For Immediate Release
Barbra Ramos, National Communications Director
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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!
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
MORE ABOUT AF3IRM: http://af3irm.org