2015 Archive

Work Hard 2015 is On!!!!

Amaz­ing queer people!

Work Hard is com­ing! We can’t wait for another sweaty week of toil­ing away in the woods of Ten­nessee to help Ida build and main­tain a space that can pro­vide refuge and heal­ing for queers of all stripes. This year’s event will be Sep­tem­ber 13th-20th, 2015, and reg­is­tra­tion is open now (click here)!

In keep­ing with the ongo­ing trans­for­ma­tion of Ida, we’ve iden­ti­fied a cou­ple of focus areas for this year. First, we’re excited to con­tinue the work Build­ing Per­ma­nence has been doing all spring and sum­mer to cre­ate phys­i­cal infra­struc­ture that’s specif­i­cally des­ig­nated for queer/trans peo­ple of color, par­tic­u­larly in the QTPOC Autonomous Zone that was estab­lished at last year’s Work Hard. Sec­ond, we want to invest more energy into improv­ing phys­i­cal access to Ida for peo­ple of dif­fer­ent mobil­i­ties. Finally, we’re going to lay some ground­work for ways the com­mu­nity can sup­port Ida’s orga­ni­za­tional infra­struc­ture, allow­ing it to be man­aged sus­tain­ably, trans­par­ently, and accountably.

More details on these projects—and all the other work that we hope to achieve—will come out in the next month, but we need your help. We’re specif­i­cally sur­vey­ing peo­ple of color and peo­ple with access needs to get a bet­ter idea of what kinds of sup­port would be most use­ful. If that describes you, please con­sider fill­ing out this anony­mous form to tell us about your expe­ri­ences and ideas for improvements.

Another impor­tant form of help: doing this work in a cap­i­tal­ist world requires money, so let us know if you have ideas and energy for fundrais­ers, scams, and schemes to lever­age our (lim­ited) access to funds or if you’ve got some cash to throw down. Finally, what we can do greatly depends on who shows up, so have we men­tioned you should reg­is­ter?Before sign­ing off, we’d like to apol­o­gize for the late­ness of this year’s announce­ment. It’s a sea­son of change at Ida and among the Work Hard orga­niz­ers, so it took an unusu­ally long time to work out the details for this years event. We regret any­one hav­ing been left out due to lack of time to arrange the trip, and will aim to do bet­ter in com­ing years. We hope as many of you as pos­si­ble can make it this year, because it’s def­i­nitely going to be rad.More updates soon…Love,
– Annie, Beef, Rayna, Scout, Sully, and Yocheved


Build­ing Per­ma­nence work party April 26th-May 2nd

BP video coverWe are very excited about the upcom­ing Build­ing Per­ma­nence project at Ida. Will you join us?

Build­ing Per­ma­nence is an inde­pen­dent, POC-led next stage to the work hap­pen­ing at Ida to build per­ma­nent, sus­tain­able safe space for queer, trans, and inter­sex peo­ple of color at Ida. Dur­ing the work week, we will be lit­er­ally and fig­u­ra­tively lay­ing the foun­da­tion for QTIPOC autonomous space on the land. We will be shar­ing build­ing and design skills, lay­ing foun­da­tion for a 3-room, insu­lated struc­ture, and think­ing out the chal­lenges and solu­tions to the long-term vision of Ida as an anti-racist space.

Last fall at Work Hard, after hours and years of hard con­ver­sa­tions, the POC crew pre­sented WHSH orga­niz­ers and Ida res­i­dents with a request: des­ig­nate a large sec­tion of the best camp­space, for­merly known as the Dog Park cam­spite, as a QTIPOC autonomous space. Build some basic infra­struc­ture on that plot of land so that this tran­si­tion from gen­eral camp­space to POC autonomous zone could begin in real, last­ing ways. And so the POC autonomous space at Ida was finally born.

Grow­ing out of that start­ing point a loose group of indi­vid­u­als got together to ini­ti­ate Build­ing Per­ma­nence in order to con­tinue build­ing struc­tures and social frame­works which will fur­ther these efforts toward QTIPOC sanc­tu­ary at Ida. The road is long and we rec­og­nize this as a com­plex, imper­fect next step in the process. Ulti­mately, how­ever, we wish to build the infra­struc­ture which will make pos­si­ble the evo­lu­tion of Ida’s racial dynam­ics. This is one step of many and we hope you will lend a hand.

If you want to come build, reg­is­ter here. This will be a POC-led event, but white work­ers are wel­come to attend.

If you can’t come but have a lit­tle cash, please visit our Indie Gogo fundraiser here.

If you have ques­tions, con­cerns, or words of advice, please write building.permanence@gmail.com


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