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Black Women’s Blueprint (BWB) was founded by survivors for survivors committed to healing and transformation.
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The organization began in 2008 around kitchen tables, at backyard barbecues and in huddles on living room floors, when women and girls of African descent, many of whom were survivors of sexual violence bore witness to each others stories of being denied bodily sovereignty and dignity both inside and outside of their communities. It was also in this same political moment of the Obama/Clinton primary election, that Black women were being asked whether we were voting our race or our gender. Both democratic candidates presented their “blueprints” for change but neither took full stock of the particular problems Black women are facing within their communities and in greater society (gender-violence, poverty, the over-criminalization of Black women and girls among others). What was manifesting itself was the cultural tendency to erase Black women by conceptualizing white women as speaking on behalf of the rights of the sex and Black men as speaking on behalf of the race. 

Black women began to organize. They realized their own and collective transformation could not happen without public recognition and acknowledgment of the injustices and harms they had experienced, so the group of women resolved to build an organization for survivors of patriarchy and white supremacy. They built Black Women’s Blueprint for all the girls, the women, the sisters left in back alleys or the back of police cars, in heaps on their bedroom or living room floors. They built it for those women and girls, tired of being exploited in their homes at work and dehumanized in private and public spheres. The women resolved to change the discourse around power and change the course of their lives.

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For over ten years, BWB has been a movement to place Black women’s lives squarely within the broader political as well as civil and human rights concerns of African American communities in the U.S., where gender concerns had been relegated even further outside the margins.

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OUR HISTORY
OUR EVOLUTION

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2020 escalated the timeline for taking giant leaps into the future and the imperative became clear that we needed to further deepen our work.
We believe that reconciliation needs to become an embodied practice to repair and restore humanity across all of the aforementioned dimensions.   

OUR EVOLUTION

Global movements have been calling for solidarity and united world action. From the Arab Spring to the Women’s March and Black Lives Matter successful shifts in the balance of power have begun to happen as the result of these extraordinary levels of social mobilization. 

To expand our mission and base in order to manifest a vision for repair and reconciliation and truly consider the complex interplay between individual, relational, communal, societal factors that influence the constellation of oppressions we needed to create an environment for every being to find a place inside our vision. 

With the recent collective experience of global crises and unrest BWB is fervently committed to the culture and structure change that a sustainable future demands. A future that necessitates that BWB equally center layers of human existence seated within spirit and the sacred, as well as environmental, climate change and earth matters.

In August 2020, Black Women's Blueprint purchased almost 300 acres of land in upstate New York, in Oneida County, to expand our work. Restore Forward, a co-created vibrant and safe community where women and all people can live lives of sovereignty and dignity. It is here where we are building our vision for holistic reconciliation grounded in spirit, steeped in liberation and honoring our understandings of human connection with the natural world. 

 

Restore Forward is a Holistic Living Lab offering intentional community and land stewardship, farming, healing and educational workshops, events, and retreats.

The property that will house Restore Forward is located on unceded lands that are the traditional territories of the Haudensaunee (Iroquois) and we honor the sacrifices and invaluable contributions made by the Indigenous culture bearers who came before us 
— especially the Haudensaunee women. We are working together with the indigenous women to envision the future together.