Welcome to Iambrown.org. My name is Autumn Brown. In these pages you will find information on the workshops I teach, the services I can provide, the projects I care about, and the resources I can offer. I hope that there is something useful for you here. Be sure to sign up for my (very low-traffic) newsletter to receive updates about upcoming workshops and events, and opportunities to build and participate in revolutionary work in the worlds of activism, media and art.

August News - All of Us, Children

 Hello Good People!

 
And welcome to summer's end. It hardly feels fair, but there it is. August, in your face! I have hardly had a bit of downtime since the Allied Media Conference - for the past month I have been writing, developing new curricula, chasing my children, and sitting in awe of my son Finn who is about to turn three and already learning to read. Witnessing Finn in his growing and learning process - which includes a fair amount of kicking and screaming - I am reminded that we are all of us, children. We are still learning how to survive in the world. I am learning how to survive parenthood.
 
I have some incredibly exciting work on the horizon for the fall, including presenting a session on Race, Land, and Story at the upcoming Growing Food and Justice Initiative gathering in Milwaukee, WI; facilitating workshops on Identity and Difference with the first-year class of Bard College; and continuing to chip away at my science fiction novel in progress.
 
You can support my work this fall in two ways!
 
1) Donate to support my work at the Growing Food and Justice Initiative Gathering, September 9th-11th. My goal is to raise $300 to cover the cost of transportation and food. You can donate through Paypal, or email me directly to find out how to send a check. Visit my website to learn more about this project.
 
2) Help me find a week-long sublet in NYC for October 6th - 13th. I will be traveling in NYC and Upstate New York for most of the month of October, with both of my children, so for at least one full week in NYC I would love to have my own space to spread out. Let me know if you know anyone who is planning on leaving NYC in the Fall.

In the meantime, bend your ear for a bit to hear me and Lauren Giambrone (Good Fight Herb Co.) give a report back from the Allied Media Conference on the radio show Roots, Runners, and Rhizomes: Health and Healing from the Underground.

http://archive.free103point9.org/2011/07/RRR%2020110718.MP3

In this Edition of Iambrown:
  • Working Class(y): A Benefit for Service workers (Minneapolis)
  • Support the Food & Freedom Ride! (Everywhere)
  • I Am A Link (Minneapolis)
  • Writing from the Chakras (Chicago)
  • Two Workshops from Training for Change (Birmingham, MI and Philadelphia, PA)
  • Minnesota Trans Health and Wellness Conference (Minneapolis)
  • Enough: The Personal Politics of Resisting Capitalism (Everywhere)
  • The Randolph School is Hiring (Wappingers Falls, NY)
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Working Class(y): A Benefit for Service workers
Saturday, August 6 · 1:00pm - 11:00pm
3924 Elliot Ave S. Minneapolis, MN
So hey, 

The Industrial Workers of the World in Minneapolis is starting a new branch specifically for workers in the food and retail industry and IWW folks in Portland, OR. are doing the same thing! Come to this super rad event, get your food/drink on, meet some hardcore service workers, watch a short film, hang out!

And when we're done planning the revolution we can learn how to screen print t-shirts. That's right, all in the same day.

Schedule:

1pm - Lunch is served

1:45pm - Speaking panel/Q&A hosted by real life service workers. 
Topic: Organizing the seemingly unorganizable service industry.

2:45pm - Some type of radical spoken word or music experience

(This is where things get mind blowing)

At 3pm, 4pm, and 5pm you will have the luxury of being able to choose to participate in 1 of 4 activities; 

1. Watch a short documentary on what service workers in the United States have to put up with and what they're going to do about it. 

2. Take a short class/training on our rights as workers, and how we can fight back against our bosses.

3. Take a workshop on screen printing where you will learn how to make a t-shirt from start to finish. Specifically the "yet to be released" official t-shirt of the Food and Retail Worker's Branch of the IWW. (Bring a t-shirt from home or throw us a few bones if you wanna take this awesome piece of apparel home with you.

4. Hanging out, eating great food and shootin the breeze. 

6pm - dinner will be served along with both alcoholic and non-alcoholic refreshments. At this point, anything goes. If you weren't feeling loose before get ready and stick around because at 8pm folks can migrate to the basement where the event will come to its end with some sweet beats and live hip hop performances.

This Event Is Donation Based! 

We are asking $5-15 dollars sliding scale donation.

No one will be turned away for lack of funds, unless you're a boss.

ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS WILL BE PROVIDED FOR THE CONVENIENCE OF PARENTS WHO BRING CHILDREN!!!!
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Support the Food & Freedom Ride!
 
A message from Live Real: 
 
In 1961, twenty-four young Blacks and Whites put their lives on the line for what they knew was right.  They rode together on buses through the segregated South and exposed racial injustice in a way that rocked the nation.

To commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Freedom Rides, Live Real--a new national initiative working to make real food the norm, not the exception--has organized two Food & Freedom Rides.

This summer's two Rides will bring together youth and adult allies from diverse backgrounds to investigate how people on the frontlines of the food system are surviving in its dark side, and thriving in the light of their own alternatives. 

The first ride, from August 7-18, will begin at the pivotal point of the original Freedom Rides: Birmingham, Alabama. It will end at a beacon for the future of America's food: Detroit, Michigan.

The second ride, from August 26-September 2, will travel through the nation's salad bowl: the agricultural giant that is California. 
We set our fundraising goal at a bare minimum because we knew if we didn't reach it, we couldn't receive any of the donations. Now that we feel the strength and excitement of our supporters, we know we can up the ante.

Help us double down our fundraising, and double our impact! 

If we reach our new goal of $2,000, we will create a curriculum to complement our documentary that can be used by educators in schools and communities across the country.

We're gearing up our campaigns that will connect federal food and farming policy to our everyday lives--especially the lives of young people. 

Your support multiples the impact of our film by enabling us to create an educational toolkit that will bring the Food & Freedom Rides and the food justice movement to many many more youth.

Even if you can't give much at this time, you can follow our journey online. A dollar lets us know that you want to stay up to date!

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I Am A Link
An Exhibition of Pictorial Rugs by Dorothy Sauber (1947-2008)
Textile Center Joan Mondale Gallery
July 29- September 3, 2011
 
"I think of myself and my art as a link. I am a link to the women of old...I am a link in the history of women...I have finally found, through my art, a connection with my own past." Dorothy Sauber
 
Textile Center
A National Center for Fiber Art
3000 University Avenue SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
www.TextileCenterMN.org
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Writing from the Chakras
A Sage Community Health Collective workshop
with Rachael Hudak and Minal Hajratwala

This fun, relaxed 2.5 hour workshop is designed to open up your chakras through asanas (yoga postures) and breath awareness, which will lead you to unleash your creativity onto paper. No experience in yoga or writing is necessary, and the workshop is accessible for all bodies, regardless of age, experience, or physical ability. We will be exploring asanas as tools for developing a body-based approach to writing and using writing exercises for personal and reflective expression. We will explore and look into the specific energies of each chakra and discover what kind of writing comes from each one. Creative writing doesn’t have to be any more complicated than breathing. So if you can breathe from your core, then you can also write from your core, revealing your truth and creativity.

Where: 
Sage Community Health Collective
2514 W. Armitage Avenue #205
Chicago, IL, 60647. 
This space is elevator accessible.

When: 
Sunday, August 14th, 2011, 5:00-7:30 p.m.

Cost: $20-80 sliding scale. Limited work study options available.

To register for this exciting and unique workshop, please call or email Tanuja Jagernauth:773.749.9101tjagernauth@gmail.com

Please RSVP to Tanuja by August 12th, 2011

Rachael Hudak is a hatha yoga instructor and has been practicing yoga and meditation since 2002 when she stumbled upon an intensive yoga course at Agama Yoga in Koh Phangan, Thailand. She has since fallen in love with yoga because of its path towards deep peace, self acceptance, and inner awareness. Her classes are informed by her love of poetry, anatomy, and the belief that self care is necessary and essential for all bodies. Rachael received her 200 hour teaching certification from the Shambhava School of Yoga at Chi-Town Shakti and she has a BA in Creative Writing from the University of Michigan. Rachael is the Program Director at the Neighborhood Writing Alliance, and has over seven years of experience facilitating creative arts workshops.

Minal Hajratwala is the author of Leaving India: My Family’s Journey From Five Villages to Five Continents(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009), which has been called “incomparable” by Alice Walker and “searingly honest” by the Washington Post. The book won a Pen USA Award, an Asian American Writers Workshop Award, a Lambda Literary Award, a California Book Award (Silver, Nonfiction), and was shortlisted for the Saroyan International Writing Prize. Ms. Hajratwala is a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar spending the 2010-2011 academic year in India researching a novel, while also writing poems about the unicorns of the 5,000-year-old Indus Valley civilization. She is the editor of TheQueer Ink Anthology: Contemporary LGBT Stories of India, forthcoming in 2012 from Queer Ink Publishing. For more information about Ms. Hajratwala's work, check out http://www.minalhajratwala.com/
Sage Community Health Collective is a worker-owned collective of four individuals who have dedicated their lives to social justice, community building, and healing: Liz Appel, L.Ac., MSTOM; Stacy Erenberg, ABT; Tanuja Jagernauth, L.Ac, MSTOM; and Jennifer Wade, L.Ac, MSTOM. With years of collective experience as activists, they bore witness to fatigue and burnout amongst their colleagues and themselves. This inspired them to learn to heal themselves and facilitate healing in others. In Fall 2010, they came together to create a sustainable wellness center dedicated to the holistic well being of their community. They are united by their belief in accessible, affordable, people-centered health care which honors people's stories and experiences and promotes liberation. They are dedicated to providing trauma-informed, body positive and harm reductionist healing services. The collective is built around the tenets of mutual respect, actual capacity, deep compassion, and love for each other and their community. For more information about Sage, please check out www.sagecommunityhealth.org. Follow Sage on Twitter! @sagecommhealth
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Two Workshops from Training for Change...
Training for Social Action Trainers - Coming to Michigan soon!
August 12-14, 2011
Birmingham, MI

To register, contact Dan at dbuttry@comcast.net.

Join us for an intensive training designed for experienced facilitators wanting to revitalize their work, new trainers wanting to inspire, teachers, community leaders, activists -- anyone wanting to take their skills to a new level and learn how training can be used more effectively.

AS A PARTICIPANT, YOU WILL...

* Gain greater awareness about yourself and your strengths as a facilitator;
* Get a chance to take risks, experiment and refine skills in a safe and supportive environment;
* Get the stimulation of fresh approaches and increased options;
* Receive personal guidance from experienced trainers in a small group setting ;
* Learn new tools that are easily adapted, principles of workshop design, skills for working with diversity and a better understanding of how to use experiential education methods effectively.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND THIS WORKSHOP?
Experienced and less-experienced facilitators, consultants and trainers...Activists and organizers wanting to use training more effectively in their work... Teachers, community leaders, pastors, consultants and others who want more experiential tools.

The TSAT is a great way to learn the core approach to Training for Change's elicitive style of activist training, or if you are considering bringing TFC trainers to work more closely with your organization. Anyone who takes the TSAT is then qualified to be a participant at TFC’s Advanced Training of Trainers, an extended 5-day intensive the delves more thoroughly into group dynamics, conflict in groups, and working cross-culturally.

GOALS

* To enhance workshop facilitation and design skills
* To increase the training tools you can use effectively
* To gain greater awareness of yourself as facilitator
* To meet and receive support from other trainers and learn about new developments in the field

WORKSHOP FORMAT
The workshop begins with dinner and registration at 6 p.m. Friday and runs until 6 p.m. Sunday. On Friday and Saturday evenings the workshop includes an evening session after dinner, the workshop typically ends between 9:00-10:00 pm on those evenings.

The workshop is designed as an experiential package with each session building on the previous session. We want to create the best learning environment possible for participants to absorb the combined learning of each session and therefore WE DO NOT ALLOW PARTIAL ATTENDANCE, you must commit to taking the entire workshop.

FEE
If taken separately, this workshop costs $150 US-$375 US, sliding scale based on income. The fee includes over 23 hours of training, meals during workshop hours, and simple lodging for people who request it. To determine your fee, use the chart below.

If your income is... You pay...
under $15,000 $150
$15,001-$25,000 $180
$25,001-$35,000 $210
$35,001-$45,000 $250
$45,001-$55,000 $300
over $55,000 $375

STAFF RATES
Are you being sent to the training by your employer? If so, don't use your income to determine the fee -- use the annual budget of the organization.

REGISTER OR QUESTIONS
To register or get more information about the fee or the workshop, please contact the organizer, Dan Buttry at dbuttry@comcast.net.
 
The Ethos of the Times: A Facilitated WorldWork Process
Sept 2-3, 2011
Philadelphia, PA

You can register online at www.TrainingForChange.org or contact Kaytee Riek: kaytee@trainingforchange.org.
 
Training for Change is proud to host, for a second time, Lane Arye to lead a WorldWork process.  

WorldWork is an interactive, highly personal and emotional modality -- come prepared to be deeply challenged and expand your own heart as we dive into controversial topics of our time.  Our goals are to explore the intersection of emotionality and politics, rational discourse with the irrational spirits around our nation swirling at this time.

This workshop will combine group process, inner work, and some theory. We will directly address and work with issues that are present among our group of participants, as well as issues arising in the world around us, in order to learn how to work with conflicts in general. 

Anyone is welcome to attend this workshop.  Please let us know if you have physical needs.

REGISTRATION DETAILS

This workshop will be held in West Philadelphia, starting Friday night at 6:00pm with a light dinner, through Saturday at 6pm.  Lunch and a continental breakfast is included.  Friday session is expected to end between 9:00-10:00 pm.

Cost for this workshop is $90-$350, sliding scale based on income.

If your income is...You pay...

under $10,000      $90
$10,001-$25,000  $110
$25,001-$35,000  $160
$35,001-$45,000  $220
$45,001-$55,000  $260
over $55,001        $350

Local housing is available if you register two weeks ahead of time.  

WHAT IS WORLDWORK?

WorldWork is an experiential experiment in deep democracy, conflict work and community building.  It creates a powerful forum for focusing on and working with social, environmental, and political issues using group process skills. To resolve problems and enrich community experience, Worldwork methods focus on finding and employing the power of a community's marginalized and mainstream voices.  That means learning from all that is around us, including projections, gossip, roles, and creative fantasy. Worldwork facilitators listen to the land, do innerwork, practice outer communication skills involving role consciousness, signal and rank awareness to enrich organizational life.

More about WorldWork at: http://worldwork.org/

WHO IS LANE ARYE?

Lane Arye, Ph.D. facilitates individuals, couples, organizations and communities locally and around the world. He co-led a UN funded project working with Serbs, Croats, and Muslims after the war in the Balkans. He has also worked with conflicts between high-caste and low-caste Hindus from India, anti-Semitism in Germany and Poland, as well as racism, sexism, nationalism, homophobia, and class issues in the US and Europe. In Oakland, California, he facilitated a conflict between then mayor (now governor) Jerry Brown and an African American cultural arts center. 

More about Lane at: http://processworklane.com/

"The results Lane gets in working with people in conflict may sometimes seem magical, but he's not interested in mystifying the process; instead, he works with a group to assist people to see what is really happening. Lane is truly about empowerment."

- George Lakey, Director Emeritus, Training for Change

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Minnesota Trans Health and Wellness Conference
"Diverse Families: Health Through Community"

Saturday Sept. 10, 8:00am – 5:30pm
Saturday 7:00 – 9:30pm, Show and entertainment
Sunday Sept. 11, 9:30 – 5:30pm

South High School
3131 19th Avenue S
Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55407
Register now at http://www.mntranshealth.org/

Two full days of programming for trans and gender non-conforming individuals and community, including partners, family, friends and allies. There will be free health screenings, workshops, films, entertainment, individual mini surgery and voice consultations, a resource fair, and more!

There will also be workshops throughout both days for health professionals, social workers, and students. Certificates of Attendance will be available for professionals to self submit for continuing education credits.

New this year! There will be workshops and activities for children and teens on both days. We'll have content on, and for, trans and gender non-conforming kids, their parents, siblings, and family. A licensed child care person, supported by qualified volunteers, will be staffing both days so that parents are free to attend workshops. Bring your whole family! 

Cost: Attendance is free with light breakfast and lunch provided. Certificates of Attendance for professionals: $100 with pre-registration (or $125 on-site)

For more details or to register: http://www.mntranshealth.org/

Please consider making a donation at our website to help support the event. Thanks!
 
 
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Enough: The Personal Politics of Resisting Capitalism (the book!)
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
 
We created the website Enough in 2008 in response to a yearning for discussion about radical approaches to day-to-day decisions about money and resource sharing. Enough has been a space where people have shared their stories, questions, and strategies about what it means to practice a politics of wealth redistribution in their day to day lives while being immersed in capitalism. We are now compiling additional essays to be published in book form. 

We are seeking essays about how we conceive of and live a politics of interdependence, resource sharing, and wealth redistribution beyond and in resistance to capitalism.

Deadline: Feb 15, 2012

More details: Please visit www.enoughenough.org/about

Enough asks questions such as:

  • What are the various ways we are sharing resources to support community and movement-building?

What does a politics of wealth redistribution look like in the day-to-day, and what are the obstacles to developing conversations about this in political communities we belong to?

How can we build new models of collective support based in interdependence, care, and sustainability?

Topics could include (but are definitely not limited to):

Strategies for collective income sharing within communities, community emergency funds, sharing of resources beyond money, etc.
Local currencies.
Collective, equitable approaches to land and real estate.
Reparations.
Fundraising strategies that directly challenge capitalist power dynamics.
Community-based strategies for supporting mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual health.
How people who have inherited wealth are redistributing it equitably, and what challenges and opportunities they’ve encountered.
How people who work together are creating methods and cultures of supporting each other as whole people.
Exciting models of people dealing with money ethically in activist spaces and organizations.
Anti-capitalist/anti-racist/anti-imperialist analysis of choices about saving for retirement, buying real estate, taking certain jobs, supporting our communities, etc.

Questions? Email info@enoughenough.org

Thanks!

Tyrone Boucher and Dean Spade
http://www.enoughenough.org/
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The Randolph School is Hiring
Do you know a Pre-K or Afterschool or Spanish teacher who wants to be part of a small progressive school? Must be creative, compassionate, dedicated. Full-time and part-time opportunities in a collaborative environment.

Experience in early childhood education required for the Pre-K position. Experience teaching elementary school Spanish required for the Spanish position.

Please visit www.randolphschool.org/jobs for more information. Email a resume and cover letter to learn@randolphschool.org and we'll get back to you.

Randolph School has been a collaborative community of colleagues, families, and, most importantly, children since 1963. We are a Pre-K through 5th grade independent school located on five beautiful acres in Wappingers Falls, New York.

www.randolphschool.org

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