Poetry Is Bad For You 7 @ The Toast Collective, Vancouver [26 May]

Poetry Is Bad For You 7

20:30 - 23:00

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The Toast Collective
648 Kingsway, Vancouver, British Columbia V5T 3K4

claire BAILEY
anjulie ROSE
samantha NOCK

entrance is PWYC // by donation...
no one turned away for lack o funds
doors @ 8:30 'n' readings @ 9pm ^^^SHARP^^^
snax included, beverages available



PIBFY Statement on Abuse and Assault

First and foremost, we want to acknowledge the land we are on. We occupy the unceded, ancestral, and traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples. These lands hold stories of survivance, but they also hold stories of colonial violence. Before we begin with our policy statement, We want to hold space for the thousands of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, trans, and two-spirit peoples. We want to hold space for the thousands more who continue survive and are survivors under colonial patriarchy.

We want to acknowledge the origins of the #metoo campaign, and the labour of black women, and women of colour, that originally started this ten years ago as a means for marginalized sexual assault survivors to connect with each other.

Finally, we want to acknowledge the bravery, strength, and resilience of all survivors: those who have come forward and named names and those who have remained silent, we hear you all.

In the wake of #metoo, the expanding of whisper networks, and the rise of public call-outs for perpetrators of abuse and assault (all of which we wholeheartedly assert are GOOD THINGS), we have chosen to draft a public statement regarding the stance of Poetry Is Bad For You on these issues. The purpose of this statement is to let survivors know that we are actively working to ensure that this event is a safer space.

We believe survivors. We stand with survivors. We put survivors first. We have a zero tolerance policy for any harassment occurring in the space during our events.

Poetry is Bad for You is a place where people can be brave and share their most vulnerable and intimate parts of themselves through their poetry; we want to honour that and keep our space as safe as we possibly can.

When we say that we stand with survivors, we mean that we are willing to follow their direction on how perpetrators should be addressed. It is important to acknowledge that every situation is unique. We work within a survivor first framework: any actions taken further after any disclosure to us will be guided by what the survivor is comfortable with.

If you are aware that you’ve been called out, and have not addressed this to the satisfaction of the person or persons who survived your abuse, do not attend a Poetry is Bad for You event.

If you are aware that your perpetrator, or the perpetrator of someone else who has gone public with that information, has attended or is in attendance at a Poetry is Bad for You event, and you are comfortable with sharing with us, please let Sam or Eirinn know. We will deal with that person in accordance with the survivor’s wishes.

Furthermore, we have a zero tolerance policy to any oppressive behaviour at Poetry is Bad for You. If you experience or witness anything at our event that makes you feel unsafe; if someone is being racist, transphobic, sexist, etc.; if someone is being a creep, let either Eirinn or Sam know so we can help deal with it. If you are accused of any of the aforementioned, you will be asked to leave immediately.

We can’t promise to keep everyone at our events are 100% safe. We can’t promise that we will deal with everything perfectly, or that we won’t make mistakes. What we are promising is that we are actively working to ensure that we are creating a safer space. We need to work together to keep our events and spaces safer for each other; we need to support each other; and we need to hold each other up.

Thank you from the Poetry is Bad for You crew,

Sam and Eirinn.


Site Accessibility Info:

The Toast is a store front with the following measurements:
-Front Door 40 inches across
-Bathroom Door 27.5 inches across, very small bathroom area, door opens inwards [not wheelchair accessible]
-Kitchen Door 36 inches across
-The back entrance is up a flight of stairs, and is used as the main entrance, however:
-There is a 6.5 inch step at the front entrance, and there is a portable ramp to use to accommodate this step. This is a more accessible entrance than the back entrance. If this is needed by folks please let an organizer know.

thetoast.org/the-space/ (click link for map of the space)

the toast acknowledges the sovereignty of the musqueam, squamish, and tsleil-waututh peoples over the occupied and unceded lands colonially known as vancouver.
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