Clarifying RAMP’s Position on VQFF and the PACBI

i’d like to clarify that any instance of the Vancouver Queer Film Festival using Radical Access Mapping Project accessibility audits for it’s events is not an indication of current RAMP collaboration with, support for, or endorsement of the VQFF.
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RAMP previously supported and worked with the festival in making it more accessible and gimp-inclusive in part by conducting multiple accessibility audits (which are still freely available for use by VQFF or anyone else). But thanks to the incredible education and agitation already being done by others, in 2014 RAMP joined the boycott of the festival for its ongoing status quo regarding the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI), and the impacts the festival has had and will continue to have in in/forming opinion and fomenting or stifling action on this.
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VQFF has in the past acknowledged that the Israeli occupation of Palestine employs a “systemization of control, dispossession and violence,”, and yet continues to refuse opportunities to support the requests of the Palestinian people for international solidarity in boycotting, sanctioning, and divesting from that system; and continues to refuse offers of grassroots local support in learning more about and responding to the issues involved.
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VQFF has made it clear (see last link below regarding the 2017 festival) that while it uses the language of resistance to fill seats, it doesn’t intend to change its tangible impacts on local Palestinian queers (e.g. Brown Bear Roar below) and on the ongoing resistance efforts of the Palestinian people as a whole in Palestine.
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Unless and until VQFF revisits and endorses PACBI, reflects that in its programming/ organizing/ structure, acknowledges the impacts its stance has had on this community, and gets transparent about that process, RAMP will continue to boycott the festival and encourage others to do so as well.
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If you have any questions about this or want more information, please feel free to send an email to rampvancouver@gmail.ca , or go to any of the links below:
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Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI)
https://bdsmovement.net/pacbi
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Brown Bear Roar – Letter Re Vancouver Queer Film Festival To Queers:
https://underthejasmine.wordpress.com/…/05/15/brown-bear-r…/
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RAMP Website With Many Statements/ Links Re Boycott:
https://radicalaccessiblecommunities.wordpress.com/…
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[this includes statements from or endorsed by QuAIA, SFPIRG, Ad-hoc alliance of Vancouver QTIPOC organizations, Sins Invalid, COPE Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Pansexual Caucus, Trikone Vancouver, Salaam Vancouver, Vancouver Latin GLBT Communities and Friends, No One Is Illegal – Vancouver, Unceded Coast Salish Territories, SANSAD (South Asian Network for Secularism and Democracy), Desi Dialogues, Global Queer Research Group, UBC, and others, as well as multiple film makers and community members]
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RAMP facebook page and the short reply from VQFF about 2017:
https://www.facebook.com/radicalaccessmappingproject/photos/a.265132226969110.1073741827.262865423862457/778381305644197/?type=3&theater&notif_t=like&notif_id=1502482697226551
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my post to vqff re 2017 fest

Image description: A facebook post,

Question from Lumpen Rolletariat to Vancouver Queer Film Festival
17 March at 10:30 ·

@Vancouver Queer Film Festival, has there been or is there expected to be any policy change for this year’s festival regarding pinkwashing and the ongoing community call to support a resolution on the Palestinian Campaign for Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI)? i’ve seen several recent articles about the upcoming fest, and one in Metro today which briefly mentions the boycott as an issue but doesn’t offer any insight for this year’s festival. Any clarity is appreciated.


Reply by Vancouver Queer Film Festival:
Vancouver Queer Film Festival: The short answer is that our perspectives on pinkwashing and the call for Out On Screen to participate in BDS haven’t changed since we issued our Open Letter to the community in 2015 and subsequent advertising policy. (http://queerfilmfestival.ca/blog/an-open-letter/)

The Vancouver Queer Film Festival is proud to continue to play a leading role in harnessing the power of film to advance queer lives. Our films celebrate the richness of our community and illuminate the struggles we still face. We look forward to a fun and compelling 2017 Festival!

Reply by Lumpen Rolletariat:
Disappointing but noted.
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