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

Kevin Mitnick kevin.mitnick at outlook.com
Mon Feb 23 14:00:52 UTC 2015


> 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.You're not one of those nutjobs who has been targeting the Google buses have you? Your banishment is welcomed.You're right about the racism, MRAs, and others being welcomed at Noisebridge (like Weev), but if you're one of those nutjobs, GTFO.
Kevin Mitnick
(May or may not be the Kevin you think I am)

Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 16:22:53 -0800
From: jeanieotter at gmail.com
To: noisebridge-discuss at lists.noisebridge.net
Subject: [Noisebridge-discuss] Unfairly removed, banned without consensus,	and given no warning

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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