[TheThinkTank] BIKEBIKE BOYCOTT

General Manager 3rdwardbikes at gmail.com
Fri Nov 22 18:03:53 PST 2019


Well written.  Thoughtful.

On Fri, Nov 15, 2019, 5:27 AM Cyclista Nicholas <cyclista at inventati.org>
wrote:

> I'm late to this part of the thread - but hey, well said.
>
> ~cyclista Nicholas
>
>
> On 2019-11-13 13:36, Heather Nugen wrote:
> > Alright, y'all. Again. Getting a little bit out of control and
> > hyperbolic
> > in here. I'm going to try to keep my patience and my calm as I attempt
> > to
> > unpack this stuff and manage some folks' expectations.
> >
> > 1) We were very temporary guests of Enclave Caracol and Bicis
> > Dicidentes.
> > It behooves us to hold onto some humility as guests, in a foreign
> > place,
> > largely as foreigners, before we react and make allegations about
> > policies
> > that are ultimately not ours to make or enforce. It's fine if we
> > disagree
> > but we need to keep in mind that those were not, and are not, our
> > spaces
> > and it is not for us to apply pressure to change those spaces to better
> > suit ourselves.
> >
> > 2) We don't need to speak for Eric. Eric's worth or merit is an
> > individual
> > is not under question here. Eric is an adult man who, if he wanted, is
> > certainly empowered and able to speak on his own behalf if he so
> > desires.
> > As far as I can tell, after Eric disclosed his background in whatever
> > context that became relevant and was asked to leave-- he agreed to
> > leave
> > and did so peacefully and respectfully. To my knowledge, and the
> > knowledge
> > shared by the people on this list, Eric was able to respect the values
> > and
> > practices of Enclave Caracol and Bicis Dicidentes-- even though they
> > resulted in him not being able to participate at this years BikeBike.
> >
> > Yes, after he traveled all that way. It's a real shame, and I feel for
> > Eric's hardship and hope that he was alright and able to enjoy what he
> > could of his time off and return to his home safely. This is also a
> > risk
> > all of us take anytime we travel anywhere-- any set of circumstances
> > could
> > change or become known to us that requires us to leave a pre-planned
> > event,
> > injury, illness, a person disagreement or dispute, a mismatch of
> > values--
> > these things happen sometimes, and this isn't the first time someone
> > has
> > been asked to leave a BikeBike or that someone has been asked to leave
> > a
> > DIY/DIT bike space-- we all have different policies and expectations in
> > our
> > shops and we have all been placed in the undesirable and difficult
> > position
> > of asking someone to leave-- and sometimes we have had to weather
> > backlash
> > and various allegations for standing up for our principles.
> >
> > Lets try to remember our own personal experiences with how difficult
> > standing up for our principles and practicing our values can be as we
> > process our emotions about this event.
> >
> > 3) BikeBike is not an organization. BikeBike does not have a board, it
> > doesn't have staff. It is best known as a kind of temporary autonomous
> > zone
> > <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Temporary_Autonomous_Zone>, which many
> > people voluntarily work very hard to make happen, year after year, to
> > the
> > best of their abilities, navigating a non-homogeneous network of
> > cultures,
> > practices, expectations, values, and languages.
> >
> > It doesn't have codified policies or practices, and for practical
> > reasons
> > leaves a lot of the detail work up to the hosts. Is that an imperfect
> > system? Does that result in undesirable experiences and outcomes
> > sometimes?
> > To me, at least, that is part of the practice-- part of the learning
> > experience that is social justice work.
> >
> > BikeBike has current organizers/hosts, and it has past organizers and
> > hosts. Boycotting BikeBike isn't an action you are taking against Bicis
> > Dicidents or Enclave Caracol-- it's an action you are taking against
> > next
> > year's hosts who, as far as I can tell, had no role to play in what
> > happened.
> >
> > It's everyone's personal choice to evaluate whether they desire or are
> > able
> > to make the trip in 2020-- but as we consider the hyperbole and (as
> > much as
> > I hate the word) hysterics in this thead, lets try to keep in mind what
> > the
> > desired outcome is. What does resolution for this issue look like? Who
> > is
> > that resolution for?
> >
> > 4) Most of the people participating in this pot-stirring are American
> > citizens-- that comes with a lot of privilege, and a lot of blind
> > spots--
> > especially re: how we are viewed in other countries, and especially
> > when it
> > comes to the role of US military and/or Intelligence's impact in
> > Central
> > and South America. Before putting Enclave Caracol on blast for being
> > too
> > leftist or unreasonable or whatever it is you think about the decision
> > they
> > made-- do some reading on what the US Government *has done *in Central
> > and
> > South America. Is it possible that Eric is just an unwitting individual
> > caught up in the middle? Sure. But as someone participating in the bike
> > collectives network, I find it difficult to believe Eric had no
> > knowledge
> > of US foreign relations policy in Central & South America and that he
> > entered that situation completely naive of how his professional
> > identity
> > would be perceived in that space and place.
> >
> > Our veterans and intelligence professionals are not venerated, trusted,
> > or
> > beloved in other countries, our citizenship is not venerated, trusted,
> > or
> > beloved in other countries. For some of us, this incident may be the
> > first
> > encounter with that realization-- it may have been Eric's first
> > encounter
> > too. Instead of demonizing the members of Enclave Caracol and Bicis
> > Dicidentes, we'd be better served to observe this discomfort and try to
> > learn from it-- in the process, we may identify a solution to help both
> > guests and hosts navigate norms and expectations in the future-- many
> > of
> > which are unspoken and uncodified.
> >
> > Lets work to keep these things in mind and manage our own emotional
> > reactions to this event so that we can get to a space where we are able
> > to
> > grow individually and collectively to make good-faith requests and
> > improvements to BikeBike in the future-- requests and changes to
> > practices
> > that reduce harm and stress for guests and hosts.
> >
> > Heather
> > BikeBike Detroit 2016
> >
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