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Purpose & Vision

The Womanist Working Collective is a radical grassroots social action and support collective for Black folks of marginalized gender experience, specifically women (trans* and cis), femmes, and other gender expansive folx. While this language will never be enough to encapsulate all of the Black folx we center, we want to be clear that we affirm the full breadth of Black gender expansiveness and explicitly reject cissexism. Our Community of Practice unapologetically centers our Quality of Life and livelihoods through Community Organizing, Mutual Aid and Holistic Wellness.

Vision

1. To exist as a supportive and empowering community network to shift Black womyn & femmes in moving past merely surviving, but thriving; Prioritizing physical, emotional, moral and social safety (or using trauma-informed care practices/Healing Justice Frameworks); Centering the overall health and wellness of our members and extended community. 

2. To transition ourselves and our communities into an Ecologically Just* society. This umbrella concept encompasses bringing balance to the environment(s)/ecosystems we live in, ending social inequality (racial justice, economic justice, gender justice, reproductive justice, environmental justice, etc.) and dismantling oppressive governing structures guided by Imperialist White Supremacist Capitalist CisHeteroPatriarchy.

 

*[Ecologically Just] Ecological justice (JUSTICE BASED ON APPLIED KNOWLEDGE OF HOME) Ecological Justice is the state of balance between human communities and healthy ecosystems based on thriving, mutually beneficial relationships and participatory self-governance. We see Ecological Justice as the key frame to capture our holistic vision of a better way forward.

3. Black Liberation which improves our overall society at large.

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2021 Happenings 

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Archival Project 2020-21

After our Spring 2019 organizational hiatus, I had begun archiving our organization’s herstory in our WWC Resource Corner Folder which we’d been preserving as much of our discovered and developed Black Womanist literature and artifacts. Once COVID-19 began, I finally recruited help by recruiting professional archivists.  The Womanist Working Collective’s archival project started as a summer fellowship for 1 person, but ended as a fellowship cohort of 5 Black women, femmes and non-binary fellows from various disciplines who were able to capture and document our work from multiple lenses across the Philadelphia movement landscape. Project completed July 2021. View the Zine!

PROJECT PARAMETERS

(HER)STORICIZING: Connect our work and praxis to those of our ancestors (i.e. Black Radical Traditions, Black Feminist Theory, Critical Race Theory,  Queer & Trans Liberation, etc.)

SPIRITUAL ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: Understanding that "The dichotomy between the spiritual and the political is  false" (Audre Lorde), identify the spiritual practices throughout our resistance work

ART CREATING: Turn the gathered information into something artistically captivating. All artistic mediums welcome.

ARCHIVING: Literal archiving 2015 - 2020: Using interdisciplinary methods of archiving, Gather our herstory for future generations

CULTURAL PRESERVATION: Preserve our Afro-Diasporic culture & artifacts - Maintain records to preserve institutional* memory: *Communities of Practice as vital institutions

STORYTELLING: Writing from A Liberatory Lens - The Art of Prose: Using a Womanist Praxis lens to help us articulate our journey


EPISTEMOLOGY: Sensemaking for Black public consumption

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FROM STAGE #3 OF OUR KATIE G. CANNON SUMMER ARCHIVAL PROJECT. JAKAELA DAVIS AND JORDAN EALY DEVELOPED A ZINE BASED ON THE ARCHIVAL MATERIALS ORGANIZED BY KAILEE FABER AND THE ORAL INTERVIEWS CAPTURED BY ASHBY HAYWOOD WERE TAPPED FOR INSPIRATION IN THE CREATION OF OUR FIRST ZINE.

Kailee Faber

Kailee started by focusing on more of the practical and technical aspects of archiving. Then began this process by reviewing and organizing all the files for WWC and then I began thinking of a platform to publish this material that is both secure, within budget, and something that is easy to manage and navigate searches. Using Omeka for the archive, she uploaded, cataloged, and described the materials in the digital archive.

Jordan Ealy (She/Her)

And Yet, I Exist: Explorations in Womxnist Futures is a collection of creative work authored by Jakaela and Jordan. The zine features poetry, plays, and creative nonfiction that centers radical queer and trans futurity from a womxnist perspective. Davis and Ealey build from the definitions of womanism offered by womanist luminary Alice Walker and her insistence on humanity starting from the point of view of the black woman and fostering a place for the self-definition of women of color.

Ashby Haywood (They/She)

Ashby started an oral history project of and recorded the reflections from 6 members via Zoom from October 2020 - April 2021. Each WWC member shared their experiences organizing in Philadelphia, building their womanist consciousness, and attending and planning WWC events. Intimate group dynamics and personal spiritual journeys emerged as themes throughout the oral histories, as well as adjusting to Philadelphia as young professionals and community organizers.

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Shakira is an activist, educator, archivist, and West Philadelphia Native. During this project with WWC, She served as the Curating Space Lead. Although COVIDThe goal was to be able to present the collective work of this cohort to the greater Philadelphia area, instead, we have moved to a digital option that will be available soon. When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.- Audre Lorde

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2Ubuntu: Reciprocity Time Bank

2Ubuntu: Reciprocity Time Bank is a free afrofuturist virtual community market where Black, Indigenous & People of Color (BIPOC) exchange services and support to other BIPOC in our networks. This concept more commonly referred to as a skillshare network allows us to:

(1) connect to the tangible support and material resources in our area; (2) invest in Black self-determination, interdependence and community-rooted solutions to our everyday needs; (3) engage us in a sustainable and reciprocal method of giving and receiving; (4) prioritize “Centering the Margins” of the already marginalized (i.e. people living with disabilities, youth, elders, queer and trans folx, women, returning/re-entering citizens, etc.); and (5) improve our overall quality of life.

Membership is available to Black, Indigenous & People of Color (BIPOC) around or organizing within Philadelphia, PA. As it stands now, it is important that we decline membership of White/Caucasian people or those of Settler-Colonial descent until the 2Ubuntu Community has had an opportunity to vote on the matter. We welcome Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) to attend an upcoming orientation and community engagement event BEFORE applying for membership.

Because there are so many talents, skills, gifts, resources already among us. Let's mobilize them for our collective liberation. Also, because we all deserve the highest Quality of Life regardless of what Capitalism and White Supremacy teaches us.


Profiles are approved and admitted by the 2Ubuntu Coordinators once orientation is completed. You'll count your time spent at orientation and community engagement mixers as your first set of time credits to start exchanging right away.

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Healers & Helpers 2021
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Black Liberation Therapy Fund Fall 2021 Cycle
Black Liberation Therapy Fund Fall 2021 Cycle

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Healers & Helpers:
A Therapy Matchmaking Event  +
Black Liberation Therapy Fund 2021

The Womanist Working Collective knows how important Black women and femme's mental health and wellness are to their Quality of Life and the overall well-being of their communities, so we’re hosting a therapy speed dating event called Healers & Helpers where participants will have an opportunity to connect with mental health practitioners with whom they'd like to work.

We believe that these Helpers have the potential to provide critical support for people healing themselves from trauma, navigating stressful life events and developing new tools along their self-love/self-care journeys. 

We are currently seeking Helpers to join our upcoming event on November 21, 2021. Email: healershelpers.wwc@gmail.com

The Black Liberation Therapy Fund was created in 2020 to provide financial assistance to Black womxn of trans and cis experience, femmes, and/or non-binary people to increase access to mental health and wellness support. The Fund is designed to provide financial support in recognition of the fact that we are often shut out of or hesitant to access care due to financial barriers. 


The Black Liberation Therapy Fund provides a one-time grant of up to $500 towards sessions with a wellness provider, such as a therapist, psychiatrist, natural or holistic healer, life coach, spiritual counselor, or doula. 

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Safety Net(work) Mutual Aid Pool

Our on-going mutual aid fund supports community members in their time of need by providing emergency support (bills, groceries, shelter, supplies, resources, etc.) to prevent them from falling through the cracks. Being short a few hours on one's paycheck can mean the difference in being able to afford rent or food for the month, leading to the inability to catch-up on rent and be faced with eviction. When folx live paycheck-to-paycheck, the ability to meet basic needs become an ongoing struggle for mere survival and we all deserve more.

Black women and femmes deserve a Safety Net!Black women and femmes deserve support!

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