On Saturday, April 5th radical Trans and Queer people from the midwest and beyond will be gathering in Chicagofor a series of workshops about regarding the strategy for the RNC, queer/trans militant history, current radical trans/queer/anarcha-feminist resistance, self defense, diy sex toys, etc.
Following the workshops Bash Back! Chicago invites participants to join us in a march through a highly populated neighborhood in our city. In the wake of the deaths of 6 gender variant people within the last month, we are calling for a funeral procession that will take us to the doorsteps of notorious racist, classist, and transphobic institutions in what will prove to be a fabulous yet rowdy time. We will be making signs, banners, costumes, and noise makers for the action in the lead up to the weekend.
The second day, Sunday, we will have an all day organizing session for plugging into the three tiered strategy to Crash the RNC. We will also be discussing other potential actions during the RNC and we may have a break out session for people who want to discuss the DNC.
Those attending the, "Bash Back! Convergence" organizing session for Crashing the RNC must agree to the Points of Unity put forward by Bash Back! Chicago. While we understand and respect all groups organizing against the Republican and Democratic National Conventions in the name of furthering the LGBTQ cause, it is important that our actions at the RNC have a unified message. These points of Unity do NOT mean that Bash Back! refuses to work with groups who disagree. They are simply what we as a group believe and we want the messaging of our actions to reflect that.
POINTS OF UNITY
Members of Bash Back! must agree to:
1. Fight for liberation. Nothing more, nothing less. State recognition in the form of oppressive institutions such as marriage and militarism are not steps toward liberation but rather towards heteronormative assimilation.
2. A rejection of Capitalism, Imperialism, and all forms of State power.
3. Actively oppose oppression both in and out of the "movement." Racism, Patriarchy, Heterosexism, Sexism, Transphobia, and all oppressive behavior is not to be tolerated.
4. Respect a diversity of tactics in the struggle for liberation. Do not solely condemn an action on the grounds that the State deems it to be illegal.