Cycles and Blessings

Peace Community,

We trust this note finds you well! It’s been some time since you’ve heard from us. As individuals, a lot of the core group has been developing and growing in amazing ways. We also name that you are growing and shifting too, and are grateful to bear witness to one another.

As some of y’all may know, the Sister Circle Collective had its first gathering on December 21, 2012. This day marks five years since that moment. Each year we’ve discovered and rediscovered our work and how it has taken varying forms, including and not limiting, herbalism workshops, farm days, writing workshops, venting sessions, celebrations, movement classes, cooking demos, protesting, political campaigns, and campus organizing.

Each time our work took on different forms, so did the the interests of the folks who steer this work. As folks have stepped up, others have stepped down and this level of knowing is one of the reasons you could argue how we’ve made it this far. Yet we’d be lying to you that process has not also been met with pain. That we did not met all the expectations that we had set for ourselves and each other, no matter how well intentioned. Or that were not harmful towards one another. All movement work is messy, no matter the outward appearance, because we are a reflection of the collective.

In sharing these reflections with you, we want to emphasize that there is a need for the collective to stay true to one image in particular – the Phoenix. A symbol of creative energy and beauty, the Phoenix is also a symbol of the power of death and rebirth. At this stage of the game, we are naming that this is a time for the Sister Circle Collective to be reborn. We also name that we invite you all to be a part of that structured process with us.

Creating that structure, including how to accurately foster leadership development so that the collective is sustainable, is our primary focus in 2018. Hosting simple, monthly circles in a community space or home will be our secondary goal. You may catch members throwing down in conferences or events on their own though, and we hope that you’ll share events with this community as well! We’re happy to share out information to this network and support in as many forms as possible.

In the teachings of Octavia Butler, if we are truly to move from a place of understanding that honors God as change, then the SCC is blessed to have changed as much as it has. It will continue to change and grow, but with the guided practice of staying true to our origins. No matter how you’ve shown up in this collective, please known that you are seen, you are loved, and you are appreciated.

New Moon and New Years Blessings,
the SCC

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Vibras NYC: powHER!

Peace fam! Please come through next week for a special edition of Vibras: NYC featuring an amazing line of creatives, artists, healers and more! We can’t wait to see you! xoxo the SCC

Vibras NYC is back in Brooklyn (for good!) & we’re bringing you a bada$$, fiery edition of powHER! On this night, we celebrate all of the women/womyn/trans/female-identifying warrior spirits in our lives, in our history & in ourselves! We will be raising funds for the warrior sisters out in Standing Rock (Nasha Paola + C.F. Garden). So…grab your amigxs, siblings, lovers, supportive men & join us for a powerful night!

Get your tickets here! 
Hosted by Loca Vibes Radio!!
Door Reina: Michelle Herrera
Music by DJ BEMBONA & Reddaughter
Performance by Zuzuka Poderosa
Photos & Video by Melanie Gonzalez
Visuals by Fefi of La Liga Zine, Bembona & Jihan
DIY Magia Station by Sister Circle Collective
Art by Ailyn Robles (@feministeando)
Live Art Installation by Dada Coz

 

Women’s March: the Day After

Women’s March: the Day After
by Natalie Peña

On Friday at work I frantically began to think what I would do this weekend. All week I had talked to my patients about owning their bodies, reminding them that the choices they wanted to make with their bodies are valid, and that they are the person who can know their body with the intimacy to heal. I decided I needed to write my ideas in red.

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As a AfroLatina Queer feminist I am use to talking to people the difference between multiple types of feminism. I am use to being uncomfortable in rooms of white women who are also feminists and I am often triggered with polite patriarchy. I don’t mean by holding doors and not saying thank you, I mean highly literate men suddenly being interested in the women’s struggle and not picking up book like they would if they wanted to learn about anything else. But today am beyond uncomfortable, I am motivated by all the women who would be marching but are not for various reasons and the women whom will March and go back to their non-political lives.

Women and POC deal with so much shit everyday, that being said, I am so happy for all the folx who had a chance to scream and yell and tell people to fuck off, because historically there have been few spaces to do so. Fortunately for me this is something I do daily (with the support of my fierce ass sisters). Working in Reproductive Justice my day-to-day is asking patients how they arrived at the clinic and how I can help them. Everyday I meet 10-15 women and on some days 3-5 men who have made reproductive choices or would like to make reproductive choices that are require medical attention or medical facilitation. Therefore, the Women’s March on Washington seems like where I would want to be as a feminist who spends her days navigating sexual choice, family planning and sexual health literacy.

In the end I decided not to March. I decided I would not March for liberal feminist ideals. I decided I will not March for Hope, which is what many activists and organizers have created today a sense of hope for women and the future. The youth that have reminded us not to be afraid of Trump. For our immigrants rights activists, our water protects our uteri protectors this nation has failed you and one March will not change this. For our Muslim women who spoke today and reminded us of what is at stake for us this March will not protect you and your families. This is obvious, but these parade politics share the illusion of political power.

From a Facebook perspective, people watching the March could see commentators on this live feeds of DC stating “women already have rights, what are you arguing about?” This act of being oblivious is to me, the lowest tier of misogyny, but to many Americans this is where they are at. I agree that we must meet people where they’re at but rights are bullshit if not enforced by the state. What women don’t have is political power ! But that is not what people are demanding today, which is why I’m ranting.

For many women today is symbolic AF. Protesting the president, and this administration for some folks is about racism, living wages, sexism and reproductive access. Mobilization for these issues are great but each of these without the other futile if there is no end goal.

But can we ask ourselves why did it take this to get here? How many “rights” must be taken away for us to arm ourselves to protect our bodies?

Teaching our children civil disobedience is great and for many a monumental moment, but for some it is as far in the political sphere that some women will go, and for many who organized this March getting bodies on the ground is a great feat.

It is capitalism and imperialism and this nationalistic now fascist regime that is killing us, it is the nice police officer protecting himself who’s killing us, it is the woman who decides that that other women who need emergency services should have known better who is killing us, and the feeling of being on the streets among your peers is great when it is used for action, but by itself does not do anything.

For other women and queer folks who have been doing this work for a long time is it just another day. And for people who are not willing to continue this work, it is a day for many liberals to feel good about their participation in a parade. So you could say you were there.

But what happens after? When the police is still killing us, #PlannedParenthood still being defunded and millions of people will lose access to healthcare, we are still being deported?
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#Nastywomen (Hillary supporters) does not compare to poor woman, to black woman to undocumented women in this country and empowerment is great but does not directly build political power for these women but it does allow you to say pussyfoot without blushing. Women deciding to be vulgar break binary barriers, cool, do what makes you feel most empowered.The most marginalized women are still doing all the things they have today. These speeches do not change their circumstances.

But I am asking you to envision what will!

What can you do after today, how will we continue to organize to liberate our people.

 

 


Suggested Reading: “I’ll pass on “Unit and the Women’s March,” “Why I’m Skipping the Women’s March on Washington [OPINION]”  

Love and Empowerment Between Sisters – Cafecito Break

Check out our core sisters Yexenia and Lanai on Cafecito Break!

ABOUT CAFECITO BREAK

The Cafecito Break Podcast – Conversations that feed the soul, inspire, and empower with Rosangel Perez and Ruthie Guten. Grab a cup a coffee and join them live every Monday Morning at 11am EST on http://www.blogtalkradio/cafecitobreak. Produced by The Perez Sisters NYC.


 

Lanai Daniels is a community organizer, and advocate for Black and Brown women, girls, queer women, and transwomen. Born and raised in the Bronx, New York City, she seeks to amplify the voices of marginalized women and girls in conversations about race, gender, sexuality, and class. Aside from her role as Core Sister of Sister Circle Collective, Lanai is an organizer for Yeah, That’s What She Said and a Board Member of New York Abortion Access Fund.

Yexenia Vanegas is a Colombian American woman who is interested in gender, food and different forms of healing. Through personal and academic experiences, she has come to regard food as a prism through which we can examine many facets of current socio, economic, environmental and political issues. Yexenia is seeking to gain knowledge about traditional forms of healing and medicine as well as food in order decolonize many facets of our present world. She believes that building sisterhood through circle discussions is one way for these transformations and understandings to arise. In creating a circle a safe space is manifested which leads to fruitful and transformative discussion about ourselves and our society.

Sister Circle Collective is a transnational, feminist, grassroots community based in New York City. Founded in 2012 by women of color, we are invested in building a powerful community for our black and brown cis sisters, trans sisters, queer sisters and gender non-conforming people who together believe in the radical act of sisterhood. We are committed to reclaiming love and power within ourselves and each other, to create a culture of understanding, compassion, and resistance. Our work as a collective is sustained by a core group of sisters and and active members.

 

Soul Food – #SCCTurns3 Menu

#SCCTurns3 MENU

SOLD BY THE PLATE $5-7

(sliding scale)


Appetizer

Salad with greens from farm, carrots, beets

Dressings – garlic, salt, pepper, honey, apple cider vinegar, lemon

Main Dish

Quinoa/Brown rice bowls

Brown rice

Butternut Squash

Black beans

Sides

Pico de gallo

Salsa verde

Chimichurri

Sold separately: Empanadas: Colombian style – sweet potatoes and black beans, or  traditional with potatoes and hogao (or sofrito)

Dessert

Vegan pumpkin cupcakes with vegan cream cheese frosting

Homemade flan 

Drinks

Water

Apple cider


Dear Sister Soul: Meet the Lost Queens Founder, Eboni

In August 2014, the company Lost Queens was created by a 22-year-old Eboni Merriman, inspired to create jewels and accessories fit to adorn women as they should be. From there, she has built her vision from the ground up to what it is today. Using her skills as a creative director and writer for the business, Lost Queens has many achievements under its belt, including its successful vendor at 2015’s AFROPUNK FEST. It has been featured on sites such as Darla MagazineColoures, and now, here!

Read our interview below to get a glimpse into Eboni’s creative mind, her dreams for Lost Queens, and behind-the-scenes snapshots of her latest photoshoot for the brand: 


How would you personally define yourself and your place in this world? What is one personal story that you still carry with you that affects you today?

I would say that I’m still trying to find myself and…

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An Open Letter to the President of City College

Gender Resource Center Campaign

An Open Letter to the President of City College

May 6, 2015

President Lisa,

Today, on May 6th at 12pm, you were supposed to be present for a meeting, that you had called, with the organizers of the Gender Resource Campaign, the Undergraduate Student Government, and key members of the administration. This meeting was a culmination of our struggle to establish a Gender Resource Center for the survivors of gender-based violence on the campus of City College during which we were to discuss next steps in the creation of a physical space and the services that will be provided. This meeting’s date and time was moved multiple times, and despite the uncertainty and disadvantages that this has caused us, we are present here today. However, YOU have chosen at the last possible moment to NOT attend the meeting that YOU called.

Your decision to not go through with the meeting…

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