Indigenous Young Women: Speaking our Truths, Building our Strengths

 

In honor of World Indigenous Peoples Day, Native Youth Sexual Health Network and Girls Action Foundation has officially launched Indigenous Young Women Speaking Our Truths, Building Our Strengths national project and gathering! Check it out:

Indigenous Young Women: Speaking our Truths, Building our Strengths

November 18th to 21st, 2011 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Deadline to REGISTER is September 9th, 2011.

To read the information and register in Inuktitut, please click here

Want to speak your truth and build on your strengths? Are you a young Indigenous woman between the ages of 16 and 25? Whether you are already involved in your community or are just starting to learn about your Indigenous culture, the Native Youth Sexual Health Network and Girls Action Foundation invite you to join other young Indigenous women from across Canada to learn, share and have fun together!

This project offers opportunities to come together as sisters, with the inclusion of Elders and other traditional leaders in the spirit of unity to discuss what is happening, and act upon our vision of what needs to change in our communities. This is the time to be yourself, all of yourself and celebrate it!

This project is for and by:

Self- identified young Indigenous Women between the ages of 16-25, including First Nations, Métis, and Inuit, status or non-status, beneficiary or non-beneficiary. Those who identify as women, Trans, Two Spirit, or gender non-conforming are welcome.

What is the project about?

The Indigenous Young Women: Speaking our Truths, Building our Strengths project focuses on Indigenous young women’s leadership, empowerment, building solidarity amongst each other and stopping violence. The project will focus on skill sharing and facilitation, emphasizing the fact that youth ideas matter and that youth are experts in their own right! We will also have opportunities to learn important teachings from our elders and other traditional teachers, with an understanding that women’s strength has always existed in our communities and continues to grow.

The project is also lead by a peer Advisory Committee consisting of ten Indigenous young women from across Canada.They are:

Amanda Darroch-Mudry
Erin Konsmo
Janice Grey
Jasmine Redfern
Jocelyn Formsma
Kari-Dawn Wuttunee
Krysta Williams
Lacey Whiteduck
Marie Holeiter
Theresa J Lightfoot

Mentorship

Opportunities will be created for different types of mentorship, both informal and formal. Mentorships will be created between Elders, traditional teachers and young women, and there will also be peer-to-peer mentorship as youth have important knowledge to learn from each other as well.

Community Actions

A key area that has been identified as part of this project is making sure there are opportunities to continue the work started at this gathering. Ten communities will be chosen to  use the skills, knowledge and mentorship gained from the project to implement local community actions! This is your chance to let your voices be heard, and act upon the changes you would like to see in your communities. More information on the community action opportunities will be provided at the gathering.

A 4-day gathering will explore key areas such as:

  • Stopping racism and violence
  • Reclaiming knowledge and teachings from Elders and moving into new traditions
  • Healthy sexuality
  • Pride in cultural diversity and difference
  • Leadership in all its forms
  • Arts for social change
  • Learning practical skills (How to start a youth council, grant writing, political leadership, becoming your own advocate)
  • Get to know your rights!
  • Skill-sharing
  • Self-care and burnout prevention
  • Plan community actions
  • Create resources
  • Keeping in touch after the gathering

Possible activities: workshops, concerts, talk show, fashion show, film night, giveaways, feasts, hip hop and more. Come ready to share and exchange your skills, talent or knowledge.

When & Where:

The gathering will take place in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan between November 18th and 21st, 2011.

Accessibility: We will make every effort possible to meet the needs of all participants, including but not limited to language, mobility, disability and dietary needs. Please make note of this on the registration form. If you are selected to participate, we will work together to ensure accessibility needs are met.

Language: Please note that this gathering will be held mainly in English, French and Inuktitut. The Native Youth Sexual Health Network and Girls Action are committed to making the event accessible in these three languages, so let us know if you have a different language preference we will do our best to arrange for whispered translation.

Childcare: Where we can, we support the participation of those who would not be able to take part if their young child was unable to accompany them. Please make a note of this on the registration form where indicated and read our Policy for Children for more information.
There are NO fees to participate in Indigenous Young Women: Speaking our Truths, Building our Strengths. If you are selected, we will cover your air travel and accommodation costs.

REGISTER NOW! Deadline to register is September 9th, 2011. Participants will be notified of acceptance by September 26th, 2011.

Registration forms can also be faxed to (514) 948-5926 or mailed to:

24 Mont Royal West Suite 601 Montreal, Quebec H2T 2S2 CANADA

For more information please contact Natasha@girlsactionfoundation.ca or call 1-888-948-1112

More information and registration in Inukitut is available here: http://www.girlsactionfoundation.ca/en/special-projects/indigenous-young-women-speaking-our-truths-building-our-strength.

INCITE! Needs Your Help Getting to Detroit!

A member of the INCITE Media Working Group in a workshop.

Hello INCITE Supporters!

The Allied Media Conference is around the corner, and the INCITE Track is presenting an incredible bunch of workshops this year. Our work grows stronger each year through this time spent in Detroit, sharing skills, deepening relationships, and developing strategy for year-round media-based organizing. But we need your help to get there! Can you donate to help INCITE Track participants get to the conference?

Who are we?

We are women, trans* and genderqueer people of color. We are bloggers, mamas, media makers, teachers, healers, artists, sex workers, organizers, dancers, among many other things. And we need support in order to make it to Detroit for the 4th Annual INCITE! Track at the Allied Media Conference.

What will your donation help us do?

Your donation will help some of our amazing presenters get to the conference to continue building a network of media-makers and organizers through the INCITE Track at the AMC. For the past four years, the INCITE Track has been a crucial space where women and trans* people of color from all over can come together to share skills and experience for participatory media-based organizing strategies.

We’re excited about this year’s AMC! Check out some of the INCITE Track sessions:

Shawty Got Skillz Skillshare
Spread Magazine: Creating a Race Issue
The Black Girl Project: Film & Discussion
Delivering Justice Through Birthing Rights: Mamas of Color Bring it Home
Street Youth Rise Up! Collective Media-Making for Healing and Action
INCITE Media Working Group Convening

Your support will help us with food, transportation, lodging, registration, and childcare costs for presenters and participants.

Donate Now!

Please give what you can to help us get one step closer the AMC! Anything you give will go directly towards childcare, food, housing or registration for a track presenter! Via PayPal, please send to incite.natl@gmail.com and write AMC in the notes. For check donations, mail to INCITE!, 2416 W Victory Blvd #108
, Burbank, CA 91506-1229. All donations are tax-deductible.

More on the INCITE! Track:

The INCITE! Track at the AMC is a place to build a shared approach to ending violence against women, trans*, and genderqueer people of color through diverse media – from blogging and graphic design to zine-making. We will continue to highlight the transformative media strategies that will help broaden the understanding of racial & gender justice and integrating this politic into our work. We will continue to build solidarity between movements, organizations and individuals that are headed by and supported by women, gender non-conforming, and transpeople of color and will initiate collaborative projects that use different forms of media to help build community and provide tools to build sustainable ways of organizing and healing.

More on the Allied Media Conference:

The Allied Media Conference cultivates strategies for a more just and creative world. We come together to share tools and tactics for transforming our communities through media-based organizing. Check out a full schedule of sessions here.

Learn more and register for the Allied Media Conference:

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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INCITE! at the 12th Allied Media Conference!

INCITE! and To Tell You the Truth have teamed up to coordinate a track at this year’s Allied Media Conference (AMC) from June 18-20 in Detroit, Michigan.

Allied Media Conference 2010!

The AMC brings together people from around the world working for and through “participatory media to transform our selves and our world”. More info on the AMC can be found at the conference website and below:

The Allied Media Conference advances our visions for a just and creative world. It is a laboratory for media-based solutions to the matrix of life-threatening problems we face. Since our founding in 1999, we have evolved our definition of media, and the role it can play in our lives – from zines to video-blogging to breakdancing, to communicating solidarity and creating justice. Each conference builds off the previous one and plants the seeds for the next. Ideas and relationships evolve year-round, incorporating new networks of media-makers, technologists and social justice organizers. We draw strength from our converging movements to face the challenges and opportunities of our current moment. We are ready to create, connect and transform.

We are excited to announce the workshop schedule for our track at the conference, which features the work and vision of many members of the INCITE community and beyond:

Make/Shift RecLAmation: Performing New Feminisms
Presenters: Tiny aka Lisa Gray-Garcia, Hilary Goldberg, Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Jessica Hoffmann, Jessica Lawless, and more, TBA.
From local co-ops to transnational organizations, contemporary feminist activism is shifting understandings of the old slogan “the personal is political.” Faced with not only gender-based oppression but also the structural violences of a collapsing capitalism, a climate crisis, and more, feminist activists and artists are resisting and creating alternatives to oppressive systems both intimate and global. And they’re doing it in many ways, spaces, and forms. “Makeshift Reclamation,” a multimedia, multivoiced performance, offers a glimpse of what is happening on the ground and in the imaginations of social-justice-minded feminists. The program centers around two projects: recLAmation, a film by Hilary Goldberg, and make/shift, an independent magazine featuring the art and activism of queer and antiracist feminists from around the world. “Makeshift Reclamation” features film with live narration, readings, and video/audio works that movingly articulate a feminism that is as concerned with prisons and policing, queer politics, immigration raids, and colonialism as it is with traditional feminist issues like domestic violence.

M/others, Mamaz and Community Care-givers Unite Through Truth-telling!


Facilitator: tk karakashian tunchez, To tell You the Truth/ New Mythos Project
M/others (self-identified single, teen and welfare mamaz), Mamaz and community caregivers around the country are telling their truths through zines, blogs, printed media, performance work etc, and using this process of truth-telling to create stronger selves, families and communities. In this 3-part, interactive workshop, we will share practical skills and organizing models, then strategize on how we can support each other year-round through a national network of mamaz and community caregivers. Come share your questions and your knowledge with us!



Part one: Knowledge Fair- showcasing some of the many incredible projects in the room, including: Gia Hamilton- The Gris Gris Lab (NOLA), tk karakashian tunchez- founder of To tell You the Truth/ New Mythos Project (W. Mass.), the WelfareQUEENS (San Fransisco, CA), Rachel Caballero- Radio Pirateer & founding member of La Semilla Childcare Collective (Austin, TX), China Martens- Mama/Zinester & Radical Childcare Collective member- Future Generation & Don’t Leave Your Friends Behind, Kidz Space (Baltimore, MD), Katina Parker- Social Media Specialist and founder New Orleans Labor of Love- (Durham, NC), Noemi Martinez- Blogger and Zinester- founder of Hermana, Resist (Tx), Maegan “la Mamita Mala” Ortiz- Blogger- Vivir Latino, Dos Mujeres Media (Queens, NY).


Part two: Skill Share- giving you a chance to learn some of the specific truth-telling and organizing techniques, including: zine making, optimizing on social media use, on-the-go-video-how-to, blogging 101, building a radical childcare collective.

Part three: strategy session- Here’s the chance for all us m/other, mamaz & community cargegivers in the room to think, dream, strategize, and envision specific ways we can work together over the next year. We will explore questions like; What do we bring to the tables as mamaz? What support do we need? How can we fortify our national community and our families? How can alternative media-making further our movements and transformations?

This session prioritizes the participation of mothers and community care-givers of color, but is open to all.

INCITE! Gender Justice Caucus
Facilitators: Karla Chueh-Mejia and Ned del Callejo
The INCITE! Gender Justice Caucus is committed to expanding the online & offline network of organized spaces that are challenging gender-policing & transphobia, sharing of popular education tools, and how to move forward with building women of color spaces that go beyond the binary system. We are working to develop a broader understanding of what gender justice means and how it intersects with our gender, race, and class. Our goal is to create a national online space & communication infrastructure to explore the continuum or spectrum of fluid gendered states along with dealing with the oppressive social constructs. This space is for women, gender-non conforming people, and transpeople of color who are currently part of or interested in the INCITE! network.

“The Way We Move: Embodying Resistance Dance Workshop”
Presenters: Althea Baird and Misia Dinéa
The prospect of a revolution is futile if we as agents of change do not incorporate modes of healing and preventing “burn-out” into our daily lives. From Capoeira to Gumboot Jigging to B-Boying/B-Girling to Contact Improvisation, movement and dance have always been revolutionary acts: connecting us to our bodies, telling our stories, healing our scars, and accompanying our movements for liberation. In this workshop we will embrace the use of movement and story to get back into our own bodies and explore rituals and practices that prepare and sustain us, both for the day-to-day grind and for our collective struggles for justice. We will focus on centering, stretching, collaborative movements, creating movement phrases, and lastly, exploring life practices for holistic health. The pieces created in this workshop can then be shared in an optional performance during the closing session of the conference.

INCITE! Builds a Drupal Website
Facilitators: INCITE! Media & Communications Working Group
INCITE Women of Color Against Violence invites Drupal web developers from within the AMC community to assist them in the development of a participatory, open-source, website that will strengthen the communications infrastructure of our network of chapters, affiliates and individuals. Just as Audre Lorde knew that, “the masters tools will never dismantle the master’s house,” we know that we cannot rely on proprietary technology to liberate our communities. Nor can we look to an open source vanguard to build our communications infrastructure for us. We need to do it ourselves. We invite any technologists, experienced in Drupal code, and committed to supporting women, trans and gender non-conforming people of color leadership in technology to join attend this caucus. Together, we will map out a year of skill-sharing and co-creating, that will result in the baddest, interactive, open-source online community of people working to end violence against our communities, that has ever existed. Because we want this to be a very intentional and productive conversation, we ask that you RSVP to: jennylx@gmail.com if you are interested in attending.

The Azolla Story: Queer/trans people of color with disabilities meetup and zine making session!
Facilitator: Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha
Do you dream of a political community by and for queer/trans POC disabled folks? Let’s make it happen! Are you scared to call yourself disabled or chronically ill cause feel like you’ve got enough on your plate as a QTPOC? Is disability at the center of your identity, work and life? Are you somewhere in between, figuring it out? Come hang with our queer/trans of color fierce crips and talk story, share dreams and visions, and move beyond survival to fighting for a disability justice movement that places our queer brown disabled stories at the center of our work. This is a caucus space to build with each other and also space to make a queer/trans of color disabled/ zine about our experiences to use as an organizing, healing and resiliency tool at the AMC, the USSF and all our communities.

Representations of Women of Color in Neo-Burlesque
Presenter: Xandra Ibarra
This popular education workshop will be led by performance artist and ecdysiast, Xandra Ibarra, founder of Kaleidoscope–An Annual National People of Color Cabaret. The first half of the workshop will discuss historical/colonial ties to current images of women of color in neo-burlesque. This workshop will view historical and contemporary video, photography, and magazine literature to understand how certain representations have reinforced colonial imagery and narratives about women of color. Since, neo-burlesque should not be seen solely in terms of victimization for women of color, the second part of this workshop will be fun and sexy; learn to take off your gloves like the pros! Queer, trans, and women of color encouraged to attend. For more info: www.lachicaboom.com and www.kaleidoscopecabaret.com.

Health is Dignity and Dignity is Resistance: Online and Offline Organizing for Healing Justice
Presenters: CureThis.org, the Rockdove Collective, Kindred Southern Healing Justice Collaborative, JAZZ for Health/Casa de Salud, To Tell You the Truth, and the Community Acupuncture Network.
“Health is dignity and dignity is resistance.” This quote by a healer in Chiapas, Mexico, reveals the joined struggles of organizing, health, liberation, and healing. In the United States, communities are strengthening existing health justice movements and creating new models of sustainable healing, healthcare, and collective liberation – both online and offline. Presenters will share healing justice models – of varying scales – with the goal of inspiring and engaging participants in a strategy session. The session aims to 1) to stimulate discussion around innovative healing and health/care practices in communities around the country; to 2) inspire participants to share stories and visions of online organizing around healing justice; and to 3) foster strategies to strengthen participatory online infrastructures to support these offline models.

INCITE Media Task Force Caucus
Facilitators: Emi Kane and Karla Chueh-Mejia

Our Books Of The Dead
Facilitators: E. Rose Sims

About To Tell You The Truth:

To tell you the Truth combines Media Literacy, Multi-Media Production and Truth Telling as we work together toward healing and liberation through beauty. In the past year To tell you the Truth’s work has included working with mamaz, community caregivers and femmez to begin to create and vision some projects that will support our truth-telling and liberation!

The New Mythos Tour is also a project of To Tell You The Truth, and is directly connected to the track at the AMC, bringing m/others and community caregivers together in a national network through a U.S.-wide multi-media tour.

For more information about the INCITE/To Tell You The Truth track and the rest of the workshops at the Allied Media Conference, check out: http://alliedmediaconference.org/program/tracks.

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June 12th-19th, Istanbul, Turkey: CREA’s Sexuality, Gender and Rights Institute: Exploring Theory and Practice

CREA is a feminist human rights organization based in the global South and led by women from the global South. CREA promotes, protects, and advances women’s human rights and the sexual rights of all people by building leadership capacities; strengthening organizations and social movements; increasing access to new information, knowledge, and resources; and creating enabling social and policy environments.

CREA’s Sexuality, Gender and Rights Institute: Exploring Theory and Practice
June 12-19, 2010, Istanbul, Turkey

Applications are due on or before April 18, 2010. Please visit www.creaworld.org for the application form and Institute brochure.

The Sexuality, Gender and Rights Institute is an annual, week-long, residential course that focuses on a conceptual study of sexuality. It examines the links between sexuality, rights, gender, and health and their interface with socio-cultural and legal issues. Participants will critically analyze policy, research and program interventions using a rights-based approach.

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