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International Trans Women of Color Network Gathering
@ Allied Media Conference 2014, June 19th, 2014
Call for Participation/Submissions

We know that trans women of color are magical, powerful, skilled and wise, yet there is still no international network joining us together to address the struggles we face. This network gathering seeks to change that. We are looking for people and organizations willing to…

- lead workshops and skillshares
- give short talks
- facilitate discussions
- lead visionary exercises

…to work towards building an international network of trans women of color! This will include discussions online and in your home town in the months leading up to the gathering where people can work towards a shared vision and goals statement for the network for participants to agree on.  

We encourage submissions that are media-focused such as:

- Blogging Against Borders
- Social Media to Connect Us
- Theatre of the Oppressed
- Fashion Politics and Wearable Electronics
- Community Building through Performance

…although we welcome submissions of any topic relating to Trans Women of Color!

The formats and content is being left purposefully open, since we want the content to be driven by the people who can attend. More than anything… this network gathering is about creating space for us to build bridges and make connections. The organizers do not want it to be just about what we are interested in. However, we do think that having a day to centre the people who need it the most is a great way to start. This means, we want proposals about ways of using media and technology in campaigns about sex work, violence, incarceration / prison abolition, health services, employment, immigration, rural experiences, disability, decolonization and more. The organizers of this network gathering are committed to creating accessible space by fundraising for travel costs, ASL interpretation and language translations as people indicate they are needed. This network gathering will have a safety team and safety plan to demonstrate, in a visionary way, the world we want to see. The emotional and physical safety of participants will be a central concern in our organizing.

Ways to submit: Apply through this Google form by Sunday, April 13th.

Please indicate if you need support for travel funding or if you work with an organization that can fund your travel. We will be fundraising and will be able to provide some travel support, but we are not sure how much yet. We are also looking for people interested in joining the coordinator team and helping to raise funds.

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I have reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is the white moderate, who is more devoted to ‘order’ than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says ‘I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I cannot agree with your methods of direct action’; who paternalistically believes he can set the timetable for another man’s freedom.
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., "Letter from a Birmingham Jail" (via zuky)

In recent speeches and statements the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has linked his personal opposition to the war in Vietnam with the cause of Negro equality in the Unites States. This is a fusing of two public problems that are distinct and separate. By drawing them together, Dr. King has done a disservice to both. The moral issues in Vietnam are less clear-cut than he suggests; the political strategy of uniting the peace movement and the civil rights movement could very well by disastrous for both causes.

The movement toward racial equality is now in the more advanced and more difficult stage of fulfilling basic rights to finding more jobs, changing patterns of housing and upgrading education. The battlegrounds in this struggle are in Chicago and Harlem and Watts. The Negroes on these fronts need all the leadership, dedication and moral inspiration that they can summon; and under these circumstances to divert the energies of the civil rights movement to the Vietnam issue is both wasteful and self-defeating.

Dr. King can only antagonize opinion in this country instead of winning recruits to the peace movement by recklessly comparing American military methods to those of the Nazis. The facts are harsh, but they do not justify such slander. As one of the most respected leaders of the civil rights movement he has an obligation to direct that movement’s efforts in the most constructive and relevant way. Linking these hard, complex problems will lead not to solutions but to deeper confusion.

"Dr. King’s Error", New York Times editorial, April 7, 1967

The white liberals at the New York Times, in the White House, and at other elite white agenda-setting institutions, never forgave Dr. King for speaking out against the Vietnam War. They considered it a betrayal — after all, they had supported the Civil Rights movement, they had sung “We Shall Overcome” with trembling lips and teary eyes, but for a Black leader to step out of his prescribed role and actively oppose US imperialism was out of line, even ungrateful. In typical white liberal fashion, it made them want to roll back Civil Rights out of spite.

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