Radical Self Love in the time of Neo-Fascism

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Practicing Collective Care and Radical Self Love in the time of Neo-Fascism: A Case Study on the AF3IRM School of Youth Activism (SOYA)

Presented by Skylar Perez-Grogan, Ivy Quicho and Lorelei Rose Bingamon

$10 suggested donation, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. 

Using AF3IRM’s School of Youth Activism (SOYA) as a vehicle, we explore what collective care means as opposed to self-care. We as transnational feminists believe that practicing self-care is not enough, as it does not address structural oppression that adds to our stress and trauma both as individuals and marginalized communities. SOYA was the first program of its kind, as it combined trauma-sensitive yoga, sensory activities and social justice workshops to fuel the mind-body connection and help teenage girls form a social support network during these turbulent times. This program is part of a Workshop Series that runs throughout the year and supports themes presented in our Annual Spiritual Justice Conferences in Oakland, Los Angeles & New York. The funds will go towards funding the next round of SOYA.

Loralei Bingamon: Loralei Rose Bingamon is a a doctoral candidate of occupational therapy at the University of Southern California. She believes that the connection between the mind, body, breath, and heart is essential to one's physical, emotional, and spiritual health. Her aspirations in this life include empowering individuals and communities with the tools to fight against the negative physical and mental health effects of systemic oppression and find ways to live meaningful and fulfilling lives. 

Ivy Quicho: Ivy Quicho is a Filipina American social worker and works as a labor organizer in Los Angeles. She is the National Chairperson of AF3IRM, a transnational feminist, anti-imperialist organization dedicated to grassroots organizing against oppression in all its forms. 

Skylar Perez-Grogan: Skylar Perez-Grogan is the Youth Coordinator for the Los Angeles chapter of AF3IRM, a transnational feminist, anti-imperialist organization dedicated to grassroots organizing against oppression in all its forms. She was one of the coordinators for the first ever School of Youth Activism, a youth program that combined trauma-sensitive yoga, sensory activities and social justice workshops. She works as a social services provider for an agency dedicated to helping homeless LGBT youth. A proud Xicana, she believes in the importance of intersectionality within the feminist movement. 

AF3IRM: AF3IRM is a national organization of women engaged in transnational feminist, anti-imperialist activism and dedicated to the fight against oppression in all its forms. AF3IRM’s diverse, multi-ethnic membership is committed to militant movement-building from the United States and effects change through grassroots organizing, trans-ethnic alliance building, education, advocacy and direct action.

With the slogan “a woman’s place is at the head of the struggle,” AF3IRM is an all-volunteer, grassroots organization whose members recognize the intersectionality of their struggles and the absolute necessity of women’s revolutionary resistance.
AF3IRM has 10 chapters around the country. These include: Boston, Central Coast, Hawaii, Los Angeles, New York/New Jersey, Orange County (formerly Irvine), San Diego, San Francisco Bay Area, and South Bay – Los Angeles.

About information for organization co-hosting 
Co – hosted by the Yoga and Social Justice Collaborative and the Yoga & Body Image Coalition

The Yoga and Body Image Coalition is committed to body love by developing, promoting and supporting yoga that is accessible, body positive and reflects the full range of human diversity. Our mission not only advocates yoga as an essential tool in personal transformation, from the inside out, but also includes a critical social justice component by challenging industry leaders and media creators to expand their vision of what a yogi looks like.

This event is co – hosted by the Yoga and Social Justice Collaborative and the Yoga & Body Image Coalition and is part of of a series of yoga-in-action workshops that runs through the year and supports themes presented in the Annual Spiritual Justice Conferences in Oakland, Los Angeles and New York.

https://www.yogaandsocialjustice.com/

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