Agenda for The Audre Lorde Syllabus: A Road Map During Times of Paralysis presentation

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Agenda for The Audre Lorde Syllabus: A Road Map During Times of Paralysis presentation

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The agenda for WWC's presentation for The Audre Lorde Syllabus: A Road Map During Times of Paralysis at the ICA

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The agenda for WWC's presentation for The Audre Lorde Syllabus: A Road Map During Times of Paralysis at the ICA on 17 February 2018. The presentation included presenter introductions, information about WWC, the history of womanism, ecological justice, and other key concepts and projects of the collective. The presenters were LaTierra Piphus, Johanna James, and Shakira King.

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Womanist Working Collective

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16 February 2018

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I. Introduction
My name, position and brief bio
Johanna's name, position and brief bio
Shakira's name and brief bio
II. The Womanist Working Collective
The Womanist Working Collective is a social action and support collective for Black womyn,both cis & trans, & gender variant folks. Our work unapologetically centers the Quality of Life and livelihood through Community Organizing, Philanthropy and Self-care.
Our objectives are:
1. To become the supportive and empowering community network to move past merely surviving, but thriving; Prioritizing physical, emotional, moral and social safety
2. To transition ourselves and our communities into an Ecologically Just* society
*[Ecologically Just] Ecological justice (JUSTICE BASED ON APPLIED KNOWLEDGE OF HOME) Ecological Justice is the state of balance between human communities and healthy ecosystems based on thriving, mutually beneficial relationships and participatory self-governance. We see Ecological Justice as the key frame to capture our holistic vision of a better way forward.
3. Black Liberation
Some of the projects we work on and why.
I. Roots
II. Self-Determination
"If I didnt define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other peoples fantasies for me and eaten alive"
III. NBFO, Combahee River Collective & Womanist Acts of Resistance
Womanism is a theory and praxis born out of the radical wing of the Civil Rights Movement, Second Wave White-centered feminism and subsequent rejection of said feminism; and of course, the Black Power Movement
During this time people were taking pride in their racial and ethnic identities, (call for Self-determination)
IV. Alice Walker's 1983 Book "In Search of our Mothers Gardens"
V. Alice's Definition of Womanism
Footnotes: 1st part of the definition, 2nd part of the definition, 3rd of the definition and the 4th part of the definition
VI. Our Foremothers
VII. Womanism as a Vehicle to Black Liberation
VIII. Centering Ourselves
IX. Theory Definition
X. Transition: "Without Community, there is no liberation"-Audre Lorde
XI. Key Concepts
XII. Distinctions
So a part of defining ourselves is about defining what we're not. What that can be helpful to help better understand our own values and recognize the values of others, it can sometimes reproduce violence or reinforce harmful practices. We're speaking specifically of the this Black Feminist vs. Womanism narrative. Instead, we'd like to focus on how these two theories are used in conjunction with each other to better strengthen our movement.
One analogy I like to use the the church; Womanism ideology is much like someone's spiritual practice, while their "primary sacred text" (a term coined by Alexis Pauline Gumbs) or bible is Black Feminism/or works by radical Black Feminist text like Audre Lorde's Zami, Sister Outsider, etc.. These text provide guide and greater understanding to contextualize the world we live in.
XIII. Transition: "The Master's Tools will never dismantle the Master's House" -Audre Lorde
XIV. Interlock Systems of Oppression Brain-map
XV. Ecological Justice framework
*[Ecologically Just] Ecological justice (JUSTICE BASED ON APPLIED KNOWLEDGE OF HOME) Ecological Justice is the state of balance between human communities and healthy ecosystems based on thriving, mutually beneficial relationships and participatory self-governance. We see Ecological Justice as the key frame to capture our holistic vision of a better way forward.
XVI. Just Transitions framework
XVII. Activity: "The person is political" -Audre Lorde
XVIII. Teach-in:

XIX. Closing: Thank you all for attending this workshop and follow us on Facebook. Also if you're moved, donate to our GoFundMe.


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Womanist Working Collective , “Agenda for The Audre Lorde Syllabus: A Road Map During Times of Paralysis presentation,” Womanist Working Collective Archive, accessed May 22, 2022, https://wwcarchive.omeka.net/items/show/142.

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