Workshop at the Pinksterlanddagen: Sexism, Racism and other Discriminatory Behavior in Activist Collectives

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
Aekingaweg 1a

8426GN Appelscha

 

CANCELLED: Self-gynaecology workshop

UPDATE:

Due to personal reasons Maddalena cannot travel all the way to the Hague to give the self-gyneacology workshop. We will give a second update when we have picked another date for the workshop.

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On the 14th of June Kattenkwaad will host a self-gynaecology workshop organised by Maddalena! Feel free to join if you have or have had a vagina or if you are in the process of sex reassignment. It’s time to befree ourselves from the patriarchal oppressive gynaecology and to rediscover statistics, magic poisons and aphrodisiac unguents!

During this workshop we will start from our bodies to redefine human anatomy cleaning up doubts and satisfying curiosities. Thanks to horizontal education, we will learn to look for appropriate materials to answer our questions.

Entrance on donation. Suggested donation is 10 euro’s, all profits will go to the crowdfunding campaign Into the World: make birth beautiful and safe https://www.umcrowd.nl/project/into-the-world-make-birth-safe-and-beautiful

To bring with you if you like to learn self-pelvic examination: a torch/headlamp, a towel and a small mirror. We will make sure that there is a safe space for people who want to learn this, and for people who do not feel comfortable with self-pelvic examination in a group.

About Maddalena
Maddalena graduated in the International Track in Medicine at Maastricht University and is currently carrying out the three years of clinical rotations necessary to practice as a doctor in The Netherlands. She has a special interested in gynaecology and obstetrics and decided to take Global Health as her second master. Her path brought her to the birth rooms of Ecuador, Italy and The Netherlands where she has worked with indigenous peoples and several cultural minorities and has assisted with diverse birth techniques such as birthing in water.

The venue is wheelchair accessible.

Time: 19h
Address: Beatrijsstraat 12, 2531 XC, The Hague

Benefit Rollerdisco for the Abortion Network Amsterdam

On the 11th of May there will be a rollerdisco benefit party for the Abortion Network Amsterdam (ANA) and BabyBullenBank (BBB). During the rollerdisco there will be vegan snacks, milkshakes and last but not least: some disco music!

Please bring your own skates when you have them. There will be some skates to rent as well, for a donation.

Organised by Bea-nix in collaboration with Kattenkwaad.
Information ANA: https://anamsterdam.noblogs.org/
Information BBB: http://stekdenhaag.nl/babybullenbank

More information can be found here

Hex the Patriarchy Reading Group 2

HEX THE PATRIARCHY Reading Group: Witches, Witch-Hunting and Women*

On the 25th of April, we will extent our discussion of the relationship between witchcraft, anti-capitalism and feminism!

In the feminist movement, the depiction of the ‘witch’ has often been used as a symbol for resistance towards patriarchy and used as direct action methods for direct change (think about W.I.T.C.H). Yet, the genocide of women during the early modern witch-hunt era in Europe is often overlooked when we talk of periods in history that have had an impact on social inequalities in contemporary society. Yet, these witch-hunts occurred during the rise of modern day capitalism, and when the political and economic power of the church became very important. Christianity and capitalism sailed together to other places and there too, decided that powerful women*, medicine women*, shamans and everyone who they saw as ‘witches’ were destroyed. In some places in the world, the witch hunts are making a come back .According to Federici:

‘We are witnessing a new surge of interpersonal and institutional violence against women, including new witch hunts, which have occurred alongside an expansion of capitalist social relations.’

This is the second meeting which focusses on Silvia Federici’s ‘Witches, Witch-hunting and Women’. We would like it if you come to the reading group prepared, and if you can also read the previous chapters. Federici will offer us an explanation of how anti-capitalism should be connected with feminism, and the other way around.

We will read and discuss:

– Chapter 5: On the Meaning of Gossip

– Chapter 6: Globalization, Capital Accumulation and Violence Against Women: An International and Historical Perspective

– Chapter 7: Witch-Hunting, Globalization, and Feminist Solidarity in Africa Today

The book ‘Witches, Witch-Hunting and Women’ can be bought at the anarchist bookstore the Opstand, https://opstand.noblogs.org/.

And you can email kattenkwaad-haf(at)riseup.net for a pdf.

 

Action for Abortion Rights!

*English Below*

Kattenkwaad organiseert op donderdag 11 april een avond waar we het recht op abortus in Nederland kunnen bespreken. We focussen ons voornamelijk op de inperking van dit recht, en op de intimidatie door christenfundamentalistische groepen die mensen benaderen wanneer zij naar een abortus kliniek gaan.

Welke beweringen gebruiken christenfundamentalisten om abortus weg te zetten als gevaarlijk en als moord? En hoe is het aan te tonen dat deze beweringen niet wetenschappelijk onderbouwd zijn en dus niet kloppen? We gaan wetenschappelijk onderzoek dat gedaan is naar abortus bespreken om ons te verdiepen in de psychologische en fysieke impact van een abortus. Ook zal er ruimte zijn om persoonlijke verhalen rondom abortus te delen met elkaar. En natuurlijk bespreken we hoe we actie kunnen voeren tegen anti-abortus activisten!

Laten we het taboe rondom abortus verbreken en actie nemen tegen de anti-abortus activisten die ons recht aantasten. Het is tijd om de oude slogans weer naar boven te halen! Baas in Eigen Buik!

De Opstand is toegankelijk voor rolstoelen.

 
Tijd:19:30
Adres: Beatrijsstraat 12, 2531 XC, Den Haag

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On Thursday the 11th of April Kattenkwaad will organise a night where we will discuss the right to abortion in the Netherlands. We will mainly focus on how christianfundamentalist groups are trying to take away these rights, and how anti-abortion groups are intimitating people who are going to abortion clinics.

What claims use christianfundamentalists to portray abortion as dangerous and as murder? And how is it possible to show that these claims are not supported by scientific evidence and therefore they spread false information? We will discuss scientific research on abortion, and there will be the opportunity to share personal stories on abortion with each other. Afterwards we will discuss how we can take action against anti-abortion activists!

On Thursday the 11th of April, Kattenkwaad will host a night where we will discuss abortion rights in the Netherlands. We will mainly focus on how, and who, is threatening this right.

Let’s break the silence and taboo around abortion and take action against anti-abortion activists that want to take away our rights It is time to re-use a slogan that has not been used for a long time in the Netherlands: My Body, My Choice!

De Opstand is wheelchair accessible.

 
Time: 19:30
Address: Beatrijsstraat 12, 2531 XC, The Hague
 
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Hex the Patriarchy Reading Group

HEX THE PATRIARCHY Reading Group: Witches, Witch-Hunting and Women*

On the 4th of April, when the New Moon rises, we will start to explore the relationship between witchcraft, anti-capitalism and feminism!

Women* who have opposed capitalism, patriarchy and Christian power structures have often been labelled as witches, with the result that many have been tortured, hanged, burned or killed in other terrible ways. The genocide of women during the early modern witch-hunt era in Europe is often overlooked when we talk of periods in history that have had an impact on social inequalities in contemporary society. Yet, these witch-hunts occurred during the rise of modern day capitalism, and when the political and economic power of the church became very important. Christianity and capitalism sailed together to other places and there too, decided that powerful women*, medicine women*, shamans and everyone who they saw as ‘witches’ were destroyed. Together capitalism and Christianity survive and become stronger through patriarchal power structures – let’s hex them and destroy them!

We will dive into the history of the witchhunts and its connection to capitalism with the help of Silvia Federici’s research. We will especially focus on ‘Witches, Witch-hunting and Women’. She will offer us an explanation of how anti-capitalism should be connected with feminism, and the other way around.

The book ‘Witches, Witch-Hunting and Women’ can be bought at the anarchist bookstore the Opstand, https://opstand.noblogs.org/.

At the Opstand a copy of chapters 2, 3 and 4 can be found.

And you can email kattenkwaad-haf(at)riseup.net for a pdf.

Het Patriarkraakt: Talking group about toxic masculinity

Het Patriarkraakt is a monthly talking group about toxic masculinity. We hope to create a space for self-reflection, to educate each other about feminism and sexism. To enable us to think in a healthy way about these issues, and to learn healthy behavior. A space to share questions, doubts, experiences and self-criticism.

The third session takes places on March 13th, this time in The Hague. This session we’re combining parts of the first two sessions. We will discuss what the patriarchy is and how it has operated in our lives. Then we’ll be looking for way to make our activist spaces safer for women, trans people and queers.

Everyone is welcome, but the talking group is focused on (the experiences of):
– Cis men
– People who want to unlearn toxic masculinity (regardless of your gender)

If this doesn’t apply to you, then you are still very much welcome. Especially if you think others can learn from you, or if you think you can learn from others.

Why do we do this?
In this patriarchal society we are taught toxic masculinity. This means that we are not able to sustain relationships in a healthy way (friendly, romantic…) . We learn to emotionally cut ourselves off from ourselves and others. We learn that aggression and violence are the only means to solve conflicts. We learn that we don’t need to listen to women/non-men and that we can cross their personal boundaries. We learn to commit sexual violence and to see it as normal or innocent.

Our activist spaces are not free from toxic masculinity. Here too we find sexism and sexual violence. Here too there is a dude-culture (brocialism/manarchism). We want to change this. We hope that this talking group will contribute to making activist spaces safer for women, non-men, trans people and queers.

Information:
Wednesday March 13th
Ruige Rog (Roggeveenstraat 56), The Hague
19:00 vegan food
19:30 start program

Preparing for the Women’s* March

On the 9th of March is the Women’s* March on Amsterdam!

Kattenkwaad will join the March and walk in the intersectional and anticapitalist block. If you also want to go, and would like to make a banner or a sign, you are welcome to join our preperation meeting on the 8th of March!

We will meet at the Samenscholing around 19:00, and together start making banners/signs. If you don’t know what to make, you can help us with painting the Kattenkwaad banner.

There will be vegan snacks at the preperation meeting and nice music.

We hope to see you there!

More information on the Women’s* March on Amsterdam can be found on their Facebook event: Women’s* March on Amsterdam
More information on the intersectional and anti-capitalist block can be found on the Facebook event created by the Vrije Bond: Intersectional/Anticapitalist block

Women* refers to everyone who identifies as a woman, or who struggles with being misgendered as a woman.

ABORT PATRIARCHY: Benefit Eatcafé & Concert

Abort the Patriarchy Benefit Eatcafé and Concert for ANA, Den Haag

On the 22nd of March, the feminist initiative Kattenkwaad organizes a benefit eatcafé and a concert for Abortion Network Amsterdam (ANA)!

ANA exists is a group of volunteers who came together to create a network of support for women who don’t have access to safe abortion because of a number of reasons:
– they don’t have access to legal abortion in the country of origin;
– the country where they reside doesn’t provide late term abortion;
– they don’t have access to legal abortion because of their status in the country

ANA provides the women with housing and some of the basic needs, help with transportation and translation in some cases. We make sure they get all the documents needed for the abortion, help set up an appointment as well as choose the appropriate clinic in the Netherlands.

The feminist (and vegan) eatcafé starts around 18:00.
The concert start around 20:00.

 

Stand at 2.Dh5

On the  23rd of February we will be at 2.Dh5 with our stand!

Come and visit us to get more information on Kattenkwaad, and on how you can get involved. At our stand you will find some zines, buttons, patches and anarcha-feminist flags.