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(en) Britain, AFEM2014 + update

Date Fri, 10 Oct 2014 10:00:55 +0300


AFEM2014 Organising for an anarcha-feminist conference in London on October 19th 2014 http://afem2014.wordpress.com/ Here is a better idea of what will take place on the day, Sunday 19th October. We don’t have a finalised timetable yet, but we hope that it will follow soon. ---- The event lasts from 10.00am to 6.00pm. Feel free to come earlier/stay later if you’d like to help us set up and pack up. ---- OUR VISION ---- We want to explore ideas in-depth together and have time to work through concepts and reach generalised understandings and concrete plans. As such, we are putting meetings together within thematic Strands. The idea is that there will be some continuity within them and that they will reach some outcomes and positions from which we will move forward, with some tangible outcomes, such as statements or demands, development resources, working groups, plans for further events, development of our website or setting up something even better.

Of course we don’t expect everyone to agree on everything (beyond our Invitation Statement https://afem2014.wordpress.com and Safer Spaces policy). But as far as possible, we want to reach outcomes which will advance the anarcha-feminist struggle internationally, within and beyond the anarchist movement.

It has been suggested that there could be some kind of publication with these ideas and outcomes explored, or a website to serve a diverse and international anarcha-feminist movement more generally.

STRANDS AND MEETINGS

Strand meetings open to all attending the event;

Work and the Workplace (Incl. Workplace Organising; Sex Work).
Control of our Bodies (incl. Abortion, and in Spain and Ireland; Fat Activism).
Our Movement (incl. Love sex/ Hate Sexism; Sexual Violence in Anti-Authoritarian Movements; Accountability Processes).
Racism, Fascism, Anti-fascism (incl. Anti-Fascist Network, People of Colour feedback session).
Prisons (Empty Cages).
Anarcha-Feminism Internationally (incl. Latin American; Middle Eastern).
Gender and Sexuality (Can’t Fuck/Won’t Fuck; Gender Workshop).
Some spaces are currently reserved for people self-defining as part of a group which wants or needs to organise separately sometimes, even within anarcha-feminism;

People of Colour
Non-binary/trans
Disability/Health oppressed.
Sex Workers
People involved in those meetings do not need to feel answerable to the wider anarcha-feminist movement and can use them as they like. The organisers do not want to decide what will take place beyond expecting the Strands to accord with our Invitation and Safer Spaces policy. Participants should feel free to set what parameters, goals and demands they want, and we will support them as best we can. Ideally, people will let us know in advance that they would like to be part of something, and we’ll hook them up with other people. But we’ll be keeping the spaces reserved anyway.

Some meetings have a one-hour slot, and some have two. It’s up to the convenors and people attending to work out how they use the time, but we recommend breaks and changes in tempo/structure, to maximise participation and keep us all alert.

STRUCTURE

There will be a general meeting at the start of the day and the end of the day. At the 10.00am one, as well as making house-keeping announcements, we will set out something of our perspective and hopes for the event and introduce our Safer Spaces policy, and discuss what this will mean in practice.

The strands will begin at 11.00pm and run until 5.00pm. Feel free to dip in and out as you please.

There will also be a lunch period for those who want to break out from the meetings structure completely.

At the closing meeting at 5.00 we would like strands to report back and, if possible, raise/announce ideas/plans for the short-term future.

PRACTICALITIES

We are still welcoming people to our Organising Group. If you have some time to spare before and on the day, please consider it. E-mail us if you are happy within the definition of who we are inviting, and we’ll let you know how to go about getting involved.

We are really sorry, but we can’t provide accommodation for anyone and it is certainly not possible to sleep at the venue itself. We simply don’t have the resources.

Sorry, no dogs except assistance dogs are allowed in the venue.

You may need to bring something to eat and drink because there is nowhere really close to buy stuff. We are working on this though, so watch this space.

We are looking forward to meeting you and working with you.

AFem2014 Organisers
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