We are feminists and activists. There are reasons we come back, again and again, to this work – despite long hours, verbal and physical attacks from opposition, systemic inequalities and ongoing struggles.

As feminist activists, we demand change – because we are the keepers of our histories, our shared hopes, our collective strength.  We rise up and speak out because we choose not to forget – to not forget the truth behind our very existence and experience and this world in which we live.

Now is the time we speak our truth – the truth that we find behind our own words and in the stories we keep close. It is in the blood coursing through our veins, the bruises that still remain, and the borders cutting across us.

The Truth We Carry: The Insurgent Narratives Project is an online space created and curated by AF3IRM that seeks to expand the organization’s advocacy and political work. We invite all to submit their articles, essays, stories, and original art to this collection. The project recognizes that “the personal is political” and that is not only the work that we do that is important, but also the reasons behind what we do and why we continue to fight.

We tell our stories to proclaim why we value and carry on our work. We want others to discover how feminism, specifically transnational feminism, can and should be relevant to their lives, regardless of their sex or gender. We bear witness to our own stories, histories, and struggles, as well as seek to share stories of women, heroines, and goddesses that have been forgotten or lost.

These are our stories to tell – we want to bring back together the fragmented histories and narratives of both our shared and disparate existences so that we can grow community and heal from the trauma of abuse, the trauma of discrimination, the trauma of migration, the trauma of separation – all the traumas buried deep in our bodies, our hearts, our families and friends, and our histories.  We share our stories and we ask you to share yours so that together, we can show that change is possible and that our strength has no bounds. This truth we carry will nourish us through the struggle.

The Association of Filipinas, Feminists Fighting Imperialism, Re-feudalization, and Marginalization (AF3IRM), is a national organization of women engaged in transnational feminist, anti-imperialist activism. AF3IRM is committed to militant movement-building from the United States and effects change through grassroots organizing, trans-ethnic alliance building education, advocacy and direct action.

All submissions and questions can be sent to: [email protected].

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