I'm on here because I have recently been accepted to attend this year's summer school programming at the International School of Transnational Decolonial Black Feminism in Cachoeira, Bahia, Brazil.
Affiliated Faculty Members:
Angela Davis, Kimberle Crenshaw, Ochy Curiel, Patricia Hill Collins, Gina Dent, Angela Figueiredo
For those who don't know me, I am deeply committed to liberation, struggle, and the study and rigor required to embody the two. I currently serve as the Civic Engagement Organizer for Power U Center for Social Change , a black-led reproductive justice organization in Miami. During the electoral cycle of 2018, the team I oversaw and directed managed to Get Out the Vote to over 3,000 black voters in Liberty City, Miami. In this, we pushed for Amendment 4, which would restore the voting rights to former non-violent felons (the data showed that because of this Jim-Crow era law, 1 in 3 black men in the state of Florida could not vote). Alongside a coalition of progressive grassroots organizations, Amendment 4 successfully passed into action January 2019.
I am also the Political Education Director for black and brown artist collective, (F)empower MIA . Through my role, I have been responsible for leading, facilitating, and developing curriculum for our free weekly political education space, Liberation Book Club since February 2018, with ~50 weekly attendees. The syllabus dissects radical texts, with notable writers such as Angela Davis, Audre Lorde, Toni Morrison, June Jordan, Silvia Frederici, and more. To complement these sessions, I co-curated an intensive leftist boot camp, Building the (F)empire, which examined topics such as gender binary, the scientific construction of race, abolitionist frameworks, and the neo-liberal agenda. The book club has received global and local press in magazines such as NPR, i-D (Vice), and Dazed Magazine.
In 2019, I have been a featured guest lecturer at:
UCLA's "Decolonial Queers: Unsettling Bodies and Land" where I dissected capitalism's necessity for colonialism, particularly in the context of the US-Mexico borderlands, Puerto Rico, and Palestine.
FIU's Leadership Summit "Power In Community, A History of Social Change" where I spoke on varying radical movements led by young, working-class folks and their different tactics for changing the conditions of our people.
In short, I know I would benefit profoundly from this in my hopes to grapple with my own ancestry, as well as develop my intellectual and emotional capacity in making liberation for black and brown folks a reality. I appreciate you all for making this transformational training possible for me xo
Tuition program cost: $900
Round trip flight Miami to Bahia: $1000
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