[Noisebridge-discuss] Unfairly removed, banned without consensus, and given no warning

Jeffrey Carl Faden jeffreyatw at gmail.com
Mon Feb 23 05:13:46 UTC 2015


I dunno, using Noisebridge's supplies to tell people that "locals" hate
them and they should leave the city sounds pretty unexcellent to me.

On Sun, Feb 22, 2015 at 4:22 PM, Jeanine Otter <jeanieotter at gmail.com>
wrote:

> Hi! I just wanted to share what happened to me when I was removed from the
> space.
>
> First off, I'm a somewhat new regular in the space, coming for a couple of
> years, and some people may know me for working on web mapping, and full
> stack development. I also had been pumping up my event for the "Transgender
> Violence Mapping Project" scheduled for Thursday.
>
> As a student of city planning, a native Californian, a socialist, and an
> activist, I am disgusted by the situation in San Francisco today. In
> California, all progressive change comes from citizen led initiatives, and
> I am scared of the capitalists who recently moved here, who think
> capitalism and deregulation is progressive. Capitalism and deregulation are
> why the tech industry is known for systemic racism, sexism, bro culture,
> and worse.
>
> I don't feel like I need to justify my politics to you all, but I want you
> to know what influenced me when making propaganda directed at gentrifiers
> and nouveau rich capitalists who are colonizing neighborhoods like the
> Mission and the Bayview where people of color are getting kicked out.
>
> I whipped up some propaganda and wanted to take it to the street. The
> first time, I printed at a local print shop. The next time I was working on
> my propaganda, it was at Noisebridge. I printed about 25 pages there.
>
> After printing, Torrie, a member who I had talked to earlier that day, who
> had disagreed with my propaganda and who justified gentrification and
> removal of middle income families to me, approached my friends and I and
> said "What the fuck is this? You're not welcome here and you need to
> leave." As we packed our bags, Torrie and her friend stood right next to
> us, glaring with their arms crossed. They followed us out the door and
> glared at us as we went down the hall.
>
> Now I noticed I'm on the 86 list. It says on there that the decision to 86
> some of the people was reached by a consensus. I don't think there was any
> consensus here. I will be present at the next meeting to discuss this.
>
> I have always had a tenuous relationship with this space. In this space I
> was told women are better at making babies than programmers. I have been
> told that transgender people get "too butthurt about things". But because
> this is a public space, I want to clean that shit up, and make this place
> better. That's why I come back, and that's why I am having an event here
> for Trans Women of Color here Thursday.
>
> I understand that you may disagree with my politics, and you may think
> it's not a great message, but removing an anti-gentrification activists
> because it makes "some members uncomfortable" is a farce. Propaganda should
> make you feel uncomfortable. And it's not my manifesto, it's just a noise
> in the din surrounding the hot topic issue.
>
> So I ask you all: Can we discuss me being 86ed, and the state of me
> hosting an event in the space SOON, because I need to know if I need to
> find a new venue. I also would like to discuss the inappropriate actions of
> Torrie.
>
>
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