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.


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.