COVID-19 & ACCESSIBILITY
masking & accessibility = community care = we keep us safe
Mission log - August 2023: we get it. This dang pandemi is getting old... but she's still here! And we all have a responsibility to ourselves, our children, and each other, so let's walk the walk and model true intersectionality across the Valley. We are honestly super proud of our COVID-19 & Accessibility Checklists and Resource Guides (click here) and invite you to get to know them.
Why does this matter? As an organization who intends to move through this world in an intersectional way, we want to walk the walk and do our very best to prioritize those most impacted by systems of harm. This includes incorporating safety and accessibility into our practices and encouraging our community to do the same. A significant amount of folx in our community express concerns around lack of COVID protocols or accessibility information being shared for events they are interested in attending and we wanna take a moment to pose a gentle reminder to those who may be facilitating events to please opt into modeling community care in this way.
The panini is still happening and people our community are still caretaking, teaching, immunocompromised, anxious, don't have healthcare, do have kids, just wanna stay healthy, etc. - all things that we need to appreciate and honor. Please do your part to include accessibility and protocol information in all event postings and on marketing materials so that folx can make an informed decision about attending. Please also do your part to make spaces safer. Use your power! No one likes to be caught off guard, feel unsafe, or have to ask what to expect. Arming one another with knowledge is the least we can do so that everyone feels informed, safe, empowered, and cared for.
PLEASE ADD PROTOCOLS & ACCESS INFO TO ALL EVENT DESCRIPTIONS & FLYERS! It might take a few extra minutes to add the info to new posts or to go back and add it to older ones, but doing so would be highly appreciated. Shouts to those who have been!
We've received so many kind words for making these checklists & resources available and wanna send appreciation back into our community for teaching us, supporting us, and modeling care. We also want to ~strongly encourage~ other local organizers to use the dang resources! Make events as safe as humanly possible. Your turn out will be higher, the love & appreciation will flow, and intersectional community will be built. Please do your part for our disabled beloveds who we've learned so much from & with, and for all people who want to protect themselves and their loved ones. Remember that anyone can become disabled at any time and that "all are not welcome" when conditions aren't safe.
"It's not about self-care - it's about collective care. Collective care means shifting our organizations to be ones where people feel fine if they get sick, cry, have needs, start late because the bus broke down, move slower, ones where there's food at the meetings, people work from home- and those aren't things we apologize for." - Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha
WE KEEP US SAFE
June 25, 2023
We hosted a hybrid community conversation with our friend Kellen to talk about COVID in the Hudson Valley! We sincerely hope you make the time to sit with this recap (especially because as of August 2023, we are currently in a national surge according to wastewater data eek!). So grateful for everyone who attended this event - virtually or in person - and appreciation to Kellen who facilitated! Very much calling all people in to walk the walk and to cherish yourselves/one another through safety measures.
We can and must keep us safe.
Click here for meeting notes and a recap.
Click here to view our resource guide.
AN ARTISTS' GUIDE TO NOT BEING COMPLICIT WITH COVID-19 IN THE HUDSON VALLEY
First edition: August 2023
This zine addresses connections between COVID, capitalism, & creativity. Taking care is vital so we can keep creating, but we can‘t keep our creative practices separate from keeping each other safe. Full of best practices & resources. All are welcome to read, distribute, & adapt freely.
Click here to download.
Click here to learn how to fold a 1-page zine.
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Click here to download the read-only version
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