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

#SCCTurns3 Celebration and Open Mic!


Save the date for the Sister Circle Collective’s third year anniversary celebration and open mic! There will be music, dancing, and much more!

Founded in 2012, the Sister Circle Collective is a transnational feminist grassroots group of color that grew out of the Transnational Feminisms course taught by Dr. Griselda Rodriguez. Almost three years later, we’ve continued to put theory in to practice by creating a culture of understanding, compassion, and resistance.

When: Friday, December 18th starting at 6pm
Where: Mainchance, 120 East 20th Street, New York, NY 10016

This event is open to all genders and will be a sober space. Bring the kids and tell a friend to tell a friend!


Want to share your gift of song, dance or poetry? Contact us at to help conjure this space!

Have goodies you’d like to share with the community? Drop a line at and let us know what you’d like to offer.

See you soon!
‪#‎SCCTurns3‬ ‪#‎CircleUp‬

Summer School of Women’s Activism 2015

From our comrades at AF3IRM –

NEW YORK–SSOWA’s final session on August 1st features the study and discussion of commonality and differences in women’s struggles in five cultural contexts.

With a panel featuring human rights lawyer and activist Suzanne Adely of  Al-Awda New York, Palestine Right to Return Coalition and Arab-American Movement of Women Rising for Justice;  clinical psychologist Dr. Mayowa Obasaju of Black Women’s Blueprint, Radical Social Work Group and Standing In Our Power;  transmedia storyteller Thenmozhi Soundarajan of the Dalit Nation; psychologist Michelle Cervantes of  the Educational Assistance and Resources for the Latin-American Youth;  and a video presentation from Eastern Band Cherokee descent  Roslyn Dotson of the Tapwe Production, this session affirms AF3IRM’s commitment to transnational feminism.

AF3IRM NYC Chapter Coordinator Olivia Canlas, law graduate working with Foreclosure Prevention and with the weekly radio hour Asia Pacific Forum, will facilitate the session.  The intent is to establish commonality in difference, to recognize the specificity of how colonialism and imperialism have impacted women in different cultures and yet understand the common trend of struggle for liberation that underlies women’s histories in varying cultural contests.

For four Saturdays, starting on July 11 until August 1st, the Summer School of Women’s Activism will be holding sessions on the history, theory and practice of the women’s liberation struggle.  Registration is still being accepted at and fees remain at the standard $40 for professionals, $35 for students and unemployed;  $80 for institutional representatives and scholarships for those who’re truly down and out but enthusiastic.  All fees include reading materials and a light lunch for four Saturdays of SSOWA 2015.

Preceding this session, participants will tackle the issue of  Militarism and the Assault on Democratic Processes with War Resisters League National Organizer Tara Tabassi and AF3IRM NYC members Joan Ariete and Leani Auxilio who have first-hand knowledge of militarization.  The July 25th class will look at how militarism runs through relations between the US and other countries but also between the US government and transnational communities within its borders.  It will discuss the militarization of the policing of communities and local application of the so-called “war on terror” and the gun lobby.  Most significantly, the class will look at the impact on women, particularly transnational women, of this odious policy.

The July 18th class on Imperialism, Globalization and the Re-feudalization of Women will be led by Patricia Ramirez and Nicole Salcedo.  Ms. Ramirez holds a BA in Political Science from Hunter College and has worked for the Peruvian government in New York City.  Ms. Salcedo has grown up virtually in activism and women’s organizing in the Philippines.  The class will look into the re-definition of “work” or “jobs” for women under the intensifying class/race/gender division of humanity caused by imperialist globalization.  The class will look into the bifurcation of “traditional” slavery into labor and sex trafficking, and its separation from labor export and legalized prostitution which institutionalize historic women’s oppression.

The SSOWA opens on July 11th with  three activist-writers – Ninotchka Rosca, Justine Calma and Veronica Agard —  leading a comprehensive study of interlocking systems of oppressions against women which have made possible the continuing “vanish-ment” of women’s issues from public discourse.  The class will look into class, gender and race and how the concept of intersectionality functions in the tri-helix of women’s oppression.

Ninotchka Rosca is a multi-awarded writer and activist, a survivor of human rights violations under a dictatorship, and a pioneer of major advocacy concerns for women.  She brought the slogan “women’s rights are human rights” to the US in 1987 and has constantly engaged in creating space for the voices and presence of women of color in the global women’s movement.  Justine Calma holds degrees from Columbia University and UC Irvine and worked with Filipino-American and South Asian youth in California for seven years.  Veronica Agard is co-founder of the Sister Circle Collective and holds a degree in international studies and history from the City College of New York.  She did her research for her undergraduate thesis at the Centro de Investigaciones Regionales de Mesoamerica, in La Antigua, Guatemala.  She writes for The Grio, Let Your Voice be Heard, Mic and For Harriet.

Integrated into each class is an hour of practical skills training on how to recognize, document and respond to daily sexism.  A special workshop on pod casting will be conducted by Charlene Sayo of Ms. Represent.  Ms. Sayo is a Montreal-born, Vancouver-based blogger, commentator and activist.  She is the co-author of Canada: The New Frontier for Filipino Mail-Order Brides.  She  sits on the editorial committee of the Vancouver-based magazine, The Mainlander and blogs at The Huffington Post, and Open Salon. Her work has appeared in Accent Magazine, the Manila Times, the Globe & Mail, the Feminist Current, the Philippine Chronicle, BlackHeart Magazine, and Dessert for Breakfast, and in 2012, she was featured in the award-winning documentary Status Quo: The Unfinished Business of Feminism.

Scholarships are available for volunteers and the down and out.  The SSOWA compresses almost four years of gender studies into four Saturday four-hour sessions, starting at noon with a light lunch and ending at 4 pm.  Transnational women and the woman-identified are welcome. SSOWA administrators are also open to helping those in other locations create such a pop-up school.   For more information, please contact



We are honored to be sponsoring this incredibly important event taking place tomorrow evening at Union Square (southside), alongside our friends and comrades of AF3IRM NYC, Yeah That’s What She Said, Black Lives Matter NYC, the Sadie Nash Leadership Project and many more.

We hope to see you then.

In solidarity,
the SCC


#SAYHERNAME – A Vigil in Remembrance of Black Women and Girls Killed by the Police

Wednesday, May 20 at 5:30pm
Union Square (Southside) 

Background: Although Black women are killed, raped and beaten by the police, their experiences are rarely foregrounded in our popular understanding of racialized state violence.

Join us in remembering Black women and girls who have been victimized by the police, but whose experiences are all too often relegated to the margins.

If the loss of their lives matters;
If the grief of their families matters;
If the impunity with which all Black lives can be taken matters;
Then we cannot allow these tragedies to remain unmarked, silenced and forgotten.

This vigil is being held the evening prior to May 21st, a national day of action to end state violence against Black women called by BYP100.

Sponsoring Organizations:
African American Policy Forum
Black Lives Matter NYC
Justice League NYC
The Stop Mass Incarceration Network
Stop Patriarchy
One Billion Rising
The Civil Rights Coalition on Police Reform
BK Nation
Judson Memorial Church
The Precedential Group
The Chicago Alliance Against Racist & Political Repression
Donkeysaddle Projects
Brooklyn NAACP
Yeah, That’s What She Said
Black Trans* Women’s Lives Matter
The Civil Rights Coalition on Police Reform
Empowering Women of Color at Columbia Law School
Sister Circle Collective
the Revolutionary Communist Party
Sadie Nash Leadership Project


Int’l Women’s Day & Justice Not Charity w/ AF3IRM

The collective is happy to endorse this upcoming event with AF3IRM in honor of International Women’s Day!

More info can be found here:

3.8.14 AF3IRM

AF3IRM NYC celebrates International Women’s Day with a talk-back featuring member and award-winning author Ninotchka Rosca on her trip with AF3IRM’s National Chairperson Jollene Levid to the Philippines where they met with women, organizers, and community groups in Leyte, Mindanao, Cebu, and Manila in the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan.

In honor of the working women and also to learn more about how women and children are disparately impacted by sexual violence in the aftermath of military conflicts and natural calamities like Typhoon Haiyan, AF3IRM has created this public forum.

3:30-5:30 PM Talk-Back
University Settlement at the Houston Street Center
(273 Bowery, New York, NY 10002)
On the corner of Bowery and Houston

5:30-7:30 PM Happy Hour
Crime Scene
(310 Bowery, New York, NY 10002)
B/T Houston St & 2nd St, $5 wristbands for ½ drinks.


3.8 AF3IRM Flyer 2