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!
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)
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
Women & Transgender Workshop every Sunday from 12-4 PM
44 W 6th St, Tucson
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Saturday, September 10.
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:
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:
And here is a link to the undoing borders tour website:https://undoingborders.wordpress.com/about/
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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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Alberta Nells, 16
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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