Students taking event organizer Michelle Habell-Pallan’s class need to ask event participants what plurifeminism Abya Yala means to them. Of course, there is no one, all-encompassing answer to this question, but here are some ideas from attendees:
Here are some of the answers:
“Plurifeminism means decolonization”
“What do those terms mean?”
“Both plurifemism and abya yala are very subjective and open to interpretation. That concept is important for indigineous people who might be doing feminist work but not necessarily finding the term encompassing or accepting of them.”
To me, plurifeminism is a term that allows for people to accept the imperfections of any particular kind of feminist activism. Plurifeminists are able to switch between modes of activism without sacrificing self and recognizing that feminism has to have multiple modes to be able to be truly intersectional.
Students setting up for the event, and interviewing different attendees.
Our memory ofrenda is dedicated to the green wave and honors the memory of Rosie Jimenez and other people who have died from restricted abortion access. We included elements of air, water, earth, and fire to help with this dedication. Air represents spring and new beginnings, and recently, the green wave has had many successes in expanding abortion access across Abya Yala. We decided to use flowers to represent this new era of expanded rights. We used tea to represent water. Tea has been used as a method to induce abortion in the past. We used an apple to represent earth. Rosie Jimenez was a teacher, so we wanted to make sure we honored that part of her life. We used tea candles to represent fire. Fire represents passion, so we wanted to show the passion and dedication people are putting into the movement. We also represented fire through the signs at the bottom which give information about protests that are happening in Seattle and show passion that people have for the movement. Finally, we put rose petals across the ofrenda to further honor Rosie.