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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/ ]

Thandisizwe Chimurenga on Women’s Theory-Building and Transnational Feminism

Speech by Thandisizwe Chimurenga, shared at AF3IRM’s Women on the Wave and 25th Anniversary National Summit on October 11, 2014 in Los Angeles.

It is an honor to be here today at AF3IRM’s national summit, and I would like to thank my sisters Jollene Levid and the women of AF3IRM-LA for extending the invitation to speak to you all.

When we examine the question of “What is the importance of women’s theory-building today, in this political climate?”, we should do, at minimum, two things – one look at our particular social location. And secondly, the ground we have already covered.

What is our social location? Where are we? Women, all women, are on the bottom and when u are on the bottom you have a better view; Our location tells us who is left out, and who is here with us. As the beneficiaries of sexual, racial, national and economic exploitation, as we stand in the intersection that Kimberle Crenshaw describes, gettin’ hit by it all, we are the best equipped to determine what it is we need in order to get out of harm’s way, how to heal from harm’s way, and how to keep others from taking our places in the intersection.

All women are on the bottom, but even on the bottom, there is room to wiggle around. In other words, there are spaces in which privilege exists. How does that privilege exist? What does it look like? As revolutionaries, it is one of our many tasks to examine those questions.

Andrea Smith, co-founder of Incite women of color against violence, argues that women of color’s shared victimization by white supremacy does not necessarily mean we have been impacted in the same way by white supremacy; and consequently, strategies for survival under white supremacy, let alone liberation, for one community may in actuality be oppressive to another community. Many Black and Brown youths, male and female, look to the US military as a means of economic advancement to escape from poverty, which is understandable, but is hardly liberating or an act of solidarity for Pilipinos, or Afghanis, or Iraqis, or Syrians, or any other people where US imperialism currently has its fangs or has its bloodthirsty eyes set on.

And those countries where US imperialism has wrought economic havoc on the inhabitants [such as Nicaragua and El Salvador], citizens of those countries oftentimes find a measure of economic relief by moving to the US and obtaining citizenship. Again that is understandable – that is out of economic necessity and not a true choice, but it is also complicitous in the theft and conquest of this land from its original landowners. Not to mention the fact that many attempts to craft narratives that show the “worthiness” of this or that immigrant population for citizenship are sometimes predicated on the erasure of the descendants of those Afrikans who absolutely did not have a choice to come here, who simultaneously were the wealth and created the wealth that built this country; the black bodies upon which white supremacy currently satisfies is monstrous appetite on.

Y’all still wit me?

Such examples represent a bump in the road; not necessarily a mountain, but something to be maneuvered around nonetheless. How do we do that? Well, what ground have we covered already?

The best tradition of Black feminism has always been anti-imperialist and in solidarity with the exploited the world over. Claudia Jones told us that when she railed against capitalism and war in Korea as she was being sentenced to prison for being a communist in the 1950s.

The best tradition of the politics of Black feminism, both articulated and not, have been not just progressive but absolutely revolutionary, understanding that social change divorced from economic change still leads to exploitation. Frances Beale and the sisters of the Third World Womens’ Alliance told us that in 1969 when they declared that Black women face a triple jeopardy, as women, as workers and as members of the Black nation. Our sisters in the Combahee River Collective reiterated that in the mid 70s.

bell hooks’ labeling of “white supremacist heterosexist patriarchal capitalism” – a name as ugly as the system it identifies – and Patricia Hill Collins’ labeling of what we endure as a “matrix of dominations,” laid it out for us again. They reminded us. Again.

Going back over the ground that we have already covered, we go back to Claudia Jones, who said Black women are super exploited. Our roles as mothers, as caretakers and fighters for our families, as crucial, sometimes, sole earners in our families, we possess the greatest potential for militancy, for revolutionary consciousness, for organizing. We are the caretakers, the fighters for our families. A crucial component we bring to the table [along with fighting] is that of nurturing and that is sorely missing from our movements today in the form of healing.

We are under assault daily, every few minutes. We are consistently being traumatized and we need to address this trauma. We have to be more intentional in our organizing work, recognizing the concept of healing as an integral piece of organizing – healing is needed in our personal lives, in our communities, in our movements for liberation and must be incorporated into our organizing work.

This includes grieving. We need the space to grieve – to give voice to that aching, understanding that it is not a weakness in the way that patriarchy dismisses anything that is not hypermasculine. Understanding that, as one of my elders taught me, “sometimes you can see farther thru a tear than you can through a telescope.”

This brings me to my second premise, that of Why is it important to have transnational, women of color take leadership in ideology-building within our movements?

Our work is creating the new society, the new nation, both here, in the belly of the beast, and in those spaces and places we come from originally. We seek to free those spaces from imperialist, foreign domination, and so it is important that our work mirror our end goal as closely as possible, if we say that we are against all forms of oppression, if we are for the freedom of humans to develop and live their lives, then we must mirror that. We have to see it being done. Transnational, women of color must take leadership, not wait for it to be offered or divided up in a will at death. Take it. Now.

We must set the tone, we must define the work, we must put the work into practice, we must make sure the work stays on point. And we need male allies in this. We always need male allies. But we can’t wait on them. I remember a book written on the Civil Rights Movement called “Men Lead, Women Organize.” We know this. That’s not necessarily essentialist, history bares it out. Of course it could change, but it ain’t thus far …

These are some of my thoughts. Thank you for allowing me to share them with you.

[Text provided by Thandisizwe Chimurenga]

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AF3IRM Summit Rallies Women Together for Unapologetic, Collective Activism

NATIONAL – “Unapologetic” was the word of the weekend during the two-day gathering of more than 400 women-identified at the AF3IRM National Summit and 25th Anniversary: Women on the Wave in Los Angeles. In the face of femicide, rape culture, and erasure and invisibility within mainstream social movements, the transnational feminist organization asserted the need for those in attendance to not only wage but lead in the fight against oppression. As National Chairperson Jollene Levid stated in her opening speech, “we in AF3IRM have purposefully created this space to launch a new wave of feminism—with us transnational, women of color at the forefront of it—unapologetically.”

Women on the Wave offered up AF3IRM’s vision of this new wave of feminism, influenced by its 25 year history of women’s organizing. The programming demonstrated a range of theory, activism, and resistance. It featured inspiring and hard-hitting panels, speeches, and performances that covered everything from trauma and healing, reproductive justice and the concept of choice, police brutality, misogyny in schools and academics, the lost history of the goddess, to music and art as a form of resistance. The diversity of topics showed the intersectionality of oppressions and the absolute necessity for women to organize in the face of it all. Women on the Wave was unique in that it placed special emphasis on the need for each individual to participate fully and also collectively in the movement for women’s liberation by envisioning and manifesting a new and just world.

As part of envisioning a new world, the summit pushed attendees to theory build within group discussions, as they deconstructed points made in the earlier plenaries and brainstormed future action. In addition, participants were asked to join in the fight for women’s liberation by signing on to the five summit affirmations that outlined AF3IRM’s movement forward.

During the Summit, various panelists such as journalist Thandisizwe Chimurenga and scholar Grace Chang conceded that consistent activism in our movements is hard work, but also necessary. Writer Ninotchka Rosca took this even further when asked about trauma and activism work, challenging people to “think of the joy of activism. There is no life that is more fulfilling than shaping the world.”

The need to take part in the shaping of a new world was made even more striking by an emotional moment of silence during the Five Continents Feminism plenary. Rosca asked all to remember the missing and murdered women throughout the world, from Juarez to Canada’s indigenous women and Guatemala to here in the United States, and to remember that they and this ongoing war against women are the reason participants have gathered together.

With gender-based violence and harassment an every day occurrence on almost every continent, the push for new, more comprehensive waves of feminism cannot be denied. In the days surrounding the summit, the media provided several reminders of the harsh realities that women face – with the murder shooting of Detroit’ s Mary “Unique” Spears and the slashing of a woman’s throat in Jamaica, Queens after both refused unwanted advances, with the killing of trans-woman Jennifer Laude in the Philippines by a US Marine, and with the forced cancellation of a talk by feminist game critic Anita Sarkeesian after receiving death threats. It is obvious that women, especially women of color, are not safe and continually face the threat of violence.

For the women of AF3IRM, their reaction to this is clear – that without consistent organizing and activism, without women taking their place at the forefront of the struggle, and without women creating the world they envision where women can not just survive, but thrive, this world will only continue these politics of subordination, oppression, and femicide.

The call to fight for liberation was strongly felt throughout the Women on the Wave Summit. The weekend’s energy was probably best encapsulated during the opening of Day 2, as the audience’s voices soared, fists raised high, repeating Assata Shakur’s rallying words- “It is our duty to fight for our freedom. It is our duty to win. We must love each other and support each other. We have nothing to lose but our chains.”

The necessity and urgency to heed this call, as well as the sheer energizing force of this gathering of women from different backgrounds and ethnicities, was palpable. Hip hop activist Rosa Clemente shared that she “needed this – to be around women. I needed to be around sisters and to have my daughter be here.”

“This is the kind of moment when everything makes sense,” said French-Chilean emcee Ana Tijoux as she spoke to attendees after her talk and performance.

AF3IRM National Organizing Director Ivy Quicho highlighted the importance of being present and participating in the Summit, stating that “every single one of you can be visionaries. Everyone has a role in the new world that is coming.”

Indeed, the summit for some was the first time they were able to see themselves as active participants in this revolution. For once, they were able to break free of spaces dominated by men and were finally able to place their experiences and their voices as women in the center of the discussion. Women on the Wave helped others feel re-energized and hopeful for a better future. For many, the summit exposed them to new ideas and sparked a fire within them to take their feminist practice into their everyday lives and actions.

The multiplicity of ethnicities and backgrounds, the emphasis on the woman-identified and the combination of theoretical and practical discourse from those whose activism both mirrored and yet were distinct from one another —  all these created a multi-layered paradigm for AF3IRM members and supporters.   As a first step toward a comprehensive ideology that would push the tsunami of women’s activism in the coming years, the Conference was both a summing up of AF3IRM’s four years of operation as a transnational feminist organization and a harbinger of the directions it will take.

Levid called the gathering AF3IRM’s “feminist war cry” in the face of all of the attacks on women, especially women of color, and a warning to all that this is “the next wave of feminism, our own tsunami, that will wipe out anybody that stands in the way of our liberation.”

The summit was a signal and a battle cry that women are no longer content to have their liberation defined by elements outside of their collective existence and activity.  The cudgel is in their hands — to build a world view and activism that unapologetically give due importance to the world of women.  In a history replete with failed visions of the future, there is no other choice.

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View the Summit Affirmations here.

Photos from the Women on the Wave National Summit and Solidarity Night (Photo Credit: Amina Hansford)

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Women on the Wave Summit Affirmations

Affirmations for Summit 2014

Near the end of Day 2 of the “Women on the Wave” Summit, AF3IRM members presented the following affirmations to the audience and asked them to join our fight for women’s liberation by choosing the statements that they support.

“We now invite all participants to sign onto one or all 5 of these AF3IRM Summit Affirmations by writing your name down on a post-it with the # that corresponds to the affirmation statement you subscribe to, and then post-it onto this image of a purple rose. The purple rose has been our symbol for our oldest, international anti-trafficking campaign, the Purple Rose Campaign. The purple rose is actually not a natural flower- it was scientifically created purely for pleasure and profit. We feel that women being bought and sold in the global sex trade have become these purple roses – manufactured for capital; hence, we are fighting for the true, genuine liberation of these women and the thrival of womankind. We will make note of your affirmation to join us in this new wave of feminism being led-by and for transnational women of color, and will coordinate with you and/or your organization moving forward!”

1. We affirm that as transnational women of color living in the U.S., we are duty-bound to bring the struggle against U.S. imperialism to its home base.

2. We affirm that we will build deeply in our locales and define our own brand of transnational feminist theory and practice that aims to demolish patriarchy.

3. We affirm that the oppression of women is inexplicably tied to class oppression and are committed to struggling for the liberation of working class women the world over.

4. We affirm that state violence, in all its forms, IS violence against transnational women of color.

5. We affirm our commitment to recognize and value the work of pre-class societies as models of gender equality, power sharing, and survival, as we envision and build a new world that realizes true, genuine women’s liberation.

AF3IRM Women Push Transnational Feminism from Theory into Practice

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

NATIONAL — This weekend AF3IRM’s “Women on the Wave” National Summit brings transnational feminism to an estimated audience of three hundred women at Miguel Contreras Learning Complex in Los Angeles. The two-day historic gathering boasts an impressive line-up with Ana Tijoux, Rosa Clemente, Ninotchka Rosca, Thandisizwe Chimurenga, Grace Chang, young women leaders representing different communities, and performances by emcees Mare Advertencia Lirika and Sista Eyerie. As AF3IRM celebrates its 25th anniversary, the gathering also brings home the work and passions of AF3IRM as an organization and on the individual level. The first day of the “Women on the Wave” ends with a special plenary featuring some of the diverse members of AF3IRM as they share how they are fueled by the work they do in AF3IRM and how they bring transnational feminist theory to life in their personal and political work.

Each of the featured speakers for “AF3IRM’s Activism in Action: Insight into the Practical Application of Ideology in Praxis” panel brings a different background and perspective to AF3IRM.  Olivia Canlas is the coordinator of the New York chapter and has been with AF3IRM since she joined the Chicago chapter of GABNet. Her interest in creating women-identified led spaces and working to raise consciousness around issues affecting women and communities of color has led her to co-curate La Bracera: Women and Work, a multimedia art show presented by AF3IRM New York in 2012 and to serve as a collective member of the Asia Pacific Forum, a weekly radio hour in New York City. Olivia currently works in Foreclosure Prevention in the Far Rockaways, an area that was severely impacted by Hurricane Sandy.

From the Los Angeles chapter of AF3IRM, Myra-Gissel Durán was drawn to GABNet when she interned for the Purple Rose Campaign while attending UCLA, where she earned a degree in Women’s Studies with a concentration in Women of Color Feminism and a minor in Labor and Workplace Studies. She now works as the Policy Coordinator for California Latinas for Reproductive Justice, an organization committed to “honoring the experiences of Latinas to uphold our dignity, our bodies, sexuality, and families.”  Myra advocates for passionate politics where love is at the center of the work and has served on the Young Women’s Leadership Council for the Pro-Choice Public Education Project (PEP) to ensure the inclusion of the interests and voices of young women, transgender & gender non-conforming young people.

Cathy Mendonca is one of the strong leaders from AF3IRM San Diego and she uses AF3IRM’s transnational feminist lens on a variety of issues including awareness of disabilities, domestic violence, labor and sex trafficking, and police and incarceration. Cathy has especially pushed for law enforcement accountability through intersectional education and direct action as co-founder of United Against Police Terror and the establishment of the San Diego chapter of Black and Pink, an organization supporting LGBTQ prisoners impacted by the prison industrial complex. Her work has also included being a Domestic Violence and  Emergency hotline counselor and Sexual Assault Response Team Advocate.

AF3IRM’s National Organizing Director Maureen Ivy Quicho has been a part of several chapters of GABNet/AF3IRM for over ten years. Ivy was also a Co-Founder and the former Executive Director for the Mariposa Center for Change, a transnational feminist non-profit in LA for women and children. She has a background as a youth organizer and is currently active in the labor movement. She served as the first woman of color National Organizing Director for a resident physician union, CIR and now works for SEIU Local 721 organizing public sector nurses at Los Angeles County + USC.

These four strong and brilliant women reflect the diverse areas of activism that AF3IRM supports in its pursuit to dismantle systems of oppression and this plenary will provide personal perspectives on the fight for the liberation of womankind. It also offers an intimate glimpse into the work that AF3IRM does and why its members choose to dedicate themselves to the AF3IRM motto “A Woman’s Place is at the Head of the Struggle!”

These AF3IRM members will join 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 women-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

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