Resistance for Introverts

'Silence is complicity' is a colloquialism in activist movements. What happens to the introverts who have a strong preference for silence, but also desire to be part of an activist movement? Oftimes introverts can feel overwhelmed by the group component of activism or by large crowds at marches. However, introverts may feel conflict at their innate desire for aloneness and individualism in spaces that ask for group think and vocal participation.

This three part series will give introverts space to talk about their experiences as well as ways to brainstorm resistance that complements a strong preference for quiet and small groups. Also, strategies to participate in larger groups and protests will be part os the discussion. 

Some light reading and video viewing will be assigned as well. 

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Session 1 (2 hours): Introductory session. This is for anyone who wants to engage with other introverts who desire to become more active in their communities. The session will start with some improvisational games, and then lead to a circle introduction of everyone in the room. Then, there will be a short presentation about the overall course. This will lead to a discussion about experiences with activist spaces will take up the remaining session. 

Prior to the session, students will be required to watch a short video. https://theintercept.com/2017/06/13/video-how-to-resist-trumps-shock-doctrine/ . We will discuss this video and feelings about group approaches to resistance.

Session 2 (2 hours): This will Reading will be determined and submitted for approval by the BFS. This session will involve more discussion about any new interactions, as well as provide a list of resources for joining groups in Baltimore and DC. 

Session 3 (2 hours): Reading will be determined and submitted for approval by the BFS. Hopefully a guest speaker can speak at this group (a well known Baltimore activist). 

Kat Martineau is a Baltimore resident and pansexual introvert. She enjoys reading, writing, designing, learning about programming, and her family. Kat graduated from the The Graduate Center at CUNY and wrote a master's thesis on the fallacy of colorblindness and overwhelming whiteness in mainstream food activist movements. She currently improvises with groups in Baltimore (BIG and Charm City Comedy Project) and has participated as a volunteer with Girls Rock Camp and The Baltimore Film Festival. 

 

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