Saturday, December 25, 2010

We want to see more women in the tech world. We know hella women with mad skills who don’t wanna deal with a scene in which male dominance is the status quo. Yeah, no wonder. We don’t either.

We want to encourage your interest in technology and provide a way for all of us to exercise our radical politics.  We'd love to be working with more awesome women who feel comfortable expressing their geeky, playful, intellectually-curious side. We play around with servers and software and programming and robotics and building stuff. We teach people and create infrastructure for the radical community.

If you’ve ever soldered something and enjoyed it, or if you’ve ever learned a programming language and felt brilliant, or if you’ve ever designed something that worked perfectly, we'd like to share more of that with you in an environment where men, women, and trans folks can connect.

UBEW provides mutual support to anti-authoritarian groups making radical social change through direct action, community involvement, and education. We are a geek collective with roots in the anarchist tradition, so we are explicitly opposed to all forms of domination, including sexism, racism, and classism. We strive to learn from each other and focus our skills toward creative goals, to explore and research liberating uses of technology, and to work to create a new and better world.

We host regular Free Skool Hacktivism classes at SubRosa and a once-a-month Meet & Geek social the last Thursday of the month at 730pm at Bocci’s Cellar. We’d love to meet you and make cool stuff.


Tané Tachyon said...

Um, this soldering programming female person thinks that maybe it would help to have a name with a more inclusive-sounding word than "brotherhood" in it?

Dodge Danger said...

One of our female members agrees quite adamantly.

Our organization originates from a time when a fraternal concern with the fate of one's fellow worker was quite revolutionary. However, the language, examined form a modern context is a bit creaky.

We carefully considered the name in our revival of this venerable organization. While no woman speaks for all womankind, it was important to get opinions from many of our female (and passionately feminist) acquaintances. Most saw "brotherhood" as quaint, of its time, and speaking to the important issues of solidarity and mutual support.

Dodge Danger said...

In response to long-standing criticism about the inclusiveness of "The Brotherhood," at it's annual meeting the membership voted to change the name, and became the Union of Benevolent Electrical Workers retaining the abbreviation UBEW.