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.


17th August 2011

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How to Deal: A Community Conflict Resolution Workshop

While organizing the workshop, one of the co-facilitators was nervous about public speaking, so practically everything that was said is in here. It’s not perfect, since it was mostly for getting our ideas down, but it’s almost a script.

Notes: We all sat on the ground, but chairs were available for those who may need them for whatever reason. The workshop went over by almost an hour and was planned to be an hour and a half. The reason being because (while it’s not listed in the outline) we frequently checked in with the group and asked for input. Some of this stuff is redundant, so you can totally cut stuff out. There is also information specific to Arizona, which may not apply to your community. One concern that was raised was the use of the words aggressor and survivor to discern the two people the conflict is between. We came to the agreement that we would still use the words for the sake of simplicity but to keep in mind that it’s not always about one abuser and one survivor. Sometimes, we abuse each other, and sometimes conflict is not about aggression or abuse. We still think these tools could be helpful though. Also, we weren’t able to make booklets or a glossary due to lack of time and resources. So, keep in mind that this workshop worked without those tools. Instead, we made it clear that we would be happy to define anything that was unclear to someone. Lastly, one of the co-facilitators is trans* and regrets not shedding more light on trans* folks in the prison system but couldn’t find much information on it.

The notes (there are a lot of them) are behind the cut.

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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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20th July 2011

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The Consent Workshop Went Wonderfully!

Thank you to the facilitators and thank you to everyone who came and participated. Behind the cut is the agenda for the workshop taken directly from the handout that was given to everyone who came. Please feel free to use this information as a resource for educating others about consent and for facilitating your own workshop.

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19th July 2011

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Goodmorning, everyone!

Don’t forget that tonight is Asking For It: A Consent Workshop at the Rusty Spoke in Phoenix from 7-9!

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18th July 2011

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Ladies and Trans Bicycle Repair Workshop →

Ladies and Trans night is happening at the Rusty Spoke…again! This is a chance for women and trans folks to come in, other than Sunday, and get help with their bikes!

There will be people there to help you so dont be shy about coming in. It is going to be every first Tuesday of the month, so come and invite your women and/or trans friends! You don’t even have to have a bike to work on. You can just come in and learn things or hang out.

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15th July 2011

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Asking for It: A Consent Workshop →

Time: Tuesday, July 19 · 7:00pm - 9:00pm


Location: Rusty Spoke Bicycle Collective 1023 Grand Ave. (access from the alley off of Taylor St.) Phoenix, AZ 


Are you asking for it?

Join the Arizona Feminist Action Network for a FREE workshop on negotiating consent in your intimate relationships (and the rest of your life). Learn how practicing good consent can be fun, sexy, and empowering!

Topics covered in the workshop include:

• Common features of good consent in relationships
• Defining your own boundaries and what consent means to you
• Role playing scenarios and strategies for saying “No” and “Yes”
• A fun activity to practice your newly honed consent-building 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 Elise or Sean, or talk to us before the workshop.

This workshop is open to people of all genders, orientations, and relationship styles.

ASL interpretation will be provided.

Bottled water and light refreshments will be provided.

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

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.

Due to the the adult nature of the topics covered, this workshop is not appropriate for children.


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