ELECTRIFEST: Lgbt/qpoc wellness and healthcare fest
April 8 and 9, 1-11pm both days
King Azaz: https://kingazaz.bandcamp.com/
Pink Wash: https://pinkwash.bandcamp.com/
Sour Spirit: https://sourspirit.bandcamp.com/
Among the Rocks and Roots: https://amongtherocksandroots.bandcamp.com/
Ex By V.: https://exbyv.bandcamp.com/
Wordz the Poet Emcee: www.reverbnation.com/wordzthepoetemcee, www.Soundcloud.com/wordzthepoetemcee
Romona Cordova: https://www.facebook.com/ramonacordovamusic/
Trophy Wife: https://trophywifetheband.bandcamp.com/
Sheena and the Nosebleeds: https://sheenatheenosebleeds.bandcamp.com/
Anatomy of an Outcast: http://www.soundcloud.com/anatomy-of-an-outcast
Carl Kavorkian: https://carlkavorkian.bandcamp.com/
Presenters / Workshop Collaborators / Panels (more info. tba soon)
Trauma/Mental Health workshop by Ras Mashramani
Black & Brown Workers Collective
A facilitated panel discussion based on healthcare from an emergency/crisis response all the way through to chronic care and all the difficulties in between for marginalized and vulnerable communities
Rebellious Nurses Philly
The STRANGE DREAMS collective is a small group of folks seeking to liberate healthcare and wellness spaces from the grip of bureaucracy, tedium, and racist, homophobic and transphobic micro-aggressions. Strange Dreams is putting together an event called ELECTRIFEST: Radical Queer Empowered Healthcare and Wellness (ELECTRIFEST in short). At this event, we are concerned with helping to widen frequently inaccessible avenues of the healthcare and pharmaceutical complex-- both figuratively and literally-- and to pry open the gates that have remained shut for millions of marginalized folks for decades. We plan to ask very simple, direct questions about navigating the landscape of wellness and prevention to get to the core of what options exist, what practices we can combat, and what resources are there to promote the general well-being of our impacted queer and black and brown bodies.
While ELECTRIFEST is not a proposal for an alternative health gathering per se, we also propose that there are many different types of healing. In this instance, we will use the galvanizing force of music, art, spoken word, performance, dance and celebration to help highlight the issues. As well, the jubilant nature of what we propose with provide a euphoric blueprint of the paradigm we envision for a future in which our expression as queer and POC artists are heard resplendently.
The idea is to gather radical and/or progressive minds within the healthcare industry-- EMTs, paramedics, doctors, nurses, caretakers, clinicians, advocates, lawyers, midwives, doulas, social workers, activists, healers, pharmacists-- as well as those greatly impacted by the rigors of the health care landscape. Through a series of panels, presentations, and lectures-- all with a QnA so that direct voices can be heard and can question-- we will weave a powerful tapestry that can extended even beyond this initial event.
And yes, there will be bands playing. We are looking for bands that feature and center the ideas, thoughts, and the people behind queer and POC identities. We feel that these voices need to be raised higher and uplifted and not silenced or ignored, so we are doing that. We want a diversity of sound, culture, and ideas. Are you interested in playing? Let us know! Send your music! WE NEED YOUR JAMS AT ELECTRIFEST!
-an as yet unnamed political activist organization that benefits the health and well-being of LGBT people of color
-the continuation of this conversation in the form of informative zines, websites or other events; and most specifically
-to the LGBT and/or POC-led and empowering bands, artists, and participants themselves.
DISCUSSION TOPICS (among others):
-Trans health concerns
-navigating the intricacies of the health system as a queer person of color
-housing and gentrification
-a roadmap to benefits and resources not often made available to marginalized people
-understanding intersections of identity and health risks involved
-non-pharmacutical healing practices
-bed-side manner and proper protocol of emergency caretakers
-making spaces accessible for disabled people
-racism and white supremacy in the medical industry