Dicentra on Spring Break

Dicentra is taking a break for the month of May. We are pulling back from our event schedule in order to give some energy to the collective itself. Due to our rigorous event schedule and recent changes in the collective, we are taking some time to reflect on our work and future directions. We have been moved and energized by each of our events. Your attendance, support and feedback has been deeply appreciated. We look forward to sharing an update with you by the end of May.

Thanks,
Dicentra Collective

Dicentra Event for April 9th: Don’t Stress It!

don’t stress it:
understanding and dealing with stress in our daily lives.

Join the Dicentra Collective for April’s event “Don’t Stress It”. This month we will follow up on last month’s event of the same title with a workshop, speakers and discussion on stress and burnout in our communities. Our goal is to challenge cultural structures that place self care and care of each other outside of our definitions of “work”, “productivity” and what is means to be “active”. Additionally, we will be exploring concrete ways to prioritize and provide care at the individual and community levels.

Presentations from: Carole Zoom (artist & activist, http://www.carolezoom.com) and Jim Davis (Oregon Council of Senior Citizens, Gerontologist & Professor, University of Oregon)

Thursday, April 9th at 7pm
In other words women’s bookstore and resources
8 NE Killingswoth
http://www.inotherwords.com

Dicentra is a Portland, OR area collective actively engaged in creating radical communities of care, networks of support, and movements based on relationship building.

Dicentra Collective intends to create safe, learning space at our events. We ask that participants consider how their language and behavior impacts others in attendance. We are striving for a community that is supportive and inclusive. One where we are able to communicate and work to effectively resolve challenging situations. It will take the collective accountability and awareness of each of us to create this kind of environment. A support team will be available to address any issues that may arise during our events; if you find yourself in need of support please seek out members of our team who will be identified at the start of each event. Please visit http://www.dicentracollective.org for more information on our policies, procedures and support team.

If you need any accommodation for a special needs please contact us at info(at)dicentracollective.org

Dicentra Collective Interview on KBOO’s Circle A Radio!

Listen to Dicentra’s interview on KBOO’s amazing Circle A Radio show!

 

“The Dicentra Collective is based in Portland, OR. They are 7 individuals who are collectively committed to create radical communities of care, networks of support, and movements based on relationship building. Tonight on Circle A Radio we talk with the members of Dicentra Collective about their beginnings, their workshops, and their ideas for radical caregiving. We also include readings from a zine they produced on Cronic Pain, as well as other media they’ve created.”

Don’t Stress It! Understanding and dealing with stress in our daily lives

This Thursday, March 12
6pm at In Other Words Women’s Books & Resources
8 NE Killingsworth
http://www.inotherwords.org

Join Dicentra Collective for the first of a two part series dedicated to exploring stress and burnout and how they affect our bodies and lives.

After four events tackling heavy issues and in line with Dicentra’s vision for community builing and joy, this event will focus on connecting with each other via open dialogue about stress and burnout. We’re also bringing fun back into style by providing activities that are just that: fun.

Please note that this event is a potluck! Bring finger foods to share (because food is an imperative component of community).

The second event in this series will tackle stress and burnout in depth: we’re discuss the physiology of stress and care and support issues around stress.

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Dicentra is a Portland, OR area collective actively engaged in creating radical communities of care, networks of support, and movements based on relationship building.

Dicentra Collective intends to create safe, learning space at our events. We ask that participants consider how their language and behavior impacts others in attendance. We are striving for a community that is supportive and inclusive. One where we are able to communicate and work to effectively resolve challenging situations.  It will take the collective accountability and awareness of each of us to create this kind of environment. A support team will be available to address any issues that may arise during our events; if you find yourself in need of support please seek out members of our team who will be identified at the start of each event.  Please visit http://www.dicentracollective.org for more information on our policies, procedures and support team.

If you need any accommodation for a special needs please contact us at info@dicentracollective.org

Dicentra Guest Speakers Federici & Caffentzis on KBOO’s Labor Radio

Dicentra was pleased to host an event with George Caffentzis and Silvia Federici of the Midnight Notes Collective at In Other Words Womens Books and Resources on February 10th 2009. Listen to George and Silvia the night before on KBOO’s Labor Radio.

Economic Crisis as a Response to Class Struggle
“Radical scholars of political economy George Caffentzis & Silvia Federici of the Midnight Notes Collective join us live in-studio. How are the economic crisis and bailouts a response to class struggle? What does capital hope to achieve with this crisis? How does the crisis hit people doing care work? What kinds of resistance will be most effective now? Thirty vital minutes!” – Labor Radio with Deborah & Al.

Listen here!

Dicentra’s Busiest Week Ever: Care/Economic Crisis & Intimate Violence Events + MORE!

Dicentra’s Busiest Week Ever:
• Care Crisis, Econ Care Crisis, Economic Crisis and the Struggle for a New World
• Listen to George Caffentzis & Silvia Federici on KBOO’s Labor Radio
• Listen to Dicentra on KBOO’s Circle-A Radio
• Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence and Safe Space Policies: Dialogue and Exploration
• Additional Speaking Events
• Dicentra Recommended Zines & Books by Federici and Caffentzis
• Speaker Biographies
• Dicentra Collective Information

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Care Crisis, Economic Crisis and the Struggle for a New World
with Silvia Federici and George Caffentzis of the Midnight Notes Collective

Tuesday, February 10th
6pm at In Other Words Women’s Books & Resources
8 NE Killingsworth ~ http://www.inotherwords.org

Join the Dicentra Collective for a discussion and presentation on current economic crisis, the current crisis of care and how these are intertwined. The event will begin with substantive presentations from Silvia Federici and George Caffentzis of the Midnight Notes Collective, who for the past four decades have been involved in radical struggles against capital and research into the working class, women and reproductive labor. A discussion will follow the presentations.

Some of the questions to be discussed are:
How is the current economic crisis affecting the working poor and other marginalized groups? How does the current crisis and the crisis of care (care giving, care work, the care industry) disproportionately affect women, both at home and in the global south? What does the crisis and the crisis of care mean for the movement against capital and the state. What struggles are taking place during this crisis – as well as before it erupted – that we can “read”, draw from, amplify and connect with toward a new world?

Co-Sponsored by the following organizations:
In Other Words, Industrial Workers of the World (Portland IWW – http://pdx.iww.org/), Rose City Copwatch (www.rosecitycopwatch.org), Rosehip Medix (duendedespertante@riseup.net), Solidarity (Portland Branch – http://www.solidarity-us.org), Team Colors (www.warmachines.info) & others.

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Listen to George Caffentzis & Silvia Federici on KBOO’s Labor Radio
Monday February 8th, 6:00-6:30pm
KBOO 90.7FM & http://www.kboo.fm

Listen to Dicentra on KBOO’s Circle-A Radio
Originally broadcast on KBOO’s Circle-A Radio on Wednesday February 4th between 6:00-7:00pm, this program will be available online soon. Program Description: “The Dicentra Collective is based in Portland, OR. They are 7 individuals who are collectively committed to create radical communities of care, networks of support, and movements based on relationship building. Tonight on Circle A Radio we talk with the members of Dicentra Collective about their beginnings, their workshops, their ideas for radical caregiving, and more. Stay Tuned.” Visit Circle-A Radio at: http://kboo.fm/CircleARadio

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Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence and Safe Space Policies: Dialogue and Exploration

Thursday, February 12th
6pm at In Other Words Women’s Books & Resources
8 NE Killingsworth ~ http://www.inotherwords.org

Join the Dicentra Collective for a discussion and presentation on the impact of sexual assault, domestic violence and safe space policies on our lives and our communities. This is the second and final event in Dicentra’s two part event series on intimate violence, and this event has been developed out of the discussions, suggestions, and responses from the first event.

The event will begin with a facilitated conversation to explore the strengths and challenges of the response to sexual assault, domestic violence and safe space policies in our communities. This will be followed by two rounds of break out groups, on the following topics:
• Concrete Accountability Processes
• Community Healing
• Challenging Available Resources around Intimate Violence
• Providing Support through Communication
• Situating Intimate Violence in Larger Power Relationships (Facilitated by Silvia Federici)
• Prevention/Education on Consent and Making Safe Space Policies Active
Finally, we will use the information gathered from this and the previous event to develop action steps around “what’s next” for our communities.

Our Intentions:
As a collective, we recognize the importance of ongoing dialogue about these difficult issues in order to ensure that our collective energy moves towards deeper understanding and healing rather than disconnection and alienation. We recognize that these discussions can be both triggering and challenging. A team will be available to provide additional support to you at the event.

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Additional Speaking Events:
George Caffentzis will be speaking to the Lewis & Clark Political Economy program on Tuesday February 10th on the economic crisis.

Silivia Federici will speak on her book “Caliban and the Witch” to the PNCA Art Department on Thursday February 12th.

Dicentra Recommended Zines & Books by Federici and Caffentzis
Are now available on the “Dicentra” shelf at In Other Words Women’s Books & Resources
(8 NE Killingsworth ~ http://www.inotherwords.org), stop by and pick them up!

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Speaker Biographies:

Silvia Federici is a scholar, teacher and activist with roots in the Italian women’s liberation movement. Federici the co-founder (with George Caffentzis) of the Committee for Academic Freedom in Africa, a member of the Midnight Notes Collective, a radical group that studies global political economy, and author of author of Caliban and the Witch, a groundbreaking study of the role of women’s oppression in the creation of capitalism. Federici is currently focusing inward, examining the role of caretakers within contemporary capitalism. Silvia’s current undertaking focuses on personal stories and individual struggles – exploring what it is means for women to act as caretakers. She discusses the intersection of personal experiences and global structures of power. In this way, Federici is an important and holistic theorist – synthesizing the personal with the political.

George Caffentzis is a member of the Midnight Notes Collective. He has edited with the Collective two books published by Autonomedia: “Midnight Oil: Work, Energy War, 1973-1992″ and “Auroras of the Zapatistas: Local and Global Struggles of the Fourth World War.”

Midnight Notes Collective: http://www.midnightnotes.org

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Dicentra Collective:

Dicentra is a Portland, OR area collective actively engaged in creating radical communities of care, networks of support, and movements based on relationship building.

Dicentra Collective intends to create safe, learning space at our events. We ask that participants consider how their language and behavior impacts others in attendance. We are striving for a community that is supportive and inclusive. One where we are able to communicate and work to effectively resolve challenging situations. It will take the collective accountability and awareness of each of us to create this kind of environment. A support team will be available to address any issues that may arise during our events; if you find yourself in need of support please seek out members of our team who will be identified at the start of each event. Please visit http://www.dicentracollective.org for more information on our policies, procedures and support team.

If you need any accommodation for a special needs please contact us at info@dicentracollective.org

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Thursday 1/29: Dicentra Collective Benefit Film Night at the Red & Black Café

Dicentra Collective Benefit Film Night at the Red & Black Café

$1-5 suggested donation for the cause and no one turned away for lack of funds, and of course amazing vegan food and drink via the café!

Thursday, January 29th 2009
6pm at the Red & Black Cafe
400 SE 12th Avenue at Oak
http://www.redandblackcafe.com

Dicentra Collective presents a rarely shown and controversial documentary “Titicut Follies” by filmmaker Frederick Wiseman as part of our creating radical communities of care events series. Prefaced with an introduction to the film and followed by a facilitated discussion, we will explore issues such as physical and mental health, confinement, and care.

“Titicut Follies” (1967, 84 Minutes, Black & White) is a documentary film about the treatment of inmates and patients at Bridgewater State Hospital for the “criminally insane”, a Massachusetts Correctional Institution. The film was banned until 1992, being one of the only in U.S. history to be so for reasons other then pornography. Event participants should note that the film is quite disturbing and at times difficult to watch, as the patients are treated in a horrendous fashion. Dicentra feels that the film provides valuable insight into how those experiencing different realities and mental states are treated in our society.