Care Program
︎September 10-13, 2020

Class Traitor Program
︎September 17-20, 2020


collective agreements


Activation’s collective agreements are intended to be fluid and sturdy, and are adapted from organizing and cultural workers who have paved the way for us to do this work. The agreements were started by Kamra Sadia Hakim and Amanda Everich, and adapted from the organizing work of BUFU, Sins Invalid, Irresistible podcast, and Carolyn Lazard. Agreements are intended to shift with our needs, provide clear pathways for safer engagement, and center the most vulnerable always. Edits are made at will and moderated collectively.

PROTECT AUTONOMY. 
This collective and its work exists to build individual self agency, healthy community connections and safer spaces for all. We must actively acknowledge and rectify dynamics and behavior that challenge and diminish personal autonomy. Each person’s intuition and innate wisdom of their body must be respected. The only body you have agency over is your own. We cannot condone the dismissal of boundaries. We must take boundary crossing seriously to keep each other safe.

CARE BEFORE IMPACT.
Participation is voluntary and moves at the speed of personal care first. We prioritize taking breaks and slowing down to be able to show up fully cared for. We work to hold each other’s needs. Without the proper care, we cannot sustain the impact we want to have on the world. We must learn to hold each other in a different kind of love than we have been conditioned to in unequitable systems.

NO ANTI-BLACKNESS, RACISM OR MARGINALIZATION EVER.
No expression of anti-blackness, racism or marginalization of any kind will be tolerated here ever.  This space was birthed from the devotion to uplift underserved and oppressed communities and will remain guided by this healing work.

CONSENT NO MATTER WHAT.
No pressure for anything ever. Part of our collective care requires us to resist coercion always. Our desire to violate consent comes from a long history of hierarchy.

CENTER ALL MARGINALIZED BODIES. 
Center the varied experiences, knowledge and care of SDQTBI (Sick, Disabled, Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous), survivors, undocumented folks, sex workers, and all marginalized people. We aim to move towards equitable interactions by dismantling practices of hierarchy. We believe in the wholeness of disability, knowledge of personal experience and interdependent networks of care.

REPARATIONS, NOT DONATIONS. SOLIDARITY, NOT CHARITY.
Reparations are due, and we are owed. It is no longer a matter of philanthropy but rather, a reclaiming of resources that were stolen from us, and that we need to survive. 

HONOR THE LAND AND WATERS WHERE YOU ARE WHENEVER POSSIBLE AND AS YOU ARE ABLE.
We strive to acknowledge and learn from the sacred resources that sustain us and the Indigenous Nations who protect them as we gather on Lenape land each year. Acknowledging the Indigenous communities on the frontlines of protecting the earth's resources and those among them being impacted by COVID-19 is crucial. Native Land is a resource available to find out whose land supports you.

CONSIDER ABUNDANCE.
We hope to empower each other to challenge systems of oppression, destructive divisions and scarcity models.

PEOPLE ARE MANY THINGS.
We respect the various intersections and aspects of who people can hold in themselves.

THIS WORK IS A LIVING AND BREATHING SOURCE.
We are firm in upholding our values and flexible in the ways we can grow with respect to our lived experiences, new teachings, and what is happening in the world. 

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Collective Accountability
Our accountability processes seek to support us through healing without causing further harm, hold contradictory truths - that we can be harmed and cause harm at the same time - and provide safety in holding ourselves and each other accountable. It is within our reach to use accountability as a tool to shift power dynamics and repair harm without the police. Accountability processes can look like two folks chatting, BATJC pods, mediatory meetings, clearing circles, and conversations centering the needs of those impacted by harm in ways that support their self-determination.

Disclaimer 
We have real structural and capacity limitations to the space we can hold. We are not experts but rather, curious artists eager to hold space for this work to be done.