Spring Updates

 

Sign up now for Queer Theory, Queer Practice: Queering Social Work. Saturday, June 18 at Smith School for Social Work, Northampton MA.Licensed social workers can earn 6 CE credits. Register here.

 

What’s new? 
So much! Here’s a snapshot of Think Again’s work since January:

  • Keynoted a student staff orientation at Iowa State University, with a talk on Acting Accountably in a Context of Oppression
  • Rocked the annual staff meeting of a regional workforce development agency with a day-long session on understanding privilege and oppression, with a focus on gender and disability
  • Continued the community-based Cross-Class Dialogue Circles here in Brattleboro with ACT for Social Justice
  • Brought trans inclusion and gender justice trainings to about a dozen organizations – a national healthcare advocacy group, three K-12 schools, two colleges, professional conferences for educators and therapists, and more

 

Booking
We are mostly booked through July, but we could maybe squeeze something in depending on the topic and timing. Get in touch now to inquire about training, assessment, and other consulting services for fall. We currently have trainers based in the Northeast and Midwest. We’re always glad to travel to you, and some services can be provided remotely.

2016 with Think Again

What’s new?
This fall took Think Again all over the Northeast:

  • training dozens of staff, faculty, students and advocates at Hamilton College
  • training student leaders at Syracuse University
  • helping to launch a trans* inclusion task force at a K-12 independent school for girls
  • facilitating community-based Cross-Class Dialogues here in Brattleboro with Angela of ACT for Social Justice

 

Plus, check out Davey’s new article “Using the Five Faces of Oppression to Teach About Interlocking Systems of Oppression”

 
What’s next?

We are booked through January, and booking now for February through May. Get in touch now to inquire about training, assessment, and other consulting services. We’re always glad to travel to you, and some services can also be provided remotely.[Drawing of 3 people; one says 'He was saying that too!' while another looks down and away.]

 
Winter Sale
Do your new year’s resolutions include getting your friend, colleague, relative or client’s pronouns right? Should they? (Did you know that New York City now officially defines mis-gendering as discrimination?) Trans* Ally Workbook is on sale through January. Get it, use it, share it with a friend!

2nd Cross Class Dialogue Circle Starts Soon!

at The Root Social Justice Center, Brattleboro Vermont
Oct 7th, 14th, 21st  &  Nov 11th, 18th  &  Dec 2, 6-8:30pm

Please join us if you are interested in learning more about economic inequality, your own personal relationship to class, how to communicate effectively about class, and how to work for economic justice.

Facilitated by Davey Shlasko of Think Again and Angela Berkfield of ACT for Social Justice

Details for participants:

  • We recommend attending all of the dates, and require attendance at the first session and at least 4 sessions.
  • The cost is determined through a group cost-sharing process.
  • Space is limited to 12 people.
  • Please fill out this Application to participate.  Due September 18th.

If you support this project, but are not able to participate – please consider donating. We still need to raise about $1,500 to cover costs for this class. Visit our Fundraising page. 

For more information about Cross Class Dialogue Circles click here.
Email info@act4socialjustice.com or call 802-254-3400 with any questions.


Comparing Women’s College Trans Policies

With several women‘s colleges making news lately by releasing new policies on transgender students, wouldn’t it be helpful to see how the different policies measure up? Think Again has created this handout showing similarities and differences across the colleges in terms of admission of trans women, trans men, and people with nonbinary gender identities, retention of students who transition once enrolled, and criteria for documenting gender in the admissions process. Check it out, and let us know how you find it useful!


Davey on Radio Q talking about singular they!

Did you catch Davey on Radio Q talking about they as a gender neutral pronoun? Listen here!

Also, How Using They As a Singular Pronoun Can Change the World – updated and expanded – is now available for download as a pdf, print-ready and formatted as a little booklet that you can keep in your Trans Ally Workbook.

Please listen and share!


Break the Silence About Class: Cross-Class Dialogue Circles

Mar-Apr 2015 – every other week for 6 weeks, time TBD by participants
co-hosted by ACT for Social Justice and Think Again Training
cost – sliding scale, determined by participants

The class divide in the US is growing and yet class is rarely talked about. Let’s break the silence! Cross-Class Dialogue Circles are a powerful way for people across the class spectrum to come together to talk about their experiences with class, listen to each others’ stories and perspectives, and then to work together as change makers for economic justice. Engaging with each other across class is empowering, healing and liberating. image of a group of workshop participants sitting in a circle talking

Davey Shlasko, of Think Again Training, and Angela Berkfield, of ACT for Social Justice, are co-facilitating Cross-Class Dialogue Circles. Davey is a facilitator, author and consultant, of mixed, mostly working class, class background, who has been working on classism and other social justice issues since 2000. Angela, who identifies as middle class with owning class privilege, has worked with a variety of organizations and groups on understanding classism and other social justice issues, with the goal of building movements for economic justice. 

If you are interested in participating fill out this application by Feb 21st.

If you are able to support this project financially see the indiegogo campaign. Donations of all sizes are welcomed!

Email info@act4socialjustice.com or call 802-254-3400 with any questions.


How using ‘they’ as a singular pronoun can change the world

Check out Davey’s article on Feministing!

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illustration by Kai Hofius

Hopefully, by now you know that calling people the pronouns they want to be called is a basic and necessary way to demonstrate respect for their identities. This includes learning to use non-binary pronouns, such as singular “they.”

But using singular they is far more than a way to respect friends who have gender identities outside the binary. Singular they has exciting potential to be part of a radical shift in the dominant gender culture. Changing the culture may seem like a mighty task for one little pronoun. But actually, it wouldn’t be the first time that a pronoun was near the center of a momentous cultural shift.

…read more…  or download as pdf, formatted for printing as an insert for your Trans* Ally Workbook


Hopeful Times

These are hectic, hopeful, powerful times. Millions of people are mobilizing in mass protests against police violence. People who have been passively sympathetic to movements for social justice are starting to get mobilized. And we have a wealth of wisdom to draw on in doing this work in a respectful, responsible, complex and intersectional way.

If you have #BlackLivesMatter on your mind, we highly recommend this piece by Alicia Garza on the origins of the tag and the movement it represents. If you’re looking to contribute, one great option is to donate to Organization for Black Struggle, one of the longest-standing Black-led justice organizations working in Ferguson and St. Louis, and a key organizer of the recent actions there. And if your staff, student group, or community wants facilitation support to deepen your conversations about racial justice and intersectionality, get in touch – if we’re not the right fit for your group, we’re glad to help you connect with someone who is.

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Gender & Creative Expression – Workshop at ArtRage Gallery

Where has Think Again been lately?

In November we trained 80+ students and community members at Syracuse University in being an ally to trans community members, and led an arts-based gender exploration for a smaller group at ArtRage. We spoke with 100+ students and faculty at Oakwood Friends School about cross-cultural communication. And we explored coalition building with participants at SUNY New Paltz’s Multicultural Education Conference. Plus we got a nice shout-out in this articleon myths about people with nonbinary gender identities!

And finally, we are booking for Spring! If you are considering a staff training or campus event, please get in touch now so we can start to coordinate scheduling.


Coming Up in November:

image of collage from a previous workshop, including image of a bare male chest, crossed arms, dense swirls of color and textures, a faucet, and a mostly-occluded cartoon doctor with a clipboard.Exploring Identity through Expressive Arts
Nov. 12, 6-9pm at Art Rage Gallery, Syracuse, NY
Registration is required about 10 spots remain as of 10/30.

 

Understanding Trans Identities and Experiences
Nov. 13, 6-8pm at Syracuse University in cooperation with the SU LGBT Resources Center

 

Nothing About This is Binary: Trans Allyship and Coalitions for Justice
Nov. 21, 10-11:15am at the Multicultural Education Conference at SUNY, New Paltz.
Registration required by Nov. 7. $40 general / $8 student (including breakfast and lunch). For registration info contact conferencing@newpaltz.edu or call (845)257-3033.


Updated Resources from Think Again

Check out our recently updated handouts available for download:

… and as always, if you have an update or new resource to suggest, just get in touch.