Group 3’s Part C: After the Plurifeminisms Across Abya Yala Symposium

By: Angela, Maya, Jade, Stephanie

Categories:Making Scenes
We chose to categorize this as making scenes, since it’s something that has a cultural significance, and portrays a scene with the activists’ names written.
Categories:Chicanxfuturism
We chose to categorize this as Chicanxfuturism because of its accessibility. As someone who wasn’t able to attend the event in person, the online accessibility allowed me to still be a part of the event. This directly represents the future we want to move towards, one that includes all.  
Categories:Building Communities
We chose to categorize this photo as Bulding Communities since Maylei Blackwell talked a lot about communities of Indigenous women meeting together for their rights.
Reasoning: We chose to include our altar because of its symbolism and theme. We chose to represent the fight to bring people out of social death. A fight that will require many different people to accomplish. Throughout the event this was symbolized through the small yet meaningful actions of sharing materials to build our altars and amplify different groups ideas/themes. This photo represents how meaningful a collaborative framework can be, even in the smallest gestures. 

Photographer Name: Jade RahmanSubject Name: My group’s Ofrenda and it’s connection to the one beside itEvent Name: Womxn Who RockLocation: Intellectual House, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, AmericaTime: 2:30 PMFile Name: 1653428474.145541
Reasoning: We chose to include this screenshot of a zoom screen from Caye Cayera’s panel because it shows how the symposium was held both in-person and virtually. This is significant as it is something that made it that visitors who couldn’t travel to still get to be a part of the panel, and for guests for who it may not work with their schedule to attend, have the option to join through zoom. We think it shows ingenuity and connectedness as a community. 
Photographer name: Stephanie IspasSubject Name: Caye CayeraEvent Name: Womxn Who RockLocation: Intellectual House, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, AmericaTime: 3:50 PMFile Name: IMG_1481
Reasoning: We chose to include this picture of Maylei Blackwell since her speech on indigenous women and their resilience and Abya Yala explained the importance of this event and of community and working together. As we learned throughout class, we all have a social responsibility to pay it forward to indigenous communities and their land we stand on. This is the first step in realizing that responsibility, by first listening and then acting with intent to help indigenous communities.  
Photographer Name: Jade RahmanSubject Name: Maylei BlackwellEvent Name: Womxn Who RockLocation: Intellectual House, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, AmericaTime: 2:30 PMFile Name: 1653428883.713917
Categories: Plurifeminisms
We chose to categorize this photo as Plurifeminisms since Michelle Habell-Pallan hosted this symposium on plurifeminism, and because she is the professor of a class that focuses on it. 
Categories:Convivencia
We chose to categorize this photo as Convivencia. Convivencia means connecting with others as a community, and this photo shows just that, with the different panelists gathered together.  
Categories:Chicanxfuturism
We chose to categorize this photo as Chicanxfuturism. This is since it shows an example of how artists who use music like hip hop or others, and social media platforms like videosharing websites, encompass Chicanxfuturism through their work and the messages in their work.
Reasoning: We chose this photo because it shows our professor Michelle Habell-Pallan who made this event possible. She organized, educated, and MC’d the entirety of the event. She made space for us as students to learn and implement action regarding Black, Chicanx, queer, and feminist movements and strides. By allowing us to create altars that stood behind the speakers the audience left empowered and community oriented. Photographer Name: Jade RahmanSubject Name: Dr. Michelle Habell-PallenEvent Name: Womxn Who RockLocation: Intellectual House, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, AmericaTime: 2:20 PMFile Name: 1653429071.2409658Reasoning: We chose this photo because it shows the panelists that joined the symposium through Zoom, Caye Cayera, Betty Ruth Lozano Lerma, and Iris Crystal. This is important because with the zoom option, they could all join this panel virtually. Also, since they spoke in Spanish, there was a simultaneous interpretation option where a translator spoke in English. This is important since it allowed for these important messages and thoughts to be understood by more people with the option to get it translated to a different language. 
Photographer Name: Stephanie IspasSubject Name: Caye Cayera, Betty Ruth Lozano Lerma, Iris Crystal  Event Name: Womxn Who RockLocation: Intellectual House, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, AmericaTime: 4:03 PMFile Name: IMG_1486
Reasoning: We chose this because of her connection to using art and hiphop to create community connectedness and resistance against oppression. She spoke to the fact that community involvement and activism doesn’t have a prerequisite of graduating college or getting any “formal” education, it’s a matter of willingness to learn from communities around you and then choosing to stand up for the needs of those communities. These were key concepts we touched on throughout class, activism and community involvement doesn’t have to look one singular way it can encompass passionate speakers, singers, or writers. In fact, those different forms of involvement are what make the movement stronger.  Photographer Name: Jade RahmanSubject Name: Gabriela CanoEvent Name: Womxn Who RockLocation: Intellectual House, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, AmericaTime: 2:40 PMFile Name: 1653428960.041778

Interview #1

Group number and names: Group 3: Angela Gomez, Stephanie Ispas, Jade Rahman, Maya Matta

Interview title: Plurifeminisms Across Abya Yala Symposium Interview 

Interviewee name: Black Mama

Interview date: May 24, 2022

Interviewer name: Angela Gomez

Question: What does plurifeminism across Abya Yala mean to you?

Answer: “Plurifeminism means a story that was previously there. It means coming back to the knowledge that all the elders have, and to be able to combine it with current social struggles. What we are doing now is what women have been doing throughout history. Specifically, talking about communities has been happening since the beginning of time. Acknowledging, as feminists, that this has been happening for a long time is important. White women were able to vote here, and if Black men can vote, why can’t we? We have to go back together to release these ideas in a neutral environment without overpowering each other. I am not looking for power and instead I am looking for equality. Because of this, the word “empowering” can be poisonous, and the word “strengthening” can be a better substitute.”

Interview #2

Group number and names: Group 3: Angela Gomez, Stephanie Ispas, Jade Rahman, Maya Matta

Interview title: Plurifeminisms Across Abya Yala Symposium Interview 

Interviewee name: Case – Sound Technician

Interview date: May 24, 2022

Interviewer name: Stephanie Ispas

Question: What does plurifeminisms across Abya Yala mean to you?

Answer: “ I haven’t heard of plurifeminisms or Abya Yala before. When I heard the title, I tried to conceptualize what it means. I gained an understanding that it’s a connection of feminisms and indigenous ideologies. To me it means, a combination of fighting back and of healing, and I learned a lot from all of the panelists. Something that stood out was the conversation about indigenous abortions, and important thing that was said is that indigenouss women shouldn’t be criminalized for the treatment of their bodies, under laws that are colonial and not created by indigenous people.”

#Plurifeminism #Womenwhorock

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