Friday, July 17, 2015

The Feral Space/Warzone Distro tabling at Fed Up Fest Chicago Queercore Fest 2015

We are a collective of queer and trans punks here at the feral space and we are SO happy to announce we will be tabling Fed Up Fest Chicago for the second time. We will have FREE zines on various topics including radical veganism, gender anarchy, straight edge/radical sobriety, critical race theory, anti-colonialism, anti-civ/green anarchy and so on. Come visit us and enjoy this AMAZING fest!

About Fed Up Fest Chicago:

  • JULY 24th - 26th, 2015
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  • FED UP FEST is a three day, all ages, DIY music and workshop festival showcasing and celebrating queer and transgender voices in punk communities. We are a collectively run group that actively opposes racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia, ableism, capitalism, and all other fucked up “isms” and “phobias” at macro and micro levels. FED UP FEST is inspired from the short lived direct action coalition FED UP QUEERS (FUQ) that existed in New York city from 1989-1990 that grew out of the Aids Coalition to Unleash Power.

    By organizing FED UP FEST we hope to engage our communities in a dialogue that will work to confront and challenge the perpetuation of oppression and abuse in our scenes, and to help create stronger and more sustainable bonds between and across radical queer and punk communities. Due to underlying homophobic and transphobic tendencies, the presence of queer and trans people in punk scenes is so frequently a site of volatility. By solidifying our presence and voices through solidarity and with consistent radical frameworks, that center marginalized voices, we can help confront the oppressive attitudes that pervade our scenes on structural and personal levels. As a collective, we firmly believe that punk should be a site of resistance to shitty mainstream values. We hope that FED UP FEST creates a space of defiance, empowerment, pogoing and change.


    ***we understand that queer is a very complicated ambiguous term that people don’t always align with. for the purposes for this fest,though, it makes the most practical sense to use this phrase as an umbrella term.

    ***though the collective and the fest are organized specifically around queer and trans issues, we want to prioritize the voices and safety of those who face intersectional oppressions, specifically queer people of color, trans women, and differently abled queers.



    The Fed Up Fest collective prioritizes the boundaries and needs of survivors of sexual assault and other forms of interpersonal violence. If we are informed of a perpetrator in attendance, we will take whatever action we can to support the survivor and respect their wishes. This includes asking folks to leave the space or having other conversations with those who have caused harm in a way that will make the survivor feel supported and as safe as they possibly can. While we understand that interpersonal violence is often a complex and multifaceted issue, we are not interested in investigating situations of abuse/rape/violence/etc. Rather, we will unquestionably believe the survivor. We strongly feel that it is our responsibility to do everything in our power to create and maintain the safest space possible.
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