FemJam is an intersectional feminist event bringing together both seasoned activists and folks new to resistance from across LA to discuss complex issues women face locally, build advocacy and interpersonal skills. The stakes are higher than ever, particularly for those from marginalized communities, so we all need to show up for each other!
This event is open to all ages, skills and experience levels, and perspectives; but privileges the voices and experiences of women (cis and trans), and those who are queer, gender non-conforming and non-binary.
— Session 1 (Panel and discussion) — 12:15 to 1:30pm
«We Don’t Need Allies, We Need Accomplices: What does intersectionality* look like in practice?»
This panel features local women leading social justice movements and organizing efforts to share experiences and anecdotes from their work, and discuss what true intersectionality looks like. We’ll discuss the difference between being an ally and an accomplice, nurturing sustainable movements for justice BEYOND Trump and pink pussy hats, and strategies for building meaningful collaborations.
— Session 2 (Interactive workshop) — 1:45 to 4:00pm
“Putting Intersectionality into Practice: Building Skills and Knowledge”
Spend time between various table groups (think speed dating minus all the things we hate about it!) to dig into facilitated group discussions:
“Role Play: Calling Out / Calling In”
Gain skills to call out oppressive behavior and tools to support others.
“From Each According to Her Ability (Personal Activism and Self-Care)”
Focus on strategies to make our activism personally sustainable AND constantly challenging for us to grow.
“Culturally Competent Feminism”
Refine our understanding of what culturally competent feminism is, and explore what that means for our diverse community in LA.
“Abolitionist Feminism: Feminist accomplice in law, policy, and enforcement”
Examine your responses to crime and violence that rely on police and carceral institutions, and reevaluate your personal relationships to those institutions through an intersectional feminist lens.
“Feminism in Labor”
Explore the personal and structural barriers women face in their worklife, how to advocate for a more feminist work environment, and discuss strategies for overcoming challenges and making advancements.
“Fighting Attacks on Healthcare: An intersectional, trans-inclusive and gender non-conforming approach”
Identify concrete steps for countering attacks on women's health, while ensuring our actions do not feed into trans-exclusionary policy or white supremacist oppression.
Session 3 (After Party) — 4:00-5:00pm
“FemJam After Jam!”
Unwind, mingle, and discuss next steps over refreshments at the After Jam! Visit booths where to meet local groups and learn about actions, make art, explore feminist resources, and relax and reflect in community.
FemJam organizers and participants include:
Los Angeles Women’s Impact Collective (LAWIC)
Feminist Magazine KPFK
Feminist Library on Wheels (FLOW)
The Hampton Institute: Working Class Think Tank
Equal Pay Company