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.


Open Workshops in Philadelphia, October 11-12

Think Again is offering 3 great workshops through the William Way LGBT Community Center’s Way Gay U on October 11-12:

  • Exploring Class and Classism in LGBT Communities – This workshop is an opportunity to build dialogue about a topic many of us have been taught not to talk about: class and money. What class differences exist in our LGBTQ communities, and how do they play out? How have various stereotypes about LGBTQ communities obscured the realities of our complex class backgrounds and realities? How can we build bridges across class differences and create communities that embody economic justice?
  • Coalitions for Justice – “If you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.” (Aboriginal activists group, Queensland, Australia, 1970s). The struggle for LGBTQI liberation is bound up with the liberation struggles of all peoples – the struggles against racism, poverty, religious oppression, and all other systems that seek to raise up some people by beating down others. In this session we will explore specific sites of commonality and opportunities for coalition, and practice skills and principles for working together effectively across differences of identity and experience.
  • Exploring Identity through Expressive Arts – Explore and express yourself! In this workshop, you will tune into your non-verbal artistic wisdom through drawing, collage, movement and reflection, to express aspects of your own identities and experiences that don’t usually get a voice.

 

Deadline to register is October 4! Sign up now at the Way Gay U website.


Class Inequality and Trans Communities

Check out Davey‘s article on Class Action‘s blog:

Transgender issues have received more sympathetic media attention in the past few months than ever before. While so many people are paying attention to trans issues for the first time, this seems like an important moment to draw attention to an issue that’s at the heart of many of the challenges trans* people face in the world: most trans people are poor. …

Read more at Classism Exposed.


Queer Theory and Social Work

cartoon showing 2 people talking at a blood drive. one says "one last question - have you ever had sex with a man who's had sex with a man, since 1977?" and the other says "can you define man, sex, and with?"What does it look like to teach queer theory to social workers?

Historicizing seemingly-permanent ideas about gender and sexuality; questioning our assumptions about inherent traits of people; and applying a queer lens to every aspect of social work practice.

70 first year MSW students Smith School for Social Work jumped into this conversation with us in August, and it was a ball.

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School’s Out … Back to School!

 

School has just wrapped up, but it’s already time to start planning fall trainings! Think Again offers trainings for student staff, residence life staff, and other college personnel such as

 

… and so much more. Get in touch today to schedule training for the fall.


Kudos

Feedback from last week’s training for therapist-interns on working with trans* clients:

This was an amazing training! I wish we could have been in an all day training or weekend workshop [rather than a 90 minute in-service].

Thank you for creating a safe and nonjudgmental space for us to learn and question and learn some more. 🙂

Thank you. This was the first time I’ve heard this information in such a clear, cogent, respectful, inclusive and safe way. The way in which you presented made all the difference in my ability to stay present, engaged and curious. Seriously – thank you. And you can quote me.

Well, okay, we’ll quote you then. You’re so welcome! And thank you for being such an engaged, thoughtful and dedicated group.


Class Card Game Pilot workshop

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Could you have this much fun talking about classism and cross-class relationships? We did! The next opportunity to play / pilot the game will be Thursday, May 22, 6-9pm in Oakland, CA. You’ll go home with your own draft copy of the game, plus extra info and tools to help you bring the game to your friends. Capacity is limited to 8 participants. Sign up here.


Moving!

 

Timage of a group of workshop participants sitting in a circle talkinghink Again’s headquarters (and Davey) will be relocating to the Northeast in July. We’ll still be available to travel, but it will get harder (and more expensive) to schedule West Coast work. If you’re on the West Coast and you’ve been considering a training or short-term consultation … how about May or June?

Samples of workshop topics are here and you can contact us here.