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Pinkwashing Workshop

July 9, 2016- 12:30 pm - 5:30 pm

*** This event is taking place on Coast Salish territories, specifically the territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, sel̓íl̓witulh, and Stó:lō nations.***

About the workshop:
What is pinkwashing and what does it have to do with Palestine? Let’s talk about it. This workshop will introduce you to the basics of 100+ years of Palestinian struggle against Zionism and Israeli settler colonialism. We will be screening a movie called Pinkwashing Exposed, made by our friends in Duamish territories (also known as Seattle). After that, there will be a chance to discuss how Palestinian queers in Palestine are resisting Israeli pinkwashing, what’s happening here locally, and what we can all do to end pinkwashing.

About the facilitator:
Firas is a Palestinian and Syrian settler who lives on Coast Salish territories. They took a course on history of South West Asia and North Africa (SWANA) at school, and realized that it didn’t reflect any of their history. So they started doing their own research. For over seven years, they have been researching and reclaiming Palestinian history. They have learned from the work that queer Palestinians are doing back home to resist settler colonialism, pinkwashing and queer/transphobia. Inspired by their brilliance, Firas wants to share some of what they’ve taught them with you.

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**Do you need ASL? Please register to let us know by Sun, July 3. If no requests have been received by Sun, July 3, ASL will be cancelled.**

**This is a nut free event. Please do not bring peanuts or tree nuts (including coconuts) into the space so that the space is accessible as possible.**

Let us know what you need to be in the space and we will do our best to make that happen! More accessibility info below.

Accessibility Information

Wheelchairs & Scooters
The Maggie Benson Center is wheelchair and scooter accessible.

There are wheelchair accessible washrooms in the vicinity. We also have multi stall accessible washrooms in the vicinity that can be used as gender neutral washrooms.

ASL & FM Tuners
Do you need ASL? We are looking into booking ASL for this event, but we still need you to let us know if you can make it. Please register & let us know that you need ASL or an FM tuner! We need to know by Sun, July 3.
**If no requests have been received by Sun, July 3, ASL will be cancelled.**

Peanuts & Tree Nuts (including coconut)
This event is a peanut & tree nut free space. Please do not bring tree nuts (including coconut) and peanuts into the space in any way to ensure that the space remains as accessible as possible.

OOC Scent Free Policy
This event is a scent free space. Please refrain from using scented products such as perfume, cologne, lotions, deodorant, laundry soap, dryer sheets, etc prior to this event. Here are some good resources:
– Think Before You Stink: http://thinkbeforeyoustink.com/howtogofragrancefree.html
– Fragrance Free Femme of Color Realness: http://www.brownstargirl.org/blog/fragrance-free-femme-of-colour-realness-draft-15

This room has plastic and metal armless chairs.

This room has fluorescent lights installed, as well as some natural light. The workshop will include a powerpoint presentation that is projected onto a white screen. Let us know what you need in the registration form or during the workshop.

Electromagnetic Fields
This room is within range of the SFU wifi networks. There will be a laptop and projector being used by the facilitator. Please turn off your cellphones.

This event is free.

Snacks will be provided.

Let us know if we can meet your access need better.


July 9, 2016
12:30 pm - 5:30 pm


Maggie Benson Centre
Simon Fraser University
Vancouver, Canada


Out on Campus – SFU
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