Annette Taborn, Reese Tanimura, and friends are currently performing blues jam in the MOHAI Atrium. The band’s presence at this conference represents their support for womxn through claiming the space and performing their music. The members introduce themselves after performing their first song, sharing with the audience that their bass player is a former member of the first all women of color rock band in Seattle. The band passionately plays their music, as the lead singer notes that “blues is the folk music of the people.” The lead singer uses not only her voice to create sound and claim space, but she also uses a variety of other instruments, such as a harmonica and a shaker-type instrument.
The band also goes on to invite individuals from the crowd to go on stage and perform with them; this is representative of inviting others to fight for just causes (e.g. justice for women). One individual joins the band and is heard through their playing of the tambourine.
Womxn of color artists (Kibibi Monie, Ana Cano– a. K. a. “Black Mama”, Julie C, and Ixtlixochitl Salinas- Whitehawk) are speaking in the Lakefront Pavilion. They are asked a round of questions, one of which, is how do people who have been oppressed claim space? They mention that one way of claiming space for artists like themselves, is through their artistry– through their music. Ixtlixochitl Salinas-Whitehawk interestingly and rightfully also brings up the idea of re-claiming space. It’s an idea that focuses not only on making sure that oppressed voices are heard, but also acknowledging the injustice of space being taken from others. She directs the focus and attention to a part of history that may be uncomfortable for people especially those who are privileged, to talk about and acknowledge (e.g. the taking of land from Native American tribes). However, that is what this conference is about, as well as with this panel of speakers sharing what they have to say. Acknowledging injustices in our society and talking about it is just a beginning step. The next major step is actually taking action to do something about it. Ixtlixochitl Salinas-Whitehawk also brings up an interesting point that Seattle is doing a great job of being aware of injustices, however, it is now a matter of taking action.