How WOC in Solidarity Paints Picture of A Brighter Future
Last month, Women Of Color In Solidarity held a weekend-long intersectional-driven feminist conference.
Women of Color in Solidarity is an organization co-founded by Cheyenne Wyzzard-Jones and Florcy Romero. The duo first conceptualized the group in response to the shooting of Michael Brown. When protesting against the unjust treatment of Black bodies in law enforcement, Jones and Romero realized that the voices of Women Of Color weren’t necessarily being heard. Their organization grew larger over the years, focusing on Women Of Color intersectional struggles and what that means for us to come together in solidarity.
This year's conference focused on “Connecting Head, Heart & Soul” in order to promote the healing of “Women of Color by Women of Color.” The conference hosted a diverse enclave of talent and enlightening perspectives through various workshops, panel discussions and performances.
Storytelling Our Liberation: Poetic Healing by Karyn Dyer
Our Bodies as Burial Grounds: Fatness as Radical Disruption by Ashleigh Shackleford
Decolonizing Self-Care Through Yoga & Mindfulness Techniques by Tess Pooran, Hula Hoop Healing by Arvolyn Hill
Word is Bond Analyzing Intersectional Feminism in Hip Hop and the Power of Words as Healing by Aila Shai Castane,
...to name a few.
The conference concluded on Sunday with four events, “Art Of Self Love” by Stephanie Moreno, “Reclaiming Ancestral Healing Traditions" by Karen Rose, an intersectional solidarity roundtable discussion and an artist showcase. I was able to capture a glimpse of the energy of the weekend in the video below.
“A lot of the work we do at Women of Color in Solidarity, has a lot to do with our own personal relationships. Thinking about how to reach other WOC across cultures, religions and ethnicities”
“We are calling for the eradication of environmental racism, our poisoned food systems, our disempowering educational system, discriminatory health care system, the prison industrial complex and economic oppression/disparities.”
-WOC in Solidarity, Mission Statement