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.
1. 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.
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THE WOMANIST WORKING COLLECTIVE
1315 WALNUT ST, SUITE 320
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19107
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