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/ ]