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Welcome to Undoing Borders

In Uncategorized on July 9, 2011 at 12:00 pm

Undoing Borders is a collective writing project that comes out of the Migrant Justice Work Group of San Francisco Pride at Work/HAVOQ (The Horizontal Alliance of Very Organized Queers).  We first started organizing together in 2007 when a group of us formed a contingent to the US/Mexico No Borders Camp in Calexico/Mexicali.  That summer, at an event to raise money for our trip south, we were asked for the first time a question we would hear again and again for years:  What does being queer have to do with borders?

First, we looked for other people’s answers to that question.  We searched all over for writings and examples of organizing projects that came from the intersections of queer and im/migrant experiences. We wanted a Queer No Borders Manifesto as our compass (one that didn’t focus entirely on the need for LGBT people to be able to marry so that they can sponsor their partners for immigration purposes). Despite finding some good examples of this— Queers and Immigration: A Vision Statement (2007), or the Audre Lorde Project’s 2006 statement For All The Ways They Say We Are, No One Is Illegal, for example — we realized that there is still a lot of room to expand this conversation.  This document is our attempt to add to the dialogue.

We hosted community gatherings, panels, conversations, and day-long brainstorming sessions to try to tease out the many ways queerness and a no-borders politic intersect.  We spent over two years writing and re-writing, trying to figure out how twenty or so pens can share one piece of paper.  What we have today is Draft #1.  We expect every version of this document to be a draft, always changing as we engage with it and share it, as the context around us changes, as we learn and see differently.  As different people add their thoughts and experiences.

This document was born out of action and conversation, and our hope is that it will continue to live there.  Send us feedback.  Invite us to come share it with you.  Host a community conversation with us.  Invite us to your town!

2011 Tour: Blog, Video, & Photos

In Uncategorized on July 8, 2011 at 6:50 pm

The Undoing Borders Tour is over for now, but you can read about all of our stops, see videos and pictures of all the wonderful and inspiring people and projects we met along the way on our blog from tour: http://undoingbordersblog.wordpress.com/

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Mery Varó edited together a number of interviews we did on tour into two short teasers for our presentation at the Allied Media Conference in Detroit in July 2012.   The first is a collection of introductions & hellos from all the fabulous people we met:

The second video shows clips of interviews where our hosts talk about borders, policing of our bodies, and queerness:

We hope to edit all of these interviews into a longer video zine, but for now you can see unedited video interviews on our YouTube channel.

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You can  see photos from the tour on our Flickr page

The Undoing Borders Flyer

In Uncategorized on July 6, 2011 at 3:22 am

Here’s our flyer template. Feel free to use it or click here to see what others have come up with. If you make your own , please send it along!