We have just released our policy on abuse and consent! check it out and please let us know if you have suggestions about what might make you or others feel as safe as possible at our events.
Safer Spaces and Accessibility Committee
Policy on Abuse and Consent
As settlers on unceded and occupied Coast Salish Territory — specifically the territories of the Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh, and Squamish peoples — we recognize the ongoing violence that we are complicit in as settlers and beneficiaries of colonialism.
We acknowledge that this policy is not perfect. Nor are we as organizers. We fuck up. We make messes. Everyone does. What’s important to us is what folks do with their messes, how they clean them up, so to speak. And so in undertaking the responsibility of creating a space that is safer, more inclusive, and an alternative to the criminal (in)justice system, we are open to suggestions and feedback from the community.
As there are many types of abuse that play out in our communities (ie: sexual, physical, emotional) we intend to collectively work towards creating spaces where abuse is minimized. That said, we are aware that creating spaces that are completely free of abuse is not possible. Safer space is as much about the process as it is about the end result; the medium is the message, so to speak.
Further, we recognize that the binaries of survivor/perpetrator, victim/abuser, person harmed/person who has caused harm are limiting and that people who have experienced harm can also cause harm. We wish to acknowledge that we have all been socialized in very abusive hierarchical systems (ie: colonialism,cissexism, white supremacy) and we would like to move forward with empathy through an intersectional framework of understanding and organizing.
We are not a community accountability process, in and of itself. Rather, we are going to honour the processes as determined by the person/persons that have experienced harm. We value behaviour and actions and do not wish to lay judgement. Instead, we support a culture of action not isolation; we do not support processes for revenge or punishment.
· While we will not be passing judgment(s) or taking stances of moral superiority, we would like to make explicit that in order to support survivors we will be centring their experiences and will do our best to construct spaces in which they will feel safe, supported, and comfortable. In order to do this, we would like to invite any survivors of abuse to reach out to us so we can work toward creating these spaces for individual cases and based on individual needs.
We will not engage in abuse denying or dialogues around ze said/she said/they said in the context of this festival. We believe survivors accounts of their own harm full stop.
Consent is a practice that needs to be ever present. Consent is about communication and not making assumptions about one’s identity, sexuality, needs or wants.
As such, we will not be going to make assumptions, We encourage you to bring a buddy who will help you feel safe and comfortable. If you let us know a bit about a situation, we can also check in with you throughout the festival or event that you attend and will do our best to meet your needs. If you have any other suggestions about what might make you or others feel as safe as possible at our events (up to and including explicitly asking someone *not* to attend shoutback fest), please do let us know. We intend to make this festival as welcoming as possible and understand that knowing our neighbours and supporting people to feel comfortable is a great way to alleviate social anxieties. With this in mind, we hope you are not alarmed by our friendly greetings.
For more information on community accountability processes please visit:
Shout Back! Bookfair Fundraiser!! FRIDAY THE 13TH @ The NEW Spartacus Books
We are an anti-capitalist, diy, feminist, punk festival that takes place on Unceded Coast Salish Territories of the Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh, & Squamish people (Vancouver BC), Happening August 8, 9, and 10 2014.
Organized by and for gay, trans*, queer, people of colour, indigenous and/or women artists, Shoutback is a celebration in smashing patriarchy - a full weekend of workshops, art, live music and the anarchist book fair.
~*~ The Anarchist Book Fair Fundraiser will be held at the new Spartacus Books location @ 3378 Findlay St. (just East of Commercial Drive at 18th) — come down on FRIDAY THE 13TH at 7PM to listen to bands (TBA), check out Spartacus Books new location, meet friends and help raise funds for spaces to hold the book fair!
More TBA soon! **Accessibility Information** This location is a new space for Spartacus Books and we will be doing improvements to make the space more accessible through out the summer. This will be updated accordingly. .For now,
Front door: 42 wide, handle height 39.5, door swings out to the street
Width of spaces between center bookshelves: 23, 45, 36, 31.75 (These all seem too narrow which is why I included these measurements, but it shouldn’t be hard to adjust!)
1st doorway into back space: 34.75 wide, no door (but door from old store is there, perhaps to be put on?)
2nd doorway into further-back back space: 34.5 wide, no door
Bathroom door: 29 wide, handle height 36, door swings into bathroom
This year, Shout Back! Fest is joining forces with the Anarchist Book Fair, taking place on unceded and occupied Coast Salish Territories.
Shout Back Fest is an anti-capitalist festival organized by and for gay, trans, queer, people of colour, indigenous and/or women artists. The festival features workshops, music, art and the anarchist book fair.
We refuse to adapt and accommodate to inherently oppressive, hierarchical structures and we will not be erased or tokenized Let’s break the binary and continue to create a safer and more inclusive community. One that works to break systemic barriers, encourage conversations and build relationships. One that is based on mutual aid and solidarity.
Please get in touch if you would like to help organize this year! firstname.lastname@example.org
An all-ages anarcha-feminist, queer, anti-capitalist DIY music festival for anyone who wants it or thinks they might want it. A celebration in smashing patriarchy, showcasing artists who are under-represented.
See accessibility info for all venues below.
This year we will be offering childcare upon request, so please let us know if this is something you will be needing.
Skill-sharing on a variety of subjects, such as:
❈ Anti-oppression and Decolonization
❈ Direct Unionism
❈ Fat Panic!
❈ Feminism and Hip Hop
❈ Fix Yr Bike
❈ Re-Wilding the Shitty: A Response to the Concrete Jungle
There is one gradient step up to the door of the venue. It is 2.5” at the lowest point and 6” at the highest, for which a ramp is available. There are two washrooms stalls with grab bars, one in each washroom; the doors to these stalls are 30” and they are 42” wide. Shows at this venue are sober shows—no BYOB, and no alcohol will be sold at the venue.
There a non-automatic door at street level that leads to a tiny concrete ramp. This ramp leads to the large show room. There is a large washroom, measurements to come.
There are no stairs or steps in the entrance. The (gender-neutral) washroom has a narrow entrance. An accessible washroom is located in a pub less than half a block away and we talking to the owners to see if Art Bank attendees can make use of it at no charge during the festival.
front door: 5 feet width
front door step: 6 inch height
ramp: 31 inch width
washroom door: 33 inch width
toilet: 10 inch clearance on left side
14 inch clearance in front to sink
the washroom has a handrail
There is one gender-neutral washroom.
The entrance is street-level with no stairs or steps and is one meter wide. The gender-neutral washroom located past a narrow hallway with a sharp 90 degree turn. We are currently attempting to source an alternate washroom option.
Kickstand has a 32” gate with three steps leading down into a large basement space, with one gender neutral washroom.
This show here is taking place outdoors in a grassy backyard which can be approached from a paved alley way. The gender-neutral washroom inside the house must be reached through two flights of stairs. We are currently sourcing a nearby accessible washroom option.
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There is an elevator leading up to the space and a hallway which leads to a gender neutral washroom with a narrow entrance. More info to come.
This is a house venue with approximately 20 steps leading up into the house. There is a gender-neutral washroom located up another flight of stairs.
STRATHCONA SKATE PARK
This show takes place in a park outside which may be approached from a concrete gradient pathway approximately five feet wide. There are ‘male’ and ‘female’ labled washrooms on site with a 1/2 foot step for the entrance and small cubicles. Regrettably Shout Back coordinators were not successful in securing a wheelchair accessible Porto-Potty for this event. We are currently sourcing another washroom option for this event, but something close by may not be available. We apologize for this exclusion.
FOR ALL VENUES:
All shows are all ages!
We are working on a safer spaces team to be present at as many shows as possible. This team will have identifying arm bands, will be sober, and will be accountable as active listeners and defusing unsafe situations.
We request a $5 donation or the presentation of a $20 festival pass at each music show and workshop. However no one will be turned away for lack of funds at either shows or workshops.
All shows at Astorino’s are sober shows, however other show venues may have alchohol for sale at them.
All venues are close to public transportation. Please message us for directions to specific venues.
Free childcare is available upon request for any of the shows and workshops.
Please refrain from wearing strong scents.
We are trying our best to increase the accessibility of this festival and we are open to suggestions and constructive feedback!
$15 Passes for the whole weekend available Friday night at the MoonTower and the Mansion. Shows are $5 without.
Sign up for $10 STICK AND POKES at the Mansion
Unfortunately, The Mansion, The Moontower, Thor’s Palace, and Alf house all have approximately 7-10 5” stairs to get into the main spaces and, then some of them have another 7-10 stairs to go to the washroom upstairs.
The park show, the skatepark, and 6th are all happening outdoors, on ground level.
Weather permitting, the workshops on Sunday will be in the backyard of the mansion and at the skate park.
All venues are ALL AGES.
The Shout Back! Fest acknowledges that this festival is taking place on the unceded Coast Salish territory of the Tsleil-Waututh, Musqueam, and Squamish nations.
From Bikini Kill to Los Crudos, Pansy Division to New Bloods, queer punks, female punks, and punks of colour have been carving out spaces for themselves on both a local and international level. In this facilitated discussion, we will attempt to address whether safer space, for marginalized folks in punk and other radical music scenes, is even possible. And if so, what does it look like? How do we get there? How do we hold ourselves, and the radical DIY communities we are engaged in, accountable?
Capitalism and Patriarchy: Enacting Feminist Value Systems
What is patriarchy? How does it shape who and what our society values – economically and culturally? How can we combat this and enact a different, non-discriminatory value system? This workshop will provide some intellectual fodder for the fight. People of all genders are welcome!
SKATE PARK 3PM
Zine Library Workshops
Come to this workshop if you are interested in learning about and making zines. This will be a hands-on, collaborative workshop, so come prepared with materials and ideas. Carly will go through a variety of zine folding and binding techniques and we will talk about zine history, layout, materials, and content. There will be small zine library at the workshop to provide samples to inspire you, and an informative handout with a list of resources.
all sorts of paper scissors collage materials glue writing utensils
Anarchy is Queer : A look at gender tyranny as performed by the state and reproduced by the masses; and of course, what do we think we can do about it?
The social pressure to conform with regard to (monogamous, hetro-) sexuality and birth-assigned gender has been a target of anarchist critique on this continent for over a century. The relationship between Authority (state, church, capital) and our bodily experiences with regard to sex and gender is severe and well-documented; subjects of this relationship include reproductive ‘rights’, gender assignment, the privileged status of marriage, custodial rights to children, ‘hate crimes’, etc. Yet these conversations often find foundation in power relationships between persons assigned to certain genders, and avoid querying the power relationship between Authority and Gender as concepts/forces working between all of us.
After reviewing historical and current examples to provide context, this workshop will focus on the experience of gender in this land and will explore an anti-civ / insurrectionary approach to gender liberation through facilitated discussion. In particular, topics to be explored include: - Who gains from enforcing a rigid gender binary? Who suffers? - What can gender insurrection look like? - What are comrades doing to end gender tyranny worldwide? - What do we want to do here?
Participating comrades will be invited to share in solidarity letter writing so we can send love to prisoners of gender tyranny.
Please be aware that minor changes may occur! And if you are a member of one of the bands and we accidentally booked you in a spot you are unable to play, please contact email@example.com and we’ll correct it as soon as possible!
Workshops will be held on Sunday, more info on those to come!
ONE WEEK UNTIL RADICAL QUEER DIY FEMINIST ROCK AND ROLL CRUSHES WHAT YOU THOUGHT EXISTENCE WAS AND OPENS YOUR MIND TO WHAT CAN BE! SHRED THE GNAR!
Who doesn’t love it when dreams of anarcha-feminist music festivals become a reality? Not anyone that I know! Like us on Facebook! MAKE IT REAL! And be sure to check out the event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/108727549275813/ !!!!
An all-ages, queer, radical, D.I.Y. anarcha-feminist music festival Aug 31 - Sep 2 2012.
Inspired by the likes of C.L.I.T. Fest, Ladyfest, & Homo-a-Go-Go, the Shout Back Festival is about combating sexism, racism, & homo/transphobia (among other oppressions) within the various punk, indie, and noise music scenes. Taking place in multiple venues over Labour Day Weekend (August 31st-Sept 2nd), Vancouver’s Shout Back fest hopes to merge music with workshops and politics into one hell of a righteous weekend.
From the margins to the stage, we simply refuse to be erased, tokenized, or viewed as mere coatracks/eyecandy. What we have is RADICAL and its time to party HarD.I.Y, shred the gnar, sing along, dance our hearts out, be heard, have fun and bring this to all things we do, every action.
GHOST TACO (MTL) LOVE CUTS REMEMBRAN DOGBRETH SCREAMING QUEENS LUNCHLADY ALIEN SHE DEAD SOFT HAIKU CHARLIE NOISY TITS KMVP KELLARISSA LOOSE TIGHTS BOW & ANTLER MOVIELAND KIDNAP KIDS TIGHT JEANS ADAM KADMON PRETXELS RAT RIOT MENOPAUSE MEGABOG (seattle) HALFBREED (seattle) MARY SWEENEY EIRENE CLOMA CROSS MY HEART ALANNA J STEW COLLEEN WAGNER ROOMS PUPPIES DEREK WHEELER BRAVE IRENE THEE AHS BUSHTIT N.213 SO YOU THINK YOU CAN SLEEP COPY/PASTE NATION OF TWO (seattle) TWENTY THREE //ZOO CHELSEA JOHNSON LOST LOVERS BRIGADE BLANKETS HOLZKOPF ANJU SINGH and more?!
Venues will be announced this week. Unfortunately most of them are punk/collective houses that have shit tons of stairs/narrow entrances. There will be a few outdoor shows happening in parks, alleyways, and streets that will be physically accessible.
All venues will be all ages.
Expect more detailed accessibility info to come by August 27th.
The Shout Back! Fest acknowledges that this festival is taking place on the unceded Coast Salish territory of the Tsleil-Waututh, Musqueam, and Squamish nations.