*CoG is again leading a Network Gathering for the Allied Media Conference. More info to come soon. We are now accepting applications to participate and will have different levels of engagement. Anyone is welcome to attend as a viewer but we will have a limited supply of seats for folks to actively collaborate. The sooner you sign up the more likely you will be chosen to participate. More info and or letter to recruit facilitators is below. Please reach out to us if you have any questions.
Hello Magical Friend,
We believe you would be an amazing addition to our Network Gathering at the AMC this year. We want to hear from you by May 1st when our next meeting is (6 pm). If you know of others who would be a good fit, please share this with them. While we do not have a large budget we can offer free registration to the whole AMC and a stipend of $200, possibly more if fundraising goes well. For this position we ask that you can make yourself available for our whole gathering and all/most of our pre-planning meetings. We ask that you share outreach and fundraising posts/email to your social media and forward them to your networks so we can have the most magical gathering ever.
We also have a position open for someone dedicated to fundraiser(s). To apply for this position please reply with a sentence or two on how you would do fundraising. We currently have a small budget ($1000) to use for fundraising and are seeking proposals from someone who wants to manage fundraising for this event. If you are in Seattle/PNW then we can utilize the CoG Screen Printing Press, Sewing Machines and Spiral Bindery (paper).
Network Gathering Info: Through storytelling, we will gather the experiences of organizers within oppressive systems. We will explore RAD Care: Radical solutions that address the root of problems, Accessible disability justice and inclusivity beyond the state, and Decolonizing internalized oppressive methodologies. Examining historical and current failures or successes will help organizers heal and transform the Non Profit Industrial Complex through mutual care/(aid). We want to build intersectional spaces in media and organizing for people who don’t have spaces: those of us who are queer, trans, disabled, people of color, drug users, refugees and immigrants. Ultimately, RADical Care aims to collaboratively propose some ways we can create change in our work, ourselves, and social media. https://amc.alliedmedia.org/network-gathering/radical-care
What exactly does that mean? In other words, we are bringing voices together to discuss the ways activism, organizing, and the NonProfit Industrial Complex (NPIC) has harmed many of us. Moreover we are working on creating a living document (or website or training or something) that can be used to teach our communities. We want this training to be intersectional and expansive. In other words, often trainings are based on just one identity and are easy to not internalize because they are passive trainings. So we now have people running around saying they were trained in this or that so they can’t be stigmatizing people when really they never changed their attitudes and behaviors.
We will work together through May to put together a preliminary document for attendees to give feedback on. Additionally we will have time and space for participants to share their experiences and how they wish things would be different specifically to develop a training. There will also be a few slots for people to be interviewed prior to the conference if they have a lot to say and/or the conference is not accessible to them.
We will have pre-registration for individuals who want to share and participate. These moments are to elicit feedback; not to be a social support group type sharing. We recognize that the NPIC has harmed many of us even more progressive and radical organizations. We are working to build tools to help those who wish to build competencies. Our focus is on disability justice (primarily for this event) because that is the type of justice that we rarely are offered but everyone we are trying to recruit for the gathering would likely have intersectional identities, one of which being disabled.