We received a record number of submissions this year–all of which were incredibly thoughtful, incisive, and creative. Thank you to everyone who submitted proposals and for all the inspiring work you do!

SESSION 1: 10:50 AM – 12:00 PM

Black Women’s Participation in the Black Liberation Movement
Liz Derias – Malcolm X Grassroots Movement

Black women have always been central to the fight for Black Liberation. From the roots of the Black Liberation Movement, leaders such as Queen Mother Moore called for reparations and “By Any Means Necessary”; modern day leaders such as Assata Shakur call on us to love and protect each other. Join the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement in creating a living timeline of our women freedom fighters. We will present historical stories and video clips to highlight that the Black Liberation Movement has always been fueled by women!

The Malcolm X Grassroots Movement is a 20-year-old organization founded to uphold the self-determination and human rights of people of African descent. In its 2012 report Operation Ghetto Storm, MXGM revealed that every 28 hours a Black man, woman, or child is killed by someone employed or protected by the U.S. government.

Prison Industrial Complex 101
Andrea Salinas & Woods Ervin – Critical Resistance

Critical Resistance created this workshop to provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of the Prison Industrial Complex (PIC). In this workshop, we will look at the forces, entities and tools that the state utilizes to create social control in a capitalist society in order to uphold white male privilege and how this inevitably leads to racism, sexism, classism, homophobia, transphobia, etc. This shared understanding is meant not only to unify us but also to help us to think critically about harm in our day-to-day lives and community. Equally as important, it helps us formulate effective strategies and campaigns that are incremental steps toward abolishing the PIC and distinguish these from strategies and campaigns that reinforce aspects of the PIC.

Critical Resistance seeks to build an international movement to end the Prison Industrial Complex by challenging the belief that caging and controlling people makes us safe. We believe that basic necessities such as food, shelter, and freedom are what really make our communities secure. As such, our work is part of global struggles against inequality and powerlessness. The success of the movement requires that it reflect communities most affected by the PIC. Because we seek to abolish the PIC, we cannot support any work that extends its life or scope.

Palestinian Youth-Movement Building and Navigating the Facets of Neo-Liberal Irony
Mira Nabulsi & Nadia Barhoum – Palestinian Youth Movement

The goal of this workshop is to discuss the context of grassroots work in Palestine, especially in the aftermath of the Arab revolutions. It will also examine the landscape for radical, grassroots work for justice and liberation and its challenges in light of the non-profit industrial complex and the current political and neo-liberal economic system under Israeli occupation. Building on that, the workshop will also briefly present the experience, failures, and successes of the Palestinian Youth Movement (PYM), a transnational, independent, grassroots movement of young Palestinians in Palestine and in exile. The workshop will close by giving participants the opportunity to share their experiences and challenges working within their communities locally or transnationally. We will critically discuss the meanings of joint-struggle and how principled solidarity can help us overcome the challenges of resistance in this political moment.

The Palestinian Youth Movement (“PYM”) is a transnational, independent, grassroots movement of young Palestinians in Palestine and in exile worldwide as a result of the ongoing Zionist colonization and occupation of our homeland. Our belonging to Palestine and our aspirations for justice and liberation motivate us to assume an active role as a young generation in our national struggle for the liberation of our homeland and people.

Design and Media for Social Change
Design Action Collective

Design Action is a majority women and POC-owned art shop dedicated to serving the social justice movement with visual communications and technology tools. In this workshop, we present examples of our work, share lessons learned, and discuss ways to sustain ourselves as social justice media makers. We will talk about the work we have been doing with and outside of the shop around Black Lives Matter (BLM) and the various ways that we have supported the Black power movement through visual communications – website building, graphic design, signs and banners, arts and culture support, and more. Specifically, we will talk about how engaging in organizing informs and strengthens the work we do at the shop. In the end, we will have an interactive session where we have a mock action and event to support BLM organizing and break folks into groups to work out the various visual communications pieces that support the action.

A Youth Lens on Domestic Violence Against Women in East Oakland
Neda Said, Jayla Davis & Zaynah Jackson – Women’s Empowerment Initiative, Youth Uprising

This workshop will take a critical, youth-centered lens into the issue of domestic violence against women in East Oakland. Youth leaders Jayla and Zaynah will share the research and media work they are doing as part of a yearlong project. This will include a detailed look into their research, training development, and media creation. Most importantly, they will share why this issue is relevant in their community and how it affects their neighborhood.

Located in the heart of East Oakland, Youth UpRising is a neighborhood hub offering young people services and programs to increase the physical and mental wellbeing, community connection, educational attainment, and career achievement among youth members.

Reclaiming Love: Behind the Brush and Pen of Frida Kahlo, One Mujer of Many who had Nothing to Lose but her Chains
Beya Montero & Jewell Bachelor – Ethnic Studies, San Francisco State University

In celebrating art as a valid space for resistance and liberation, we will call upon Frida’s work to explore sexuality, race, gender, love, and pain for the modern woman of color. Our workshop will look at the ways in which today’s woman can turn to Frida for examples of how she can create her own spaces of liberation and validate various forms of resistance and empowerment. It is important for us also to acknowledge the mainstream appropriation of Frida’s image and resurrect her story rooted in her indigenous history. We will challenge members of the group to consider Frida’s creations and legacy to create their own form of poetry or art that empowers them and also addresses their own struggles with race, gender, and sexuality as they move through the world. We hope to address topics of love, resistance, survival, queer politic, trans politic, and art. Frida’s works and expression through art will be a gateway for a conversation that builds solidarity and safe space and encourages the arts as power.

Transnational Resistance and Solidarity Through Capoeira Angola
Ugo Edu, Andrea Cintron, Deepa Iyer, Rosesharon Oates & Judy Fleming – International Capoeira Angola Foundation Oakland

Capoeira is an African-Brazilian martial art form. It is the art of a playful game combining dancing, fighting, acrobatics, and live music. The style known as Capoeira Angola emphasizes the art form’s roots in African culture, maintaining its traditions, rituals, and training methods. Come learn the history, movements, and music of Capoeira Angola! Participants should come prepared to physically move their bodies, sing, and dialogue with us about the participation of women of color in Capoeira Angola. We will focus on women of color in Brazil and the United States and the ways in which Capoeira Angola enables them to fight oppression in their respective communities.

The International Capoeira Angola Foundation (ICAF) Oakland is a non-profit international organization dedicated to the practice, preservation, and growth of Capoeira Angola.

Mixing it Up: Interracial Dating
Lingerr Senghor, Mariah Jenkins, Alex Tucker, Simone Stenson & Tamirah Gallaread – Drew School, San Francisco

Our workshop aims to explore and interrogate our experiences dating outside of our race. We will discuss the negativities so often associated with dating someone of another race – from their own families or their partner’s family, from society as a whole or just one person in a store who stares just a little too long. Our workshop will aim to give women the space to share and compare our experiences, to help and affirm each other. Our workshop will ponder the power dynamics in interracial relationships, from both partners and from society. Our workshop will also engage with how we can support each other and how we can use interracial love as a site of political action and exploration.

Curanderismo and the Traditional Practice of Alter Work in the Mexichica Tradition
Juliette Flores, Julissa Romero & Teresa Cortez

Curanderismo is a mix of Spanish and Native medical and spiritual practices and traditions. This workshop is an educational class in which community healer Maestra Teresa Cortez will explain the practices and ceremonial uses of Cuarandismo from her position and perspective as a Oaxacan Mexicano.

Female DJ Workshop featuring DJ Champagne & DJ Mack Misstress

The DJ Female Workshop was created in 2008 to invite the HOTTEST local WOC DJs to share their skills and discuss the perks & challenges of being a female in the entertainment industry. The workshop will include a hands-on component where participants learn how to use the turntables.

SESSION 2: 1:10 PM – 2:15 PM

Decolonizing Childbirth and Resisting Medical Coercion and Neglect
Julia Chinyere Oparah, Talita Oseguera, Jamilah Bradshaw, Helen Arega & Ndeya Snow – Black Women Birthing Justice

African-American women are three to four times as likely as white women to die of childbirth-related causes, and our infants are twice as likely to die before their first birthday. These brutal statistics are seldom discussed in antiracist circles. The crisis in maternal health care is rooted in medical apartheid, the medicalization of childbirth and the suppression of indigenous birthing knowledge. As a result, too many women and trans/gender nonconforming people of color experience traumatic, coercive childbirth and unwanted medical interventions. Yet, many of us are reclaiming pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding as sites of powerful sacred energy and radical love. Black Women Birthing Justice seeks to reframe childbirth as a site of political contestation through action research, campaigns, popular education, and doula training. In this hands-on, interactive workshop, we will challenge participants to rethink childbirth. Together, we will place struggles to decolonize and reclaim childbirth at the center of movements against violence and inequality.

Black Women Birthing Justice is a collective of African-American, African, Caribbean and multiracial women who are committed to transforming birthing experiences for Black women. Our goals are to educate women to advocate for themselves, to document birth stories, and to raise awareness about birthing alternatives. We aim to challenge medical violence, rebuild women’s confidence in giving birth naturally, and decrease disproportionate maternal mortality.

Transnational Is Local: Coalition-Building and Love in a State of Urgency
AF3IRM, Bay Area & Central Coast chapters

AF3IRM’s workshop is both a presentation and round-table discussion that engages in a critical dialogue regarding the interconnections of trafficking, anti-Blackness, and state violence. By reworking how women of color relate and connect to one another through our workshop, AF3IRM encourages women of color to engage in coalition-building in their respective communities to fight White supremacy, militarization, and imperialism. Our presentation will discuss the campaigns that AF3IRM plans to launch in both the Bay Area and Central Coast and brainstorm together how women of color can view their work from a transnational feminist perspective. Through racial solidarity, collective resistance, and love, AF3IRM believes that women of color are the voices and visions of decolonization and liberation.

The Association of Filipinas, Feminists Fighting Imperialism, Re-feudalization, and Marginalization (AF3IRM) is a national organization of women engaged in transnational feminist, anti-imperialist activism. AF3IRM’s diverse, multi-ethnic membership is committed to militant movement-building from the United States and effects change through grassroots organizing, trans-ethnic alliance building, education, advocacy, and direct action. We in AF3IRM believe that a woman’s place is at the head of the struggle for the liberation of humanity!

The Inexorable Relationship between Sexual Violence and Settler Colonialism
Taliah B. Mirmalek – Students for Justice in Palestine

This workshop will draw from Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian, Sarah Ihmoud, and Suhad Dahir-Nashif’s article in Jadaliyya, “Sexual Violence, Women’s Bodies, and Settler-Colonialism,” to argue that settler colonialism is not merely correlated with sexual violence. Rather, sexual violence is an integral part of the settler-colonial project. ​After tracing the authors’ arguments and framework, t​he workshop will share images, statements, and historical events that will allow the group to analyze and understand how this relationship functions in the Zionist state of Israel’s politics in regards to Palestinians.​ The final portion of the workshop will be dedicated to a facilitated discussion on the ways in which the misogyny of settler-colonialism can be found within and throughout other settler-colonial projects, including the U.S.’s treatment of Black people and indigenous people.​

Contesting the Carceral State: What Does a Transnational Approach Look Like?
Maria-Fátima Santos

This workshop is both an informational session and space for critical dialogue. With the global resurgence of incarceration over the past few decades, participants are invited to engage in a dialogue about what collective action and a transnational perspective toward carceral state violence looks like. What are the terms on which this carceral boom should be critiqued? How do the terms of our critiques of the U.S. case inform our perceptions, assumptions and political goals concerning the global resurgence of incarceration? As family and community members, organizers, advocates, and researchers, how do the intersections of race, ethnicity, gender, and class inform (1) our access to carceral space and information; (2) the receptivity of our words; and (3) the power to influence practical and ideological change? The session includes an overview of the U.S. and Brazilian carceral systems—what the conditions of confinement are, whom they impact, and how different social and political groups contest state-sanctioned violence.

How Spirit Moves Us Presents Performing Blackness: Queer and Trans Black Artists Speaking to Their Experiences Navigating Intersecting Identities and Art-Making
Lisa Evans & Jasmine Le Blanc – How Spirit Moves Us

Our workshop will focus on the history of representation of Black folks in media and major pop culture as well as how queer and trans Black artists and cultural workers navigate creating multifaceted representations of Blackness that challenge systematic oppression of Black people (both within the U.S. and throughout the rest of the African Diaspora).

How Spirit Moves Us is an evening of performance that celebrates the struggles, resistance, and resilience of Black queer and trans folks. By sharing intergenerational stories about Blackness and its intersections with sexuality, gender, and other facets of identity, How Spirit Moves Us aims to create space for queer and trans Black folks to liberate self and community.

Love Is Liberation
Jasmin Hoo & Katina Papson-Rigby

In this creative and interactive workshop, participants will use theater and visual art to explore, critique, and collectively build upon the concept of love as a tool for liberation. Starting from our own personal and social positions, we will break down the ways in which institutional, cultural, individual, and internalized oppression challenge our ability to love ourselves and practice unconditional and responsive allyship and solidarity. Inspired by the theme of political love that can be found throughout the writings of Audre Lorde, bell hooks, Cherrie Moraga, Cornel West, Dr. Martin Luther King, and other revolutionaries, we will begin to investigate, define, and practice love as a political strategy toward liberation from oppression. Bring your unique story, an open heart, and a sense of humor to willingly cultivate self-love and compassion as a means to envision new possibilities for racial justice.

The Radical in Performing Acts of Self-Love
Jaleesa Johnston

During a time when political coalitions are stretching outwards, connecting across borders, over oceans, and through Internet space, the fight for social justice is happening on many different battlegrounds. This workshop aims to explore the internal battleground, where women of color have always asked, “Am I okay?” Through movement, writing, discussion, and performance-based activities, as a community of feminists, activists, students, workers, mothers, daughters, and sisters, we will reflect and begin to articulate what well-being looks like and feels like for us. We are taking a small step in a long journey of internal growth and self-love, as caring for ourselves and supporting each other is, to this day, an extremely radical move on the part of women of color, and a necessary one in the foundation for political resistance.

Self-publishing Our Palabra: Zine-Making for WOC
Carolina Prado, Jennifer Prado, Deanna Mauricio & Ana Vega

Making a zine gives us the space to explore our beliefs, ideas, learning, research, and creative writing on our own terms and in a model of anti-capitalist collectivizing of information. The workshop facilitators will offer prompts for workshop participants to reflect on their ideas about solidarity, love, identity, and movements through writing exercises and creative page-making. We will compile these writings into a collective zine to self-publish and share our conocimientos, beliefs, and ideas with the world. This workshop will approach zinemaking and creative production from a transfronteriza queer Chicana feminist perspective.

SESSION 3: 3:55 PM – 5:00 PM

#Black Lives Matter: The Power of Direct Action
BlackOUT Collective

The BlackOUT Collective is a full-service Black Direct Action collective that provides on-the-ground support and training and the opportunity for deep-space visioning in communities that prioritize the liberation of Black people. Our workshop will be a participatory session about the power of direct action in the movement for Black Liberation. Through participatory activities, participants will learn about the history of direct action in the Black community and learn tools for engaging in direct action.

The Abolition of Policing
Kamau Walton & Natalia Arias – Critical Resistance

This workshop will explore the evolution of policing, participants’ experiences and knowledge of policing, and the role it plays as a key part of the Prison Industrial Complex (PIC). It will also examine the impacts of policing in communities and contemporary resistance to policing in the U.S. and the Bay Area specifically (including Stop the Injunctions Coalition, Resistance to Urban Shield, and Third World for Black Lives, as well as community-created media, reports, and related information).

Critical Resistance seeks to build an international movement to end the Prison Industrial Complex by challenging the belief that caging and controlling people makes us safe. We believe that basic necessities such as food, shelter, and freedom are what really make our communities secure. As such, our work is part of global struggles against inequality and powerlessness. The success of the movement requires that it reflect communities most affected by the PIC. Because we seek to abolish the PIC, we cannot support any work that extends its life or scope.

Women, Work, and Austerity Today
Ragina Johnson – International Socialist Organization

Women’s oppression has intensified during the overall attack on the working class today, and inequality is reaching historic proportions. Since the crisis of 2007, wages have fallen or stagnated, working conditions have worsened, and healthcare costs are rising – all while the elite of this country and beyond reap massive profits. Many of the jobs that have been created are low wage. Public sector unions that include many women and people of color are under attack, and people in general are facing precarious conditions with their life, work, and families. How should we connect issues of race, class, and oppression within our overall struggle for better working conditions and pay with a sustained fight against this unequal system?

The International Socialist Organization (ISO) is committed to building a left alternative to a world of war, racism and poverty.

Illuminating Hope: Media and Art as Vessels for Building Community Awareness and Fostering Change
Terria Smith

Media professional Terria Smith will facilitate this workshop by presenting multimedia projects – including print stories, video features and photography – that were created to build regional, national, and international awareness about violence toward Native and Indigenous women as well as to influence positive change. This presentation will aim to build awareness with workshop participants about pervasive violence that many Native and Indigenous women face in their communities and present ideas on how attendees may be able to start projects of their own to influence positive change in their environments. The facilitator will also offer resources to attendees about how they can learn more and get involved.

Distant Worlds: Social Justice Storytelling Through Fantasy, Science Fiction, & Horror
Stephanie Der & Darshan Elena Campos

In this community playshop, we will use fantasy, science fiction, and horror as a lens for creating social justice and combating violence in its many forms. We will invite attendees to form guilds and collaborate at five unique play stations. One station, for example, will draw inspiration from Star Trek, asking participants to write their own prime directive. At another station, attendees will work together to write a fiery manifesto on dealing justly with alien communities and otherworldly civilizations. Come play with us!

DIY Media-Making 101
Nia King, author of Queer and Trans Artists of Color: Stories of Some of Our Lives

We need more women of color in media! Media (and particularly the technical aspects of media-making) tend to be male-dominated fields. This workshop is intended to center women of color, including those who are queer, trans, disabled, and immigrants. Through this practical, how-to session, participants will gain access to a number of different tools through which to tell their stories. Though the workshop will focus on low-cost options that utilize the Internet and social media to build an audience (zines, podcasts, and comics), we can also discuss pitching and writing for magazines, self-publishing books, and DIY/low-budget filmmaking.

Op-Eds and YOUR Voice
Bridget Botelho – Youth Radio

Opinion pieces (op-eds) in mainstream media are dominated by a narrow range of voices, limiting the scope of discussion on today’s most important issues. Op-ed writing is a powerful tool to challenge public discourse and amplify voices that are often not present in mainstream media. This workshop will discuss the underrepresentation of womyn of color in mainstream opinion media and teach you how to write and publish your own op-ed. Come brainstorm issues to write about, practice outlining your own opinion piece, and learn how to get your thought pieces published!

Youth Radio is an award-winning media production company that trains diverse young people in digital media and technology.

Our Songs of Freedom
Tossie Long

SING! To heal. Incite. Change. Express. Fight. Love. Participate in the sacred art of collective singing and ignite the fire within. Learn songs that can be used as a tool to usher oneself and the collective through the pressure of these times. Each word, sound, and harmony will resonate deep within your being, unlocking your inner strength and courage to continue to move forward just as our ancestors did – hmming in ceremony and for self-soothing while on slave ships. They knew the power and the necessity of being in song together. Come learn our freedom songs. Everyone can sing. Everyone’s voice matters. This day, we will come together to continue the journey, singing for our healing to incite, conjure and love because – we are the ones.

Decolonizing Sound: Experimenting with Otherness as Modes of Resistance
Sharmi Basu

In this workshop and others, I will attempt to teach mindfulness, listening, resistance, and improvisation as sides of the same die. I hope to introduce new ways of listening and playing with each other both in organizing settings and in performance settings. Most importantly, I hope to shed light on ways in which improvisation and playing music can help marginalized people reclaim and create new identities and languages despite the distortion of and violence upon our cultures, work, and genders that have historically oppressed us. Decolonizing sound can mean decolonizing our given languages into ones we create for ourselves. The workshop will also emphasize the importance of shared politics within musical communities and, further, the importance of solidarity through material resistance. What are the ways sound can be used to challenge capitalism, the police state, heteronormativity, racism, and gendered violence?

Female DJ Workshop featuring DJ Black & DJ Agana

The DJ Female Workshop was created in 2008 to invite the HOTTEST local WOC DJs to share their skills and discuss the perks & challenges of being a female in the entertainment industry. The workshop will include a hands-on component where participants learn how to use the turntables.