Category: labour

  • Doing antiracism in lindy hop

    I’ve been chasing down as many of the antiracist groups in the lindy hop world as I can find. I want to make a list here, so people can have it as a resource. And by people I mean me, and by have, I mean share. I’m thinking the groups that are specifically anti-racist in […]

  • DJing on the internet! I LIKE it!

    Yesterday I DJed a really nice zoom party/listening session for the San Antonio Swing Dance Society in Texas. I was in Sydney (still am), but perhaps one unexpected perks of a pandemic, is dance scenes’ refocussing on their local community. Quite a few local scenes have been running regular online meet-ups for the crews, keeping […]

  • Time lines of Black dance as white patriarchy

    Someone on fb recently asked: “Question: has someone made a visual timeline/lineage of Lindy Hop? Is this a good idea?” I dislike the linear timeline model because: It puts Africa in the past, when helloooo it’s not; It uses a very western hierarchy of value with a particular dance or people as the apex or […]

  • Workplaces are where COVID19 is spreading

    Workplaces are where COVID is spreading in Australia. Not at the park or in the shops. But in meat packing plants, aged care homes. Places where the pay is bad, and the work is hard. And the industry is not properly regulated. If you really do want to get angry about covid, get really angry […]

  • If we talk about Bunnings woman not wearing a mask, we’re not talking about working conditions for Bunnings staff.

  • Sexual assault in the Australian jazz industry

    Gender Inequality in the Australian Music Industry (Part Two) is a bit of a clunky piece, but it’s so unusual to read a male Australian jazz musician commenting on this issue, it’s worth a look. Note that that they contacted 50 musicians, and only 3 replied. I’ve worked with a lot of jazz musicians over […]

  • Masks can’t hurt

    Tl;dr Masks can’t hurt. Wear them. But prioritise hand washing, not touching your face, and keeping distance from others. Unless you’re in the US where shit is out of control. Then wear a mask. Another of Daniel’s great pieces. Again, the unsafe workplaces of ‘essential workers’ are big contributors to transmission. Rather than focussing on […]

  • No. Don’t run your dance event.

    Everybody knows that a big international lindy hop event is the definition of a perfect pandemic super-spreading event? – You get a heap of people together from different regions – They do a heap of exercise, and they generate lots of saliva and snot and then they rub it all over their faces and and […]

  • Black music, white bands: Racist discourse in lindy hop institutions

    Eric Heveron-Smith fb post 25 June at 05:47 A question was posed on a Facebook group called Swingopedia, and I have decided to finally voice my answer. Hey, it’s quarantine, I don’t have any gigs to lose right now… “I’ve noticed that music trends in the global swing dance community have changed, since I started […]

  • What is Black?

    A friend on fb mentioned that it’s tricky to get a handle on how words can be used in different ways in activist literature, and it’s even harder to negotiate this stuff when you’re trying to learn about a particular social justice topic with the goal of doing activist work. She made a really good […]