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QuAIA Vancouver Calls for Boycott of Queer Film Festival: Open Letter to VQFF

Unceded Coast Salish Territories (Vancouver)

For the last three years, Queers Against Israeli Apartheid (QuAIA) Vancouver has worked with others in the community, both locally and globally, to get the Vancouver Queer Film Festival (VQFF) to adopt a Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Resolution that would prevent the state of Israel from using the festival for pinkwashing. We have engaged with a broad cross section of community, both inside and outside the festival and continued to give the festival many opportunities to do the right thing. Much of this work and analysis has been inspired by and learned from the continuing work of groups such as Palestinian Queers for BDS (PQBDS) and alQaws, amongst others.

Our statement of July 31st included the request that the festival pass a BDS resolution no later than November 29th 2014 – The UN International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. It is now well past this deadline. QuAIA Vancouver has not received a response from the VQFF but some in the community have received a form letter clearly indicating that the Festival has no intention of honouring this timeframe. Tellingly, the Festival has chosen to respond selectively to only some members of the community and in addition to QuAIA Vancouver, many others who expressed concerned have not received any communication.

Despite this, many hopeful things have occurred since we challenged the festival regarding their inclusion of a pinkwashing advertisement within this year’s program. Spontaneously and independently, the larger queer community has acted with conscience in numerous ways to demonstrate their solidarity with the people of Palestine, and to show the festival organizers that we will not quietly allow them to speak in our name when they participate in Israel’s pinkwashing of its brutal occupation of Palestine. Numerous filmmakers chose to withdraw their films and participation in the festival, and organized alternate screenings of their films, including the multiple filmmakers within Sins Invalid. Others remained within the festival and used their film screenings as an opportunity to educate the audience and publicly support the call for a Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) resolution from the VQFF. Multiple groups within the community have issued statements condemning the festival for including the Yad b’Yad advertisement in their program, and also for their response since. Links to statements from many of these groups and individuals can be found at the Radical Access Mapping Website: http://radicalaccessiblecommunities.wordpress.com/2014/08/09/ramp-on-pinkwashing-at-the-vancouver-queer-film-festival

Despite three long years of repeated attempts to educate and do outreach with the festival to no avail, we had retained some hope that they would carefully consider our concerns.

We had also however, been concerned that the festival board would either continue to characterize this as a “personal and political” issue that it can choose to place outside the festival mandate, or an “advertising policy issue”, or would decide once again to unilaterally determine the appropriate venue, participants, timing and framing of any discussion considering the BDS resolution. Unfortunately a copy of the form letter (selectively sent only to some concerned community members) that we have recently been provided confirms that this is exactly what has happened. Quite simply, the festival selected an apparently “representational” group of board and staff members, discussed the concern (as they define it) amongst themselves, with a process the community had no say in, using a facilitator of their choosing, referencing materials of their own selection, in order to draft recommendations for consideration by the board with a vague promise of sharing something in 2015. Despite references to their “courage,” “vision” and “transparency” sprinkled throughout, they also state that it isn’t feasible to engage with the broader community, despite the widespread demand to do so.

This is not simply an issue regarding the festival’s advertising or programming policy, and any real resolution will need to fully consider how the VQFF’s multiple actions have made it complicit with Israel’s “Brand Israel” pinkwashing propaganda campaign. While we are greatly encouraged by the first inclusion by the VQFF (that we are aware of) of the term “occupation” in a statement, the balance of the letter makes it clear that whatever work was undertaken did not include gaining any meaningful understanding of pinkwashing, Israel’s campaign of hasbara (propaganda), the normalization of a brutal occupation carried out by the settler colonial state of Israel by reframing it as a conflict between equals, and many other crucial aspects.

We are also deeply disappointed to learn that the festival has refused the widely respected Simon Fraser Public Interest Research Group’s (SFPIRG) generous and public offer to provide education on these issues.

We are further disappointed that the festival has never contacted QuAIA to discuss this issue at any time, or even to provide reference materials, and are dismayed that they have once again chosen an opaque, unilateral process that is unlikely to produce any lasting resolution. Conversely, our faith in the queer community at large has been greatly reinforced by the spontaneous and courageous actions of so many at this year’s festival, and the magnificent and diverse support they received by many others who attended the alternate screenings and other events.

In truth, we feel that this is not the divisive issue that the festival executive seem to consider it to be, and that all that remains is for the board to exhibit the same courage that others in the community have shown. It only serves the purposes of Israeli hasbara to insist that this is a complicated or difficult issue, and it is increasingly clear that a majority of the queer community do not wish to have “our” festival continue as it has to date.

QuAIA Vancouver has not previously called formally for a boycott of the festival, partly to allow the festival time to fully consider their decisions. The independent boycotts and other actions of the community groups and individuals previously mentioned have been their own decisions of conscience, evidently taken only after significant discussion with representatives of the festival failed to provide an acceptable response. To be clear – the festival’s actions this year and in previous years have been appropriate for boycott under the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) guidelines. There has now been more than reasonable time since this issue was raised by QuAIA Vancouver at the 2012 festival, and the deadline has passed without even a direct response.

Accordingly, QuAIA Vancouver now calls for a full boycott of the festival until it adopts a meaningful BDS resolution.

We would be pleased to engage with festival representatives and others to help draft this resolution, but reiterate that we will never participate in any process that normalizes the occupation of Palestine as a struggle between equals. It also goes without saying thatmediation or conflict resolution methods are extremely inappropriate for this situation – you cannot mediate occupation!

Clearly the wider queer community is respectfully requiring a change from past responses. If the festival wishes to remain relevant for a majority of our community it must now act in solidarity with Palestinian queers and ensure that it never again allows an oppressive colonizing state to pinkwash its crimes in our name. There is no comfortable pinkwashing fence to sit on here – only an ugly apartheid wall that has nothing to do with queer rights and everything to do with occupation. Do the right thing this time.

No more pinkwashing in our name!

Endorsed by the Radical Access Mapping Project (RAMP)

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QuAIA Vancouver Statement on VQFF Pinkwashing

VQFF Pinkwashing

Unceded Coast Salish Territories (Vancouver) August 7th, 2014.

To endorse this statement as an organization or individual, please click here – http://bit.ly/EndorseQuAIA – for our endorsement form!

It is with great concern and disappointment that Queers Against Israeli Apartheid (QuAIA) Vancouver responds to the half-page advertisement for Yad b’Yad LGBTQ featured in the Vancouver Queer Film Festival’s 2014 Festival Print Guide.

Yad b’Yad is a pinkwashing organization devoted to promoting ties between the state of Israel and LGBTQ communities in Canada. Earlier this year, Yad b’Yad screened a film funded by the Israeli Film Fund and hosted an advocacy workshop on pinkwashing strategies at the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs in Vancouver. The group also lauds Canada and Israel for being amongst the top 10 gay-friendly militaries in the world and celebrates Tel Aviv as a centre for gay tourism.

The Vancouver Queer Film Festival (VQFF) has offered a platform and chosen to accept marketing funds from Yad b’Yad despite the growing international movement for boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) against the state of Israel.

The VQFF’s decision to feature Yad b’Yad occurs in the context of ongoing Israeli apartheid and occupation of Palestine, which takes the form of mass displacement, illegal Israeli settlements, racist laws, checkpoints, a system of walls, barriers, and roads accessible solely to Israeli settlers, and the illegal siege of Gaza, deemed the world’s largest open-air prison.

The most recent Israeli invasion of Gaza has involved mass arrests, displacement of thousands of Palestinians from their homes, and has claimed more than 1,766 lives, including at least 400 children, and injured more than 9,320 Palestinians to date and been widely denounced by people around the world. According to UNICEF, over 30% of civilian casualties thus far have been children. All of these numbers will likely continue to rise in the days to come.

It is crucial to note that Gaza has no army, no navy, and no air force with which to defend itself against one of the strongest militaries in the world. While the Harper government has described the Israeli invasion of Gaza as “self-defence” and mainstream media continue to characterize the latest bombardment as a “two-sided conflict”, we recognize Israel’s military dominance and the racist ideology underpinning these attacks as genocidal.

QuAIA Vancouver came together as part of a growing international movement – led by Palestinians – against Israeli apartheid and occupation. In particular, QuAIA Vancouver has targeted the aggressive public relations campaign launched by the state of Israel to market itself itself as being an oasis of liberal tolerance in the Middle East and the only gay-friendly country in an otherwise hostile region while also silencing any dissent by equating any critiques of its war crimes as anti-Semitic, something many prominent Jewish leaders (amongst others) have denounced. By appealing to the global LGBTQ community to support the Israeli apartheid state at the expense of Palestinians, Israel is actively engaged in the pinkwashing of apartheid and occupation.

As queers, trans* folks, and allies, we are outraged by the appropriation of queer and trans* struggles for liberation in order to obscure, excuse, and justify Israeli state violence. In 2012, QuAIA Vancouver and community allies launched a campaign urging the VQFF to be in solidarity with Palestinian queer and trans* communities and come out against the Israeli apartheid regime.

After outrage from local members of the queer and trans* community demanding answers, the VQFF recently issued a statement regarding the Yad b’Yad advertisement, framing the concerns as a lack of clarity about advertising polices. The statement further refers to “the Israeli/Palestinian conflict” as something that is a deeply “personal and political issue for many”. This reframing and normalizing of systemic, institutionalized oppression and the brutal and illegal occupation of the Palestinian people and their land as a conflict between two sides and as a personal issue is deeply problematic and needs to be named. The statement also claims that the VQFF did not intend to take a position on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. Unfortunately, the actions and inactions of VQFF over the last two years suggest otherwise.

Last year, the Festival held a panel to discuss the issue. QuAIA Vancouver was not even notified of the event. The panel composition and framing of the discussion served to further normalize this criminal occupation as a conflict between equals and did not in any meaningful way address Israel’s active and ongoing pinkwashing campaign or the VQFF’s participation in it.

The VQFF statement goes on to state that it is time for “open, honest, and constructive conversations” because they do not shy away from this. Yet QuAIA Vancouver and others engaged in this work continue to await a response, two years later despite our repeated attempts at engagement, discussion, outreach, and education. In the interim, as we write this, the people of Gaza and Palestine at large continue to lose their lives to Israel’s brutal and ongoing assault on their homes, hospitals, playgrounds, schools and much more. While the rest of the world is speaking out, the VQFF remains silent. We believe there has been ample time these past two years for the Festival to engage in discussions, dialogue, and conversation. The time has come for action without further delay.

As a result, we call on the Festival to issue an unequivocal apology for accepting marketing funds from Yad b’Yad and for printing their advertisement and as it is too late for a retraction, a return of their advertising funds and a donation of funds in the equivalent amount specifically to groups at the forefront of anti-pinkwashing activism and education, led by and for Palestinian queer and trans* people such as Al-Qaws or Palestinian Queers for BDS.

We call for no less than complete boycott, divestment, and sanctions against Israel and for the VQFF and broader LGBTQ communities to join in international solidarity with Gaza and the fight for Palestinian liberation. Specially, we call for the Festival to meet the two-years plus outstanding demand for a BDS resolution no later than November 29th, 2014, the United Nations International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian people. Members of the community and those who have supported the VQFF to date have made it clear that they are committed to increasing pressure on the Festival as needed to express their deep concern and outrage regarding this ongoing delay in adopting a BDS resolution and the profound lack of judgement demonstrated in accepting advertising funds from Yad b’Yad.

We write this with the hope that the Festival will do the right thing and with a renewed commitment to standing in solidarity with the Palestinian people and in particular at this time, with Gaza.

Please See Also:

Sins Invalid statement on the Vancouver Queer Film Festival 2014 and Pinkwashing: http://disability-justice.tumblr.com/post/94025105614/sins-invalid-pulls-film-out-of-vancouver-queer-film

Radical Access Mapping Project (RAMP) statement on Pinkwashing at the Vancouver Queer Film Festival: http://radicalaccessiblecommunities.wordpress.com/2014/08/09/ramp-on-pinkwashing-at-the-vancouver-queer-film-festival/

To endorse this statement as an organization or individual, please click here – http://bit.ly/EndorseQuAIA – for our endorsement form!

Endorsers:

Organizations:
US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel
Radical Access Mapping Project (RAMP)
Radio-BED
COPE LGBTQ Caucus
Queers Against Israeli Apartheid (QuAIA) Seattle
Action for a Progressive Pakistan
Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights – UBC
Pakistan Solidarity Network
Canada Palestine Association
Voice of Palestine
Boycott Israeli Apartheid Campaign
Salaam Vancouver
Queers Undermining Israeli Terror

Individuals:
Huma Dar
Saadia Toor
Rabab Abdulhadi, Race and Resistance Studies, San Francisco State University
Jacqueline Downs
Jude Diebold
romham padriag gallacher
Omid Javadi
Manveer Singh
Nathalie Leveille
J. Kehaulani Kauanui
Shefali Chandra
Shelley Ettinger
Bianca Shana’a
Aseefa Merali
Fleur Gadd
Jaime Veve, Transport workers union local 100 (retired)
Mordecai Briemberg, CanPalNet (Canada Palestine Support Network)
Smitty Buckler
Urooba Jamal
Harris David Harris
Nikki Zawadzki
Thirza Cuthand
Johan Genberg
Kate Raphael
Andrea Miller-Nesbitt
Melisa Brittain
Miranda Wolfe
Mik Turje, Dandyshots Productions
Logan Trudeau
Kir Tancon
Maree Lien
Susan Craigie
Dylyn Wilkinson
Fayza Bundalli
Lisa Stepnuk
Beth Duncan
Katie McNiven Gladman
Amanda Bloom

QuAIA Vancouver Statement on the 2013 Vancouver Queer Film Festival

Unceded Coast Salish Territories (Vancouver) – August 16, 2013

QuAIA Vancouver recognizes that we do this work as settlers on unceded Coast Salish Territories, the lands of the Musqueam, Skxwú7mesh-ulh Úxwumixw (Squamish), Stó:lo, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples. We stand in solidarity with Indigenous people resisting settler colonialism on Turtle Island, in Palestine, and around the world.

Queers Against Israeli Apartheid (QuAIA) Vancouver writes as the 25th Vancouver Queer Film Festival (VQFF) opens. This recent iteration of QuAIA Vancouver was ignited last year in response to the inclusion of two films in the VQFF’s programming that broke the Palestinian call for global boycott of Israel (for more information, see the open letter issued by QuAIA Vancouver to the VQFF Executive Director, Director of Programming, and Board of Directors in August 2012: http://vancouver.mediacoop.ca/sites/mediacoop.ca/files2/mc/quaia_letter_to_vqff.pdf).

This boycott comes in response to the call of Palestinian civil society – including Palestinian Queers for BDS and Al-Qaws – for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel until Palestinian human rights are recognized. This includes cultural boycott – a boycott that targets Israeli cultural institutions that are complicit in maintaining the Israeli occupation. We urged the festival to adopt BDS principles (http://www.pacbi.org/etemplate.php?id=1047). Specifically, we expressed our strong objection to the screening of the films “Joe and Belle” and “Invisible Men,” both of which were heavily promoted by the Israeli Consulate, an agency of the Israeli government, throughout their North American screening tours prior to Vancouver. In addition, the latter film, while purporting to raise the voices of Palestinian queer refugees, was in fact a deeply problematic portrayal that highlighted the voice and perspective of the Israeli colonizer above those of Palestinian refugees and communities.

Cultural boycott principles do not exclude individuals or films based on nationality. The cultural boycott does, however, target those cultural products and voices officially sponsored at the behest of an apartheid state and its institutions. The Israeli state has used “pinkwashing” as a principal tactic of its propaganda campaigns internationally by presenting itself as a haven for queer people while casting Palestinians as enemies and oppressors, using racist language and Islamophobic stereotyping. This includes the prominent public promotion of Israeli films through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs – and when filmmakers join in pinkwashing campaigns, they choose to become part of an orchestrated state campaign to promote “Brand Israel.” We called on the Festival to reject Brand Israel – a racist, oppressive brand that undermines, attacks and negates Palestinian and Arab queers.

With the wide support of many local and international queer and trans community allies, QuAIA Vancouver has urged the VQFF to adopt a formal resolution supporting BDS and adopt the Palestinian guidelines for cultural boycott of Israel, in solidarity with and in response to the Palestinian civil society calls – and specific Palestinian queer calls – to recognize the Palestinian and global “picket line” and not break the boycott. To date, the festival has not responded to any of our communications.

We note that this year there are no “Brand Israel” films on the VQFF schedule. We believe this is a partial victory and hope that it is the beginning of recognition that a queer film festival that wishes to speak to queer legacies of struggle, movement building and justice must not be one that is complicit in apartheid, occupation and racism. Further, as QuAIA noted last year, this festival must belong to our communities – including Palestinian and Arab queers and queers of colour. However, we have heard reports – though not had it confirmed directly yet by the festival – that the festival board opposes the adoption of a BDS resolution. We continue our call for the adoption of a BDS resolution without delay.

We also notice that in response to QuAIA Vancouver’s activism and our recent panel on Settler Colonialisms and Pinkwashing, the VQFF is holding a panel on Cultural Boycott as part of this year’s programming. There has been no communication with QuAIA Vancouver about this panel. Rather than recognizing cultural boycott as a tool of oppressed groups to call for international accountability around their movements, the panel asks if boycott is an “effective option towards inspiring peace, or is ongoing engagement a better path.” We are also concerned that by framing their panel in this way, the festival has predetermined that “engagement” with a brutal occupying force is a valid path to “peace.” This normalizes Israel’s illegal and brutal occupation, and fails to accurately portray its pinkwashing campaign as the insidious cultural weapon it truly is. Boycott is what the oppressed Palestinian people have called for; not ongoing engagement (by featuring films that are part of a propaganda campaign to exalt an apartheid state and demonize the nation oppressed by that state). The VQFF cannot tell Palestinians how best to “inspire peace,” but can do its own work to inspire justice by passing a BDS resolution without any further delay and instituting cultural boycott guidelines.

Panel Update: Video Presentation

We’re pleased to announce that, as part of our upcoming panel, we’ll be screening a video of a presentation by Selma Al-Aswad, which took place at the World Social Forum Free Palestine as part of the Queer Visions Delegation.  Several QuAIA Vancouver members were part of the Queer Visions Delegation and had the pleasure of seeing this presentation in person.  Selma can’t join us in Vancouver this time but has kindly agreed to let us share the video and some updates on anti-pinkwashing work being done in Seattle, including the recent founding of QuAIA Seattle.

SELMA AL-ASWAD is a queer Palestinian based in Seattle, Washington.  As a member of the media collective Reteaching Gender & Sexuality, Selma engages in media making as a way to engage conversations around queer complicity and resistance.  In 2012, she took part in Queer Visions at the World Social Forum: Free Palestine in Porto Alegre, Brazil where she spoke about local efforts to incorporate Palestinian liberation movements into the greater anti-colonial activism in her queer communities.  She is a founding member of QuAIA Seattle and lately can be found learning the quirks of film production.

The video will include English captions.

Panel Update: ASL-English Interpretation Confirmed!

We are happy to confirm that ASL-English interpretation will be provided at our upcoming panel event!  If you have any accessibility questions or concerns (about ASL-English interpretation or anything else), please email us at quaia.vancouver@gmail.com.

We are still looking to connect with interpreters who identify as people of colour and/or Indigenous.  If you know or happen to be a local person of colour- and/or Indigenous ASL interpreter, please get in touch with us!  You can also help by sharing this call-out among friends.

Thank you to the Simon Fraser Public Interest Research Group (SFPIRG) and the UBC Social Justice Centre for their generous contributions towards our Accessibilites Fund, which have helped us to guarantee certified ASL-English interpretation at this event!

Panel Updates: Speakers!

We’re thrilled to let you all know about two of the speakers confirmed for our upcoming panel!  We’ll keep this website and our Facebook event page up-to-date as we receive additional speakers’ bios.

MIKE KREBS is an Indigenous activist of Blackfoot, Cree and european descent. Based in Vancouver, he has previously been active in Palestine solidarity organizing.

NADA ELIA is a Diaspora Palestinian. Both of her parents were expelled from Jerusalem in 1948, she was born in Iraq, and grew up in Beirut, Lebanon. A professor of Global and Gender Studies, Elia is a scholar-activist who serves on the Organizing Collective of the US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel, and writes and speaks about BDS as a strategy to end Israel’s apartheid practices and policies. Her current research is about the gendered aspect of resistance, including the denunciation of Pinkwashing, Israel’s attempt to tout its (Jewish) gay-friendly record so as to distract from its violations of the human rights of the Palestinian people.

We are also excited to announce that we have confirmed funding for ASL interpretation for the panel!  We’re still in the process of corresponding with interpreters and we’ll let you all know when they’re confirmed!

Update:  We are pleased to announce we will be screening a video of a panel presentation by Selma Al-Aswad!  The video will include English captions.

SELMA AL-ASWAD is a queer Palestinian based in Seattle, Washington.  As a member of the media collective Reteaching Gender & Sexuality, Selma engages in media making as a way to engage conversations around queer complicity and resistance.  In 2012, she took part in Queer Visions at the World Social Forum: Free Palestine in Porto Alegre, Brazil where she spoke about local efforts to incorporate Palestinian liberation movements into the greater anti-colonial activism in her queer communities.  She is a founding member of QuAIA Seattle and lately can be found learning the quirks of film production.

Check out our last post for more information on the Settler Colonialisms, Queer Activism and Pinkwashing panel or find the event on Facebook.

Upcoming Panel: Settler Colonialisms, Queer Activism and the Pinkwashing of Israeli Apartheid

Come out to the first ever QuAIA-Vancouver panel on Thursday, May 2 at 7:00! The event will take place at SFU Harbour Centre, room 7000 (515 West Hastings Street). Please scroll to the bottom for detailed information on accessibility. Find and share the event on Facebook!

Lately, you’ve probably been hearing words like pinkwashing, settler colonialism, and homonationalism. Maybe you heard that there were a bunch of queer and trans folks wearing hedgehog masks and holding pink signs about Israeli apartheid at the Queer Film Festival last summer. Or you’ve wondered what queer solidarity for Palestine looks like? And how radical queer and trans folks can support Indigenous struggles on Turtle Island or what the connections are between Canadian and Israeli settler colonialisms? Ever wanted to figure out how we can resist pinkwashing and build genuine movements of solidarity that resist all forms of colonialism and occupation? Or perhaps you just want one of those really cool QuAIA bandanas?

Well, with the help of some fabulous speakers, QuAIA Vancouver is putting on a panel to discuss some of these very questions, share information, engage in discussion, and help build radical queer and trans communities. Speaker information coming shortly!

This panel will explore the intersections between Israeli and Canadian settler colonialisms and Israel’s campaign of pinkwashing its brutal occupation of Palestine.

By appealing to global LGBTQ communities to support the Israeli settler colonial state at the expense of Palestinians, Israel is actively engaging in the pinkwashing of apartheid and occupation.

As queers, trans folks, and allies, we are outraged by the appropriation of queer and trans struggles for liberation in order to obscure, excuse, or justify state violence and colonialism. As radical queers committed to anti-colonial struggles and all forms of oppression, we also stand in solidarity with Indigenous struggles against ongoing colonialism here on Turtle Island. When we come out against settler colonialism in all its forms and against Israeli apartheid, we interfere with the myth making that is vital to upholding Israeli and Canadian colonial regimes.

Please join us to learn how you can resist this state-sponsored hijacking of our community’s voice, and raise your own voice with ours to say “No Pinkwashing in Our Name!” Oh and there may also be some of those amazing bandanas, possibly even with glitter!

Queers Against Israeli Apartheid is part of a growing international movement – led by Palestinians – against Israeli apartheid, occupation and colonialism.

Endorsed by:
Canada Palestine Association (CPA)
Voice of Palestine
Samidoun: Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network
Boycott Israeli Apartheid Committee (BIAC)
Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights UBC (SPHR UBC)

***Accessibilities Information***

Please email us if more information needs to be added and/or if you have questions/feedback: quaia.vancouver@gmail.com

– Room 7000 is on the 7th floor, with elevator access, and is wheelchair and scooter accessible as are the washrooms.
– Gender neutral and gendered washrooms are on the same floor as the room.
– Floor plan for the venue and room: http://www.sfu.ca/mecs/harbour+centre/floor+plans.html
– ASL-English interpretation is confirmed.
– There will be designated seating space in the room for folks with limited mobility and for Deaf people, folks who are hard of hearing, and others with barriers to accessing audio.
– Amplification via mics and speakers will also be provided.
– A specific donation jar will be available for QuAIA to build an ongoing Accessibilities Fund.
– Donations are completely voluntary and any donations will be greatly appreciated!
– In order to reduce the impact of electromagnetic transmissions (EMT) on folks with EMT sensitivity, we will be asking that attendees turn off their cell phones if possible, or place them in a designated area.
– We are creating a scent-reduced environment for this event. For more information on how you can help with this, check out these resources:

Myths & Facts about Chemical Sensitivity: http://www.peggymunson.com/mcs/myths.html

How to be Fragrance Free: http://www.peggymunson.com/mcs/fragrancefree.html

Fragrance Free Femme of Colour Realness Draft 1.5: http://www.brownstargirl.org/1/post/2012/03/fragrance-free-femme-of-colour-realness-draft-15.html