InSol: Womyn of Colour Collective Mandate and Basis of Solidarity

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Mandate

To challenge and resist the many forms of violence inflicted upon womyn of colour, while acting in critical solidarity.

Basis of Solidarity

The Basis of Solidarity acts as the foundation for the work we do. All collective members work towards ensuring that our actions and initiatives remain aligned with our Basis of Solidarity.

We are a united front of multiethnic women existing at multiple ends of the colonial difference. The colonial difference as coined by Walter Mignolo speaks to the sharing of colonial experiences that have been shaped by

We proudly identify as a dynamic fusion of critical womyn who stand in solidarity with the transnational struggle against all forms of oppression(s), including, but not limited to, colonialism, racism, capitalism, imperialism, sexism, classism, homophobia, heterosexism, elitism, ableism, and ageism.

We endeavour to do the following:

  • provide an alternate and safe space for womyn of colour to unlearn and re-learn;
  • oppose violence against womyn of colour in all its forms;
  • apply a critical, anti-oppression intersectional approach to our work;
  • recognize the multi-faceted and complex identities and lived situations of our sisters in the struggle, understanding that womyn of colour are not homogenous and are impacted differently by oppression and violence;
  • remain critical and aware of our locations of power, privilege(s), and oppression(s) and how they remain interconnected;
  • remain critical of “using the Master’s tools to destroy the Master’s house”;
  • respect the diversities within the feminist movement and know that equity and not equality is our ultimate goal;
  • stand in solidarity with indigenous struggles for dignity and self-determination.

We recognize that violence is systemic and widespread. Following INCITE! Women of Colour Against Violence, we recognize that violence not only occurs in the personal sphere but also manifests as state violence. We understand violence against womyn of colour “to be a combination of ‘violence directed at communities,’ such as police violence, war, and colonialism, and ‘violence within communities,’ such as rape and domestic violence.” We see that existing social and political structures maintain the systems of domination that impact our lives.

We are part of the womyn’s liberation and resistance movement. We believe that womyn have the right to make choices about their lives and their bodies. We recognize the historical contributions to feminism of womyn of colour, indigenous womyn, immigrant and refugee womyn, womyn with disabilities, queer womyn, womyn who believe in various religions or spiritual paths, womyn living in poverty, womyn whose first language is not English, and feminism’s male allies.

We are committed to a collective process that includes consensus decision making and the sharing of power, tasks, responsibilities, and information. We believe this creates a grassroots alternative to existing hierarchical structures of domination. We all take responsibility for the collective’s work and activism. We recognize that these are interconnected and inseparable, with each informing the other. We recognize that each of us brings our own power, privilege, and experiences of oppression(s) to our work. We recognize the prevalence and interconnections between all forms of violence and oppressions and that these cannot be separated from each other. We are committed to unlearning and challenging these systems of domination both personally and collectively.

We are all responsible and accountable to each other in the Collective

 

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