Jadelynn Stahl, DISCLOSE, cell (347) 439 – 2607
SURVIVORS OF GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE RESIST THE IMPENDING ADMINISTRATION THROUGH
CREATIVE DIRECT ACTION
When: January 19th, 6:30 pm (Be there by 6:45pm, event will be mobile)
Where: The Oakland Police Department, 455 7th Street
What: DISCLOSE, the Oakland-based art-activism collective, organized survivors of gender-based violence
to march from Oscar Grant Plaza to the Oakland Police Department, where we engaged in a powerful
creative direct action projecting a video, featuring the voices of survivors, onto the OPD
building. Disclose’s video was also projected in DC by FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture.
OAKLAND – On the eve of the inauguration, survivors of gender-based violence came together to assert
that our collective vision for a world without gender-based violence persists in the face of the impending
administration. Using creative direct action to uplift our collective voice, we will name what is happening: a
known rapist is becoming president.
DISCLOSE of Oakland and FORCE of Baltimore organized actions on both coasts, which amplified a
unified message: Survivors Will Not Be Silent! Each team undertook site-specific projections of stills, text
and footage from a video produced by DISCLOSE, which features the voices of multiple survivors of gender-based
violence speaking words such as, “In this man, I see my abuser” and “In this man’s shameless actions, I
re-experience the trauma that I had finally come to heal from and accept.” The images were projected on
locations that house known perpetrators of rape, sexual assault, coercion and intimidation.
In Oakland, survivors marched from Oscar Grant Plaza to the Oakland Police Department, upon which they
project the prior mentioned video. Oakland-based, women of color artists lead ritual, read poetry and hosted
a community speak out, centering the voices of POC, trans and gender-nonconforming folks and all women
who have survived gender-based violence.
We who have experienced gender-based violence are immensely impacted by the reality of the coming
predatory federal administration. This government sanctions acts of violent sexual, psychological and physical
harm through perpetuating a racist, misogynist, xenophobic, classist, ableist, transphobic, and homophobic
agenda; an agenda which forms the bedrock of rape culture in the US.
The man who will assume the presidency of the United States and his supporters are not a surprise and are all
too familiar. In 2016, the public learned that several members of the Oakland Police Department engaged in
the repeated coercion, intimidation and sexual assault of teenager Celeste Guap. The OPD, aided by local
government and its representatives, including Mayor Libby Schaff and Contra Costa District Attorney Mark
Peterson, covered-up this scandal, escaped prosecution, and, later, further targeted and gaslighted Guap, a
young woman who is only one of countless individuals who have been exploited and sexually victimized by the
police. By spotlighting the Oakland Police Department, the west-coast action drew connections between
local and federal government, stating that the members of the OPD, like Trump, are examples of the endemic
perpetuation of gender-based power and sexual harm, resulting in the continued oppression of all women,
especially women of color and trans women.
#WeWillNotBeSilent #HellNawguration #ReclaimMLK