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Farah Tanis of Black Women’s Blueprint Joins AF3IRM’s October 21st CenterShift II Conference

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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.

A sliding scale registration fee is asked of those who wish to attend;  this includes digital copies of the deliberations.  Please register here: or email  — ##



NEW YORK–The panel “Constellations of History” at the CenterShift II Conference: Roots and Routes will feature as one of the presenters Nayoung Kim, activist of Korean ancestry, who is based in Chicago.  Ms. Kim holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Anthropology from Yonsei University of the Republic of Korea, and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Michigan Law School.

She will speak on the strategies and tactics deployed by the women of South Korea toward the advancement of women’s liberation via  such movements as the Comfort Women struggle, Japan and US colonization, the struggle against dictatorship and fascism, the resistance to sexual exploitation and the recent explosion of women’s liberation politics in South Korea.

Ms. Kim exemplifies the fierce young feminists who were forged in the post-war rise of South Korea as an Asian tiger economy.  As a student, Ms. Kim worked for the Korea Women’s Hotline as reporter and legal researcher and she carried that dedication when she moved to Michigan for further law studies.

In Michigan, she was involved in a variety of institutions serving women in distress – from the Safe House Center which provided crisis intervention to survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence; to the University of Michigan Human Trafficking Clinic where, as a student attorney, she helped provide legal services to survivors of labor and sex trafficking;  to the Family Law Project, Legal Services of South Central Michigan which gave legal aid to low-income survivors of domestic violence.

Ms. Kim was also a research assistant for the world-renowned Professor Catharine A. MacKinnon, helping in feminist jurisprudence.

She continues volunteer work both in the United States and in Korea, crossing the globe to maintain her roots while charting new routes for her growth as a feminist and in the field of law.

The “Constellations of History” Panel at the CenterShift Conference II:  Roots and Routes explores the historical achievements of women within five cultures, the strategies and tactics they employed in dismantling interlocking systems of oppression and exploitation, and how these can work for in our current situation.   The panel will be moderated by former AF3IRM Chairperson Jollene Levid.

AF3IRM NYC organizes the CenterShift Conference every third year, bringing together diverse histories, perspectives and histories from a variety of cultures around the year.  The objective is to understand differences and appreciate commonalities in the global women’s movement for liberational theory-building, practice and struggle.

CenterShift Conference II will feature the music and culture of the Tuscarora American Indian Nation, through the great artistry of Pura Fe, singer and musician, herself an activist for the environment against oil and fracking.

The whole day conference will be on October 21st at the Centre for Social Innovation in Manhattan, New York City.  A small scaled registration fee is asked of the participants.  Space is limited so early registration is requested.  Reserve your space now at

For further information, please visit, AF3IRM’s website or the FB event page at  Queries can also be directed to AF3IRM’s New York chapter at or  by calling  917-397-0989   — ##


SF Bay Area | Breaking the Silence Town Hall on Girls & Women of Color on February 27

Join AF3IRM SF Bay Area for the “Breaking the Silence” Town Hall on Girls and Women of Color on February 27th, 2016, from 12PM-4PM! The Town Hall is organized by Impact Hub Oakland and a community Advisory Committee of over 45 people. It is inspired by the work of the African American Policy Forum and is part of their series of national hearings designed to amplify the stories and struggles of women and girls of color.

AF3IRM SF Bay Area is a community partner for this event, supporting #BTSOak as they work to advance gender & racial justice for our local communities. 

This will be a powerful day of action and restoration as girls and women of color speak across a range of issues including displacement, education, interpersonal and inter-communal violence, and criminalization.

***RSVP Is Required. Please Register via Eventbrite***

For more information, visit:

12440349_596872477135242_7836559919154724792_oBreaking the Silence Town Hall
Saturday, February 27,  2016
12pm to 4pm
Impact Hub Oakland
2323 Broadway Oakland, CA 94612


Sensationalized Patriotism Turns into Intimidation at UCI: AF3IRM Supports the ASUCI Six

For Immediate Release
Zeena Aljawad, AF3IRM Orange County,
Barbra Ramos, National Communications Director,, 323-813-4272

IRVINE, CA– AF3IRM firmly supports students dubbed the “ASUCI Six” and in the face of threats made to them, we condemn the lack of action from the University of California, Irvine (UCI) and its administration and we demand that UCI Chancellor Howard Gillman make the safety of students a priority! We will not accept the intimidation of and violence towards students, specifically students of color!

On Thursday, March 5, 2015, Associated Students at the University of California, Irvine (ASUCI), passed Resolution Legislation Number 50-70 (R50-70) with a final vote of 6 yeses, 4 nos, and 2 abstentions, resolving that the Associated Students main lobby should be inclusive of all students, that flags of any nation should not be hanged in the main lobby, and lastly, that any decorative piece that is present in the main lobby could possibly be removed if there is discomfort with the piece. This was in response to the American flag being hung in the main lobby space for the first time during a fraternity’s event.

The over-zealous reaction to the resolution’s passing was swift – as it was overturned on Saturday, March 7th, 2015 by ASUCI due to the pressures of UCI administration and the media. Now throughout the nation, news of this resolution has sparked xenophobic and racialized hate speech and exaggerated patriotism.

Within the resolution, the American flag is identified as triggering because of its direct association with this nation’s history of colonialism and imperialism and ethnic/cultural exclusion. Indeed, this triggering cannot be ignored  given the colonization of Turtle Island (the First Nation territorial name for the United States (U.S.) and Canada), given the imperialism that the United States government has been involved in and has initiated, given the ongoing violent deportations of people of color, and given the state-sanctioned violence inflicted upon all marginalized bodies, disproportionately against black folks.

As transnational feminists, we in AF3IRM, know all too well the effects of imperialism and colonialism on bodies of color, specifically women of color, and the reach of state violence. The American flag has been and continues to be imposed on us whilst the U.S.  occupies our homelands and colonizes our families’ countries of origin. Now that we have immigrated here or have been put into reservation camps, in large part because of U.S. imperialism and colonialism, and despite the U.S government claims that we have freedoms of speech and expression, why are we, people of color, being punished for refusing to impose the flag on peoples again? This is state violence and it is being unjustly inflicted against the six students and council members who voted in favor of R50-70.

Despite the resolution being overturned on Saturday afternoon, ASUCI Six continue to receive  death threats and racist, Islamophobic, and anti-immigrant remarks.

In a New University article by Phuc Pham, students from ASUCI leadership shared the ways in which they have been threatened:

“‘I’ve got a lot of emails. A lot of death threats. A lot of people telling me to go back across the border, that I don’t belong. A lot of my friends, or people who I thought were my friends, have been calling me un-American and that I don’t belong here,’ [stated Matthew Guevara, a co-author of the resolution].

Khaalidah Sidney [a co-author of the resolution] has received threats of a lynch mob as well as being called the n-word.

Despite not having a say in the final vote of the legislation, Sanaa Khan [ASUCI Vice President]  has also been the recipient of Islamophobic comments.”

A UCI student and AF3IRM member has expressed grave concern over the safety of the ASUCI Six, stating that these students have been explicitly threatened with deportation, lynching, and detailed outlines of how these students should be killed. This is unacceptable.

The safety of the ASUCI Six is crucial and should be of paramount concern over anything else. However, UCI’s administration, specifically UCI Chancellor Howard Gillman, has yet to denounce the threats students have received and has perpetuated the targeting of the ASUCI Six by singling them out in a statement. It is evident that the administration’s priority is not to support students, but to only be cautious of the reputation of the institution and keep its loyalty to power structures in tact. The administration is also undermining and condescending of ASUCI, the governing student body that is for and run by students.

State officials have also sided with those in power: State Senator Janet Nguyen, who is an alumna of UCI, said late Friday, March 6th that she and other legislators, including Senate Republican leader Robert Huff, may introduce a state constitutional amendment that would prohibit “state-funded universities and college campuses from banning the United States flag.” These state officials have not uttered a word on the violent threats targeting the ASUCI Six.

The overreaction to this situation is absurd – the resolution sought to maintain one single inclusive space on the second largest campus in the UC system and does not prohibit the display of the American flag or any other flag elsewhere at UCI. Dramatizing the situation by inaccurately expanding the applicability of the resolution to the entire campus and by focusing on American nationalism and patriotism is unwarranted and irresponsible. It only feeds into the intimidation, silencing, and violence towards students.

The overturning of R50-70 and the lack of protection for students at UCI has been telling of what kind of world we live in: how students are patronized and unprotected within multiple institutions, the disposability of people of color, and the inaccuracy and irresponsibility of journalism and the powers that be.





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Veronica Agard —


Nueva York: Mula sa 92-taong-gulang na Pearlie Golden, pinatay sa Atlanta, hanggang kay pitong-taong-gulang na si Aiyana Stanley-Jones, pinatay sa Detroi, Michigan, dinanas at dinaranas ng kababaihang itim at batang babae, pati na rin ng mga bakla, trans at iba pang kasarian, ang dahas ng pulisya. Panahon na, ayon sa AF3IRM NYC at Sister Circle Collective, na bigyan ito ng pansin.

Sa ilalim ng hastag na #feministsonthemove, nag-iimbita ang dalawang organisasyon sa mga kababaihan, bakla, trans at iba pang kasarian na tumulong lumikha ng isang malakas na pangkat ng kababaihan sa Martsa ng Milyon laban sa dahas pulisya sa Disyembre 13. Magtitipon ang mga dadalo sa Washington Square North/5th Avenue, ala-una ng hapon. Hinihiling din na magsuot ng lila ang mga dadalo bilang pakikiisa sa pakikibakang ito.

“Payak lang ang gustong iparating: ang karahasang estado ay nararamdaman rin ng mga itim na babae at batang babae, ng mga bakla, trans at ng mga taong may ibang kasarian. Ang pandarahas laban sa babaeng itim, batang babaeng itim, mga bakla, trans at ibang kasarian ay walang puknat at mula sa pambubugbog hanggang paggahasa. Panahon na kilalanin ito at idagdag sa ating kaalaman tungkol sa dahas-estado at biyolesya ng pulis,” sabi ni Olivia Canlas, ng AF3IRM NYC.

“Hindi natin mapapalitan ang hindi natin kinikilala. Ang pandarahas laban sa itim na babae at batang babae, kasama na sa mga bakla, trans at iba pang kasarian, ay kasing tagal na ng pandarahas laban sa kalalakihang itim. Isa siyang mabigat na sangkap ng dahas-estado at brutal na pulisya,” dugtong ni Lanai Daniels ng Sister Circle Collective.

Ang pandarahas ng pulis laban sa kababaihang itim, batang babae, mga bakla, trans at ibang kasarian ay nangyayari sa halos lahat ng estado ng Estados Unidos. Si Yvette Smith, 47, ay pinatay sa Texas; si Nizah Moore, 34, ay pinatay sa Philadelphia; si Miriam Carey, 34, ay pinatay sa Washington, Dc; si Rekia Boyd, 22, ay pinatay sa Chicago; si Kayla Moore, 42, ay pinatay sa Berkeley, California; si Tarika Wilson, 26, ay pinatay sa Ohio; si Alberta Spruill, 57, ay pinatay sa New York tulad ni Shereese Frances, 30. Isisigaw ang kanilang mga pangalan sa kalye at mga pangalan ng iba pang pinaslang ng mga alagad ng batas kuno.

Ang layon sa pananawagan ukol sa dahas-pulsya laban sa kababaihang itim, bakla, trans at iba pang kasarian ay isang pagsaklaw, hindi paghati. Ito’y pagkilala sa pamumuno ng kababaihang itim sa kilusang ito, pagkilala sa rasismo laban sa itim sa maraming komunidad ng mga hindi puti. Ito’y pagtatayo ng pagkakaisa lampas sa hangganan ng lahi at etnisidad, at pagkilala sa sangangdaan ng pang-aapi na pinanghahawakan natin bilang babae, batang babae, bakla, trans at iba pang kasarian. Ito’y bilang pagkilala na ang mga komunidad ng minorya sa Estado Unidos, lalo na ang komunidad ng itim ay maparaang pinupuntirya sa kabuuan. Ito’y pagkilala rin na may mga espesyal na pandarahas laban sa kababaihang itim, batang babae, bakla, trans at ibang di-sumasang-ayon na kasarian.

Isa sa mga kasong ito ay tungkol kay Daniel Ken Holtzclaw, isang pulis sa Oklahoma, na inakusahan ng panggagahasa ng pitong Aprikano-Amerikanong babae. May paratang din sa kanya ng pagnanakaw at felonious stalking. Kasalukuyang nakapianyansiya siya.

“Kapang sinabi nating #maykabuluhanangbuhayitim (#blacklivesmatter), kasama rito ang buhay ng kababaihang itim, buhay ng batang babaeng itim, at buhay ng mga itim na bakla, trans at iba pang di-sumasang-ayon na kasarian. Ang dahas-estado, na pinapahiwatig ng karahasang pulis, ay hindi pira-piraso,” sabi ni Veronica Agard ng Sister Circle Collective.

Ang tipon ng kababaihan sa martsang ito ay pagpatunay sa kanilang aktibong pakikibahagi sa pagtutol sa pagpaslang ng mga kalalakihang itim at isang pahayag ng protesta laban sa dahas-estadong humahagupit sa kababaihang itim, batang babaeng itim, bakla, trans at sa iba pang di-sumasang-ayon na kasarian. — #