What is F12?

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F12 came out of the Feminist Action Support Network, which started in 2015. FASN existed in the Chicago DIY arts community and surrounding radical underground. It employed diverse & universally free services to prevent sexual violence. These included employing sober “Support Liason” volunteers at shows around the scene and maintaining infrastructure for Accountability Processes in instances of harm. We assisted community members & institutions in carrying out the principles of transformative justice. The enormity of the work and the experimental nature of our innovative programming eventually led to burnout among FASN members.

Present & Future

No longer attempting to assume a “responsive” role (which can unintentionally mirror police & the prison-industrial complex), the F12 Network prevents interpersonal conflict through a transformative justice lens by lifting up the standards of interaction in the culture of the arts world.

We  produce workshops, events, and opportunities that a vast network of like-minded individuals can pick up and disseminate easily. We look forward to a point where F12 in its current form no longer has to exist.

The F12 Network (Past, Present, Future):

The Black Couch
The Auxiliary Art Center
Heavy Petting
Pinky swear
The Egg
The Dojo
Earphoria: Chicago
The Cooperation Operation
Charm School
Flood House
The Archer Beach Haus
The Chicken Coop
WHPK 88.5 FM
The Columbia Chronicle
Columbia College Chicago
VAM studios
Chicago Reader
The Promontory
The Corner Series
Wienie Hut Jr
ChiTown Futbol
The Local Glow
Suplex City
the #LetUsBreathe Collective
Chicago Feminist Film Festival
Build Coffee
The Pilsen Art House

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