Thursday, January 20, 2011

Women of Color Conference, University of Oregon, Jan 21-23

Happy New Year everyone!  Yes, another late-ass posting, but we will be in Eugene, OR at UO for the Women of Color Conference.  And Angela Davis will be there, too!!!  I am very excited about that.  Hope you can come if you're out there.



Upcoming EventsInternational Women's Day

Our New Year’s Resolution: Ending Oppression Through Expression
8th Annual Women of Color Conference with Yellow Rage and Favianna Rodriquez
January 21-22, 2011
Conference Outline (click here)

We are pleased to present this artistic outlet of progressive trauma healing and education. We hope to provide a safe, welcoming space for women and allies who historically have been marginalized to express their voices, experiences, and/or artistic talents. Participants will attend workshops ranging from meditation to cooking to mural art, giving them the tools necessary to continue their healing and expression as resolutions throughout the year. The emphasis of this conference is healing and educating around social and political inequalities of women and on establishing ways to continue advocacy and progress through workshops, guided facilitations, lectures, and film screenings.
The organizing committee encourages both graduate and undergraduate students to register, although all are welcomed to participate.
For questions contact, Andrea Valderrama, Women of Color Conference Coordinator, at 541-346-4095 or email her at

Angela DavisAngela Davis: Women of Color Conference closing keynote presented by ASUO Women's Center and MCCJanuary 22, 2011
Columbia Hall 150, Doors at 6:00pm

1215 E. 13th Ave (University of Oregon)

$5 Students*/ $7 General Public General Buy advance tickets at the UO Ticket Office 541.346.4363

Davis incorporates topics such as feminism, African American studies, critical theory, Marxism, prisoner rights, grass roots organizing, and social consciousness into her publications and lectures. She has been on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugititives list and has run as Vice President of the United States twice on the Communist Party Tickets. She has won the Lenin Peace Prize for her civil rights activism. Davis co-founded the national grassroots organization Critical Resistance, which has a mission of ending the Prison Industrial Complex as a mode of control and restitution. She will be speaking on the healing power of art and expression among incarcerated and women in transition.

*Free for all Women of Color Conference participants
Cosponsored by OMAS, Survival Center, OIED, Cultural Forum, Housing, Ethnic Studies, Women's and Gender Studies, UO MLK, Jr. , Dean of Students, ASUO Senate

Yellow Rage fistsYellow RageJanuary 21, 2011
Living Learning Center (LLC) Performance Hall
6:00pm, FREE

1475 E. 15th (University of Oregon)

Together, Michelle and Catzie are a dynamic duo of Philly-based Asian American female spoken word poets. Through their voices, Catzie and Michelle hope to provide an awareness that is not often heard. Exploring topics from fetishes to cultural appropriation to ethnic pride, Yellow Rage challenges mainstream misconceptions of Asianness.

International Women's DayFavianna Rodriquez: Activist Muralist  January 22, 20119:00am-5:00pm, FREE
Peterson Barn Community Center

Favianna Rodriguez is a celebrated printmaker and digital artist based in Oakland, California. Using high-contrast colors and vivid figures, her composites reflect literal and imaginative migration, global community, and interdependence. Whether her subjects are immigrant day laborers in the U.S., mothers of disappeared women in Juárez, Mexico, or her own abstract self portraits, Rodriguez brings new audiences into the art world by refocusing the cultural lens. Through her work we witness the changing U.S. metropolis and a new diaspora in the arts.  (website)