The last cafém of 2015 (20/12/2015) won’t start until 4pm and will take place at the AZ Conni, but you’ll find the usual vegan bring-along-brunch, as well as zines, books and info material. Apart from that, there’ll be mulled wine and punch, we invited Jayrôme C. Robinet – who’ll perform “Das Licht ist weder gerecht noch ungerecht” at 6pm – and the evening will end with a bit of music. It’s going to be cosy! 🙂
performance (in German): 6pm
@AZ Conni, Rudolf-Leonhard-Str. 39 (!)
[Sorry, we usually try to translate the whole announcement. Unfortunately time is very short at the moment, hence you can only find the most important facts in English. The perfomance itself will be in German, als well and it’s probably rather difficult to translate simultaneously – but that doesn’t mean we wouldn’t try! :)]
For the next cafém on 15/11/15, we invited Steff from the publishing house ‘w_orten und meer’. Steff will bring some of their books and read from ‘Goodbye Gender’.
Is it possible – a life without gender? Stories about trying and failing, cheerful and sad, about connections with people, their irritations and with an approach to a solution that might be new for many: bidding farewell to gender as a categorie. ‘Goodbye Gender’ makes a start.
„I wasn’t born into the wrong body, I was born into the wrong world.“
– Rae Spoon
Whast does it mean to never being in the right gender? – not in the one one was assigned to at birth; not in the notion of sexual identities, that were tried out later in life; not after a transition from ‘woman’ to ‘man’. And is it possible – giving up gender completely?
In short texts, Rae Spoon and Ivan E. Coyote take turns at telling about their journey through different phases of gendered and sexual life – up until they completely give up gender as an identification for themselves and are now ‘retiring on a pension’ of gender. But what is the reaction of friends, colleagues and relatives? How do I act in the pub, at a job interview, at a fuel station at night? Which other form of words do still exist to address me or talk about me/myself? And can I tell someone else’s gender just by looking at them?
Ivan and Rae tell about their childhood and youth, about first loves and growing-up, their lives on stages and behind them. They include reactions and make their readers laugh and cry, make them think and recognise – maybe they make them hear questions about gay identities and the lack of pronouns for the first time. Straightforwardly and closely, the book depicts how the idea of gender as a clear norm falls at a reality, in which looks, appearance and desires aren’t always clear.
Note: The authors won’t be present. The reading will be in German.
This cafém is part of the action days against sexism and homophobia of the student council of TU Dresden.
Joint call for action by the groups URA, e*vibes, AusserKontrolle und gruppe polar.
About a year ago the right-wingpopulist PEGIDA marched through Dresden for the first time. Since then there have been gatherings of racists on a daily basis somewherein Saxony. The number of attacks on refugees, their accommodations and their supporters are on the rise, leading to staggering heights, backed by a growing right-wing hegemony. The pogrom-like riots in Heidenau are a symbol of these developments. Over the last few months the anti-fascist interventions aimed at preventing the worst and supporting affected persons on sight as well as the protests of refugees. There are also positive developments: Everywhere people organize themselves in neighborhood-initiatives to support refugees. Many activists help refugees cross borders and thousands demonstrated, also in Dresden for a “culture of welcome”. However, all these initiatives fizzle out under the pressure of toughened asylum-laws and racist terror. They almost seem cynical against the background of tens of thousands of deaths at Europe’s external borders. On October 19, PEGIDA wants to celebrate its first birthday. For us this is a reason to once again concentrate on the heart of the racist beast and prevent Bachmann and his crew from taking even one step without being disturbed.
Germany is not the solution! Continue reading
Summer-break is over – the next cafém takes place on 18/10/2015. As usual, there’s a brunch (feel free to bring something vegan or vegetarian), a reading corner with many zines and books, a play area and lots of space and time to chat.
From 3pm it’s time to get ready,…
…steady, go, on_stage!
Yes! First: warming up. Awakening the fun of and desire for acting.
Then: trying out (inside and OUT of yourself)!
With-one-an_other. Wildly, calmly, funnily, earnestly getting into improvisation, getting animated by me, actress, Anna.
Playing with slipping into “alien others’, playing with the ‘familiar peculiarity’.
In a room for women*lesbians*trans folks*inter folks*, in which we can play with topics of gender without being a puppet of gender.
And here is this month’s poster – so now you can even print it out and hang it up yourselves or send it to all of your friends 🙂
We had a lot of fun at the CES conference in Malmö (Sweden), shared our thoughts with a lot of comrades from all over europe (and beyond) and made new friends.
We also contributed to two events at the conference. One was the panel with Feminist Fightback about Reproductive Justice, the other one was a workshop about connecting feminist and anticapitalist struggles. Continue reading
The time has come again: on 19/09/2915, the next ‘March for life’ takes place in Berlin. Thousands of fundamentalist Christians and pro-lifers will be marching in Berlin, proclaiming their anti-feminist and reactionary positions.
For this reason, the “What the fuck!” federation calls for a demonstration for bodily autonomy and for the blockade of the ‘March for life”.
Demonstration “What the Fuck!”: 19/09/2015, 11am, station S Anhalter Bahnhof (this station has a lift)
call (in German)
Mobivideo (in German)
Demonstration “Bündnis für sexuelle Selbstbestimmung“: 19/09/2015, 11:30am, Brandenburger Tor
Finally our donation is on its way to Röszke – or rather: it’s on its way to those great people who are in Röszke since several days, cooking for refugees. (this is their German FB page).
Please support this campain and, if possible, donate some money!
They’re not only in need of money, but also looking for people who can support them on site.
Name: Residenzpflicht abschaffen GLS Gemeinschaftsbank eG
IBAN: DE 8143 0609 6782 1991 7100
If you are interessted in having some of those, just write us an email. We would be very happy to sent you some by mail.
This weekend, Första Linjen published the preliminary schedule for the conference.
The two events with our participation are:
Sat. 19th, 14:00-15:30, together with Feminist Fightback (England)
Fighting for Reproductive Justice – a review on feminist strategies and right-wing attacks
On this panel, activists from GB, Sweden and Germany will talk about the current situation regarding religious and state attacks on our reproduction. Focusing on access to abortion as a barometer of broader capitalist tendencies we will talk about how we can understand the increased level of anti-feminist mobilisations and discuss various feminist strategies in how we should respond.
Even though our actions mainly take place in Europe, we also plan to weave in some information on Latin American struggles.
Sun 20th, 13:30-15:00
Gender and Capitalism – an inevitable love? On the necessity of connecting feminist (and) anticapitalist struggles
After a short input on how we see the correlations of gender and capitalism, we want to split into smaller groups to read texts wich display different approaches to this topic. We would then love to discuss the necessity of connecting feminist and anticapitalist struggles as well as ideas on how those struggles and practices could look like across Europe, worldwide and on a daily basis.
This saturday during the Hechtfest (festival of the Hechtviertel), we’re having a stall with cocktails (non-alcoholic and alcoholic) and lots of information at the az conni from 4pm. It’s a solidarity stall for our protest in Annaberg-Buchholz and we want to use the money to pay parts of the upcoming legal costs and lawyers’ fees. The police accuses a group of activists of having violated the assembly law by presenting a banner 50m away from the fundementalists’ march. We’re also looking forward to chatting with you!