Just as a wave of survivor-led community organizing against sexual assault and gender-based violence began to put concerted pressure on UC administrators, national PR campaigns started to spring up on our campus. Though their intent is to create a safer campus climate, projects like It’s On Us and Campus Clarity also displace first-person accounts of sexual violence and demands for accountability and support. Supplanting survivors’ voices with outsourced public relations materials, these campaigns seemingly prioritize rescuing the campus brand over addressing the material and emotional needs of diverse survivors. We seek to intervene and redirect attention and resources to where they are needed most.
Drawing on art’s capacity for affective, nonverbal communication, exploring bodily movement through trauma-centered yoga and self-defense, and articulating organizing values that prioritize intersectional, survivor-centered analyses, together we will develop and share community survival strategies. Our day will culminate in a group discussion where we will design ways to reclaim authority over narratives about our experiences and bodies. We invite you—survivors’ and allies—to join us for the Survivors’ Symposium. Come for any or all of the day, and help build a stronger survivor-centered community.
This event is organized by the Berkeley Coalition Against Sexual Violence (BCASV), a group of student activists and organizers. It is free, wheelchair accessible, and open to all. Unfortunately we are not able to offer ASL interpreting. Contact us if you need childcare or other accommodations.
9 - 9:30 Welcome and Breakfast
9:30 - 10 Introductions, Generating Community Agreements
After meeting others in the room, we will generate community agreements, sharing what we need from each other to feel safe and empowered.
10 - 11:15 Mapping Institutional Power, Moving Beyond Management
11:15 - 11:30 Break
In addition to allocated break times, we will have a second room with tea and chocolate that's open for the duration of the symposium. Folks are invited to take space to decompress at any point of the day.
11:30 - 12:45 Art as a Response to Sexual Violence
We will open with an artist's talk and discussion of art present at the event, addressing the value and challenges in making creative work about sexual and gender-based violence. Next, we will break into three workshops where attendees can create a quilt square for the FORCE Monument Quilt, contribute to a collectively-sourced electronic literature (e-lit) piece, or continue the discussion around art and sexual violence.
12:45 - 1:45 Lunch
Free lunch provided from Platano Salvadoran Cuisine. There will be vegan, gluten and corn-free options available.
1:45 - 3 Deconstructing "Healing" and Sharing Survival Strategies
3:00 - 3:45 Breakouts: Art, Yoga, Resource-sharing
Continuing workshops for Monument Quilt contributions, collective poetry & zine-making. We'll be offering a trauma-centered yoga class during this time.
3:45 - 5 Coalition Building and Doing
The first half of the session will feature short updates from various campus community allies intended to visibilize the many areas of intentional, intersectional organizing to fight sexual, gender-based, and racialized violence. In the second half of the session, we will work to develop a direct action campaign in the month of April to put specific pressure on the campus to commit resources towards fighting these forms of violence.
5:30 - 7 Self-defense Workshop with Girl Army
We're very excited to conclude the day with a workshop by Girl Army, a collective dedicated to peer taught, affordable, physical and psychological self-defense for women and/or trans folks in Oakland, CA.
The Survivors' Symposium is generously sponsored by the Townsend Center for the Humanities, UAW 2865, UAW 5810, Department of Art Practice, Berkeley Center for New Media, and the Wiesenfeld Visiting Artist Lecture Series.