Feminist Movers Makers & Shakers: In Solidarity, We Resist

How would you describe your project & what do you hope to accomplish? Why is this work important?

In Solidarity, We Resist’s mission is to empower Queer and Trans survivors of sexual violence through community building, education,and art. We create workshops, organize community events, and use art to foster healing for Queer and Trans survivors of sexual assault. It started out as one person engaging a campus about sexual assault and has grown into a team of badass feminists engaging a community to support queer and trans survivors. Our ultimate goal is to engage, empower, and support survivors. When survivors leave our workshops feeling like they’ve been heard, maybe they’ve healed a little, and know that they are not alone, we’ve been successful. 

I hope to demolish the singularity of the narrative of cis straight white woman as the only victim of sexual assault. Sexual violence has affected all genders, abilities, ethnicities. When we don’t give space to a variety of narratives we isolate survivors who are from the most vulnerable and marginalized communities.

Queer and trans people face much higher rates of sexual violence in our communities but I don’t know that I’ve ever heard a public story about sexual assault in the queer community that hasn’t villainized the queer person. Our stories don’t support a narrative of “respectable trauma.” The problem is that healing from trauma it isn’t a linear, clean cut, happy-ending. Healing is messy, and isolation only makes that more dangerous. At least half of trans people have faced sexual assault, 44% of lesbians, 61% of bisexual women, 26% of gay men, 37% of bisexual men have experienced sexual violence. Statistics for genders other than men and women aren’t yet available; even in collecting data people outside the gender binary are erased. People who have experienced sexual violence have higher rates of PTSD, anxiety, depression, alcoholism, and suicide. Isolation from our communities and further marginalization can only increase those rates. The majority of my chosen family has struggled with healing from the trauma, shame, and isolation that comes from sexual assault. Read More

Feminist Movers Makers & Shakers: Allie Doss and Speak Up

How would you describe your outreach work & what do you hope to accomplish?

My work involves suicide prevention, education and awareness reducing the stigma around mental illness hoping to transform it into a positive mental wellness outlook.  We focus on a “youbeyou” campaign that was developed to promote positive and encouraging images, feelings and outlook.

Why is this work important?

Teen suicide has increased at an alarming rate. My family was directly impacted by suicide and we hope to help other teens reach out and not feel ashamed by society’s ideas of what is acceptable and what is not.

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Feminist Movers Makers & Shakers: Julie Gough and Illustrated Women In History

What inspired you to embark on this path?

I started the project in August 2015 after reading about a museum in the East End of London that had been granted permission on the basis that it was to be celebrating the accomplishments of women. Days before it was planned to open it was revealed to be a museum about Jack the Ripper – famous for brutally murdering women. It made me think about how much we actually need museums and other ways for people to learn about the influential women that have shaped our history, and how little I actually know about those women. I was determined to do something about it this and so Illustrated Women in History was born!

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Feminist Movers Makers & Shakers: Feminist Night School

How would you describe your outreach and what do you hope to accomplish?

Alli Feminist Night School (FNS) is a new community organization in Chicago which promotes intersectional feminism and is open to anyone who identifies as female, femme, assigned female at birth, or is gender non conforming. Post-election and feeling like crap, a group of people got together and started a “night school” in order to educate themselves on intersectional feminism and a host of other issues including affordable housing, immigration, under-served Chicago youth programs, education and more.

FNS is committed to developing fundraisers for different organizations in need. The first fundraiser will be on May 3rd and 100% of proceeds will benefit the Chicago Women’s Health Center. CWHC facilitates the empowerment of women and trans people by providing access to health care and health education in a respectful environment where people pay what they can afford. Read More

Fab Feminist Town Hall: Sexual Assault Activism During A Trump Presidency

Callie Garp: Hello everyone and welcome to the third Fab Feminist Town Hall! As many of you know, April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and although there are many hashtags around feminism and intersectionality trending online and on social media right now, Sexual Assault isn’t always clearly and explicitly discussed. Considering the ethos of American politics, the messages and policies spread by the current administration and the timeliness of SAAM, we have a great opportunity to dig into what it means to do sexual assault activist work in this moment. I hope we can explore two aspects of this issue: first what are the major issues we see happening right now, and second what are some resources, projects and hopeful outcomes happening either tangentially or in direct response to these issues.

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