On Monday Feb 13, 2017, Family Day Holiday!
Writers Resist Islamophobia & in Solidarity with Muslim, Arab, Immigrant & Refugee Communities cohosted by me with Story We Be
6-7pm, Carnegie Community Centre, 401 Main St, Vancouver
7-8pm in the same space Writers Resist Site C, hosted by Fight C
We acknowledge that this event is taking place on the unceded and occupied territories of the x?m?θk??y??m, s?wxw_ ú7mesh, and Tsleil--Waututh.
We will gather at the tables in the gallery atrium on the third floor, because never before have we needed more urgently to take the story back into our own hands. Let’s do that together.
Bring paper, a pen, your laptop if you like! Bring friends. All are welcome.
Some paper, pens, envelopes and postage for those wishing to snail-mail their letters will also be available.
Some snacks and bus fare will also be provided.
6pm – 7pm: Writers Resist Islamophobia & in Solidarity with Muslim, Arab, Immigrant & Refugee Communities
In light of renewed attacks on Muslim, Arab, immigrant, and refugee communities here in so-called Canada, and across the imposed border, we will:
*Write letters to government representatives, in support of targeted communities. We will provide some form letters, as well as templates that can be modified.
*Write letters to family, friends, neighbours, whom you would like to engage in difficult conversations towards transformation.
*Respond to the prompt: Writers Resist: ________
*And trade action steps, call lists, other practical information that will help our voices be heard, and brainstorm together.
7pm – 8pm: Writers Resist Site C
This newly added second hour will be hosted by FightC.
FightC is a non-partisan, non-violent community group committed to stopping the Site C dam in solidarity with the Treaty 8 First Nations. We work to raise awareness and engagement on the violation of First Nations Treaty Rights, as well as the eviction of farmers, the destruction of farmland and food security, and the long term financial implications of the dam. Whether you are familiar with Site C or not, we invite you to join us in discussion and in writing a letter to your MLA.
– Everyone is welcome to participate in this event to their own level of interest and comfort.
– You can participate in one or both parts of the evening.
– This is a child-inclusive event.
– Venue is wheelchair accessible.
– This is also a scent-free event, please find information below.
– Should you require ASL interpretation for this event, OR if you have additional access needs, please let us know by 5pm, Thursday February 9th. Send an email to storywebe[at]gmail[dot]com
– Carnegie is accessible with an outdoor ramp and indoor elevator. There are bathrooms are on the third floor near the Gallery and they are accessible.
HOW TO BE SCENT-FREE
In order to create an inclusive and safe environment for members of our community who live with Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, we request that everyone attending this #WritersResist event to embody fragrance and scent free practices.
MCS is a serious condition that can produce any of the following symptoms: headache, fatigue, dizzies, nausea, congestion, itching, sneezing, sore throat, chest pain, changes in heart rhythm, breathing problems including asthma-like conditions, muscle pain or stiffness, skin rashes, diarrhea, bloating, seizures, migraines, nosebleeds, vomiting confusion, trouble concentrating, memory problems, and mood changes. These symptoms can last for hours, days, even weeks after exposure.
How to prepare to be scent/fragrance-free:
1. Please make sure that on the day of the event you do not use colognes, perfumes, or essential oils.
2. Please do not wear clothes that have been previously exposed to perfumes, colognes, scented oils, laundry detergents, or fabric softeners.
3. Wash any clothing that you would like to wear which has been exposed in unscented laundry detergent. This might require a number of washes.
4. Please do not use any scented body and hair care products including: deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, jell, mouse, creams, lotions.
It is vital to note that:
1. “Natural” does not mean scent, fragrance or chemical-free.
2. Using even a little bit of scented product/product with fragrance can create a HUGE impact for individuals with MCS.
3. Clothes that have had pre-exposure to scents/fragrances will often continue to hold scents/fragrances and result in impact and effect (yesterday is today!).
You can ensure that you are eliminating your impact on those with MCS by using products that are expressly scent and fragrance free.
For further resources on how to support inclusivity for individuals living with Multiple Chemical Sensitivity check here:
In January 2016 Writers Resist events took place throughout North America based on a general form. We Vancouver writers decided to pursue an hour together of writing and conversation that is positive, protective of democracy, unifying, focused on social good.
From Writers Resist :
We ask local communities of writers to organize themselves using our Writers Resist framework (described below.) This framework deliberately leaves room for local groups to address issues of their choosing consistent with our shared goals. We invite local groups to title their event accordingly by filling in the blank: Writers Resist: ________.
To ensure our most widespread and effective impact, this inaugural theme should be reflected in the setting and tone of the events, with writers reading their own works as appropriate, but particularly highlighting relevant readings from a selection of diverse writers’ voices throughout history that speak to the ideals of democracy.
Writers Resist is not affiliated with a political party. We wish to bypass direct political discourse in favor of an inspired focus on the future, and how we, as writers, can be a unifying force for the protection of democracy. In order for us to heal and move forward, individually and as a nation, we believe people need something to be for in this anxious moment. The only thing we “resist” is that which attacks or seeks to undermine those most basic principles of freedom and justice for all.
We urge local organizers and speakers to avoid using the names of politicians or adopting “anti” language as the focus for their Writers Resist event. It’s important to ensure that nonprofit organizations, which are prohibited from political campaigning, will feel confident participating in and sponsoring these events.
We believe these events will coalesce and energize a widespread network of writer-activists throughout the United States and in other countries capable of becoming a consistently potent voice and force for social good around the world.