Thanks so much for considering contributing to the on-going work of The Womanist Working Collective. 

The Womanist Working Collective is a grassroots social action and support collective for Black womyn (both cis & trans), femmes & gender non-conforming folks. Our Community of Practice unapologetically centers our Quality of Life and livelihoods through Community Organizing, Philanthropy and Self-care. 

Our Vision: 
To exist as a supportive and empowering community network to shift Black womyn & femmes in moving past merely surviving, but thriving; To prioritize 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 the Imperialist White Supremacist Capitalist CisHeteroPatriarchy.

 *[Ecologically Just] Ecological justice (JUSTICE BASED ON APPLIED KNOWLEDGE OF HOME) 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 framework to capture our holistic vision of a better way forward.

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

Black women and femmes often know exactly what it is we need, yet we are rarely asked or listened to due to racism, sexism, classism, colonialism, cissexism, heterosexism, ableism and a variety other factors informed by various systems of oppression and domination which hinder our individual and collective self-determination. The convergence of these products of domination lead to social determinants such as our disproportionate mental and physical health disparities, gentrification/displacement, sex trafficking,  barriers to reporting domestic violence and sexual assault, police brutalities, murders, workplace exploitation and more. 

We are asking for your support in continuing our ongoing community organizing projects,  deepening our internal capacity-building efforts and launching our data-gathering/Quality of Life Survey + Neighborhood Communities of Practice (COP) projects. 

Our collective’s overall long-term goal is to dismantle the Imperialist Capitalist White Supremacist Cissexist Heterosexist Patriarchy. Addressing White Supremacy’s racism and anti-blackness and Capitalism’s classism and manufactured poverty are very high-priorities in all of our work. As a collective made up of predominantly low-income Black women and femmes, everything we produce or choose to organize is always rooted in racial and economic equity, but with the understanding that these things are also tied to our own gender equity as we recognize the role intersectionality plays into how we understand the social inequalities impacting our lives as well as how we develop solutions for these problems. All of this falls within our Ecological Justice framework, developed by Movement Generations’s Just Transitions concept.

We have a variety of needs both large and small, both internal and external so list what your skills or resources are and we'll follow-up with you directly to make this happen. We'd love for you to contribute time, space, life-force, material resources and anything else useful to our goals of liberation.







2019    Manifestation List

(Donation Wishlist)

  • A space to house our work

  • Gift Cards for color printing & other office services

  • ​Toiletries for our care package project

  • Any talents or skills you may have

  • Gift cards to Amazon or more ethical book stores

  • Pay for our monthly/annual website fees

  • A place to put all of our books/gift us a library

  • Books for our library (multiple copies preferred, but whatever you can gift would be appreciated):

    • ​Sister Citizen by Melissa Harris-Perry

    • All Alice Walker books

    • Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More by Janet Mock

    • All Gloria E. Anzaldúa books

    • All bell hooks books, children's books included

    • Black Girl Dangerous: On Race, Queerness, Class and Gender by Mia McKenzie

    • Documentaries especially from the Media Education Foundation

    • All Audre Lorde books

    • The New Jim Crow by Melissa Alexander

    • black./womyn. by Tiona McClodden

    • All Toni Morrison books

    • This Bridge Called My Back by Cherríe Moraga & Gloria E. Anzaldúa

    • All Zadie Smith books

    • All Angela Davis books

    • All Zora Neale Hurston books

    • All James Baldwin books

    • All books by W.E.B DuBois

    • Autobiography of Malcolm X

    • All Octavia Butler books

    • ​Everything created by Ntozake Shange

    • Anything from Nikki Giovanni, children's books included

    • Anything by Sonia Sanchez

    • Anything by Lucille Clifton

    • Anything by Pat Parker

    • ​Books and speeches by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

    • Pushout by Dr. Monique Morris

    • ​Dear Universe: Letters of Affirmation and Empowerment for All of Us by Yolo Akili

    • African-based spirituality books or teachings

    • ​Sweet Honey in the Rock CDs/online discography

    • Art. 

    • Books by Radical Black Feminists we may have never heard of

    • Books by Womanists we may have never heard of

    • Music from our ancestors​

    • So many more things; this is not a comprehensive or all encompassing list. Members of the collective will add to this regularly...

Mail items to:

Womanist Working Collective

1315 Walnut ST, Suite 320

Philadelphia,PA 19107

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