Please join these participatory discussions about how—and whether—feminism can become a transformative, justice-centered movement for social change.
- How can we drive attention to the power, privilege, and marginalization that continue to play out in feminist communities, and how can those of us with power and privilege become genuine and effective allies to those without it?
- How can we collectively create a feminist/media/justice movement that doesn't rely on white supremacy, class privilege, and economic exploitation?
- Can the idea of feminism shift to foreground an uncompromising, transformative commitment to systemic social change, or is it time to evolve to new language?
Below are the places/dates I've scheduled so far (these conversations are being organized in conjunction with my Bitch fundraising/outreach travels):
Minneapolis: Saturday, May 10, from 4:00-6:00PM at Amazon Bookstore (not affiliated with the evil that is amazon.com), 4755 Chicago Ave
Madison: Wednesday, May 14, from 6:00-8:00PM at Room of One's Own Feminist Bookstore, 307 W. Johnson
Milwaukee: Sunday, May 18, from 3:00-5:00PM at Broad Vocabulary Feminist Bookstore, 2241 S. Kinnickinnic Ave
Other cities to come...
Please note: I'm not calling this "A Bitch Project" because I consider Bitch to be an authoritative voice on these critical issues, but because I think it's imperative that we address them at Bitch openly and collectively, using our own power and privilege responsibly. I'm hoping these discussions will inform and guide our upcoming organizational visioning/refounding process, so as part of these discussions, I'm hoping to hear from folks how we at Bitch can more effectively build community around our work, be more accountable, and push to transform feminism into a justice-centered movement.
I'd like to acknowledge and thank the following folks whose work and/or direct feedback helped shape this project so far: Jessica Hoffmann, Jocelyn Burrell, Jess Hauser, Kelli Foster, my co-workers at Bitch, Adele Nieves and the Detroit Feminists, INCITE! organizers, and the blogs of Brownfemipower, Sudy, Blackamazon, Aaminah, Nadia, Feministe, and Racialicious. The question in the subtitle, "What is your feminism for and why does it matter?" came directly from Jessica Hoffmann's "On Prisons, Borders, Safety, and Privilege: An open letter to white feminists," which I strongly encourage everyone to read in preparation for these discussions.