Spring 2017 Programming at the WCCW: Coalition

March 2016 – May 2017


Last fall we held a programming quarter based around the idea of Civics to coincide with the national election. We had no idea that the outcome of the election would be so uprooting and worrying for all of us. For winter we moved to explore the theme of Co-Struggle in an attempt to regroup and unpack our intersections. This spring we will continue this line of thought by investigating the idea of Coalition.

We seek to form alliances with those who have overlapping interests to instigate combined action towards a common cause. What is the middle space in the venn diagram from which we can organize and move forward? What can be accomplished when we cooperate and build relationships to advocate for disparate groups? What formations encourage direct action? How do we develop shared strategies? Build partnerships? Negotiate terms and actions? Together we will reflect on past lessons learned and look towards future actions.

We will be joined in our investigation by three resident collectives; The Moozis, a collective of Muslim folks interested in making themselves count in the definition and understandings of their culture, Intersectionality NOW!, a group who wants their feminism decolonized, inclusive, and international, and Small Fries, Full Lives Collective, who aim to explore how access to paid parental leave and universal childcare can create an equitable Los Angeles. Each of these collectives will offer regularly scheduled programming in conjunction with coalition based programs from the larger WCCW community listed below.

Let’s Get Started!
Thur, Mar 9, 7-8:30pm
Hosted by Small Fries, Full Lives Collective

Why is Paid Family Leave and Universal Childcare important and why are we looking at it now? For this first week we will introduce ourselves and we will ask and answer with your help: What do we currently have?, Why is what we have not okay?, What do we want and need?, and What are we trying to do over the next 12 weeks?

Know Your Rights + Questioning Policies: Paid Parental Leave
Thursday, Mar 16th, 7–8:30pm
Hosted by Small Fries, Full Lives Collective

Curious about California’s parental leave policy? Wondering if you qualify for short term disability from the state? Want California to do more? Join us to learn your rights for paid and unpaid parental leave, and what’s currently happening around the state level. We will start to brainstorm ideas on what we can advocate for at the local level and how we can better support advocacy at the state level.

Paid Family Leave: What the rest of the world has
Thursday, Mar 23rd, 7–8:30pm
Hosted by Small Fries, Full Lives Collective

The US’ Family and Medical Leave Act provides protected unpaid family leave for only 40% of the country’s employees! Yup, crazy! On top of that the US provides ZERO paid family leave, that’s less than the Bahamas, Kenya, and Iceland to name just a handful of countries. This week we will look at how the rest of the world provides family leave for their residents and how they got there.

How do we take care of our kids? Childcare in California
Thursday, April 6, 7–8:30pm
Hosted by Small Fries, Full Lives Collective

Scrambling to find child care for your 0-5 year old? Spending the majority of your paycheck on day care? This week we will be discussing challenges parents face to finding affordable quality child care, existing financial aid programs, and local advocacy efforts to increase the number of spots in child care.


Moozi Meeting

Wednesday, Mar 8, 7:30-9:30pm
Hosted by the Moozis

Inviting people to join group and share thoughts on what programs they would like to see. Invitation only.

The Haft Siins
Wednesday, Mar 15, 7:30-9:30pm
Hosted by the Moozis

Make and design all of the siins you need for your Nowruz sofreh. Open to all.

Diasporic Urdu Reading Club
Tuesday, Mar 21, 7:30-9:30pm
Hosted by the Moozis

Dissecting Urdu ghazal poetry in English, Urdu, and Farsi. Must have some knowledge of Urdu and/or Farsi to participate.

Buraq Stitch Night
Wednesday, Mar 29, 7:30-9:30pm
Hosted by the Moozis

Work together to create a needlepoint of the Buraq, a mythological winged horse that flew the Prophet to heaven. The Buraq is often depicted with a woman’s face. Moozi kindred.


Solidarity Is (Still) For White Women (Workshop)
Monday, Mar 6, 7 – 9:30pm
Hosted by Intersectionality NOW

In this interactive workshop, we provide a space for white women to learn how to be more effective in organizing spaces shared with women of color by unpacking their white privilege, processing their guilt and shame together, and learning how to make space for others to lead and speak. If you want to be an even better ally / accomplice, this workshop is for you. If you want to understand your whiteness and its origins and consequences on a deeper level, this workshop is for you. If you’re exasperated by the phrase “check your privilege,” this workshop is definitely for you. If you went to the Women’s March and didn’t feel uncomfortable at all, this workshop is for you! Facilitated by organizers from Alliance of White Anti-Racists Everywhere (AWARE).

Taking Up ALL the Space Vol. 1
Monday, Mar 13, 7-9pm
Hosted by Intersectionality NOW

As part of our effort to smash White Feminism while hacking white spaces & resources, we invite womxn of color & radical queerdos to join us in a town hall meeting on at the Women’s Center for Creative Work. As part of our Coalitions Residency, we’re opening up the space to marginalized femmes who are implicitly excluded from fully participating. Snacks provided, BYO. Come print, copy, co-work, talk, hang, critique, comment, & get comfortable taking up ALL the space. 

Towards A Trans Inclusive Feminism (A Dinner Party)
Monday, March 20, 7-9:30pm
Facilitated by Jennicet Gutierrez (Familia TQLM), an. cinquepalmi, Yocheved Zenaida-Cohen, and Amanda-Faye Jimenez.

For this community discussion, we’re challenging the cis-centric nature of feminist organizing and practice. How can we work towards a more inclusive (expansive) definition of womanhood? Can trans women be empowered by reclaiming words used to degrade all femme folx? What language and symbols is it time to discard? What language has yet to be invented? What do all femmes gain by centering transfeminism in a movement for women’s rights? We invite trans women to frame the conversation. This event is open to both trans women and their allies, but the space will be trans & WOC-centric. Please be mindful of the amount of space you take up as a non-trans and/or white person at this event.

Mapping Feminist LA // Intersectionality NOW
Monday Mar 27, 7:30-9:30pm

Intersectionality NOW will join Mapping Feminist LA from 7:30–9:30pm on Monday, March 27th, to think about what defines a feminist resource and how women can be connected through various organizations and spaces in Los Angeles. In developing a web application, Mapping Feminist LA considers potential mapped locations and their impact on the local feminist landscape and establishes criteria that ensure shared resources are inclusive and intersectional.


Boot Camp for Revolutionaries Pt.1:
Beyond Binaries, Hierarchies, and Capital

Sunday, Mar 5th, 4–7pm
Hosted by Jennifer Moon

Can there be acceptance within resistance? What does it mean to be abundant in a world defined by lack? Is there a hierarchy of trauma? What is your relationship to capital? In this workshop, we will identify the oppressive systems that weigh on you the most as well as develop your distinct abilities to transform any situation into an opportunity for expansion.

Boot Camp for Revolutionaries Pt. 2:
Merging Science and Faith

Saturday, Apr 22nd, 2–5pm
Hosted by Jennifer Moon

Are we interacting with each other or is it our beliefs that are interacting? Who are we beyond our beliefs? This workshop will explore recent discoveries in science such as dark matter and dark energy, quantum physics, cognitive science, gene expression, microbiota and the second brain in our guts, which point to alternative ways of being that can expand our reality beyond the matrix of our beliefs.

Boot Camp for Revolutionaries Pt. 3: Befriending Trauma
Saturday, May 27th, 2–5pm
Hosted by Jennifer Moon

How do you infuse a similar spirit of revolution to community organizing AND to your personal relationships and interactions with colleagues, friends, family, and social media? This workshop will delve deep into our shame identities forged through trauma to understand how we have learned to give and receive love to transform love into a political force for revolution.


Sharing Your Feminist Mentor
Tuesday, Mar 14, 7:30-9:30 PM
Hosted by Art Muse LA

Art Muse LA invites you to gather for an intergenerational feminist cocktail hour anchored in sharing oral histories and cultivating new alliances. As we look ahead to the challenges in view, it is important to strengthen webs of connection and explore our collective knowledge. From one generation to another, can we ask each other for advice and support in mobilizing change? During this one-night event, let’s manifest as a temporary coalition, plant the seeds of community, and address these essential questions: (1) In moments of political change, how can past experiences provide knowledge and insight to current events? (2) What are the benefits of intergenerational sharing? What can older workshop participants pass on to younger participants, and vice versa, so we can learn from each other? (3) How can we extend our connections and conversations beyond this workshop?


Mujer Mariposa
Friday, Mar 24, 7:30-9:30pm
Hosted by Diana Cervera

This dynamic workshop will fuse theatre, spoken word, and dialogue centered around healing, corporal narratives, and empowerment of migrant and diaspora communities through art making practice. The aim is to create a space of plurality where the diverse narratives of self-identified womxn representing different perspectives and corporealities intertwine to create representations that serve as counternarratives to static representations of migrant womxn. In light of the anti-immigrant rhetoric used by the Trump campaign to target multiple minoritized and underrepresented groups, this workshop directly embodies the idea of working across lines of difference, uniting struggles through sharing perspective and lived experience. The intention of the space is to create critical dialogue among womxn by engaging the ideas of motherhood, migration, and visibility in popular media. *(space also be open to non-women identified community)


Community Chorus
Sunday, Mar 19th, April 2nd, 16th and 30th, and May 14th and 28th, 1-3pm
Hosted by Carolyn Riggs

Vocalizing is an act of protest! Community Chorus is a bi-monthly safe singing space and activist chorus that will be on-call for protests, rallies, marches, and community-building events. Our goal is to provide an additional platform where participants can rally together in a collective expression of commitment to justice, bravery, beauty, change, action, protest, dissent. The chorus requires no audition/prior skill, and no commitment. Chorus leader Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs will hold bi-monthly 90 minute gatherings with live accompaniment and monthly guest presenters.


Damn It Dolls! And My Good Friend, Anger
Sunday, Mar 26, 3-6pm
Hosted by Smaranda Luna and Jessica Jane Lynch

This workshop is designed to create a dialogue and community around the topic of anger, in addition to helping participants develop strategies and coping skills to deal with their own anger. By creating a safe space where anger can be addressed and looked at from different and creative perspectives, one will begin to demystify this “loaded” emotion, thus making it easier for the individual within her community to practice self-care, self-soothing techniques and to use the positive aspects of this emotion as fuel towards positive action versus destruction. Anger in women is often a taboo in our society and by reframing the way we relate to anger our hope is that this workshop will be a stepping-stone towards breaking this taboo. In learning to communicate anger without shaming and by recognizing it as an important tool, one can be empowered to view anger as a guide and a voice to make positive life changes and create strong coalitions towards common causes.


Parenting as Protest
Sunday March 12, 1 – 4 pm
Sunday, April 9, 1- 4 pm
Sunday, May 7, 1 – 4 pm
Hosted by Gilda Davidian

This group is intended to create a space for parents who are or who want to be engaged in social justice, movement building, advocacy, grassroots organizing, and other forms of protest to reflect, share concerns, collect resources, practice solidarity, and make choices about how to take achievable action with the support of other parents. Each monthly meeting will offer a topic for discussion, as well as time for open dialogue. Guest speakers and opportunities to share resources and make commitments to take action will also be included. Contact Gilda.Davidian@gmail.com w/ questions about event.