Trainings and Consultations!

The following are trainings available to organizations and groups in any country, via Zoom, Google Hangouts or Microsoft Teams:

CONSTRUCTIVE ALLYSHIP
Facilitated action-oriented session supporting goal-setting in coming to terms with anti-racist, abolition, or reparations work. For individuals or communities building anti-racist culture.

DEVELOPING INCLUSIVE PRACTICE:
a. Power Dynamics, Race and Culture
b. Implicit Bias and its effects
c. Microaggressions: labelling, interrupting and defining
d. Inclusive Practice – Pragmatic answers to Organizational Issues
Each section will go down to specific topics, like implicit bias, our cultural frameworks, perceived microaggressions, tokenism, colorism, and other manifestations of structural power dynamics that play out daily in our workplace with co-workers and when working with clients/service users. The first three parts outline the specific dynamics that occur in non-profit and other spaces, and the last section addresses questions raised about practice. We will reflect on strategies currently used in organizations to create a more inclusive and collaborative environment for marginalized identities. This training discusses issues and terminology rarely addressed elsewhere.
We will address aspects such as accessibility, and collaborative partnerships that are culturally appropriate, instead of traditional outreach models. In advanced versions of this training, we will detail how to make a responsive Organizational Equity Plan for your program.​

BUILDING ORGANIZATIONAL EQUITY PLANS:
In this training we look at strategies used in Building Organizational Equity Plans. This may include: Processing Past Issues and Moving Forward Collectively; Internal and external strategies; Familiarizing leadership with effectiveness and practice around a Strategic Plan; inclusion framework; recommendations from Staff Inclusion committees, and an organizational Equity Lens; Trouble-shooting: Identifying Areas of Need; Outreach, Programming, Recruiting, Structural or other Community-Building practices organizationally; Reflective exercises throughout the workshop; and lastly Adding or revising policies, procedures and practices.

CULTURALLY RESPONSIVE TRAUMA-INFORMED CARE:
This training focuses on a Culturally Responsive Trauma Informed Care lens, that address structural and historic oppression and introduces the concept of how trauma effects people and their lives. Outlines ACES, short-term and long-term effects of trauma, PTSD and other analyses of trauma and how it psychologically, socially and developmentally affects our clients.
We go through the importance of and modes of Trauma-Informed care and possible triggers in our workplaces. We compare models of delivery in direct service settings with a trauma-informed lens vs. a non-informed lens. We look at programs and program teams to reflect on how colleagues may enact TIC with each other. Some case studies might include what de-escalation, home visits or meetings could look like. We discuss different cultural frameworks and bridging intercultural communication styles that may come up in practice. Lastly, we address vicarious trauma, and ways to de-escalate and minimize secondary traumatic stress.​

BYSTANDER INTERVENTION AND DE-ESCALATION:
We will learn about different situations that may or may not require intervention.Understand what is meant by the terms ‘allyship’, ‘de-escalation’, and ‘solidarity’.
We will learn about the bystander effect, and different situations that may or may not require intervention.
Learn when it is appropriate to intervene, vocalize, use an exit strategy, or stay and de-escalate. We will address how to overcome certain inhibitions around bystander intervention. Learn how to use voice and body to create distance, de-escalate, or self-defend, in a situation, in public or in a workplace.
Learn other aspects of bystander intervention, including using your
presence or physical self as a tool of solidarity. Together we will discuss group agreements and finalize elements of a process and procedure for your team. Roleplaying is included, however participants can choose to opt out if uncomfortable.

COMMUNICATION AND COGNITIVE STYLES ACROSS CULTURAL FRAMEWORKS:
An Awareness Training:
Learn the difference between passive, assertive, and aggressive communication.
Understand the different communication styles inter-culturally, and how they interact. We reflect on ways to modify communication styles to bridge across different approaches.
We will look at collectivism vs individualism, and high vs low context cultures and how they contribute to expectations around communication.
This session will also cover different modes and objectives of communication, various cognitive and working styles, and how to address those differences in the workplace.

UNDERSTANDING TRANS IDENTITIES AND GENDER DIVERSITY: 
Participants will learn information pertaining to their communities and services, and ways to improve interactions with clients from trans and queer communities. We will address the context of gender within feminism, and examine the historical concepts of gender, including:
*the idea of gender as binary,
*feminism and social constructs,
*gender as performed,
*gender as a continuum, and/or matrix
*gender as fluid.
Trainees will learn the meanings of queer, transgender, heteronormativity, and other related terminology.
We will talk about language, vocabulary, terminology, daily structural struggles, and how gender constructs, are a concept different to sexuality.  We will discuss transitioning, presenting, passing, and not outting folks. This may include discussion around intake processes, documentation, greetings and other communication. Participants will be led through some reflection on their own gender constructs. Lastly, we will talk about different methods of alliance, solidarity and support for trans communities.​

RESTORATIVE JUSTICE and TRANSFORMATIVE JUSTICE – CONTEXT AND PRACTICE:
*Identity and Intersectionality
*Inclusive Practice (how to work in terms of culture, race, access, abilities, etc)
*Cultural considerations when looking at justice models
*The connection between school, exclusion and criminalization
*Restorative Justice
*Transformative Justice
*Trauma-sensitive practices
*New paradigms of harm reduction, and how that looks in schools
*Practical examples of implementation in a domestic violence setting, and with youth

BEST PRACTICE FOR RESPONSES TO VARIOUS MENTAL HEALTH SCENARIOS:
This is an introductory trainings addressed to people in direct service who interact with clients who are experiencing various states of mental health, and the best ways of approaching and working with them. We will address definitions, de-escalation, calming strategies, building safety plans and how to integrate knowledge and trauma informed practices into procedure.
Objectives include:
Understand definitions of ‘mental health’ and ‘disability’
Understand de-escalation for different situations, including suicidation, and how it relates to trauma informed care
Roleplay to practice responding to different situations​

INTERSECTIONALITY, GENDER AND THE #METOO CONVERSATION:
A facilitated discussion around #metoo and gender inequity around notions of consent.
An opportunity to reflect on, listen and share about the current cultural approach to the objectification of
different genders, and how that relates to the power dynamics that lead to situations implied in the #metoo movement.Objectives include:
Understand the historical and current ramifications of #metoo
Contextualize gender and feminist thinking
Relate this to work practices in terms of mechanisms of power

CREATING A CULTURE OF COMMUNITY AND SELF CARE:
As a continuation of Trauma Informed Care – We will raise awareness to understand vicarious trauma and how self care can mitigate its effects. We will address how to promote resilience and navigation of stressors and activators. We will increase knowledge of different types of self care, especially in terms of personal triggers. We will utilize exercises and reflections that can be used by supervisors with their teams (or families!).

STRATEGIC PLANNING CONSULTATION:
Please contact for more information.

EQUITY CONSULTATION:
For organizations, businesses and programs. Please contact for more information.

Free Workshops

Public Upcoming Trainings:

Understanding The Effects of Trauma and Trauma Informed Care

Free to attend and welcome to all.

Q Center, 4115 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97217
Sunday, Jan 20, 2019 at 3-6pm
Rosewood Initiative, Gresham
Saturday, Jan 26, 2019 at 11:30am-2:30pm
North Portland Health Center
Monday, Mar 4, 2019 at 2-5pm
Sisters of the Road Cafe, 133 NW 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97209
Monday, April 1, 2019 at 2-5pm.

The Sun Never Sets, and more workshops

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Last week I facilitated a workshop for feminists of color in Seattle. It was part of a Women Of Color event that I organized with 3 other people, that centered around art and performance. I wanted this to happen because I constantly am appalled and pissed off by how creative outlets, art press and media still invisibilizes and excludes people of color. Manual labor, work and non-conceptual/non-intellectual stuff still seems like the expected territory of POC and the working class, and expression, art and most stages/platforms STILL feel like the exclusive playgrounds of white people, unless the race factor is a novelty, essentialist point, or fetishization. This is also reflected in music and dance performance, even though all artforms belong to everybody, and historically, popular music and dance we recognize today in mainstream media was brought to fame through oppressed POC, creating these in times of struggle and poverty.

Anyway, this stage and exhibition was for women of color only, and so was the workshop. 700 people came to the event, here follows some photos.

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I’m also facilitating this support work for social workers next week, and more things are in the works 🙂

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Building guitars north of Tampere, Finland

Visited my friend Juha (pictured below) at his workshop (also pictured) in the woods in Finland, and made a little “guitar”.

The body was hand carved from a single block of elder, and the tuning pegs from a block of maple.

Will post photos when I put strings and a pick-up on it 🙂

Buy Juha’s instruments here: http://masauniverse.tumblr.com/

His hardcore band is here: http://sokeapiste.bandcamp.com/

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photo 1Some kantele he has made previously.

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SHIT GENTRIFIERS SAY

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Undesirable, but close-ish to the city >>

Cheap rent / “Rundown” >>

POC / Poor communities move in and build infrastructure
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Perceived threat and racist/classist stigma >>

Creatives / students / activists move in for “ethnic” or “edgy” vibe>>

Appeal/nightlife/aesthetics >>

Interest / influx >>

Disposable Incomes and “underground” media hype >>

White-washed hype and govt approval/support >>

Development / Big yucky businesses >>

Rising property prices / Displacement.

Talking/reading in Chicago, March 2014

My new zine blog – http://www.annaxvo.tumblr.com

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UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS, CHICAGO

13 March 2014 at 3:30 – 6pm at Hull House

Zine Readings and Workshop

Featuring:

Anna Vo (Fix My Head and The Swan The Vulture)

Sarah Rene (Native Punx Unite)

Osa Atoe (Shotgun Seamstress)

Nyky Gomez (Skinned Heart)

MC’ed by Mimi Nguyen (Race Riot)

We are all women zinesters of colour. We all collect stories based around PoC/identity. We are all focussed on the personal, economic, social and political struggles of PoC, and have somehow centred it around a punk identity or ethos.
(further description and fliers to come)
 

CHICAGO ZINE FEST

15 Feb 2014

1:30-2.30pm

Zines, Punk, & Reclamation: A Discussion for People of Color

How are zines an aid in the reclamation of our cultural and expressive practices, histories and identities as people of color, both in and out of punk cultures? What forms do those acts of reclamation take? How do we hold cultural and chosen communities together, or not? How do we navigate the clashes and the connections between them?

This open discussion will be facilitated by Osa Atoe of Shotgun Seamstress zine. Also present will be Nyky Gomez (Brown Recluse Distro), Yumii Okafor (Slash Em Up zine), Mimi Nguyen (Race Riot, Slander zines), Suzy X (Malcriada, Mallgoth Chronicles zines) and Anna Vo (Fix My Head zine).

ZINE TOUR

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Hi everyone,

After just coming off Broken ‘Ships tour through Germany and the Netherlands, and xfwpx & xbf tour through Germany,

I’m currently on Race Riot! tour through America, starting in New Orleans, going to Seattle, and then circling back around to Montgomery, Alabama.

Austin, TX was tonight, and we are heading to Alberqueque, NM tomorrow.

The dates and more info are here on the poczineproject website

and here is more info about me.

If you can support the tour in some way, by organising a soli- event or otherwise, please do.

We will be doing a Skype workshop/panel after our Portland show, with Berlin Zine Fest, which is going to be very exciting.

The zines I made especially for this tour are The Swan The Vulture No. 4

Fix My Head No. 4, co-edited with Shotgun Seamstress (!!)

and an info zine for international allies about The Northern Territory Intervention in Australia, after 6 years of occupation by the government.

I also brought along the Koori Mail, and some other reading material for those attending the events.

For more info on this, please go to Stop The Intervention, who have regular meetings in Sydney.

If you’re at one of the dates, come say hi.

Much love,

Anna.

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Workshops on Racism, the Experiences of Women of Colour and Inclusive Practices

Had three workshops at NOWSA 2013 at Melbourne University yesterday and today. More info here

Two empowerment workshops for women* negatively affected by racism and the final one today for WOC and allies. A really good discussion by WOC-only for most of the duration of the workshop, and then 10 minutes of questions and discussion with allies. Tears, catharsis, discovery and elation. I am deeply grateful for everyone for attending and thank you for speaking so eloquently, honestly and passionately.

Below are notes written before the beginning of the workshop and while people were bringing up points (ran out of space).

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On a related note, here is the brainstorm from a workshop in late 2012 on mediation between and inclusion of different intersectional identities and grievances in organising for direct actions and events, in the student environmental movement. This was a workshop for ASEN (Australian Student Environment Network).

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Other workshops in 2012 were in Sydney, Berlin, Stockholm and Copenhagen about Racism, Inclusive Practices, Gentrification, and Displacement. Wish I had some photos or notes from those! Talked with an asylum-seeker support centre in Copenhagen in Nørrebro about how they organise and structure their service, and revised some stuff to work more effectively with POCs and the local refugee camps.

Over the last three months I interviewed Vietnamese residents and business owners on Illawarra Rd in Marrickville about the white-washing, development and rising housing prices in the neighbourhood; and the displacement and dissipation of a Vietnamese community that has been in Marrickville for 30 years. When I get some time, I will finish editting of the audio and upload those too. Also, I’ll try to post the accompanying writing that I came up with at the time, about the projected white futures of gentrifying neighbourhoods, how invisibilising current immigrant communities is a systematic strategy to sell property and “upgrade” trendy hipster towns all over the Western world.

Please feel free to write to me and ask me any questions.