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Anti-Oppression November 2003 PDF Print E-mail
Services ~ Caucuses ~ Discussion ~ Sexual Assault ~ Hospitality ~ Volunteer

The SOA Watch Anti-Oppression Working Group is dedicated to making the SOA Watch movement and November demonstration increasingly more welcoming and accessible to all. Learn more about the group.

Brief Update:
More people than ever before came to Georgia for the 2003 Vigil, and many showed interest in Anti-Oppression Work. The Women's and Genderqueer Caucuses drew large groups and provided space for support and discussion. The Men's Caucus was small, but good, and we hope to see it grow next year. A People of Color Caucus was held for the first time and one will be organized and on the schedule for next year.

Accessbility projects, such as the access area, Braille, Spanish and large-print programs, were a great improvement from last year, but also taught us how much we still need to learn and improve on. More than 80 people attended the Anti-Oppression Discussion on Saturday. It was an intense and thought-provoking discussion. We thank everyone who came to that. Read more updates.

If you attended the vigil, or did not because off accessibility or oppression issues, please This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it your thoughts and suggestions.

Access Area by the Stage

  • To view sign-language interpretation during the vigil
  • For folks who have wheelchairs* or chairs

    Services at the Table (Sat & Sun Vigil)

  • Programs in Spanish, Braille and Large Print
  • A folding chair or ride to a caucus or meeting, for those in wheelchairs* or others dealing with chronic pain, injuries, or other health problems.
  • Headsets for simultaneous Spanish translation
  • Resources and Materials on Oppression
  • Evaluation Forms: Share your thoughts on the vigil and the services of the Anti-Oppression Working Group.

    Caucuses on Friday Evening

  • Men?s, 9:10-10:10 pm, Carter Rm @ the Howard Johnson (1011 Veterans Pkwy)
    As activists and organizers in the movement to close the SOA, we are emboldened by the struggle for justice, equality, solidarity, and collective action. This hour-long discussion aims to inspire male-identified people in the SOA Watch movement to challenge ourselves and each other in the struggle against sexism within our movement. Resource materials will be provided for local organizing and personal use.
  • Women?s, 9-10 pm, Heritage Rm @ the Heritage Inn (1325 Veterans Pkwy)
    All women-identified persons are invited to come to caucus. We?ll have time to get to know each other, share ideas, and discuss how we as women can benefit by meeting together to talk about what our concerns are as women in the SOA Watch movement. We?ll also review proposal ideas for action from previous women?s caucuses and explore the possibility of implementing some of the great ideas, including organizing a women-only delegation to Latin America.
  • Genderqueer, 10:20-11:20 pm, Heritage Room @ the Heritage Inn (1325 Veterans Parkway)
    The genderqueer caucus is a space for people who identify as trans, genderqueer, questioning, or otherwise outside of the gender binary to talk about these issues within the context of SOA Watch and movements for social change in general. We'll make space for sharing, supporting each other, and providing input around gender issues to SOAW. The agenda will be open to what folks at the caucus want to talk about.
  • Other Caucuses: Space will be provided for groups to organize caucuses on other issues. Visit our table at the Vigil on Saturday to reserve space.

    Anti-Oppression Grassroots Discussion

  • Saturday, 3-5 pm, Days Inn Meeting Room (3170 Victory Drive)
    Join us to discuss oppression and accessibility issues within the movement. Bring your stories, your ideas, your frustrations, your hopes. Skilled facilitators will help us get to know each other while exploring the possibilities for change on the local and movement level.

    Sexual Assault Support

  • 24-Hour Support Hotline during the weekend of Nov 21-23: 1-717-330-5923.
  • Trained team available to respond to any incidents, as desired by the survivor.
  • Sexual Assault Policy available for comment at the table.
  • We?re working to make a Survivor Space available. Details TBA.

    The Hospitality House

  • Take a Break! The Hospitality House at the Southgate Apartments on Circle Drive will provide a place for folks to rest, to take shelter from the weather, to have coffee, tea or soup, to take medications, to be well. Look for the Banner of the Lady of Guadelupe.

    Volunteers - the more we have, the more services we can provide. Volunteer with the Working Group! Contact Jackie at SOA Watch (202)234-3440, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

    * There will be wheelchair-accessible portable restrooms in easy-to-access locations. A van is available if you need a ride. Visit the table for this and other support, or just to give feedback on how the vigil could be more accessible.


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    Contact us

    SOA Watch
    733 Euclid Street NW
    Washington, DC 20001

    phone: 202-234-3440
    email: info@soaw.org