Sexism, Racism and Other Discriminatory Behavior in Activist Collectives
On the 8th of June, Kattenkwaad will host a workshop on sexism, racism and other discriminatory behavior in activist collectives or actions at anarchist festival the Pinksterlanddagen
Sometimes you enter an activist or anarchist space and you feel uncomfortable, not welcome and not empowered to voice your opinion or discuss your ideas. Spaces where you are supposed to feel more comfortable because people state that they are striving towards a non-discriminatory world or towards creating a space where everyone is welcome. Yet, underlying power structures that are present in society are often hard to break loose from, also in these communities.
Feminist initiative Kattenkwaad will host a workshop on sexism, racism, ableism and other discriminatory behaviour in anarchist and activist groups. This workshop will focus on sharing experiences with each other, to discuss what we have been through and how we can deal with these situations. We organise it from an ‘open space’ perspective, which means that there is no set questions to discuss, but everyone is welcome to introduce questions, and to answer them. We believe that we don’t hold all the answers, and together we know way more.
The workshop will be open for everyone who feels like they experience or have experienced discriminatory behaviour. Women and non-binary identifying people their voices and experiences (particularly lesbians and bisexual, women of colour and trans-women) are going to be prioritised throughout the workshop. We hope that no one who wants to join the workshop engages in racist, homophobic, transphobic, ableist, ageist, classist, sexist or other exclusionary behaviour, including any and all forms of shaming, erasure, and victim blaming. We will interfere whenever we do feel like that is happening and we hope to create a space where people can share if they want to share or not their experiences and approaches to deal with these situations.
About the Pinksterlanddagen
The Pinksterlanddagen (or PL for short) is an anarchist festival which takes place every year in the weekend of pentecost, in the end of May or the beginning of June. This year it will take place on the 8th of June and 9th of June. The program is on Saturday and Sunday, but you can arrive on Friday and stay untill Monday morning. Hot meals in the evening will be provided against additional (low) cost. There is also a canteen where you can get sandwiches, cake, coffee, tea and other food items. Everything is vegan and organic. The festival is alcohol and drug-free.
The PL is only possible if everybody helps out. You can help out by cleaning up, giving a workshop, helping in the kitchen, doing the dishes, making radio, singing a song and many other ways.
The suggested donation is 17,50 for the whole weekend, or 10 euro for a single day. More information on the Pinksterlanddagen can be found on: https://pinksterlanddagen.org/. This pdf-file was published on indymedia.nl and shows you which other workshops are possible to visit during the Pinksterlanddagen: https://www.indymedia.nl/indyfiles/PL-Blokkenschema-2019.pdf
Time of the workshop: 14h – 15:30h
Anarchistisch kampeerterrein Appelscha