At a time when violence against Black men and boys is under intense scrutiny, the experiences of young Black women, and girls are excluded from mainstream media and national, political discourse. To elevate and raise visibility of the gender-specific ways police brutality and anti-Black violence disproportionately affect Black women, femmes & girls, E3 will engage participants in a series of 3 workshops and teach-ins designed to provide a deep and crucial context to organizing for, by, and in communities of young Black women, femmes, and girls ages 12-24.
Beginning with a trauma-informed healing session, participants will not only be able to ground themselves to carry out the emotionally intensive work of community organizing, but also gain skills to pass along to others. A Black Women’s HERstory lecture will provide the necessary foundational knowledge of the long legacy of resistance and resilience carried out by Black women, femmes, and girls throughout time. An interactive self-defense workshop will give participants the skills to stay calm and focused in unsafe situations, followed by a teach-in on how gender-based violence and criminalization affect Black women, femmes, and girls in Pittsburgh. The final workshop will be a know-your-rights session specifically regarding interactions with law enforcement coupled with an introduction to community organizing around issues that impact young Black women, femmes, and girls in Pittsburgh.
This training series will empower participants to demand choices in their schools, communities, and lives that allow them to maximize their safety, self-sufficiency, and self-determination physically, emotionally, and politically. Following E3 we will continue building youth power by engaging participants in our SistahSpeak! Youth Project™, where we develop programs and special events that celebrate and affirm the beauty, strength, and resilience of young Black women and femmes.