SOTO III – How to Build a Safer & More Inclusive Punk Community

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SOTO III – How to Build a Safer & More Inclusive Punk Community

June 7 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Sitting On The Outside & Not Your Babe Fest bring you

This workshop has been built to open a dialogue and question ourselves on the inclusivity of the punk community and toxic behaviours that can directly affect the security of the people in it. Can we really say that we are a safer space ?

This is not a meeting organized by one profiteering individual selling a magic formula for transformative justice, but rather an occasion to talk communally about our experiences, criticisms and how to improve our community together.

Here are some themes that we can discuss. Don’t hesitate to come and bring up subjects pertinent to your experience.

Sexual Violence

Too many people in our scene are survivors from sexual violence committed by a person who is part of the same punk community. In a scene that reject the patriarchal system, why is there still sexual violence? What about the social capital of perpetrators of sexual violence versus survivors and what are the impacts on survivors, their actions and the possibility of a fair accountability process? What are the strategies that we can build to offer our support to survivors?


Why is our community mainly composed of white people? How can we be better at including racialized people? And above all what responsibility should white folks have to deconstruct prejudices in the punk scene?

The same question can be posed regarding gender identities. Is our scene inclusive enough to allow people to express their gender identity, if not what can we do to change this?

Intoxication Culture

There is no denying that punk culture glorifies alcohol and drug use. People are free to choose to consume and rather than moralize, how do we reduce harm in our community?. What are the impacts of intoxication culture on the inclusivity of our community? Are users or non-users made to feel isolated or left out due to their personal choice? What about the security of the people around us when we are using? In light of the number of members of our community dying of overdose and fentanyl contamination, what can we do as users or non-users to reduce harm beyond carrying a Naloxone kit? Since drugs and alcohol affects our behaviour, what are the risks and responsibilities in light of the above mentioned sexual violence or violence to remain drug/alcohol free after behaving inappropriately while intoxicated? What is the link between intoxication and consent?

Friday,June 7th at Pressed (750 Gladstone)

All ages/licensed. PWYC, $5 recommended donation. Doors at 4pm, over by 6pm.

Sitting On The Outside is fundamentally opposed to sexism, racism, ableism, homophobia, transphobia and any forms of oppression. If you have any questions or concerns please message Sitting On The Outside.





June 7
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm