COV4 Call for Proposals: Extended Deadline – September 15th!

Color of Violence 4 (COV4) Call for Proposals:
EXTENDED DEADLINE: September 15, 2014

More about COV4:

9975648INCITE! is excited to announce the upcoming conference, Color of Violence 4 (COV4)Beyond the State: Inciting Transformative Possibilities. This gathering will mark INCITE!’s fifteen years of engaging in grassroots organizing projects, critical conversations, national actions, transnational campaigns, and community building strategies to end colonial, racial, and gender-based violence against women of color, trans and queer people of color, and our communities.

COV4 will highlight emerging strategies and new frameworks that focus on ending violence without relying on policing, mass incarceration, restrictive legislation, and other systems of violence and control.  Although on-going systems of criminalization and punishment are occupying and devastating our communities, those systems are still often considered the front-line response to violence within and against our communities.  Challenging multiple interlocking forms of violence requires new conversations and transformative approaches.

More details at the conference website: colorofviolence.org

Submit a proposal for the Growing Safer Communities Track at the 2011 Allied Media Conference

GROWING SAFER COMMUNITIES — ALLIED MEDIA CONFERENCE TRACK
Coordinators: Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, Philly Stands Up!, Communities United Against Violence, and STOP/Critical Resistance Bay Area

Propose a Session for the Growing Safer Communities Track at this year’s Allied Media Conference, June 23-26, 2011, Detroit MI.
Submission Deadline March 21, 2011.

The Allied Media Conference will be taking place June 23-26th in Detroit, MI which unites the worlds of media and communications, technology, education and social justice.  The definition of media is extremely broad and includes pretty much any form you can think of to do organizing work!  This year there will be 19 different learning tracks focusing on topics like Participatory Design, Ending Israeli Apartheid, Disability Justice, and Science Fiction.

Please submit a session for the 2011 Allied Media Conference Growing Safer Communities track.  Putting Transformative Justice at center stage, this dynamic track is chock full of communication strategies, tools and dreams for anyone working to build safety from violence and abuse in their communities without using the police or criminal legal system! Building on last year’s successful Creating Safer Communities track, this year we’ll take conversations about transformative justice and community-based accountability to the next level. Our communities are using tools like zines, safetylabs, flip cam videos, and neighborhood safety mapping to support a safe, healing, and restorative world. We’re tapping into into potlucks, posters, story circles, weekend action camps, elder/ youth inter-generational conversations, Twitter, textmobs, stencils and oh so much more to grow these communities. This track will bring together collectives from across North America and beyond to explore the brilliant ways we’re (nonviolently) kicking butt and building the systems we need to be safe and free.

Because we have limited space for sessions, we are encouraging folks to work collaboratively with other organizers (in your region or other folks you know around the country) to pull together session proposals so that we can include as many voices and experiences as  possible.

AMC Session Proposal Details:

We are now accepting session proposals for AMC2011. Every year we get more and more awesome session proposals. We recommend that your start now on developing your session proposal. Session proposals for AMC2011 are due March 21, 2011.  We are seeking proposals that feature:

  • A clear connection to media and communications. Our definition of media includes everything from breakdancing, to building your own radio station, to web-design, fashion-design and everything in between.
  • An emphasis on strategies rather than issues.  Sessions that help us name the problem are important, but they can’t stop there.  Make sure your session proposal incorporates media-based organizing strategies towards solutions.
  • Interactivity and creativity in the session structure.  Think about session structures that will make the information accessible to multiple learning styles.  This may include a mix of: small group conversations, visual presentations of information, handouts, games and creative expression.
  • Collaboration.  We love AMC sessions designed by multiple organizations or individuals. Even better, connect your session to an ongoing organizing process that extends beyond the conference. While collaboration is strongly encouraged, we also welcome workshops from individuals and groups.

For all info, FAQs and where to submit online: http://alliedmedia.org/amc2011/news/2011/02/22/call-session-proposals-amc2011

The session proposal form is ready! Please submit to these websites:
Here, in English:  http://alliedmedia.org/amc2011/propose-session-amc2011
Aquí en Español:  http://alliedmedia.org/amc2011/propuesta-de-sesiones-para-la-amc2011

Proposals are due by March 21st! Please e-mail brownstargirl@gmail.com if you have questions and spread the word widely!

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Call for workshops and skillsharing: INCITE! at the 2011 Allied Media Conference

INCITE! Presents
a Women Trans* & Genderqueer Folks of Color Track
at the 2011 Allied Media Conference: June 23 – 26 | Detroit, MI

As women, trans* and genderqueer people of color making media that directly mingles our personal lives with the political issues we speak about, we believe that the daily intimidation we experience as a result of our work is dangerous when faced in isolation or silence. We believe, as Audre Lorde did, that “it is better to speak, knowing we were never meant to survive.” The community of support we create through the INCITE! Track at the Allied Media Conference is vital to our survival as people of color making media and organizing to end violence within our communities. Equally vital is the exchange of brilliant ideas that takes place when we come together. We are all pushing the boundaries of what media is capable of and sharing the lessons of that experience with each other, and would love you to join us in Detroit this June to do just that.

More info about the Allied Media Conference: http://alliedmediaconference.org/
More info about INCITE!: http://www.incite-national.org/
More info about INCITE!’s collaboration with AMC since 2007:
http://inciteblog.wordpress.com/2010/08/25/reflections-from-detroit-reflections-after-the-4th-annual-incite-track-at-the-amc/

ABOUT THE ALLIED MEDIA CONFERENCE:

The Allied Media Conference cultivates media strategies for a more just and creative world. Held every June in Detroit, MI, it is the primary point of intersection in the U.S. for alternative media makers and committed social justice activists from around the country.

We come together to share tools and tactics for transforming our communities through media-based organizing. The panel discussions and workshops of the AMC are hands-on and practical, intergenerational while youth-centered. They showcase the solutions emerging from places where creativity is a matter of survival. Out of the AMC, we evolve new skills and strategies to bring back to our local contexts. We deepen our relationships and expand our networks in ways that support ongoing collaboration throughout the year. 

PROPOSED SESSIONS FOR 2011 INCITE! TRACK:

Some of the sessions already proposed for this year include:

*A 3 hour skill-sharing carnival for women, trans* and genderqueer people of color of every skill level
*Gender justice caucus
*Popular Education workshops
*”This is what INCITE is, how to start a chapter” workshop
*Using media to keep our healing traditions alive
*Social Justice and Zine Making
*Motherhood and Media Organizing

We know you’ve got brilliance to spare! Please let us know if you would like to propose a workshop or be a part of the skillshare!

The skillshare is in its third year and its goal is to remind us that we already have the tools we need for our communities to thrive! Ask yourself how your skills, whether they be bike maintenance, baking, healing practice, awesome gaming, “hating” (biting, hilarious and effective breakdowns of power), DIY clothes creation, PA skills, interdependent coalition building, gardening, dancing, etc. could be used by folks to:

* sustain their community and themselves?
* create spaces for laughter and fun in movement work?
* connect with people?
* end gendered violence against people of color?
* create media justice?

Participants would go from station to station learning skills and figuring out how the skills connect to the work they are already doing in their communities. We also want to create a zine of the skills and how folks came to acquire them, so even if you are unable to participate, we’d love to get a blurb from you about how you came into doing what you do and some resources people might check out as well! We’ll also be documenting the process as well as creating mechanisms to sustain what’s shared after the conference!

To propose a skill to share, email Moya at moyazb[at]gmail[dot]com
To propose a workshop email Karla at krmtgrl[at]gmail.com[dot]com and/or Emi at hello.emik[at]gmail[dot]com.

Childcare will be available for free during the daytime hours throughout the weekend of the conference. Several workshop proposals for kids have been submitted and we are looking for more! Send any proposals for kids workshops to: jenny[at]alliedmedia[dot]org.

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Call for submissions: Online and printed zine about dealing with body/hair/size/fat phobia for and by Indigenous peoples and people of color

**PLEASE FORWARD WIDELY**

Call for submissions: Online and printed zine about dealing with body/hair/size/fat phobia for and by Indigenous peoples and people of colour.

Title: To be decided/announced.

Deadline: February 28th 2011

For far too long, I’ve have been made to always question my body. Always made to feel like if I waxed my sideburns/shaved my legs/signed up for weightwatchers/stopped eating so much roti, that I would live up to the potential of how beautiful I could be. I have learnt that these issues not only represent a complex fear of hair or fat, but is also emblematic of what my body represents as a queer brown body, constantly threatening whiteness, conformity and concepts of beauty that idealize skinny, hairless, colonized white bodies; among many other things. The internalized hate and racism that our communities and peoples have is destroying us, forcing us to dislike and alter our bodies, putting it through further violence and trauma.

As I have been attempting to work through this, I have had the honour of meeting so many beautiful Indigenous people and people of colour who constantly work hard at breaking down these ideas, who survive, love themselves and each other everyday for who they are. We need to share our struggles and triumphs; we need to know we aren’t alone in this. There are many people who have stories, facts, advice and successes on these issues to share with others.

For these reasons and more, with consultation from many over the past two years, I want to put together this zine for Indigenous people and people of colour to share, read, write, listen, learn, realize, question and start a path to working towards realizing how sexy and beautiful we already are.

Who? Self-identified Indigenous peoples and people of colour*, mixed race people* who have something to say about fat/size/hair/body image shit. (I’m talking about size, hair (both body and on your head) and anything else that affects your body/self love/ability to love others.

What? Submit art, writing, prose, poetry, essays, collages, lyrics, photos, stuff you’ve created that can be put in a zine (online) and photocopied to give out in printed copies.

Why? We need to address size/fat/hair phobia and our bodies, colonization, histories and provide resources and support for each other.

How? Please send all submissions to thisisourzine@gmail.com with SUBMISSION as the subject. If it can’t be emailed, email us and we will figure out a way to get your work submitted.

*= it’s important to remember how complex categories of race, sexuality, gender and identity are, and when I say self-identified Indigenous people and people of colour and mixed race people, I mean that if you identify as a person of colour or Indigenous person, but may not necessarily present phenotypically as a person of colour, we want you to submit to the zine.

Obviously we all have different experiences/understandings of how race, body image, sexuality, gender, ability, class, eating disorders, geography, status, etc. etc. come together and shape how we understand these issues, which will be an important string throughout this zine.

About me:

You are probably wondering: ‘who is this random person wanting me to share my work with them?’ Good question. My name is Aruna, I am a 23 year old fat brown woman identified first generation settler that is living on the occupied lands of the Mississauga’s of New Credit. I went to Queen’s University in Kingston, but am now back living with my parents in Scarborough; and this is my first zine ever, and think that this topic is incredibly important and something that people need to start talking about with each other. I’m not claiming ownership over this and want this to be a collective/loving/healing process with everyone involved. I have a lot of issues around my weight and in the process of trying to look for something to comfort and help me work through my shit, I never found anything useful. I think a project like this, if done properly will be useful to lots of people in a similar situation.

Remember! Deadline is February 28th 2011, all submissions and inquiries about submissions should be relayed to thisisourzine@gmail.com.

In your submission, please include:

-       Your name (or name you want to be published)

-       RELIABLE Contact information (in case we need to talk to you about your work)

-       A brief (50-100 word) bio or description of who you are/what you do, etc. (if you want to include it)

-       Please make sure all attachments are either in PDF, JPEG, Word, RTF, BMP or any other compatible program.

-       Your piece/submission should be in an attachment, not copy/pasted into the email. (If you have trouble with attachments, email us for help!)

Want to submit? Get involved in the planning/making of the zine?

Wanna start a larger group out of this?

Got concerns, questions, etc?

Email me at thisisourzine@gmail.com to talk and if you’d like to get involved.

Here are some points to get you thinking about the issues I feel could be repped in this zine. A couple of points have been borrowed from another callout for ‘Occupied bodies’ by Tasha Fierce that I felt was relevant to our zine.

These are merely some starting questions, submissions should in no way feel limited to this:

-       How do you embrace/love your body?

-       What tips do you have to lessen the blows from people who hate on your fat/hair/self

-       How is loving your body an act of sovereignty or decolonization (if at all)?

-       Has your self-esteem/dislike of your body hurt your sex life? How does it stop you from exploring yourself or new partners because of fear of rejection?

-       How does being mixed race affect your body image and how you see yourself? How are you excluded from these discussions because of being mixed race?

-       Does the hair and fat phobic ways of the porn industry make you angry?

-       What images of yourself were instilled in you by your parents/guardians/other family members when you were a young child?

-       If you’re queer or two-spirit, how has being two-spirit or queer of color affected your self-image and how you desire your partner to look?

-       How has your gender (whatever that may be) affected how you understand your body, or how you have been forced to see your body?

-       If you’ve had partners who were also Indigenous or of colour, did/do you gaze upon them with the same critical eye you reserve for yourself? Why or why not?

-       Have you ever worried that your choice of partners reflected negative understandings of your own bodies/self?

-       If you’re a Trans people of colour or Indigenous person, how was your perception of your gender identity shaped? How has your self/body image changed over the years and have there been any other shifts in your thinking about your self/body image?

-       How has ability and access affected your image? Affected how you love yourself?

-       What positive or negative encounters with adults as a child helped shape that image?

-       How has your body image/size phobia issues been treated in the medical field? How has mental health played a part in it?

-       What connections do you see between colonialism and your body?

-       If you weren’t born on or feel connection to Turtle Island/occupied lands that we call ‘North America’, how has the place you came from/identify with determined your ideas around your body?

-       How did the media you consumed as a child/teen shape your body/self image today? How does it complicate it? How does the media you consume NOW affect your body/self image?

-       How did pressure from family and friends affect the way you perceived yourself after you were old enough to take care of yourself?

-       How did you feel about societal beauty and body standards as a teen? Did you rebel, or conform by any means necessary to avoid confrontation?

-       How has the globalization and dissemination of the Western beauty ideal affected you and Indigenous peoples/people of colour worldwide?

-       Debunk this: “in some cultures they ______”, – deconstructing a commonly held belief about an ethnic group’s relation to body (such as the black community supposedly being OK with fat).

The list goes on and on and is by no means complete…email us for more help if needed.

For more info, write to thisisourzine@gmail.com or check out the original call for submissions, found here.

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Call for Submissions: Trans Justice and AIDS Activism Zine

Trans Justice and AIDS Activism Zine! Call for Submissions:

As a gender-non-conforming person of color, I’ve found that there are very few published
works by and for members of my community about AIDS activism and trans justice. Whether we’re struggling for trans justice and against the stigmatization and criminalization of HIV/AIDS in non-profits, prisons, community centers, shelters, unfunded collectives, immigrant detention centers, on the street or in the clinic, we all have stories that we can share and experiences we learn from and organize around. Through this zine, I’d like to share our resources, experiences, activism, political analysis, ways of surviving and expressing ourselves, ways we care for one another, in hopes of making our stories more visible and supporting one another.

I’d greatly appreciate contributions!

What is a “zine”? A zine is a collaborative “do it yourself” magazine project that uses original work. Here is an example of a individual artists pages from a transformative justice zine (www.transformativejusticezine.org):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Submissions can be any type of print media! Feel free to decorate your writing (poetry, articles and stories) with fabulous expressions of your art (collage, painting, photography and drawing)! Your submission is all about your fabulously creative artistic vision!
Submission Guideline: 2,000 word limit
Deadline: November 30, 2010 NEW DEADLINE: April 1, 2011!

Topics can be any of the following, or any another topic that you feel is related:
• Trans Justice
• AIDS Activism
• The Prison Industrial Complex
• Criminalization of HIV/AIDS
• Survival and Resiliency
• Resisting Invisibility

Also, please let me know what feels safe for you in terms of how you would like to be credited (by name, anonymous, initials, alternate name, etc). The zine will be published and copies will be sent out December 2010!

Please send submissions to:
Che Gossett
Hearts on a Wire
PO Box 36831
Philadelphia, PA 19107

chegossett@gmail.com

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Mamas Action Project + Mamas of Color Survey

A Report from Mamas of Color Rising:

Mamas Action Project

On May 9th, 2010, Mamas of Color Rising realized their first Mother’s Day Action Project to demand midwifery through Medicaid in Texas. After brainstorming and bringing their ideas together, MOCR decided that to bring awareness to the community about the midwifery model that women of color lack access to, they would hand out flowers to women of color with a palmcard attached with reasons why Medicaid in Texas SHOULD cover midwifery (reasons on posting below).

The Mamas gathered in a parking lot of a grocery store which they thought would be supportive of their work, being that the majority of their customers are families/women of color. However, the store managers failed to demonstrate interest in their work. The Mamas being the revolutionary group that they are, proceeded to gather in the parking lot and continued with their work, aware that their presence was not wanted.

As the members of MOCR approached women of color in the parking lot, offering other women a flower to acknowledge the work that they do/ did as a mother, some were surprised, perplexed, responsive, and the majority thankful. Some, even offered donations for the flower, and then it was clarified by a Mama that no donation was needed and that the flower was simply a symbol of acknowledgment from one woman of color to another.

After passing out nearly 300 carnations to women, the store security approached a member and notified her that they were not allowed to be passing out flowers. Lucky for the Mamas, they had already made contact with nearly 300 mothers with whom they had the opportunity to chat with and bring their message across to.

This moment of accomplishment within a community of motherhood had to be captured.

***

Young Women United (Albuquerque, NM) & Mamas of Color Rising (Austin, TX) also posted a nation-wide survey to find out what’s most important for mamas of color. They write:

Mamas of Color….how are you doing out there?

Concerned with the way our US society and government treats caretakers, especially poor and working class mothers of color, this survey was created by members of Young Women United in Albuquerque, NM and Mamas of Color Rising in Austin, TX as well as individual women across the country.

We put together this survey as a way to hear from you, Mamas of Color, about your experiences, feelings, ideas, and knowledge as a parent in the US. In gathering this information, we hope to identify issues affecting our lives, find common experiences and collectively organize as Mamas of Color.

revolutionarymamas@gmail.com

We are Mamas of Color, together creating a vision of how we want birthing, parenting and caretaking to be in a more just and loving world.

You can find the survey here.

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Call for Participation: Truth and Revolution: Aboriginal Women Weave the Resistance

A call for submissions from Cherry Smiley of Truth and Revolution:

Dear Sisters,

Do you, or someone you know, have a story to tell? Do you want an opportunity to tell it? I’m looking for 582 Native women to lend their stories and images for an art project about our struggles, our resistance, and our pride as Native women.

The media usually presents only one side of our stories, if that. They tell the public only about our struggles and the poor conditions of our lives. While these stories are true and shouldn’t be ignored, I want to acknowledge our full stories, all sides. I want to tell our stories of poverty and loss, but also of our resistance to these things and how we get through them. I want to tell our stories of abuse and struggle, but also of our successes, our talents, and our pride. I want the public to know the harsh realities of our lives but I also want to celebrate 518 years of our resistance in the face of colonization.

Sisters, I am respectfully asking and inviting your participation in this project. Please email truthandrevolution@gmail.com if you are interested in participating.

With Respect,

Cherry Smiley

About the Project:

As of March 2010, the Native Women’s Association of Canada had documented 582 cases of missing and murdered Aboriginal women across Canada. We all know the actual number is higher, and we all see stories about this come and go in the media. My mom and I came up with the idea for this project together. We see this project as a response to the media coverage and co-optation of our missing and murdered sisters by non-native people. We see it is a statement against colonization, racism, sexism, and violence against women. But primarily, we see it as a celebration of our strength and resistance as Native women.

This project will include 582 photographs and interviews of Native women across Canada, myself and my family included.

Some of the things we might talk about in the interviews include: the foster care system, residential schools, prostitution, physical violence, sexual violence, colonization, racism, sexism, discrimination, welfare, reserves, city life, poverty, health care, disability, addiction, employment, family, friends, survival, resistance, pride, success, traditions, stories, talents, goals, etc.

I will audio record each interview and also plan on videoing parts of the process. This project will hopefully result in 1) an installation that uses the photos, audio, and text from the interviews, 2) a (possibly self-published) book using the photographs and text from the interviews, and 3) a video project, specifics undecided at this point.

Currently, I have no budget. What I do have is respect, determination, and a desire to tell our stories. At this point, I am financing the project myself.

Eventually, I will be asking for participation all across Canada, every province and territory. For now, because of lack of funds, I am looking for Aboriginal women in and around Vancouver, BC. If you are outside this area and want to participate, please email me anyways, and let me know you’re interested. This will help to plan for the future.

I hope to complete photographs and interviews by September 2011.

Aboriginal women who want better lives for themselves and for our future generations, and who are willing to share their stories and images, are welcome to email truthandrevolution@gmail.com with your name, contact info, and a bit about yourself. Also feel free to email if you have any questions about the project, or if you are emailing on behalf of a woman who does not have access to the internet.

Women who are selected to participate will be contacted in the upcoming months.

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