Youth Leaders Shine Bright for the Future of Feminism at AF3IRM Summit

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For Immediate Release
Barbra Ramos, National Communications Director
[email protected] | (323) 813-4272
NATIONAL — Young women leaders will take center stage at AF3IRM’s “Women on the Wave” National Summit during the second plenary session on Saturday, October 11th at Miguel Contreras Learning Complex.  The session entitled “The New Wave of Feminist Leadership – The Youth!” will feature Zeena Aljawad, from AF3IRM and the Arab Youth Collective; Asmara Shan of Monsoon Women of Iowa & People of Color Queer Asexual/Allies Trans; Alkrizzia Villapando, a Kabataang maka-Bayan (KmB Pro-People Youth) organizer; and Ashley Hernandez, who is a part of Mujeres Unidas and Communities for a Better Environment. These young women represent a new generation of theory-builders and feminist leaders that have already dedicated themselves to the fight against all forms of oppression.

Each of these young leaders have demonstrated the need to organize within their communities and this plenary will give a platform for them to emphasize the need and importance of youth activism to move beyond simply changing individual behavior. Their work pushes for actual systemic change through specific strategies within their respective communities.

The youngest featured panelist at the Summit, Asmara Shan is a volunteer intern with Monsoon United Asian Women of Iowa and was a participant in the joint Summer School of Youth Activism they hosted with AF3IRM this year.  Self-described as a “queer in the headlights,” Shan is a part of People of Color Queer Asexual/Allies Trans* (POCQAT) and looks forward to smashing oppression in all its forms.

Zeena Aljawad is the one of the passionate co-coordinators of the Orange County chapter of AF3IRM. A recent graduate of Psychology and Women’s & Gender Studies from California State University, Fullerton, she currently works as a Youth Coordinator for the Arab Youth Collective at Access California Services and pushes to attain justice through community building and organizing.

Alkrizzia Villapando is also a recent graduate, receiving her B.S. in Psychobiology at UCLA. She was an active member of Samahang PIlipino and last year became a member of Kabataang maka-Bayan (KmB) Pro-People Youth and helped facilitate a Pilipino club at Carson High School. She believes in advocating for her community and helping them share their stories and voices.

Latina feminist Ashley Hernandez is a part of Mujeres Unidas, which is a Chicana-Latina collective that works towards creating and building both safe and sacred spaces and womyn’s dialogue. She currently serves as the the Youth Organizer in Wilmington working for Communities for a Better Environment (CBE). Hernandez campaigns for environmental justice in low-income communities of color and also works to educate youth on the negative impacts of the toxic pollution from the highly-industrialized areas surrounding their communities.

“The New Wave of Feminist Leadership” will provide the opportunity for those in attendance to witness the brilliance and strength of the next generation and to grapple with the task of not only involving youth in the movement, but entrusting them with envisioning and leading its future. As National Chair Jollene Levid states “Our movements will never evolve if we do not have youth in leadership, providing fresh insight, challenging our set ways.”

AF3IRM proudly brings together these young leaders along with the 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. “Women on the Wave” aims to bring together women from all over North America and beyond to build the next wave of feminism. The summit also 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

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