Saturday, May 15, 2010

Last Minute Reminder: Beyond Patriarchy Conference Right Now!

The workshops are currently on a lunch break, but will resume again at 2 and continue until 5. Then Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore is giving the keynote titled, "Maybe What Openness Is About" in PLC 180.

See the full Schedule after the 'jump' or on

Beyond Patriarchy Convergence schedule


WELCOME 2:30-3:00

WORKSHOPS 3:00-4:20
Solidarity with Palestine (Ben Linder Room)
Fertility Awareness for Fun and Health (Rogue River Room)
Money Skills for Activists (Umpqua River Room)

WORKSHOPS 4:30-5:50
Aggressor Accountability in Radical Communities (Rogue River Room)
Effective Communication (Ben Linder Room)

DINNER 6:00-7:00 (Campbell Club)

KEYNOTE 7:00-9:00 (PLC 180)
Tobi Hill-Meyer
“Trans Women Claiming Sexual Agency: Who’s Standing in the Way”

FILM SCREENING 9:00-11:00 (PLC 180)
Doing it Ourselves: The Trans Women Porn Project


SNACKZ 11:00-11:30 (Survival Center)

WORKSHOPS 11:30-12:50
Fighting Fatphobia (Rogue River Room)
Tree Climbing Training (Lorax Manner)
Politics of Sex Positivity (Metolius River Room)

LUNCH 1:00-2:00 (Multicultural Center)

WORKSHOPS 2:00-3:20
Resources Available to Prisoners and Political Prisoners (Metolius River Room)
Transgender Inclusion? (Rogue River Room)
Disability Culture and Access panel (Fir Room)
Feminist Economics (Umpqua River Room)

WORKSHOPS 3:30-4:50
Resisting White Supremacy panel (Campbell Club)
Unnatural Embodiment (Metolius River Room)
Gay Imperialism (Rogue River Room)
Practical Self Defense (Ben Linder Room)

KEYNOTE 5:00-7:00 (PLC 180)
Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore
“Maybe What Openness Is About”

DINNER 7:00-9:00 (Campbell Club)
Meeting for next year’s BP organizers 8:00-8:30 (Campbell Club Blue Room)

PARTY 9:00-??? (Campbell Club)


SNACKZ 11:00-11:30 (Survival Center)

WORKSHOPS 11:30-12:50
Economy of Caring (Rogue River Room)
An Introduction to Ecofeminism (Umpqua River Room)
First Aid For The Streets And The Woods (Ben Linder Room)

SNACKZ 12:50-1:10 (Survival Center)

WORKSHOPS 1:10-2:40
Sex Worker Panel (Campbell Club)
Embodied Activism (Fir Room)
Men and the Patriarchy (Ben Linder Room)

CLOSING 2:40-3:40 (Fir Room)
CLEANUP 3:40-4:00 (Everywhere!)

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Fashioning Resistance to Militarism: Thursday Night

Resisting Militarism Fashion Show
Thursday, May 13, 2010
7:00pm - 10:00pm
Agate Hall, University of Oregon

We here at the 'Surgent consider ourselves incredibly fashionable people. The other day I was feeling incredibly fashionable and decided to bust out my dad's old leather jacket. As I strutted my stuff down the runway that is 13th avenue I was humbled by the fashion police. He told me the epaulettes on my jacket went out of style 5 years ago, but recently they've been resurrected by people who want to make an implicit statement against fashion. Of course I then threw off my jacket and walked home crying. (Of course I forgot I was wearing my cat/rose sweater which made everything even worse.)

Now all this could have been avoided if I had taken the time to think about why my jacket had pointless military accouterments sewed on its shoulders. I blame my father for my bad style choices. If I wanted to pretend I was in the army I should have checked with the blogosphere first and made sure epaulettes were still "in."

I will have to check out the Militarism Fashion Show to see all the great ways military fashion has crept into the mainstream.

Resisting Militarism Fashion Show
Thursday, May 13, 2010
7:00pm - 10:00pm
Agate Hall, University of Oregon

From the event's Facebook page:

Military clothing has long been adopted into civilian wardrobes.
Even the khaki slacks available in every casual clothing line have military origins.

Fashioning Resistance to Militarism

Presents a provocative and eye-catching exposé of how militarism has seeped into our homes, our closets, and our minds.

Produced by UO students, staff, and faculty in collaboration with Eugene community members, this unique fashion show features original designs that challenge some pervasive assumptions about militarism. This show uncovers the high costs of militarism in terms of people’s lives, their emotional wellbeing, environmental contamination, carbon footprint, war profiteering, and all the ways war is made to seem normal…

Don’t miss this “counter couture” for peace and justice.

Thursday May 13, 7pm
Agate Hall Auditorium (@Agate and18th)

Organized by University of Oregon, Women’s and Gender Studies Department, and Oregon WAND (Women’s Action for New Directions).

Co-sponsors: Center for the Study of Women in Society, Oregon Center for Humanities

Neon Stare

Have you ever looked at someone you don't know, stared into there eyes and been met with a blank stare? That dead look, of scorched images searing the retina. Of overloud music booming through a speaker shoved deep into the ear canal. Small TVs, screens, blinking neon are but a small portion of the innumerable brightly covered distractions.

We wear clothes, shiny, bright or black, showing off how different we are, or receding deep into ourselves. Our hyper-individualism drowns out others, their needs and feelings. We are increasingly told what to wear, how to wear it, what to a own- just to maintain a sense of privilege and self. Because without our identity as individuals, we are meaningless...

This notion of individualism, the Ipod, Ipad, flashy clothes, new cars, new tvs etc, all make up the nearly completely internalised self, at the expense of the interpersonal communication- leaving only a neon stare. Well, turn off the neon, the ipod, wear bland clothes, try not be compelled by adds or shop at stores... try to grow food, build your own home, talk to your folks. Create a community, know your neighbours. The individual running of society makes nearly every participant a guilty accomplice to the resource extraction and wars therefrom. Compliance with the system is inevitable at some level, since we are surrounded by it and alternatives will take time to develop, but we need to develop alternatives.

It is incumbent upon the citizens of this world to tear down walls of inhibition and talk to those around us. We need to help each other out and create a interpersonal systems of understanding and toleration.

Monday, May 10, 2010

The MCC Presents: The Other Mexico

When: Wednesday, May 12th, 7PM
Where: Willamette 100, UO Campus

The UO Multicultural Center is hosting activist Leonor Arenas Agis and journalist John Gibler to talk about the state of social movements in contemporary Mexico.

Visit the Event's Facebook Page

LEONOR ARENAS AGIS is the daughter of Gloria Arenas Agis and Jacobo Silva, two former political prisoners in Mexicos's state of Guerrero. Both Arenas Agis and Silva were released last October after 10 years in a Mexican prison. Leonor, as the daughter of these guerrilla leaders, faced multiple assassination attempts before seeking political asylum in Canada. In Canada, Arenas Agis was active in social justice movements. Now, back in Mexico, Arenas Agis is studying medicine and is also a part of two collectives. The first works for the release of all political prisoners in Mexico and the second seeks access to health care for all.

JOHN GIBLER is a former Global Exchange human rights fellow in Mexico who has been social movements since January 1st, 2006. He reported on the ground from the Zapatistas Other Campaign, the massive protests against electoral fraud in Mexico City, and the civil disobedience uprising in Oaxaca. His writing and photographs have appeared in numerous publications across the nation. He has also reported from Oaxaca for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and the international edition of the Miami Herald. Before moving to Mexico, Gibler worked for various human rights and social justice organizations in Mexico, Peru, and California. He reported on environmental justice issues and water privatization in California for Public Citizen, Terrain Magazine, ColorLines, the Environmental Justice Coalition for Water, the Journal on Race, Poverty and the Environment and other independent media.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Fascism Stinks: A communiqué from Eugene Anarchists

To whom it may concern,

We members of Eugene’s anarchist Black Tea Society are shocked and appalled by the behavior of a number of reckless hooligans during the Pacifica Forum meeting Friday, May 7th! In the early evening a putrid smell, very similar to that of looming fascism, filled Esslinger Hall. The culprit: three dozen stink bombs. What these young miscreants just don't understand is that history has proven time and again that fascists are consistently vanquished by reasonable dialogue and passive sign holding. After all what brought down Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, Franco and many more was clearly the might of Western capitalist logic. These misguided youth are obviously wing nut Utopian Kropotkonites! We are in complete total agreement with the wise and benevolent University administrators that these hooligans actions were childish and unimaginative and that fascists are sacrosanct should be unopposed. We also hold that the brutal response of university security was entirely justified. We suggest to campus security that they adopt a policy of throwing all anti-fascists down stairs, as they did to Fridays protesters. We hope that in future people will exercise proper restraint when dealing with advocates of genocide and totalitarianism.

Hugs and Kisses,
Black Tea Society