Hello GA: just checking in to give current updates on the MIWC travels…So I’m eating my cup-o-soup @ work…really anxious about going already…and I read an email from our sisters in SJ who will also be at the conference:
Can we define some goals as a bay area contigent for attending the MIWC?
what do we expect while there? what do we expect when comign back? (maybe we can have this conversation while in montreal?)
what does this conference mean to us as women of color? in spanish speakign community? in SF? in San JO? etc…
THere are many women conferences, women of color conferences that happen around the world. What makes this one unique is that it was born in Hong Kong, and the organizers behind it are not your ‘typical’ organizing FORCE you usually hear about. THe next most dopest after that is the title or focus of this conference. IT is genuinely attempting to reach out the globe over and create world womens MILITANT movement! Usually that the conference title can be found as a workshop in most other conferences, but this one has it as its theme. To me this speaks to the various indigenous prophecies coming to pass the world over. The 13 grandmothers have been working hard re-awakening conscciousnes to our valued water sources. TO gather a miliant womens alliance of the world means to piss off the women of the world and say enough is enough. We tie our babies to us and we go out with our brooms, mops, buckets, machetes, rifles, sage bundles, pens, whatever is OUR weapon adn we begin to clean up this world we live in. We must our children will have no world, no green no blues to play with. They already do not have the same colors we had growing up. The Central Valley is grey on a clear day! I remember seeing mountains on a clear day. Our children play on blacktops, I remember sitting in the middle of a field making necklaces out flowers and play he loves me not he loves me with buttercups. Our children will look at books, at pictures and ask us what those tall things are that have branches and are green, we will answer trees. They will ask what happened to them, we will answer they all died. Then we have to answer to our children whether we helped kill them or fought trying to save them.
As women of color, as Indigenous women we have been sitting watching, observing seeing what these Western ‘advanced” ways will take us, we have seen enough! Like the Mujeres Zapatistas demand “YA BASTA” enough is enough. We must stand, honor our traditions for they hold valuable keys for our future, adn begin to clean up our respectives corner of the sacred directiosn.
Yes we should sit and dialogue while there. Maybe we can extend our energies a bit and have quick check ins at the end of each day that way we take care of each other. I will have my “what is that and everything-inquisitive-observant” 1 yr old sun with me, trust me I will need some help with recharing my energy. These check ins will also help us keep track of what is going on and easier to digest towards teh end and uipon our return. Our memories will work better this way insterad of trying to hold it all in for when we get back. It will also help us create beautiful thins when we return.
It is late I think I can keep going on but I should get some rest for tomorow I must pack to bounce on Thursday, see you ladies there.
Lydia & Luname
Thinking about all this makes me understand that for me this conference is to make it personal. The personal is political is it not? I’ll get to meet the women that are doing the work from their parts of the world…and with this I can share their stories with Babae! This is a larger conversation I will continue with our sisters at the conference…!!!! Tina’s already there…ahhhh!!! and I’ll soon be on my way…taking the red eye to NYC will be there 7am Thursday morning…gonna take the subway: A to the C to the S to the Q…then walk…holy crap let’s hope I make it to the Lenox Lounge…then off to a West African Dance class with Val!!!! wooo!!!! So the next post will be from NYC!!!!!!!! Babae and FiRE mixin git up…