A statement about safer spaces policies

We at For The Birds have been aware of recent discussions surrounding whether or not the Anarchist Book Fair would have a Safer Spaces policy, and how that would be enforced. As a group that has tabled at that event in the past, and been a part of that extended community, we wanted to express our concern for and awareness of the initial avoidance of stating a Safer Space policy and working towards community accountability. Across the board, For The Birds encourages and supports having Safer Spaces policies whenever possible.

We believe that sexual assault and abuse, within feminist and radical circles especially, are issues that need to be acknowledged and addressed head-on. We believe in doing more than stating that oppressive behaviors will not be tolerated and in having structures in place to help participants understand what that means and how those expectations will be addressed should an issue arise. Through our events and advocacy, we aim to create spaces that support active listening, respect, and a commitment to intersectional feminism that does not rely on state-sponsored institutions or the police-state. We understand that these goals are no small feat, but we are confident that through awareness, dialogue, and action it is possible to foster and organize events that are safer and respectful for all who choose to attend.

The Coalition for Safer Spaces has more information on these issues on their website, which can be found here.

THATCamp Feminisms East

The Barnard Center for Research on Women (BCRW) along with the Humanities and Technology Camp are presenting a collaborative “unconference” exploring innovation in the digital humanities, focusing on feminist interventions.

The event takes place on Saturday, March 16, 10am – 5pm at Barnard College. Free and open to the public! You can register here at the THATCamp Feminisms East website. Registration is required and the venue will be wheelchair accessible!

Bringing together faculty, students, information professionals and activists from across the Northeast, THATCamp Feminisms will delve into both the technical and the theoretical questions central to the use of technology in the humanities—from how to utilize text mining or redesign the way information is communicated, to the ethical implications of digitizing archives and what it means to have assignments, classroom discussions or lectures online.

THATCamp Feminisms will provide a space for participatory learning at the intersection of feminism, academia and new media through discussion, skills-based workshops, and on the spot experimentation. People of all professions and skill levels are welcome. Co-sponsored by The Barnard Library and THATCamp Theory.

SOHO20 Fellowship and upcoming events

SOHO20 Chelsea Gallery has announced their call for fellowship applications, deadline March 1st. The gallery supports the work of women artists through exhibitions and public programming. All women artists working in any medium are welcome to apply.

The gallery is also teaming up with the Feminist Art Project (TPAF) and the College Art Association Annual Conference 2013 to present two events next month! Below are the details for an exciting weekend of events dedicated to feminism and art.

February 16 @ The Brooklyn Museum - Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Auditorium
TPAF@CAA Day of Panels
10am – 5:30pm // free and open to the public
Organized by Catherine Morris, Curator, Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Brooklyn Museum.
The event features an impressive roster of artists, curators and critics in conversation surrounding feminism within art institutions, their archival practices, and more.

The symposium will focus on the intersections of feminist and institutional practices, asking how institutions have integrated feminist perspectives into their long term curatorial, collections, and programmatic objectives. Sessions will examine how the museum as a quasi-public space has and continues to negotiate representations of sexuality and gender; how institutions can be “queered” to become more inclusive and less normative, and how feminism may impact institutions in the long term through collection plans and mission statements. There will be a special focus on the role of the institutional archive as a platform particularly conducive to a feminist voice. 

You can see the full schedule of events here. 

February 17 @ SOHO20 Chelsea Gallery - 547 West 27th St, Suite 301, New York, NY
A Conversation on Performative Art: Women Redrawing/Performance
1pm // free and open to the public

Performance by Aphrodite Navab followed by a discussion moderated by Kathleen Wentrack. Speakers: Aphrodite Desiree Navab, Kathleen Wentrack, and others.
In conjunction with Soho20′s Women Redrawing the World Stage exhibition.

 

 

 

Pride Weekend Roundup

It’s that time of year again, Pride weekend in New York City, and For the Birds would like to suggest some great events of the queer variety. Trying to avoid corporatization and gay assimilation? Here are some ways to resist and celebrate:

Friday, June 22
3pm – 8th ANNUAL TRANS DAY OF ACTION
This is the Audre Lorde Project’s yearly march and rally! “TGNC People of Color and allies will take on the streets of New York City once again and demand justice to let the world know that the Stonewall rebellion is not over and we will continue fighting for justice, raising our voices until we are heard.  We call on activists and organizers from all movements, both local and organizations around the country to endorse this call to action and to build contingents to march in solidarity together.” More information and points of unity here.

6:30PM – QUEERBALL STRIKES BACK! a radical queer street party
Queerball invites “Every queer, homo, gender-transgressor, radical, alphabet-soup-inspiring, awesome, fun, or angry person you know or like.” to join them at Washington Square Park as part of the Trans Day of Action Rally and the Drag March. Much dancing and noise-making to be had, commencing with an Anti-Awards Ceremony outside of Stonewall. More details at the link! Email queerball@gmail.com for more information.

Saturday, June 23rd
12pm – LESBIAN HERSTORY ARCHIVES OPEN HOURS AND TOUR
Want to learn more about queer history and lesbian communities? Check out the Lesbian Herstory Archives with some open hours and a tour before the Dyke March kicks off. The archives are the largest collection of materials by and about lesbians and their communities. They are located at  484 14th St. in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

5PM – 20th ANNUAL NEW YORK CITY DYKE MARCH
Step off at 5pm from 42nd St. and 5th Ave. (Bryant Park) for the 20th Annual Dyke March to demonstrate for lesbian rights and visibility. The event is “in celebration of LBTQ women and to protest against ongoing discrimination, harassment, and anti-LBTQ violence in schools, on the job, in our families, and on the streets.” The march will end in Washington Square Park with an after-party at Ginger’s in Park Slope. Please note that this is an unpermitted protest march.

Sunday, June 24th
12pm – EVERYBOOTY TOO!
Spank, Hey Queen! and Earl Dax present their second annual pride party all day to night, outdoors at the Dekalb Market in Brooklyn. Performances, Art, Vendors, and Happenings, …and it’s all free! Highlights include performances by Mx Justin Vivian Bond, B0DYH1GH, Rude Mechanical Orchestra, tarot readings, zines and a whole lot more.

8pm – QUEER PUNK PROM
Brooklyn TransCore presents dancing and punk bands for a great ending to your weekend. Come see Runny, Penguin, Born in a Cent and GLTRPNCH and DJing by DJ BJ, Mr. Santos, Croad, and Mason Chambers King. The party kicks off at Cake Shop at 8pm with a cover charge of $7.

For The Birds tabling at upcoming events!

With the new year comes so many exciting events, and we will be tabling at a few of them. Mark your calendars! Hope to see you there!

ANTI-VALENTINES DAY RIOT GRRRL COVER BAND SHOW – February 14th
@ Death By Audio (49 S. 2nd St., Brooklyn)
Cover bands playing this year will be Babes in Toyland, Hole, X, Discount, Spitboy, Mika Miko, Heavens to Betsy, and the Frumpies.  Cover charge and time TBA.  Plan on getting there in the early evening as last year’s event sold out!
(Since there was some confusion last year: we are not the organizers of this event. Contact info for the organizers can be found at the link above!)

FEMINIST ZINE FEST- February 25th
1pm – 6pm @ The Brooklyn Commons (388 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn)
A day of feminist zinesters, distros and artists.

BROOKLYN ZINE FEST- April 15
11am – 6pm @ Public Assembly (70 N. 6th St, Brooklyn)
A wider range of zinesters and distros from Brooklyn and beyond.

Cindy Crabb zine reading w/ Cynthia Schemmer and Max Steele!

We’re sponsoring a zine reading next Monday at The New School with Cindy Crabb, Cynthia Schemmer and Max Steele!

We’ve been carrying Cindy’s “Support” zine (on preventing sexual assault and supporting survivors) as well as “Learning Good Consent”.  Her well-known autobiographical feminist zine “Doris” is really worth checking out, if you haven’t already.

See below for more info and we hope to see you there!

For The Birds Collective & MFA Collective Works present:
a zine reading w/
Cindy Crabb (Doris and Support zines)
Cynthia Schemmer (Habits of Being)
Max Steele (Scorcher)

Tuesday, December 6
@ The New School – 6 E 16th St, Room 1107
8pm // open to the public

Find out more about the readers after the jump!

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Cindy Crabb reading – December 6th!

Save the date! We are co-sponsoring a zine reading by Cindy Crabb and more TBA!

December 6 @ The New School
6 E 16th St, Room 1107
8PM // Open to the Public // Donations!
brought to you by MFA Collective Works and The For The Birds Collective

Cindy Crabb is the author of the long running, autobiographical feminist zine Doris, Her new book The Encyclopedia of Doris has just been released. She has written for numerous books and magazines, including We Don’t Need Another Wave: Dispatches from the Next Generation of Feminists, the Utne Reader, Experiencing Abortion: A Weaving of Women’s Words, A Girls Guide to Taking Over the World: Writing From the Girl Zine Revolution, and is featured in the new academic book Girl Zines: Making Media, Doing Feminism, by Alison Piepmeier. She is the editor of the zines Support, and Learning Good Consent, and is a sexual assault survivor advocate.

 

FTB-005: FLOCK ROCK

For the past few years, For the Birds has curated music compilations of our favorite women-fronted and feminist-positive bands from across the country, and even around the world.  We’re pleased to announce the release of this year’s compilation CD / Cassette titled “Flock Rock”, our fifth release.  It features 14 tracks (some of which are exclusive!) and will be available only at the Birds of Summer events before being added to our webstore this fall. Check out the track listing below!

Cover art this year by the amazing Liz Prince!

1. The Ballad of Tanqueray Beavers - Small Bones
2. The Inevitable - New Creases
3. Friends All Grown - Livid
4. Circles - Daylight Robbery
5. Boy Piss - Weird TV
6. Dead Horses - Very Okay
7. Go Away - Dear Marje
8. Widow’s Walk - These Days
9. No Fun - SPARKLESHIT
10. Repetition - Trophy Wife
11. Complacent Living - nu-kle-er blast suntan
12. Halloween - Cat Vet
13. Shit Explodes - Boneblack
14. Scream So They Have To Hear You - Hot Mess

 

 

Bitch Magazine talks about the Women’s Caucus for Art

A few months ago we participated in a panel at the Women’s Caucus for Art hosted by A Feminist Tea Party at the annual CAA conference.  Katie Haegele followed up on the day’s events with a great piece in the summer issue of Bitch Magazine. She spoke with yours truly about For The Birds, among other things, and we’re very excited to be mentioned in the magazine!  You can download the PDF here and check out the full issue on newsstands now.

Thanks again to A Feminist Tea Party and Yulia Tikhonova for including us in the event!

 

So You Want To Start a Feminist Collective…

Announcing For The Birds’ first zine!


So You Want To Start A Feminist Collective: A Flight Plan For Newly-Hatching Flocks
For the Birds’ first zine! Encouraging other people to start their own collectives and projects, For the Birds answers questions about how we started and how we continue to operate as a group.  We address problems we’ve faced, how we’ve negotiated those issues, the vital importance of communication, and more.  The zine is both about our own collective process and a guide to starting similar projects in your own community.  It’s our way of sharing the knowledge we’ve gained together.

The zine is available from our table at events and also now online at our store!  Click here to order online.