Black Women’s Blueprint envisions a world where women and girls of African descent are fully empowered and where gender, race and other disparities are erased.
Black women have always been at the forefront of our movements
Our events focus on a future where all Black women and Black communities are liberated from persistent, imposed and internalized axes of gender-oppression, domination and discrimination
JOYOUS REVOLT! THE BAMBARA PARTIES is about the continuity that exists between all of our multiple voices. It is about one of the most important gifts we've been given, the work of Toni Cade Bambara and a will toward revolt. It's about the fact that "wholeness is no trifling matter."
For us who exist in middle of the feminist and Black Power movements and environmental movements and all justice movements, this work of joy, JOYOUS REVOLT is the articulation of the fresh movement, with every limb, with all our bodies propelled to where two or more hearts can make contact.
Join us every third Thursday, 8pm till midnight.
MARCH FOR BLACK WOMEN
The March for Black Women is a collective protest to amplify the struggles of Black women and lift the foot of imperialist white supremacist patriarchy off our necks.
Since 2017, we have marched for racial justice, to denounce the propagation of state-violence and the widespread incarceration of Black women and girls, rape and all sexualized violence, the murders and brutalization of transwomen and the disappearances of our girls from our streets, our schools and our homes; to advocate for political change focused on intersectional women’s rights issues like poverty, affordable housing, reproductive rights, immigration protections and must center on the most vulnerable; and in the Year of Return (2019), we marched for reparations and body sovereignty, to address the legacy of forced sexual and reproductive violations against women of African descent. We rallied against global femicide and the assault on women’s bodies across the gender spectrum, across religious identity, sexuality, class, and education.
TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION COMMISSION
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From 2010-2016, Black Women’s Blueprint mobilized civil society to convene the first Black Women’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (BWTRC) in the U.S. to locate women within the work of racial justice and pursue truth, justice, healing and reconciliation. Through the BWTRC, survivors of sexual assault were able to collectively create a healing paradigm that focused on their own needs as well as the larger scope of the global struggle for Black women. Based on this understanding, the BWTRC developed healing tools and mechanisms rooted in the cultural and spiritual practices indigenous to Black communities to support the healing of Black women and girls as we fight for justice. The BWTRC was not an attempt to document all the violations against Black women. It was a commitment to bring to light what has been largely missing from public discourse in America: the root causes of sexual violence against women of African descent in the United States. We are proud of the success of our work.
We developed a liberatory healing model to address trauma.
Survivors found home in themselves and one another, reclaiming safety, reclaiming security, reclaiming hope.
Survivors stepped into their power, taking up leadership in the realms of advocacy, policy making, leadership organizing, and arts based healing.
The BWTRC provided a platform within which Black women of the diaspora could use testimony to build power, shift discourse, and share best practices for survival.
Through the BWTRC, Black women in the diaspora have learned and shared so much with one another about the transnational frameworks of revolutionary feminism.
The BWTRC achieved a renewed focus on increasing resources for meaningful primary prevention programs.
The BWTRC achieved an articulated demand for intra-community models for harmdoer accountability and transformative processes to address and eradicate gender-violence.
The BWTRC continues to organize so that the United States keep its commitments to the survivors of what the World Health Organization is calling “the most pervasive human rights violation in the world”—violence against women; and especially those from marginalized communities disproportionately impacted by rape and the spectrum of sexual violence.
Though a significant amount of work remains to be done, the BWTRC achieved a recognition of the centrality of the rights of women, girls and gender nonconforming people of African descent in particular, within racial justice concerns of all people of African descent.
And the Work continues as we invite all to engage in the Last Mandate, an opportunity that ultimately leads us to the continued liberatory work that is imperative to our truth, justice, and healing.
MOTHER TONGUE MONOLOGUES
Mother Tongue Monologues is a multimedia production and performance which brings together actors, artists and activists who take the audience through journeys, moments, incidents and historical narratives giving new life to the struggles of our foremothers and women of African descent today.
Such centering of Black women in the midst of their own history and culture as people who contribute to the shaping of communities and to the building of nations, gives relevance to our full experience as an African Diaspora. Mother Tongue Monologues presents Black women as concrete cultural beings in the context of a definite cultural community.
More and more, Mother Tongue Monologues is being heralded as a vehicle for addressing Black sexual politics in African American communities and for communicating Black feminist thought at the grassroots level.