Metro DC DSA Monthly General Body Meeting

February 10, 2019 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Friends Meeting House of Washington, | 2111 Florida Ave NW, Washington D.C. 20008 | Washington, DC 20008

Event Page: https://www.meetup.com/mdcdsa/events/ftlqhpyzdbnb/

The monthly meeting of the Metro DC Democratic Socialists of America!

From 3:00-4:30pm, we’ll be participating in a chapter-wide training to improve our foundational knowledge and cultural competency relevant to the transgender community within DSA. We’re thrilled to be working with a trainer from Reframe Health + Justice, which has over 20 years of collective experience in anti-oppression, harm reduction, and direct services.

From 4:30-5:00pm, we will debate several resolutions that were introduced at the January GBM, with online voting to follow.

Full agenda for the training portion of the meeting is as follows:

Introduction (5 minutes)
* About the facilitator – 1 minute
* About RHJ -1 minute
* Space Rules and Expectations -2 minutes
* Review agenda – 1 minute

Part I: Understanding the Transgender Community (25 minutes)

* Vocabulary & Language – 15 minutes
* Sex vs. gender; gender identity vs. expression; transgender vs. transsexual; etc.
* What is/isn’t okay to ask or say to a trans person

* Common Narratives, Experiences, & Practices – 10 minutes
* Gender as a social construct
* “Born in the wrong body” is not everyones’ narrative, and only exists as a product of cisnormativity
* Pronouns are important because society has made it necessary to identify people in these ways. Respect them since you’re upholding the system.
* Outing is bad. Making light of pronouns is bad.
* Be mindful of the burden of emotional labour and educational work around trans info when you’re there to do other work

Part II: Dismantling Cissexism and Creating Safer Spaces (30 minutes)

* Allies & Accomplices – 5 minutes

* Navigating Trans-Antagonism (Violence, Harassment, and Commentary) – 15 minutes
* Microaggressions
* How to talk to other cis people about trans people

* The Political Atmosphere for Trans People – 10 minutes
* Intersectionality (classism, passability, access to adequate care)
* Trans politicians

Break (5 minutes)

Part III: Q&A (20 minutes) (collect anonymous questions)

Close Out – 5 minutes
* Next Steps
* Integrate trans peoples’ cultural norms into your everyday life
* Listen to trans people
* Advocate for those who lack the systemic power to advocate for themselves
* Final Thoughts
* Contact Info