Update on Polyamory Political Summit: Feb 17: Berkeley, California
- This is an update on the Polyamory Political Summit that will be happening on
SUNDAY: FEBRUARY 17, 2013, at the campus of the University of California,
Berkeley, in Berkeley, California.
This will be a day-long series of discussions and presentations about polyamory
and political isssues.
What is happening on the socio-political front related to polymory, open
relationships, and other forms of consensual non-monogamy? The subject has
attracted considerable attention in recent years. Legislatures in the US,
Canada, Germany, Australia, Kazakstan and several other countries have been
asked to repeal their laws prohibiting plural marriages. Some countries (Brazil,
Holland) have already declared "domestic partnerships" containing three or more
people to be legal. The American "religious right" - smarting from their
continuing failure to prevent same-sex marriage - seems to be wanting to use
polyamory as their "next big thing" to panic and galvanize their constituents
into mobilizing and making donations.(Should we try to stop them - or try to
What is happening on this front? What has been done? What can we do? What could
we DO? What SHOULD we do?
Who are our allies? Who are our opponents? Are there laws to be passed? Laws to
be repealed? Coalitions to be formed? Consciousnesses to be raised?
Organizations to founded? Marches to be organized? Elections to be won and
lost? Propaganda to be disseminated? Films, movies and TV shows to be made?
Revolutionary leaflets to be written and distributed among the masses? Uprisings
to be instigated? Scandals to be created? Politicians to be bribed? Religions to
be founded or discredited? Perhaps it is time poly people became more directly
involved in these and other normal features of the political process?
If a real "polyamory movement" were to come into being, what would it look like?
Should we just keep on insulting, ridiculing, and alienating the swinger
community (like we've done so successfully for the last four decades) - or might
we try a more constructive approach -such as forming an alliance with them? How
would we do that?
Should we actually try to DO something about all this, or should the polyamory
community just continue to sit on our asses and passively hope that everything
will work out for the best?
Many poly folks are great at kicking around self-congratulatory utopian ideas
- which is an easy thing to do - so long as we don't seriously plan to DO
anything to make them happen. To quote the great theologian Mel Brooks:
"Oh, lord! Do we have the strength to carry on this mighty task in one night, or
are we just jerking off?"
I personally do not have a lot of answers, but I have a lot of questions.
Numerous presenters with relevant experience will be here. Anybody with
something to say about all this, interested in participating the debate, or just
wanting to listen to the discussion, is invited to attend. Looks like this is
shaping up to be quite a circus, but the more the merrier! All are welcome, but
you MUST register in advance!
The Poly Political summit an affilitated event connected to the Intermational
Academic Polyamory Conference happening at the same site earlier during that
same weekend. The Political presentations and discussions will all be happening
on Sunday, Feb 17, displayed on the webiste as Session 5.
The poly political summit is technically a separate event from the main
conference, but anyone registered for either event is allowed to attend any of
the presentations happening on any of the days.
Note that the schedule of topics for this session is tentative. The final
agenda and line-up of topics will be decided upon via consensus of participants
who are present at the beginning of the day. The structure of this session is
intended to be a series of specific topics, with discussion during each segment
strictly limited to that one specific topic. Toward the end of the day, those
still standing will collectively attempt to evaluate what has been said earlier
throughout the day, and arrive at general ideas and strategies for specific
actions that may prove productive in the future. Although all interested parties
are invited to attend and/or present, strong preference is given to those
interested in attending the entire session, especially the discussion which will
occur later in the day. Those interested in attending for only brief periods
will be permitted on a space-available basis only).
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