Registration for the 30th Annual Empowering Women of Color Conference, “No Better Time Than Now: Transnational Resistance, Solidarity, & Love” is officially CLOSED! We are so grateful for the 1,050 of you who pre-registered but unfortunately cannot accommodate any more in our current venue. We will not be doing on-site registration tomorrow. If you’d like to connect, we’ll be doing our kickoff reception tonight at La Pena Cultural Center on Shattuck Avenue near Ashby BART. Admission is free; it’s open to all ages; and you need not have registered for EWOCC to come tonight! Hope to see y’all there.
2015 EWOCC Planning Team
Thank you to everyone who made it out to EWOCC 2015! From our packed Friday night kick-off party, to our keynotes speaking truth to power, to our inspiring panelists and workshop facilitators, to the fierce youth who graced the stage and the audience, to our talented vendors, to Ruth Kelly’s touching opening blessing, to amazing performances by local artists, to all of YOU who decided to spend all or part of your weekend with us — we hope EWOCC 2015 was generative and enjoyable, and we are so honored to have shared the experience with you all. Pictures to come soon!
Please take 5 minutes to complete our post-EWOCC evaluation so we can make next year even better than this year. And if form evaluations aren’t your thing, please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org with any feedback and comments you have about this year’s event!
Our media sponsors KPFA Radio recorded a PSA for EWOCC 2015, which will air on KPFA programming this week and next! Give it a listen!
Registration is now open for EWOCC 2015! Early bird prices are available until March 1:
- UC Berkeley students: free
- Youth & non-UC Berkeley students: $10
- Community members and non-students: $12
- Groups of 10 or more: $7 per person
After March 1, prices will increase by $5, so register now!
Click HERE to register for EWOCC 2015!
*If you have questions, please check out our Registration FAQ or contact us at email@example.com
We are looking for volunteers to help staff EWOCC 2015! Our event simply would not be possible without the gracious help of volunteers, who assist with food service, registration, set-up and clean-up, and other tasks that are crucial to making the day run smoothly. Volunteers will receive free admission to the conference and a free EWOCC t-shirt!
Bay Area youth! Are you a creative writer? EWOCC 2015 is hosting a youth creative writing contest. We invite those between the ages of 13-19 years to submit a creative writing piece (essay, poem, or short story) that reflects on the themes of EWOCC 2015: What do resistance, solidarity, and love mean to you and your communities? We will award up to 25 youth essayists free admission to EWOCC. In addition, we will select one youth to present their creative writing piece at EWOCC. The winner will also receive a cash prize, free EWOCC merchandise, and their submission published in the official conference program and on the EWOCC website. Admission to EWOCC includes access to all workshops, speakers, and live performances, as well as breakfast, lunch, and snacks. Preference will be given to individuals who:
- Self-identify as a woman of color
- Speak to direct or indirect experience with the conference themes
Deadline: February 15, 2015
Download the application and submit your creative writing piece now!
EWOCC is pleased to announce that this year’s keynote address for the 30th Annual Empowering Women of Color Conference, “No Better Time Than Now: Transnational Resistance, Solidarity & Love” will be made by Favianna Rodriguez and CeCe McDonald.
Favianna Rodriguez is a transnational interdisciplinary artist and cultural organizer on a mission to create profound and lasting social change in the world. Her art and collaborative projects address migration, global politics, economic injustice, patriarchy, and interdependence. Favianna’s practice is grounded in the desire to humanize and empower communities who are impacted by inequality and racism. She submerges herself fully in the issues she addresses in order to produce work that is informed by the social and political conditions of the time. She spends time on the front lines with affected communities, researches policies, and supports fellow artists of color and migrants through resources, mentorship, and collaborative opportunities. Born in Oakland, California, Favianna’s earliest mentors were artists and movement leaders in the Chicano and Black Arts Movement. When Favianna is not making art, she is directing CultureStrike, a national arts organization that engages artists, writers and performers in migrant rights.
CeCe McDonald, an aspiring fashion student living in Minneapolis, was attacked by a racist, transphobic mob while walking to the grocery store in July of 2010. One of her attackers, intoxicated and adorned with a swastika tattoo, died days following the incident. CeCe was charged with two murders and was threatened with up to 80 years in a cage for simply defending herself. While imprisoned, she discovered that her story was not unique, but that she was among many Black people—particularly Black, trans women—railroaded to prison. The stories of Assata Shakur, Angela Davis, and Mumia Abu-Jamal inspired her to fight not only for her own freedom but for all the trans women who have been slain or made victims of the criminal injustice system. Since her release in January of 2014, CeCe has become a leading and outspoken activist, inspiring many to take action against mass incarceration and for racial justice and trans liberation.
We are looking for musicians, poets, dancers, theater groups, and comedians to perform at EWOCC 2015. In addition, we are looking for activists, artists, and students to lead workshops on topics related to our conference theme!
The EWOCC planning committee is actively looking for logo designs, performers & workshop proposals for our 2015 gathering. Consider applying today!
- You can find the logo application here. (Deadline December 31st)
- You can find the workshop proposal application here. (Deadline February 1st)
- You can find the performance proposal application here. (Deadline January 20th)