Sunday 4 December: DIY Space for London
Sunday 4 December: DIY Space for London
Image by Emma Thacker
Survivor-led Challenges to Violence and Abuse in Activist Communities
To bring together women, transgender and non-binary people who have experienced gender-based oppression, violence, abuse and harm in activist communities to share resources and build communities of belief, support and action.
Some people have asked how to get hold of a physical copy of the zine-report and toolkit. I have set up a big cartel store if you would like to buy a copy for cost price and have it posted out to you.
You can visit our store here: http://salvagecollective.bigcartel.com
Remember that the zine-report and toolkit will always be available online as free PDFs.
If you run a distro and you are interested in stocking our zine and toolkit please get in touch: email@example.com
Today we officially launch our report and toolkit from our first research project. It has been a lot of hard work and we have many lessons to be learned from it. We will post more reflections in time.
I hope that we have succeeded in our aim to open up a bit more space to talk about violence and abuse in activist communities. You can read more on our research page.
We will be at the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies later today to discuss our findings, report and toolkit with some amazing speakers.
Recent cases of high-profile male activists accused of perpetuating violence against women activists have highlighted a persistent culture of sexism and exclusionary practices within social justice movements.
Alternatives to the criminal justice system, such as safer spaces policies and community accountability processes, have been the subject of controversy and debate. However little is currently known about the contexts and complexities in which both harms and alternative interventions take place.
Safer spaces policy
There is a safer spaces policy in place for this event, available to view here. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information. The safer spaces policy will be shared and explained at the beginning of the event.
Venue, time and date
The article I wrote (with the help of Karis and others) based on my reflections of the interviews we have done so far on the research project is now up on Open Democracy here
It was a culmination of thoughts and feelings from sitting in my house transcribing interviews for a couple of weeks at the beginning of the year. We are now in our analysis phase so there is plenty more to come when we start to engage more with survivors’ stories(including a report/zine that we will launch in summer). The planning for the workshops also kicks off in February. We plan to do workshops in London, Bradford, Newcastle, Cardiff and Edinburgh during September 2016. These workshops will enable us to share our research findings and help to put them into practice.
If you are interested in hosting, co-facilitating or making sure your group and/or organisation gets the opportunity to attend please get in touch email@example.com.
Some brilliant news to share. We have been awarded £4,434.90 from the Feminist Review Trust to deliver a series of workshops in London, Bradford, Newcastle, Cardiff and Edinburgh with social justice movement groups provisionally titled ‘How to Best Respond to Sexual Violence within your Organisation/Group’. They will run in summer 2016 after the salvage research project findings are launched. These workshops will enable us to share our research findings and help to put them into practice. Specifically the workshops aim to help activists identify and challenge sexism and abuse within their groups. More broadly they aim to transform social justice movements into safer, inclusive and more effective movements in which women can transform their lives and provoke social change.
We will start working on this project in the new year. If you are interested in hosting, co-facilitating or making sure your group and/or organisation gets the opportunity to attend please get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pictures by Lindsay Draws from this amazing free educational mini-zine for all the silencers, derailers, mansplainers, equivocators & apologists out there
We are really grateful for those who have shared their experiences with us. We have met some incredible survivors and been involved in powerful conversations that dare to break the silences, transform the unspeakable and grasp for a new language to speak about and challenge the everyday harm, violence and abuse experienced within activist lives, groups and movements.
This is now the final call for survivors (self-identified women, trans, non-binary and gender non-conforming) who have experienced sexual violence within past and/or current organising in a social justice movement in the UK who would like to take part in the interview part of our research project. You may have experienced this once or multiple times and we are interested in exploring a variety of experiences of violence, abuse and harm. We are now going to be winding up our interviews before Christmas. Interviews can be arranged at a time, place and method of your choosing (including face-to-face, phone and online). You can email: email@example.com or call 01908 655455 to talk through how to take part. There is an answering machine that is safe to leave messages on. You can read more about the research here.
If you do not feel comfortable doing an interview but would like to take part in the research in a different way you are very welcome to show solidarity with the project by contributing something else. Options could include joining the working group and getting involved in writing, meetings, planning, administrating and facilitating workshops, web design, artwork, helping to spread the word and much more.
We have some exciting plans for 2016 and if you are interested in co-organising a session or workshop for your group, social centre, radical event or bookfair about identifying, responding to and preventing sexual violence in activist groups and spaces based on our findings we are interested in hearing from you. You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow us on twitter.