On Saturday, March 24, Free University-NYC invites individuals and groups to learn together and organize against sexualized and interpersonal violence. Hashtags like #MeToo, #NiUnaMenos, #SayHerName, and#TimesUp circulate widely, and the Women’s March and International Women’s Strike have amassed millions of people on streets across the globe. We take inspiration from such momentum, as we convene towards these next steps:
x knitting vibrant networks of care that follow the leadership of survivors;
x seeding bottom-up processes of sustainable, systemic change through how we engage each other as individuals;
x grounding our feminist prevention strategies in methods of abolition & transformative justice, visions of racial & trans equity, and solidarity with sex workers, crip justice & labor struggles.
Opening Session cofacilitated by Shaira Chaer and Veronica Agard
Mic Checks and Heart Checks - Integrating Consent and Healing within Movement Spaces
How can we build community through transformative justice? If we understand the necessity of #MeToo, why do we struggle with being in alignment with the me too of being in relation with one another?
In this guided discussion, collaborators will explore the intersections of consent in relationships of all forms, with a focus on integrating the lessons and growing edges of social justice movement culture and our interpersonal experiences. Part knowledge share, part healing practice, fully responding to the needs of our people and our time as means to design a future for the generations to come.