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Women of Color to Helm AF3IRM’s CenterShift II Conference: Full Schedule Revealed

Media Contact:  nynj@af3irm.org
Tel:  (917) 3970989

New York:   An astonishing array of women luminaries will be at the helm of AF3IRM’s CenterShift Conference on October 21st – a vivid image of the diversity of color, cultures, experience and perspective in the women’s struggle for liberation.

Two principal main features will anchor the day’s discourse.  After the Conference is formally convened by AF3IRM Chair Ivy Quicho, union organizer and activist for women’s rights, the morning session will center around the panel, “Constellations of History,” featuring the following presenters:

  • Claudia de la Cruz, Dominican American, founder of Da Urban Butterflies, co-host and producer of Telesur English’s Ñ Don’t Stop;
  • Nayoung Kim, Korean, legal scholar focusing on feminist jurisprudence, activist
  • Muriel Miguel, Kuna and Rappahannock Nations, founder of Spiderwoman Theater
  • Raissa Robles, Filipina, journalist and foreign correspondent, book author
  • Farah Tanis, black American, founder of Black Women’s Blueprint, activist and organizer for women’s human rights

The panel will be moderated by immediate past AF3IRM Chair Jollene Levid, also a union organizer and an activist since her teen years.

The second feature is an annotated performance by Pura Fe, Tuscarora Nation musician.  This will anchor the afternoon session.  Apart from being a great artist, Pura Fe is also an environmental activist, joining at one time Winona La Duke’s two-day tour against oil and fracking.

The conference will also feature afternoon workshops on such topics as Migration, Marriage & Divorce,  Building Solidarity Across Borders,  Gender and Revolution and other issues germane to our times. View the full schedule on the AF3IRM website.

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A sliding scale registration fee is requested of participants.  Registration can be done here:  http://bit.ly/af3rr17.  Contact centershift@af3irm.org with additional questions.  Group rates for three or more registrants are available.  —  ###


Philippine journalist Raissa Robles joins Oct 21st Centershift Conference

Media contact: email: Nynj@af3irm.org
Tel: 917-397-0989

NEW YORK—Practicing journalism in a country ranked second in the number of media people assassinated and which still holds the record for the most media persons killed in a single event is a challenge the likes of which few experience. However, Raissa Robles, who reports both on her own website and for newspapers like the South China Morning Post, death threats and vilification are but a daily fare. She recently came out with the book Marcos Martial Law: Never Again in which she called the imposition of the one-man-rule on the Philippines “a one-stop butcher shop for human rights violations.”

Ms. Robles will bring her more than two decades of experience in defying and surviving neo-fascism to AF3IRM’s Center Shift Conference, joining the panel “Constellations of History”, and adding her wisdom to the paths women must take in this era of intensifying suppression.

Ms. Robles has been writing about the Philippine government and its presidents since the 1980s, first as a writer of history and later, as a media person covering presidential decisions and actuations. Recently, she has taken on the government of Rodrigo Duterte, now famous for its claimed “war on drugs” which has resulted in some 13,000 people killed. The “war” is still on-going and has spurred its own politics – from attempts to dismantle the country’s Commission on Human Rights, threats to declare martial law once again and the latest, an on-going campaign to enact auto-golpe – i.e., replace the Constitution with one that would enable sitting officials to extend their terms of office.

Into this highly charged political atmosphere, Ms. Robles’s book Never Again was released, becoming a best seller virtually overnight. Although the book is about the long-ousted Marcos Dictatorship, it was released just as the Duterte Regime was about to approve a hero’s burial for the dead dictator. A limited number of copies will be available at the Conference and Ms. Robles will be available to sign them for buyers.

The AF3IRM CenterShift Conference II: Roots and Routes is held every third year. It brings together as many diverse histories and perspectives of the global women’s struggle as the organization can manage. It aims to bring forward a holistic understanding of the women’s movement which is often unremarked in the world today. The main plenary panel is of five women representing points of view acknowledged even in the US women’s movement and is an expression of AF3IRM’S commitment to transnational sisterhood and feminism.

The Conference will also feature the Tuscarora singer and musician, Pura Fe, who continuously brings eight generations of tribal music to the cause of environmentalism and the fight against oil and fracking.

CenterShift will take place at the Center for Social Innovation, 601 West 25th Street, New York, NY 10001 and starts at 9 am. Registration can be done via EventBrite.Com at http://bit.ly/af3rr17. For additional inquiries, please contact CenterShift@AF3IRM.ORG . — ##