Madeline MADlines Clifford (MFA Poetry ‘12) is one of the featured performers at the Empowering Women of Color Conference:
"29th Annual Empowering Women of Color Conference
“Talking Back! Our Voices Overcoming Violence”
Saturday, March 15, 2014
On Saturday, March 15, 2014, the University of California at Berkeley’s Women of Color Initiative and Graduate Assembly will host the 29th Annual Empowering Women of Color Conference (EWOCC). Our purpose is to build bridges between academic and community women of color in an effort to assist them in sharing resources, strategies, and visions that will empower them at all levels of society. EWOCC strives to build networks among different generations, ethnic and racial groups, socioeconomic levels, sexual orientations, and physical abilities. Few forums exist wherein women of color are provided the space to dialogue about the issues that matter most to them. EWOCC provides such a forum.
The 29th Annual Empowering Women of Color Conference, “Talking Back! Our Voices Overcoming Violence” seeks to honor a multiplicity of women’s experiences around the survival of physical, emotional, and spiritual violence against us and our communities. As women of color, our journeys are marked by stretches of struggle and moments of victory. We seek to create a space where survivors of violence across generations can share their stories with a supportive community of artists, activists, and scholars dedicated to dismantling the systems that oppress us.
EWOCC engages the physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects of survival in order to sustain our lives as individuals and communities. It is a place to learn and collaborate, as we challenge one another to resist and dismantle the systems that oppress us. We build with ancestral ways of working that are attentive to the politics of liberation, decolonization, and healing.
EWOCC is a call to action! We invite people of all ages, abilities, socioeconomic and immigration statuses, sexualities, religions and cultural backgrounds to contribute to the day’s events, as we aim to give activists the means to develop new strategies to address current struggles on our own terms.”