The Women's March mobilized millions around equality and
We were there and wanted to keep the momentum going (in a non-overwhelming way), and as a first step, we compiled an online resource for those who asked the question: now what?
We wanted to create an actionable, physical extension of the town hall-style convos we're having and hearing all over social media where questions like the following have been posed:
- How do we recognize and validate both individual and large community struggles while empathizing and supporting each other effectively?
- How can we learn the language of our rights, and harness the power of organizing within the restrictive, post-fact political climate?
- How do we transform frustration/exhaustion/burn out into real, empowering action?
Join us for a day comprised of impassioned panels at New Women Space followed by Q&As and a networking hour after with local organizations and panelists for folks to visit afterwards for how to get further involved.
PANEL 1 from 1:30 to 2:30pm: Intersectional Feminism Can’t Thrive In the Ice Age of Infighting
PANEL 2 from 3:00 to 4:00pm: How Turn Exhaustion into Empowerment: Advice from Active Folks
PANEL 3 from 4:30 to 5:30pm: I'm Not Always Politically Correct, but I'm Politically Charged
• Jewel Cadet | Program Manager, Youth & Community Empowerment for The Center for Anti-Violence Education
• Maria Figueira | Chair, Rally & Rise
• Prachi Rao | Project and Communications Associate, Women's Environment & Development Organization
5:30 to 7:00pm
Actionable Networking Hour(ish): Socialize and meet other attendees, write postcards with Rally + Rise, catch live screenprinting from Kingsland and learn more about different local organizations and panelists for how to get further involved/active.
WHO WE ARE
Got a Girl Crush is a magazine about women, by women, for everyone--that also aims to bring connectivity beyond the page by hosting events and serving as a conduit for community building.
Larissa Green is a passionate conceptual brand, content, and event planning strategist who aims to educate and empower consumers to feel more alive, awake, and responsible.
THANK YOU to our sponsor issuu — a modern media company and curator of creativity platform that supports professional-level digital publications in areas of passion. "We are proud to support Now What? and invite you to visit us at issuu.com."
MEET THE MODERATOR
Seisei Tatebe-Goddu // Political Operative
Seisei has worked on the North Carolina Coordinated Campaign in 2016 and is now working with Run for Something. Since its launch on January 20, RFS has recruited nearly 8,000 political candidates across the country and 1,000 volunteers. Prior to working in politics, she was the founder of Tandem Consulting Group, and has worked with over 75 clients across the Middle East, East Africa, Europe, and the United States. She did her BA at McGill University and her MA at Columbia University, and is a Dreamers//Doers member, a community for trailblazing women.
MEET THE PANELISTS
Melissa Wong + Sandra Hong // Co-founders of New Women Space
New Women Space is a 2,100 sq. ft. mixed-used space made for in-person gatherings. Opened in September of 2016, the space was co-founded by Melissa Wong and Sandra Hong with the intention and dream of creating a place where women of all experiences could feel deeply accepted and connected. The space's mission is to create positive and lasting impact on our communities through curated programming and an open invitation for women and femmes of all experiences to start their own conversations and introduce new narratives.
Ashton Applewhite // Writer, Manifesto Against Ageism
Author and activist Ashton Applewhite is the author of This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism. In 2016, she joined PBS site Next Avenue’s annual list of 50 Influencers in Aging as their Influencer of the Year. Ashton has been recognized by the New York Times, National Public Radio, and the American Society on Aging as an expert on ageism. She blogs at This Chair Rocks, has written for Harper’s, Playboy, and the New York Times, and is the voice of Yo, Is This Ageist? Ashton speaks widely, at venues that have ranged from universities and community centers to the TED mainstage and the United Nations. Ashton is a leading spokesperson for a movement to mobilize against discrimination on the basis of age. // Photo Credit: Adrian Buckmaster
Maria Figueira // Finance & Opps Chair at Rally + Rise
Originally from Argentina, and living in New York since 2015, she works as a Furniture Designer at West Elm. Her experience with managing products and spaces has given her the confidence to tackle the monetary logistics of grass roots activism taking the Rally + Rise mantra to heart - that "we are not professional lobbyists or political organizers. We are ordinary New Yorkers with extraordinary passion".
Project and Communications Associate, Women's Environment & Development Organization
As the Women's Environment and Development Organization Project and Communications Associate, Prachi supports the Advocacy and Communications Director in amplifying the organization’s impact by managing multiple channels of communication- from traditional and online media to multi-stakeholder outreach and capacity building, as well as logistical support for the Women Delegates Fund. She holds a BA/LLB from Monash University, Australia and specialized in International Politics and Criminology. As a law student, she worked in a Pro Bono Community Legal Centre empowering disadvantaged members of the community to enforce their legal rights. During this period, she also volunteered for a number of organizations including: Amnesty International, Unicef, The Starlight Foundation and Jeans for Genes. While still at university, Prachi worked as Schools’ Director for Oaktree, Australia’s largest youth-run movement fighting poverty.
Kat Green // Managing Director, Lady Parts Justice
Before joining Lady Parts Justice League, Kat Green worked as a producer, post supervisor, editor, and shooter for film and television productions around the world (HBO, The Weinstein Company, MSNBC, VH1, Sundance, Spike, The History Channel). Somewhere in there, she also designed databases for non-profits and post departments, and learned to drive a truck with air brakes. In her spare time she designs and installs dangerous art and collects obscure skills.
Lady Parts Justice is a cabal of comics and writers exposing creeps hellbent on destroying access to birth control and abortion. Inclusive. Intersectional. Fun as Fuck.
Jewel Cadet // Program Manager, Youth & Community Empowerment for The Center for Anti-Violence Education
Jewel Cadet is one of the NYC Chapter Co-Chairs of Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100) and the Program Manager of Youth and Community Empowerment for the Center for Anti-Violence Education (CAE). She is a Self-Defense Instructor, Advocator, Educator, Comrade and Community Member within the LGBQIA-TGNC community. As a survivor of Same Sex Intimate Partner Violence, Jewel has always been passionate about the right for marginalized people to navigate this world free from violence. Hailing from Brooklyn, East New York, with Haitian blood through her veins, Jewel is deeply rooted in the concerns of the rights and freedoms of black girls, femmes and trans & cis women. Jewel boldly claims all of her intersecting identities as she fights for her ultimate freedom and the freedom of those around her. Brave, Bold, Unapologetic, and Vibrant, Jewel is on a mission to get free and dismantle norms that perpetuate oppression.
Jamia Wilson // Activist/Storyteller/Media Maker
Jamia Wilson is a leading voice on feminist and women's rights issues whose work and words have appeared in and on the New York Times, New York Magazine, The Today Show, CNN, The Washington Post and more. She's a staff writer for Rookie Magazine and has contributed to several books such as Madonna and Me: Women Writers on the Queen of Pop, The V Word, Slut: The Play, When Grace Meets Power and I Still Believe Anita Hill.
Aliya Allen // Women of Color for Progress
Aliya is a native New Yorker who hails from Jamaica queens, now residing in Washington Heights. She has been involved in various local sustainable economic improvement initiatives and Women business development organizations in Harlem. Her passions in grassroots organizing, small business economic development for WOC and social justice lead her to co-found Women of Color for Progress which combines outreach networking, civic engagement and mobilization to provide a pipeline and platform for WOC to access public office positions.
Cydney Gray // Youth Programs Manager at Carnegie Hall + Undercover Rockstar
Cydney, a Chicago, IL native, studied Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA. She most recently held the position of Program Manager, teaching artist, and resident techy at the DreamYard Project in the Bronx and previously worked in the Mission Hill neighborhood with the Summer Urban Program as a teacher, program director, and project manager. A lifelong learner, she was a National After School Matters Fellow for the National Writing Project and has spoken at several nationwide educational conferences.