Together we will create brave space
Because there is no such thing as a “safe space”
We exist in the real world
We all carry scars and we have all caused wounds.
In this space
We seek to turn down the volume of the outside world,
We amplify voices that fight to be heard elsewhere,
We call each other to more truth and love
We have the right to start somewhere and continue to grow.
We have the responsibility to examine what we think we know.
We will not be perfect.
This space will not be perfect.
It will not always be what we wish it to be
It will be our brave space together,
We will work on it side by side
We acknowledge the land where our series takes place - Ogha Po'oge, the Tewa name for Santa Fe. We recognize and appreciate the stewardship of this land by the Tewa peoples for millenia.
We ask of our audience to contemplate "An Invitation to Brave Space" by Micky Scottbey Jones
June 2019 - Surfing the Waves: The Women's Movement Past & Present
Our inaugural event dove into the issues surrounding what is commonly framed as the first, second, and third waves of feminism. Our expert panel discussed the lost historical narrative of women of color's integral role in building the women's movement, examined what worked and how those 'waves' shaped the intersectional grassroots organizing led by millennial women in the current iteration of the movement. Audience participation and discussion on how we can work together to build an inclusive and strong feminist movement concluded the event.
Our expert panelists were Sylvia Ramos Cruz, Chair ERA Taskforce Albuquerque; Denicia Cadena, Policy Director at Young Women United; Sofia Martinez, Co-Coordinator Los Jardines Institute and co-founder and co-producer of Voces Feministas, and Bianca Encinias, owner and Director of El Chante: Casa de Cultura LLC and La Plebe: Community Building, Planning and Design LLC.
Couldn't make the event ? No problem!
After, a few of us went on to [dinner]. In the garden, conversations ensued triggered by what was shared earlier. We all agreed we had a need for deep sharing.
So grateful to have the opportunity to sit and listen to the wisdom, passion and experience of these women. All the needed things got mentioned. Among them: racism, patriarchy, capitalism and the need for healing between women. Every day it is clearer to me how capitalism, patriarchy and racism work together to perpetuate injustice and marginalization, protecting and promoting the dominant and entrenched systems of power.
- Audience Member
I was invited to your event today and thought it was very well done...throughout. Today was inspiring and yet we all know there is plenty of work to be done.
- Audience Member
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