SASS is Back! Register Here

SASS (Stonewall Activist Saturday School) is a Speakers’ Bureau program adapted from Stonewall Activism Summer School.  SASS is a day long youth conference that happens a few times throughout the year to keep youth activists learning/thinking/communicating/organizing all year long. May’s theme is Between Borders: Colonization, Violence, & Resistance.  Some of the groups that will be participating are:

Washington Incarceration Stops Here (WISH) discussing the school to prison pipeline with a focus on immigration, detention, and deportation

Students for Justice in Palestine teaching a workshop about pink washing and palestinian solidarity

Native Student Alliance

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Check out this flier for more info, and don’t forget to register!

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Transformative Justice Workshop with

Shira Hassan

Register Here Now!!

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Stonewall Youth is hosting a workshop with Shira Hassan in the PCAF Co-Lab. Shira is an amazing activist, organizer and skilled educator who has worked extensively on community empowerment and healing the effects of oppression. To learn more about her and the amazing work she is doing you can check out her website – http://www.shirahassan.com/about/

We are super stoked to have her here in Olympia and to have this amazing opportunity. There is plenty of space for folks to attend this workshop. It is open to LGBTQQIA youth and their allies 24 (updated!) and under. The workshop will be sliding scale, with no one turned away from lack of funds. To register just on the Register Here Now title.

What is Transformative Justice? “Transformative justice [is] a liberatory approach to violence…[which] seeks safety and accountability without relying on alienation, punishment, or State or systemic violence, including incarceration or policing.

Three core beliefs:

*Individual justice and collective liberation are equally important, mutually supportive, and fundamentally intertwined—the achievement of one is impossible without the achievement of the other.

*The conditions that allow violence to occur must be transformed in order to achieve justice in individual instances of violence. Therefore, Transformative Justice is both a liberating politic and an approach for securing justice.

*State and systemic responses to violence, including the criminal legal system and child welfare agencies, not only fail to advance individual and collective justice but also condone and perpetuate cycles of violence.

-“Towards Transformative Justice…”, p. 5 Section One

From Shira’s website – Transformative Justice and Community Accountability: How do we collectively work together to reduce our dependence on state systems and social services? How do we support each other to become accountable when we have caused harm? This workshop will explore the basic principles of Transformative Justice and engage in honest conversation about the challenges we face when using this model.

Stonewall is Starting a Queer Oral History Project!

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Do you identify as queer? Have you wondered about the experiences of queers from different generations? If you’re into intergenerational storytelling, then come to Speakers’ Bureau’s queer oral history event!

This workshop will be a jumping off point towards sharing and recording our experiences as queer people in groups in order to mix our stories onto CD’s as well as have a live stream from Bandcamp.com so folks can listen to our queer histories from the net!

There will then be another follow up event where we will begin compiling work to make into a zine. If you or someone you know is unable to attend the event, don’t worry! Speakers’ Bureau is also collecting art pieces (comics, drawings, poetry, etc.) to put into a Queer People’s History Zine! There’s a 1,000 word limit to written works and we also request that pieces can fit easily onto a rectangular page. There are a few ways you can submit your art: 1, you can physically drop stuff off at the Stonewall office (there is an envelope on the door). 2, you can email speakersbureau@gmail.com with your attached artwork. Or, 3, you can mail your work to Stonewall at P.O. Box 7383, Olympia, WA 98507

We’re so excited and hope you are too! See you on the 18th!

Gay Prom is Coming!!

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Come dress up in your best Sea Creature evening wear and hang out, dance, eat snacks, sing your heart out in karaoke, take photos, and dance more! I hope to see you all there!!