people.  If you can do that, great!  Teach us sometime.  For the rest of us, let us start simple:  When you assume something about someone, recognize that it is an assumption and try not to cling to it.  Be prepared for your assumptions to be shattered!

Keep in mind:  It is okay to ask people about WHO they are.  It is not okay to ask people about WHAT they are.  It is not anyone’s job to educate you about themselves or their identity.  If you are curious, do some research on your own!  That being said, if you treat people with respect and listen when they talk about their experiences, they will generally do the same.

But wait!  I’ve never met a trans person before!  I don’t know anything about trans issues!

…Well, actually, you probably have met a trans person before, even if they didn’t introduce themselves as such.  Don’t panic: other people’s ignorance about trans issues is nothing new to most trans people.  There are, however, some things you should know that will generally help us all get along and hopefully save trans people a lot of grief from always having to answer the same questions.

A word about pronouns:

A person’s pronouns, like their name, belong to them and them alone.   When you ask someone for their name, also ask them what pronouns they use.  If you call someone by the wrong name or pronoun, most people prefer it if you correct yourself by repeating the entire sentence correctly and not apologizing.

Anti-Cop Clause

Much of the oppression GenderJam is working to eliminate is rooted in and reinforced by established societal institutions.  One of these institutions is policing or the police. There has been and continues to be a great deal of violence perpetrated by the police towards trans, queer, women, lad.i.y., femayle bodied and/or identified peoples, poor people and people of color. Though we cannot legally choose to dismiss, ignore or act against the police, we do not agree with their actions or involvement in our lives.

If a GenderJam participant, volunteer or organizer is approached by the police, we ask that you do not speak with them or aid their investigation. Instead, please look for a mediator with a blue armband and let them know that the police are interested in you or your activity.

In this situation, a Gender Jam mediator(s) will approach the police and ask them to leave. Our intention is to limit their access to our space to keep all participants as safe as possible.  However, we respect that it is your choice to respond to the police as you see fit.

If you do come in contact with the police, know your rights!

  1. Do not talk to the police.
  2. If the police approach you and begin to ask questions, ask if you are being detained: “Am I being detained?”
  • If you are not being detained:

a.     Leave immediately.

b.     Let a GJ mediator know that the cops were interested in you or your activity.

  • If you are being detained:

a.     You must (legally) remain in their presence.

b.     You do not, however, have to say anything. Say, “I’m going to remain silent,” and “I want to speak to my lawyer.”

c.     Make it clear, if you are being detained, that you do not consent to a search: “I DO NOT consent to this search.” The police will search you and your belongings with or without probable cause.

  1. Do not invite the police into your house.  If they try to come in, have one sober person talk to them outside, or do not answer the door.
  2. Cops are trained to lie, trick and manipulate you. However, you cannot lie to them (legally).
  3. Whether you are being harassed, detained or arrested, GJ recommends that remaining silent is the best decision to make in the face of police harassment and intimidation.  According to the Miranda Rights, “Anything you say can and will be used against you…”

GenderJam Respects a Diversity of Tactics

GJ recognizes that people need to exercise different forms of communication and reclamation in order to attain their desires, as well as address their dissatisfaction with the oppressive societal structure in which we live.  GJ believes in autonomy and affinity.

GJ has set out to create spaces for dialogue, motivation, and creativity. GJ hopes to aid the manifestation of your inspiration. But please remember to be responsible for your actions and the safety of others; the actions you take are autonomous of GJ spaces and vice versa.

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October 27, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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