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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

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.

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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.

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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

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