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Undoing Borders: BlueStocking 9/19/11

September 12, 2011


San Francisco’s Horizontal Alliance of Very Organized Queers (HAVOQ) are currently on a North American tour of presentations and workshops about the relationships between/among borders, queerness, and freedom of movement. It’s built around a document they spent two years collectively writing, called “Undoing Borders: A Queer Manifesto,” which explores some of the ways sexualities and gender identities are related to how we think about borders and boundaries. “Undoing Borders” challenges staid assumptions about immigration, state repression, and queerness, and the tour is an exciting moment for anyone interested in these issues to come together to share experiences and ideas.

HAVOQ will participate in two speaking dates here in NYC as part of the tour. At 7pm on Monday, September 19 at Bluestockings Bookstore (172 Allen Street in Manhattan), HAVOQ will be joined by Ravi Ragbir of the New Sanctuary Coalition at, and by Lauren Melodia of Milk Not Jails in order to discuss incarceration, detention, and policing, and the way these controls structure ideas and experiences of immigration, family, and sexual identity.

Tuesday, September 20, at 7:30 pm at Glitter House (16 St. Francis Place in Brooklyn) we’re having a dinner potluck with HAVOQ and other participants in the events so people can meet and talk in a more informal environment. Both of you are certainly invited if you’re interested. St. Francis Place is a north/south street that’s one block long. It’s one block east of Franklin and runs between Lincoln and St. Johns in Crown Heights.

HAVOQ will present again at 8pm, Wednesday, September 21, at the NYU Kimmel Center, room 903 (60 Washington Square South in Manhattan), with local organizer and CCNY and New School Political Science Professor Jackie Vimo, who works on issues surrounding queerness and migration. Together they will explore some of the intersecting and overlapping relationships between public space, identity, migration, prisons, police, borders, and labor. This event is co-sponsored by CUNY’s Space-Time Research Collective (STREAC), QUNY, and the Women of Color Network, and by NYU’s Students Creating Radical Change, with support from the CUNY DSC.

For more information, check out the Undoing Borders website at

If you have any questions, contact the NY Borderlands Collective at

Undoing Borders

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