12.17.12Net Roots NY Blogger Panel
Netroots NY: Herding Bloggers for Your Cause Some might say that trying to get bloggers to write about things upon request is tougher than nailing jello to a tree…the bloggers and netroots outreach specialists on this panel will prove otherwise. Learn how to make friends with bloggers and get them to help spread the good word with tips and tricks and a few case studies too.
03.22.12Speaking at Soundtrack Series: March Madness Madonna Thon at Le Poisson Rouge
"The Soundtrack Series is a live storytelling event based on music. On the fourth Thursday of every month at (Le) Poisson Rouge, host Dana Rossi invites five guest writers to get on the mic to tell the hilarious or heartwrenching stories they forever associate with a song from their past"
Join Laura Barcella, the editor of Soft Skull Press' "Madonna and Me: Women Writers on the Queen of Pop" me, and fellow contributor Gloria Feldt at this fun event.
03.03.12Women's Therapy Center Institute's Indwelling: Living in a Female Body honoring SPARK Movement's Jamia Wilson
"Last March The WTCI convened an international summit - Endangered Species Preserving The Female Body. We launched the Endangered Bodies Campaign- partnering with like-minded body positive organizations in 5 different countries who are engaged in the the same fight to free women's/girls' bodies from commodification and objectification
At this year's Indwelling we are excited to honor Jamia Wilson of SPARK- an organization committed to fighting the sexualuzation of girls in the media.
Please join us for a rousing celebration of the revolution so far!
$25 Registration / $15 Students / underwritten tickets available
--Honoring Jamia Wilson, SPARK
--For the last 30 years, The WTCI has offered a Speakout, a time honored traditional forum for women to find their individual voice and share experiences, allowing the personal story of each woman to be heard, dignified, and transformed by our coming together"--WTCI, NYC
02.27.12GEMS PANEL at CUNY: Invisibility of Girls Like Us: Why Race and Class Matter
[In]Visibility of Girls Like Us: Why Race and Class Matter. Panel Featuring MEV Cohort Member Joanne Smith
February 27, 2012
MEV Cohort Member Joanne Smith of Girls for Gender Equity will be featured in a panel "[In]Visibility of Girls Like Us: Why Race and Class Matter". During the event, Rachel Lloyd's new memoir Girls Like Us! will be released. A book signing will follow. The event is taking place Tuesday, February 28th from 7 to 9 p.m. at the CUNY Grad Center (365 5th Avenue, New York, NY; Room C 203/204 & 205).
Rachel Lloyd, Founder and Executive Director of GEMS
Salamishah Tillet, Co-Founder of a Long Walk Home
Jamia Wilson, Vice President of Programs, Women's Media Center
Joanne Smith. Founder and Executive Director of Girls for Gender Equity
Zerlina Maxwell, Staff Writer at Loop 21, Contributer to Feministing, Ebony and the Grio.
01.06.12Watch Women’s Media Center’s Gloria Steinem and Jamia Wilson on “The Today Show” Discussing What Feminism Means Today
By Maddy Gyory, Women's Media Center
On Monday November 14th, Jamia Wilson, Women’s Media Center’s VP of Programs, and Gloria Steinem, Women’s Media Center’s Co-Founder and Board Member, joined author and activist Letty Pogrebin and journalist Abigail Pogrebin on the Today Show. Watch as they discuss what feminism means today, 40 years after the first issue of Ms. Magazine was published.
10.21.11South Carolina Women Lawyers Association-Women Lawyers and Leadership: Status and Success in a Changed Profession
10.15.11Anita Hill 20 Years Later: Sex, Power, and Speaking Truth
Anita Hill 20 Years Later: Sex, Power, and Speaking Truth
Panel I: Witnesses-"What Happened?"
09.24.11Barnard Center for Research on Women-Activism and the Academy: Celebrating 40 Years of Feminist Scholarship and Action
Using Knowledge, Advancing Activism
How can activists use knowledge to advance their campaigns? How can scholars and activists work collaboratively to produce and promote knowledge that is grounded in feminist and social justice frameworks? Activists who have been able to produce and use knowledge to initiate change across numerous issues will contribute to this conversation about the uses of knowledge in activist work.
Panelists: Patricia Berne (Sins Invalid), Rinku Sen (Applied Research Center), Dean Spade ’97 (University of Seattle School of Law), Jamia Wilson (Women’s Media Center), and moderated by Laura Flanders ’85 (GRITtv)
08.02.1192Y: Thelma and Louise 20th Anniversary Screening and Panel with Nona Willis Aronowitz, Jaclyn Friedman, and Sofia Quintero
Thelma and Louise 20th Anniversary Screening and Panel with Nona Willis Aronowitz, Jaclyn Friedman, and Sofia Quintero
06.07.11Panelist-Brooklyn Borough President's Conference: Uncovering Truths: Preventing Teen Sexual Violence in Brooklyn
This conference offers adults who work with young people a day to unite, learn and strategize together around how to address the root causes of teen sexual violence. We look forward to your participation!
05.07.11REVEAL CONFERENCE at Urban Zen: Spiritual Activism Panelist
The REVEAL conference will:
~Empower, advance and acknowledge young female spiritual leaders
~Endow young women with skill sets for dialogues in faith and feminism
~Encourage women to create communities to foster growth and healing
~Excite and inspire the emergence of the divine feminine
The REVEAL conference will be held annually in New York City and will provide an unprecedented opportunity for young female spiritual leaders to present their trail-blazing work to the wider world. It is essential for these young leaders to convene together to inspire women of all ages to become determined and fearless about using their own spiritual voices in the face of injustice.
The REVEAL conference will honor, encourage and call forth all emerging young female spiritual leaders to let their voices burn just a little bit brighter to stir up the soul-voices in some of us that still need help finding their expression. The REVEAL conference will dare all women to let her soul reveal its inviolable strength. REVEAL wants for nothing but complete justice for women in the world especially in the realm of the sacred.
Through fiery keynote speakers and experiential, interactive workshops, the REVEAL conference will empower and inspire young women to take themselves and their spiritual voices seriously. It will also serve as an opportunity for local New York non-profits of varying faith traditions and leading women’s organizations to network and collaborate as well as to present their services and information to participants.
04.28.11Women of Spirit and Faith: Conversation Leader
Women of Spirit and Faith exists to invite the many brilliant threads
of feminine spiritual leadership into relationship and
to support emerging patterns for transformation.
04.11.11 Ain't I A Woman: Race in the Feminist Movement
Ain't I A Woman: Women of Color Speak On Activism
April 11th, 2011, 6PM - 12AM
Mixer 6PM ** Panel 7-9PM ** Party 9-12AM
Long after Sojourner Truth pondered the question - "Aint I A Woman?" we continue to face a white supremacist culture that undermines women of color, young women, undocumented immigrants, and the LGBTQ community. We're convening this panel to ignite a discourse about the experiences of women of color in the feminist movement and beyond. On this night, six outstanding feminists and activists will go head-to-head to discuss race in the feminist movement today.
We know that the movements to eradicate racism, ableism, homophobia, transphobia and sexism are inextricably connected. We reject the silencing and subjugation of women of color and aim to create a safe and courageous space to raise our voices, confront tensions, celebrate our triumphs, create collective solutions and share our stories. Through this sharing, we can create a united front so that, instead of surviving through silence, there can be a dialogue on how to battle institutionalized oppression.
Speaking our truth is crucial to our survival. By gathering together and learning from our shared and individual tales of love and struggle, we will each emerge with new perspectives that will enable us to engender the change we envision for the world.
In the words of bell hooks, “There can be no feminist revolution without an end to racism, classism, ageism…”
Round One: Latoya Peterson, Founder of Racialicious
Elizabeth Mendez Berry, Journalist
Jamia Wilson, Moderator
Round Two: Lori Adelman, Program Associate at International Women's Health Coalition
Aimee Thorne-Thomsen, Reproductive Rights Activist
Amanda Marcotte, Moderator
Round Three: Jessie Daniels, PhD, Author and Sociology Professor at Hunter College
Anna Holmes, Jezebel Founding Editor
Lena Chen, Moderator
Music by DJ Lobotomy Copter throughout the night, http://on.fb.me/gRnBsN
**$10 Suggested Donation (but no one turned away for lack of funds)
**We encourage live tweeting during the event using the hastag, #AIAW
** For more info, contact Morgane at email@example.com with the subject line: "Ain't I A Woman"
**For more information and tickets, visit: www.galapagosartspace.com
04.09.11Women's Funding Network Social Media Panel
02.28.11UN Women: Engendering Technologies—Women Take Charge Panel on Social Media and Video Advocacy
Engendering Technologies—Women Take Charge
24 February 2011, Thursday, 4:00-5:30 pm
10th Floor Room, Church Center
United Nations Building
777 UN Plaza (corner of 44th St. and 1st Ave.),
In collaboration with the IAWRT USA Chapter
with support from Forum for Women and Development (Fokus)
24 Feb 2011
02.23.11Rally for Women's Health
Right now Congress has 1 agenda item: to take away your access to reproductive health care. It's time to fight back! Join us in Foley Square, 1-3 pm, Saturday, 2/26. I'll be speaking at the rally along with many other passionate people who care about reproductive justice for all.
02.03.11Women Moving Millions Winter Gathering Media Training
01.20.11We Are The Champions Panel: Choice USA, Washington DC
Ready to rumble? I'll will be joining Choice USA on 1/20 in DC to go head-to-head w/ rockstar RJ leaders! RSVP: http://bit.ly/wearethechampions
08.27.10Participating in Fair and Feminist's Blog Carnival: THIS IS WHAT A YOUNG FEMINIST LOOKS LIKE
Thank you Fair and Feminist for creating a space for young feminists to raise their voices and re-claim the conversation!
02.16.10Help Me Organize and Mobilize Progressive Expatriates with Netroots Organizing. Vote NOW!
I intend to create Citizen Expat, an online community that will provide American expatriate progressives with a netroots organizing center that will enable them to remain connected and engaged in the movements they care about at home on the internet and on the ground.
Utilizing user-driven media, Citizen Expat will provide them with an interactive blog that will enable progressive expats to educate each other and engage in discourses across borders. Moreover, Citizen Expat will provide a space for progressive expatriates to make their individual voices heard as a powerful collective force in the US political discourse.
During the 2008 presidential campaign, we witnessed the power of global
support in the fight for progressive social change. President Obama, a former expatriate represents a community of people whosevoice is often silenced or ignored. Expatriate voices matter, and absentee ballots, long-distance phonebanks, and expatriate campaign contributions helped us win in 2008. According to the Obama campaign's website, Expatriates for Obama hosted almost 400 events, knocked on approximately 300 doors, made almost 10,000 calls, raised $56,000, and wrote approximately 9,000 blog posts. They made change thousands of miles beyond the beltway, enabling progressives to win some of our key battleground states.
I aim to recruit current and former "expats" to help with online and offline volunteer blogger recruitment strategy and provide a space on
the site for progressive career and networking opportunities. I intend to recruit speakers and guest bloggers who can use webinar, podcast, radio, and video to provide strategic planning advice, speak about policy advocacy for constituents living abroad, and provide media advice and training. Finally, I plan to implement an interactive too listing progressive expat events worldwide and a media contact list for members of the media to pull from to speak with progressive "experts" living around the world. I plan to explore ways to provide on the ground support to Citizen Expats organizers in their campaigns and initiatives as needed.
In a June 24, 2008 "Minneapolis Star Tribune" article, Hillary Brown, a
young member of the Berlin chapter of Young Democrats expressed
"Americans abroad were the first to sense diminishing support [for the US]
overseas, and they're ready for a change". "European countries that were
former allies no longer embrace Americans. Instead of being welcomed, you
have to defend your country's politics."
I lived abroad for 11 years as an African American expatriate in Saudi Arabia. My parents moved to Saudi Arabia in 1980 when I was six years old, and I spent most of my youth growing up as an expatriate.
I am passionate about this vision. Technology will allow us to create change that we could never imagine before, and it is important that we take action today!
I own the domain name for this initiative and would love to work with others who are interested in helping me make this a reality. We will need resources and support to make the meaningful impact this project is sure to manifest!
With warm and sincere solidarity and love,
Vote for me here: http://tinyurl.change.org/yhnMN
01.19.10Healing for Haiti
Can I count on you to help me raise funds for Haiti? Please donate to my fundraising site to help heal Haiti! Partner's in Health needs our support to provide vital resources and support to Haiti. Make an impact today! Thank you!
Great NYC events this week -
Teach-in with eyewitness reports. Speakers include Arang Keshavarzian (NYU Mid-East and Islamic studies professor), Golnoush Niknejad (Founder of www.tehranbureau.com online news magazine), Kouross Esmaeli (journalist and filmmaker)
-NYU Cantor Film Center
-Live webstream: www.voicesfromiran.com
Vigil for Iran
Book Discussion: Iran Un-Interrupted with Professor Hamid Dabashi
Alwan for the Arts Center
Amnesty International Rally
Columbus Circle / Central Park Merchants' Gate
Please spread the word!
06.12.09Guest Interview on We Take No Requests Radio
Check out my interview with Travis Sullivan, bandleader of Travis Sullivan's Bjorkestra on WTNRRadio.com. I interviewed Travis as a guest on DJ Lobotomy's show The Freakshow on We Take No Requests Radio.
DJ Lobotomy's announcement about the show is below:
Summer's heating up!! We've got some amazing artist showcases lined up for you this season and as a token of our appreciation, here's a free mp3 giveaway from the uber talented SBX :)
Free download available at:
In addition to today's brand new Freakshow, we have SBX returning to give us a preview of his newest album, the "HipHopPopPunkRock" tongue-twister vibe :p, tattoos, aliens, midgets vs. overgrown ronald mcdonald people, and to discuss his live band in the making - you'll hear more about the tour dates and lineup as soon as they are announced.
We are excited to break new ground with the appearance of Travis Sullivan's Bjorkestra where visionary pop meets cutting edge jazz. Jamia Wilson interviews Travis for The Freakshow and discusses the evolution of his big band, the inspiration derived from dancer in the dark Bjork, and the future of their sound beyond genre politics. More details can be found at:
Stay tuned every Friday on WTNRRadio.com, world time baby . . . xoxoxoxo!
My thesis is done! If anyone wants to check it out and give me feedback drop me a line! ")
I began the thesis with this poem that I love:
i am accused of tending to the past
i am accused of tending to the past
as if i made it,
as if i sculpted it
with my own hands. i did not.
this past was waiting for me
when i came,
a monstrous unnamed baby,
and i with my mother's itch
took it to breast
and named it
she is more human now,
learning languages everyday,
remembering faces, names and dates.
when she is strong enough to travel
on her own, beware, she will.
I am currently in the process of working on my MA thesis in addition to my full time job working at NYU. My thesis topic is one that I am passionate about, and I am excited to be a part of a program that allows me to transcend the confines of independent disciplines. My thesis title is "Soul Intact": Nina Simone, Black Feminist Consciousness and Disidentification.
In my paper, I will investigate how Nina Simone utilizes the experience of alienation to inspire black feminist discourse. Next, I will examine how Simone constructs herself as a metaphorical border through performative and corporeal representation. Finally, my project will illustrate how Simone disidentifies with dominant culture, playing off of her “otherness” to spark transformative critical dialogue.
Nina is so powerful that I never tire of listening to her music, reviewing her letters, or marvelling at all of the reminders of her vibrant life that I am uncovering. I hope that Nina's legacy lives on beyond the entertainment people receive from her music, and that her message seeps into the pores of those who she touches with her lyrics and sound.
The following poem says it all:
WHY I LIKE NINA* cause she grew me up first like a wild vine clinging to walls and shocking small trees with my grip second like a river cold and fast chasing itself out of mountains to get pure third ... she sings where tears ought to be instead she sings *
Nina Simone Feminist Studies 19, no.3 (Fall 1993). ? 1993 by Feminist Studies, Inc. 653--Rachel E. Harding