Police Brutality Workshop and Open Potluck!

Last week in our Beginner’s Making Herstory we had a police brutality workshop. We opened the discussion by writing the names Pearl Pearson, Vincent Chin, and Oscar Grant on the board. We then asked me members if they’d heard of these people before and what they knew about them. Next, we asked members to search the library for any information/books covering these men. Surprise (or maybe not a surprise), our members weren’t able to find ANY information in the Oklahoma Library System. We then had members ask the librarians for help, but were still unable to find much information about these men, AT ALL.

Since we couldn’t find this information in our library system, we turned to the internet for help! Members were able to use their phones to find information over these victims of police brutality. We then discussed police brutality, as well as possible reasons for the information being so difficult to find.

In closing to the workshop we shared our own personal stories regarding police brutality and discussed the Luis Rodriguez case, its impact on our intermediate members, and the impact of police brutality on our emotions, communities, and societies.

Our members described this workshop as “powerful” and mentioned that it reminded them of the White/Male privilege workshop we facilitated a few weeks ago.

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Last Thursday we got to have a potluck!! We invited community members to join our Making Herstory space for the evening, eat delicious food, and mingle with our staff/students. We also viewed the documentary “Precious Knowledge” which covers the backlash of a Mexican-American studies program in Tucson Unified School District. We had a quite a turn out and were able to share in some short, yet powerful discussions. We hope more community members and Making Herstory members are able to join us in our next potluck or open meeting! These open meetings are the best way to get to know our staff and students! They’re also the best way to see what we’re all about!

If you are unfamiliar with “Precious Knowledge,” the trailer can be found below.

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– The Making HerStory Team

You can contact our staff at makingherstoryokc@gmail.com if you have any questions!

“Precious Knowledge” Trailer

Last Week’s Updates and POTLUCK THIS COMING THURSDAY!

During last week’s beginner workshop, we were able to use a critical, feminist lens to deconstruct Disney princesses! Although last year’s track used labels of “feminist” vs “not a feminist” to categorize the princesses, this year’s track decided that we don’t have the right to “tell people’s stories and who they are.” Our members decided that whether someone defines something as “feminist” or “not feminist,” depends largely on societal circumstances and their awareness of feminism.  We also discussed how most of the Disney princesses are white women, and not look like “us” as WOC (Women of Color). Members also talked about the increasing sexualization of children and the pressure of idealized beauty standards upon them.

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Last week, our intermediate students got the opportunity to view Betty Cao’s documentary, “Bordering on Love”. After the viewing, Cao and Lynna Vong led a workshop over Asian American LGBTQ issue and facilitated a discussion on deconstructing love. We want to give a big thank you to our guests for screening this movie in our Making HerStory space! Thank you for the powerful impact you’re having on the world!

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In Other News…

THIS THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2014 AT SOUTHERN OAKS LIBRARY IN OKC:

Making HERstory WILL BE HOSTING OUR 2ND ANNUAL POTLUCK!

We will be starting at about 5:30 and look forward to seeing you!!

Come join us for delicious food, critical discussions and a chance to meet our high school members! Students from both the Beginner and Intermediate tracks will be in attendance!

As a note: We ask you PLEASE bring ONE dish. ANY food is more than welcome! We’d love to savor your favorite thing to create in the kitchen or just something you whipped up quickly!

We will be screening either:
1) Precious Knowledge: Documentary over ethnic studies in Arizona – very similar to the Making Herstory space.

Or

2) Fruitvale Station: Film over the murder of Oscar Grant/police brutality).

Both go along well with our workshop(s) over the past few weeks, which have included both topics.

COME JOIN US 🙂 !

This is only Making Herstory’s first semester of the year!

We want to encourage anyone who’s interested in attending our facilitations to contact us at makingherstoryokc@gmail.com ! It’s not too late to be a part of Making HerStory!

POTENTIAL, NEW, AND OLD students are ALL welcome to attend our potluck on Thursday!

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Thanks for reading!

– The Making HerStory Team

You can contact our staff at makingherstoryokc@gmail.com if you have any questions about the potluck this Thursday (Nov. 13) or about our Beginner/Intermediate tracks in general!

Christopher Who? And The Disabilities Rights Movement.

Last week, in our Beginner Space, we facilitated a discussion on Christopher Columbus Day. We grabbed a few Columbus kids’ books from the Southern Oaks library and distributed them to our students. We discovered that although it is widely known that Columbus did not discover “The New World,” there is much debate over who did or if anyone did at all. Our members were surprised to discover how dramatically the diaries of Columbus contradict what children learn about him in most schools. After going through the books, we critically analyzed them using some of Howard Zinn’s texts. We asked our students what pieces of the books and texts stood out to them and followed up with more discussion. Our members decided instead of “Columbus Day,” or even “De Las Casas Day” (a slave owner turned advocate for slaves), we should have an Indigenous People’s Holiday. Our students described this session as “enlightening,” “interesting,” and “impactful.”

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Last week, in our Intermediate Space, we discussed the disabilities rights movement. We used pictures/ads of people with disabilities from the 1800s to present day, and observed the stigma placed on them. We discussed how this stigma has lessened over the years, but still continues to exist. We also critically analyzed the lack of POC (People of Color) in the pictures we saw, and how the movement for disabilities rights – which resulted in federal enactments for equality – was created by grassroots led movements.

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IN OTHER NEWS, this Thursday (November 6th from 5:30 to 7:30 PM) YOU are invited to attend a special Making HerStory workshop with guest facilitator, Betty Cao. Cao works at Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA) in San Francisco on an organizing project to ensure that immigrant parents understand the educational systems where they live and are better able to raise THEIR voices in reference to those systems.

Cao will be doing a special workshop over Asian American/ Pacific Islander LGBTQ issues. Feel free to JOIN US – community members, friends, parents, college students, we want to invite you to learn more about Making Herstory AND meet our members! We hope you will come, learn, and grow with us regarding LGBTQ issues from the perspective of communities of color! You will also get a chance to meet Betty Cao and her awesome partner, Lynna Vong!

We want to give a big welcome to new CAA staff Betty ‘B’ Cao, who will be leading our parent organizing project to empower immigrant parents to raise their voices in our schools.

This was the first weekly update of many more! Remember, this is only Making Herstory’s first semester of the year! We also want to encourage anyone who’s interested in attending our facilitations to contact us at makingherstoryokc@gmail.com !

Remember to “like” us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/makingherstoryokc and to follow us on Instagram by searching ” makingherstoryokc ” .

Thank you for reading! We are grateful for your continued enthusiasm and support!

– The Making HerStory Team

Our Intermediate Track Update(:

Time to learn more about how our Intermediate track is progressing!! 🙂

You can find our Beginner Track updates in the previous blog post!

Session 1:
We spent time catching up with our students who’ve advanced to the intermediate track (after participating in beginner’s last year) and getting to know new members (those who already possessed enough basic knowledge about our topics to enter this level). Next, we had a guest professor from OU visit us who expressed interest in writing research over the work we have done/will do with Making HerStory (shout out to Jennifer). We then discussed COMMUNITY ACTION PLANS for the coming year that OUR members will create and implement WITH our community. Finally, we discussed future curriculum that members want including: transgender/queer POC facilitations, ISIS/US foreign war policy, WOC feminism, socioeconomic status/ethnic/etc privilege, environmental issues, and SO many other wonderful topics brought up by MH members!

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Session 2:
During this session we spent time defining and discussing key social activist terms. By becoming familiar with these terms we can begin dissecting ongoing issues in Southside OKC. We also talked about the various waves of feminism and our hope for future, more inclusive feminism for WOC, trans, and other marginalized groups of people(s).

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Session 3:
We spent time talking about our student’s Community Action Plans! Getting excited about where they’re headed! We delved deep into understanding phrases/words such as: institutional racism, privilege, hierarchies, etc. We also began our research with Jennifer to hopefully publish future articles on the space we’ve created through Making HerStory!

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Session 4:
We facilitated a discussion on WOC feminists. Members searched the library for information on Nellie Wong, Cherrie Moraga, Audre Lorde, Mitsuye Yamada, Bell Hooks, and Gloria E. Anzaldua. Unfortunately there was a lack of queer WOC in our library system, so we used our electronics to find the information! To close this session we discussed the many moments we have been silenced. This was a intensely powerful discussion for our staff and students! Being able to speak about our experiences is essential! We are learning how to use our voices to break the silence!

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Session 5:
We did group activities to discuss our personal narratives through various identities. We also used Nellie Wong’s “When I Was Growing Up” to discuss intersecting identities.

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We pride ourselves on being a community-led, youth-driven, WOC organized youth empowerment organization! We are excited! We are powerful! We are learning! We are growing! Together we are Making HerStory!

Remember, from this point forward, you can look forward to WEEKLY updates for both our Intermediate and Beginner tracks!

Thank you for your support!

Much love!

– Making HerStory Team

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