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Passing the work on

January 21, 2016

kittenIn 2016, Support New York will be winding down as a collective after more than a decade.  We will periodically check the email to potentially help find suitable medical or counseling resources, reading & resource lists, explore accountability options with the perpetuator(s).  In addition to providing our accountability curriculum to many Transformative Justice organizations, we have occasionally mentored other groups doing processes and could do so on a case-by-case basis in the future.  All of the resources we use in our curriculum we will post online for the public as well as a PDF of the full curriculum once it is available.  We have a network of people we maintain contact with to collaborate on various projects including helping with safer space teams at special events so you may see us around from time to time. <hand waving emoji>

UPDATE: The curriculum is now available online as well as for download as a PDF.

What science has to say about healthy accountability and survivor support

August 21, 2014
TNS1This post is one Support NY member’s attempt at gleaning useful insight from medical studies.  My under 500-word message for readers with short attention spans is that survivor support and community accountability are two sides of the same coin, both necessary to sustain social movements.  For support and accountability to thrive, on micro and macro levels, it is in everyone’s best interest to cultivate personal and social optimism, realistic goal-setting and competent communication skills.  This is a process that has a promising history in radical communities, all of us play a role in evolving, and it affects our minds, bodies and social interactions just as inter-personal abuse affects all three of these realms.  What this means:
-> For those seeking support in the aftermath of oppression, abuse or assault:Know that you are already in a process of resilience and personal growth through what’s called transformational coping.  You can cultivate this by engaging with people who support you and facing conflictual or negative experiences head-on trusting in your ability to overcome with ease with the choices you make.  While certain factors were outside of your control, know that these are statistically unlikely to repeat, and limited in their scope or effects.
-> For those of us who have caused harm or perpetuated cycles of abuse directly with our behavior:To transform yourself, engage with people who can support (not enable) you, make realistic plans for how you are going to repair the harm as much as possible and prevent similar behaviors, then (this is the important part) follow-though with these plans by developing whatever skills are necessary.  Know that you can bring about a positive outcome by exercising choice in how you respond to being called out.
-> For social movements or those peripherally affected:Cultivating resilience as a community or movement strengthens and sustains movements in the long-term.  Do this by actively engaging with conflict and harm, trusting that a positive outcome is possible and creating a culture that engages social networks and ties with a keen analysis of oppression and power dynamics.
I am a science nerd, so I wouldn’t make such sweeping statements if they were not based on empirical and measurable evidence subject to principles of reasoning. Sure, each situation is unique, but I believe there are a few important lessons scientific studies teach about how to be supportive and accountable because there are patterns to the way our brains operate.  Read on if you want to follow my line of reasoning.

Read more…

Support New York Endorses Trans Day of Action 2014

June 24, 2014


TDOA2014A bunch of us will be marching as allies with the Audre Lorde Project for NYC’s Trans Day of Action this Friday, come out and join us! We’ll be marching to honor those who have come before us in the fight to end violence against trans and gender non-conforming people of color, and in solidarity with movements working to end violence against all oppressed people. See their Facebook event for more details, and also their Points of Unity!

From the event page:


“On Friday, June 27, 2014, TGNC (Trans and Gender Non-Conforming) People of Color (POC) and allies will take the streets of New York City once again to demand justice and let the world know that the Stonewall Rebellion is not over and we will continue fighting for justice and raising our voices until we are heard.


This year we are excited to celebrate a decade of resistance, resilience and revolution as we call for social and economic justice, and raise awareness of the many pressing issues TGNC POC face. On this day, the 45th anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Rebellion, we will lift up and celebrate the legacy of the amazing TGNC POC warriors that have paved the way for our movements today. We will also honor and continue the struggle for justice, liberation, and recognition for all oppressed people across the globe.

We as TGNC People of Color (POC), recognize the importance of working together alongside other movements to create the world we want to see. We live in a time when oppressed peoples including people of color, people who are currently and formerly incarcerated, immigrants, youth and elders, people with disabilities, women, TGNC people, and poor people are underserved, face higher levels of discrimination, heightened surveillance and experience increased violence at the hands of the state. Let’s come together to let the world know that TGNC rights will not be undermined and we will not be silenced!”


Support New York Tabling at Queer Punk Pride Show this Friday

June 3, 2014

Come check out our table at the Queer Punk Pride show, this Friday June 6th at Silent Barn in Brooklyn! 8pm, $5-$10 sliding scale, all ages. There will also be a raffle for the Queer Detainee Empowerment Project!


Some readings for the week.

May 25, 2014

Hey Internet. Collective Member Colin here. SNY blog’s been pretty inactive for a while, but that’s life right? We still exist! We just neglected the internet for a while. We are punks. Please, forgive us.

I’m going to try and make a habit of posting a couple of links every Sunday or Monday. I’ll just try to aggregate links from the previous week that seem like they might be of interest to people who are interested in Support New York.

This week, I’ve got three readings pertaining to the mass murder committed by Elliott Rodgers. I was working a brunch shift at a restaurant while it was happening, so I wasn’t following the news live, but began to catch up on it last night after work and this morning.

I’m not sure what I can say about this tragedy and the ensuing media spectacle, that hasn’t already been said, and better, by others, but I will say this: I have spent the entirety of my life as a man, sometimes by coercion, lately by choice. I have spent the better part of my adult life working to dismantle and dissect the toxic elements of masculinity within myself, to varying degrees of success, and I’ve dedicated my time for the past ten years to trying to help others do the same. Doing work around sexual assault can be so grim, but there have been heartening moments too. Over the past ten years it feels like I’ve watched the framework through which many people view consent and assault shift incrementally for the better. I feel like even within the anarchist/punk milieu the notion of safer spaces or community accountability were side-eyed as wing nut-ish, fringe beliefs within the fringe. And that’s not the case anymore! And that is wonderful. That said, there is still SO MUCH work to do. The unhealthy way gendered behavior is structured in our fucked up culture makes events like yesterday’s feel almost inevitable and I think it’s important that we remember that Elliott Rodgers’s actions fit within a larger framework of structural violence and devaluation of women’s humanity. Rodgers is fully responsible for his actions, this is not about shifting blame, but let’s not forget the cultural forces that aided and abetted him.

So here are a few links. It goes without saying, but: trigger warning for heinous sexualized violence and reminders of the awful things humans are capable of.

A Rape a Minute, a Thousand Corpses a Year by Rebecca Solnit for Guernica Magazine
Elliot Rodger’s Fatal Menace: How toxic male entitlement devalues women’s and men’s lives by Katie McDonough for Salon
The Pick-Up Artist Community’s Predictable, Horrible Response to a Mass Murder by Amanda Hess for Slate

If you’d like to see an article you read or written in the weekly link drop, feel free to email supportnewyork at gmail with the subject line “ATTN: COLIN links for the blog” and I will make sure to read whatever is sent in.

Join Us to Discuss Safer Spaces at Silent Barn Tuesday at 8PM

October 20, 2013

What is a safer space? How can we create inclusive spaces that promote a culture of respect and accountability? How do safer space policies work; how are they negotiated; how are they implemented? What are the benefits of implementing a safer space policy? What are the possible disadvantages or fallouts? Can any space truly be considered “safer”?

░ Sky (Bluestockings) ░
░ Spencer (ABC No Rio) ░
░ Suzy (Shady Hawkins) ░
░ Leah (Support NY) ░
░ Megan (Lazurite) ░

░ Kate Wadkins (International Girl Gang Underground) ░

Zine table courtesy of DiTKO! Zine Library and Petroleuse Press!

≡ FREE ≡

≡ DOORS at 7 ≡
≡ PANEL at 8 ≡
≡ MUSIC at 10 ≡

Silent Barn
603 Bushwick Ave
J M Z to Myrtle/Bway
L to Jefferson
No BYOB, no drinking in the yard
No mean players

SNY in Crimethinc podcast on Prison Abolition & Community Accountability

August 25, 2013

the-exworkerWe are happy to announce that Kat and Colin of SNY were interviewed for Crimethinc’s Ex-Worker podcast!  To conclude their series focusing on prisons and police, this episode looks into strategies to dismantle the prison industrial complex and to hold each other accountable without the state. Our hosts interview members of Critical Resistance and Support New York, discuss a new collection of writings from political prisoner Russell Maroon Shoats, respond to listener feedback and anarchist perspectives on gun control, and share a letter from revolutionary Tom Manning about his transfer from solitary confinement⎯not to mention news, event announcements, Contradictionary terms, and more.

Listen or View the Transcript: The Ex-Worker Episode 8

We highly recommend listening to the whole thing but if you can’t wait to hear what we have to say, skip to minute 43.

Check Out Our Panel at the Left Forum this Weekend

June 5, 2013

left-forum2013This Sunday, June 9th at 10AM, one of our collective members will be on a panel entitled, “Addressing Sexual Violence While Opposing the Prison Industrial Complex” at the Left Forum.

This panel is bringing together a group of thought leaders on restorative justice practices, community response to sexual violence, why burnout happens in radical response projects, and how we can look for ways to end both sexual violence and the prison industrial complex. Moderated by Katy Otto, a consultant with over a decade of experience in violence prevention, women’s issues, youth development, survivor solidarity, and the arts who co-founded the national Visions in Feminism conference, this panel will feature:

Layne Mullett & Leon Tyer: members of Decarcerate PA, a grassroots campaign working to end mass incarceration in Pennsylvania. Decarcerate PA demands that PA stop building prisons, reduce the prison population, and reinvest money in our communities.

Quentin Walcott: Co-Executive Director of CONNECT NYC, which is pushing communities to redefine manhood and is building a society that embraces equality, mutuality and rejects violence in communities as the status quo. An anti-violence activist and educator, he has spent the last 18 years addressing a critical part of the equation to stopping violence against women: men. Quentin has developed and launched some of New York City’s only programs aimed at transforming bystanders, men and boys, and even batterers into allies and activists against all forms of violence.

and SNY’s very own Kat Randolph!

Free Marissa Alexander

September 29, 2012

cervantes-freemarissaMarissa Alexander is facing 20 years in prison for firing a gunshot into her ceiling to scare off her abusive husband.

Learn more about the case and donate to her legal fees here.

Sign a petition demanding her release here.

Cindy Crabb Interviewed Us for Maximum Rock & Roll

September 15, 2012

mrr_352_cvrMRR #352, September 2012 — Hafiz of Singaporean punkers VAARALLINEN talks to us about punk life and projects in Southeast Asia, Jaaka from punk band and family LUTA ARMADA discusses São Paulo punk and their rendition of raw punk, and we have the second part of the Noise-Core Roundtable Japanese punk symposium, featuring members of CONTROL, PEOPLE and STAGNATION, followed by an extensive current interview with Japanese noise-core punks STAGNATION.

Next, we catch up with Minneapolis pop punkers FROZEN TEENS, the DIPERS from NYC discuss the Yankees, among other things, and Bay Area queer punks ALABASTER CHOAD chat about their weirdo noisy perv punk. We find out what Chicago punks GRITOS DE RESISTENCIA have to say about punk and politics, and we talk to NYC’s newest old school ’80s hardcore band BRAIN SLUG, Swedish D-beat ragers KVOTERINGEN, and Seattle melodic crust punx KOHOSH.

We’ve also got a feature on the Support New York collective and a special piece on the crossover/thrash metal book Murder in the Front Row; never forgetting your usual array of favorite columnists, zine reviews and the most extensive punk record review section in the world!

Go to the MRR BACK ISSUES page to order this issue, or download a PDF of our interview.