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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 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

HIP HOP ACTIVIST ROSA CLEMENTE TALKS FEMINIST THEORY AND PRACTICE AT AF3IRM SUMMIT

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

NATIONAL — The “Women on the Wave” National Summit, organized by AF3IRM, promises to be a historic gathering of visionaries and revolutionaries including hip hop activist, community organizer, and journalist Rosa Clemente. Clemente will speak alongside Grace Chang, Thandisizwe Chimurenga, and Ninotchka Rosca for the discussion “Five-Continents Feminism: Examining Transnational, Women of Color Feminisms and the Need to Theory-build in the Era of Imperialism.” This opening plenary will set the base for the themes that will be tackled by the estimated three hundred in attendance during the two-day gathering.

A Black Puerto Rican radical feminist from the Bronx, Rosa Clemente has been a passionate organizer and activist for over 20 years. The breadth of Clemente’s work runs deep –  in 1995, she founded Know Thyself Productions, which consults on issues such as universal healthcare, immigrants’ rights, media justice, and third party politics. As part of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, she did work around police brutality, the prison industrial complex, and political prisoners. She is a co-founder and coordinator of the first ever National Hip-Hop Political Convention,  bringing together over 3000 activists in 2003 “to create and implement a national political agenda for the Hip Hop generation.” In 2008, Clemente made history as she joined Cynthia McKinney on the first women of color ticket to run for executive office in the United States.

As an independent journalist, she has done on the ground reporting in New Orleans and the Mississippi in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and she recently reported from Ferguson after the murder of Mike Brown. She has also written for and contributed to Ebony, Clamor Magazine, The Black World Today, CNN, C-SPAN, MSNBC, Al Jazeera, Free Speech TV, On the Real with Chuck D, Street Soldiers, Pacifica Radio, and many other media outlets.

Her academic work has centered around national liberation struggles, including The Young Lords Party and The Black Panther Party. Currently a doctoral student in the W.E.B. Dubois department of UMASS-Amherst and a visiting scholar at California State University, Los Angeles, Rosa Clemente is also producing her first book: When a Puerto Rican Woman Ran for Vice President and Nobody Knew Her Name.

AF3IRM is excited to host Rosa Clemente 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

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

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

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

AF3IRM Welcomes artist Ana Tijoux to its 25th Anniversary and Summit in October: “SOMOS SUR: A conversation on Hip-Hop, Politics, Feminism & Motherhood”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 19, 2014
Jollene Levid, National Chairperson
[email protected]
323-356-4748

OCT 11-12: The anti-imperialist, transnational feminist women’s organization AF3IRM will be welcoming Chilean emcee Ana Tijoux for an afternoon of dialogue about her work, music, feminism, neo-colonialism and migration. She will also be sharing selected songs and video clips in this very special, intimate performance.

The conversation and cultural resistance will form 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.

Ana Tijoux, transnational woman and powerful artist, was born in the French city of Lille to two Chilean exiles who fled from Chile to France after the 1973 Chilean coup d’état. Tijoux moved back to Chile after the return of civil power in 1993. She began her music career in 1997 as part of the group Makiza, with whom she released three albums. In 2006, Tijoux collaborated with Julieta Venegas on the track “Eres Para Mi” which had mainstream radio success. In 2007, the GRAMMY nominated artist began her solo career, and has released four albums, the latest titled “Vengo.” Tijoux was part of a campaign in 2012 called “30 Songs/ 30 Days” to support Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide. She was also ranked No. 1 for “Best New Female Emcees Dominating Mics Everywhere” by MTV Iggy.

AF3IRM is excited to host the powerful artist and feminist Ana Tijoux and 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 summit 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

 

 

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