WMW at the Incite! Color of Violence 4 Conference
World March of Women US Chapter Brings Grassroots Internationalism to the Incite! Color of Violence 4 Conference
Over 20 GGJ members participated in workshops and activities at this year’s Color of Violence 4 (COV4)--Beyond the State: Inciting Transformative Possibilities from March 26-29, 2015 in Chicago.
INCITE! is a national activist organization of radical feminists of color advancing a movement to end violence against women of color, trans* people of color, and communities through direct action, critical dialogue, and grassroots organizing.
In the decade since the last Incite! conference, the world has felt more profoundly the effects of neoliberal policies and untethered “economic development” at the expense of people lives and the Earth’s natural resources. In the US, the lives of women and transgender people are legislated and debated, without recognizing the connections of their lives to racism, colonialism, homophobia, and patriarchy. And feminist movements in the US have often been silent or on the wrong side of issues when it comes to solidarity with women’s struggles in the global south. All of this is reinforced by sanctioned state violence all over the world that continues to destroy families and communities.
At the Incite! Color of Violence conference, plenaries covered topics such as the Criminalization of Self-Defense, support for Palestine, the connection between Indigenous youth with disabilities and the school to prison pipeline, and what it means to be trans in this movement. GGJ members went to workshops that defined transformative justice and restorative justice, and also on what healing in our communities look like.
And we engaged in some organizing work! Earlier in March, GGJ publicly announced the formation of the US chapter of the World March of Women, a global feminist action network.
Under the banner of “We Will Keep Marching Until We Are All Free: Defending the Dignity of Our Bodies, Our Communities, and Mother Earth”GGJ is putting forth a national call to action to join World March of Women chapters around the world on April 24th, the anniversary of the factory fire and collapse in Bangladesh. While at the conference we collected of 150 signatures to support the workers of Rana Plaza, and to call on major corporations to sign onto a safety accord that would protext workers in Bangladesh.
GGJ Member Organizations at the Incite! COV4 Conference:
Afro-Eco, Minneapolis MN
CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities, New York City
Chinese Progressive Association, San Francisco CA
Got Green?, Seattle WA
Little Village Environmental Justice Organization, Chicago IL
Miami Workers Center, Miami FL
Media Mobilizing Project, Philadelphia PA
Mujeres Unidas y Activas, San Francisco CA
Portland Central American Solidarity Committee, Portland OR
Southwest Organizing Project, Albuquerque NM
Southwest Workers Union, San Antonio TX
Young Women United, Albuquerque NM
For more information about GGJ’s delegation to Incite, you can reach Helena at firstname.lastname@example.org