A video reportback from our J17 Lightning Bolt training with teachers from Girl Army.
“Rehearsing Consent Culture: Revolutionary Playtime”
from the upcoming anthology: “ASK: Building Consent Culture”
edited by Kitty Stryker, to be published by Thorntree Press in late fall 2017.
“Hey. Wassup. Can I talk to you?”
Nonplussed, she kept looking at her cell phone.
“Hey. I’m talking to you. Wassup?”
She blankly swiped something on her phone, unfazed.
“Aaiight. It’s like that. Cool. Well, maybe you will wanna talk to me when you see that I got video of when you jumped into the pool and your bikini top fell off.”
Four of us got together to a) drink tea and eat cookies and b) go over some information security basics. We covered messaging, location tracking (did you know GrubHub tracks your location?), VPN, emailing, whether emptying the trash on your Mac deletes files (not really), and more.
Equipping educators with skills to intervene in moments of bigotry in their classrooms; and watching plenty of Survival Lilly. 🙂
If you’re in the SF East Bay, join us for Lightning Bolt Self Defense Training
Tuesday, January 17th
7:30am – 9am
500 El Embarcadero, Oakland (between Grand and Lakeshore)
Trainers: Nanea, Bridget, Uke:, Laura
This training will take place in public, and is open only to people who do *not* identify as cisgender men.
However, it is not open to all women.
For example, it is not open to the Oakland Mayor; Chief of Police; Hillary Clinton; former District Attorney Nancy O’Malley; Janet Napalitano; or any police officers.
Cis men may be enlisted to perform auxiliary roles. (Email firstname.lastname@example.org if interested.)
What are you going to do to get ready to resist the Trump administration?
(Transcript below the fold)
Excellent training by People’s Community Medic on gunshot wounds, seizures, and tear gas; and a good overview by friends of the Omni of what to keep in a street medic kit.
Will type up my notes and share them within the next week!
The lightning bolt, for me, symbolizes both the energy of our collective power and my personal commitment to spend this year doing everything I can to build our individual and collective strength, resilience, resistance, and ability to survive, thrive and be truly “in it together.”
Here is some of what getting ready means for me right now:
+ Spending time with my beloved disability justice community. Learning to listen to and trust the wisdom of the body. Learning to value, appreciate and know the body itself before the capitalist idea of it. Learning to honor the needs of the body in the ways I show up, and similarly honoring the ways other people show up. Listening to and learning about disabled histories and realities. Committing to centering disability, disabled people and disability justice.
+ Participating in bystander intervention training with friends (there’s a short webinar version from Hollaback a few times in January).
+ Ongoing exploration of white conditioning, its harmfulness and how to heal from it. Currently meeting with a group of 5 to do the “Healing from Toxic Whiteness” training.
it’s 2017, i’m feeling strong, and about to get stronger.
this lightning bolt signifies, for me, that this will be the year i prepare, in community, for natural and political disasters. preparation looks different for all of us, but for me it includes:
+ make an earthquake kit; create a plan with house and neighbors.
+ take a self-defense class; exercise to feel happy and agile.
+ join an in-home screening of “Deacons for Defense.”
+ encourage all masc-of-center friends to do anti-patriarchy work.
+ research existing alternatives to calling the police, since they make things more dangerous for people of color, people with disabilities, etc. (shoutout to Oakland Power Projects for doing this work.)
+ learn basic medic skills from People’s Community Medic
Originally posted on Mic’s Youtube page, Black Lives Matter co-founder and Executive Director of the Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI) Opal Tometi offers 5 pieces of advice for how to resist under Trump.