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Workshop Proposal

The Pom Squad is a street-theater style group of activists who join together in order to make protest fun and accessible to all people regardless of age, size, race, gender (or lack of gender), ability or experience.

The Pom Squad is explicitly feminist in nature, and has no leaders because in Utah Phillips’ words: “We are all (cheer)leaders here.”

Our mission is to take the grim struggle of politics and transform it into revolutionary joy. We believe every human being has a voice and that radical struggle should never silence any person or place the value of one body over another. We want to create a space in the public sphere where radical feminists are encouraged to be loud and proud, and to use our bodies in all their beauty and diversity as powerful tools of change.

We believe that politics and culture can be transformed through our mantra: “If it isn’t fun, don’t do it.”

For too long, public protest has been bogged down in fatalism and sorrow. We choose to see struggle as a source of joy and we communicate that joy by subverting a patriarchal display into an expression of revolt.

Please join us in learning how every voice and every body can change the world.

Format: Workshop style, The Pom Squad will create a space wherein every participant can be a cheerleader for a day.

Agenda will include:
• Opener: Everyone is Now A Cheerleader
• A Brief History of Radical Cheerleading,
• A Discussion of Rad Cheer Philosophy and Practice
• Cheer Practice
• How To Start a Cheer Squad

The Pom Squad would like to use a laptop and projector for Power Point presentation, and to be assigned a large room with space for movement and the ability to be LOUD without disturbing others.


Spokane's Radical Cheerleaders

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