Undoing Borders: Queer No Borders Manifesto RELEASED!

Posted by admin on Apr 21st, 2011

Havoq & Pride at Work, Apr. 21 2011

After 2 years
4 Queer Community Conversations
and many drafts
we finally have a working draft of our Queer No Borders Points of Unity:
Undoing Borders!

Click here to download a version to read on screen: Undoing Borders On-Screen Version

Click here to download a version to print as a double-sided zine: Undoing Borders Print Version

QUESTIONS FOR FEEDBACK: These are some questions we have about this document, but if you have other things to say or places to point to, please let us know! This is just meant to be the beginning of a conversation.

Freedom of Movement

In this section, we’d like to more clearly lay out what are the concrete ways we can “actively support people or groups to move or stay where they choose?” What could this tangibly look like?

How can we strengthen our analysis of detention in this section? How can we draw clearer lines between all the ways people are locked up in this country, the unique impacts on queers, and the many forms detention takes?

How can we better relate the question of movement to ideas about home and the many ways queer people and undocumented migrants show cultures and histories of resistance in how we build home?

Resisting Militarization & Criminalization

Help us point to more of the tensions that arise when Immigrant or LGBT movement groups rely on strategies to address their immediate needs at the cost of ceding more power to the forces that oppress us in the first place. How do we have a politic that stands against criminalization more broadly but also deals with the violence we face in our day-to-day lives?

Working Against Borders

How can we better lay out the tangible and specific ways that dismantling borders can help our relationship to work be less oppressive? What are some examples of this?

How can we move away from a focus, in this section, on legislation we oppose? What other ways, besides standing against messed up laws, can we build towards queer worker justice? What would that look like?

Policing OurSelves

How can we ground this section in less theoretical terms? What would this politic look like as specific practices?

Glossary & Resources

What would you add to either of these sections?

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