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Workshops & Events

Queer Ecologies! An LGBTQ Mixer at Bioneers

October 19, 2019

* Second annual event! *

What does the queer ecological future feel like? Sound like? Taste like?  Join us for a prideful celebration as we step into that future together. Through an evening of visionary music, art, performance, and community conversation, we will celebrate the biological exuberance of this queer earth, honor the legacies of survival and resilience of our LGBTQ history, explore the impact of climate change on our communities, and dream-up together how we build that queer ecological future where all beings survive and thrive. 


Sponsored by Abundant Earth FoundationQueer Ecojustice ProjectThe California AllegoryLead to Life, Our Climate Voices and #Queers4ClimateJustice!

Fire & Flood Screenings

Commemorate LGBTQ History

Screen the Sneak-Peek of the Fire & Flood Film

This fall 2019, Queer Ecojustice Project will be releasing the next round of sneak-peek screenings of "Fire & Flood: Queer Resilience in the Era of Climate Change" to commemorate the two-year anniversary of the two climate disasters shared in this film and celebrate our LGBTQ history of resilience. From September 20th, when Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico, until October 8th, when the Tubbs fire burned through sections of Santa Rosa in Northern California- we welcome you to gather community together to watch this sneak-peek and hold conversations. We also welcome screenings celebrating LGBTQ History Month in October.

Sneak-peek screenings are offered on a sliding-scale donation basis (including a NOTAFLOF "Pass the Hat" option). Donations for screenings of this film support the filmmaker and production team (50%), and support LGBTQ organizations in Puerto Rico and two-spirit organizers in CA (50%). 

Queer Ecologies! An LGBTQ Mixer at Bioneers

October 20, 2018

What does the queer ecological future feel like? Sound like? Taste like? 
Join us for a prideful celebration as we step into that future together. Through an evening of visionary music, art, performance, and community conversation, we will celebrate the biological exuberance of this queer earth, honor the legacies of survival and resilience of our LGBTQ history, explore the impact of climate change on our communities, and dream-up together how we build that queer ecological future where all beings survive and thrive. 


Music by Shea Freedom! The DOME bar will be serving up kombucha, herbal elixirs and tonics, and light snacks. 
This is a safer space for LGBTQ+ members of our Bioneers community to meet and celebrate our identities and our diverse and symbiotic work for justice and sustainability. Allies are welcome. 
DOME programming is open to the public, not restricted to Bioneers ticket holders. Check out the: National Bioneers Conference 2018

Sponsored by Abundant Earth FoundationQueer Ecojustice ProjectThe California AllegoryLead to Life, and #Queers4ClimateJustice!

Queer Magic Center at Nor Cal Building Resilient Communities Permaculture Convergence

September 21, 2018

Our Queer Magic Manifesto: Our Queer Magic is our inheritance from our queer ancestors and our offering to queer ecological futures. Our Queer Magic is our resilience and resistance and strategies for collective survival. Our Queer Magic is our power to transform, to change, to transition. Our Queer Magic is our culture of care; the way we build and nurture queer families and kinship. Our Queer Magic is our insistence on inclusion and the creativity of our coalitions. Our Queer Magic is our complexity; our ability to be and to hold multiple truths at once. Our Queer Magic is all of the ways we question oppression, and all of the ways we break free. 

The Queer Magic Center is a space where we can gather to explore and exchange these gifts, give gratitude to our history and ancestors, and seek refuge in queer community. To LGBTQ+ people at the convergence: consider this your living room.

Queers4ClimateJustice - RISE Kick-Off Breakfast & Rally

September 08, 2018

Transition is inevitable, but justice is not. 

Join us on September 8th in forming a diverse and intersectional coalition of LGBTQ activists, artists, organizers and more as we march together as part of California: Rise for Climate, Jobs, & Justice before Governor Jerry Brown welcomes the world to San Francisco for the Global Climate Action Summit. We will be gathering at Sue Bierman Park to share breakfast, art, stories and kick off an action-packed day of including our queer voices in the climate movement! 
*Full rally & march access information available below*

We, as LGBTQ people come from long histories of healing, resilience, and resistance. We, collectively, have a unique knowledge of what it takes to change, transition, and survive. 

Remember! We are forces of NATURE, moving us all towards collective LIBERATION.

By showing up, you will remind the climate movement community that LGBTQ people are part of the frontlines of ecological injustice! As climate chaos escalates, LGBTQ people, especially QTBIPOC, are among those communities hit first and worst and our voices must amplify leadership from Two-Spirit, Undocuqueer, and Black Trans Women, working together to protect our communities in the impending crescendo of ecological crisis.

Will you join us? 

RSVP to march on September 8th here -> -> ca.riseforclimate.org

Creating Change: Queering Climate Change & Organizing for a Just Transition

January 21, 2017

The interlocking violences experienced by LGBTQ people are deeply connected to the resource extraction and environmental degradation that drives ecological crises. As temperatures continue to rise, LGBTQ people are among those communities hit first and worst by climate change. Learn about the unique role that LGBTQ movements can play in building a just transition towards life-affirming economies for people and planet through the vision of the Just Transition movement and the principles of Resilience-Based Organizing.

Powershift West: Queer Ecojustice for Collective Liberation

November 12, 2016

To achieve a Just Transition, we must fight for queer and trans liberation. The interlocking violences experienced by LGBTQ people are deeply connected to the extreme resource extraction and environmental degradation that drives ecological crises across the world. As temperatures continue to rise, we need to awaken to the fact that LGBTQ people, especially QTPOC, are among those communities hit first and worst by climate change. Join us to learn about how cisnormativity and heteropatriarchy work to uphold the extractive economy, and to discuss the unique role that LGBTQ communities can play in building a just transition towards local, sustainable life-affirming economies for people and the planet.

West Coast Communities Conference: Resilience-Based Organizing for a Just Transition

October 02, 2016

Every year thousands of homeless youth arrive in San Francisco, many of them coming from rural areas. Most of these youth are fleeing abuse & neglect stemming from poverty, racism, and homophobia, and now find themselves facing homelessness, police violence, and incarceration. In this workshop, we will start with this example to explore how these interlocking violences are connected to the extreme resource extraction and environmental degradation that is also occurring in rural communities. We will discuss the principles of resilience-based organizing and the vision of the just transition movement, as a launching point to begin strategizing the role that rural intentional communities can play in supporting rural organizing towards a just transition for people and the planet.

Building Resilient Communities Convergence: Building Bridges, Creating Connections, Increasing Resilience

September 16, 2019

Panel: Permaculture addresses some of the most effective solutions to some of the world’s most urgent problems. Yet the movement has not gone mainstream yet. This panel looks at some innovative approaches to building bridges with other sectors and audiences, from governments to the LBGT community to emergency preparedness.

Movement Generation Justice & Ecology Retreat: Queer Ecologies

May 17, 2016

QEP was grateful to have the opportunity to present on Queer Ecologies and what we learned through our Spring 2016 reading group at the Movement Generation Justice and Ecology Retreat! We joined a cohort of 25-30 local and national leaders of racial, economic and environmental justice movements to attend a five-day retreat at the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center in Sonoma County, where we explored in-depth discussion of ecological justice and strategies for collective liberation.

Medicinal Plant Walk with Shooting Star Botanicals

April 02, 2016

In this workshop we will spend time connecting with the local ecosystems of the East Bay hills. We will go on a short hike to meet a lot of different medicinal plants that grow in our area, and learn about how to work with them in ways that are respectful to the plants and to the land. You will learn medicinal qualities of the plants- physical, spiritual and edible. We will discuss healing justice, mindful practices of ethical wildcrafting (harvesting plants in the wilderness) and do a hands-on medicine making activity. You will have the opportunity to try some edible wild plants and make medicine to take home. Please bring snacks to share! 
 

We are trying to keep it small and intimate, please RSVP so that we know you can make it (and so we can coordinate rides).
RSVP: http://goo.gl/forms/aIsi2uJYk6

 

QEP is covering all material costs for medicine-making and transportation (for folks who carpool), but we'd love it if those of you who can would contribute to Elokin from Shooting Star Medicine and support this rad local queer healer in our community <3 Pay what you can, no one turned away, suggested donation $25. Paypal: shootingstarmedicine@gmail.com

Rooted: A Queer Ecologies Potluq

March 12, 2016

Join us for an evening of root-themed stamp-making, story-telling and communal-dining! On March 12th, the Queer Ecologies Project invites you to a potluq exploring what it means to be 'rooted''. The evening will include storysharing from local artists along with a brief instructional workshop on carving, inking and hand-printing techniques using potatoes and lino sheets. Supplies will be provided.

Please bring a root-themed vegan/vegetarian dish to share!
We will also be cooking communally before the event and you are welcome to join us for that starting at 3:30.

The house is accessed by a staircase of about 10 stairs, and the event will all occur on the first floor. Please arrive *scent-free* for folks with chemical sensitivities. Let us know in the RSVP form or the comments below if you have any accessibility questions or needs!

Queer Ecologies & Collective Liberation Reading Group

February 02, 2016

From the grips of white, heterosexist, cisnormative, settler-colonial, capitalist patriarchy, we must reclaim our land, labor, lifeways, learning, and love! We will be launching the project in 2016 by beginning with a weekly reading group that hosts conversations discussing readings, poems, art, film, personal experiences, and the interweaving of all of these aspects, as we collectively unpack what queer ecologies means to us and what it looks like as a praxis for collective liberation. UC Berkeley students can receive 2 units credit to participate in the project as part of a DeCal (Democratic Education at Cal) Class. 

How is a place, a home, an ecology, related to identities, bodies, and actions? What does it mean for something to be "natural" and what is a "natural body"? What are the similarities and differences- the intersections and the incommensurabilities- between the ways that our bodies and our lands are stolen from us; the ways borders and binaries are built between us; the ways that science and the state investigate and manage us? What healing could be possible in reweaving the tattered threads of our relationships? What does it mean for us to launch a queer ecological movement for collective liberation?

 

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