128’s Kaupapa

What 128 is for and about

The 128 Community Centre is a place for groups to hold meetings and events, workshops, and other gatherings – specifically marginalised* groups and groups working toward radical social change.
128 is an anti-oppression and thus explicitly anti-state, pro-indigenous sovereignty, recognises Te Tiriti o Waitangi and supports tino rangatiratanga.
128 is against abuse of power, and for recognising where power rests and where this is legitimate (eg, mana) and illegitimate (eg, patriarchy).
128 is against all forms of oppression, including but not limited to:

 

All groups operating from 128 must be in keeping with this kaupapa and must agree to uphold 128’s Safer Spaces Policy, with  approval by consensus of The 128 Collective.

 

128 is a space for:

  • Groups and collectives for radical social change to use for meetings and activities (there are several permanent groups operating from 128 and others who have meetings and events at 128)
  • Projects and events of the same flavour – like film screenings, organised discussions, fund raisers, community dinners
  • Community events catering (book the kitchen)
  • Placard and banner painting (book the blue room)
  • Stencil making/screen printing/arts projects of the same flavour (book the blue room)
  • Storage for a limited number radical groups resources – which are available for use (eg Food Not Bombs, Wellington Community Resources Group)
  • Banner space on the side of the house is for non commercial banners which fit with the kaupapa, and are approved by the 128 collective

 

* What do you mean by ‘marginalised’?

Marginalised, or ‘on the margins’, is about looking at who is at the center or ‘centered’ in a society, and who is being pushed out to the margins.
We are talking about Minority Groups, or large groups of people (for example ‘women’ or ‘Maori people’ or ‘gay people’) who are disadvantaged in society, through:

Systematic social inequality

Institutional violence

Structural violence

Different groups of people are centered or marginalised to varying degrees based on social and cultural categories; such as gender, race, class, size, ability, and other axes of identity.
These can interact on multiple and often simultaneous levels (for example, people who experience racism AND misogyny are far more likely to experience discrimination in healthcare, housing, employment, and education, as well as interpersonal violence such as social exclusion, partner abuse, and street harassment).
The cumulative effects can include barriers to health and well being, to full participation in society, to economic stability, and to self determination.
This is what we mean by being ‘marginalised’ or ‘on the margins of society’.