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[Featured photo by Lorena Jasis-Wallace. Image description: An easel white board stands in the forefront and reads, "Interrupting Oppression 101," while workshop participants in the background sit at picnic tables with their heads down and writing]
Instead of sitting at a table that we don’t even want to be a part of, we are creating something new. Link in profile for a write-up of our inaugural "Interrupting Oppression 101" workshop. #weaponizeyourprivilege
@canoecanoa @pirateswin @erin.k.monahan
Hope you can make it ❤️
Join us tonight in Portland, Oregon at 7:30pm for our workshop! It's free and you'll meet great people 🤓💥-- we wish we could livestream, but because we are trying to create a safe space we will not be doing this. Get in touch if you'd like to collaborate on an event in your area or if you just want to chat about how to organize something like this. With you in solidarity 🌈
@Oceanfilmtour y'all need to step it up. You had Richard Branson in one of your films?! Just by association with him you all get the douchebag decree of the week. Plus, y'all are talking about how bad plastic is and how we all need to stop using plastic straws and bags, yet you're not going to address the root cause? Capitalism? This is not a simple solution, but the host of this evening's tour in Portland, Oregon @revolutionhall said "it's simple." But that's a downright lie. When questioned, he had not much to say about capitalism and went right back into how important it is that we stop using plastic in our lives. Sure, that's important, but what if people do not have a choice or are not educated enough to make that choice? The truth is that plastic is in our clothes, our surf equipment, our buildings, our...nearly everything. So, how you going to say the solution is individual choices? Because it's not. We need to stop using plastics in our everyday lives, sure, AND, in tandem we need to be actively, FURIOUSLY protesting the systems that put us here = capitalism. Colonialism. White supremacy. Also, warn people next time about how much grotesque adventure porn you put into a festival. It could either bore them to death, or make them ill for weeks. Look for our full review coming to the site soon. Stay ahead y'all. 🌊
Tomorrow at Oaks Bottom Brewing in SE Portland, Oregon we will have our "Interrupting Oppression 101" workshop from 7:30-9:30. Thanks @canoecanoa and @pirateswin for co-facilitating. And thanks Larissa, for snapping this awesome flyer in Portland. #fuckchristophercolumbus
Support native women in the outdoors. Founder @jolievarela is a driving force in Payahuunadu, (the Owens Valley), where many go to "recreate." The Eastern Sierras are often associated with John Muir in mainstream circles, but he was racist and this is a white-washed lens of history. Next summer Jolie will be walking the John Muir Trail along with many other Indigenous women to walk in prayer and make aware the impacts of our modern day settler-colonial society. When our mainstream media shows us that Natives are reduced to Pocahontas or sport mascots, indeed we need to support Jolie and her mission, and so many other Indigenous organizations that are doing the work of de-colonization. Conveniently missing from our American Dream myth is that this country was built on war, suffering, genocide, greed, colonial conquest, and slaves. It was never a place of liberty and justice for all. We are not reaping the benefits of personal freedom in a homogenous, classless society. But we have been coerced into the satisfying myth of "American exceptionalism." But fuck that grade school bullshit. The complex process of colonization in history books is condensed to "manifest destiny," yet we know better. So follow the link in our bio and buy a shirt, sweatshirt, or tank from @indigenouswomenhike
[PC: @njamesonphoto @TommyCaldwell hugs @Erin.k.monahan at the Smith Rock Craggin’ Classic after she tries to engage him in a conversation about whiteness. He was so humble and inviting about chatting about these issues!] You're invited to our interrupting oppression workshop next Wednesday in Portland, Oregon at Basecamp Brewing (930 SE Oak St.)! Join us to learn about oppressive behavior and language, and walk away with tangible tools to how to interrupt oppression in the outdoors. This will be a workshop held by founder, @erin.k.monahan and local activist and climber, Lorena Wallace. It’s free, of course! Donations will be accepted and all proceeds will be going towards the printing costs of the latest issue of our publication! Can’t wait to see you all there!
Regram from @tracyrectorart ... Public lands are Indigenous Lands. Everyday is Indigenous Peoples' Day. The outdoor "community" has excluded Indigenous voices for too long. It's time to do better. To show up. Diversity is a white people problem. Be accountable. Step up. Know the true history and cease perpetuating colonial-settler narratives. Follow these inspiring people and organizations: @indigenouswomenhike @indigenousgeotags @legendaryskiesenterprises @thepayahupaway @indigenouswomxnclimb @nativesoutdoors
Today we are raising awareness about missing and murdered Indigenous women. It is unknown exactly how many Indigenous women have gone missing and murdered. Indigenous women are most at risk and vulnerable to rape and murder because of the legacy of colonization. The lack of access to healthcare and school funding is directly linked. Fossil fuel extraction creates temporary "man camps" where lawlessness breeds. These men traffic and violate the Indigenous women of the area. There is little in the way legally for non-Indian oil workers when they decide to murder, sexually assault, or traffic women in the areas in which they are sent to work. Remote areas where "man camps" are set up are severely underserved by police and medical services. This is the result of our modern day patriarchal, settler society. These extractive industries are not only causing harm to the environment, but also causing the murder and rape of women. In a society that values profit over humanity, we must continue to fight capitalist, patriarchal, imperialist, and white supremacist agendas. Link in profile to learn more.
@tommycaldwell and @erin.k.monahan founder of @terraincognitamedia had an awesome hour long chat on Monday and we can't wait to share with you what came of it. Link in profile for full video of the "incident" at Smith Rock.
[A pair of cowboy boots is shown strewn on the street outside the concert venue in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA where the mass shooting on October 1, 2017 took place.] This is tragedy that could have been prevented. This is the innocent murder of people who could have continued on with their lives after the concert. This is Orlando. Sandy Hook. Aurora. Columbine. Thoughts, prayers, and talk about "freedom," cannot replace nuanced conversations about gun violence and modernizing the second amendment. This is about rationalizing an act of domestic terrorism as a freak accident because the perpetrator was an "anti-social, low-profile, lonely" guy. This is about mental health overshadowing discussions about toxic masculinity. This is about a country that keeps excusing the mass murders of people as if it's a force of nature we have no power to stop. But we do. As congress quietly pushes the agenda of deregulating gun silencers, families mourn their loved ones for deaths that didn't have to be. Photo by Steven Marcus AP.
We love this photo of @christina_rickardsson from (regram) @skydivesale -- Christina Richardsson is an inspiring Swedish/Brazilian lecturer, author, entrepreneur, skydiver and adventurer. She is the founder of the non-profit, Coelho Growth Foundation and delivered an amazing Ted Talk. For more amazing and motivated women of color check out @womenofcolorinnature @indigenouswomenhike @indigenouswomxnclimb @melaninbasecamp @browngirlsclimb @brownpeoplecamping @browngirlsurf @blackgirlsdobike @blackgirlsdobike @beinggreenwhileblack @belowground_activity and @freeblackgirl
Interrupt them with feminism. Bitches get shit done. ✅
Sweatshirts for the cooler weather and tanks tops too, of course! Be proud. Bitches get shit done. #bitchesgetshitdone #feminism #terraincognita #dismantlewhitesupremacy #rufflefeather #interrupt #revolution #pussyriot
Check out the latest: an interview with Jolie Varela of @indigenouswomenhike *** Payahüünadü is home of the Paiute-Shoshone people in the Eastern Sierra Nevada of California. At the conclusion of the Mexican American War, the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was signed in 1848, which meant Mexico gave up what is now Arizona, California, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, Southwestern Colorado, and Southwestern Wyoming to the United States of America. Two hundred thousand Indigenous peoples occupied 90 percent of California at the time and by the turn of the century, only 20,000 Indigenous peoples were living in California. These communities were significantly decimated by the Spaniards, and then when the Gold Rush hit, both State and Federal authorities incited enslavement, kidnapping, murder, and extermination of the tribes. @jolievarela and the Paiute-Shoshone who are still here – Jolie’s Mom and stepdad, Grandma Diane, Kris Hohag, Kinsinta Joseph, Kathy Jefferson Bancroft, Monty, Paul, to name only a few close to Jolie – those who live in Bishop and the surrounding communities today, are here because their ancestors survived. @legendaryskiesenterprises @nativesoutdoors @indigenouswomenhike @indigenouswomxnclimb
Young Chilean feminist: "Sin dios. Sin ley. Sin marido. Libre, linda, y loca." “Without god, without law, without husband: free, beautiful, and crazy.” Oppression is inextricable from global capitalist crisis. Even nonprofits often can’t be trusted. They exist to maintain society as we know it. Funded by business monopolies which have profited from and campaigned for the privatization of public social services, they are actually completely hostile to radical social transformation despite their “intersectional” rhetoric. The US nonprofit sector is a business that has grown exponentially thanks to “philanthropic” organizations like the Ford Foundation ($13.7 billion), Rockefeller Foundation ($3.1 billion), or the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation ($37.1 billion). Active, confrontational resistance is necessary. Vague alterations in consciousness will not somehow eradicate oppressive structures. The material infrastructure of our country that reproduces race at key sites across society is a product of white supremacy and must be the focus of our resistance efforts.
Regram from @erin.k.monahan our founder -- Because I’m white I have access to white spaces. The Craggin’ Classic this last weekend at Smith is one of them. Tommy Caldwell was presenting. In his presentation, Tommy glosses over his time in Kyrgyzstan when he was captured during a climbing expedition. He paints it, as the news stories did, as a story of grit and survival. Yeah, I guess the victims of an ongoing ethnic war in Kyrgyzstan are well-to-do Westerners’ who decide to climb a rock face in the midst of political unrest. Because whiteness is a card that says “you can do whatever you want and go wherever you want.” I have seen Tommy Caldwell speak three times. He likes to talk about the Dawn Wall, but never once mentions the history of the place. And I’m not talking about the climbing history. I’m talking about the Ahwahnechee people who were living in Yosemite before Europeans came and burned their villages, took their food storages, and killed them off or forced them onto reservations. Their descendants are living on those reservations today. So, why isn’t any of this mentioned? After Tommy’s presentation, I walked up to him, reached for the mic and asked him kindly, "Tommy you like a challenge, right? What are you doing to dismantle whiteness in the outdoors?” Then he got uncomfortable, kinda laughed, stumbled, grumbled, gave me a side-hug. The organizers cut the mic and I continued to ask my other burning questions, “Just wondering your thoughts on that, and also, what is the historical context of you being in Kyrgyzstan in 2000? And I’m also wondering if you know anything about the Ahwahnechee people of Yosemite?” Of course, the place was silent as I walked away, escorted out of the tent by one of the organizers. The point is that as white people we need to be talking about these things. I saw an opportunity to engage an important figure in the climbing community with these topics. We are not incapable of having these discussions, but sometimes it takes interrupting to create those spaces. Some people were not happy with what I did it, but Tommy was receptive and later said to me, "I would love to talk more. I want to learn." PC @njamesonphoto
Join us tonight at the Smith Rock bivvy from 5-7 to talk about DACA and raise funds for Portland Immigration Rights Coalition! We will have snacks and drinks and check out copies of our newest print issue! and the amazing @njamesonphoto will be there too!! -- this photo is of the fly @byrone3000
Honored that this expert in Baba Yaga witchcraft is our Managing Editor and all around #boss for all things. Nothing gets past this solar engineer, commercially-licensed driver, extremophile lover, and certified best friend. When Sasha's brain space isn't dedicated to queering gender performativity, transnationalism, and all things molecular biology related, she loves frolicking in rural Russian fields, visiting museums in the snowy Eastern Sierra, and skating down the street to play pick-up soccer in Chicago's Jackson Park. Check her out @sashawasha23
“This land is not your land, was not your land, and will never be your land.” -- from R.I.S.E. Radical Indigenous Survivance and Empowerment.
New essay up on the site by Larissa Nez. An important and timely piece called, “The Exploitation of Native Imagery for Profit.” She calls out Walmart for selling images of deceased native ancestors and demands that white people do better in their every day lives. Link in profile.