Now more than ever, it is urgent that we insist on building intersectional social movements to combat the forces of hate that threaten the humanity of us all. In a world in which a man who has admitted to sexually assaultive behavior, denigrated people on the basis of race, disability, national origin and religion, and who threatens to upend rights that so many people hold dear has been elected President, we need intersectional activism more than ever. Marginalized populations are finding themselves facing new levels of vulnerability, and those who are multiply impacted must look to social justice advocates to fight against the cumulative impact of these hostile public policies. AAPF has led the way in addressing intersectional vulnerability, and is standing ready to meet the current challenge.
On this Thanksgiving & Giving Tuesday, pledge your continued support to AAPF. Your contributions will allow us to expand the reach of our work in 2017 and beyond.
Here's some of what has been made possible this year thanks to your support:
#HerDreamDeferred: A Week on the Status of Black Women: At the end of March, in honor of Women's History Month and the United Nation’s International Decade for People of African Descent, AAPF hosted its second annual #HerDreamDeferred, a weeklong series of activities focused on elevating the crisis facing Black women and other women of color. Topics explored include: #BlackGirlsMatter: Countering Criminalization In & Out of School; #StandingUpForMom: Resisting the War on Black Single Mothers; Race & Gender Below the Mason-Dixon: Advancing the Status of Women of Color in the South; The Unspeakable Truth: The Reality of Sexual Assault at HBCUs; & Neglected at Home After Serving Abroad: The Story of Black Women Veterans.
2nd Annual Breaking Silence: An Arts, Action and Healing Summer Camp: In July, we brought together 70 Black women and girls in upstate New York for five days of art, action, conversation and healing. The women came from nineteen states, as well as Canada, and ranged in age from 12 to 73. Participants had the opportunity to share their stories and celebrate their achievements in a space that centered the livelihood of Black women and girls. Course offerings included dance, spoken word, songwriting, documentary making, hip hop theatre, personal testimony and Town Hall planning. The camp concluded with Silent No More, a camp-wide performance featuring original music, dance and spoken word poetry from the participants and instructors.
The African American Women and the Law Conference: This past September in Washington DC, the African American Women and the Law Conference returned from a 16-year hiatus. The conference, co-sponsored by the Transformative Justice Coalition, AAPF, and the Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies at Columbia Law School, brought together Black women leaders to draft and pursue a legal and public policy agenda that centers the experiences of Black women and girls and strives to dismantle, in an intersectional manner, the systems that marginalize women of color.
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