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Listening Space details

The coronavirus pandemic and the response to it has exacerbated attitudes and structures of ableism, racism, classism and cis-hetero-patriarchy. Many of us are building spaces where we can support each other and mitigate the effects on those most impacted.

The Listening Space is an opportunity to listen, share our experiences and wisdom and have space to process and work against The Listening Space picturethe oppression we are faced with and the situation we are in.

This is not counselling, instead this is a space where we have time to listen to and support each other. The space is aimed at those who have lived experience of being disabled, neurodivergent or with a long-term health condition but others are welcome.

We will acknowledge and reflect on our different positions in relation to this crisis and the oppressive structures which we are living in.

The group takes a similar format each week, beginning with a short grounding exercise/meditation, and we work on ensuring ground rules and access needs are met.

We meet weekly on a Thursday 6-7.45 BST. The next sessions are Thursday May 7th, Thursday May 14th and Thursday May 21st and Thursday May 28th.

For more information or to join, contact us via sidewaystimespodcast@gmail.com or DM @SidewaysTimes or call Marion on 07591 702849. If you want to, you can tell us about any access needs you have.

We will send the Zoom link to you on the day.

Listening Space

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Please see post ‘Listening Space details’ on April 10th for up to date information

 

I would like to make new connections and support each other!

During this period many of us have been working hard to put in place support networks. Many of us have already been in isolation for a long time. Some already have networks of friends, family and colleagues who do listen to us in these scary times but many of us do not. Often in a crisis it’s difficult to find the time and space to reflect and connect with others.

But human beings are creative – that is what is so brilliant about us. People have always found and will continue to find ways to connect with others and make new networks. There are already many examples of local groups offering practical support as well as a listening ear: search for Covid-19 Mutual Aid UK. Even though this is a time of social isolation it is also an opportunity to make new connections that could last into the future.

I would like to create a space where we can listen to each other and maybe release some of the emotions that we might be feeling, not as professional counsellors or therapists but as a group providing mutual support rather than delivering a service.

I’m suggesting one of two things:

– Regular drop-in group sessions with no commitment (but a specific start and end time)
– A closed group which meets for a set period of time each week and practices in-depth listening skills

Other ways to organise are also possible.

Please message me directly if you’re interested – sidewaystimespodcast@gmail.com. I would like to discuss it online with anyone who wants to be involved on Monday 30th 7-8pm March but if you cannot make this please get in touch anyway.

Discussion group on Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha’s Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice

We enter this new decade faced with huge challenges, including emboldened nationalisms and racism, climate crisis, narratives of scarcity and the continued neoliberal destruction of local communities, public spaces and support services.

In these times, it is crucial that we continue to make space to imagine and practice cultures of care; to create and develop practices which challenge the idea that some people are disposable. This year, therefore, we have decided to focus our attention on the themes of care and solidarity.

picture of the book Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice.We thought a great way to start us off would be to spend time engaging with and reflecting on Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha’s work on care and disability justice. This includes her recently published book Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice (also available as an Audible audio book).

If you are not able to access the book, there are also a number of podcasts and videos you can listen to and watch:

Here’s a description from the back of the book:

Care Work is a mapping of access as radical love, a celebration of the work that sick and disabled queer/people of color are doing to find each other and to build power and community, and a tool kit for everyone who wants to build radically resilient, sustainable communities of liberation where no one is left behind.  Care Work is a crucial and necessary call to arms.

We will be meeting to discuss the book at the beginning of March and hope that you can join us!

WHEN: Tuesday 3rd March, 7-9pm

WHERE: Ringcross Community Centre, 60 Lough Rd, London N7 8RH

FOOD: There will be a vegan meal available.

TRANSPORT, ACCESSIBILITY, CHILDREN: The nearest Tube station is Caledonian Road (this is wheelchair accessible) and the nearest Overground station is Caledonian Road and Barnsbury (also wheelchair accessible), both about 5 minute walk away. Nearby buses include 153, 259, 17, and 91.

The venue is wheelchair accessible, with an accessible toilet, although it does not have an automatic door or a hoist. The toilets will be gender neutral. There is no childcare provided but kids are welcome! If you have other access needs, please get in touch by emailing sidewaystimespodcast@gmail.com

RSVP: Please email sidewaystimespodcast@gmail.com, Tweet us or RSVP via the Facebook event to let us know if you’re coming, so that we can make sure there is enough food.

If you would like to join remotely, please get in touch in advance and we will send you a video link to join.

Sideways Times – Reading and Discussion group – Stairs and Whispers D/deaf and Disabled Poets Write Back

Having only scratched the surface of this, we thought we’d discuss this collection again!

Stairs and Whispers: D/deaf and Disabled Poets Write Back, edited by Sandra Alland, Khairani Barokka and Daniel Sluman.

Stairs and Whispers - D/deaf and Disabled Poets Write Back. Edited by Sandra Alland, Khairani Barokka and Daniel Sluman

THE BOOK: The book is a ground-breaking anthology examining UK disabled and D/deaf poetics. The publishers write: “Packed with fierce poetry, essays, photos and links to accessible online videos and audio recordings, it showcases a diversity of opinions and survival strategies for an ableist world.”

To accompany the book, the poets also produced some audio and video content. You do not have to read the book to participate in the discussion. If you would like to borrow a copy, please email us at sidewaystimespodcast@gmail.com

There is also more information about the book here:

  • selection of pull quotes from the book’s reviews
  • an analysis of the reviews it received and the biases they contain
  • a Sideways Times podcast with Khairani Barokka (Okka), one of the editors, about her work as an artist and writer.

WHEN: Tuesday July 9th, 6.30pm-8.30pm

WHERE: Ringcross Community Centre, 60 Lough Rd, N7 8RH

FOOD: There will be vegetarian food available, probably three-bean chilli (vegan).

TRANSPORT, ACCESSIBILITY, CHILDREN: The nearest Tube station is Caledonian Road (this is wheelchair accessible) and the nearest Overground station is Caledonian Road and Barnsbury (also wheelchair accessible), both about 5 minute walk away. Nearby buses include 153, 259, 17, and 91.

The venue is broadly wheelchair accessible; the toilets are not the best but you can use them with a wheelchair. The toilets will be gender neutral. There is no childcare provided but kids are welcome!

If you are unable to make it to the venue, but would like to join in remotely, please get in touch as we should be able to arrange this (e.g. via googlechat). Email: sidewaystimespodcast@gmail.com

Stairs and Whispers D/deaf and Disabled Poets Write Back – reading and discussion group – Tues 4th June

This month we thought we would discuss a poetry collection – Stairs and Whispers: D/deaf and Disabled Poets Write Back, edited by Sandra Alland, Khairani Barokka and Daniel Sluman.

Stairs and Whispers - D/deaf and Disabled Poets Write Back. Edited by Sandra Alland, Khairani Barokka and Daniel Sluman

THE BOOK: The book is a ground-breaking anthology examining UK disabled and D/deaf poetics. The publishers write: “Packed with fierce poetry, essays, photos and links to accessible online videos and audio recordings, it showcases a diversity of opinions and survival strategies for an ableist world. With contributions that span Vispo to Surrealism, and range from hard-hitting political commentary to intimate lyrical pieces, these poets refuse to perform or inspire according to tired old narratives.”

To accompany the book, the poets also produced some audio and video content. You do not have to read the book to participate in the discussion. If you would like to borrow a copy, please email us at sidewaystimespodcast@gmail.com.

There is also more information about the book here:

  • a selection of pull quotes from the book’s reviews
  • an analysis of the reviews it received and the biases they contain
  • a Sideways Times podcast with Khairani Barokka (Okka), one of the editors, about her work as an artist and writer.

We expect to talk about :

  • which poems resonated with us
  • how poetry and art supports our lives and liberation?
  • does this poetry collection deepen our understanding of ableism and how it connects to other struggles?

WHEN: Tuesday June 4th, 6.30pm-8.30pm

WHERE: Ringcross Community Centre, 60 Lough Rd, N7 8RH

FOOD: There will be vegetarian food available, probably three-bean chilli (vegan).

TRANSPORT, ACCESSIBILITY, CHILDREN: The nearest Tube station is Caledonian Road (this is wheelchair accessible) and the nearest Overground station is Caledonian Road and Barnsbury (also wheelchair accessible), both about 5 minute walk away. Nearby buses include 153, 259, 17, and 91.

The venue is broadly wheelchair accessible; the toilets are not the best but you can use them with a wheelchair. The toilets will be gender neutral. There is no childcare provided but kids are welcome!

If you are unable to make it to the venue, but would like to join in remotely, please get in touch as we should be able to arrange this (e.g. via googlechat). Email: sidewaystimespodcast@gmail.com

Reading/discussion group – Emergent Strategy (again!) – Tues May 7th

Please join Sideways Times for some dinner and discussion…emegent strategy cover

This is a space to talk about the politics and practice of building sustainable movements that build a different society — one which is not based on structures of white supremacism, ableism and capitalism — within a UK-context.

For the second month running we will be discussing Emergent Strategy by adrienne maree brown, as there’s so much to explore in it!

THE BOOK: In the tradition of Octavia Butler, Emergent Strategy is radical self-help, society-help, and planet-help designed to shape the futures we want to live. Change is constant. The world is in a continual state of flux. It is a stream of ever-mutating, emergent patterns. Rather than steel ourselves against such change, this book teaches us to map, assess, and learn from the swirling structures around us in order to better understand and influence them as they happen. This is a resolutely materialist “spirituality” based equally on science and science fiction, a feminist and afro-futurist incantation to transform that which ultimately transforms us.

THE AUTHOR: adrienne maree brown is the author of Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good and co-editor of Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction from Social Justice Movements. She is also a social justice facilitator, healer, doula, and pleasure activist living in Detroit. scarf-gold-lips-300x200

ALTERNATIVES TO READING THE BOOK: If you don’t have access to a copy of the book or don’t have time to read it, here’s some other suggestions for you to pick from:

DISCUSSION: We’ll share what we found interesting and useful from the book or other materials and discuss if and how we might apply the ideas in our own lives.

Some questions to guide our discussion:

  • In what spaces can this work be used and how?
  • Is it possible for non-black people to take this work up without reinforcing anti-blackness?
  • In what ways could the book be taken up by more mainstream/liberal politics and would this necessarily be a bad thing?

WHEN: Tuesday May 7th, 6.30pm-8.30pm

WHERE: Ringcross Community Centre, 60 Lough Rd, N7 8RH

FOOD: There will be vegetarian food available, probably three-bean chilli (vegan).

TRANSPORT, ACCESSIBILITY, CHILDREN: The nearest Tube station is Caledonian Road (this is wheelchair accessible) and the nearest Overground station is Caledonian Road and Barnsbury (also wheelchair accessible), both about 5 minute walk away. Nearby buses include 153, 259, 17, and 91.

The venue is broadly wheelchair accessible; the toilets are not the best but you can use them with a wheelchair. The toilets will be gender neutral. There is no childcare provided but kids are welcome!

If you are unable to make it to the venue, but would like to join in remotely, please get in touch as we should be able to arrange this (e.g. via googlechat). Email: sidewaystimespodcast@gmail.com.

Emergent Strategy by Adrienne Maree Brown – discussion group with food Tuesday, 2 April 2019

Join Sideways Times, in collaboration with Arteries, for some dinner and discussion…

This is a space to talk about the politics and practice of building sustainable movements that build a different society — one which is not based on structures of white supremacism, ableism and capitalism — within a UK-context.

THE BOOK: In the tradition of Octavia Butler, Emergent Strategy is radical self-help, society-help, and planet-help designed to shape the futures we want to live. Change is constant. The world is in a continual state of flux. It is a stream of ever-mutating, emergent patterns. Rather than steel ourselves against such change, this book teaches us to map, assess, and learn from the swirling structures around us in order to better understand and influence them as they happen. This is a resolutely materialist “spirituality” based equally on science and science fiction, a feminist and afro-futurist incantation to transform that which ultimately transforms us.

scarf-gold-lips-300x200
photo of adrienne maree brown

THE AUTHOR: adrienne maree brown is the author of Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good and co-editor of Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction from Social Justice Movements. She is also a social justice facilitator, healer, doula, and pleasure activist living in Detroit.

ALTERNATIVES TO READING THE BOOK: If you don’t have access to a copy of the book or don’t have time to read it, here’s some other suggestions for you to pick from…

DISCUSSION: We’ll share what we found interesting and useful from the book or other materials and discuss if and how we might apply the ideas in our own lives.

FOOD: There will be vegetarian food available, probably three-bean chilli (vegan).

WHERE: Ringcross Community Centre, 60 Lough Rd, N7 8RH

WHEN:  6.30-8.30 PM

TRANSPORT, ACCESSIBILITY, CHILDREN: The nearest Tube station is Caledonian Road (this is wheelchair accessible) and the nearest Overground station is Caledonian Road and Barnsbury (also wheelchair accessible), both about 5 minute walk away. Nearby buses include 153, 259, 17, and 91.

It also might be possible to join us virtually – please contact to discuss.

The venue is broadly wheelchair accessible; the toilets are not the best but you can use them with a wheelchair. The toilets will be gender neutral. There is no childcare provided but kids are welcome!

WHO WE ARE:

Sideways Times is a UK-based platform for conversations which in different ways link together struggles against ableism, white supremacy, capitalism and heteropatriarchy. It aims to connect theory and practice and contribute towards a culture of learning and creative thinking within our movements.

Arteries: transdisciplinary re-search + design kitchen seeding worlds where wisdom & knowledge – across times, disciplines & cultures – weave together to grow healthy, happy societies.

Reading and Discussion Group – Next Meeting – 5th March

nobordersThis is a space to talk about the politics and practice of building sustainable movements that build a different society – one which is not based on structures of white supremacism, ableism and capitalism – within a UK-context. This is the first meeting of this group and so we’ll talk about how it might be developed in this meeting.

Sideways Times is a UK-based platform for conversations which in different ways link together struggles against ableism, white supremacy, capitalism and heteropatriarchy. It aims to connect theory and practice and contribute towards a culture of learning and creative thinking within our movements.

This month we will again be discussing Harsha Walia’s Undoing Border Imperialism. There’s lots to discuss here, so thought we could look at the themes in more detail, and bring other perspectives in. The book’s blurb describes it in this way:

Drawing on the author’s experiences in No One Is Illegal, this work offers relevant insights for all social movement organizers on effective strategies to overcome the barriers and borders within movements in order to cultivate fierce, loving, and sustainable communities of resistance striving toward liberation. The author grounds the book in collective vision, with short contributions from over twenty organizers and writers from across North America.

Although this book is written from a North American perspective, some things we could discuss are whether and how it is relevant to the UK and building transnational movements. Possible topics for discussion include:

  • What is useful about the book for thinking about sustainability and growth for social movements?
  • How is it relevant to building a liberation politics that has a disability justice focus
  • Does it connect with you at a personal and/or collective level?

Obviously you are not expected to read the whole book, or read the book at all! We’ll just use it as a starting point so it doesn’t matter if you only read one or half a chapter. You can also read these short blog posts, or just come along with your ideas:
Part One and Part Two. There is also an interview with Harsha Walia in the Feminist Wire in which she talks about some of the issues addressed in the book.

This meeting will be held at the Ringcross Community Centre, 60 Lough Road, London N7 8RH, on Tuesday 5th March, from 6.30pm – 8.30pm.

The nearest Tube station is Caledonian Road (this is wheelchair accessible) and the nearest Overground station is Caledonian Road and Barnsbury (also wheelchair accessible). Nearby buses include 153, 259, 17, and 91. There will be vegetarian food available – probably three-bean chilli (vegan).

The venue is wheelchair accessible. There are two sets of toilets which will be gender neutral for the evening.  One set of toilets has three urinals and two cubicles one of which is wheelchair accessible.

The other set of toilets has three cubicles one of which is wheelchair accessible there are grab rails around the toilet and sink with a lowered sink and also an emergency pull cord and mirror! There is also a handle on the door of the accessible cubicle which could make it easier to pull closed.  The door to enter the toilet block is not automatic.

Unfortunately the venue cannot be guaranteed to be fragrance free.

If you need further specific information please contact us!

There is no childcare provided but kids are welcome!

Please let us know if you have any questions, and if you are intending to come, either by using our contact form or by emailing sidewaystimespodcast@gmail.com.

Hope to see you there!