LOS ANGELES—After four consecutive years of organizing and leading Los Angeles’s International Women’s Day March and Rally, the local chapter of the feminist organization AF3IRM will honor this global day of celebration and resistance in a deeper, more intimate way. This year, AF3IRM LA will bring people together for “Land and Liberation: Decolonizing Feminist Thought and Centering Indigenous & Transnational Women” on Saturday, March 9th. The forum will continue the concepts and wisdom drawn from almost 30 years of AF3IRM history, the last nine years of AF3IRM organizing, and the last 5 years of intentional exercising of members’ radical imaginations. In particular, it will continue to build off of the concepts last set forth by the New York chapter of AF3IRM, when they hosted the 2017 regional conference “Roots & Routes: Understanding the Origins and Charting the Future of Feminism for Transnational Women of Color,” as well as the themes from last national conference in LA, 2014’s “Women on the Wave.”
In the face of multiple violences and oppressions, the forum’s organizers focused the program on visions of liberation and the intermingling of wisdoms and collective memory from different communities, especially between transnational and indigenous women. The day will consist of a special keynote address, a plenary panel discussion, and both ideological and art workshop sessions. Yvonne Mahelona, indigenous Hawaiian (Kanaka) and transnational feminist organizer with AF3IRM Hawai’i, will be the keynote speaker. During the plenary panel, transnational feminist and indigenous leaders will engage in dialogue, as well as theory-build and knowledge-share from the stage and with the audience. The workshops will reflect and forward our previous theory-building around what liberation looks like and what we can do to organize to achieve it. AF3IRM LA welcome all girls and women-identified people of color with a love for justice and a thirst for liberation to join us.
The event will take place from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at the United Teachers of Los Angeles, located at 3303 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010. To register, visit: http://landandliberation.eventbrite.com. Registration costs will go towards lunch, as well as helping to offset the costs of hosting the event.
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