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NEW YORK– “Our girls are trafficked, sexually exploited or found dead in alleyways, while police violence thrives and we continue to bear the trauma of poverty, “ she said bluntly in an interview on the end of the March for Black Women on Washington DC. This is Farah Tanis, co-founder and executive director of Black Women’s Blueprint, located in Brooklyn, New York. The center has been pivotal in many events and programs addressing the issue of sexual violence against women and girls in the Black/African American communities.
Working with Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Ms. Tanis has launched such groundbreaking projects as the Truth and Reconciliation Commission to address historical and contemporarysexual violence against Black women. She curates the Museum of Women’s Resistance, internationally recognized as a Site of Conscience.
Blunt and decisive, Ms. Tanis will bring the wisdom of decades of work as a women’s human rights activist and community organizer to AF3IRM’s “Constellations of History” panel for the CenterShift II Conference. She will bring the distinct and unique voice of one whose work has spanned both academia and communities, local as well as international, in the spirit of transnational feminism.
The panel will be followed by an amazing performance from Pura Fe, whose legacy of 8 generations of Tuscarora Indian Nation, consolidates the past and the present in the sounds of art.
CenterShift II: Roots & Routes is a whole day event at the Center for Social Innovations, 601 est 26th Street (cross 11th Avenue), Rm. 325, New York, NY 10001. CenterShift is held every third year by AF3IRM NYC and aims at moving the center of discourse toward the concerns of women of color and transnational women.