AZ FAN Stands for Arizona Feminist Action Network

AZ FAN is a loose band of anti-patriarchal, anti-capitalist, anti-racist, anti-ableist, anti-heteronormative, anti-cisnormative, and anti-hierarchical fanatics. We are passionate about spreading cultures of mutual aid, accountability, and resistance. We are figuring out what that means specifically to this region where white supremacy, dogmatic nationalism and prison slavery is at our throats, and patriarchy is internalized by anyone without question. We come together to actively support and aid each other in separate projects, actions, and endeavors. AZ FAN is not an organization - we are a network, confronting and dismantling all fronts of oppression.

To contact us, email az.fan.phx@gmail.com.


28th October 2011

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Save the Dry River! →

Dry River is a collectively volunteer-run anarchist resource center located in Tucson, Arizona. Over the past six years, we have been host to countless shows, classes, presentations, and benefits for activist projects from a local to international scale. We stay open without pay most of the week with a computer lab, library, and free store, as well as a venue space where local and touring bands can play.

However, this has not been without setbacks. During the past year we have fallen drastically behind on our rent and are now faced with contemplating the future of our space. We’re working on long-term fundraising options, but without immediate financial help, it is unlikely that we will stay open until year’s end.

Dry River Website

Watch Radical Resources: The Story of the Dry River Collective.

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12th October 2011

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Time to ACT →

September 2011 was a daunting month for reproductive rights activists here in AZ. Thanks to new legislation, folks seeking abortions now have to jump through all sorts of hoops. These hoops especially hit poor persons in rural communities making it virtually impossible to gain abortion access. 

It’s time to ACT, which is exactly why a group of radical folks in Phoenix and Tucson are currently collaborating on creating an abortion fund of sorts to help with housing those coming from afar, to help with financing abortions, etc. 

Click the above link for more information.

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12th October 2011

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We unfortunately will not be having our monthly workshop next week.

Thank you to everybody who has facilitated, helped with, and showed up to our monthly workshops! Generally we hold workshops on the 3rd Tuesday of every month, but this month we’ll be taking a break. Stay tuned for an announcement on our November workshop, which will be a Trans* 101 workshop. Booyah!

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5th September 2011

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Ladies & Trans Nights at Bike Co-ops

In AZ, we’re really lucky to have a few bike co-ops where people can learn to fix their bikes for free or cheap, build bikes for work-trade or cheap, and have a place to hang out and do fun stuff in a place with bike wheels hanging from the ceiling and at least one person with a wallet made out of bike tubes in their pocket. According to my research, there are 3 bike co-ops that have nights devoted to female people and trans people. This is awesome, because bike culture (as with most other culture) can be quite patriarchal and exclusive to many groups of people, including female and trans people. So here’s the info on the places who have nights for us, where cis d00dz can’t hang around, where we can learn from and teach each other about bicycle maintenance!!

The Rusty Spoke Bicycle Collective

Ladies & Trans night 1st Tuesday of every month, 7-10PM

1023 Grand Avenue, Phoenix (entrance through the alley between Fillmore and Taylor)

Bike Saviours

The website says Women’s Night, but I was under the impression that it was for Women and Trans people… maybe call ahead if you wanna feel super safe. It’s every Wednesday from 6-9PM

601 W University Dr, Tempe

BICAS

Women & Transgender Workshop every Sunday from 12-4 PM

44 W 6th St, Tucson

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3rd September 2011

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OMG QUEER DANCE PARTY

Saturday, September 10.

8PM.

You’d better come.

Some of us are throwing a big huge “Queer as in Fuck You” dance party to help pay for Ira’s top surgery and to benefit the Rusty Spoke Bicycle Collective. Ira is a super amazing participant in AZFAN, and we want to help him pay for top surgery, a ridiculously expensive procedure. I’m copying and pasting from the FB invite:



This party isn’t gay as in “happy,” it’s queer as in “fuck you.” 

Come dressed in your most fabulous genderfuck outfit, dance your ass off, and help us raise money for Ira’s top surgery. This shit ain’t cheap, y’all. Half of the donations will be going to the Rusty Spoke for allowing us to use the space and to help keep it running.

Kissing Booth!
Spanking Booth!
Games!
Food!
Beverages!
Raffles with fabulous prizes!
Gender bender costume contest!
DJs spinning the queerest songs you’ve ever heard!

Entry is only $5, and everything else will be super cheap. Be sure to bring cash!

(If you don’t know Ira very well, you should. Check out his writing and videos at http://www.iradaltongray.com/)

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2nd September 2011

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Undoing Borders talk tonight!

I know I’m posting this late (sorry), but if anybody can make it out to this event tonight, please try to!! AZFAN and 3rd Space (a collective of queer people of color + allies) are cohosting HAVOQ, the group that’s putting on this talk. This is the first date of their international tour, so check their website to see if they’re coming to a town near you if you’re not in phx! They’ll be in Tucson next. 

Potluck, presentation and conversation with queer organizers from the Bay Area about undoing borders. 

Meet the organizers and get a copy of their newly released collective writing project- Undoing Borders

6pm POTLUCK and conversation— what does being queer have to do with borders?

7pm PRESENTATION by the collective

& more connecting conversation between 3rd Space queer organizing, migrant justice, demilitarization of the border, prison abolition & more!

Here is a link to the zine:
http://www.sfprideatwork.o
rg/general/undoing-borders-queer-no-borders-manifesto-released/

And here is a link to the undoing borders tour website:https://undoingborders.wordpress.com/about/

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24th August 2011

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Changing Hands needs to hear from us!

Last week I went into my favorite Phoenix (technically Tempe) bookstore, Changing Hands. I love it because they have a huge poetry section and they have workshops and readings on a weekly basis. I was looking to see if they had any bell hooks books, so I asked a persyn at the front desk. He said he’d take me to the section where he thought they might have some bell hooks books. As he was leading me to the back of the store, he was talking about how they are moving a lot of stuff around in the store, and almost everything has been moved to a new part of the store (i.e., the poetry section is now on a huge bookshelf lining the back wall, instead of on a small bookshelf in the middle of the store). But as we arrived at the dismal Womyn’s Studies section, I realized that they hadn’t changed a thing. The section is still in the back of the store, on the back of the bookshelf (so it’s facing the back wall). It’s still a small bookshelf of about 4 shelves, they still only have one copy of the classics (Manifesta, Bitch, Cunt), and most of the content is liberal shit that pushes for parity in the workplace, etc. (see Gloria Feldt and Marcia Reynolds, helping women everywhere become bosses, not just employees!!). The persyn helping me (I think his name was Aaron? Maybe?) was definitely an ally, and just as disappointed as I was.

He told me he was really working on boosting the Queer Studies section of the store, which is right beside the Womyn’s Studies, and is even more pathetic. There are two shelves devoted to Queer Studies (which includes Trans Studies here), and most of the books are facing out, which means that six books can fill the shelf, which is what they’ve done. There are mostly just a lot of personal narratives. And then there are two shelves of Queer Fiction. What, queer fiction isn’t dignified enough to just go in the Fiction section?? And it’s the same thing with Queer Fiction, there are about fifteen books that are all faced out, so it “fills” the shelves. Below “Queer Studies” are two or three shelves on Latino/Chicano Studies. And on the other side of this bookshelf is another that is half Native American Studies, half African-American Studies, with about three shelves each. 

I told Aaron (?) that I was super offended at the incredibly lacking content of all these sections, as well as the positioning… they’re seriously in the least visible/accessible point in the store. When I told him that I wanted to complain, he got really excited and got me the e-mail address of the general manager right away. He said that if enough people complained (but also bought books in these sections to show that there is a real interest), it might make a difference. I bought Susan Faludi’s Backlash (used for $7!), and tried to remember to send an e-mail. But now that I’m writing this, I’m gonna write the e-mail, too. So I’m letting all you feminist witches know, so you too can send Cindy Dach an e-mail, letting her know your outrage at their pathetic Womyn’s Studies section (and Queer, Latino, Native American, and African American Studies). I might just create a template e-mail that y’all can customize, so you don’t have to do much other than sign your name/add whatever you want. 

General Manager of Changing Hands in Tempe, Cindy Dach’s e-mail address is cindyd@changinghands.com. You can also call her at the store at 480-730-1142, or on her cell phone at 602-614-8717. 
The website for the store is www.changinghands.com 

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11th August 2011

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Arizona Stands Against Racism [Insert Laugher] →

This link was posted to the AZFAN facebook page…. this is the first time I’ve heard of it, and apparently it was passed on March 29 of this year. The Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony Pre-Natal Non-Discrimination Act ”requires doctors and health care providers to monitor the reasons women of color get abortions.” Check out the link for more disturbing information as to one more instance of the great state of Arizona interfering with/ruining the lives of people of color; and in this case, the women in those communities.

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29th July 2011

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How to Deal: A Workshop on Community Conflict Resolution (Phoenix, AZ) →

Join the Arizona Feminist Action Network for a FREE workshop on how to resolve conflicts within our communities. July 19th, AZ FAN put on a workshop on how to practice good consent. This workshop will take us all to the next step: what do we do when our boundaries (sexual or nonsexual) are violated? Together we’ll learn how to keep our communities together.

The event will be held August 16th 7pm-9pm at the Rusty Spoke Bicycle Collective at 1023 Grand Ave. Here’s a map: http://rustyspoke.org/imag​es/rs-map.png ***

Topics covered in the workshop:
• What is conflict resolution?
• Why is it important?
• How it works along with tools and tactics that you can use
• Role playing scenarios and strategies for reducing escalation
• Practicing newly learned skills

Keep in mind that we will be discussing very personal topics at this workshop. Although you will not be required to share anything you’re not comfortable sharing, some of these issues can trigger emotions from past traumatic experiences. If you have any specific accommodations you’d like us to make, please message Ira or Crystal, or talk to us before the workshop.

This workshop is open to people of all sexual orientations, gender identities, ages, ethnicities, abilities, religions, and political beliefs.

Water and vegan refreshments will be provided.

*** If you’re planning on driving to the workshop and will have room in your vehicle, please post on the event wall what area you’re coming from so other participants can contact you for a ride share.
Public Transit Routes:
Route 8 (7th Ave) - get off at 7th Ave/Roosevelt and walk west to 11th Ave, south to Grand.
Route 3 (Van Buren) - get off at 7th Ave/Van Buren and walk NW on Grand to Taylor.
Route 15 (15th Ave) - get off at 15th Ave/Roosevelt and walk SE on Grand to Fillmore.

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28th July 2011

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Alberta Nells, 16
Flagstaff, AZ
http://www.savethepeaks.org


Activist with Youth of the Peaks project, an organization of Native American and Non-Native American youth seeking to protect sacred lands in the San Francisco Peaks area near Flagstaff. Held sacred by more than 13 tribes, the peaks are threatened by a proposed expansion of a ski resort and the use of reclaimed waste water to make snow.

This clip is from 2006, and we’re still fighting to protect the peaks for the same reasons as before. Right now, people are camping to occupy the space. For more information and updates, you can also check out www.truesnow.org

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