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AF3IRM Leadership to push for new directions for feminism at October 21st CenterShift II Conference in New York City

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NEW YORK—The bold leaders of AF3IRM – including three of its past and current national chairpersons — will continue to challenge the ideals and boundaries of feminism in the United States at this year’s national conference. The push by leadership has always been to theory build, to imagine, and to take action, with these efforts taking on even more urgency in a time of heightened neo-fascism and white nationalism.

Ivy, Ninotchka, and Jollene in DC for the Women’s March on January 21, 2017

At AF3IRM’s Center Shift II Conference in New York City,  National Chair Ivy Quicho, past Chairperson Jollene Levid, and founding GABNet Chairperson Ninotchka Rosca will join activists of differing histories and cultures to help chart possible directions for this current wave of feminism during this October deliberations.  The three have been pivotal in the meteoric rise of AF3IRM as a center for women of color and transnational women in the struggle for equity, rights and liberation.

Born in Alberta, Canada, Ms. Quicho, who now resides in Los Angeles, has worked in the labor movement for almost a decade, advocating on behalf of resident physicians and nurses, and currently works for the Directors Guild. Ms. Levid, a Los Angeles native, is a well-known union organizer with a history of fighting for women workers. She now organizes with UTLA, fighting against the privatization of education. She served as AF3IRM’s National Chair from its launch in 2010 to 2016. Renowned author and former political prisoner Ninotchka Rosca was the founding chair of GABNet in 1989 and has been an outspoken advocate for women’s rights for decades.

As first national chair of AF3IRM, Ms. Levid oversaw the organization’s survival from the near-catastrophic impact of severing its ties with a hierarchical political organization.  Under the slogan “A woman’s place is at the head of the struggle,” she affirmed the right and duty of women to have a voice in social transformation movements.  

Ms. Quicho, who was elected to chair position in the seventh year of AF3IRM’s existence, launches her term with the slogan “a woman’s place is at the helm of the struggle,” in a declaration of women’s right to ideological and political leadership to guide movements toward the building of a just and equitable social organization.  

Ms. Quicho will formally open the Conference, delivering the parameters of deliberations and discussions for the presenters and participants.  

Ms. Levid will facilitate and moderate the plenary panel “Constellations of History” which will present the achievements, strategy and tactics of women struggling in different cultures.    

Ms. Rosca along with the New York chapter of AF3IRM have been leading the efforts of the CenterShift II Conference, bringing together a stellar lineup of speakers for the Constellations of History panel, shaping its ideological direction, and working with sister chapters to organize workshops.

Leaders and current members of AF3IRM chapters from across the United States are flying in to New York to take part in these deliberations and to add their own experience.  Join in this historic gathering by registering at http://bit.ly/af3rr17. Space is limited. For questions, please email [email protected].

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Ninotchka Rosca to Speak at Rutgers University on Super-Typhoon Mission

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NEW JERSEY: On Friday, April 25, 2014, at 6:30 – 9:00 pm, at the Asian American Cultural Center, AF3IRM member Ninotchka Rosca will give a report on the aftermath of the super-typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda). The Rutgers Association of Pilipino Students (RAPS) is hosting the event which is open to the public. The Center is at the Livingston Campus, 49 Joyce Kilmer Avenue, Piscataway, NJ 08854, and can be contacted at (848) 445-8043.

“Typhoon Haiyan, “ said Ms. Rosca, “is a vivid illustration of what’s coming with climate change. It is incumbent for all of us to take full measure of its toll on human life. This is not just for those of Philippine ancestry. No race, no ethnicity can escape these changes and we need to cooperate to make sure that survival won’t be only for the few with resources.”

With the highest landfall speed ever recorded, typhoon Haiyan decimated the island of Leyte, as well as parts of Samar and Cebu islands. Estimates of fatalities range from 8,000 to 12,000, with 600,000 homeless and 11 million directly affected by the storm. Seven million trees, including entire coconut groves upon which the livelihood of thousands depended, were destroyed.

Along with AF3IRM National Chair Jollene Levid, Ms. Rosca visited Leyte, Cebu and Zamboanga this January. They went through villages which had been totally wiped out by the typhoon and where residents were desperately re-building on their own, while searching for missing relatives and friends. In the course of this needs-assessment mission, Ms. Rosca tracked down a rumor about a thousand still unburied bodies – something denied by authorities – and the two found them in the yard of a building near the San Juanico bridge.

Following reports of sexual assaults – also stringently denied by authority – in the typhoon areas, AF3IRM, in cooperation with the National Association of Asian and Pacific Islanders to End Sexual Violence (NAPIESV), sent Ms. Rosca and Ms. Levid to the Philippines to conduct a needs-assessment analysis, focused on women and children.

“Trafficking, prostitution and child prostitution are much feared and much talked about,” noted Ms. Rosca wryly, “but about which not much is done.”

Both Ms. Levid and Ms. Rosca have been giving presentations on the typhoon to various groups. “We approach the issues comprehensively,” explained Ms. Rosca, “so that people leave with a sense of how to interface with the damaged communities.”

Phase 2 of the AF3IRM/NAPIESVE Philippine mission will begin in second half of this year. It will focus on training people to establish safety zones for women and children, as well as ensure that their specific needs are among immediate relief goods.

Anyone who wish to help, contribute or work with the mission can email [email protected] For direct cash donations, please access the AF3IRM project page at www.sponsorphilippines.org. — ##

AF3IRM NY REPORT-BACK: Endorsing Organizations Announced for International Women’s Day Mixer and Ninotchka Rosca Report-Back on the Impact of Typhoon Yolanda on Women in Tacloban

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The New York chapter of the transnational feminist group AF3IRM celebrates International Working Women’s Day with a report-back featuring member and award-winning author, Ninotchka Rosca on March 8, 3:30-5:30 PM, at the University Settlement in Manhattan.

In honor of the working women and also to learn more about how women and children are disparately impacted by sexual violence in the aftermath of military conflicts and natural calamities like Typhoon Haiyan, AF3IRM has created this public forum.

Rosca shares her findings and experiences during her three-week trip to the Philippines, with national chair, Jollene Levid. Levid had conducted a similar talk-back in San Francisco last week.

Both Rosca and Levid visited Tacloban and surrounding villages, which were ravaged by the super typhoon last year, and further south to Zamboanga City, where thousands of people were displaced due to the ongoing conflict between the military and the Moro National Liberation Front.

The research is part of PHASE 1 of AF3IRM’s joint sexual violence relief centers project with the National Association of Asian and Pacific Islanders Ending Sexual Violence (NAPIESV). This relief project aims to provide emergency shelters, counseling, medical services, and recovery programs to victims of sexual violence and trafficking in disaster-prone areas in the Philippines.

Among the stories Rosca had gathered is that of the “50 Badjao families who made their way inland, after the burning of their sea-floating village.”

“The good-hearted people of the town offered them space and work and said they could stay. The Badjao refused because they couldn’t sleep without the murmur of waves and the rhythmic cradle-rocking by the ocean. Night after night, they lay awake. Babies/children had to be placed atop their fathers’ chests so they could be deceived into mistaking human heartbeat for the ocean’s heartbeat. In due time, the families disappeared, hopefully making their way back to the sea.”

AF3IRM will continue to share these stories and seek justice for the affected, not charity.

The report-back will be followed by a mixer, at 5:30-7:30 PM, where the attendees can unwind and continue informal discussions with the speaker.

Event Details
Saturday, March 8, 2014
3:30-5:30 PM #JusticeNotCharity Report-Back
University Settlement
273 Bowery, New York, NY 10002 (On the corner of Bowery and Houston)

5:30-7:30 PM Happy Hour
Crime Scene
310 Bowery, New York, NY 10002 (B/T Houston St & 2nd St)
$5 wristbands for ½ drinks.

Endorsing organizations: Da Urban Butterflies, LEGACY | NY, Pilipino American Unity for Progress (UniPro), Sister Circle Collective, and Ugnayan NY/NJ.Facebook Event:  http://tinyurl.com/k8wu59k

Twitter:  @AF3IRMNYC, #JusticeNotCharity

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