About fear & solidarity
I was entering the movement during the most intense time of Stop Bzurom Collective (Stop Bullshit) activity.
I joined a queer community that became my social bubble, an escape from Poland’s reality of everyday systemic opression. The building at Wilcza 30 was a safe space for me and my community, and kind of an epicentre of liberation. Not to sound pompous here, but it was one of a few, if not the only such space in Warsaw, or even in Poland – anarchist, feminist, queer.
Living there taught me a lot about fear.
In patriarchy, as non-cis-males – queers and generally people who do not obey by the binding rules we are supposed to fear, to be scared for our lifes so that we stay silent. What I learned from school is a tool of the privileged groups to control the opressed, the tool of abusers to silence their victims.
For me personally the hardest part of this situation that went on for months was the reaction of a big part of the scene. At first, when we asked for help in resolving the conflict, but even after the escalations of violence.
In Poland, when I enter a so called anarchist space that is not explicitly calling itself queer-feminist I can expect that it is „anti”, for sure not showing allyship or intersectionality.
The attack was, as many people pointed out, an anti-feminist, anti-queer backlash.
Syrena Collective still exists.