The Ripple Series is the feminist forum you've been waiting for
Built on the momentum of a feminist movement generations in the making, ripples of feminist power are disrupting the status quo across today's fundamental social justice issues. From reuniting families on the Southern border, to defending reproductive rights and running for political offices long-held by men, women - especially in the Southwest - are stepping into their power.
Based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, The Ripple Series offers bi-monthly events that feature national and regional feminist leaders known for speaking up, challenging the system and manifesting change. Ripple creates a space where honest dialogue, historical knowledge, current paradigms, and preferred future visioning converge to build momentum and create the kind of change that ripples out and impacts our community and our nation.
Network with fellow feminist gamechangers, get inspired by captivating panel discussions, and discover the ways that YOU can create lasting ripples of change throughout our Southwest region and beyond. The Ripple Series is a trans and nonbinary inclusive women's initiative.
At each event, 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 then ask of our audience to contemplate "An Invitation to Brave Space" by Micky Scottbey Jones
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
The Ripple Series is brought to you by the following generous catalysts in our vibrant community. This Series would not be possible without their financial and in-kind support:
Joan Baker & Margeaux Klein | Gay Block & Billie Parker | Sheila Gershon | Shirley Klinghoffer
February 2020 - Undercurrents: The Women Behind the Rise of Progressive Politics in New Mexico
New Mexico is positioning itself as a national leader of progressive politics and values, largely thanks to the unprecedented number of women elected in the 2018 midterms. Behind the Blue Wave that continues to ripple across the state are activists, organizers, and consultants who mobilize communities to ensure values-aligned politicians get elected into office.
Our deeply engaging panel was moderated by Andrea Serrano, Executive Director of OLÉ (center), and included from left - right: Linda Serrato, Emerge NM (newly elected New Mexico State House District 45), Adriann Barboa, Field Director Forward Together (newly elected as Bernalillo County Commissioner Dist. 3), and Michelle Mayorga, Vice President, GBAO Research + Strategy. Cecile Lipworth, Ripple Founder (far right)
November 2019 - Currents of Imagination: The Radicalness of Feminist Art
Often revered as "society's conscience," feminist artists use their empathy and talents to humanize statistics, expose the strength that lies within pain, and trigger wide-spread community actions. Our event featured artists spanning generations and art forms intimately discussing how they straddle both celebration and catastrophe in their works. Their intimate conversations were graphically facilitated by moderator and multi-disciplinary artist, Taslim van Hattum.
Our expert panelists were poet and oral historian, Margaret Randall; painter and sculptor, Sabra Moore; painter and muralist, Nani Chacon; and impact producer and documentary filmmaker, Lisa Madison.
Watch Sabra and Nani's conversation depicted graphically, here:
Watch Margaret and Lisa's conversation depicted graphically, here:
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
We look forward to bringing these future events (in no particular order) to Santa Fe!
Ripples of Rage: The Rise & Power of Female Fury | The Big Splash: Folks Creating Ripples of Change | Currents of Reconstruction: Reconciliation & Embodied Reparation | Brain Waves: Mental Health & Combating the “She Be Crazy” Stigma | Waves of Green: Women Protecting Our Mother Earth | The She Swell: New Mexico's Elected Officials Leading the Nation’s Progressive Politics | Rising Tide: Building on Current Momentum to Create our Preferred Future | The Sisterhood Tsunami: The Future is Female | Across the Pond: A Global Perspective on Feminist Change
Let us know which topics and/or panelists you would love to see!