“Our revolution should be fun and creative resisting the capitalist hetero-patriarchy machine.“
feminist movement I want to situate myself in the struggle for liberation against state violence.
The feminist movement as an umbrella has giving birth to many waves of feminism. INCITE!’s
main focus is to work with womin identified people of color, trans, gender non-conforming,
queer, and lesbian. Being inclusive to these identities is also a way to resist against the
hegemonic sexual orientation of hetero-normativity the capitalist state imposes on everyone.
INCITE! encourages us to orient to a type of feminism that is enthusiastic about creating a
better world by putting it into practice and having our revolution be fun and creative as we
continue to resist the capitalist hetero-patriarchy machine.
Insights that resonated with me throughout the conference was Angela Davis’s keynote
speech inviting all to have international solidarity with different issues from Palestine to
Ayotzinapa. “Justice needs to be for all not for some,” she said. Rasmea Odeah took part of
the plenary and the conference. She is a Palestinian tortured survivor, a woman who fought
and continues to struggle for the liberation of her brothers and sisters in Palestine.
There was also a lot of discussion about community accountability and its benefits to
survivors and communities of color. When I first read about it, I was fascinated by the
possibilities it offers to survivors. It shifts the idea of having violent institutions control the
survivors’ autonomy and agency in their healing process. It was discussed in detailed the
reality that can be a difficult process since is long and can be messy because we need to trust
in one another without relying on the state.
I went to the conference representing my home collective, Community Education for Social
Action (CESA) with a compañera. We also presented a workshop about using theater as a
tool to heal and learn about community accountability. It was really good to notice how other
groups want to use community accountability and get creative by using theater to role-play
and experience the possibilities our bodies can manifest. We learn that our bodies carry
trauma and suffering and to dismantle it we need to position it to imagine our bodies receiving
positive feelings. We will continue these conversations wherever we go and in our
communities because we notice that patriarchy lives in our own movement and we need to
The conference provided a space to imagine new possibilities beyond the state. There was a
group from Los Angeles that attended and we are excited to put into practice the work
INCITE! Invites communities to do. We will have a report back and we are continuing with
small gatherings the conversations of community accountability and how does that look like in
different groups and communities. We are also learning to feel comfortable questioning
privilege and confronting it in our groups. Working class communities of color systematically
are displaced or marginalized by a white supremacist state. We do not want to continue
feeling inferior because we are not. We are beautiful, if we are colored, womin identified,
queer, trans, lesbian, gender non conforming, femme and the list goes on. These identities
resist the state without following the normative hegemonic beliefs imposed by a capitalist