Words of Fire Conference: Sex, Power and the Black Feminist Call for Social Justice
Black Women’s Blueprint and the Women’s Research and Resource Center invite you to the Words of Fire Conference at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, this April 29 and 30, 2017.
As women and girls in Black communities are under siege and with the federal administration’s recent budget proposal to make vital cuts to anti-rape, anti-battery, and anti-stalking service programs that ensure human rights to personal and economic security, non-torture and bodily autonomy, we are running out of places to turn to for safety and justice as survivors, as women. You’re invited to join women of the African Diaspora at the Words of Fire Conference in a response to the current political climate and in response to the need to empower Black women and girls by sustaining the work started at the 2016 U.S. Truth and Reconciliation Commission on Sexual Assault.
Using inter-generational, deliberative dialogues and workshops, the Words of Fire Conference will promote political action, working with Black feminist leaders to encourage Black women’s participation in national women’s rights movements that bridge differences across race, ethnicity, sexuality, economic status and other intersections. The Words of Fire Conference deploys a strategy that reinvigorates a call for resistance and urgent communal care on behalf of all women, girls, and transgender/gender nonconforming people so that we can move, thriving and surviving, with full momentum into the next phase of the growing movement for women’s rights and racial justice sweeping the nation. In these movements, Black women can unite our voices and speak loudly to demand an end to policies that perpetuate gender and other oppression and those that make it difficult for us to hold harm-doers accountable in our communities across the country.
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