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Join AF3IRM for International Women’s Day and Women’s Month!

We invite you to join AF3IRM for our events for International Women’s Day and for the rest of Women’s Month! We are proud to be able to present the International Women’s Day March in Los Angeles for the third year in a row and to participate in the International Women’s Strike. We will also have  a noise demo in solidarity with all immigrants in the San Francisco Bay Area.

See our calendar below for more information.

2017 International Women’s Day and Women’s Month Calendar

Wednesday, March 1st
South Bay – Los Angeles (CA) | 7PM
Educational Dialogue on Present Day Fascism
Native Sol, 2018 E. 4th St, Long Beach, CA 90814

Thursday, March 2nd
Orange County (CA) | 6pm
Sign Making for International Women’s Day March & Rally
CSU Fullerton, TSU – Bradford AB

Friday, March 3rd
South Bay – Los Angeles (CA) | 7PM
Sign Making for International Women’s Day March & Rally
9530 Alondra Blvd, Bellflower, CA 90706

Saturday, March 4th
New York City (NY) | 2:30PM
Momma’s HipHop Kitchen: Still We Rise (AF3IRM Table)
Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture 450 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10451

Albany (NY) |
Omega Phi Beta Sorority – SUNY Albany Chapter’s 19th Annual Philanthropic Banquet
AF3IRM is the beneficiary for this year’s banquet.

Sunday, March 5th 12 Noon
International Women’s Day March – Organized by AF3IRM Los Angeles
Starting @ LAPD Headquarters, 100 W. 1t St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
FB Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/221499078304152/
For more info, contact: losangeles@af3irm.org

Wednesday, March 8th
International Women’s Day/International Working Women’s Day

Honolulu (HI) | 11:30AM
Guerrilla Action! Demand accountability for the state’s disregard for women’s lives – bring a purple dress on a hangar to symbolize a woman or community of women you want to recognize.
Queen Lili΄uokalani Statue, Hawai΄i State Capitol

Los Angeles (CA) | 3:00PM – 6:00PM
International Women’s Strike – LA Rally
Federal Building, 300 N. Los Angeles St.

New York |
International Women’s Strike – NY
3:00PM – Meet at Washington Square Park and MacDougal. Look for purple berets. for more info, message nynj@af3irm.org
4:00PM – Rally @ Washington Square Park
5:30PM – March to Zuccotti Park
AF3IRM NY will be speaking at the International Women’s Day rally led by the Socialist Party (locale of NY), March 8, 4-8PM, Washington Sq. Park. To those who cannot miss work, please wear purple, red or black to show solidarity.

South Bay – Los Angeles (CA) | 7PM
AF3IRM Feminists Fight Fascism Political Open Mic
Native Sol, Long Beach

Washington DC | 3:30PM – 5:30PM
Women Worker’s Rising Rally – join the AF3IRM DMV contingent!
In front of the Department of Labor
200 Constitution St NW, Washington DC

Saturday, March 11th
San Francisco/Bay Area (CA) | 3:00PM
AF3IRM No Borders! No Nations! End Deportations!
Noise demo in solidarity with all immigrants
Contra Costa West County Detention Facility
5555 Giant Hwy, Richmond, CA 94806

Los Angeles (CA) | 5:00PM to 11:00PM
Las Fotos Project Presents Viva La Muxer Art and Music Festival (AF3IRM Table)
Plaza de la Raza, 3540 N. Mission Road, Los Angeles, CA 90031
FB Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/224925174619726/
Tickets: https://vivalamuxer2017.eventbrite.com/

Sunday, March 12th
San Francisco/Bay Area (CA) | 2:00PM-3:30PM (Workshop B)
“Gender Oppression Under Fascism and The Feminist Fight for an Anti-Fascist Future” Workshop
part of ROAR (Revolutionary Organizing Against Racism) Conference
CIIS, 1453 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Thursday, March 16th
Los Angeles (CA) | 6:30PM to 8:30PM
AF3IRM New Member Mixer
For women-identified of color interested in joining. Location disclosed with RSVP to losangeles@af3irm.org

Saturday, March 18th
San Francisco/Bay Area (CA) | 8:30AM to 6:00PM
“Immigration, Imperialism, & Insurgency! The Cycle of Political Trauma & Organizing for Liberation” Workshop
part of the Annual Empowering Womxn of Color Conference
UC Berkeley Pauley Ballroom, MLK Student Union, 2nd Fl

 

AF3IRM Orange County and AF3IRM South Bay collaborate to present the 2016 Summer School for Women’s Activism

For Immediate Release
Contact:
Priscilla Moreno,  AF3IRM Orange County &
Angel Bartolome AF3IRM South Bay
323-543-5872
orangecounty@af3irm.org
southbay@af3irm.org

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA–The AF3IRM chapters of Orange County and South Bay will be co-hosting the 2016 Summer School for Women’s Activism (SSoWA) in southern California. On four consecutive Saturdays, the school will be held from 9am to 12pm, with the first two in Carson and the last two sessions in Santa Ana. We invite you to join us in the reclaiming of our knowledge, challenge mainstream education and contributing to a collaborative vision for our collective liberations.

Since 2011, AF3IRM Summer School for Women’s Activism has been held annually across the nation from New York to Iowa and across California. AF3IRM’s Summer School for Women’s Activism has led previous courses and discussions on Militarism, Police Brutality in our Communities and Imperialism, Capitalism and Eco-Feminism among others.

AF3IRM provides a safe space to build women’s-identities as transnational women on the local level in our communities and to acknowledge our common struggles across the nation. It is a space for the women-identified where we continue to engage, develop sisterhood and create our collective vision of liberation. Although our sisters may reside in different cities and have their own individual experiences, we understand we are connected and ultimately our oppressors and systems of oppressions are mirrored and linked.  This is why this year, we are collectively sharing our stories in both the South Bay and Orange County.  We have come together to support and to make these connections.

Over the course of 4 Saturdays, AF3IRM South Bay and Orange County will facilitate courses and discussions on Feminism 101, Transnational Feminism: Theory to Praxis, Reproductive Justice & Transformative Justice, and Palestine & Zionism. On July 23rd and 30th, SSoWA will be held at the USW Local 675 Hall at 1200 E. 220th St. Carson CA 90745 and from August 6th and 13th it will be held at TIYYA, 505 N. Tustin Ave. #280 Santa Ana, CA 92705.  Join us or sponsor a youth woman, student or mama to join the Summer School for Women’s Activism!

SSOWA SoCalWHAT: Summer School for Women’s Activism
WHEN: Saturday July 23 & 30; Saturday August 6th & 13
WHERE: July in Carson and August dates in Santa Ana
TIME: 9am to 12pm

To register, visit: http://universe.com/ssowaca
Registration Fee: $60 (or sponsor a scholarship)
For questions, please contact: southbay@af3irm.org or orangecounty@af3irm.org

All fees are a donation for the grass-roots community organizing of local chapters of AF3IRM. The registration fee or scholarship donations are tax deductible if a check is written to: “AJ Muste Foundation” please contact Angel at finance@af3irm.org, with any questions.

AF3IRM is a transnational feminist, anti-imperialist organization with chapters across the country. Our work has focused on issues of trafficking, migration, and militarism through direct action, advocacy, and education for over twenty-five years.

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Join AF3IRM in 2016! Plus 2015 Year in Review

While 2015 was a year full of unimaginable violence and exploitation, it was also a year of resistance, growth and strength. AF3IRM centered transnational im/migrant & women of color within the women’s movement, we marched against the genocide of womankind, we followed the lead of our Black brothers and sisters to assert that #BlackLivesMatter, we rallied alongside the Palestinian community, we built schools of activism across the country, and we asserted our right to theory-build and imagine a new world.

Thank you to everyone who joined us this year! Be part of our momentum in 2016 and join or start a chapter near you. The world needs you.

Make your resolution to support women’s liberation by joining AF3IRM today or by donating to help us continue our work!

Highlights from 2015:

IWD MarchINTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY MARCH

On March 8th, International Women’s Day, AF3IRM with Ovarian Psyco-Cycles brought together over 2,000 people in downtown Los Angeles to march against the genocide of womankind. Those in attendance joined together on International Women’s Day in the name of women’s issues and lives and to continue the fight against oppression and violence. Speakers and participants addressed diverse issues to reflect the intersectionality of women’s oppression, including police brutality, state violence and occupation, immigration rights, economic justice, transwomen rights, and reproductive justice. The march had several rally points, as participants gathered at City Hall, moved to LAPD, the Federal Building and the Detention Center, and finished at Mariachi Plaza. Representatives from the Fight for $15, BlackLivesMatter LA, Immigrant Youth Coalition, Labor Strategy Center, Translatin@ Coalition, and others, who were among the more than 70 groups that endorsed the march,  educated and fired up the crowd.

Read more about the march here.

Dalit Women Fight at Santa Clara UniversityDALIT WOMEN FIGHT TOUR

AF3IRM was a national sponsor of the Dalit Women Fight Tour, which brought Dalit women activists from India to different cities around the United States. Members from our own chapters not only attended and hosted events with the Dalit women, but met directly with these activists, breaking bread and sharing experiences.

AF3IRM was proud to be able to provide support for the Dalit women activists and to learn firsthand about their work, their acts of resistance, and the struggles they face not just as Dalit within a caste system, but as women. We exchanged stories of misogyny, sexual violence, and abuse, but also our theories, our strength, our vision, and our methods of fighting back against systems of oppressions.

SSoWA NYC Session 4SUMMER SCHOOLS OF WOMEN’S/YOUTH ACTIVISM

This year AF3IRM was able to lead three Summer Schools in Iowa, New York, and California – building transnational feminism from coast-to-coast! With each session, we worked with a variety of women and youth of color, who came away with fresh new ideas, skills, and a heightened determination to revolutionize the world!

Summer School of Youth Activism in Iowa
In collaboration with the Monsoon Asian Women United of Iowa, AF3IRM led the second Summer Schoolof Youth Activism alongside KmB. Participants came from a variety of backgrounds, identifying as Laotian, Somalian, Vietnamese, Latino, Filipina, Thai, Muslim, queer, transgender, white, and biracial. The youth heard from different organizers and leaders across from the county, learned organizing tools and practices, and used art and creativity as a tool to address oppression and express their dreams.

Summer School of Women’s Activism in New York City
The New York Summer School of Women’s Activism is our longest-running program and this year brought even more stellar guest speakers and included skill-building sections. Topics ranged from human trafficking, militarism, and discussions of women’s struggles around the world. You can read more about each session online on our website!
Marginalization of Women: A Socio-Economic History | Session 1
The Many Faces of Human Trafficking | Session 2
Militarism, Militarization, & the Assault on Women of Color Communities | Session 3
SSoWA NYC 2015 Wraps Up With a Power Panel | Session 4

Summer School of Women’s Activism in South Bay
This year marked the inaugural South Bay-Los Angeles Summer School of Women’s Activism. Held in Wilmington at Communities for a Better Environment, the South Bay SSoWA brought a much needed space for women in the area to talk about issues such as politce brutality and eco-feminism. Facilitator Hasley Pineda “learned that you really did not need a college classroom to have a conversation about putting theory into praxis. All you need are open minds that are wiling to learn and deconstruct our society to see what can be changed. These group of women did just that.”

If you are interested in participating in a summer school or bringing a summer school to your area, please contact us at af3irm@af3irm.org!

Our Summer Schools were featured in the Winter 2015/Spring 2016 issue of Make/Shift Magazine.


More 2015 Highlights from a few of our chapters!

Central Coast - Women's Dialogues

CENTRAL COAST

In Spring 2015, AF3IRM Central Coast launched “Women’s Dialogues: Confronting Internalized Oppressions,” a 3-part transnational feminist discussion series that addressed how we not only experience but also perpetuate patriarchy, white supremacy, and imperialism in our daily lives. This discussion series, co-sponsored by the UCSC Ethnic Resource Center, was created by, created for, and led by women of color. Citing historical events and naming personal experiences, we focused specifically on police violence, “safe” community spaces, and colonial mentalities to illustrate how misogyny, anti-Black racism, and capitalism interconnect. Together, we mapped possibilities for confronting patriarchy and white supremacy within ourselves and our communities, supporting our collective struggles, and building collective resistance.

Anti-Thanksgiving LALOS ANGELES

​Earlier in the year, AF3IRM LA worked convened the International Women’s Day March in downtown Los Angeles, as well as formed a women’s contingent for the annual May Day Rally. AF3IRM LA continued to build upon this massively successful public events, and finished out the year with an inspiring anti-Thanksgiving celebration. On November 19, 2015​, AF3IRM Los Angeles hosted “Our Rituals of Resistance: Honoring Women Against Colonization” in an art gallery in Chinatown. The event paid tribute to our women ancestors, teachers, and revolutionaries who resisted colonization and occupation, as well as honored the women warriors who continue to inspire us. Artists, poets, educators, musicians, birth workers and organizers came together to lead a night of subversive art, dialogue, and celebration of our resilience in the face of pillage and erasure.

AF3IRM NYCNEW YORK

AF3IRM NYC closed out a year of taking it to the streets, the 5th Annual Summer School of Women’s Activism, feminist dinners, tabling, and paneling at the Los Encuentros de Mujeres Latinas en NYC by Standing in Mourning with missing, murdered and/or trafficked women. As part of the larger Purple Rose trafficking campaign launched by AF3IRM National, AF3IRM NYC stood in mourning and chalked Union Square with the names of women missing, murdered and/or trafficked. The speak-out, altar and chalking stood in stark contrast to the rows of holiday market vendors and shoppers in Union Square. In defiance of the numerous times we were approached by security to move our altar, AF3IRM NYC proudly stood our ground and continued to write names, speak out and carry the banner of women of color, native and aboriginal women missing, murdered and trafficked. With the pulse of a single drummer, the most powerful moments of the event were when onlookers made the decision to hold space, participate and scribe the names of women in their own lives, known to be missing, murdered and trafficked.

Throughout the altar and speak-out, AF3IRM NYC members reminded those walking by that:

  • When you speak of poverty, remember that the poorest of the poor in every community is a woman.
  • When you speak of exploitation, remember that the lowest paid is a woman.
  • When you speak of violence, remember that violence against women is pandemic.
  • When you speak of liberation, remember that the one with the greatest need and use for it is a woman.

10427337_1548316992108256_5328136929990377400_nORANGE COUNTY

AF3IRM OC took their educational discussions to the airwaves as Kelly, Lizzi, and Zeena came together in the studio with Radio Santana at El Centro Cultural de Mexico to talk about “Redefining Love, Reclaiming Community” on Valentine’s Day. The chapter discussed bell hooks’ All About Love and about learning how to instill love within us in as much as possible in unconventional ways.

12434408_10153279185424327_1893316842_nSAN DIEGO

In Fall 2015, AF3IRM San Diego kicked off #16days of Activism Against Gender Violence with Día Internacional de la Eliminación de la Violencia Contra la Mujer at the international border addressing the many forms of violence against women, such as trafficking by organized criminal networks and the sexual violence perpetrated by the state. Af3irm San Diego has concentrated on police terror in San Diego by leading Oct22nd National Day of Action Against Police Terror and has developed with allies a people’s ballot demanding an Independent Community Review Board on Police Practices, Copwatching strategies and documentation of every murder by every branch of Law Enforcement as part of the #SDSTOLENLIVES campaign, helped develop a Black Lives Matter San Diego Chapter mobilizing emerging Black Women leaders. Miah Spring of the San Diego Chapter’s tribute song to Sandra Bland “Sandy Still Speaks” was just featured on Rational Propaganda Media’s #BlackLivesMatter podcast and the album the song is featured on by Irate Productions is due to be released in the Spring of 2016.

 

SF Bay AreaSAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA

The AF3IRM SF Bay Area Chapter put transnational feminism into practice this year by building deeply in our local communities and horizontally across national borders in militant sisterhood.

 Photos above (Starting top-left, going clockwise):

(1) AF3IRM SF Bay Area hosted “Dalit Women Fight!” in October, during their 2015 North American Tour.  We protested alongside our sisters to oppose Prime Minister Modi’s genocidal administration and sponsored an event at Santa Clara University to demand an end caste apartheid and caste-based sexual violence.  

(2) For the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, we organized an educational workshop at Urban Promise Academy in East Oakland with 6th-8th grade students, parents, and community members.  The workshop was led by 6th and 7th grade young women, who spoke about Black Lives Matter and police brutality, the murder of a transgender woman in the Philippines by a U.S. Marine, the war in Yemen, Islamophobia, lack of access to education for Muslim young women, and the displacement and migration from Guatemala in response to  civil war (backed by U.S. Imperialism), genocide against Mayan peoples, and socio-linguistic discrimination against Mam speakers.  

(3 & 4) We have been building the capacity of our chapter with the addition of some strong new membership.  Finally, we conducted a workshop on “Transnational Feminism: From Theory to Praxis” at the Conference on Third World Multiracial Solidarity and Community Engagement at UC Berkeley.

South Bay Summer SchoolSOUTH BAY

Being aware of the transnational feminist issues in our community has been a priority for South Bay LA. At our South Bay Summer School of Women’s Activism women and women identified gather together to build, discuss our community, and share our struggles as well as fight against the intersecting injustices we see and live.  On our first day AF3IRM women facilitated a discussion, asking women, “When people here Feminist what do they think?” “What are stereotypes of feminists?” We discussed each of these stereotypes, explaining how and why they are untrue.  Next, we developed and reviewed the various waves of feminism including our current wave, the 4th wave of Transnational Feminism.  Then, we talked about the timeline of our history, showing each other the work we have done, and the work we continue to do.  As AF3IRM and practicing transnational feminists, we do not want to participate in our own erasure, we want to document feminist history, build feminist herstory, and show our local community and the world that we are at the head of the struggle, fighting for justice and liberation.

Support

AF3IRM’s 2015 Calendar for 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence

November 25th – December 10th
16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence 

Wednesday, November 25th 6:00pm
San Diego | Día Internacional de la Eliminación de la Violencia Contra la Mujer / International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women – with La Flor De La Resistencia and Af3irm San Diego 
San Ysidro International Border Port of Entry
For more info, contact: sandiego@af3irm.org
Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1626852987569212/

Thursday, November 26th
Central Coast & SF Bay Area | Indigenous People’s Sunrise Gathering on Alcatraz
For more info, contact: centralcoast@af3irm.org


Friday, November 27th 
Orange County | Twitter Against Corporate Consumer Culture/#BlackFriday
Follow @af3irm_oc on Twitter!
For more info, contact: orangecounty@af3irm.org

AF3IRM OC Social Media Campaign

Friday, November 27th 12:00Noon
San Diego | #BlackLivesMatter Not #BlackFriday
Hall of Justice, 330 W. Broadway, San Diego, 92101
For more info, contact: sandiego@af3irm.org
Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1639715516277810/


December

Tuesday, December 1st and Wednesday, December 2nd
Central Coast | Zine Launch and Distribution
For more info, contact: centralcoast@af3irm.org


Thursday, December 3rd
SF Bay Area | Prezi Presentation Share on #16Days
For more info, contact: sfbayarea@af3irm.org


Friday, December 4th     3:30 to 5:00pm
SF Bay Area | AF3IRM Presents “From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Make Education Safe for All!” 
Urban Promise Academy, 3031 East 18th St., Oakland CA 94601
Organized by: 6th and 7th grade Urban Promise Academy Students
Subcommittees: African American/Black, Asian American, Muslim, and Filipino young women
Co-Sponsors: AF3IRM SF Bay Area & Urban Promise Academy Family Resource Center
For more info, contact: sfbayarea@af3irm.org

AF3IRM SF Bay Area_Urban Promise


Saturday, December 5th 1:00pm to 4:00pm (Eastern)
New York | Stand in Mourning to Honor Missing, Murdered, and Trafficked Women!
Union Square Park
For more info, contact: nynj@af3irm.org
Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/144929552535639/

AF3IRM NYC #MissingMurderedTrafficked


Saturday, December 5th and Sunday December 6th
South Bay – Los Angeles | Flyer Drop
For more info, contact: southbay@af3irm.org


Monday, December 7th
Los Angeles | Social Media Blitz
Follow @af3irm on Twitter!
For more info, contact: losangeles@af3irm.org


Tuesday, December 8th
Los Angeles | Feminist Dinner 
For more info, contact: losangeles@af3irm.org


 

 

 

 

 

AF3IRM joins #DalitWomenFight against Caste-Based and State Violence with Santa Clara University and Los Angeles events!

NATIONAL — Join AF3IRM as we support the Dalit Women’s Self-Respect Movement and their events around the United States! The #DalitWomenFight Tour has visited cities across the country, from New York to San Francisco, with AF3IRM chapters coast to coast there to welcome them.

As an anti-imperialist, transnational feminist organization, AF3IRM is proud to be able to share space with the Dalit Women’s Self-Respect Movement and to support their fight against state violence and towards liberation. We have always recognized the intersectionality of oppressions and the part that the State plays in maintaining these systems of power. The caste system in India is a clear example of this. Because of their caste and their gender, the Dalit women have a long history of being targets of sexual and physical violence, discrimination, and trafficking, while the State does little to protect them. Their stories of caste apartheid are evidence of one of the oldest systems of oppression – yet their stories also speak to a long history of resistance.

Indeed, we salute the Dalit women’s continued fight against all forms of oppression and their willingness to put their bodies on the frontline of the struggle, as they did during the Dalit Women’s Self-Respect March. We are inspired by their fierce passion and leadership, as the Dalit women activists not only bear witness to the caste-based violence and oppression they face in India and in the diaspora, but also demonstrate their courage in breaking the silence around the caste system and share their visions for revolutionary change.

This week the Dalit women activists finish the Bay Area leg of their tour and make their way to southern California. AF3IRM San Francisco Bay Area and Central Coast chapters will host #DalitWomenFight Breaking the Silence on Caste Apartheid at Santa Clara University on Wednesday, October 7th. The event begins at 7pm at the Music Recital Hall – Room 103, located in the Music and Dance Facility Building 114, located at 952 Franklin Street. The night will feature Dalit-American artist Thenmozhi Soundararajan, as well as personal testimonies, songs, performance, film and discussion. There will also be photographs and posters that document the work of the Dalit Women’s Self Respect Movement from artists all over the world.

On Saturday, October 10th, AF3IRM will join #DalitWomenFight in LA at Chuco’s Justice Center (1137 E. Redondo Blvd., Inglewood, CA 90302) from 2 to 5pm. More events from the tour can be found via Facebook (http://bit.ly/dalitwf) and their website (http://www.dalitwomenfight.com/).

The activists on the frontline of the Dalit Women’s Self-Respect Movement show the world what we in AF3IRM have always known – that a woman’s place is at the head of the struggle for liberation! We call on all to join us this week and resist these divisions created by class, caste and oppressive traditions! Across borders and oceans, we join the Dalit women activists in calling for the end of caste apartheid, caste-based sexual violence, and all forms of state violence!

AF3IRM Presents #DalitWomenFight at Santa Clara University#DalitWomenFight LA

#DalitWomenFight Breaking the Silence on Caste Apartheid at Santa Clara University
Wednesday, October 7, 2015
7pm to 9pm
Music Recital Hall – Room 103
Music and Dance Facility Building 114
952 Franklin Street, Santa Clara, CA 95050
AF3IRM Info: http://bit.ly/dalitwfscu
Facebook Event Page: http://bit.ly/dwf-scu

#DalitWomenFight in LA: The Struggles Against Caste Apartheid and State Violence
Saturday, October 10, 2015
2pm to 5pm
Chuco’s Justice Center
1137 E. Redondo Blvd
Inglewood, CA 90302
Facebook Event Page: http://bit.ly/dalitwfla