Men in Organizing Spaces: Get Yo Shit Together
Discussion on gender dynamics and political ideologies in organizing spaces and how men often marginalize Queer/Trans/Femme voices of color, de-Center their experiences, remove their agency, and alienate them from their own struggles for liberation.
Closed Space: Womxn and femme identified POC
Presented by Naia and Edan
2nd Floor Conference Room
Narrative & Now
Presented by Sarah
Asian Resource Center
“Narratives” are our stories from our personal experiences and ancestral histories that help shape our identity.“Now” is the state of embodying all that we are and all that we have the potential to be in every moment.This workshop will be a safe space to reflect on the past year, our communities, our histories, as well as how we might heal our relationship to the past/present/future by being fully & expansively present. As womxn of color, it is important to realize that we are not defined by our (sometimes very traumatic and painful) pasts. We are resilient human-beings capable of renewing our relationship with ourselves and the world in each present moment. This workshop will be a collective knowledge share/discussion on how to reconcile the binaries we’ve been indoctrinated to live by: the binary of knowing the trauma of one’s past, yet living fully and contently in the present. The binary of reflection and action. The binaries of mind, spirit and body.
In this nurturing environment, we will collectively reflect on our past through writing. Sarah will share Kevin Coval’s poem “400 days” as an example of what we could create to weave our narratives together. There will be time for quiet individual reflection and writing on the past 400 days. And then time to share what was written to create a collective narrative.
Additionally, to encourage a discussion on culturally responsive mindfulness and the practical ways of being present in our daily lives, Sarah will also share Dr. Angela Rose Black’s work on POC voices in mindfulness. These discussions will be a great opportunity to share our lived experiences on how we access our freedom spaces: the spaces we feel most present and alive. Sarah will also help with a short meditation and visioning exercise. Prompts & a resource list will be provided for all our writing activities to help brainstorm and also to take home so that we can continue the journey!
Presented by Anusha
Closed SPACE: folx of color and their allies
EOP Conference Room
Words (Un)spoken seeks to shine a light on the appropriation of non-hegemonic language varieties in the United States. We will use a framework of basic concepts from sociolinguistics to critically analyze media and contemporary representations of the language used predominantly by folx of color, including appropriations and stereotypes that can often take away our control over the ways in which we are represented. We will work together to strategize ways to re-contextualize marginalized languages and dialects in an effort to reclaim marginalized aspects of our identities using our own voices.
Gentrification: The Destruction of Communities of Color
Presented by Cristina
1st floor Conference Room
The process of gentrification has hurt communities of color through displacement, racism, policing of POC, and other injustices. This workshop would provide examples of gentrification, the consequences of gentrification in a working class neighborhood, and the issues community members face when their neighborhood is gentrified. This workshop would look at intersecting issues that stem from gentrification such as class discrimination, racism, and gender discrimination.
La nalgona poderosa y su arte: A body-positive workshop for self-exploration and storytelling of Latinx identity and body-image through art
Presented by Dahlia
Chicanx and Latinx Cultural Resource Center
A healing-art therapy workshop that helps participants introspectively explore and then share, in a safe and confidential space, our dynamic Latinx identities and the influence of body-image on our identities. The purpose of the workshop is to engage in a resistant crafting of the self in a way to heal and decolonize the self through art. Participants must come in with the willingness to look within the self, exchange stories, listen and get artsy! The premise of the workshop is to utilize healing- art therapy to empower and uplift womxn of color who are struggling with a negative body- image. Healing-art therapy explores and observes feelings through the creative process of making art. This process is meant to liberate the self from colonized views of body-image. The art project involves creating a dual self portrait of oneself through various mediums; water colors, markers, crayons, colored pencils and magazines. The participants draw themselves and split the drawing down the middle. The first half of the portrait will be dedicated to ‘the outer self’; the way in which they feel they represent themselves to the world and the other half, ‘the inner -self’, will depict how they feel inside. This project will give participants the opportunity to explore their self and intersectional identities. We would conclude with a sharing circle in which we'd share our final artwork and engage in a healthy discussion about body-image and identity. This sharing circle, that would be established as a safe and confidential space, would give participants the opportunity to share their stories and perspectives on the importance of cultivating a decolonized body-positive attitude and identity as womxn of color.
Work, Work, Work: Conversations Around Social Reproduction Theory, Unpaid Labor, and Womxn of Color
Presented by Sandra
What is social reproduction theory? How can we reframe the theory to account for womxn of color? What does unpaid labor look like in today's context? We will be answering these questions together after discussing a history of womxn of color's labor in the US.
Goal Setting: Stop, Envision, Strategize
Presented by B'Epifani