For Crying Out Loud
As survivors and allies we do this to restore and create joy within our communities.

Mar
26

Hi!

For Crying Out Loud is very pleased to support this event! We hope you can join us for this fabulous workshop on Transformative Justice and Radical Mental Health by members of the Icarus Project and AORTA (both on tour from the bay area):

Building Stronger Communities: Transformative Justice and Radical Mental Health

Tuesday April 5, 2011, 6-9pm
Cascade People’s Center (309 Pontius Ave N Seattle, WA 98109)
Sliding Scale: $5-20, no one turned away for lack of funds
Light Refreshments will be provided


What is Radical Mental Health, and what does it have to offer to Transformative Justice? This workshop will examine the fundamentals of Radical Mental Health and Transformative Justice and look at how they interact and overlap. We will talk about how we can strengthen our commitment to and work for social justice by deepening our understandings of these intersections. We will share frameworks, strategies, and resources for: self care, recognizing trauma, accessing resources, navigating a crisis situation, and building community support systems.

The Facilitators for this event are Kiran Nigam from AORTA and Jacks Ashley McNamara from the Icarus Project.

*AORTA is a collective of trainers
devoted to strengthening movements for social justice and a solidarity economy. We work as consultants and facilitators to expand the capacity of cooperative, collective, and community based projects through education, training and planning.  We base our trainings on an intersectional approach to liberation because we believe that true change requires uprooting all systems of oppression. - http://aortacollective.org/

*The Icarus Project envisions a new culture and language that resonates with our actual experiences of ‘mental illness’ rather than trying to fit our lives into a conventional framework. We are a network of people living with and/or affected by experiences that are commonly diagnosed and labeled as psychiatric conditions. We believe these experiences are mad gifts needing cultivation and care, rather than diseases or disorders. By joining together as individuals and as a community, the intertwined threads of madness, creativity, and collaboration can inspire hope and transformation in an oppressive and damaged world. Participation in The Icarus Project helps us overcome alienation and tap into the true potential that lies between brilliance and madness.”–www.theicarusproject.net

This event is sponsored by:
The Capacity Project -
The Capacity Project works at the intersection of personal and social transformation to build the capacity and sustainability of individuals, collectives, and organizations doing social movement work. We do this by offering individual and group-based politicized healing work, political education/consciousness raising workshops, and Transformative Justice education/organizing.
For Crying Out Loud - a group dedicated to preventing, addressing, and talking about sexual assault and aggressor accountability in an anti-authoritarian setting. http://forcryingoutloud206.wordpress.com/
Break the SilenceBreak the Silence is a Seattle University group who believes that through creativity, education, and collective action we can fight against sexualized violence. By exploring the ways that personal experiences are linked to larger forms of oppression, we can transform our communities to embrace consent and be sex positive. http://nwbreakthesilence.wordpress.com/
Tadaima - Tadaima is a radical Japanese American Community that redefines our connection to each other and our homelands, wherever they may be. http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=189930262673

ACCESS:
This space is wheel-chair accessible. We are hoping to make this event fragrance-free by asking folks to not wear perfumes, colognes or other scented products (including essential oils) and smoke far away from the entrance to the space. For more information on being fragrance-free, visit: http://www.peggymunson.com/mcs/fragrancefree.html

Directions from I-5 North or South: Exit 167 (Mercer St) off I-5, left onto Fairview Ave N, left at second light onto Harrison St, two blocks, right onto Pontius Ave N. We are adjacent to Cascade Park and the P-Patch, across the street from Immanuel Lutheran Church. Very close to King County Metro bus lines 8, 17, 25, 66, 70, SoundTransit 510, 511 and 545, and the South Lake Union Streetcar..

Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=203459833007029 (if you’re on facebook, please rsvp so we know how many people to expect!

Questions, concerns? Contact dustin.fujikawa {at} gmail {dot} com. Thanks!

Feb
17

For Crying Out Loud! started over two and a half years ago. Since then, we’ve changed a lot and learned a lot. We started meeting intentionally during the summer of 2010 to figure out where to go from there and how to describe what we do. This discussion happened at the same time as our collective capacity decreased. Since self-care is a huge part of this work, we are now in hibernation, so to speak. For now, we will continue tabling at shows, maintaining the website, answering our email (forcryingoutloud206|AT|gmail.com), potentially doing some workshops, maintaining the zine library (tallldrinkofwater|AT|gmail.com), and generally functioning as an awareness based group. But someday we will awaken! We are maintaining this project as a way to raise awareness about rape culture/patriarchy and as a gathering point for folks interested in transformative justice and anti-rape work. In the future, we hope to have enough capacity to take things up a notch or two. Please get in touch via email if you have something/anything to contribute!

Love, For Crying Out Loud!

Aug
03

What is CLIT Fest?

C.L.I.T. Fest (Combating Latent Inequality Together) is a DIY punk fest with music, workshops, and discussions organized to address sexism, homophobia, and transphobia in punk and to celebrate the strengths and potential of our community.

This workshop will focus on the varying and intersecting whys and hows of practicing accountability in our lives and realizing that we have the skills to hold ourselves and each other accountable.

http://clitfestpdx.wordpress.com/workshops/

Jul
15

A group of folks from Minneapolis and Tucson are working to put together a zine on community accountability:

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Who: Those who have worked with/been involved in community accountability processes and survivor support or general efforts to cultivate community response to sexual violence.
What: A zine compilation- stories, essays, interviews, artwork, thoughts reflecting on working around accountability and community response to sexual violence:
What does accountability look like? What could it look like? Who does it involve? In what ways? How is a community responsible? How is a community involved? What can an accountability process look like? What has it looked like? What works? What doesn’t? What were the fuck-ups, the successes?
**These questions are asked with the assumption that confidentiality will be respected and that stories will not be shared if they are not yours to share.
Why: To further give voice to our efforts and experiences in doing this work, to give space and voice to silence. To know and hear how we have survived in this work, how we have sustained this work, or why we burned out. To further document our attempts at figuring out what community accountability even is. To be able to reflect and grow from our mistakes and epiphanies.
Looking for submissions that:
- explore the importance of accountability and support work as an act of community building and collective liberation, that express the importance of this work within social justice movements.
-reflect on the support, empowerment, recovery and growth that have come out of this work
-reflect on the pain, trauma and frustration of this work or which is inherent in this work.
-develop ideas and methods of sustainability around this work
-look at the social and political contexts in which community accountability and response to sexual violence grows and exists.
-share our stories
Anonymity and confidentiality will be respected.
DEADLINE: September 18th, 2010
For info and submissions contact: responsezine@gmail.com
Feel free to send in ideas/proposals and ask for feedback!

Jul
13
hi everyone-

the next men’s* group is meeting on wednesday, july 21st at 8PM. we do not have a subject yet but we will most likely discuss emotions, personal experiences, social constructs, privilege, oppression, and power dynamics.

we are going to meet at my apartment: 213 27th Ave S, apt #2.it‘s in a shabby yellow building on the corner of 27th and main. to find my apartment, enter the gate, then walk down the stairs to the right of the building. go all the way around back, through the second gate. my apartment faces the backyard and the door has a number 2 on it.

hope to see you there! reply to this email address with questions.
<3 – paul & the men’s group

*although discussion focuses around those privileged by patriarchy, meetings are open to interested parties of any gender. also, we strive to make this a safe(r) space for survivors so if you have problems with respecting boundaries or asking for consent (especially when disclosing assault), please find something else to do.

Jul
08

LIVING IN LIBERATION:
BOUNDARY SETTING, SELF CARE AND SOCIAL SHANGE

Is the new book by Cristien Storm (co-founder of Home Alive)

“By linking boundary setting and cultural organizing, the workshop
highlights the centrality of culture to radical social movements’
imaginations of liberation.  It considers the profound impact art, music
and culture have on how people and communities heal from violence, resist
oppression, and work towards social justice”

* * * SUNDAY JULY 18TH, 2010 * * *
.   DOORS OPEN 6:15 PM
.   READING AND Q&A 6:30 PM
.   There will be a FREE WORKSHOP 7:30-9:00 PM

* * * HOSTED BY LEFT BANK BOOKS * * *
92 PIKE ST, SEATTLE, WA, 98101

Please RSVP to elleryrussian@riseup.net if you plan to attend.  We may
turn people away if space is limited.  Please let us know if you need
access accommodations.

Jul
08

FCOL is coming up on our second anniversary. Weve changed quite a bit since our inception. Some folks in aggressor accountability have been talking about how the collective has changed in membership and its place in various communities.

People involved with FCOL are going to be getting together the 12th of July at 7:30 pm at the Arctic Circle to talk about where weve been as a collective and where were going.

I’m smelling a potluck…

xo

Kaelen

Jul
08

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WE ARE ORGANIZING A GROUP DEDICATED TO PREVENTING, ADDRESSING AND TALKING ABOUT SEXUAL ASSAULT, AND PERPETRATOR ACCOUNTABILITY IN AN ANTIAUTHORITARIAN SETTING. this site is intended to serve as a broader community forum and a resource page concerning issues around rape, survivor support and community safety in our area.

Contact us at forcryingoutloud206@gmail.com or join our mailing list by going here: http://groups.google.com/group/for-crying-out-loud-?lnk=srg&hl=en

Survivor Support Team:

As a group we seek to facilitate the healing and empowerment of survivors of sexual trauma. We are here for survivors to help them meet their unique needs, to listen, to provide alternatives to mainstream responses to sexual assault. As survivors and allies we do this to restore and create joy within our communities.

Aggressor Accountability Team:

We are working to create survivor-defined, community-supported plans for accountability without the cops.

Scroll down to find upcoming meetings and check each working group’s page on the right hand panel for more info

xoxo, for crying outloud

fcol

Jan
06

For the next men’s group (Tuesday the 12th of January, 8PM) we will be discussing hetero-/cis-sexism & trans-/homo-phobia and how these things manifest in our lives and relationships with people of all genders. You can write something or think about it – just come prepared for discussion!

From Karl’s email:

Just letting you all know the men’s group is meeting is Tuesday Jan 12th, tentatively at my house (2317 14th ave s. in beacon hill). Our last meeting on the 15th was great. We read and talked about the DWOS
zine with Vi and it went really well. Paul is coming up with some topics and homework to generate discussion for our next meeting.

Dec
06

NEXT MENS GROUP MEETING TUESDAY, DECEMBER
15th @ 8 P.M. @ CHILLVILLA
(154 22nd ave @ First….go around back to
back door, front door is not commonly used).

Hey Y’all,

This next meeting we will be discussing the Dealing With Our Shit
(DWOS) zine. If interested, your homework is to read the zine and be
prepared for discussion of it on the 15th. You don’t have to know it
inside and out, but we feel it might serve as a really great catalyst
for discussion.

we will be discussing readings from the DWOS zine

(download web readable version)

Furthermore, if you have been attending these meetings, aspire to
attend these meetings or are in anyway stoked or interested in these
meetings, please send me an email. The reason being that I am working on a blurb that i want to run past folks for feedback…and that we should know each others’ emails anyways (if we all feel comfortable).

I have some ideas and the more the further i get, the more feedback i
desire. anyrage!…hope you are well! last meeting was awesome! and i hope we continue the momentum!
xoxo
josef//FCOL Mens’* Group
From: bikefuckyea@riseup.net
Subject: Next Men’s group meeting
Date: December 2, 2009 7:11:35 PM PST

* we understand gender as fluid. However, we are working towards a
dialogue that we can create amongst those commonly less involved in the struggles to end sexual assault//rape culture and Patriarchy. All are welcome to participate and we particularly encourage anyone who has ever, at any point identified as masculine-gendered or as a man. This is not to organize with exclusion, rather to share perspective with//of those who are less commonly targeted from the oppression we seek to undo.

p.s. seeking feedback on the asterisk-ed statement above….//in general.

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