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March 23, 2012 / vifadmin

1 day left & still great news !!

As if you needed another reason to attend ViF: WACDTF will be onsite doing a clinic defense training!!

The Washington Area Clinic Defense Task Force is an all-volunteer, non-violent group founded in the 1980s to promote peaceful and safe access to women’s health clinics in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. At this training you will get a chance to learn the techniques we use to defuse potential problems with clinic protesters. Volunteer escorting is an important way to take a peaceful, proactive stance against the religious right, which wants to control women’s options. Come and help us prevent that from happening locally on the front lines of this insidious movement against women’s rights.

March 22, 2012 / vifadmin

2 Days until the Conference!

Since we are 2 days away we thought we’d share more information about the presenters at Block 2!

Boundaries: It’s Not About You
Presenter: Shane’a Thomas
Shane’a Thomas has been a licensed clinical social worker in the DC/Maryland area for more than 5 years, mostly gaining experience with in the Special Education public and private DC and Montgomery County school systems.  Here is where she started to see real issues among teaching staff, administration and therapeutic staff with crossing emotional and physical boundaries with students and clients, with good intentions (of course), but those at times can be just as harmful.  She has used her “Boundaries: It’s Not about You” training for about 4 years in various settings, including the “Social Work Practice for Individuals” graduate course she teaches for University of Southern California’s Virtual Academic Center within the School of Social Work.  Shane’a is currently also doing individual office and home-based therapy for children and adults, doing psychological assessment for a senior citizen’s center for people with low-incomes, and coordinating an LGBTQ group for teens and young adults in Rockville, MD called Rainbow Youth Alliance.

 

Transforming Trauma: Self Soothing and Coping Through Yoga and Meditation
– Presenter: Jasmine Chehrazi of Yoga Activist and Yoga District
Jasmine Chehrazi has taught many of these techniques to trauma survivors through yoga outreach programs supported by Yoga Activist, a nonprofit she founded to help make yoga and mindfulness practices accessible to all. Jasmine is a certified Yoga Therapist and trains yoga teachers as faculty at George Washington University. She founded Yoga District, a collective of four community-run yoga studios across three wards in the District, where she teaches in instructor training programs. Jasmine also leads Yoga Activist trainings on sensitizing yoga for trauma survivors. Whether in a DC jail, university, corporate setting, or yoga studio, Jasmine is enthusiastically committed to sharing yoga practices that have been the backbone of her own development.

 

Body-Positive Abortion Support
Presenters: Aurora Heather, Mo, and Emily Creveling of DC Doulas for Choice

*The D.C. Doulas for Choice Collective is a volunteer-led-and-run, pro-choice organization that provides doula care to people across the wide spectrum of reproductive health, pregnancy, and choice. As full-spectrum doulas, we not only work with clients to help them feel safe, empowered, and as physically comfortable as possible, we also help to validate the client’s experiences and choices on the client’s terms. Aurora was a volunteer for NYC’s Doula Project and is elated to continue that work in DC with the Collective; she is also a seasoned birth doula and holistic health care practitioner of many stripes. Mo is the founder of the Collective, and is a DONA-trained birth and postpartum doula and lactation counselor working toward her Juris Doctor and Master of Public Health. Emily currently works at a local clinic as a Health Educator, where she does pre- and post-abortion counseling and facilitates birth control and reproductive health education as well as offers her services as a doula.

March 19, 2012 / vifadmin

5 Days until our conference

Are you itching to hear more about what will be offered this Saturday (March 24) at the Visions in Feminism Conference? Well we have Sneak Peak at the workshops happening in ‘Block 1’

Title: Embodied Sexualities
– Presenter: Avory Faucette
Avory Faucette is an award-winning genderqueer feminist legal activist and writer.  Zie blogs on queer identities, feminism, gender, and sexuality at Radically Queer and on the intersections of kink, polyamory, and queerness at Sex Positive Activism.  In hir workshops and discussion groups, zie explores questions of how we negotiate identity, how gender and sexuality intertwine with other parts of our selves, and how we communicate authentically in our personal and activist lives.  Zie is particularly interested in how trans sexualities can inform everyone’s sexual experiences and in supporting sex-positive trans feminism.  Hir recent work focuses heavily on the creation of sexual scripts in education and media, and on radical ways of challenging those scripts through imagination and creativity to create a healthy sexuality.

Title: How to Talk About Fat Without Being an Asshole: Combating Fatphobia
– Presenters: Jess Hobbs, Sara Horvath, Reid Solomon, and Shara Tipton of the BFD Collective
The presenters of this workshop are the members of the BFD collective, a group attempting to pioneer fat positivity in the DC area. In addition to its members having presented in various workshops across the country, the BFD collective holds regular meetings, socials, and events for fat-identified people, as well as fat allies, centered on the ideals of fat positivity.

Title: Hollaback!: Empower Yourself, Reclaim the Streets, and End Street Harassment
– Presenter: Shawna Potter of Hollaback! Baltimore
Shawna Potter, Director of Hollaback! Baltimore, is the only child of a single mother and therefore a feminist. She has been living in Baltimore since 2002 but has experienced harassment in countless cities while on tour with various musical projects. She currently screams for War On Women, is ordained to perform wedding ceremonies and runs Big Crunch Amp & Guitar Repair with her partner in life and crime. A current member of the Transgender Response Team and head organizer of 2011′s Baltimore Slutwalk, Shawna is not satisfied waiting for the world to change.

 

Also keep in the conversation by checking out our Presenters Twitter List

March 8, 2012 / vifadmin

Count Down to Conference: 16 Days

The Conference is right around the corner (Saturday March 24th) , and we will soon have posted:

  • Workshop Names & Bios
  • More info on our keynote Dr. Jeanne Flavin
  • Conference Schedule

In the meantime, follow us on twitter ( @ViFCollective) , be sure to let us know you are attending by registering by paypal/sending us an email & sharing our conference event on Facebook!

Also, have you checked out the awesome Eureka Moment Tumblr & thought done by American University Women’s Initiative & submitted your ‘Eureka Moment’?

January 31, 2012 / vifadmin

Visions in Feminism Collective is Still seeking workshops!

The ‘2012 Visions in Feminism Conference on March 24th still has workshop slots open, and we have extended our submission deadline until 2/17/2012!

 

2012 Theme: Reclaiming Our Bodies:  Confronting Oppression & Celebrating Ourselves
No matter where you go, or the body you inhabit your body is supervised, policed, governed, judged, legislated, assumed upon and about. This year’s conference seeks to interrogate expectations, explore solutions and share successful strategies.

To submit a workshop please provide the following to visionsinfeminism@gmail.com:

  • A synopsis and outline of the workshop
  • How would you describe this workshops direct relevance to this year’s theme;
  • What applicable skill will you be presenting and teaching;
  • What steps will you take to ensure inclusivity of all bodies no matter gender or sexual identity, ability, race, religion, etc;
  • a brief biographical paragraph on your workshop’s facilitator(s) and their relevant experience to the topics presented;
  • a draft of any hand-outs and presentation materials (audio/visual slides, etc).

 

November 15, 2011 / vifadmin

2012 Announcements!!!!

Mark Your Calendars the 2012 Visions in Feminism Conference Date is : Saturday, March 24th

 

The Visions in Feminism Collective is THRILLED to announce the 2012 theme & Call for Workshops:

2012 Theme:

Reclaiming Our Bodies:  Confronting Oppression & Celebrating Ourselves
No matter where you go, or the body you inhabit your body is supervised, policed, governed, judged, legislated, assumed upon and about. This year’s conference seeks to interrogate expectations, explore solutions and share successful strategies.

Call for Workshops:

Each year, Visions in Feminism seeks to provide a forum for diverse perspectives within a feminist framework to keep the movement relevant, inspire action by its attendees, and destabilize patriarchy and other forms of oppression.

To submit a workshop please provide the following to visionsinfeminism[at]gmail.com   email address:.

  • A synopsis and outline of the workshop
  • How would you describe this workshops direct relevance to this year’s theme;
  • What applicable skill will you be presenting and teaching;
  • What steps will you take to ensure inclusivity of all bodies no matter gender or sexual identity, ability, race, religion, etc;
  • a brief biographical paragraph on your workshop’s facilitator(s) and their relevant experience to the topics presented;
  • a draft of any hand-outs and presentation materials (audio/visual slides, etc).

Also include your: contact info, audio-visual needs and any other information you deem relevant

We look forward to your proposals!

 

The deadline for proposals is Jan 20th

 

July 26, 2011 / vifadmin

Visions in Feminism Happy Hour Thursday July 28!!

Visions in Feminism will be hosting another fabulous, feminist happyCheers Ladies!
hour this Thursday, the 28th at Bread and Brew (19th and M St. NW).

Join us from 6-9PM to enjoy great food, drinks and conversation. VIF
will be collecting donations for the fast approaching 2012 conference.
Donations help the collective attain a keynote speaker, provide lunch
for conference attendees and a number of other expenses.

The collective is also looking for new members! If interested, please
stop by to meet and speak with the collective about joining/future
volunteer opportunities. If you are interested in joining but can’t
make the happy hour, please send us an email expressing your interest
in joining or volunteering.

For more info please visit the Facebook event page:
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=178916455507674

We look forward to seeing you this Thursday!

May 22, 2011 / vifadmin

Congrats to Sadie Ryanne Vashti!

Sadie Ryanne Vashti has been awarded the Metro Weekly Next Generation Award. Read about it here:

http://www.metroweekly.com/feature/?ak=6235

Sadie was one of the roundtable speakers at the closing of the 2011 Visions in Feminism conference.

March 27, 2011 / vifadmin

Thank You!

Thank you to everyone who attended, presented, and were part of the Visions in Feminism Conference for 2011.

If you didn’t make it to Art Night, please visit the HIPS.org site, and consider donating to this vitally important organization.

March 8, 2011 / vifadmin

2011 Visions in Feminism Conference!

Just a reminder that the conference is 18 days away! Check out the flyer and please spread around the word!

Check out the Facebook page and invite your friends! 2011 Visions in Feminism Conference !!

The 2011 Visions in Feminism Conference