Feminist Organizing School 2016
(image above: #FOS2016 Planning Team (from l to r): Emma Sandoval, Marisol Archuleta, Helena Wong, Beva Sanchez, Maria Poblet, Jessica Guerrero, Cynthia Oka, Cindy Wiesner, Emily Lee)
Grassroots Global Justice Alliance and the SouthWest Organizing Project (SWOP) co-hosted our very first Feminist Organizing School (FOS2016) in Albuquerque, NM from May 20-24th 2016. Over 40 people from 17 organizations around the country participated in the school, grounded in the spirit of slain indigenous feminist environmental activist, Berta Cáceres.
Read these BLOG POSTS from participants in the Feminist Organizing School:
- Growing the Roots of Ecofeminism by Zelene Pineda Suchilt, WE ACT for Environmental Justice
- Lessons from Feminist Organizing School by Lydia Simas, Grassroots International
- Reportback from Feminist Organizing School 2016 by Keren Soffer Sharon & Zahara Zahav, Jews For Racial & Economic Justice
In the context of the right-wing attacks on women and social movement gains in the last few decades, we were excited to bring together organizers and leaders who want to think about the kind of feminist movement we need to be building to confront the current political moment.
Participants delved into the intersections of patriarchy, white supremacy and imperialism and explored these themes from a multi-gendered perspective. The school sparked excitement for the development of World March of Women branches held by GGJ member organizations, and solidified our commitment to gender justice work.
"I have been through trainings before on gender before but this 101 T4T breakdown was great! ....For such an exhausting day of content I am leaving so recharged and happy"- Liz Beatty-Owens, Vermont Workers Center
"I can definitely see myself doing this back home."- Lydia Simas, Grassroots International
"Very useful to continue to practice being in front and gaining confidence to explain these terms to each other and also different levels of understanding. It was liberating for me to share."- Nohelia Ramos, Causa Justa::Just Cause
(Berta Cáceres mural commissioned by GGJ, at the Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice. Artist is Jennifer Lynn Correa.)
See more tweets and photos from the school by looking up #fos2016 on twitter!