36th Annual Empowering Womxn of Color Conference | March 13, 2021
Igniting leadership, confidence, and cultural strength amongst Black & Indigenous womxn and womxn of color
The 36th Annual Empowering Womxn of Color Conference (EWOCC), “ Igniting Leadership, Confidence, and Cultural Strength Amongst Black & Indigenous Womxn and Womxn of Color” taps into our collective power to renew our spirits, minds, and hearts after this past year of immense challenges. We prioritize the safety, preservation, and nourishment within ourselves and between communities so we may continue to exist, resist, and thrive. Now more than ever we divest from compartmentalizing struggles and move toward the deconstruction of structural oppression that especially targets Black & Indigenous womxn.
As we continue our work to create anti-racist spaces, it is important to center the leadership of womxn of color, especially those affected most by the anti-Black and anti-Indigenous culture we resist today. We hold ourselves accountable for these realities and build resistance. This exclusion hurts the collective as the medicine, brilliance, and intuition of Black and Indigenous womxn is continually unheard, unseen, and un-nurtured. As world structures shift, it is crucial for humanity’s survival to return to mother earth and return to the innate knowledge within ourselves in order to uplift and empower everyone. We gather, with the means that the digital world allows, so our voices can speak their truth and ignite our power from within: to rise to positions of leadership, confidence, and overall strength.
Through a series of innovative workshops, a panel discussion, and speakers, we will explore how we as Black, Indigenous, and womxn of color can hold each other accountable and hold each other up. As we proudly celebrate 36 years of EWOCC, we invite self-identified womxn of color of all ages, abilities, socioeconomic backgrounds, immigration statuses, gender presentations, sexual orientations, nationalities, religions, and cultural backgrounds to join us. Together, through discussion, learning practical skills, community building, and healing, we will discuss preservation and dissemination of knowledge, and imagine and cultivate revolutionary possibilities.
EWOCC has its own legacy of remarkable womxn imagining, shaping and creating the world we inhabit today. Founded in 1985, EWOCC was one of the first conferences to present womxn of color with an opportunity to address the most pressing racial, class, and gender issues we face. As inheritors of this legacy, we recognize the tireless and often thankless work of those who have come before us and those who will pick up the torch after we are gone. This year, it is our time to build and strengthen community, practice radical vulnerability, and manifest a future where our communities are protected.
“Igniting Leadership, Confidence, and Cultural Strength Amongst Black & Indigenous Womxn and Womxn of Color” is a statement about re-centering the voices and knowledge that will bring us power to resist, build, and thrive.
“Roxane Gay: With One N”
Roxane Gay is an author and cultural critic whose writing is unmatched and widely revered. Her work garners international acclaim for its reflective, no-holds-barred exploration of feminism and social criticism. With a deft eye on modern culture, she brilliantly critiques its ebb and flow with both wit and ferocity.
Tourmaline: Film Screening & Keynote
Building upon her long-standing experience as a community organizer, Tourmaline’s research mines archival sources, tracing historical lineages of marginalized and excluded communities. By centering and inscribing black, brown, trans, and queer historical figures and narratives, she directly challenges dominant cultural histories and storytelling. Her work honors and links antecedents of resistance with current possibilities for liberation, and offers models in which to broadly imagine and thrive within self-actualization.
Morning Panel: Reclaiming Ancestral Power In Our World As Leaders & Change-makers
Afternoon Panel: Reclaiming Ancestral Power In Our World As Leaders & Change-makers
EWOCC is recognized to be one of the longest running conferences in the nation that addresses the needs and concerns of womxn of color. The conference brings together cutting edge womxn of color activists such as Angela Davis, Elaine Brown, Cherrie Moraga, Gina Palcado and Chrystos with Bay Area community leaders and academics (especially students) to discuss and strategize ways of impacting the current issues facing womxn of color.