INCITE!-ful Keynote

15 07 2010

Lauren Taylor, our intrepid on-location reporter, summarizes the Self-Defense Instructors’ Conference keynote address.

Isabel Millan of INCITE! shared these definitions with us:

Violence = abuse of power.
So what is self-defense?
Not something that only happens in response to an attack, but something that happens all the time, something that is active, that is preventative, and that holds us all accountable.

Is your class accessible by public transit, to mobility impaired women, to women with children? Do you address institutional violence, such as that coming via the military, prisons, and such? How do you make it relevant to and safe for  LGBTQ people? These are some of the ways she challenged us to question our own programs.

INCITE! is  a national activist organization of radical feminists of color advancing a movement to end violence against women of color and our communities through direct action, critical dialogue, and grassroots organizing.  INCITE! works to produce educational resources that support grassroots organizing to end violence against women of color and create safer, more liberatory communities. Visit their Resources for Organizing page for more on their programs (including a downloadable Stop Law Enforcement Violence toolkit).

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