18.1.09

CURRENT EVENT: BOMBAY. MARCH 29. CALLING ACTION HEROES!

Calling Action Heroes in Bombay for a mobile intervention starting Dadar Station, platform no. 2 AT 2 pm this Sunday, March 29

The intervention demands nothing acrobatic except for the Action Hero to be himself/ herself.

Female Action Heroes:
You may bring along a testimonial in English, HIndi or marathi. It could be in the form of a letter to a stranger.

Male Action Heroes:
You are requested to write. think. note down thoughts about the issue of street sexual harassment- write your testimonial as a witness to it, as someone who could have perhaps knowingly or unknowingly even caused it. Write about your boundaries on the street. Write about street sexual harassment as it affects 'you'.

This event attempts to trigger the start of conversations in public via:
the dispersal of testimonials (sound)
an opinion poll to trigger public discussion on street sexual harassment
pamphlets.

Please bring along anyone- a curious friend? a family member? Everybody is welcome

Please be on time or you just might miss the train!


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Blank Noise Picnics! Blank Noise Chandigarh Picnic. March 7




Blank Noise Chandigarh Picnic. March 7. Saturday
here's what you must bring along:

1. friends/ associates/ colleagues/ relatives/ anyone interested in addressing or probing street sexual harassment.

2. a garment you wore when you were sexually harassed.
reference: Blank Noise: I did not 'ask for it'
http://blog.blanknoise.org/2008/03/i-never-ask-for-it-i-repeat-until-we.html

request to the participating men - do get into conversations with the women you know ( home/ family/ friends) and ask them to contribute a garment for the picnic?

3. an object you always carry when you step out of home- reference
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=58562520368#/event.php?sid=d68feebdd7eadc91dc4b1c6b3941a9c7&eid=46016327805

4. pen . paper . umbrella. sheet. mat.

5. snacks/water

6. confirm on facebook events at :
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=67231172472

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pic below from Blank Noise Picnic Bombay. photo documentation: Manu






pic below from Blank Noise Picnic Chennai:

March 1. Bombay. Joggers Park. Carter Road.

here's what you must bring along:

1. friends/ associates/ colleagues/ relatives/ anyone interested in addressing or probing street sexual harassment.

2. a garment you wore when you were sexually harassed.
reference: Blank Noise: I did not 'ask for it'
http://blog.blanknoise.org/2008/03/i-never-ask-for-it-i-repeat-until-we.html

request to the participating men - do get into conversations with the women you know ( home/ family/ friends) and ask them to contribute a garment for the picnic?

3. an object you always carry when you step out of home- reference
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=58562520368#/event.php?sid=d68feebdd7eadc91dc4b1c6b3941a9c7&eid=46016327805

4. pen . paper . umbrella. sheet. mat.

5. snacks/water

Let us know if you can make it to the picnic. There's an event on facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=53406378717#/event.php?eid=53406378717&ref=ts

If you wish to be involved in the planning of the picnic do write to us at blurtblanknoise at gmail dot com. We need a photo documenter + time keeper + nag officer. The script for the picnic is with Yamini Deen.



Yours truly,
Blank Noise Team



Feb 8: Calcutta + Chennai

fyi: photos from Calcutta picnic. Chennai picnic photos coming up. text also coming up.









After a picnic in Bangalore we thought it would be great to have similar picnics in other cities. It was fun with plenty of reflective conversations, and 'games' too!
(if you would like to organize one in your city, before summer hits us- do write in , right away!)

This one's for all those in Chennai and Calcutta!

You are invited to the 1st Blank Calcutta Noise picnic on the 8th of Feb at Victoria Memorial and the 1st Blank Noise Chennai Picnic at Nageshwara Rao Park

Time: 11 am to 1 pm ( Calcutta)
Where exactly in Victoria Memorial?
You will be informed when you confirm.


Time: 10: 30 am t0 12 30 pm ( Chennai)
Where exactly in Nageshwara Rao Park
You will be informed when you confirm.




We will focus on the plan of action for this year + suggestions/ thoughts/ ideas with all those attending.
Please bring along friends, friends of friends, aunts, uncles, grandparents, neighbours, anyone interested in addressing the issue of street sexual harassment.


Please email in your phone number.
blurtblanknoise@gmail.com

We will call you on the 7th evening in ( Calcutta) and ( Chennai) to confirm exact location within the park.

You can confirm attending also on facebook.
to confirm attending the picnic in Calcutta click here:

http://www.facebook.com/s.php?ref=search&init=q&q=blank%20noise&sid=fe3ff279176e6d8faf60cd3da0f45161#/event.php?eid=49473115177

to confirm attending from Chennai go here:
http://www.facebook.com/editphoto.php?oid=58819008816&success=1&failure=0#/event.php?eid=58819008816

You are requested to bring along the following:
(Please do not forget)

1. a garment you were sexually harassed in. request to the participating men - do get into conversations
with the women you know ( home/ family/ friends) and ask them to contribute a garment for tomorrow's picnic?
reference: Suren Vikash once went home to Chennai bringing back a bag filled with clothes- contributions from cousins and friends- that's exactly the spirit we are looking for!
2.you may want to bring along an interested friend?
3. an object you always carry when you step out of home- reference
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=58562520368#/event.php?sid=d68feebdd7eadc91dc4b1c6b3941a9c7&eid=46016327805
4. if you are in college- then perhaps your college's festival. exam list for this year.
5. pen and paper
6. we will arrange for glasses but if you want to bring your own snack/ tea cup it would help.
7. a mat/ or a sheet to sit on.

Yours truly,
Blank Noise Team




picnic 1 was in Bangalore. jan 18th at Cubban Park. Attended by Thupten K, Dev Sukumar, Amrutha Bushan, Soumya Chandrashekhar, Pallavi Kamakagiri, Meghana Rajamane, Neetha Dilip, Anupama, Sridhar, Kiran, Girija Ruge, Ratna Apnender, Hemangini Gupta, Jasmeen Patheja

7 comments:

  1. three cheers to blank noise picnics!

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  2. Anonymous12:35 am

    Governments across most of South East Asia,the government in India is a failure,a mess.Most political parties in India are lousy.27

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  3. Gori/Kali9:03 am

    Have you girls seen this?

    (thought it would make a nice topic to blog about)

    10 Reasons to marry an Indian Man
    10. They come in a family pack. You get a mother, a father, a few sisters-in-law, half dozen cousins, and countless relatives for free.

    9. They would never leave you. They get fat and lazy too fast and no woman will ever be interested in them.

    8. You will never get tired of hubby improvement projects. They come with countless imperfections and guaranteed to be really slow learners.

    7. Despite their crude exterior and rude attitude, they are docile at heart. They are well trained by their mother to follow orders from woman of the house. You are in control.

    6. They would be grateful all their lives; all other 37 girls they interviewed turned them down.

    5. They will be available all the time. They do not have any friends or social life or passion to keep them busy.

    4. You never have to worry about their past girlfriends: most likely they never had one, or in the rare case they had a girlfriend, she is too busy erasing the memory.

    3. You will earn the sympathy of everyone, even your worst enemy.

    2. They will stop harassing you once you marry them.

    And number one reason for marrying an Indian man

    1. For the rest of your life whenever you say “I could have done better,” you will be right.

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  4. Gori/Kali9:50 am

    I searched on youtube for any videos of your meetups and activist activities but found none.

    Get on youtube! It's a great way to spread.

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  5. Do we have any idea how many onlookers we gathered?

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  6. i dont know. 50? 100?
    definitely more than 50
    waiting to hear from everyone and will soon post about it!

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  7. Awesome. Beats a regular meeting. :)

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