Recent community-wide programming:
WWC's Burning Bowl Ceremony 2016 | Philadelphia, PA | January 4, 2016
Inspired by Chicago's own Affinity Community Services, WWC will be hosting our own Burning Bowl Ceremony.
What is a Burning Bowl Ceremony you ask?
Burning Bowl is an affirmation ceremony that includes listing the negativity and challenges of the previous year, burning them, and writing affirmations for the New Year that are then placed in a self-addressed envelope. WWC will then mail these affirmations to participants in the summer so they can check their progress; this part is optional, but the burning of things from the past is highly encouraged.
April 24, 2016: Uhuru Health Festival, Philadelphia | WWC operated an outreach table with Social Chang(h)er. We offered Black women an opportunity to "Build-A-Self-care Bag" with our provided materials. Photo credit: Sonja Claxton
A social action & support group for Black womyn, transwomen, femmes, Gender Non-conforming & Non-binary folks
March 14 - April 1, 2016 | WWC hosted a successful Donation Drive for the Divine Light Shelter in West Philadelphia, PA
We're collecting clothes, toiletries and anything else you can afford to give away. The shelter is a faith-based, non-for-profit human service agency whose goal is to provide comprehensive services for those individuals seeking transitional housing, recovery from addiction and supportive services within the community-at-large. Their population is largely LGBTQ+ folks. Don't think anything you give is too much or too little. Anything a shelter resident receive can be used, bartered with or sold to buy themselves other personal items
The event proceeding the closing of this Donation Drive will be the "My Parents are Transgender" panel hosted by Sapphosway, where the donations will be given to Divine Light. You can drop-off donations during the work week at City Hall, Room 115 or we can come pick your donations up at a public location near you if you're in Philadelphia near public transportation.
July 25, 2016:
In the movement, work and other interactions, Black femmes, women and girl face this specific kind of discrimination. We are holding space for attendees to identify the ways the interpersonal and intrapersonal racism manifest in there daily with black women, femmes and girls. In addition to that, participants will be able to develop tools to address anti-black Misogynoir in your daily interactions with black femmes, women and girls. This conversation will be facilitated by Krystal Leaphart and Adriyanna Andreus.
April 2, 2016: Northeast Queer Trans People of Color Conference 2016 (NEQTPOC), New York University, NY | WWC facilitated the "A Non-comprehensive Guide on Building community rooted in Womanism & Black Feminism" -Our workshop consisted of facilitation of "The Personal IS Political" Scavenger & Maxmize Good's "Growing Tree" community resource mapping exercise.
May 29, 2016: Quarterly Collective Retreat at The Sankofa House in Philadelphia, PA. There we developed our vision for the upcoming Co-op, received a wonderful presentation from the beautiful Black women elders of Inner Journeys and each went home with our own personal self-care bags. Photo credit: Sonja Claxton