I am writing to ask for support in my travels to the Allied Media Conferece this year. My workshop “Radical Queer Sobriety” has been accepted and I am preparing to return to this fertile conference for more inspiration about liberation. I’m asking for help because I will be graduating this June, have no job lined up (am looking) and have just enough budgeted income from gigs to make ends meet but not enough to make it to the AMC.
Fabian Romero is a Two Spirit Queer Chicano poet, blogger and artist. Their sincere poetry and stories stem from their experiences as an Economic Refugee, speaking two languages, Queerness and survival as a agricultural migrant laborer. Fabian was born in Michoacán, Mexico and came to North America when they were seven years old. Since 2007 they have performed poetry and facilitated anti-oppression and self care workshops throughout North America. Their poetry and stories have been published in several zines and publications including Uproot zine, Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics and To The Exclusion of All Others: Queers Questioning Gay Marriage. Currently they are pursuing a BA at Evergreen State College with a focus in writing, social justice and film and are a part of the Brown Boi Project.
About the Workshop:
In this closed space for self identified radical queer sober folks or those considering sobriety, this workshop will help build or hone skills for navigating queer spaces that are often centered around drugs and alcohol. My goal as a facilitator is to have participants walk away with more understanding of how addiction is connected to ablism, how to set boundaries with people we love and how to take care of our needs to maintain our sobriety. I’d also love to build connections and friendships.
Thank you for considering this. Thank you for your support. I value each and every bit of it whether you donate a little or share this link.
In Solidarity, fabian romero
i’m more than half way through my goal! thank you all for your contributions and support. i have been touched deeply by your generosity and kind words. please continue to share this, i just need $335 to make my goal! muchisimas gracias con todo mi corazonsito de nopal xx fabian
Fabian is seriously one of the most amazing people, an incredible poet, writer, and activist with a BIG heart of gold. If you are looking to donate money to someone, do this.
repeat after me: 1. our immigrant families are not just ‘homophobic’ they are also ‘colonized.’ 2. our parents have histories, genders, and sexualities, too. 3. they are just as broken as we are (but we have the words — i mean the english — to say it) 4. the diaspora responds to racism with heteronormativity 5. trauma seeps through generations
"This is not an appeal to expand the category of the settler, as I have argued before Black slaves and descendants of slaves are not settlers. However, the processes which make Black bodies fungible flesh, a form of terra nullius, and embed their bodies in the land as settled-slaves needs to be theorized as modalities of settlement. Settlement needs to be retheorized along the contours of the bodies that it renders materially and socially dead. Scholarship from Marxist geographies, cultural landscape studies, anthropology and the emerging field of settler colonial studies is useful for helping us think about space, however, it does not help us think about the ways that the process of settlement also materializes Blackness as an ontological position. Native studies and Black studies enable a discussion of how the production of Settler and Master or Settler-Master subjectivity comes about due to its parasitic relationship to Native death and Black fungibility/accumulation (social death). When we think about the Settler-Master as parasitic we can also begin to think about their process of settlement as one that also requires the making of ontological categories occupied by the dead. The process of settlement allows the Settler-Master to become a human with spatial coordinates because the Native dies and the Black becomes a non-being (a settled-slave)."
Tiffany King, from her dissertation In the Clearing: Black Female Bodies, Space, and Settler Colonial Landscapes.
As some of you know, I recently graduated from Dartmouth—a very tiny, very white school in Middle of Nowhere, New Hampshire. I’ve written a bit here and there about my experiences as a black woman in that space and the extent to which I was profoundly scarred by some of the gross injustice that was allowed—no, enabled and encouraged—to fester there.
Today I’m proud to stand in solidarity with a group of brave, brilliant students who are refusing to back down until they get answers from a president who claims in every interview that Dartmouth “has no greater priority than diversity and inclusion” while standing silent as the most marginalized students continue to face disproportionate structural and interpersonal violence.
Throughout his mayoral campaign, Bill de Blasio promised New York City residents that part of his office’s platform on public health would be ending the incredibly destructive practice of using condoms as evidence. The position showed up on the campaign’s response to PROP’s Voters’ Education Guide; in media inquiries into de Blasio’s positions as Public Advocate; even on de Blasio’s campaign website, billdeblasio.com. Unfortunately the Mayor has not acted on his promise to New Yorkers.
Not only has there been no response from the Mayor’s Office about our request for an immediate executive order ending the use of condoms as evidence, recent arrest records show that as of January 12th the NYPD are still seizing condoms as evidence. While the NYPD still maintains that this practice is either not used or rarely used, on the arrest forms in Kings County there is a section specifically to indicate the number of condoms seized during the arrest.
We ask that all New York City residents tell Mayor de Blasio to keep his promise and protect our city’s public health by issuing an executive order banning the practice of using condoms as evidence of prostitution-related offenses by the police or prosecutors. Here is a script you can use:
"Hi my name is ______________ and I live in (Bronx/Brooklyn/Manhattan/Queens/Staten Island). I am (calling/writing) to ask that Mayor Bill de Blasio immediately issue an executive order ending the use of condoms as evidence of prostitution-related offenses. The Mayor listed ending the use of condoms as evidence on his campaign website last year as part of his platform on public health, but your office has failed to act on this critical issue. Using condoms as evidence is detrimental to the health of all New York City residents, and especially those vulnerable to HIV transmission. It also has resulted in the sort of police racial profiling of Black and Latina queer youth and trans women, that the Mayor campaigned against last year. I am asking the Mayor to please stick to his promises to promote public health and end racist policing in New York City by issuing an executive order to end the practice of condoms as evidence. Thank you."
You can email the Mayor’s office at Ewolfe@cityhall.nyc.gov or can participate on our call-in Thursday 27th 12pm-3pm by calling this number (212) 788-3000.
Know any amazing young people in need of radical South Asian community? EAST COAST SOLIDARITY SUMMER (ECSS), formerly known as DC Desi Summer, is a weekend-long youth leadership and empowerment program. ECSS provides a radical and inclusive space for youth of South Asian/Desi heritage (including those of mixed heritage) to examine key social justice issues and take action! The ECSS is scheduled for August 8-10 in New York City.
"I used to believe that the hostile reactions to calling out settler colonialism could be avoided depending on how the message was delivered. I am no longer ‘tricked’ into believing this. The fact that we are conditioned and made to worry about how to deliver a message that is so intimately connected to our humanity is ludicrous and speaks to the acceptance of settler colonial violence. I am also no longer ‘tricked’ into believing that there is a ‘right time’ to disrupt colonial comfort and complacency. The right time was yesterday."