Saturday, May 20, 2017 - 1:00pm to 6:00pm

Northeast Brooklyn Housing Development Corporation

378 Throop Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11221-1443

Calling all trans, two-spirit, gender non conforming, queer, lesbian, bisexual, and gay people of color in Brooklyn and our allies!

The Safe OUTside the System Collective of The Audre Lorde Project invites you to our 9th annual Community Freestyle! Gather your transformative and revolutionary tools and join us for an intergenerational afternoon of building survivor-led self-determined community safety for ourselves and our neighbors of color in central Brooklyn.

This year’s Community Freestyle will focus on building, sharing, and exchanging the tools we need to build the revolution and movements we need and desire to survive and flourish. We can build safety and wellness for ourselves! We don't need to rely on the state when we have each other and our badass, super cute, ancestral, abolitionist, interdependent toolkits!

The Freestyle will feature cultural performances, visual art exhibitions, workshops, childcare, a delicious meal, and a space to ground with community in the Safe OUTside the System's Safe Neighborhood Campagin!

On May 20th, 2017 the Safe OUTside the System collective of the Audre Lorde Project will host the 9th Annual Community Freestyle: Tools for the Rev! to root in community and build skills to transform how safety and wellness are created for and by Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two Spirit, Trans, and Gender Non-Conforming (LGBTSTGNC) people of color (POC) in Central Brooklyn.

The Safe OUTside the System Collective (SOS) invites you, our neighbors, to join us as we continue to sharpen our abolitionist, ancestral, interdependent, and transformative tools and build safety together as community.

In the current phase of the Safe Neighborhood Campaign, SOS is working toward safety, wellness, and self-determination built by LGBTSTGNC/POC rooted in transformation of generational trauma and transphobic, misogynist, homophobic, racist community and state violence in Central Brooklyn. We’ll do this today through strategy and relationship building, alongside and in solidarity with our neighbors and allies. We call on all LGBTSTGNC POC and our neighbors to join us in sharpening our tools for safe relationships, homes, communities, and Central Brooklyn in which we can survive and manifest our truths.


1:00pm, Gather & Community Meal

1:30pm, We Feelin’ AAIT?! (Abolitionist, Ancestral, Interdependent, & Transformative Strategies for Home), SOS Collective

3:00pm, Break

3:10pm, Community Care and Earth Medicine for the Rev, Gina George and Heidi Lopez

3:10pm, Cultural Werk for the Rev, Cristy C. Road, Shannon Matesky, Meat Market, Patternist Collective, BK Rot

4:40pm, Break

4:50pm, Organizer Speed Dating, Safe OUTside the System Collective

5:50pm, Gratitude & Closing



We Feelin’ AAIT?! (Abolitionist, Ancestral, Interdependent, & Transformative Strategies for Home), Mari Eva Mendes, Simone Sobers, Aysa Gray, and Tasha Amezcua of the Safe OUTside the System Collective

Want your home to become a Safe Space in the Safe Neighborhood Campaign? Join the Safe OUTside the System Collective as we build and practice abolitionist, ancestral, interdependent, and transformative strategies for safety and survival at home. After this workshop, you and your household will be a Safe Space with the tools you need to identify, prevent, and de-escalate hate, state, and community violence in and around your home, house, or the places you stay.


Community Care and Earth Medicine for the Rev, Heidi Lopez and Gina George, 3rd Space Coordinator

In this workshop we will explore earth medicine as a tool for the revolution! Facilitators Heidi Lopez and Gina George will guide participants through medicine making practices using storytelling, herbs, and the knowledge that comes from within us and our community.  By building trust in our internal senses of need, healing, and wellness, we aim to challenge and dismantle the systems of oppression that impact our well-being.


Cultural Werk for the Rev, BK Rot, Cristy C. Road, Kemba Bloodworth of Meat Market, The Patternist Collective, and Shannon Matesky of Queer Abstract

Revolutionary work lives beyond the streets. It exists within our community as passions, skills, work and the way we love and celebrate! This workshop is made by folks whose unique abilities and love have become a tool in our resistance and resilience! Revolution looks like dancing, laughing, farming, coding and whatever we dream! Come build your own practice in this talkback and breakout session with folks who channel their experiences to strengthen our community. 


Learn more about these dope folks here!:


A community-supported composting operation that generates year-round environmental jobs for local youth in Bushwick, Brooklyn.



Cristy C. Road

A Cuban-American artist, writer, and musician. She has released three illustrated novels which tackle the intersections between mental health, sexuality, Latinx identity, and punk; and has been illustrating and playing punk rock music for over 15 years.



Kemba Bloodworth Meat Market



The Patternist Collective

Technologists and digital wellness advocates who acknowledge a connection between our physical well being and our digital presence and strive to protect the security of both through awareness, education and advocacy.



Queer Abstract

A curated Monthly Performance Series highlighting QTPOC performers created and curated by Shannon Matesk



Organizer Speed Dating, Jes Godinez and Nana Minder of the Safe OUTside the System Collective

An intentional, fun, and flirty opportunity to get to know local grassroots organizers’ work and build across our struggles and movements as we sharpen our tools for the rev! Let’s cypher and connect about our favorite work, our challenges, and revolutionary collaborations. This intergenerational workshop is open to all current, former, and aspiring organizers. You don’t even have to identify as an organizer (yet) to participate!


Wellness Offerings:

Self-guided Acupressure

Affirmation station

Personalized Guided Herbal Tea Making

Wellness area for reflection


Practitioner Offerings:

Reiki - 30 minutes energy healing sessions

Love Joy Rituals - 5 minute energy cleansing


Access Offerings:



Vibe Checkers*

Self-Determined Community Safety Team*

Escorting to and from public transportation

Low stimulus resting space

*Let a vibe checker or safety team member know if there’s another way we can support your safety and access needs.