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Presidential Sessions

Feminist Freedom Warriors: Then, Now, Tomorrow
Fri Nov 9 2018, 9:30 to 10:45am
Crystal Ballroom AF

A discussion about the urgencies of contemporary anti-racist, anti-capitalist, anti-imperialist feminist struggles with some of the authors in the recently published book Feminist Freedom Warriors, Haymarket Books (2018). The book is the first ever presentation of cross generational histories of feminist activism spanning 70 years across national borders. Authors and co-editors will engage in a discussion that focuses on the genealogies and futures of radical feminist scholar-activism, mapping the contradictions and solidarities endemic to transformative gender justice work in neoliberal, carceral times.‚Äč

Presenters
Linda Carty, Syracuse University
Chandra Talpade Mohanty, Syracuse University
Margo Okazawa-Rey, Mills College
Minnie Bruce Pratt, Independent Activist and Scholar
Rosalva Aida Hernandez-Castillo, Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social


Repression, Resistance and Solidarity: Black Panthers to Black Lives Matter and Palestine to Standing Rock
Fri Nov 9 2018, 11:00am to 12:15pm
Room 204-205 (LCD)

This session will look at the intricate nexus between state repression in the form of COINTELPRO, harassment of pro Palestine activists, censorship of campus anti-racist activists, and the violence suppression of the movements against settler colonialism from what is now the United States to Palestine. Repression never occurs without a response and it is in fact often a reaction to the growing strength of opposition and revolutionary movements. In this context solidarity is vital; from the Cubans and Algerians who gave safe haven to U.S. political exiles to those who stood with indigenous folk at Alcatraz, Wounded Knee and Standing Rock. The current attacks on Black freedom activists in the form of the FBI's "Black identity extremists" adds another layer that will be discussed. College campuses have been one important site of repression, resistance and solidarity: from Mills College and San Francisco State in the 1960s to the harassment of progressive and radical professors today and responses to it. This panel will wrestle with these important themes from their experiences in the U.S., London and around the globe.

Presenters
Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons, University of Florida
Dima Khalidi, Palestine Legal
Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz, California State University
Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Princeton University
Zainab Abbas, Former Member of UK Black Liberation Front, Pan Africanist and Feminist
Kathleen Cleaver, Emory Law School
 


Haiti: Through a Feminist Lens
Fri Nov 9 2018, 2:45 to 4:00pm
Room 204-205 (LCD)

A group of scholars working on Haiti and others working in solidarity will share their work through images and a roundtable discussion based on a recent NWSA delegation to Haiti to meet with women's organizations and feminists in Haiti who are working in areas of human rights, education, health and economic justice. Since Haiti had the audacity to beat and throw the French out of the country in 1804, it has been punished by that former colonial power, and many of its allies, most specifically, the United States of America. Haiti has wrestled with extreme poverty, and racist policies from its island neighbor, the Dominican Republic. However, women's organizations have been in motion resisting the circumstances of their lives We will share the stories of the women we met with on our delegation and some of the ideas we have for future collaborations with our Haitian sisters and colleagues.

Presenters
Gina Athena Ulysse, Wesleyan University
Carolle Charles, Baruch College
Linda Carty, Syracuse University
Regine Michelle Jean-Charles, Boston College
Z'étoile Imma, Tulane University
Barbara Ransby, University of Illinois at Chicago
 


Imagining a World Without Prisons: Through a Feminist Lens
Sat Nov 10 2018, 11:00am to 12:15pm
Room 204-205 (LCD)

Feminists of color have been in the forefront of the prison abolition movement in the U.S. Groups like Critical Resistance and INCITE were foundational in redefining the movement against violence and shifting strategies and analyses away from carceral solutions and punitive practices toward restorative and transformative justice solutions. The movement to "make prisons obsolete" as Angela Davis describes it, is grounded in an intersectional approach which looks at the relationship between prisons, carcerality, race, class, gender, sexuality, nationality and disability. This special panel features  prominent thinkers and organizers that can help us imagine a non-carceral future.

Presenters
Romarilyn Ralston, California State University, Fullerton
Liat Ben-Moshe, University of Toledo
Beth Richie, University of Illinois at Chicago
Mariame Kaba, Project NIA
Gina Dent, University of California, Santa Cruz
erica ruth meiners, Northeastern Illinois University
Ruth Wilson Gilmore, Graduate Center, CUNY
 


Movements for Black Lives: An Insider's View, a Transnational Perspective and a Historical Analysis
Sat Nov 10 2018, 1:15 to 2:30pm
Room 211 (LCD)

Black Lives Matter is a movement that has been led largely by Black feminist and queer organizers. Challenging police violence, economic injustice as well as the "politics of respectability," organizations like Black Youth Project 100 define their work as operating through a Black queer feminist lens. Charlene Carruthers, founding director of BYP100 and one of the leaders of the larger Movement for Black Lives has written an insiders account of the goals and evolution of the movement, Unapologetic. Barbara Ransby, historian, and longtime feminist activist, and current president of NWSA, has published Making All Black Lives Matter, framing the movement in the context of a larger Black feminist and radical tradition. And independent scholar and activist Robyn Maynard is author of Policing Black Lives: State Violence in Canada from Slavery to the Present, which chronicles the long history of anti-Black racism and repression there. Three prominent authors and organizers, who have published their own books on this and related matters, will offer comment and join in a roundtable conversation on reading Black Lives Matter and racist state violence in the U.S. and Canada from a radical feminist perspective.

Presenters
Charlene Carruthers, Black Youth Project 100
Andrea Ritchie, Barnard Center for Research on Women
Robyn Maynard, Activist and Educator
Barbara Ransby, University of Illinois at Chicago
christina sharpe, Tufts University