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Reflections from INCITE! Conference

Our revolution should be fun and creative resisting the capitalist hetero-patriarchy machine.

 

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At this year’s INCITE! Color of Violence Conference I was able to observe where in the

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

abolish it.

 

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

patriarchal machine.

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