feminism all night
immersive training: july 31 — august 3, 2018
community wide event: august 3, 2018
bay area, california
feminism all night is a communal immersive all night long learning experiment to center feminism. it is a call to the community to engage together in feminism: the political, social, economical movement coming to fully challenge and resist patriarchy while dreaming up and manifesting a visionary new way of existence.
this project is composed of:
what happens when we come to study ancient texts from a feminist lens? how do we heal historical patriarchy through cultivating relationship with scripture? what if we showed up for this process with love, commitment, and devotion?
these questions are the building blocks of forming a feminist beit midrash (jewish house of learning). a 3-day learning playground in the study of feminism and judaism, this training is an all inclusive learning space for participants to grow their skills in text learning, feminist thinking, and workshop facilitation.
the training will offer participants time to personally grow in their learning and engage in divine devotion. participants will be supported in developing a workshop to be taught at the community wide event. the training will offer space for experimentation in leading the workshop and learning platform to deepen the intentionality and meaning of the session. we encourage diverse topics such as how feminism relates to race, capitalism, the body, sex, romance, money, learning, spirituality, violence, emotional world, politics, the moment that we are in right now, etc. we also encourage various mediums of learning such as movement, singing, text-study, writing, and more.
july 31st - august 3rd
all lodging and meals provided for
sliding scale $54-$108
application deadline: june 15th
a communal immersive public gathering to delve deep into feminist learning. come join to expand your awareness, connect with community, and shift the political tides towards justice. the evening includes:
6:00 -7:30 prayers
7:30 - 8:30 dinner
8:30 - 9:00 - opening remarks
9:00 - 10:30 workshop 1
10:45-11:45 workshop 2
12:00-1:45 workshop 3
2:00-3:00 workshop 4
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*We will work on other translations
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How do we hold binary categories of oppression and exploitation in one hand, and nondualistic modes of knowing in the other? How do we maintain the searing drive toward justice NOW with the slowness of processing, learning, and growth? What is the place of healing when the wounds of patriarchy, capitalism, and settler empire are still being inflicted?
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Bring your history, your stories, your practices, and your openness to connect with the reality of other people's experiences of this mystery we live in. Simon will bring some conversation starters and practices they learned from their Judaism to contribute too. Let's see what happens when we try to connect with each other with awareness of the holy mystery. Meditation, song, chats, dances, cuddles. All is welcome.
inspired by shavuot, the jewish holiday where we stay up all night to learn together.
I don’t really want to deal with all this! Where is my stake in this mess? Indeed, it’s is a balagan! Thankfully Alicia Garza and Rabbi Yehuda teach us that healing is possible through our willfull redistribution of resource to account for damages across 5 categories: physical damages, emotional labor/pain, neglect for each others health-care, lack of employment opportunity, and our collective xenophobia. Together, tonight, we will joyfully and tenderly realize that black liberation necessitates the liberation of captured land, stolen capital and our abounding Jewish selves as we draw from this oral Torah in its truest forms: the Platform for Black Lives, and Bava Kama Chapter 8.
Everyone is welcome in this workshop!! This text study will focus materially on questions and revelations that impact all of our lives. The workshop will, however, address most centrally the experience of white-Ashkenazi, Sephardi and Mizrahi people who do not experience anti-blackness in their day-to-day lives.
join us in a collective exploration of the violent consequences that result from the policing, exclusion, and regulation used to maintain and define gender binaries, in all their forms. encouraging learning and realization through words and art, we will each be making personal, one-page zines, which will work to deconstruct the deep and lasting effects of the enforcement of the gender binary in both society and feminist spaces.
***this workshop will include writing and/or drawing
-- Clarice Lispector
"When you say this, you want to lift him up and carry him out to some clean river to soak, watch the rings of filth float from his body. But you also want to piss on him. You imagine his face sprinkled with your vitamin-bright urine. You want to unload."
-- Ronaldo Wilson
"No, I am not chipping away at anything"
-- Tongo Eisen Martin
"This opens onto a cascade of questions: How to cultivate a poetics that challenges the immunities upon which political sovereignty and its military violence hang? What might it mean for the poem to enable forms of vulnerability and care that are critical for a countervailing communion? How might a poem insist on a visceral solidarity, rather than idealist notions of “human rights” ? Can a poem help us imagine unthinkable solidarities in the interest of transforming the conditions of our conditioned love?"
- Rob Halpern
The moment of looking and being described. How do we embody language, when it exists, so frequently, in a swimming pool of grief for that which it can not do? And also, that which it has already done? What is writing, and voice, and intimacy, in the context of language's violent & colonial history and how can we -- as marginalized bodies -- find voice within it? Can we ever love language the way it has never (really) loved us? In this workshop, we will read experiments, passions, pushings, and pullings. We will engage with language as a material. We will attempt to sculpt and be sculpted. We will grapple with: the implicit, the explicit, the humid intimacy. How we can attempt to have any or all of those things, through language.
This workshop will focus on the experiences and feminist roles for men, who aren't targeted by sexism, but it is warmly open to people of all genders and will be facilitated with a spirit of honoring the experiences and ideas of whoever is in the room.
We don’t know the answers to any of these questions but we want to ask them with you. We’ll read, talk, feel, craft – maybe even dance. All levels of (dis)comfort with math enthusiastically welcome. Discussion might include any of the following:
numbers – symbolic logic – violence (epistemological) – violence (concrete) – bureaucracy – legibility – abstraction – intuition – the Jubilee year – usury – the blood libel – math anxiety – embodied knowledge – gematria – sephirot – cultural gaslighting – the map is not the territory – “rationality” – the Enlightenment – witchcraft – the Golden ratio – trauma – women in tech – capitalism – Microsoft® Excel® 2016
The story of Sarah and Hagar (Hebrew)/ Hajar (Arabic) is in the Torah and Quran with varying versions and interpretations.
In one story, Hagar is Sarah’s slave. Sarah has her husband impregnate Hagar and then exiles her and her child out of jealousy. In another story, Hag/jar is an Egyptian princess first before being captured into slavery for Sarah's household. Hajar’s liberation journey inspires the pilgrimage of Hajj that continues today.
Sarah is often considered the matriarch of the Jewish people and Hajar the matriarch of the Adnanin people, the Arab tribe from which Muhammad descended. Among varying traditions, Sarah is a prophet, malicious, jealous, a great mother and wife, an inspiration, an oppressor. Hajar is a princess, a slave, a handmaid, a concubine, a problem, a gift. Together, they are competitors, oppressor/ oppressed, existing as vehicles for birth, and part of a... sisterhood?
We will examine how these narratives reflect our own views today - whose lives, bodies, comfort, violence and feminism are prioritized. We consider their meaning on a spiritual level. We look at modes to change the roles of these stories in our lives.
Sarah and Hajar’s relationship is a lens into gender, race, power, privilege and our souls.
Tradition, if it gets wielded by the right hands, can also be a place of solace. It can be where trans people go to find beauty, ancestors, role models, parents/mothers/and fathers: things I (we) sorely crave, as we get painted as new-outgrowths of modern immorality, rather than liberated links in a millenia-old chain.
Let’s find that “also” in the Talmud. A text brimming with vile hatred, mysoginy and violence, and also a promising source for Jewish trans people to claim the teachings, blessing, and heritage of our people.
Rabbi Yohanan, a transfemme in the Talmud, is a foremother I’ve newly discovered, and am excited to *continue learning about* (not teach) alongside some dope ppl in our little radfeminist allnight cabal. See how this very central rabbinic authority is painted with an unabashedly feminine beauty, and confidently straddles roles and presentations in an overwhelmingly binarized system of gender in Jewish law. Learn from an ancestor who is not just incidentally transfemme, but who uses their gender-magic to inform the spirituality that has immortalized them through centuries.
The Talmud hasn’t been offered as a pro-trans text. But there’s no one who can stop us from claiming the gifts it gives and the stories it tells. I’m excited to unearth the profound, radical power that exists in the concept of a Trans Tradition, and invite you to learn with me if you are too.