Moro People’s CORE: National AF3IRM Summit 2014 and 25th Founding Anniversary Solidarity Message

From the Bangsamoro, greetings of international solidarity, unity and peace!

Moro People’s Community Organization for Reform and Empowerment, Inc. (Moro People’s CORE) celebrates with great pride the holding of National Summit and 25th founding anniversary celebration of AF3IRM. We are elated to be a part of this very important occasion albeit the distance of our peoples and organizations.

As we recognize the dauntless role of Moro and Lumad women in their struggle to contribute for the betterment of their community and society in general, we commit to solidify unity with all peoples in the Bangsamoro and beyond, so as to advance and reestablish the right of women at par with the men! We cannot accept less than this.

We are proud that there is an AF3IRM which crosses all boundaries, philosophy, perspectives, substructures and otherwise, about women struggle in general.

We are aware of the organizational and political sacrifices that the founders of AF3IRM experienced to reach this stage of your organization, but your tenacity prevailed.

Now, with the contribution of young, militant and more committed members, AF3IRM is advancing wave upon wave!

With the guidance of the current leadership and the democratic participation of its membership and the support of countless women, men and organizations in the US and in the international arena, we see no other reason why AF3IRM will not reap the fruition of genuine women’s struggle!

Long live the international unity of our women, peoples and countries!

Long live the unity of AF3IRM and the Moro and Lumad women!

Support the struggle of the Moro and Lumad women in the Philippines!

Zaynab Afdal Ampatuan
Executive Director – Moro PCORE
September 25, 2014

NAPAWF: Congratulations Letter for National Summit

To Whom It May Concern:

The National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF) congratulates the Association of Filipinas, Feminists Fighting Imperialism, Re-feudalization, and Marginalization (AF3IRM) on their October 2014 “Women on the Wave” National Summit in Los Angeles.

NAPAWF’s mission is to build a movement to advance social justice and human rights for AAPI women and girls in the United States. We support and applaud AF3IRM’s diverse, multi-ethnic members’ commitment to “militant movement-building from the United States,” and we stand in solidarity with them in their efforts to “affect change through grassroots organizing, trans-ethnic alliance building, education, advocacy, and direct action.”

Congratulations again to AF3IRM and their fierce work for social justice and human rights for AAPI women and girls globally. As we continue to fight in the United States, we know that our collective strength and struggle for justice are necessary to make positive change worldwide. NAPAWF is ready to forge on to the 4th wave of feminism, or “Five Continent Feminism,” with AF3IRM. Onward!

Respectfully,

Miriam Yeung
Executive Director
NAPAWF

Gota de Leche – Manila Statement of Solidarity

At this point in the saga of human life –  when the impact of ever-more intense climate change, global capitalists’ ever-more aggressiveness, and increasingly weapons-mad misogynists have pushed women in poverty and in abuse to the brink of desperation –

we find that even small but heartfelt efforts to show compassion and share resources, across the globe, inspire courage and a commitment to raise each other, away from hopelessness.

It would have been quite enough to show us that we had the capacity to reach out to women and children outside our familiar area of operations. But by sending us funds and goods for survivors of Typhoon Haiyan, AF3IRM moved us to actually deliver these into the hands of those who needed them most, and thus open a new program by which our organization could engage and partner with service-oriented women’s groups and volunteers.

Having the imagination to look beyond our sadness or anger, and a commitment to move ourselves over every stereotype and every victimization inflicted on us, what better combination do you of AF3IRM need to create a world that will be less demanding of, and more giving to, women and girls?

In behalf of the feminists who founded our organization 108 years ago in Manila, and the families who continue to participate in our programs, we send you best wishes, to grow in power and in kindness, as you mark you 25th year of activism.

La Proteccion de la Infancia, Inc. (aka “Gota de Leche – Manila”)
Founded in 1906
859 S.H. Loyola Street
Sampaloc, Manila

Solidarity Message from SOLIDARITY

SOLIDARITY is pleased to extend comradely greetings to AF3IRM on the occasion of your 25th anniversary and National Summit.

 Solidarity is a socialist, feminist, and anti-racist organization committed to the self-organization of oppressed people.   We work to build a revolutionary left based on respectful cooperation and equality among all forces who are opposed to the global capitalist system and struggling for the better world that we believe is possible.

We congratulate AF3IRM on your successful establishment and growth as a multi-ethnic transnational feminist organization.  As activists who theorize, AF3IRM is staking out new territory in the development of socialist-feminist politics and strategy in the U.S.   As organizers from the grassroots, AF3IRM is developing new leaders who carry on the legacy of what you term “five continents feminism.”

We are honored to stand in support of your organization today and in the future.

Ovarian Psyco Cycles: Statement in Solidarity with our sisters at AF3IRM & in honor of indigenous peoples day…

As anti-imperialist feminists we firmly believe that Womyn of Color, our communities and the land are now and always have been interchangeable. Since colonization we continue to be simultaneously exploited, occupied and raped within patriarchal societies, specifically by foreign hegemonic power structures. We view government and the agencies acting on their behalf as actively engaging in strategies to annihilate, displace and enslave people of color while progressively harming our people and Mother Earth in the process.

This legacy of oppression has created conditions in which many of us come from broken homes and are survivors of abuse in a society that does not value nor cultivate community, sisterhood, brotherhood and [email protected]  As a result of this history our marginalized communities have been forced to mobilize.  We come from a long her-story of trouble makers, rebel-rousers and revolutionaries and we, like AF3IRM, believe that alliance, community, education, and advocacy are all integral parts to creating radical change in our communities.

We stand in solidarity with our sisters at AF3IRM and their mission to engage womyn in transnational, trans-ethnic movement building and grassroots organizing.  AF3IRM’s campaigns both local and abroad, from Justice for Layla, a UC Irvine survivor of assault, to Justice Not Charity, providing disaster & sexual violence relief to Filipina womyn after the Typhoon earlier this year, are incredible examples of AF3IRM’s radical grassroots efforts that work to preserve our precious cultural narratives, while navigating through a world that refuses to allow for safe and inclusive spaces.

The Ovas are honored to call AF3IRM our sisters and [email protected] in the struggle.  We are honored to have sisters who value radically transformative local organizing.  Sisters who share the responsibility to create intersectional and  transnational movements and who make themselves accountable for the betterment of all marginalized peoples, not just ones who claim our own identities.  The Ovarian Psycos continue to draw inspiration from the precedent AF3IRM has set for other womyn of color collectives and organizations.  We are inspired by the collective resistance, action and sisterhood that AF3IRM has built over the last 25 years.  AF3IRM is a role model for what we hope to create and maintain in our prospective community.  We congratulate you on your 25th anniversary and we are excited about the resiliency of your work for many more years to come. GRACIAS Y QUE VIVA LA MUJER!

[ Statement can also be viewed on their website at: http://ovarianpsycos.com/2014/10/13/ovarian-psycos-in-solidarity-with-our-af3irm-sisters-25-years-of-moving-forward/ ]

DISPOSABLE DOMESTICS Author Grace Chang Brings Expertise on Women’s Welfare and Labor Rights to AF3IRM Summit

For Immediate Release
Barbra Ramos, National Communications Director
[email protected] | (323) 813-4272

NATIONAL — The opening plenary of AF3IRM’s “Women on the Wave” Summit brings together five visionaries of feminist theory and practice. Joining the summit as a a featured speaker on “Five-Continents Feminism: Examining Transnational, Women of Color Feminisms and the Need to Theory-build in the Era of Imperialism” is Grace Chang.  She will speak along with journalist Thandisizwe Chimurenga, writer Ninotchka Rosca, and hip hop activist Rosa Clemente on a plenary that will help set the themes and issues to be discussed during the two-day gathering of women taking place at Miguel Contreras Learning Complex in Los Angeles.

Grace Chang is a recognized writer and activist for the welfare and labor rights of immigrant and women of color. Her book Disposable Domestics: Immigrant Women Workers in the Global Economy is just one of her works that have helped shape and change the theory and dialogue around immigrant women. She has also co-edited Mothering: Ideology, Experience and Agency with Evelyn Nakano and Linda Forcey, as well as Immigrant Women Workers in the Neoliberal Age alongside Nilda Flores-Gonzalez, Anna Romina Guevarra and Maura Toro-Morn.

Chang is currently an associate professor of feminist studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara engaged in working with and inspiring students to think critically around issues affecting women. Her areas of study covers topics such as the political economy of globalization, human and labor trafficking, and grassroots and transnational feminist movements.  In addition to teaching, she organizes the spoken word and literary theater group Women Of color Revolutionary Dialogues (WORD) there. WORD is a “collective of women and queer people of color, immigrants, working-class and first generation college students” that use the pieces they write and perform as a means to better represent women and queer people of color’s experiences.

She has also taken her work beyond books and the classroom, serving on the National Domestic Workers Alliance research advisory board on a national survey of domestic workers. Chang has also done work on participatory research with immigrant women farmworkers with Lideres Campesinas, Coastal Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy, the Applied Research Center and DataCenter, focusing on green jobs and food justice. She is currently completing her next publication Trafficking by Any Other Name: Transnational Feminist, Immigrant, and Sex Worker Rights Responses.

AF3IRM is proud to bring Grace Chang together with other amazing women-identified activists and theorists at “Women on the Wave.” AF3IRM’s National Summit and 25th Anniversary takes place on October 11-12th, 2014 in Los Angeles at the Miguel Contreras Learning Complex. The summit celebrates AF3IRM and its history of over 25 years of women’s organizing, including their current work as a transnational feminist women’s organization and former work as a women’s solidarity organization. AF3IRM welcomes all woman-identified individuals to join in the dialogue, celebration, and resistance.

To learn more about the summit and to register, please visit http://af3irm.org/summit2014. The event is wheelchair accessible and childcare is provided. Space is limited!

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WHAT: AF3IRM 25th Anniversary and Women’s Summit
WHEN: Saturday through Sunday, October 11-12, 2014
WHERE: Miguel Contreras Learning Complex
ADDRESS: 322 S Lucas Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90017
REGISTRATION: http://af3irm.org/summit2014/
MORE ABOUT AF3IRM: http://af3irm.org

AF3IRM Celebrates Women’s Cultural Resistance with Mare Advertencia Lirika, Maya Jupiter, Asa Lianess, and more Joining Ana Tijoux on List of Summit Performances

For Immediate Release
Barbra Ramos, National Communications Director
[email protected] | (323) 813-4272

NATIONAL– The intersections of women’s art with political resistance take the stage at the upcoming AF3IRM National Summit “Women on the Wave.” Several award-winning and celebrated artists from all over the world will present and perform throughout the two days, emblematic of the transnational connections at the heart of AF3IRM’s feminist practice. As previously announced, Chilean emcee Ana Tijoux will present at the summit, fresh off her appearance at TEDGlobal 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Tijoux’s powerful songs, including “Somos Sur” with Palestinian rap artist Shadia Mansour, weave together the political and the personal. She will bless the summit with her energy and fire as she discusses her work, music, and feminism during a keynote session.

Mare Advertencia Lirika

AF3IRM is also proud to announce that Mare Advertencia Lirika will perform. A Zapotec woman and rapper born in Oaxaca, Mexico, Mare uses her art to “eradicate gender inequalities within society” and her work has connected her with social movements within Mexico and all around the world. Her musical talent and her commitment to social justice has led to her being featured in a documentary titled, “When A Woman Moves,” and she was selected by NPR as the “Best Latin Alternative Music of the Year” in 2012. Last year, Mare was recognized as “María Sabina” for her work on behalf of championing women rights. She has shared the stage with musical acts like Guerrilla Queenz, Golden Ganga, and Cihuatll Ce. Summit participants will be able to attend her special lunchtime performance.

At the end of first day’s activities, summit attendees, as well as the general public, are invited to attend an evening celebrating women’s creativity, existence, and resistance. The “Women on the Wave” Solidarity Night will feature an art exhibit and performances, headlined by Australian-born musician and hip hop artist Maya Jupiter. A long-time supporter of AF3IRM, she has performed her inspiring hits “I Am” and “Phenomenal” at its annual International Woman’s Day shows. Maya Jupiter was recently chosen for Peace Over Violence’s Voice Over Violence Humanitarian Award, along with her partner Aloe Blacc, for their contributions to the fight against sexual violence. She is also co-founder of Artivist Entertainment, which supports art and music that inspires positive social change, with Quetzal Flores, Veronica Gonzales, Alberto Lopez and Aloe Blacc.

Maya Jupiter
Maya Jupiter

Joining Maya Jupiter for the night’s the line-up is emcee Asa Lianess, member of the all-female hip hop soul crew called EARTHSTONEZ and founder of Henna for a Cause. Poets Faith Santilla, Irene Suico-Soriano, and Annette Garcia will also be gracing us with their words and insight. Artwork will be displayed at the event and Alfie Numeric will be on hand producing live art throughout the evening.  “Women on the Wave” Solidarity Night will take place at the SEIU 721 Local Auditorium (1545 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90017).

During the two-day Summit, a visual exhibit of AF3IRM’s 25 year history will be on view. There will also be opportunities for participants to engage in their own forms of cultural resistance, following in the tradition of revolutionary feminist art. The “Women on the Wave” Summit and Solidarity Night will be truly inspiring experiences, as AF3IRM not only looks back on how far women have come, but also envisions how far women will go. As bell hooks said, “[…] the function of art is to do more than tell it like it is-it’s to imagine what is possible.”

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AF3IRM’s 25th Anniversary and National Summit: “Women on the Wave” takes place October 11-12th, 2014 in Los Angeles at the Social Justice Academy at the Miguel Contreras Learning Complex. The summit celebrates AF3IRM and its history of over 25 years of women’s organizing, including their current work as a transnational feminist women’s organization and former work as a women’s solidarity organization. AF3IRM welcomes all women-identified individuals to join in the dialogue, celebration, and resistance. The event is wheelchair-accessible and childcare can be provided. Space is limited! All freedom- and justice- loving people are also welcome to attend Solidarity Night on October 11th at SEIU Local 721.

WHAT: AF3IRM 25th Anniversary and Women’s Summit “Women on the Wave”
WHEN: Saturday through Sunday, October 11-12, 2014
WHERE: Social Justice Academy at the Miguel Contreras Learning Complex
ADDRESS: 322 S Lucas Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90017
REGISTRATION: http://af3irmsummit.eventbrite.com
SUMMIT INFORMATION: http://af3irm.org/summit2014/
SOLIDARITY NIGHT INFORMATION: https://www.facebook.com/events/1513946068844505/
MORE ABOUT AF3IRM: http://af3irm.org

Internationally Renowned Author and Former Marcos Political Prisoner Ninotchka Rosca Addresses Feminist Theories at AF3IRM Summit

For Immediate Release
Barbra Ramos, National Communications Director
[email protected] | (323) 813-4272

NATIONAL — Multi-award-winning author Ninotchka Rosca joins a growing list of guest speakers for AF3IRM’s National Summit “Women on the Wave.”  The transnational feminist organization is proud to have Rosca, an active member of its New York chapter, share her analysis of the struggle for women’s liberation. She will join journalist Thandisizwe Chimurenga and others on the Five-Continents Feminism plenary that will set the thematic framework for the two-day gathering in October.

Rosca’s commitment to justice and human rights is undeniable. As the 42nd anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law in the Philippines nears, it is especially notable that Rosca’s personal history as a political prisoner of the Marcos dictatorship marks just one instance of her steadfast dissent against oppression. She has especially been engaged with women’s organizing, advocacy and theory-building and has worked with AF3IRM from its inception – including during its former formation as GABNet.  She was elected GABNet’s first Chairperson at its founding on September 4, 1989.  For many women, she has laid the foundations of both theory and practice for uncompromising feminism.

Rosca’s work as an author and journalist has revolved around the twin issues of women’s liberation and class liberation. She has authored/co-authored 9 books, including Sugar and Salt and Twice Blessed, and about 700 by-lined articles. Her bestseller State of War was recently reprinted.

AF3IRM is pleased to present Ninotchka Rosca in conversation with other amazing women-identified activists and theorists at “Women on the Wave.” AF3IRM’s National Summit and 25th Anniversary takes place on October 11-12th, 2014 in Los Angeles at the Miguel Contreras Learning Complex. The summit celebrates AF3IRM and its history of over 25 years of women’s organizing, including their current work as a transnational feminist women’s organization and former work as a women’s solidarity organization. AF3IRM welcomes all woman-identified individuals to join in the dialogue, celebration, and resistance.

To learn more about the summit and to register, please visit http://af3irm.org/summit2014. The event is wheelchair accessible and childcare is provided. Space is limited!

summit2WHAT: AF3IRM 25th Anniversary and Women’s Summit
WHEN: Saturday through Sunday, October 11-12, 2014
WHERE: Miguel Contreras Learning Complex
ADDRESS: 322 S Lucas Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90017
REGISTRATION: http://af3irm.org/summit2014/
MORE ABOUT AF3IRM: http://af3irm.org

AF3IRM “WOMEN ON THE WAVE” SUMMIT PROGRAM UNVEILED

For Immediate Release
Barbra Ramos, National Communications Director
[email protected] | (323) 813-4272

NATIONAL — Deliberations on Five-Continent Feminism, featuring boots-on-the-ground political analysts, will open the AF3IRM National Summit and 25th anniversary celebrations on October 11-12, in Los Angeles.   Some 300 women-identified participants are expected to attend the summit, entitled “Women on the Wave,” and wrestle with major aspects of constructing the next wave of the struggle for women’s liberation.  This historic event will encompass the theoretical basis, current practices, and revolutionary vision necessary for the future of feminism and the survival of womankind.

The “Five-Continent Feminism” panel is expected to underscore the common bedrock of the women’s liberation struggle the world over, its historical antecedents in women-centered societies supplanted by patriarchy and class, by racism and sexism, and by colonialism and imperialism.  It will set the thematic framework for the two-day discourse, as participants search for the unifying threads of women’s struggles at this time when Capital roosts in and exacerbates every possible division of humanity, toward profitable conflict and war for the Corporatocracy.

This panel will be followed by one on “The New Wave of Feminist Leadership.”  The panel will feature the already mighty young women/women-identified leaders and their work in various communities and movements.  It will examine the commonality of the struggle between US national politics and young people of color and propose strategies to enable a horizontal cooperation between youth and adults to bring down the hierarchical structures of oppression.

“Transnational Feminism” will be the subject of the third panel, which will define a “decolonized, post-identity politics” to create a truly transformational next wave of feminism.  The goal is to codify current feminist activism by women of color and transnational women so as to ensure that a focus-shift in terms of both constituency and targets takes place with the next cresting of the women’s movement in the US.

Day Two of the Summit is designed to focus on actual practice by transnational women in various fields and around different issues to advance our collective movement. It will take up certain principles that sum up how women and the women-identified hammered out from lessons learned on the ground.  This spans such issues as the resurgence of aboriginal activism, violence against women including rape culture, prostitution and sex positivism, wage inequalities and unpaid women’s labor, re-focusing the struggle against Capital and imperialism to its home base and tackling the issue of the US government’s enslavement by Capital.

Because women invented literature and art, the National Summit will feature art, music, poetry, and other forms of cultural resistance from all over the country and the world. Grammy-nominated Chilean emcee Ana Tijoux will present a special keynote and performance during the Summit. Zapoteca emcee Mare will also grace the Summit with a special lunchtime performance.  All people are invited to the “Women on the Wave” Solidarity Night on Saturday, October 11th after the end of Day One in a celebration of women’s creativity, existence, and resistance with an art exhibit and performances. The event will be headlined by Australian musician and hip hop artist Maya Jupiter. Throughout the Summit, a visual exhibit of AF3IRM’s 25 years will also be on view, in the tradition of revolutionary feminist art.

The two days are meant to be discourse and journey, in quest and celebration of women’s humanity, of the women’s paradigm and vision.  Considering the common neglect by visions for the future by various political factions of the gestalt of women’s knowledge and capabilities, this Summit is urgently needed. All attendees will be active participants and will be pushed to challenge and be challenged.

As AF3IRM chairperson Jollene Levid said, “we reject invisibility; we are not going to be invisible women  — whether in the women’s movement or any social transformation movement.  We are fully capable of leading and pushing the struggle for liberation way beyond what it has reached thus far.  We only need to be aware of our historical and current experience and have confidence in our capability.”

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summit2AF3IRM’s 25th Anniversary and National Summit: “Women on the Wave” takes place October 11-12th, 2014 in Los Angeles at the Social Justice Academy at the Miguel Contreras Learning Complex. The summit celebrates AF3IRM and its history of over 25 years of women’s organizing, including their current work as a transnational feminist women’s organization and former work as a women’s solidarity organization. AF3IRM welcomes all woman-identified individuals to join in the dialogue, celebration, and resistance. The event is wheelchair-accessible and childcare can be provided. Space is limited!

WHAT: AF3IRM 25th Anniversary and Women’s Summit “Women on the Wave”
WHEN: Saturday through Sunday, October 11-12, 2014
WHERE: Social Justice Academy at the Miguel Contreras Learning Complex
ADDRESS: 322 S Lucas Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90017

REGISTRATION: http://af3irmsummit.eventbrite.com
SUMMIT INFORMATION: http://af3irm.org/summit2014/
MORE ABOUT AF3IRM: http://af3irm.org

Thandisizwe Chimurenga, award-winning journalist currently on the ground in Ferguson, joins panel for AF3IRM’s 25th Anniversary Summit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 25, 2014
Barbra Ramos, National Communications Director
[email protected]
(323) 813-4272

NATIONAL — The transnational feminist organization AF3IRM is proud to welcome ally, journalist, and community activist Thandisizwe Chimurenga to its 25th Anniversary and National Summit. Chimurenga is a writer and creator/co-creator of media from newspapers to cable television and radio for over 20 years. She will join other theory builders on the first day of the summit for a stimulating conversation about the future and direction of the women’s movement as transnational/women of color lead.

An award-winning, freelance journalist, Chimurenga will bring a much needed perspective, especially as she currently is in Ferguson, MO, covering the rebellion sparked by the murder of 18-year-old Black youth Mike Brown by a white police officer.  Her on-the-ground reporting can be found via her twitter page (https://twitter.com/tchimurenga).  Based in Los Angeles, she also recently came back from Detroit, MI, where she reported from the trial of the murderer of Renisha McBride. Chimurenga has used her writing as political activism and has engaged in community activism,  ranging from electoral organizing; anti-police terror work; freedom for political prisoners and prisoners of war; to organizing against violence against women.

Chimurenga also authored No Doubt: The Murder(s) of Oscar Grant, an analysis of the 2010 murder trial of the police officer who killed Oscar Grant,  subject of the film “Fruitvale Station” produced by Academy Award-winning actor Forest Whitaker. Released earlier this year, No Doubt connects the systematic state-sanctioned violence against young Black males nationally through the lens of Oscar Grant’s murder.

AF3IRM is excited to have journalist Thandisizwe Chimurenga in conversation with other amazing activists and theorists. The panel forms part of AF3IRM’s 25th Anniversary and National Summit, happening on October 11-12th, 2014 in Los Angeles at the Miguel Contreras Learning Complex. The summit celebrates AF3IRM and its history of over 25 years of women’s organizing, including their current work as a transnational feminist women’s organization and former work as a women’s solidarity organization. AF3IRM welcomes all woman-identified individuals to join in the dialogue, celebration, and resistance.

To learn more about the summit and to register, please visit http://af3irm.org/summit2014 . The event is wheelchair accessible and childcare is provided. Space is limited!

WHAT: AF3IRM 25th Anniversary and Women’s Summit
WHEN: Saturday through Sunday, October 11-12, 2014
WHERE: Miguel Contreras Learning Complex
ADDRESS: 322 S Lucas Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90017
REGISTRATION: http://af3irm.org/summit2014/
MORE ABOUT AF3IRM: http://af3irm.org