Monthly Archives: September 2011

Register for the RISE Radical Social Work Conference!

Registration for the 2011 RISE Conference is open!

RISE is a grassroots collective of social workers and activists in NYC. We create spaces where progressive and radical ideas can be shared to build knowledge, skills and community. We want to inspire social workers to create a world where the need for social work is made obsolete.

RISE hosts an annual social justice  conference and year round events intended to empower students and recent professionals to become effective agents of social change. It focuses on creating strong coalitions, increasing interdisciplinary dialogue, and developing skills in order to transform institutional social problems.

RISE is open to everyone interested in creating a more equitable world.  Although the conference is specifically geared towards social workers and social work students, the topics it covers are relevant to a wide range of people.  If you want to be part of a day dedicated to addressing structural injustice, there is a place for you at RISE.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

West Brooklyn Community High School

sliding scale $10-35

This year will host over 20 social justice workshops, arts and media presentations, and discussions geared to creating connections among social justice workers and activists. These diverse sessions are dedicated to creating systemic change and dismantling institutional oppression. Check out the broad range of topics by reading the workshop descriptions online.

Register now or learn more by visiting our website.  Last year we sold out quickly and had a huge waitlist, so register ASAP!

***This year we have moved to a cash-only system as part of our anti-capitalist values. This will require that you mail payment to complete your registration. More info is on our website.***

 We are also looking for folks to volunteer at the conference! Volunteers are a crucial part of having a successful day and are able to attend the conference for free! If you are interested in volunteering at the conference, email

Organizing Collective
RISE: Social Work to End Oppression

Announcing: Brooklyn Female Filmmaker’s Co-op

We are a group of women in our 20s, not yet established in our film careers, who are interested in creating a space for DIY filmmaking with a female focus. Through regular meetings, we will dedicate ourselves to examining female experiences (however we choose to define), and teaching ourselves some of the technical skills that we may have missed out on in college environments, etc. Because this is an organization in its infancy, it will be up to members to set an agenda and to work toward specific goals. Ideally though, this group will function as a site for networking, skill-sharing, and collective group exercises. Members should also feel comfortable using this space to workshop personal projects in various stages of development, and to invite participation, as they see fit.

If this is something you think you might be interested in joining, please e-mail Grace at with answers to the following questions:



Film Background:

Specific Areas of Interest/Skills:

What do you think you could contribute to a group like this, and what would you hope to get out of it?


*NOTE: We encourage you to apply even if you have little previous experience with film.

Hoax #6 Call for Submissions

Reposted from the Hoax blog. Rachel & Sari need contributors for this issue, so get to it!

the topic of hoax #6 will be feminisms & COMMUNICATION!!!

potential ideas for material include, but are not limited to:

  • how  we utilize the various creative mediums to express ourselves: ie  art/music/playwriting/dance/zines etc.
  • language: terminology / identifications / labels / who is allowed to use certain terms / reclamation
  • media: various types / their historical & cultural relevancy / effectiveness for social change / the decline of print media / online activism & social justice movements
  • visibility: how we choose to communicate our identities (verbally and non verbally) / how different communication styles “out” us / secrecy / how we talk & to whom / where do you draw the line in sharing certain information (online, at yr job etc.)
  • non-verbal communication: how we “read” and then judge others / body politics & gendered expressions (“passing” and “body work”)
  • consent: expressed vs. body language / legacy of shitty health class information / talking about queer and/or non-normative sex
  • silence: when not to speak / boundaries
  • relationships: communicating different with various friends, partners, family members, strangers etc.
  • emotion: how it gets intertwined with communication & makes it more or less effective / intensity & whether it will hinder someone’s account as being believable (“too angry” “hysterical”)
  • disagreements: how do and should we communicate our ideas to those who disagree with us? / “tone arguments” / should a person with a marginalized identity have to “play nice” when talking to somebody who has privilege over them? / “call outs” & accountability processes / expressing hate & anger
  • the self: self-care / where the self ends & community begins / expressing yr needs / creating & sustaining personal boundaries
  • accessibility: geographic accessibility / accessibility to language / pretension / the “academic industrial complex”
  • networking: action / teamwork / friendships
  • space: physical / emotional
  • legislation: policy / community organizing / the importance of local action

we also totally need lots of artwork (photos, collages, illustrations, drawings, paintings, comics, etc.)! particularly for background designs and things that compliment the written material.

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September is all about music: Screenings & Events

As we swiftly approach the most beloved of seasons — the fall — people are coming out in droves to share their work with the world. This week is all about music!

FROM THE BACK OF THE ROOM: A Documentary about Women in Punk

Check out this new documentary playing at the Spectacle Theater (“a collective of film collectors, filmmakers, editors, performers and misfits”) tonight:

This documentary chronicles the past two decades of female involvement in the DIY punk community. We’ve interviewed tons of amazing women ages 17-40 from all over the United States!

You can RSVP on Facebook; showings at 7:00 and 9:30PM. $5.

A Panel at the Brooklyn Book Festival

Music is often the voice of a generation-a touchstone for issues both personal and political, and a way for its fans to understand themselves. Mark Yarm, (Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge), Marisa Meltzer (Girl Power: The Nineties Revolution in Music) and Marcus Reeves (Somebody Scream: Rap Music’s Rise to Prominence in the Aftershock of Black Power) – look at the impact of punk, hip hop, riot grrrl, and more on the lives of its fans. Moderated by Will Hermes (Love Goes To Buildings On Fire).

For more information on this panel, click here; for more information on the Brooklyn Book Festival, see their main site.



Verso Books has declared September “the month of White Riot and I am not one to disagree. Stephen Duncombe (Notes from Underground: Zines and the Politics of Alternative Culture) and Maxwell Tremblay (The SLEEPiES) have edited this pioneering collection on punk and race. Verso and UnionDocs have teamed up to bring us this night of films and a discussion on the subject. You can listen to Stephen and Max on WFMU discussing the book, too.

From UnionDocs:

Sunday, September 18 at 7:30pm // at UnionDocs // 322 Union Ave., Brooklyn, NY // $9 suggested donation.

Movie selections and critical discussion on punk rock and race, from the Clash to Los Crudos, skinheads to afropunks, with professor Stephen Duncombe and writer/musician Maxwell Tremblay. More after the jump.